Sri Lanka rupee ends firmer in spot next, gilt yields down

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka rupee closed firmer at 188.50/189.50 in the spot next market against the US dollar on Thursday, while bond yields eased on continued buying pressure.

Rupee last closed at 191.00/192.00 to the US dollar on Wednesday.

In the securities market, bond yields fell slightly on buying sentiments in active market trade.

The secondary bond market witnessed continuous buying interest mainly centred on the shorter end of the yield curve while recording moderate volumes during the day, FirstCapital Market Research said.

A 2-year bond maturing on 15.12.2022 closed at 5.55/60 per cent on Thursday, down from 5.57/62 per cent at Wednesday’s end.

A bond maturing on 15.01.2023 closed at 5.55/60 per cent on Thursday, falling from 5.58/64 per cent at the last closing.

A bond maturing on 15.09.2024 closed at 6.33/36 per cent on Thursday, down from 6.36/37 per cent at Wednesday’s end.

A bond maturing on 01.05.2025 closed at 6.53/55 per cent, marginally up frm 6.52/57 per cent at the previous closing.

A bond maturing on 01.02.2026 closed flat at 6.65/70 per cent on Thursday from the previous day’s end.

A bond maturing on 15.08.2027 closed flat at 7.07/17 per cent on Thursday.

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A bond maturing on 01.07.2028 closed at 7.15/30 per cent on Thursday, steady from 7.15/25 per cent at the previous day’s end.

A 10-year bond maturing on 15.05.2030 closed at 7.60/80 per cent, down from 7.65/85 per cent at Wednesday’s end. (Colombo/Jan07/2021)

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