Activity dries up as yields remain broadly steady

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  • Net foreign outflow in rupee bonds for second consecutive week

By Wealth Trust Securities

The switch in approach to a ‘wait and see’ by market participants ahead of the upcoming primary auctions saw activity dry up BUP_DFTDFT-11-02considerably in the secondary bond market yesterday. 

A very limited amount of activity was witnessed on the 01.09.2028 maturity within the range of 12.15% to 12.20% as two way quotes on other maturities were seen widening as well. 

Meanwhile the foreign holding in Rupee bond was seen decreasing for a second consecutive week, recording an outflow of Rs.2.36 billion for the week ending 4 May while the accumulated outflow for the past two weeks stood at Rs.10.19 billion. 

Meanwhile in money markets, the overnight call money and repo rates averaged at 8.15% and 8.00% respectively as liquidity stood at a net surplus of Rs.3.79 billion yesterday.

 Rupee remains steady 

 Meanwhile in Forex markets, the rupee on spot next contracts remained mostly unchanged to close the day at levels of Rs.146.18/25. The total USD/LKR traded volume for 6 May was $ 57.18 million. 

Some of the forward USD/LKR rates that prevailed in the market were: one month – 147.10/25; three months – 148.55/75; and six months – 150.90/10.