Sri Lanka rupee ends stronger, gilt yields flat

ECONOMYNEXT – The Sri Lanka rupee closed stronger at 181.45/65 to the US dollar on Thursday and bond yields were flat, dealers said.

The rupee closed at 181.80/95 against the greenback in the spot market on Wednesday.

Liquidity in the overnight money market was 33.06 billion rupees, increasing from 17.54 billion rupees on Tuesday.

Banks deposited 34.32 billion rupees through the central bank window, up from 21.33 billion rupees yesterday.

The central bank bought government securities worth 12 billion rupees, increasing the total to 89.83 billion rupees.

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 8.75/80 percent, unchanged from Wednesday.

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

A bond maturing on 15.09.2024 closed at 10.25/30 percent on Thursday, edging up from 10.24/29 percent at Wednesday’s close.

A 15-year bond maturing on 15.09.2034 closed at 10.23/78 percent, unchanged from Wednesday.
(Colombo/Oct03/2019)

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