REUTERS: Sri Lankan shares fell for an eighth straight session yesterday, closing at their lowest in more than eight months, in typical holiday-thinned trade as investors stayed away ahead of the Christmas weekend.
The Colombo stock index ended 0.28 percent weaker at 6,209.65, its lowest close since April 6. The bourse has fallen 2 percent in the last eight straight sessions through yesterday.
Turnover slumped to a near four-week low of Rs.114.5 million, less than a sixth of this year’s daily average of Rs.740.6 million.
“A lot of people are out of office because of holiday season. Foreign trading is also very slow because of the year-end holidays in other markets as well. We see the same sentiment prevailing until the new year,” said Softlogic Stockbrokers Deputy CEO Hussain Gany.
Foreign investors bought a net Rs.25.3 million worth of shares, extending the year-to-date net foreign inflow to Rs.625.7 million into equities.
Banking and telecommunications sectors saw market activity, with trading in top mobile phone operator Dialog Axiata accounting for 24 percent of the day’s turnover.
Shares in large cap Ceylon Tobacco Company lost 2.4 percent in lacklustre trade, while top private lender Commercial Bank of Ceylon fell 1.2 percent to drag down the overall index.