On Tuesday Colombo Stock market ended on a mixed note. The ASI declined marginally by 6.47 points (-0.11%) to closed at 5,907.64 while 20-scrip S&P SL 20 index gained 1.22 points (+0.04%) to closed at 3,214.64. The gainers outweighed the losers 104 to 74 while 60 counters remained unvaried. Cash map declined to 32% from 38%. Daily market turnover soared to LKR 509mn after recording 5 year low turnover on Monday. Further Sampath Bank, Asiri Surgical, John Keells Holdings and Commercial Bank were heavily traded stocks. Foreign participation was 67% where foreign investors were net sellers with a net out flow of LKR 61mn.
Share market closed higher on Wednesday as benchmark All-Share index marginally advanced by 4.41 points (+0.07%) to close at 5,912.05 and S&P SL 20 index advanced by 10.58 points (+0.33%) to close at 3,225.22. Daily market turnover was LKR 641mn. John Keells Holdings (LKR 380mn) emerged as the top contributor to the market turnover followed by Dialog Axiata (LKR 45mn) and Sampath Bank (LKR 27mn). Moreover, Sampath Bank, Asia Asset Finance and Asiri Surgical Hospital attracted heavy investor interest during the trading session. Foreign investors continued to be net sellers for the fourth consecutive day with a net out flow of LKR 274mn. Foreign participation was 49%. Meanwhile in T-bill auction, treasury yields eased marginally across the board. Accordingly, the 3-month yield was 6.66% (3bps), 6-month yield was 6.83% (2bps) and the 12-month yield was 7.05% (1bp).
Colombo bourse managed to close in the positive territory on Thursday. Benchmark index slightly gained 2.51 index points to close at 5,914.56 and 20-scrip S&P SL index gained 6.69 index points to close at 3,231.91. Market turnover was LKR 263mn. Commercial Bank topped the turnover list with an amount of LKR 51mn followed by John Keells Holdings (LKR 45mn) and Expolanka (LKR 16mn). Further Union Bank, Blue Diamonds & Expolanka attracted retail investor interest during the trading session. Foreign participation for was 30%. Foreign investors were net buyers with a net inflow of LKR 52mn.
On Friday, the stocks closed higher, continuing the positive momentum where All Share Price Index increased by 23.31 points (+0.39%) to end at 5,937.87 and S&P SL 20 index increased by 14.11 (+0.44%) to end at 3,246.02. Price appreciations in counters such as Nestle (closed at LKR 1,995.00, +2.2%), Finlays Colombo (closed at LKR 306.00, +21.1%) and Commercial Bank (closed at LKR 119.90, +1.9%) contributed favorably to the index performance.
Daily market turnover was LKR 251mn. Tokyo Cement (LKR 22.0mn) was the top contributor to the market turnover followed by Union Bank (LKR 16.4mn) and Chilaw Finance (LKR 16.2mn).
Gainers outweighed the losers 133 to 61, while 50 counters remained unchanged. Cash map improved to 69% from 55%.
Moreover Union Bank, The Finance non-voting and Chilaw Finance managed to gather heavy investor interest during the day.
Foreign participation was 12%. Foreign investors were net sellers with a net out flow of LKR 3mn. Foreign out flows were seen in Haycarb (LKR 8.9mn), Distilleries (LKR 6.9mn) and Commercial Bank non-voting (LKR 2.3mn) whilst net inflow was mainly seen in Commercial Bank – voting (LKR 9.6mn). Further, Browns Investments (BIL) made an announcement to CSE informing that they have fully acquired LOLC Leisure by purchasing the balance stake held by Lanka Orix Leasing Company (LOLC) for a consideration of LKR 2.8 billion. With this acquisition BIL, which is a subsidiary of LOLC, will become one of the largest leisure sector operators having nearly 1,000 rooms under its management. Shares of BIL closed at LKR 2.30, +4.6% while shares of LOLC closed at LKR 75.00, -1.3%.