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Sri Lanka rupee steady, gilt yields end lower

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka rupee closed steady at 184.15/30 to the US dollar on Friday while bond eased, dealers said.

The rupee closed at 184.10/25 against the greenback on Thursday.

In the secondary securities market, bond yields came down while the overall market was active, dealers said.

FirstCapital Research in its daily market report said that the secondary bond market witnessed continued buying interest, with shifted focus as investors remained edge on the prevailing uncertainty, although activities were limited resulting in thin volumes.

A 2-year bond maturing on 15.12.2022 closed at 5.60/70 per cent on Friday, unchanged from 5.60/70 per cent at Thursday’s closing.

A bond maturing on 15.01.2023 closed at 5.65/75 per cent on Friday, flat from 5.65/75 per cent at the last closing.

A bond maturing on 15.09.2024 closed at 6.17/6.20 per cent, up from 5.90/6.00 per cent at the previous closing.

A bond maturing on 01.05.2025 closed at 6.40/48 per cent, down from 6.50/55 per cent at Thursday’s end.

A bond maturing on 01.02.2026 closed at 6.65/68 per cent, down from 6.70/73 per cent at the previous day’s end.

A bond maturing on 15.08.2027 closed at 6.92/95 per cent on Friday, down from 6.98/7.03 per cent at the previous day’s end.

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A bond maturing on 01.07.2028 closed at 7.10/18 per cent, stable from 7.10/25 per cent.

A 10-year bond maturing on 15.05.2030 closed at 7.35/45 per cent, down from 7.40/50 per cent at the previous day’s end. (Colombo/October 09/2020)

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