Sri Lanka rupee steady, bonds active

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s rupee was quoted at around 181.50/65 against the US dollar in the spot market on Monday while bond markets were active, dealers said.

Data up to January 16 showed that foreign investor had sold over 9.0 billion rupees of bonds, with their holding falling to 145 billion from 154 billion a week earlier, but there had been buying interest at the end of the week, dealers said.

The rupee closed at 181.60/65 to the US dollar on Friday, dealers said.

In bond markets the one year bill was quoted at 10.50/65 was down from last week’s auction average of 10.75 average, dealers said.

A bond maturing on 15.12.2021, was quoted at 10.70/80 percent Monday unchanged from Friday’s 10.75/80 percent, dealers said.

A bond maturing on 15.12.2023, was quoted 11.15/20 percent Monday unchanged from Friday.

A bond maturing on 15.05.2023 was quoted at 11.05/20 percent.

A 6-year bond maturing on 15.03.2025 bond was quoted around at 11.30/11.35, flat from Friday’s close of 11.33/38 percent.

A bond maturing on 01.06.2026 bond was quoted around at 11.38/11.40 around the same as Friday.

A bond maturing on 01.09.2028 bond was quoted around at 11.40/11.48, slightly lower from Friday’s 11.43/48. (Colombo/Jan21/2019)

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