Friday, March 23, 2018

© Reuters.  Sri Lanka stocks higher at close of trade; CSE All-Share up 0.29%© Reuters. Sri Lanka stocks higher at close of trade; CSE All-Share up 0.29% – Sri Lanka stocks were higher after the close on Tuesday, as gains in the Investment Trust, Footwear & Textile and Healthcare sectors led shares higher.

At the close in Colombo, the CSE All-Share rose 0.29%.

The best performers of the session on the CSE All-Share were Lanka Cement PLC (CM:LCEM), which rose 18.60% or 0.80 points to trade at 5.10 at the close. Meanwhile, Hunas Falls Hotels PLC (CM:HUNA) added 13.28% or 6.80 points to end at 58.00 and Kotmale Holdings PLC (CM:LAMB) was up 12.25% or 24.50 points to 224.50 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Indo Malay PLC (CM:INDO), which fell 22.99% or 328.60 points to trade at 1101.00 at the close. Adam Investments Ltd (CM:ADAM) declined 20.00% or 0.100 points to end at 0.400 and Agalawatte Plantations PLC (CM:AGAL) was down 11.65% or 2.90 points to 22.00.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Colombo Stock Exchange by 122 to 63 and 53 ended unchanged.

Crude oil for November delivery was up 0.85% or 0.43 to $50.78 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in November rose 0.65% or 0.36 to hit $55.84 a barrel, while the December Gold Futures contract rose 0.08% or 0.99 to trade at $1311.79 a troy ounce.

GBP/LKR was up 0.28% to 206.875, while USD/LKR rose 0.10% to 153.170.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.17% at 91.65.

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