Sri Lankan closed higher on Wednesday, helped by gains in consumer staples and financial stocks.
** The benchmark Sri Lankan stock index closed up 0.87% at 5936.30 points.
** Shares of Ceylon Tobacco rose 1.85% and was the biggest boost on the index.
** Foreign investors were net sellers in the equity market, selling 726.1 million Sri Lankan rupees ($4.00 million) worth of shares.
** The Sri Lankan rupee was last quoted at 181.4 against the U.S. dollar as of 12:31 GMT, up 0.03% from the previous session's close of 181.45, according to Refinitiv data.
** Equity market turnover was 1.12 billion Sri Lankan rupees, stock exchange data showed.
($1 = 181.3500 Sri Lankan rupees)
(Reporting by Philip George in Bengaluru; Editing by Amy Caren Daniel) ((P.George@thomsonreuters.com; +91 8061822657; Reuters Messaging: email@example.com))