COLOMBO, Oct 12 (Reuters) - Sri Lankan shares rose about 1 percent on Thursday in heavy trade and posted their highest close in more than 10 weeks, with banks leading the gains, brokers said.
Turnover was 1.43 billion rupees ($9.30 million), well above this year’s daily average of 938.4 million rupees.
The Colombo stock index rose for a third straight session and ended 0.94 percent firmer at 6,621.56, its highest close since July 31.
“Interest on banks was high. Mid-cap and plantation shares were also on demand,” said Softlogic Stockbrokers deputy CEO Hussain Gani.
Shares of Ceylon Cold Stores Plc ended 5.9 percent firmer, Hatton National Bank Plc rose 2.7 percent, DFCC Bank Plc ended up 6.1 percent and Sri Lanka Telecom Plc climbed 5.7 percent.
Foreign investors were net sellers of shares worth 274 million rupees on Thursday, after having bought 3.7 billion rupees of equities in the 16 sessions through Tuesday. They have net bought 20.2 billion rupees worth of shares so far this year. ($1 = 153.7000 Sri Lankan rupees) (Reporting by Ranga Sirilal and Shihar Aneez; Editing by Subhranshu Sahu)