The bourse enjoyed net foreign inflows (NFIs), albeit nominal, for five consecutive market days to yesterday (22) after 28 calendar days, with yesterday’s value being Rs 66.4 million. However, in the calendar year to yesterday it has suffered a net foreign outflow of Rs 1,112.2 million.
Meanwhile, the bourse gained for three consecutive market days to yesterday after a lapse of seven days, aided by the Monetary Board keeping Central Bank of Sri Lanka’s policy rates unchanged at its Wednesday’s meeting. Consequently, the ASPI gained by 1.25 per cent to 9,087.59 points yesterday over Friday, the S&P SL 20 Index by 1.48 per cent to 9,087.59 points on a Rs 3.14 billion turnover.
The last time the ASPI hit a higher figure than yesterday was seven calendar days ago on 15 August and the S&P SL 20 Index six calendar days ago on 16 August. Meanwhile, the ASPI made a turnover of over Rs three billion for two consecutive market days to yesterday after a lapse of five calendar days to yesterday. The number of shares traded yesterday was 130.1 million.
By Paneetha Ameresekere