Sunday, 4 October 2009

Sri Lanka stocks hit new high ASPI - Trading Friday - 02 Oct, 2009

Sri Lankan shares closed at a record high Friday, as investors expecting the bull run to continue on the short term with periodical profit taking, while upcoming quarterly results will point at the bourses long term direction.

The All Share Price Index (ASPI) was up 0.68 percent (20.41 points) to end at 3,018.01 while Milanka index liquid stocks gained 1.25 percent (42.00 points) to close at 3,394.86, according to provisional stock exchange figures.

Turnover was 1.07 billion rupees, with a year-to-date turnover of 89.2 billion rupees, the stock exchange said.

The ASPI has shot up 100.8 percent this year, while the Milanka is up 108.1 percent, a stock exchange statement said.

On Friday there was net foreign outflows worth 33.0 million rupees, with foreign investors buying 199.0 million worth shares and selling shares valued at 232.0 million rupees.

According to Bloomberg Newswire the Colombo Stock Exchange is the best performing market in Asia and the fourth best performing index in the world, the exchange said.

Today is a day that goes down in history with the ASPI reaching 3,018 points and a market capitalization of 967 billion rupees reflecting the positive attitude of investors.

Index heavy conglomerate John Keells Holdings (JKH) closed at 154.00 rupees, up 1.00, while Distilleries Company of Sri Lanka closed at 89.25 rupees, up 2.25.

Seylan Merchant Bank 18 million non-voting shares changed hands. It closed at 80 cents, up 10 cents.

Commercial Bank of Ceylon closed at 176.25 rupees, up 2.25, while National Development Bank closed at 190.75 rupees, down 1.00.Sampath Bank closed at 179.50 rupees, up 8.50, while DFCC Bank closed at 153.00 rupees, up 1.00.

Nestles Lanka, a unit of Swiss based food company Nestles closed at 411.50 rupees, up 1.75, while Ceylon Tobacco, Sri Lankan unit of British American Tobacco closed at 185.00 rupees, up 2.50.

Celco Dialog Telekom, the Sri Lankan unit of Telekom Malaysia closed at 7.00 rupees, up 25 cents, while Sri Lanka Telecom closed 45.00 rupees, down 50 cents.