Colombo Stock market began the trading for the fresh week on Monday and closed in red where, index failed to maintain the momentum gained on last Friday (20th Sep) in respect of Fed’s policy decision. ASPI declined by 31.26 points (-0.54%) and S&P SL 20 Index ended declined by 11.37 points (-0.08%). Daily market turnover was LKR 486mn. HNB (LKR 84mn), Chevron Lubricants (LKR 83mn), John Keells Holdings (LKR 79mn) and Commercial Bank (LKR 46mn) were the top contributors to the market turnover. Meanwhile Dankotuwa Porcelain, PC House, John Keells and Touchwood were among the mostly traded stocks for the session. Foreign participation for the day was 40% whereas foreign investors were net buyers with a net inflow of LKR 9mn.
On Tuesday market ended with positive results as several banking and finance sector stock prices moved up along with other several high cap stocks. Broad market index gained 11.62 points (+0.20%) and S&P SL 20 Index gained 8.07 points (+0.25%). Daily market turnover was LKR 817mn. John Keells Holdings topped the turnover list with LKR 239mn followed by Sampath Bank (LKR 147mn) and Commercial Bank (LKR 67mn). With the appointment of two new Directors namely MP deleted Silva and Mr.L.W Kiwlegedara, Touchwood Investment emerged as the mostly traded stock as well as the top gainer of the day. Further, Central Investment & Finance and Seylan Merchant non-voting traded heavily during the day. Foreign participation was 40% of the total market activity whilst net buying was LKR 242mn.
Colombo Stocks closed with losses on Wednesday as ASI and S&P SL 20 Index lost 10.85 points and 8.82 points respectively. Daily market turnover was LKR 583mn. John Keells Holdings topped the turnover list with LKR 267mn. Touchwood Investments with LKR 96mn followed by Central Investment and Finance with LKR 26mn were recorded the next top turnover levels with heavy trading. Apart from that Dankotuwa Porcelain and John Keells Holdings were among the mostly traded stocks during the day. Foreign participation was 39% whilst foreign investors were net buyers with a net inflow of LKR 112mn.
On Thursday stock market closed with positive return on both indices. ASI increased marginally by 2.54 points and S&P SL 20 Index increased by 13.61 points (+0.42%). Market turnover was LKR 920mn. Sampath Bank recorded the top turnover of LKR 219mn closely followed by Touchwood Investments (LKR 204mn) and Commercial Bank (LKR 118mn). Touchwood Investment was the heavily traded stock and emerged as the top gainer for the day. Subsequent to the AGM of Touchwood Investments held on Thursday the rumors spread regarding the cash infusion to the company and the stock soared to the high of LKR 5.20 and closed at LKR 5.00, up by LKR 1.70 (+52%). Further, Central Investment & Finance and Asia Assets Finance traded heavily and ended among the top gainers. Foreign participation was 16% whilst net inflow was LKR 233mn.
Market closed the operations for the week on Friday with mixed results. ASI advanced by 22.46 points (+0.39%) and closed at 5,808.62 while S&P SL 20 Index dropped marginally by 8.79 points (-0.27%) and closed at 3,210.30. Price appreciations in LOLC group related companies such as Lanka Orix Leasing by 6.7% to close at LKR 59.00, Lanka Orix Finance by 10.7% to close at LKR 3.10 and Commercial Leasing by 5.3% to close at LKR 4.00 contributed positively to the ASI performance while price declines in John Keells Holdings by 1.8% to close at LKR 218.60, Nestle by 2.1% to close at LKR 1,949.00 and Carsons Cumberbatch by 3.5% to close at LKR 376.10 contributed negatively towards the S&P SL 20 Index performances.
Market turnover was LKR 409mn. Piramal Glass recorded the highest turnover of LKR 59mn with 11.3mn shares traded closely followed by John Keells Holdings with LKR 58mn and Commercial Bank with LKR 33mn. No off-the-floor deals were executed during the day.
During the pre-trading session CSE imposed a trading halt on Touchwood Investments. The company announced that Mr. and Mrs. Meloney stepped down from the positions of Chairman and Vice Chairperson/CEO respectively and newly appointed Mr. Kiwlegedara resigned from the position of Acting CEO and was appointed as the Chairman.
Asia Assets Finance, Amana Takaful and PC House were the heavily traded stocks during the day. Foreign participation for the day was 16% whilst net foreign buying was LKR 91mn. Foreign investors were net buyers where net inflows were seen in John Keells Holdings (LKR 49mn), Commercial Bank (LKR 32mn) and Distilleries (LKR 10mn). Cash map closed at 53%.
During the week both benchmark indices closed with no significant changes but ended lower compare to the last week. Market cap decreased marginally by LKR 3bn. Total net foreign inflow to the equity market was LKR 688mn while the foreign participation was 30% of the total weekly turnover. Meanwhile year-to-date net foreign inflow stood at LKR 19.3bn. Individual investors were relatively active throughout the week in the backdrop of several events in some counters, mainly Touchwood Investments. The speculation helped the Touchwood share price to gain 182% during the last five days and closed the week as the top gainer followed by CIFL (+75%WoW). The increased participation drove the average daily trading volume to 68mn, an increase of 106%WoW.