March 11, 2020 / 1:18 PM / 18 days ago

Sri Lanka shares close higher on financials, consumer staples boost

March 11 (Reuters) - Sri Lankan markets snapped three straight sessions of losses to settle higher on Wednesday, lifted by gains in financial and consumer staples sectors.

** The benchmark stock index closed 1.61% higher at 5,204.52. The index is down 15.1% so far this year.

** Conglomerate John Keells Holdings Plc was the biggest boost to the CSE index, rising 3%.

** Foreign investors were net buyers, picking up 68.3 mln Sri Lankan rupees ($374,246.58) worth of shares, according to exchange data.

** The Sri Lankan rupee was last quoted at 182.5 against the U.S. dollar as of 12:30 GMT, 0.05% lower for the day compared to last session’s close of 182.4, according to Refinitiv data.

** Equity market turnover was 428.9 mln rupees, data showed.

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$1 = 182.5000 Sri Lankan rupees Reporting by Anuron Kumar Mitra in Bengaluru; Editing by Shinjini Ganguli

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