JKH topped the turnover; crossings added 49%: John Keells Holdings spearheaded the turnover backed by two off-board blocks totaling 500k shares at LKR255.0. On-board activity in the counter denoted some selling pressure leading to a 0.4% dip at its close of LKR256.8. Nestle Lanka and Textured Jersey Lanka recorded one crossing each at 52-week high prices of LKR2,500 and LKR13.5 respectively. Vallibel One recorded an off-board block of c.2 mn shares at LKR17.3. The 5 crossings added 49% to the day’s turnover.
Counters which released earnings today gathered interest: Tokyo Cement Voting and Non-Voting gathered interest followed by its earnings release which denoted strong net earnings growth as each closed up 11.8% and 9.7% respectively. Notable buying interest was seen in Commercial Bank Voting and Non-Voting. Activity in the former heightened after a block of 107k shares was picked on-board at LKR119.5. Expo Lanka Holdings continued to gather interest as it closed with a gain of 2.8% at LKR7.4. Moderate retail activity: Retail activity was moderate and surrounded Tokyo Cement [Non-Voting], Expo Lanka Holdings, Panasian Power and Nation Lanka Finance.