July 14 (Reuters) - Sri Lankan shares closed higher for a
fourth straight session on Wednesday, helped by gains in
financial stocks and consumer staples.
* The CSE All-Share index settled up 0.33% at
* Browns Investments Plc and Lanka ORIX Leasing
Company Plc were the top boosts to the index, ending
up 3.3% and 1.2%, respectively.
* Sri Lanka's trade deficit widened for the third
consecutive month in May to $716 million, central bank data
showed on Wednesday.
* Domestic coronavirus cases continued to rise, with total
confirmed infections in the country increasing to 277,519, while
the death toll was at 3,574 as of Wednesday, according to health
ministry data https://hpb.health.gov.lk/covid19-dashboard.
* The island nation has fully vaccinated about 6.90% of its
population so far, according to data https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/region/sri-lanka
from Johns Hopkins.
* Sri Lanka is set to receive 1.5 million doses of Moderna
Inc's shot on Friday under the COVAX vaccine-sharing
programme, state minister Channa Jayasumana said on Tuesday.
* Trading volume on the exchange rose to 126.6 million
shares, from 122.8 million shares in the previous session.
* Foreign investors were net sellers in the equity market,
offloading shares worth 623.1 million rupees ($3.14 million),
exchange data showed https://www.cse.lk/pages/daily-market-summary/daily-market-summary.component.html.
* The Sri Lankan rupee was last quoted at 198.5
against the U.S. dollar as of 1128 GMT, according to Refinitiv
* The equity market's turnover was 2.05 billion rupees,
according to exchange data.
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($1 = 198.5000 Sri Lankan rupees)
(Reporting by Rama Venkat in Bengaluru; Additional reporting by
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo; Editing by Ramakrishnan M.)