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Sri Lanka rupee forwards slightly weaker on importer dollar demand COLOMBO: Sri Lankan rupee forwards traded a tad weaker on Tuesday due to importer dollar demand, while moral suasion by the central bank prevented a fall in the spot currency, dealers said.Traders said the local currency was under pressure as imports continue to rise in a stable exchange rate regime. The spot currency was trading flat at 130.90/131.00 per dollar at 0619 GMT.Dealers said banks were reluctant to trade the spot below 130.90 due to moral suasion by the central bank. Three-day forwards, or spot next, which were actively traded, stood at 131.00/05 per dollar compared to Monday's close of 130.98/131.03. Dealers said the central bank capped the spot next at 131.00 in early trade."There is demand (for dollars)," a dealer said on condition of anonymity."The spot was not trading below 130.90 and the spot next below 131.00 fearing repercussions." An official at the central bank's International Operations Department said ...

Dollar nears 7-year high versus yen as Tokyo stocks soar TOKYO/SYDNEY: The dollar rose towards a seven-year high versus the yen on Tuesday as a surge in Tokyo stocks amid an increase in risk appetite dimmed the appeal of the Japanese currency.Japan's Nikkei climbed 2.1 percent to a seven-year high as speculators saw a possibility Prime Minister Shinzo Abe could postpone a planned sales tax hike. Higher risk appetite tends to favour the dollar by pushing US bond yields higher.The dollar was up 0.4 percent ...
China's yuan edges lower on weaker midpoint SHANGHAI: China's yuan fell against the dollar on Tuesday after the central bank set the midpoint slightly weak, signalling that Beijing may prefer a temporary pause for the Chinese currency's recent appreciation, traders said.Spot yuan traded at 6.1203 per dollar by midday, 0.01 percent weaker than the previous close.The People's Bank of China (PBOC) set the midpoint at 6.1413, down 0.6 percent from Monday's fix.The yuan has stayed on a general upward trend since May, ...
Dollar edges down in Asia, eyes on Japan growth TOKYO: The dollar slipped in Asia on Tuesday after ratcheting up big gains against the yen this month, while investors look ahead to the release next week of Japanese third-quarter economic growth data.In Tokyo midday trade, the greenback slipped to 114.71 yen, from 114.83 yen in New York, although it is still well still up from the 114.16 yen in Tokyo earlier Monday.The euro firmed to $1.2435 from $1.2420, and to 142.72 yen from 142.62 ...
Dollar steadies from payrolls wobble, Aussie firmer on house data TOKYO/SYDNEY: The dollar steadied on Tuesday after recouping some of its post-payrolls losses as an uptick in risk appetite sent US Treasury yields higher and underpinned Wall Street stocks.The greenback kept to a narrow range with the US bond market - a key driver of the currency - closed on Tuesday for the Veterans Day holiday. "The dollar's latest bounce owes a lot to the spike in US bond yields, and with the (US) fixed ...
Dollar weakens in Asia on mixed US jobs data TOKYO: The dollar weakened in Asia on Monday after surging to seven-year highs last week, following a closely watched US jobs report dampened hopes for a sooner-than-expected US rate hike.In afternoon Tokyo trading, the greenback fetched 114.16 yen, down from 114.62 yen in New York and sharply lower than 115.39 yen in Tokyo earlier Friday.The euro rose to $1.2477 against $1.2456 while it was weaker at 142.45 yen from 142.78 yen.On Friday, the US Labor ...
Sri Lanka rupee steady; inflows expected to ease pressure COLOMBO: The Sri Lankan rupee traded steady on Monday as dollar inflows into some government securities offset importer demand for the greenback, while expected inflows in bonds eased the pressure though moral suasion by the central bank prevented a fall, dealers said.Traders said the local currency may face pressure as imports continue to rise in a stable exchange rate regime.The spot currency was flat at 130.90/131.00 per dollar at 0629 GMT. Dealers were reluctant to ...


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Banking Review 2013

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-2.380 bln
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WeeklyNovember 13, 2014
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