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Sri Lanka rupee closed weaker, gilt yields steady

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka rupee closed slightly weaker at 184.30/40 to the US dollar on Monday while bond yields steady in the overall market ahead of the policy decision this week, dealers said.

The rupee closed at 184.20/30 against the greenback on Friday.

In the money market, overnight liquidity was 175.68 billion rupees on Monday, marginally up from 173.61 billion rupees at Friday.

In the secondary securities market, bond yields steady while the overall the market was dull, dealers said.

FirstCaptal said in its daily report that the market was moderate ahead of the policy meeting on Thursday.

“Commencing the week, the secondary bond market witnessed mixed activities with moderate volumes while the yield curve remained broadly unchanged ahead of the monetary policy decision due on 22nd October.”

A 2-year bond maturing on 15.12.2022 closed at 5.52/57 per cent on Monday, up from 5.50/57 per cent at Friday’s closing.

A bond maturing on 15.01.2023 closed at 5.53/60 per cent on Monday, down from 5.55/60 per cent at the last closing.

A bond maturing on 15.09.2024 closed at 6.02/08 per cent, steady up from 6.02/07 per cent at the previous closing.

A bond maturing on 01.05.2025 closed at 6.28/33 per cent, down from 6.30/35 per cent at the last closing.

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A bond maturing on 01.02.2026 closed flat at 6.50/55 per cent from Friday’s end.

A bond maturing on 15.08.2027 closed at 6.82/87 per cent on Monday, up from 6.80/88 per cent at the previous day’s end.

A bond maturing on 01.07.2028 closed at 7.05/10 per cent, steady from 7.05/15 per cent at the previous day’s end.

A 10-year bond maturing on 15.05.2030 closed at 7.30/40 per cent, steady from 7.30/50 per cent at the previous day’s end. (Colombo/Oct19/2020)

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