Jan 23 (Reuters) - Sri Lankan shares rose for the third straight session on Thursday, driven by a surge in consumer and financial stocks.
** The benchmark stock index closed up 0.73% at 5,984.50, their biggest percentage gain since Jan. 9.
** The biggest gainer on the index was Carson Cumberbatch PLC, which gained 20.9%. Tess Agro PLC was the second-best performer, with a 20% jump.
** Foreign investors were net sellers in the equity market, offloading 344.4 million Sri Lankan rupees ($1.90 million) worth of shares.
** The Sri Lankan rupee was quoted at 181.56 against the U.S. dollar, as of 1235 GMT, 0.1% weaker compared with the last session’s close of 181.35, according to Refinitiv data.
** Equity market turnover was 604.5 million Sri Lankan rupees, stock exchange data showed.
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