Friday February 14, 2020 10:18:15
ECONOMYNEXT- Sri Lanka’s rupee was quoted firmer at 181.40/45 to the US dollar in the spot market on Friday while bond yields remained flat and stocks opened 0.13 percent higher, dealers said.
The rupee closed at 181.42/48 to the greenback on Thursday.
In equities, Colombo’s All Share Price Index gained 7.76 points to 5,865.06 and the S&P SL20 Index of more liquid stocks up 0.89 percent or 24.70 points to 2,792.60, within half-hour of trade.
Market turnover was 5.5 million rupees with 12 stocks profiting and 8 stocks falling.
Sampath Bank stocks contributed most to ASPI’s gaining 6.60 rupees to 167.20 rupees a share.
Other stocks, Vallibel One gained 40 cents to 16.90 rupees a share, while Tokyo Cement Company gained 1.10 rupees to 44 rupees a share.
In the secondary government securities market, bond yields held the same rates in dull trade, where the 2024 bond maturities were the most liquid, a dealer said.
A bond maturing on 15.12.2021 was quoted at flat at 8.70/90 on Friday from Thursday’s close.
A bond maturing on 01.09.2023 remained unchanged at 9.10/25 percent from yesterday’s close.
A bond maturing on 15.09.2024 was quoted at 9.47/50 percent, gaining from 9.45/50 percent at Thursday’s close.