Sri Lanka rupee ends firmer in spot-next, gilt yields steady

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka rupee closed stronger at 186.80/40 to the US dollar on Tuesday in the spot-next market while yields remained steady in dull market trade after the bond auction, dealers said.

The rupee closed at 187.20/70 to the US dollar on Monday against the US dollar.

In the secondary securities market, bond yields remained steady in dull market trade, dealers said.

“The secondary market witnessed slight selling interest during the day mainly centred on the long end of the yield curve although overall market recorded thin volumes,” FirstCapital Market Research said.

A 2-year bond maturing on 15.12.2022 closed at 5.70/75 per cent on Tuesday, up from 5.68/73 per cent at Monday’s closing.

A bond maturing on 15.01.2023 closed at 5.74/78 per cent on Tuesday up from 5.73/77 per cent at Monday’s end.

A bond maturing on 15.09.2024 closed flat at 6.40/45 per cent from Monday’s end.

A bond maturing on 01.05.2025 closed flat at 6.50/60 per cent.

A bond maturing on 01.02.2026 closed at 6.70/80 per cent on Monday, flat from previous day’s end.

A bond maturing on 15.08.2027 closed at 7.15/20 per cent up from 7.08/18 at Monday’s end.

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A bond maturing on 01.07.2028 closed at 7.15/20 per cent up from 7.23/27 per cent at Monday’s end.

A 10-year bond maturing on 15.05.2030 closed at 7.75/95 per cent up since last 7.55/75 at Monday’s closing. (Colombo/December 15/2020)

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