June 4 (Reuters) - Sri Lankan shares fell marginally in low-volume trading on Thursday, as losses in real estate and healthcare stocks offset gains in financial and industrial sectors, while the rupee strengthened for a fifth consecutive session.
** The benchmark CSE All Share Index closed down 0.03% at 4,781.03, ending in the red for a fifth straight day.
** Trading volume on the benchmark index slumped to 14.8 million from 49.1 million on Wednesday.
** Meanwhile, the island nation’s U.S. dollar-denominated government bond jumped as much as 5.9 cents, its second day of sharp gains
** The Sri Lankan rupee was quoted at 185.4 against the U.S. dollar as of 1128 GMT, about 0.2% stronger compared with last session’s close of 185.75, according to Refinitiv data.
** Real estate firm Property Development Plc and hospital operator Asiri Hospital Holdings PLC were among the biggest drags, falling 11.8% and 5.3%, respectively.
** Insurer Ceylinco Insurance PLC rose the most at 18.1%.
** Ratings agency Fitch on Wednesday said it had revised three Sri Lankan non-financial corporates’ ratings a week after it recalibrated the country’s national rating scale.
** Foreign investors were net sellers on Thursday, offloading 276.4 million Sri Lankan rupees ($1.49 million) worth of shares, according to exchange data.
** Equity market turnover was 605.1 million Sri Lankan rupees, data showed.
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