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Japan, China, Korea, Thailand: Asia 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 Yoshito Sengoku will hold media briefings at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. in Tokyo. A government report on Aug. 25 may show exports grew 21.8 percent in July from a year earlier, versus 27.7 percent in June.

The yield on the 1.1 percent government bond due in June 2020 was 0.925 percent, according to Japan Bond Trading Co., the nation’s largest interdealer debt broker. The yen traded at 85.65 per dollar as of 7:31 a.m. in Tokyo.

China: China Muni Bond will today sell 19.5 billion yuan ($2.9 billion) of three-year bonds. The security yielded 2.37 percent at the previous sale on Aug. 9. The government is scheduled to auction an undisclosed amount of five-year bonds on Aug. 25.

The yield on the 2.53 percent security due in June 2015 was 2.587 percent. The yuan was at 6.7902 per dollar.

India: The government is scheduled to auction as much as 140 billion rupees ($3 billion) of bonds maturing in five to 19 years this week. It will sell a combined 80 billion rupees of three- and 12-month bills.

The yield on the 7.8 percent bond due in May 2020 was 7.98 percent. The rupee was at 46.685.

Indonesia: The government will tomorrow sell a total of 3 trillion rupiah ($334 million) of bonds maturing in 2021, 2031 and 2038. The sale will also include one-year treasury bills.

The yield on the 11 percent bond due in November 2020 was 8.01 percent, according to the Inter Dealer Market Association. The rupiah was at 8,973 per dollar.

Malaysia: The government will auction 3 billion ringgit ($957 million) of benchmark five-year bonds in a re-opening sale on Aug. 26. It last sold 3.5 billion ringgit of the August 2015 notes on April 29 at 3.605 percent.

The yield on the 4.378 percent bond maturing in November 2019 was 3.68 percent, according to Bursa Malaysia. The ringgit was at 3.1423.

Philippines: The government will report its trade balance for June on Aug. 25. It had a deficit of $513 million in May.

Gross domestic product probably expanded 6.3 percent from a year ago in the second quarter, according to a Bloomberg survey before a statistics department report on Aug. 26.

The central bank will likely keep its overnight borrowing rate at 4 percent when policy makers meet on Aug. 26, according to all eight economists in a Bloomberg survey. The rate has remained unchanged since July 2009.

The yield on the 7.25 percent debt due August 2020 was 7.26 percent. The peso was at 45.025 per dollar.

South Korea: The government will sell 700 billion won ($592 million) of 20-year bonds today. The notes yielded 5.1 percent at the previous sale on July 26.

The central bank will unveil tomorrow the nation’s short-term external borrowings for the quarter ended June, which was $154.6 billion in the first quarter.

The yield on the 3.75 percent security due in June 2013 was 3.64 percent. The won was at 1,179.70.

Taiwan: Industrial production increased 21 percent in July from a year earlier, according to a Bloomberg News survey, versus a 24.3 percent gain in June. The economic affairs ministry will report the data at 4 p.m. local time.

A separate report will show the island’s jobless rate fell to 5.1 percent last month versus 5.2 percent in June, according to another survey.

The yield on the 1.375 percent bond due in March 2020 was 1.24 percent. The Taiwan dollar was at NT$31.935.

Thailand: Gross domestic product may have expanded 8 percent in the second quarter of this year on an annual basis, after a gain of 12 percent in the previous three months, according to a Bloomberg survey before government data today.

The government will today sell a combined 8 billion baht ($254 million) of 28-, 91- and 182-day bills.

The Bank of Thailand will raise its one-day bond repurchase rate to 1.75 percent when policy makers meet on Aug. 25, according to 11 economists in a Bloomberg survey. One expects no change from the existing 1.50 percent.

The yield on the 3.625 percent debt maturing in May 2015 was 2.87 percent. The baht was at 31.53.

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