Sri Lankan shares mark record close as financial, material stocks rise



Oct 27 (Reuters) - Sri Lankan shares ended at a record close on Wednesday, extending wins for the eighth consecutive session on the back of gains among financial and material stocks.

* The CSE All-Share index .CSE closed 0.2% higher at 10,146.9 points, a record close. It hit an all-time high of 10,184.67 earlier in the session.

* Commercial Leasing and Finance Plc COLE.CM was the top boost to the index, rising 2.9%. Expolanka Holdings Plc EXPO.CM was the top drag, falling 1.8%.

* The equity market's turnover was 5.08 billion rupees, according to stock exchange data Link

* Trading volume on the exchange fell to 194.5 million shares from 272.3 million shares in the previous session.

* Foreign investors were net sellers in the equity market, offloading shares worth about 303.7 million rupees, as per exchange data.

* The island-nation reported 556 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, taking the total to 537,761, while the COVID-19 death toll reached 13,654, according to data from the country's health bureau Link

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Reporting by Soumyajit Saha in Bengaluru;

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