June 8 (Reuters) - Sri Lankan shares closed lower on
Tuesday, dragged down by losses in financial and industrial
stocks, as coronavirus cases rose in the island nation.
* The CSE All-Share Index ended down 0.65% at
* Sri Lanka reported 2,646 confirmed coronavirus cases on
Tuesday, taking the total to 207,979, according to health
ministry data https://hpb.health.gov.lk/covid19-dashboard.
* Commercial Bank of Ceylon Plc and investment
company Browns Investments Plc were the top drags to
the index, falling 1.6% and 1.5%, respectively.
* Trading volume fell to 97.9 million from 114.9 million in
the previous session.
* Foreign investors were net sellers in the equity market,
offloading shares worth 70.9 million rupees ($359,898.48),
according to exchange data.
* The Sri Lankan rupee was last quoted at 197
against the U.S. dollar as of 1211 GMT, 0.25% weaker for the day
compared to the previous session's close of 196.5, according to
* Equity market turnover was 2 billion rupees, exchange data
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($1 = 197.0000 Sri Lankan rupees)
(Reporting by Anuron Kumar Mitra in Bengaluru; Editing by Amy