Dec 31 (Reuters) - Sri Lankan shares closed out 2020 at a
near five-year high, helped by gains in consumer staples and
financial stocks, with the benchmark stock index gaining
10.5% for the year in its best performance since 2014.
* The CSE All Share Index ended up 0.39% at 6,774.22
on Thursday, its highest closing level since early Jan. 2016.
* Trading volume on the index rose to 187.07 million from
146.28 million on Wednesday.
* Browns Investments Plc and beverage maker Ceylon
Cold Stores Plc were the biggest boosts to the index,
ending up 4.9% and 2.2%, respectively.
* Foreign investors were net sellers in the equity market,
offloading 110.5 million rupees ($597,297.30) worth of shares,
according to exchange data.
* The Sri Lankan rupee was last quoted at 185
against the U.S. dollar as of 11:57 GMT, according to Refinitiv
data. The currency is down 2.04% this year.
* Equity market turnover was about 3 billion rupees,
exchange data showed.
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($1 = 185.0000 Sri Lankan rupees)
(Reporting by Anuron Kumar Mitra in Bengaluru; Editing by