Sri Lanka rupee steady, bonds dull ahead of bill auction

ECONOMYNET – Sri Lanka’s rupee was quoted 180.05/15 to the US dollar in the spot market shortly after opening stronger from yesterday’s closing around 180.10/30 levels yesterday, while bond were dull, ahead of bill auction later today dealers said.

The spot had weakened slightly over the week.

In money markets overnight money was quoted 8.97/9.00 percent and in the repo markets bids were around 8.95 percent with no offers.  In December there is a seasonal liquidity demand.

Markets are awaiting the swearing in of a new cabinet of ministers, with more crossovers also likely, political.

Bonds were quiet with no active trading.

The 15.12.2021 bond which was auctiond ast week, was quoted at 11.73/80 percent Wednesday, which is lower than the 11.88 weighted average at auction.

The 01.08.2026 bond was quoted around at 12.00/12.05 percent down from the weighted average of 12.23 percent.

The 12-month Treasuries was quoted at 11.05/20 percent ahead of an 18 billion rupees auction later closed where 8 billion six month bills and 10 billion one year bills are offered. (Colombo/Dec19/2018)






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