Nov 30 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's main stock index ended higher
for a fifth consecutive session on Monday, driven by gains in
financial and consumer staple companies.
** The CSE All Share index closed 1.02% higher at
** Hatton National Bank and conglomerate Melstacorp
were the top boosts to the benchmark, climbing 7.4%
and 6.6%, respectively.
** Trading volume on the main index rose to 82.8 million
from 76 million in the previous session.
** Sri Lanka dollar bonds lost as much as 3 cents after
Fitch downgraded the country's sovereign credit rating to "CCC"
on Friday, warning that it was increasingly at risk of default.
** Foreign investors were net sellers, offloading 149.7
million Sri Lankan rupees ($807,008) worth of shares, according
to exchange data.
** Equity market turnover was 2.41 billion Sri Lankan
rupees, data showed.
** The Sri Lankan rupee was last quoted at 185.50
against the dollar.
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($1 = 185.5000 Sri Lankan rupees)
(Reporting by Sachin Ravikumar in Bengaluru;
Editing by Vinay Dwivedi)