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Sri Lanka rupee close weaker, bond yields up

ECONOMYNEXT- Sri Lanka’s rupee ends weaker at 182.90/183.30 to the US dollar in the spot market on Thursday while bond yields climbed, dealers said.

The rupee ended at 182.55/50 to the greenback on Wednesday.

Liquidity in the overnight money market was 30.59 billion rupees, down from 35.71 billion rupees at the previous day’s close.

Banks deposited 30.82 billion rupees through Central Banks’ excess liquidity window.

There was no repo auction for the day.

In the government securities market, bond yields gained in moderate, dealers said.

The debt office issued 60 billion rupees treasury bonds in an auction held today.

Dealers said that 2022 auctioned bond maturity remained the most liquid for the day.

A bond maturing on 15.12.2021 closed at 8.80/9.00 percent on Thursday, stable Wednesday’s close.

A bond maturing on 01.09.2023 closed at 9.40/65 percent, gaining from 9.30/40 percent at the previous day’s close.

A bond maturing on 15.09.2024 closed at 9.80/85 percent, gaining from 9.60/70 percent at Wednesday’s close.

A bond maturing on 15.10.2027 closed at 10.00/10.05 percent, up from 10.00/10.05 percent.

A bond maturing on 15.05.2030 closed at 9.90/20 percent, steady from Wednesday’s close.

A bond maturing on 15.09.2034 closed at 9.90/25 percent, flat from the previous day’s end.

(Colombo/ Mar12/2020)

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