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Sri Lanka rupee opens marginally weaker, gilt yields flat

ECONOMYNEXT – The Sri Lanka rupee was quoted at 181.90/05 to the US dollar in the spot market in mid-morning trade Friday, while bonds yields were flat and stocks opened 0.18 percent higher, dealers said.

The rupee closed at 181.80/00 against the greenback in the spot market on Thursday.

In equities, the Colombo All Share Price Index (ASPI) gained 10.40 points to 5,783.16 and the S&P SL20 of more liquid stocks was up 1.36 percent or 37.49 points to 2,792.40, in the first hour of trade.

The market turnover was 63 million rupees with 36 stocks gaining and 14 falling.

Hatton National Bank gained 5.00 rupees to 159.00 rupees a share, Commercial Bank of Ceylon was up 1.10 rupees to 100.00 rupees a share and Distilleries Company of Sri Lanka gained 20 cents to 16.40 rupees a share, contributing to the gain of the ASPI.

In the secondary bond market, gilt yields remained unchanged, dealers said.

A bond maturing on 15.12.2021 was quoted at 8.75/80 percent on Friday up from 8.70/80 percent at Thursday’s close.

A bond maturing 15.07.2023 was quoted at 9.83/93 percent down from 9.85/90 percent.

A bond maturing on 15.09.2024 was quoted unchanged at 10.25/30 percent.

A 15-year bond maturing on 15.09.2034 was quoted flat at 10.80/88. (Colombo/Sep27/2019)

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