Aug 24 (Reuters) - Sri Lankan shares closed at a more than
six-month high on Tuesday, driven by a surge in financial
* The CSE All-Share index ended up 2.2% at 8,667.95
points, the highest since Feb. 1.
* Financial services provider Commercial Leasing and Finance
Plc was the top boost to the index, rising 49.71%.
* The equity market's turnover was 10 billion rupees,
according to the exchange's data.
* Trading volume on the exchange rose to 421.4 million
shares from 398.73 million shares in the previous session.
* Foreign investors were net sellers in the equity market,
offloading shares worth 296.6 million rupees, exchange data
* The island-nation reported https://hpb.health.gov.lk/covid19-dashboard
194 fatalities due to COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, bringing
the death toll to 7,560.
* Sri Lanka is currently under a 10-day lockdown with
COVID-19 cases rising by 4,355 in the last 24 hours, and total
confirmed cases at 394,355.
* Data https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/region/sri-lanka from
Johns Hopkins University showed the country has fully vaccinated
25.98% of its population so far.
* Thirty three stocks hit fresh highs, while 26 companies
hit new lows on the main exchange, according to Refinitiv Eikon
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(Reporting by Nallur Sethuraman in Bengaluru; Editing by Vinay
Dwivedi and Amy Caren Daniel)