Saturday, March 2, 2013

Bourse closes week looking up - HNB dominates trading

The Colombo bourse closed the week looking up on a turnover of Rs.673.9 million, down from the previous day’s Rs.1.43 billion, with both indices up – the All Share by 16.79 points (0.30%) and S&P SL20 by 12.46 points (0.39%) with 125 gainers outpacing 82 losers while 104 counters closed flat.

Half the day’s turnover came off trades in HNB where two crossings of nearly 2.1 million shares at a price of Rs.149 generated Rs.310.6 million and floor trades of over 0.3 million shares contributed a further Rs.50.9 million.

Other crossings were Chevron where nearly 0.2 million shares were transacted at Rs.217.50 generating a turnover of Rs.38.4 million and Sampath where 0.1 million shares were crossed at Rs.235 contributing Rs.23.million to turnover.

HNB closed Rs.1.30 up on the floor at Rs.149 with over 0.3 million shares traded between Rs.147 and Rs.150 while Sampath closed a rupee up at Rs.235 on over 0.1 million shares done between Rs.232 and Rs.235.50 contributing Rs.31.5 million to turnover.

Royal Ceramics closed Rs.2 up at Rs.99 on 0.3 million shares while Ceylon Tobacco, which fell sharply on Thursday, regained some lost momentum closing Rs.32.50 up at Rs.755 on 20,799 shares traded between Rs.730 and Rs.770.

Among other most traded counters were Piramal Glass closing flat at Rs.6.20 on nearly 2 million shares, nearly 0.1 million HNB (non-voting) up Rs.3 to close at Rs.121 and 0.1 million Commercial Bank (voting) closing flat at Rs.109.

Lanka Walltiles announced an interim dividend Re.1 per share for 2012/13 XD from March 12 and with payment on March 21.

The Singer group announced dividends with Singer Sri Lanka to pay a final dividend of Rs.6 per share for 2012 XD from March 11 and payment on March 20, Regnis a final dividend of Rs.2.50 per share (all dates same for the group)and Singer Industries a final dividend of Rs.1.50 per share.

Seylan Developments announced a first and final dividend 25 cents a share for 2012 with dates to be notified while Nestle announced an interim dividend of Rs.30 per share for 2012 XD from March 11 and payment on March 20.

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