ASIA CREDIT CLOSE: Credits put in mixed showing ahead of Easter
HONG KONG, April 15 (IFR) - Asian credits were mixed today ahead of the Easter holidays with relatively short-dated bonds apparently in vogue while the long tenors were in soft tone.
Newly priced KT Corp saw a slight tightening of the 3-year bond from 100bp over US Treasuries at launch. However, the 5-year paper widened around 3bp from 110bp over US Treasuries at launch.
Indian bonds recovered some ground after selloffs in the past few sessions. State Bank of India 2019s were well bid at around 224bp over Treasuries, and its 2024s hovered at around 240bp-245bp over, compared with yesterday's 250bp over.
Bank of East Asia's new bonds were seeing some profit taking and stabilized at 205 over 2-year Treasuries. The paper was priced at 165bp over 3-year Treasuries, or 209.5bp over the 2-year Treasuries.
Pakistan started to find support in the market after washing out and the 5-year seemed to have buyers at 97.00/97.50.
As not much interest to trade Indonesian bonds was noted today, they were in narrow range, with the sovereign's 2044s quoted at 110.314/110.625 this afternoon from 110.495/110.880 yesterday. The Philippines' 2027s tightened slightly to 109.14/110.177 from 109.544 mid-price yesterday.
China's CDS was quoted at around 89bp today.
Sentiment in the high-yield sector remained cautious ahead of expected large supply later this year.
The Asia ex-Japan IG iTraxx Index was quoted at 122.82bp at around 4pm, Hong Kong time, about 1.5bp-2bp tighter than yesterday.