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CSE market capitalization hits Rs. 3 trillion

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By Hiran H.Senewiratne 

CSE market capitalization crossed the Rs.3 trillion mark on January 4. Accordi-ngly, market capitalization at the end of the relevant trading session was Rs. 3,013,426,581,096.

Ceylon Tobacco Company (CTC) is the largest listed company in the CSE in terms of market capitalization with Rs.211 billion. Second is John Keells Holdings with a market capitalization of Rs.197 billion and third Dialog Axiata with a market capitalization of Rs.102 billion.

Market capitalization, or “market cap”  is calculated by multiplying the total number of a company’s outstanding shares by the current market price of one share. Market cap is used to size up corporations and understand their aggregate market value.

Certain of the CBSL’s market friendly policy plans which were revealed by the Governor Prof. W.D Lakshman are seen as providing an impetus to the stock market. 

Yesterday at the CSE, crossings were reported in Kelani Cables, which crossed 600,000 shares to the tune of Rs. 71.1 million, its shares trading at Rs. 118.50, Alumex three million shares crossed for Rs. 68.5 million and its shares traded at Rs. 22.50, TJLanka 977,000 shares crossed for Rs. 38.1 million, its shares fetching Rs. 39, Amana Takaful 2.6 million shares crossed for Rs. 29.5 million its shares traded at Rs. 11, JKH 149,000 shares crossed for Rs. 22.4 million with its shares trading at Rs. 150. Meanwhile, Vallibel One 750,000 shares crossed for Rs. 21.3 million, its shares traded at Rs. 28.50, Hayleys Fabrics 700,000 shares crossed for Rs. 20.2 million, its shares traded at Rs. 25.90 and Softlogic Capital five million shares crossed for Rs. 20 million, registering a share price of Rs. 4.

In the retail market top five companies that mainly contributed to the turnover were, Browns Investments Rs. 1.26 billion (249.7 million shares traded), Expolanka Rs. 634.4 million (19.7 million shares traded), ACL Cables Rs. 372 million (4.2 million shares traded), Alumex Rs. 240 million (10.3 million shares traded) and Vallibel One Rs. 193.9 million (6.6 million shares traded). All Share Price Index was up by 83.88 points and S and P SL20 up by 21.20. During the day  434.6 million share volumes changed hands in 39,000 transactions.

Further,  ACL Cables will go for a subdivision of shares whereby one ordinary share will be subdivided into two ordinary shares. Under this, 119.5 million shares will be subdivided into 239.6 million shares. With this move ACL Cables’ share value appreciated by Rs. 3.40 or four percent. Its shares started trading at Rs. 84.10 and at the end of the day they moved up to Rs. 87.50.   

Sri Lanka rupee was quoted stronger around 190/192 to the US dollar in the one month market on Tuesday, while bond yields were steady, dealers said. Sri Lanka rupee last closed at 191/193 levels on Monday. In the secondary securities market, bond yields were steady in dull trade dealers said.



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HNB joins CBSL to promote ‘Rata Purama LANKAQR’ campaign in Kandy

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HNB PLC once again joined the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) to promote the ‘Rata Purama LANKAQR’ campaign to raise awareness and encourage the public in the Kandy district towards a cashless payment ecosystem.

HNB, together with other financial institutions and telecommunication partners, participated in the day-long event held at the Kandy City Center. The bank raised awareness regarding its LANKAQR integrated HNB SOLO payment app while onboarding merchants during the promotional campaign.

“During the early stages of the pandemic we witnessed many of our customers and members of the public seamlessly adopt our cashless and contactless payment app HNB SOLO. With COVID and the subsequent launch of the ‘Rata Purama LANKAQR’ campaign the number of users of these types of systems have increased exponentially.

“Given that the mutual vision of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka and HNB is for a financially and technologically empowered Sri Lanka, HNB is proud to serve as an enthusiastic partner to roll out LANKAQR island-wide. The fact that we now have merchants in the cultural capital of Sri Lanka making this shift is another major milestone in this digitalization journey,” HNB Deputy General Manager – Retail and SME Banking, Sanjay Wijemanne said.

 

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ComBank’s ATM network sets new records for cash dispensed during festive season

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The automated teller machine (ATM) network of Commercial Bank of Ceylon dispensed a record Rs 8.818 billion on 9th and 10th April 2021, shattering the previous records for the highest and second highest cash disbursements for a 24-hour period, as Sri Lanka’s leading private bank facilitated the celebration of the Sinhala and Tamil New Year.

The disbursements of Rs 4.498 billion on April 9 and Rs 4.320 billion on the following day represented a substantial increase over the single-day values recorded in previous years.

In total, Commercial Bank dispensed Rs 41.748 billion via its ATM network between 1st and 15th April 2021 at an average of Rs 2.783 billion per day, reaffirming the indispensable role it plays in the lives of Sri Lankans, as well as the reliability and robustness of the network. On seven of these 15 days the network dispensed more than Rs 2 billion a day, and on five days disbursements exceeded Rs 3 billion a day, the Bank said.

Comprising of 890 ATMs, the network processed 2.434 million transactions over the 15 days at an average of 168,988 transactions a day, while on 9th April, the number of transactions processed totalled 233,990 at an average of 9,749 transactions per hour or 162 transactions per minute.

The first Sri Lankan bank to be listed among the Top 1000 Banks of the World and the only Sri Lankan bank to be so listed for 10 years consecutively, Commercial Bank operates a network of 268 branches in Sri Lanka. The Bank’s overseas operations encompass Bangladesh, where the bank operates 19 outlets; Myanmar, where it has a Microfinance company in Nay Pyi Taw; and the Maldives, where the bank has a fully-fledged Tier I Bank with a majority stake.

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‘Ceylinco VIP Cyber Tharu’ to showcase Sri Lankan talent

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Ceylinco General Insurance has announced an online competition with a novel concept to showcase Sri Lankan talent by providing a platform for them with the opportunity to win handsome cash prizes.

“This time, our effort is to organize an online competition that provides an opportunity for Sri Lankan people to display their talent and also to identify hidden talents whilst rewarding them. There will be five overall winners whose prize money will be over Rs. 1 million and each category winner will get Rs 100,000/-. Ten randomly picked voters too will receive handsome cash awards,” said Patrick Alwis, chairman CEO of Ceylinco General Insurance.

The guidelines and the criteria of the competition were announced recently through a dedicated website and other social media platforms: Facebook, Instagram, twitter, You Tube as well as LinkedIn. Contestants can perform under five categories, namely, singing, dancing, instrumental performances, fashion modelling and funny videos / Standup comedy. Individuals over 18 years could perform under the individual category whilst the group category will have no age limit.

Under the group category either families or a group of friends could take part. Each entry will have to be specially recorded for this competition. Prior to recording the performance, they should download the image of the logo and have it displayed prominently in the background. Performances could be recorded using a smart phone or a video cam.

 

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