Sri Lanka rupee, gilt yields ends the week flat


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ECONOMYNEXT- Sri Lanka’s rupee closed flat at 181.50/60 to the US dollar in the spot market on Friday, while bond yields remained broadly unchanged, dealers and brokers said.

The rupee closed at 181.50/60 to the greenback on Thursday.

Liquidity in the overnight money market was 33.33 billion rupees, up from 29.76 billion rupees.

Central Bank mopped up 7.00 billion rupees at 7.46 percent in an overnight repo auction.

Banks deposited 27.25 billion rupees through the Central Bank’s excess liquidity window.

In the secondary bond market, yields were flat in moderate trading, dealers said.

First Capital Research said the overall market witnessed limited activities with low volumes and activity centred mainly on 15.06.24 and 15.06.27 maturities

A bond maturing on 15.12.2021 closed at 8.75/90 percent on Friday, up from 8.70/85 percent at Thursday’s close.

A bond maturing on 01.09.2023 closed at 9.30/34 percent today unchanged from its last closing yesterday.

A bond maturing on 15.09.2024 closed at 9.51/54 percent on Friday, gaining marginally from 9.50/54 percent on Thursday.

A bond maturing on 15.10.2027 closed flat at 9.70/75 percent today.

A bond maturing on 15.05.2030 closed at 9.85/95 percent unchanged Thursday’s closing.

A bond maturing on 15.09.2034 closed at 9.93/10.05 percent, gaining from 9.90/10.05 from its previous close. (Colombo/Jan24/2020)

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