REUTERS: Sri Lankan shares rose for a third straight session yesterday and posted their highest close in two weeks, as foreign investors continued to buy into banking and diversified stocks after recent losses.
Overseas investors, who have offloaded shares worth a net Rs.5.63 billion ($38.83 million) so far this year, bought equities worth a net Rs.179.7 million yesterday.
Turnover rose to the highest level since May 27, at Rs.1.02 billion, well above this year’s daily average of Rs.736.1 million.
“Buying interest is slowly coming into the market, with signs of an improvement in macroeconomic factors,” said Dimantha Mathew, head of research, First Capital Equities (Pvt) Ltd.“Net foreign buying is also boosting local investors’ confidence.”
The benchmark Colombo stock index ended 0.88 percent higher at 6,366.31, its highest close since June 24. It gained 1.26 percent this week, the first weekly
gain in four.
Shares have been on a downward trend recently, hitting their lowest close since April 7 on Monday after falling 10 out of 11 sessions, on worries over a capital gains tax on stocks, high interest rates and policy uncertainty.
Shares of Ceylon Cold Stores Plc jumped 6.31 percent, while those of conglomerate John Keells Holdings Plc and Commercial Bank of Ceylon Plc rose 1.01 percent and 1.64 percent, respectively.