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ASI: 5,603.4 (up 12 points, +0.21%), S&P SL20: 2,715.7 (down 6 points, -0.24%)

Turnover: Rs.189mn (+9%)

Exchange Rate 1US$ = Rs.174.65

Market Capitalization: US$15.1bn

Foreign Purchases: Rs.75mn (-42%)

Foreign Sales: Rs.28mn (-71%)

East West Properties (EAST – Rs.19.0) emerged as the top contributor to turnover with Rs.70mn (3.8mn shares), followed by John Keells Holdings (JKH-N – Rs.152.5) with Rs.37mn turnover (0.2mn shares) and Hemas Holdings (HHL – Rs.75.0) with Rs.23mn turnover (0.3mn shares)

Local Economy News:

Sri Lanka’s External Trade Performance for January 2019 was released with export earnings increasing +8% YoY to US$1,038mn and import expenditure decreasing -18% YoY to US$1,655mn. Consequently, the balance of trade deficit for January 2019 decreased to -US$617mn (vs. -US$1,049mn in Jan 2018).