Industrial companies lift Sri Lankan shares

July 12 (Reuters) – Sri Lankan shares closed higher on Monday, boosted by gains in industrial and consumer discretionary stocks.

* The CSE All-Share index settled up 0.18% at 7,866.47. It ended 1.36% higher last week, led by gains in financial stocks.

* Conglomerates Expolanka Holdings and Vallibel One Plc were among top boosts to the index, up about 3% and 4.3%, respectively.

* Domestic coronavirus cases continued to rise, with total confirmed infections in the country increasing to 274,538, while the death toll was at 3,502 as of Monday, according to health ministry data here.

* The island nation has fully vaccinated about 6.53% of its population so far, according to data here from Johns Hopkins.

* Trading volume on the exchange fell to 120.8 million shares from 446.9 million shares in the previous session.

* Foreign investors were net sellers in the equity market, offloading shares worth 726.6 million rupees, exchange data showed here.

* The Sri Lankan rupee was last quoted at 198.5 against the U.S. dollar as of 1059 GMT, according to Refinitiv data.

* The equity market’s turnover was 2.26 billion rupees ($11.37 million), according to exchange data.

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($1 = 198.7000 Sri Lankan rupees)

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