ASPI surpasses 10,000 points


The bullish run continued for the second consecutive session on Thursday (15) with the benchmark index surpassing 10,000 points to reach a five-and-a-half-month high on a higher turnover with continued foreign entry into the Colombo Bourse.

The benchmark All Share Price Index (ASPI), which started the day at 9,914.12 points, gained 1.60 per cent (158.26 points) to close at 10,072.38 points, its highest since 28 March this year.

The S&P SL20 index representing the top 20 traded shares at the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE), which started at 3,179.79 points, gained 2.28 per cent (72.44 points) to close at 3,252.23 points.

The daily turnover at the CSE on Thursday (15) stood at Rs 5.3 billion, higher than Rs 4.09 billion a year ago.

The Colombo Bourse witnessed a foreign inflow worth Rs 763 million as foreigners purchased shares worth Rs 1070 million, as against sales worth Rs 277 million.

More than 188.9 million shares changed hands on during 43,681 trades that took place.

Shares of more than 261 companies were traded during the day, of which 115 emerged as winners ahead of 106 losers.

The top ten winners during the day were: Ceylon Printers, Nations Trust Bank (non-voting), HDFC Bank, Sanasa Development Bank, Radiant Gems, Orient Finance, Arpico Insurance, Seylan Bank (non-voting), Amana Bank and Sampath Bank.

Top losers were: Myland Developments, Paragon Ceylon, Senkadagala Finance, Ramboda Falls, Tess Agro (non-voting), Regnis, Kegalle Plantations, Hotels Corporation, Laxapana Batteries and Kotagala Plantations.

By Mario Andree