Sri Lanka rupee ends weaker, gilt yields steady

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s rupee closed weaker around 197.00/198.00 to the US dollar in the spot next market on Thursday while bond yields remained steady, dealers said.

Rupee last closed around 196.00/198.00 in the spot-next market on Wednesday against the greenback

The central bank’s indicative spot rate was 194.7980 on January 21, up from 193.1600.

In bond markets, gilt yields steady and the long-tenor yields were slightly down on moderate market, dealers said.

Dealers said this can be mainly due to the low liquidity in the market.

A 2-year bond maturing on 15.12.2022 closed at 5.35/40 per cent on Thursday, unchanged from 5.35/40 per cent at Wednesday’s end.

A bond maturing on 15.01.2023 closed at 5.35/45 per cent, flat from 5.43/53 per cent at the last closing.

A bond maturing on 15.09.2024 closed at 6.18/24 per cent, up from 6.15/25 per cent.

A bond maturing on 01.05.2025 closed at 6.40/50 per cent, steady from 6.38/48 per cent at Wednesday’s end.

A bond maturing on 01.02.2026 closed at 6.58/68 per cent, unchanged from the last closing.

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A bond maturing on 15.08.2027 closed at 7.13/18 per cent, up from 7.05/15 per cent at the last closing.

A bond maturing on 01.07.2028 closed flat at 7.20/40 per cent.

A 10-year bond maturing on 15.05.2030 closed at 7.60/80 per cent, unchanged from 7.60/80 per
Cent from the last closing. (Colombo/Jan21/2021)

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