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Market gains marginally

Colombo stocks yesterday closed with marginal gains on both benchmark indices. ASI gained 9.55 index points (+0.19%) to close at 5,125.86 while liquid MPI gained 8.03 points (+0.17%) to close at 4,616.89. Daily market turnover improved to Rs.402.1million.

John Keells Holdings recorded the top turnover of Rs.149.9 million with a crossing of 440,855 shares at Rs. 199 per share. Along with that Commercial Bank (Rs.35.3 million) and Distilleries (Rs.28.5 million) reported next best turnover levels respectively. Distilleries also recorded a crossing of 148,000 shares at Rs.136 per share.

Seylan Merchant Bank (non-voting), Swarnamahal Financial Services and Amana Takaful were the mostly traded stocks during the day. Foreign participation accounted for 37% of the total market activity. At the end of the day foreign investors were net sellers with a net foreign outflow of Rs.6 million.

Price appreciations in index heavy stocks such as John Keells Holdings (by Rs.1.10), Bukit Dharah (Rs.4.30) and Sri Lanka Telecom (by Rs.0.70) contributed positively to the market performances.

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