May 19 (Reuters) - The Sri Lankan market closed higher for a fifth straight session on Tuesday, helped by a rise in consumer staples and financial stocks.
** The benchmark stock index, which is down 23.3% so far this year, closed up 2.04% at 4,701.03.
** Shares of beverage maker Ceylon Cold Stores Plc and conglomerate Melstacorp Plc were among the biggest boosts to the index, rising 15% and 10.5% respectively.
** Foreign investors were net sellers in the equity market, offloading 545.7 million Sri Lankan rupees ($2.91 million) worth of shares, according to exchange data.
** The Sri Lankan rupee was quoted at 187.4 against the U.S. dollar as of 1158 GMT, unchanged from the previous session’s close, according to Refinitiv data.
** Equity market turnover was 1.18 billion Sri Lankan rupees, data showed.
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