ASPI reversed its negative trajectory after five days as a result of price gains in counters such as Hemas Holdings, Lanka Orix Leasing Company and Commercial Bank whilst turnover crossed Rs 1.4 Bn. S&P SL20 also closed in green.High net worth and institutional investor participation was witnessed in National Development Bank, Asiri Hospital Holdings, Royal Ceramics Lanka, Aitken Spence and Dialog Axiata. Crossings accounted for 65.1% of turnover. Mixed interest was observed in Textured Jersey Lanka, Union Bank of Colombo and Asiri Hospital Holdings whilst retail interest was noted in Ceylon Grain Elevators, Three Acre Farms and Asia Asset Finance. Meanwhile, foreigners remained active closing as net sellers mainly due to foreign selling in Asiri Hospital Holdings.
Banks, Finance and Insurance sector was the top contributor to the market turnover (due to National Development Bank) whilst the sector index gained 0.26%. The share price of National Development Bank decreased by Rs 0.40 (0.18%) to close at Rs 220.90.Health Care sector was the second highest contributor to the market turnover (due to Asiri Hospital Holdings) whilst the sector index increased by 1.46%. The share price of Asiri Hospital Holdings gained Rs 0.40 (1.63%) closing at Rs 25.00 whilst foreign holdings decreased by 4,899,527 shares.Royal Ceramics, Dialog Axiata and John Keells Holdings were also included amongst the top turnover contributors. The share price of Royal Ceramics moved up by Rs 1.30 (1.17%) to close at Rs 112.00. The share price of Dialog Axiata closed flat at Rs 11.00. The share price of John Keells Holdings appreciated by Rs 0.80 (0.44%) to close at Rs 184.20.
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