Sri Lanka rupee ends firmer, gilt yields unchanged

ECONOMYNEXT- Sri Lanka’s rupee closed stronger at 180.25/30 on Friday while bond yields remained flat, brokers and dealers said.

The rupee closed at 180.35/45 to the greenback on Thursday.

Liquidity in the overnight money market was 3.90 billion rupees, down from 12.49 billion rupees at previous day’s close.

Central Bank injected 15.00 billion rupees at 7.53 percent in an overnight reverse-repo auction.

In a term repo, 20 billion rupees was injected at 7.65 percent, maturing in 14-days.

In the secondary bond market, yields were stable in dull trade ahead of elections, dealers said.

A bond maturing on 15.12.2021 closed flat at 8.70/85 percent on Friday, from Thursday’s close.

A bond maturing on 15.07.2023 closed at 9.67/78 percent, marginally down from 9.68/78 percent.

A bond maturing on 15.09.2024 closed at 10.05/10.10 percent, stable from 10.05/10.09 percent.

A bond maturing on 15.10.2027 closed at 10.32/38 percent, up from 10.30/37 percent.

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A 15-year bond maturing on 15.09.2034 closed at 10.70/75 percent, stable from 10.70/80 percent previous closing. (Colombo/Nov15/2019)

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