Sri Lanka bonds flat ahead of bill auction, rupee steady

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s rupee was quoted at 182.05/20 to the US dollar in the spot market at opening Wednesday, marginally firmer from yesterday’s close, while bond markets awaited a Treasury bill auction dealers said.

The rupee closed at 182.10/20 levels to the US dollar Tuesday, dealers said.

The one year bill auctioned last week at an average yield of 10.75 percent was quoted at 10.60/70 ahead of this week’s auction.

The debt office is offering 5.0 billion rupees of 6-month bills and 18.5 billion rupees of 12-month bills this week.

A bond maturing on 15.12.2021 was quoted at 10.80/90 percent Wednesday unchanged from yesterday’s close of 10.80/90 percent, dealers said.

A bond maturing on 15.12.2023, was quoted 11.27/35 percent Wednesday around the same as 11.30/35 on Tuesday.

A 6-year bond maturing on 15.03.2025 bond was quoted around at 11.40/11.48, from Tuesday’s close of 11.41/47 percent.

A bond maturing on 01.06.2026 bond was quoted around at 11.45/11.52 percent from Tuesday’s 11.46/50 percent.

A bond maturing on 01.09.2028 bond closed at 11.50/54, but there were no quotes early Wednesday. (Colombo/Jan23/2019)

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