Sri Lanka rupee ends stronger, bond yields stable

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s rupee closed stronger at 181.80/95 to the US dollar on Wednesday and bond yields were flat, dealers said.

The rupee closed at 182.30/40 against the greenback in the spot market on Tuesday.

Liquidity in the overnight money market was 17.54 billion rupees, falling from 23.85 billion rupees on Tuesday.

Banks deposited 21.33 billion rupees through Central Bank window, down from 38.50 billion rupees yesterday.

The public debt office sold 12 billion rupees in treasury bills at an auction on Wednesday, with the 12-month bill yield flat at 8.41 percent.

In the secondary bond market yields remained unchanged with no foreign transactions for the day, dealers said.

A bond maturing on 15.12.2021 closed at 8.75/82 percent, unchanged from Tuesday.

A bond maturing 15.07.2023 closed flat at 9.85/90 percent.

A bond maturing on 15.09.2024 closed at 10.24/29 percent on Wednesday, edging up from 10.23/30 percent at Tuesday’s close.

A 15-year bond maturing on 15.09.2034 closed at 10.73/80 percent, falling from 10.78/85 percent.
(Colombo/Oct02/2019)

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