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Sri Lanka rupee ends weaker, gilt yields gain

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka rupee closed weaker at 185.20/30 against the US dollar on Thursday while bond yields gained, dealers said.

The rupee closed at 184.95/185.05 to the greenback on Wednesday.

In the secondary government securities markets, bond yields gain, dealers said.

A 2-year bond maturing on 15.12.2022 closed at 5.62/67 per cent on Thursday, gaining from 5.57/60 per cent at Wednesday’s closing.

A bond maturing on 15.01.2023 closed at 5.65/70 per cent on Thursday, up from 5.57/62 per cent at its last close.

A bond maturing on 15.09.2024 closed at 6.14/18 per cent on Thursday, up from 6.05/10 per cent at previous day’s closing.

A bond maturing on 01.05.2025 closed at 6.40/50 per cent, edging up from 6.36/46 per cent at the previous day’s closing.

A bond maturing on 01.02.2026 closed at 6.63/67 per cent, gaining from 6.60/67 per cent at its previous close on Wednesday.

A bond maturing on 15.08.2027 closed at 6.90/7.00 per cent, stable from 6.90/95 per cent at previous day’s closing.

A bond maturing on 01.07.2028 closed at 7.05/20 per cent, steady from 7.05/15 per cent at Wednesday’s closing.

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A 10-year bond maturing on 15.05.2030 closed at 7.25/40 per cent, stable from 7.25/35 per cent at the previous day’s closing.

A Russian flight crew member was tested COVID-positive in Matara yesterday, which led almost 100-150 members of Hotel staff and their family members to be quarantined. The COVID taskforce contemplated a lockdown in the area early today but later ruled it out on the basis of greater immunity to the virus in the population.
(Colombo/ Sep23/2020)

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