Sri Lanka rupee quoted weaker, gilt yields slightly up

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s rupee was quoted weaker around 197.50/199.50 to the US dollar in the spot next market on Friday while bond yields up marginally, dealers said.

Rupee last closed around 197.00/198.00 in the spot-next market on Thursday against the greenback.

The central bank’s indicative spot rate was 196.4250 on January 22, up from 194.7980 on yesterday while the buying rate was 193.1600 and selling rate was at 197.6800.

In bond markets, gilt yields are marginally high in the moderate market trade, dealers said.

A 2-year bond maturing on 15.12.2022 was quoted at 5.40/45 per cent on Friday, up from 5.35/40 per cent at Thursday’s end.

A bond maturing on 15.01.2023 was quoted at 5.40/50 per cent, up from 5.35/45 per cent at the last closing.

A bond maturing on 15.09.2024 was quoted at 6.26/28 per cent, up from 6.18/24 per cent.

A bond maturing on 01.05.2025 was quoted at 6.45/55 per cent, up from 6.40/50 per cent at Thursday’s end.

A bond maturing on 01.02.2026 was quoted at 6.55/73 per cent, up from 6.58/68 per cent at the last closing.

A bond maturing on 15.08.2027 was quoted at 7.12/22 per cent, steady from 7.13/18 percent at the last closing.

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A 10-year bond maturing on 15.05.2030 was quoted steady at 7.60/80 per cent, unchanged from 7.60/80 per cent. (Colombo/January 22/2021)

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