The Colombo Stock Exchange’s main index, or All Share Price Index (ASPI), ended 0.29 percent, or 17.47 points, higher at 5,943.76.
Conglomerate Aitken Spence PLC accounted for 72 percent of the day’s turnover on a block deal and closed 0.39 percent firmer at Rs.130 a share.
“In terms of market trajectory, we expect the bourse to test the 6000 key resistance level next week although intermittent bouts of profit taking could result in temporary dislocations,” DNH Financial in Colombo said in a note to investors.
The index rose 19 percent in 15 sessions through to September 17 on hopes that a new Securities and Exchange Commission head would come up with ideas to revive the market, which is down 2.15 percent this year.
The bourse has been overbought since August 28, Thomson Reuters data shows. The 14-day Relative Strength Index yesterday was at 83.073, well above the upper neutral range of 70.
Turnover yesterday was Rs.4.26 billion ($32.51 million), the highest since January 26 and more than four times this year’s daily average of Rs.942 million.
The bourse saw a net foreign inflow of Rs.278 million, extending the net foreign inflow this year to Rs.30.63 billion.
The rupee closed firmer at 130.90/131.00 to the dollar compared with Tuesday’s close of 131.00/05 as banks bought rupees, dealers said.