Sri Lanka stocks higher at close of trade; CSE All-Share up 0.52%

© Reuters.  Sri Lanka stocks higher at close of trade; CSE All-Share up 0.52%© Reuters. Sri Lanka stocks higher at close of trade; CSE All-Share up 0.52% – Sri Lanka stocks were higher after the close on Friday, as gains in the , and sectors led shares higher.

At the close in Colombo, the rose 0.52%.

The best performers of the session on the were Sathosa Motors PLC (CM:), which rose 17.82% or 59.00 points to trade at 390.00 at the close. Meanwhile, Nanda Investments and Finance PLC (CM:) added 16.94% or 4.20 points to end at 29.00 and Swarnamahal Financial Services PLC (CM:) was up 14.29% or 0.100 points to 0.800 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were PC Pharma PLC (CM:), which fell 50.00% or 0.1000 points to trade at 0.1000 at the close. Industrial Asphalts (Ceylon) PLC (CM:) declined 23.69% or 93.50 points to end at 301.10 and Gestetner of Ceylon PLC (CM:) was down 8.70% or 10.00 points to 105.00.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Colombo Stock Exchange by 105 to 52 and 53 ended unchanged.

Shares in Sathosa Motors PLC (CM:) rose to 5-year highs; gaining 17.82% or 59.00 to 390.00. Shares in PC Pharma PLC (CM:) fell to all time lows; down 50.00% or 0.1000 to 0.1000.

Crude oil for February delivery was down 0.53% or 0.34 to $ 63.61 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in March fell 0.56% or 0.39 to hit $ 68.92 a barrel, while the February Gold Futures contract rose 0.62% or 8.20 to trade at $ 1335.40 a troy ounce.

GBP/LKR was up 0.18% to 214.115, while USD/LKR rose 0.02% to 153.910.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.21% at 90.12.

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