May 27 (Reuters) – Sri Lankan shares closed higher on Wednesday as industrial and communication services sectors helped boost the benchmark index by accounting for about half of its gains in the session.
** The CSE All Share Index closed up 0.41% at 4,800.01.
** Industrial conglomerate John Keells Holdings Plc , which rose 3.7%, and mobile service operator Dialog Axiata PLC, up 3.03%, were among the biggest boosts on the index.
** Trading volume on the benchmark index was 35.3 million, compared with 52.4 million in the previous session.
** Foreign investors were net buyers, snapping up 300.7 million Sri Lankan rupees ($1.61 million) worth of shares, according to exchange data.
** The Sri Lankan rupee was last quoted at 186.2 against the U.S. dollar as of 1219 GMT, 0.1% weaker compared with last session’s close of 186, according to Refinitiv data.
** Economists have warned that Sri Lanka may have to make a fresh appeal to the IMF or default on its debt, unless it can secure aid from allies like China.
** Equity market turnover was 1.37 billion Sri Lankan rupees, data showed.
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