Turnover was down from the previous day’s Rs. 2.37 billion while the ASPI moved up 33.04 points (0.46%) and S&P SL20 by 22.59 points (0.57%) with 142 gainers outpacing 56 losers better than two to one while 127 counters closed flat.
JKH dominated trading with 2.63 million shares crossed in nine parcels at prices ranging from Rs. 176.20 to Rs. 177.40 contributing Rs. 463.9 million to turnover. Brokers said that a million share crossing was the biggest of these parcels. On the trading floor, the counter closed Rs. 4.20 up at Rs. 179.30 with 0.36 million shares traded between Rs. 177.80 and Rs. 180 contributing a further Rs. 64.1 million to the day’s business volume.
"Foreign selling in some of the blue chips, mainly JKH, was evident with local high net worth investors and some institutions on the buy side," a broker said. "But the state institutions were not as active as expected in this market possibly because cabinet appointments are due only next week."
Apart from JKH, there were block trades in Commercial Bank (voting) with a parcel of over 0.9 million shares crossed at Rs. 169 contributing Rs. 154.2 million to turnover, 20,000 Nestle crossed at Rs. 2,050 (Rs. 41 million), two parcels of HNB (voting) totaling 0.67 million shares at Rs. 217 (Rs. 146.5 million), a parcel of 1.23 million Tokyo (non-voting) at Rs. 42 (Rs. 51.5 million) and a parcel of 4.4 million Dialog at Rs. 11.40 (Rs. 50.1 million).
Foreign sales of Rs. 941.43 million were ahead of purchases of Rs. 484.85 million leading to an outflow Rs. 456.58 million.
"The ASPI saw gains amid high turnover levels," John Keells Stock Brokers said in a market report. "Counters in the power & energy, diversified, banking, food & beverage and manufacturing sectors led turnover with crossings witnessed in JKH, NEST, COMB, TKYO.X, HNB and DIAL. Active foreign participation resulted in a net outflow of Rs. 456.58 mn."
LIOC where there was heavy retail play topped the floor trades with the counter closing Rs. 2.40 up at Rs. 40.90 with 1.76 million shares traded between Rs. 38.80 and Rs. 41.30 contributing Rs. 70.8 million to turnover.
The most traded banking counters were Sampath closing 30 cents up at Rs. 260.50 on nearly 0.2 million shares done between Rs. 259 and Rs. 268.70, HNB (voting) closing 10 cents up at Rs. 218.90 on 0.1 million shares done between Rs. 217 and Rs. 219 and Commercial (voting) closing two rupees up at Rs. 172 on 70,562 shares traded between Rs. 169 and Rs. 172.
An unusually high quantity of over 6.2 million Asia Siyaka was done with the counter closing flat at Rs. 3.50. Among the trades was a parcel of two million shares done at Rs. 3.40. Over 0.8 million Hapugastenne, most of which was believed to be a transfer between related parties, was concluded yesterday. The share traded between Rs. 25 and Rs. 28.50.
Courtesy: The Island 27 August 2015