COLOMBO, Feb 11 (Reuters) - The Sri Lankan stock market
ended marginally higher on Monday ahead of a central bank
interest rates announcement, while the rupee ended
slightly weaker on importer demand for dollars.
The main share index edged up 0.01 percent, or 0.68
points, to end at 5,851.35, its highest since Jan. 28.
"We expect the bourse to slow as foreign investors will be
away in the coming days due to Chinese new year," a stockbroker
Sri Lanka's central bank will announce its interest rates
for February on Tuesday and analysts expect the bank to keep
them steady despite annual inflation running at a near-record
high, a Reuters poll showed.
The day's turnover was 938 million rupees ($7.43 million),
less than this year's daily average of 1.21 billion rupees.
Foreign investors were net sellers of 189.57 million rupees
worth of shares on Monday, pushing up the net foreign outflow
this year to 1.3 billion rupees.
The rupee ended weaker at 126.33/38 to the dollar
from Friday's close of 126.20/30 as two state banks bought
dollars to cover oil import bills, dealers said.
($1 = 126.3000 Sri Lanka rupees)
(Reporting by Ranga Sirilal and Shihar Aneez; Editing by Pravin