Daily market turnover was LKR 1.4bn. John Keells Holdings topped the turnover list with LKR 207mn followed by Commercial Bank (LKR 190mn), Aitken Spence (LKR 153mn) and Sierra Cable (LKR 66mn). Several negotiated deals were recorded in Anilana Hotels & Properties (4.5mn shares at LKR 5.00 per share), Commercial Bank (1mn shares at a price range of LKR 169.00-168.00 per share) and Aitken Spence (0.3mn shares at LKR 98.00 per share). Total crossings accounted for 15% of the market turnover.
Price depreciations in blue chips such as John Keells Holdings (closed at LKR 179.90, -2.2%), Ceylon Tobacco (closed at LKR 979.00, -0.1%) and Nestle Lanka (closed at LKR 2,050.00, - 2.8%) affected negatively to the index performance.
Further negative price movements in index high banking counters namely, National
Development Bank (-4%), Hatton National Bank (-2.5%), Sampath Bank (-1.5%), DFCC Bank (-0.6%) and Commercial Bank (-0.4%) also contributed negatively to the market performance.
Reflecting the negative market breath, losers surpassed the gainers 175 to 49 while 40 counters remained unchanged. Cash map remained unchanged at 35%. 13 counters declined to 52wk low prices while only Taprobane Holdings advanced to a fresh 52wk high price of LKR 5.40, +6%. However the counter closed at LKR 5.30, +4%.
Ceylon Grain Elevators continued to attract investor interest during the session. Further shares of Lanka IOC, John Keells Holdings & its warrant (W0022) and Aitken Spence were among mostly traded counters.
Meanwhile Vallibel One declared an interim dividend of LKR 0.50 per share during the session while Distilleries declared a final dividend of LKR 3.25 per share. Despite the dividend announcements both counters witnessed negative returns where Vallibel One closed at LKR 24.30, -0.8% while Distilleries closed at LKR 285.00, -3.4%.
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