REUTERS: Sri Lankan shares touched a near three-month closing high yesterday as investors picked up bank and diversified shares, brokers said.
The Colombo stock index finished 0.28 percent firmer at 6,633.20, its highest close since July 31.
Shares of the biggest listed lender, Commercial Bank of Ceylon Plc, rose 1.8 percent while Hemas Holdings Plc ended 2.4 percent higher. Sampath Bank Plc climbed 2.3 percent while conglomerate John Keells Holdings Plc gained 0.7 percent.
“Market is up on foreign blue chip buying. Foreigners are active again and block deals pushed the turnover levels,” said Atchuthan Srirangan, senior research analyst, First Capital Holdings PLC.
“Retail investors are still awaiting corporate results and budget, but foreign investors are active.”
Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera will present the 2018 budget on Nov. 9.
Turnover stood at Rs.1.2 billion (US$7.8 million), more than this year’s daily average of Rs. 938.3 million.
Foreign investors net bought shares worth Rs.36.1 million yesterday, extending the year-to-date net foreign inflow to Rs.19.7 billion worth equities.