On Monday, market closed in red with both indices ending with negative returns. ASI closed at 6,451.68, down by 11.38 points (-0.18%YoY) and S&P SL 20 Index closed at 3,635.59, down by 10.73 points (-0.29%). Market turnover was LKR 750m. United Motors with LKR 288m and Ceylon Tobacco with LKR 76m topped the turnover list today with the help of two crossings. John Keells Holdings recorded the third highest turnover of LKR 45m. Nation Lanka Finance was the heavily traded stock of the day. Renewed interest in plantation sector was seen during the day and counters such as Maskeliya, Madulsima, Horana and Watawala Planations were among the actively traded stocks.
Foreign participation was 31 percent and foreign investors were net buyers with a net foreign inflow of LKR 342mn. Cash map was 57.7 percent
Colombo Stocks closed with mixed results on Tuesday. ASI dropped marginally by 2.02 points to close at 6,449.66 (-0.03 percent) while S&P SL 20 Index ended at 3,645.90, up 10.31 index points (+0.28 percent). Daily market turnover was LKR 1.0bn. Commercial Bank with LKR 418mn, John Keells Holdings with LKR 87mn and Haycarb with LKR 76mn topped the turnover list. Several crossings were recorded in Commercial Bank and Haycarb. The aggregate value of the crossings accounted for 42 percent of the total market turnover. Abans Electricals (up by 20 percent), Chevron Lubricants (up by 6 percent) and Cargo Boat (up by 13 percent) were the mostly traded stocks during the day.
Foreign participation was 31 percent and foreign investors were net buyers with a net foreign inflow of LKR 439mn. Cash map was 54.4 percent.Colombo Bourse ended lower on Wednesday with both indices closing with negative returns. ASI dropped by 26.82 points (-0.42 percent) to end at 6,422.84 while S&P SL 20 Index ended at 3,635.05, dropped 10.85 points (-0.30 percent). Daily market turnover was LKR 818mn. 4.7mn shares of Dialog Axiata at LKR 9.30 per share, 0.6mn shares of Chevron Lubricants at a price of LKR 375.00 per share and 0.3mn shares of Ceylon Tobacco at a price of LKR 1,000.00 per share changed hands as crossings representing 37 percent of the total turnover value. Accordingly Chevron Lubricants with LKR 276mn, Ceylon Tobacco with LKR 54mn and Dialog Axiata with LKR 50mn were the top contributors to the market turnover. Furthermore Chevron Lubricants emerged as the mostly traded stock during the day followed by Touchwood Investments, Nation Lanka Finance and Kelani Tyres.
Foreign participation was 34%. At the end of the trading foreign investors were net buyers with a net inflow of LKR 314mn. Cash map ended at 55.3%.
On Thursday, stock market ended on a negative note for the fourth consecutive trading day. ASI dropped sharply by 50.46 points to end at 6,372.38 and S&P SL 20 Index declined by 38.71 points to close at 3,596.34.
Daily Market turnover was LKR 1.4bn. Hatton National Bank with LKR 352mn, Commercial Bank with LKR 263mn and John Keells Holdings with LKR 111mn topped the turnover list for the day. Total value of the crossings accounted for 62% of the daily turnover. Chevron Lubricants, Kothmale Holdings and Tokyo Cement non-voting were the mostly traded stocks during the day. 12.5mn shares which accounted for 10.4% of the issued quantity of Ceylon & Foreign Trades changed hands today at a price of LKR 8.00 per share. 468,500 shares of Kothmale Holdings changed hands in a single crossing at LKR 55.00 per share. The “most likely” seller of this quantity is Janashakthi Insurance Plc, the second largest shareholder of Kotmale Holdings. Further, the third largest shareholder Mr. P S Mathavan who is also a director of the company sold his stake of 281,800 shares at a price of LKR 55.00 per share. The buyer was the parent company, Cargills Quality Foods. Stock hit an intra-day high of LKR 58.00 and closed at LKR 53.40, up 15.6%.
Foreign participation was 34%. At the end of the day foreign investors were net buyers with a net inflow of LKR 552mn. Cash map ended at 57.3%. The bourse wrapped up its weekly operations on a negative note as the indices lost ground for the fifth consecutive day on profit booking. ASI closed at 6,307.43 down by 64.95 point while S&P SL 20 Index closed at 3,550.47 down by 45.87 points.
The market turnover was LKR 883.9mn. Cargille Ceylon was the top contributor to the turnover (LKR 246.6mn) followed by Commercial Bank (LKR 120.4mn) and Carsons Cumberbatch (LKR 89.0mn). Most actively traded counters for the day were Laugfs Gas – nonvoting, Horana Plantations and Kelsey Developments. Foreigners were net buyers of LKR 292mn worth of shares and the foreign participation accounted for 30% of the market activity. Cash map for the day was 48%.