Thursday, 13 December 2012

LSL - Market Review – 13th Dec 2012

Positive momentum continued into today’s trading with most blue-chips gaining ground.  Retail participation gathered activity today on improved sentiment. Gains on Ceylon Tobacco Company helped to bolster the indices with relatively high activity seen on the normal board. Banking sector counters such as Sampath Bank, National Development Bank and Commercial Bank also gained ground. It should be noted that foreigners were net sellers on both yesterday and today.

ASI gained 30.72 points (0.56%) to close at 5,547.36, MPI gained 52.77 points (1.05%) to close at 5,063.96 and the S&P SL 20 index gained 29.74 points (0.99%) to close at 3,024.29. Turnover was Rs. 702.3Mn.

Top contributors to turnover were Ceylon Tobacco Company with Rs. 104.5Mn, Chevron Lubricants with Rs. 99.9Mn and National Development Bank with Rs. 54.1Mn. Most active counters for the day were HVA Foods, Central Investments & Finance and Blue Diamonds.

Notable gainers for the day were Sierra Cables up by 13.0% to close at Rs. 2.60, Tangerine up by 7.3% to close at Rs. 75.00 and The Finance non-voting up by 7.1% to close at Rs. 6.00. Notable losers for the day were PC House down by 5.6% to close at Rs. 5.10, Tess Agro down by 4.4% to close at Rs. 2.20 and asia Asset Finance down by 4.0% to close at Rs. 2.40.

Cash map for today was 63.22%. Foreign participation was 32% of total Market turnover whilst net foreign selling was Rs. 24Mn.

Quote for the day

"Successful investing is anticipating the anticipations of others."  - John Maynard Keynes