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Sri Lanka stocks weaker on Keells; rupee firmer

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COLOMBO, Oct 11 (Reuters) - Sri Lankan stocks fell for afourth straight session on Thursday, with conglomerate JohnKeells Holdings hitting a one-month low, while therupee ended a tad firmer on dollar sales by banks.

The Colombo Stock Exchange's main index ended 0.89percent, or 51.66 points, weaker at 5,720.86, its lowest levelsince Sept. 12.

Shares in John Keells Holdings PLC fell 2.54 percent to203.50 rupees a share.

Turnover was 679.2 million rupees ($5.29 million), belowthis year's daily average of 950 million rupees.

The bourse saw a net foreign outflow of 10.1 million rupees,However, foreigners have been net buyers to the tune of 32.47billion rupees this year.

The rupee closed weaker at 128.30/40 to the dollar comparedwith Wednesday's close of 128.45/55, on bank selling dollardemand, dealers said.($1 = 128.4500 Sri Lanka rupees)

(Reporting by Ranga Sirilal; Editing by Jeremy Laurence)

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