Home / Front Page / Stock market closes at 11-month high; foreign buying boosts sentiment

Stock market closes at 11-month high; foreign buying boosts sentiment


Comments / 1378 Views / Saturday, 29 April 2017 00:02


3

 

Reuters - Shares closed at a more than 11-month high in heavy trading on Friday as foreign buying for 26 sessions in a row took net inflows into equities to Rs. 13.9 billion ($91.39 million) and boosted sentiment.

Foreign investors bought shares worth Rs. 708.2 million on a net basis in the session, bringing the year-to-date net equity inflows to Rs. 16.4 billion.

The Colombo stock index gained 0.59 percent at 6,610.46, its highest close since 20 May. The index added 1.1 percent this week, marking its fifth winning week. A vote on Thursday in the European Parliament in favour of Sri Lanka gaining a trade concession also brought cheer to the market, traders said.

“Continuous foreign buying and the European Parliament vote helped boost retail investor sentiment. Retail investors bought some shares related to garments,” Acuity Stockbrokers CEO Prashan Fernando said.

“We believe the market will gain in the next week too.”

The index has climbed 10.6 percent in the 21 sessions through Friday, having risen for 18 sessions in that period.

Turnover stood at Rs. 1.97 billion, more than double of this year’s daily average of Rs. 908 million.

Market heavyweight John Keells Holdings gained 1 percent, while garment manufacturers Hayleys Fabric PLC and Teejay Lanka PLC rose 1.8 percent and 2 percent, respectively.


Share This Article


COMMENTS

Today's Columnists

Our tryst with mosquitoes!

22 June 2017

This small specie – small in size but quite big in impact – is creating havoc among us these days. The Government has a serious emergency at hand consequent to mosquito bites and specifically the bites of one species – Aedes aegy...


Crisis and foresight analysis

22 June 2017

The dawn of the Fourth Industrial Revolution brings with the promise of further human advancement. And yet, while humanity should be aspiring for a better life, disturbing events like the terrorist attacks in Manchester, London, and the Philippine...


The issue is incitement

22 June 2017

  The entire discussion or debate about the BBS, Gnanasara Thero and extremism is missing something. The discussion confuses ultra-nationalism, chauvinism, Islamophobia and extremism with the real issue: incitement to violenc...


Should State banks continue outside the purview of the Ministry of Finance?

21 June 2017

The controversial divorce of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) from the duties and functions falling within the Ministry of Finance and transferring it to a new Ministry under the Prime Minister has become a hot subject of discussion.  B...


Columnists More