Sri Lankan shares march higher for 12th day



Aug 15 (Reuters) - Sri Lankan shares on Monday registered their longest gaining streak since January 2021, with a boost from consumer goods and financial stocks taking the CSE All-Share index to its highest in over four months.

* The CSE All-Share index .CSE ended 1.82% higher at 9,191.52, after clocking its fifth straight week of gains on Friday.

* The index is still down 25% so far this year.

* Meanwhile, after market closed on Monday, ratings agency S&P cut its rating on Sri Lanka's bonds two notches down to "D", following missed interest and principal payments. The island nation has faced political upheaval amid its worst financial crisis in more than 70 years.

* Sri Lanka's central bank is due to announce its monetary policy decision on Thursday. The Central Bank of Sri Lanka raised key rates to a 21-year high in July to tackle record high domestic inflation.

* Browns Investments BROW.CM was the top boost to the CSE All-Share index, gaining 8.5%, while conglomerate Softlogic Holdings SOFT.CM surged nearly 25%.

* Trading volume on the index rose to 231.8 million shares from 209.9 million shares in the previous session.

* The equity market turnover was 5.83 billion Sri Lankan rupees ($16.16 million), according to exchange data.

* Foreign investors were net sellers in the equity market, offloading 237.8 million rupees worth of shares, while domestic investors were net buyers, purchasing 5.71 billion rupees worth of shares, the data showed.

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Reporting by Chris Thomas in Bengaluru; editing by Uttaresh.V

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