** The Sri Lankan rupee
hit a record low for a third straight session on Friday due to
dollar demand from importers and foreign banks amid outflows
from government securities, while stocks rose for a third
consecutive session to a more than one-week closing high.
Shares of Tesla Inc fell as much
as 4 percent on Friday, after Chief Executive Elon Musk stirred
nerves about the settlement of his securities fraud lawsuit by
mocking the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Twitter.