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Japan, India, Philippines, China: Asian Bonds, Currency Preview

The following events and economic reports may influence trading in Asia’s local bonds and currencies today. Bond yields and exchange rates are from the previous trading session unless stated otherwise.

Japan: Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirofumi Hirano will hold regular media briefings at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Bank of Japan Board Member Miyako Suda will speak at a business meeting in Wakayama City at 10:30 a.m. She will also speak at a press conference at 1:30 p.m.

The yield on the 1.3 percent government bond due March 2020 was 1.265 percent, according to Japan Bond Trading Co., the nation’s largest interdealer debt broker.

The yen traded at 92.93 per dollar at 7:01 a.m. in Tokyo.

China: The central bank will sell 110 billion yuan ($16.1 billion) of three-year notes and 5 billion yuan of three-month bills today.

China Development Bank, the nation’s second-largest issuer of long-term debt, will sell 15 billion yuan of 30-year bonds.

The yield on the 3.15 percent bond due in July 2016 was 2.80 percent. The yuan was at 6.8299 per dollar.

India: The Ministry and Commerce & Industry will release wholesale price index data for the week ended May 22. Prices climbed 15.9 percent in the previous week.

The yield on the 7.8 percent bond due May 2020 was 7.50 percent. The rupee was at 46.975.

Indonesia: The central bank will keep its benchmark interest rate at 6.5 percent today, according to all 25 economists in a Bloomberg survey.

The yield on the 11 percent bond due November 2020 was 8.95 percent, according to Inter Dealer Market Association. The rupiah was at 9,235 per dollar.

Malaysia: The government will sell 100 million ringgit ($30.3 million) of one-year bills. Similar-maturity debt yielded 2.753 percent at the previous sale on May 20.

Exports increased 38 percent in April from a year earlier versus a 36.4 percent gain in March, according to the median forecast in a Bloomberg News survey. The trade ministry will release the data tomorrow.

The yield on the 4.378 percent bond due November 2019 was 4.03 percent. The ringgit was at 3.293.

Philippines: The central bank will probably keep its benchmark interest rate at 4 percent, according to 11 of 16 economists in a Bloomberg News survey. The remaining five economists predict an increase to 4.25 percent.

The yield on the 7.75 percent debt due February 2020 was 7.96 percent, according to Philippine Dealing & Exchange Corp. The peso was at 46.73 per dollar.

South Korea: The Bank of Korea will release foreign-exchange reserves data for May. The reserves were $278.9 billion in April. Domestic financial markets were closed yesterday for a public holiday.

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