The central bank raised yields on treasury bills between 86 basis points and 91 basis points at a weekly auction on Tuesday, a day after a lower repo penalty rate of 5 percent was scrapped, allowing market interest rates move upward.The main stock index fell 0.45 percent, or 32.72 points, to 7,202.20, its lowest close since Feb. 9 and marking the fourth straight session of losses.
"The sudden spike in the interest rate was not expected, though the market was expecting an upward trend after the new government came to power," a stockbroker said on condition of anonymity."The same sluggish trend will remain until we see political stability.
"Elections to Sri Lanka's 225-member parliament are expected to be announced after April 23 and it is unclear whether the ruling coalition led by President Maithripala Sirisena would contest unitedly or go to the polls separately.The country's top fixed-line phone operator, Sri Lanka Telecom, fell 1.26 percent, while market heavyweight John Keells Holdings Plc ended 0.1 percent lower.Turnover was 638.9 million rupees ($4.81 million), lower than this year's daily average of 1.37 billion rupees.Foreign investors were net buyers of 42.9 million rupees worth of shares, extending the year-to-date foreign inflow to 1.84 billion rupees.Both stock and currency markets will be closed on Thursday for a Buddhist religious holiday. Normal trading will resume on Friday. ($1 = 132.9000 Sri Lankan rupees) (Reporting by Shihar Aneez; Editing by Subhranshu Sahu)
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