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Sri Lanka rupee ends firm, gilt yields up marginally

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka rupee closed stronger 185.10/25 against the US dollar on Friday while bond yields gained marginally, dealers said.

The rupee ended at 185.25/30 rupees against the greenback on Thursday.

Liquidity in the overnight money market was 191.69 billion rupees, up from 189.38 billion rupees.

Bank deposited 191.69 billion rupees at 4.5 per cent through the central bank’s excess liquidity window.

In the secondary government securities markets, bond yields gained marginally in moderate trade, dealers said.

Dealers said liquidity was seen in 2022 maturities.

A 2-year bond maturing on 15.12.2022 closed at 5.55/58 per cent on Friday, up from 5.50/55 per cent at Thursday’s closing.

A bond maturing on 15.01.2023 closed at 5.58/63 per cent on Friday, up from 5.50/60 per cent at yesterday’s close.

A bond maturing on 15.09.2024 closed at 6.04/12 per cent, up from 6.00/10 per cent in the previous closing.

A bond maturing on 01.05.2025 closed at 6.32/38 per cent, down from 6.35/45 percent at the previous day’s closing.

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A bond maturing on 01.02.2026 closed at 6.50/55 per cent, flat from its previous close on Thursday.

A bond maturing on 15.08.2027 closed at 6.92/97 per cent, up from 6.82/92 per cent at Thursday’s closing.

A 10-year bond maturing on 15.05.2030 closed at 7.25/40 per cent, up from 7.20/30 per cent at the previous day’s closing. (Colombo/Sep04/2020)

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