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Sri Lanka rupee ends strong, gilt yields steady

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka rupee closed firmer at 184.45/60 to the US dollar on Thursday while bond yields eased marginally in the overall market, dealers said.

The rupee closed at 184.75/90 against the greenback on Wednesday.

In the money market, liquidity was 183.80 billion rupees on Thursday up from 177.04 billion rupees from the previous day’s close.

In the secondary securities market, bond yields eased marginally while the overall the market was active, dealers said.

The secondary bond market witnessed continued buying interest during the day, albeit with limited activities and moderate volumes, while the full subscription of the yesterday’s T-Bill auction was a sweetener to propel the demand, FirstCapital said in its daily report.

A 2-year bond maturing on 15.12.2022 closed at flat at 5.52/57 cent on Thursday from Wednesday’s closing.

A bond maturing on 15.01.2023 closed unchanged at 5.53/58 per cent on Thursday from the last closing.

A bond maturing on 15.09.2024 closed at 6.00/05 per cent, steady from 6.00/10 per cent at the previous closing.

A bond maturing on 01.05.2025 closed at 6.28/35 per cent on Thursday, up from 6.25/33 per cent at the last closing.

A bond maturing on 01.02.2026 closed at 6.55/60 per cent on Thursday, up from 6.50/60 per cent at Wednesday’s end.

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A bond maturing on 15.08.2027 closed at 6.80/87 per cent, steady from 6.80/90 per cent at the previous day’s end.

A bond maturing on 01.07.2028 remained unchanged at 7.05/15 per cent from the previous day’s end.

A 10-year bond maturing on 15.05.2030 closed at 7.35/45 per cent, climbing from 7.25/35 per cent at the previous day’s end. (Colombo/Oct15/2020)

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