Today’s top blue-chip performers, Ceylon Tobacco (LKR 916.00,+1.8%), John Keells Holdings (LKR 195.00, +0.6%) and Aitken Spence (LKR 100.00,+2.0%), supported the index to close higher. After a prolonged period of weakness, Ceylon Tobacco gained investor interest today as it declared the second interim dividend of LKR 24.00 per share.
The market turnover was LKR 1.1bn. Only single crossing was seen in session, where 51,883 shares of Chevron Lubricants changed hands at LKR 407.00 per share. The crossing accounted for mere 2% of the total turnover. Premier blue-chip, John Keells Holdings, led the turnover list with LKR 255mn. Further, Overseas Realty (LKR 75mn), Laugfs Gas-nonvoting (LKR 52mn), John Keells Holdings – warrant 22 (LKR 37mn) and Chevron Lubricants (LKR 28mn) made notable contributions to the turnover.
The market breadth was positive, as winners topped losers by 129 to 82 in active trading while 48 counters remained unchanged. The cash map declined from 47% to 44%. 12 counters touched 52 week highs in todays’ session, among these were mostly midcaps such as Ceylon Grain Elevators, CIC Holdings, Textured Jersey, Three Acre Farms and United Motors. Only two counters, namely Ceylon Leather Products – warrant 14 and Marawila Resorts, touched 52 week low today. Shares of Marawila Resorts touched a low of LKR 3.00 subsequent to the listing of shares from the rights issue but closed higher at LKR 3.20, +3.2%.
John Keells Holdings warrants led the trades while HVA foods, Grain Elevators and Overseas Realty were also heavily traded in todays’ session.
Investors reacted to the mixed corporate earnings reports and Alumex declined by 5.1% subsequent to the 11% drop in quarter earnings while Keells Foods extended its rally to touch a fresh 52 week high of LKR 155.50,+3.7% as the company reported a 86% growth in its June quarter profits.
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