June 30, 2020 / 12:40 PM / 5 days ago

Sri Lankan shares end lower, post best quarter in 6 years

June 30 (Reuters) - Sri Lankan shares ended lower for the second straight session on Tuesday, with industrial and telecom stocks losing the most, even as they posted their best quarter since 2014.

** The benchmark CSE All Share Index closed down about 0.1% at 5,149.57.

** The index closed the quarter up 12.6%, its best performance since the September quarter of 2014, after hitting a decade low on May 12.

** Industrial conglomerate John Keells Holdings Plc and mobile service operator Dialog Axiata PLC were the biggest drags, falling 1.6% and 2.5%, respectively.

** However, Ceylinco Insurance limited losses by adding 16.7%.

** Foreign investors were net sellers, offloading 949.9 million rupees ($5.10 million) worth of shares, according to exchange data.

** Trading volume rose to 42.6 million from 34.4 million in the previous session, while equity market turnover was 2.30 billion rupees.

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