COLOMBO, July 25 Sri Lankan stocks ended little
changed on Friday amid expectation of strong corporate earnings
after market heavyweight John Keells Holdings' upbeat results.
The main stock index ended 0.03 percent, or 2.24
points, higher at 6,783.64, gaining 6.35 percent so far this
month. On Tuesday, the index marked its highest close since
Sept. 20, 2011.
"The market is still not steady as some shares are
overheated. But corporate earnings are expected to show
improvements and we expect more local investors to come back to
the bourse," said a stock broker asking not to be named.
The index has been in the overbought region since July 3,
having risen 14.73 percent so far this year as local investors
moved funds from fixed income to riskier assets in view of the
low interest rate.
Turnover was 1.23 billion rupees ($9.44 million), more than
this year's daily average of about 1.09 billion rupees.
Foreign investors were net buyers of 217.4 million rupees
worth of shares on Friday, extending the year-to-date net
foreign inflow in shares to 10.59 billion rupees.
Shares of Distillers Sri Lanka Plc rose 1.53
percent to 206 rupees, while Dipped Products Plc rose
5.46 percent to 127.40 rupees.
Conglomerate John Keells Holdings Plc, which posted
a 35 percent growth in its June quarter profit, fell 0.46
percent to 238.70 rupees. Analysts said investors sold the stock
citing it was overheated.
($1 = 130.2500 Sri Lankan Rupees)
(Reporting by Ranga Sirilal and Shihar Aneez; Editing by