ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka stocks closed 0.17 percent lower on Monday with Ceylon Tobacco Company (CTC) dragging the index down, brokers said.
The All Share Price Index (ASPI) at the Colombo Stock Exchange closed 8.97 points lower at 5,354.53, falling from an intra-day high of 5,369.23 in the first half hour of trade, and recovering from a low of 5,348.66 in the final hour.
The ASPI has now fallen for three straight days, after gaining 92.50 points from the start of the month till last Wednesday.
“Investors are now adopting a wait-and-see approach until the June quarter earnings are released,” said Atchuthan Srirangan, Assistant Manager at First Capital Research.
The S&P SL20 Index of more liquid stocks closed 0.01 percent or 0.22 points up at 2,489.20.
The market turnover 261.4 million rupees with 54 stocks gaining and 59 stocks declining.
There was high foreign participation with 125.9 million rupees in outflows from the market.
CTC dragged the ASPI down, closing 20.10 rupees lower at 1,279.90 rupees a share.
CTC was moved out of the S&P SL20 Index on Friday.
Hemas Holdings closed 2.20 rupees down at 61.90 rupees a share and Cargills (Ceylon) closed 4.80 rupees down at 190.10 rupees a share, also pushing the ASPI down.
Sampath Bank accounted for half the daily turnover, and closed 50 cents lower at 138 rupees a share.
Retail investor interest was seen on Singer Finance, which closed 20 cents up at 12.40 rupees a share.
(COLOMBO, 24 June, 2019)