Tuesday, 30 April 2013
Indices trended in and out of the red zone but retail selling forced the main index to falter. High dividend yielding blue-chips were seen trading above their previous closing prices. Treasury yields fell in today’s auction which might indicate that policy rates will see a drop in the next months’ review. Few blue-chips extended their 52-week gains which portrays a healthy market.
ASI fell 14.43 points (0.24%) to close at 5,953.19 and the S&P SL20 index gained points 2.65 (0.08%) to close at 3,365.79. Turnover was Rs. 876.3Mn.
Top contributors to turnover were Colombo Land & Development with Rs. 260.9Mn, Commercial bank with Rs. 117.9Mn and National Development Bank with Rs. 72.3Mn. Most active counters were Colombo Land & Development, Touchwood Investments and Lanka IOC.
Notable gainers for the day were Abans Financial Services up by 20.8% to close at Rs. 34.80, Lanka IOC up by 12.1% to close at Rs. 25.00 and Blue Diamonds non-voting up by 6.3% to close at Rs. 1.70. Notable losers for the day were Ceylon Leather Products down by 6.0% to close at Rs. 4.70, Citrus Waskaduwa down by 5.7% to close at Rs. 6.60 and Ceylon tea Brokers down by 5.7% to close at Rs. 5.00.
Cash amp was 48.5%. Foreign participation was 18.40% of total market turnover whilst net foreign buying was Rs. 85.8Mn.