June 1 (Reuters) - Sri Lankan shares advanced for a fifth
straight session on Tuesday, boosted by gains in financial and
consumer staples stocks.
* The CSE All-Share Index closed 0.64% higher at
* Commercial Bank of Ceylon Plc and investment
company Browns Investments Plc were the top boosts to
the index, rising 3.2% each.
* Sri Lanka has reported 186,364 total confirmed coronavirus
cases and 1,484 deaths as of Tuesday, according to health
ministry data https://hpb.health.gov.lk/covid19-dashboard.
* Trading volume fell to 110.9 million from 119.6 million in
the previous session.
* Foreign investors were net sellers in the equity market,
offloading shares worth 137.8 million rupees ($701,272.26),
according to exchange data.
* The Sri Lankan rupee was last quoted at 196.5
against the U.S. dollar as of 1206 GMT, 0.25% stronger for the
day compared with last session's close of 197, according to
* Equity market turnover was 2.91 billion rupees, exchange
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(Reporting by Anuron Kumar Mitra in Bengaluru; Editing by