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Japan, South Korea, Philippines: 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.

Financial markets are closed in Malaysia and Indonesia to mark the start of the Islamic New Year.

Japan: Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshito Sengoku will hold media briefings after a Cabinet meeting in the morning and later at 4 p.m. in Tokyo.

The Ministry of Finance will sell 600 billion yen ($7.2 billion) of 30-year bonds today. The ministry will announce a coupon for the new securities at 10:30 a.m. and the amount of 20-year government debt it plans to sell on Dec. 14.

The Cabinet Office will release at 2 p.m. in Tokyo its preliminary report on the coincident and leading indexes for October. Japan’s coincident index, a composite of 11 indicators including factory production and retail sales, fell to 100.8 from 102.1 in September, according to a Bloomberg News survey of economists.

The yield on the 1.2 percent government bond due December 2020 was 1.16 percent, according to Japan Bond Trading Co., the nation’s largest interdealer debt broker.

The yen traded at 82.61 per dollar at 7:20 a.m. in Sydney.

South Korea: The Bank of Korea will sell 210 billion won ($185 million) of 182-day debt at an average yield of 2.82 percent today.

The yield on the nation’s 3.75 percent debt due June 2013 ended yesterday at 3.15 percent, after touching a record low 3.03 percent earlier, according to Korea Stock Exchange. The won was at 1,136.53 per dollar.

Philippines: The National Statistics Office may say today that inflation eased to 2.5 percent in November, according to a Bloomberg survey of economists. The consumer price index rose 2.8 percent in October, the slowest pace in 11 months. The government will also announce foreign-exchange reserves data for November. Holdings climbed to a record $57.2 billion in October.

The Bureau of the Treasury will auction 8 billion pesos ($183 million) of five-year bonds at 1 p.m.

The yield on the 6.125 percent debt due September 2020 was 5.90 percent, according to Philippine Dealing & Exchange Corp. The peso was at 43.775 per dollar.

Taiwan: The Ministry of Finance may say exports rose 18.9 percent in November from a year earlier, according to a Bloomberg survey. Overseas sales rose 21.9 percent the previous month.

The yield on the 1.125 percent note due in September 2020 was 1.41 percent. The Taiwan dollar was at NT$30.625 per dollar.

Thailand: The Bank of Thailand will sell 52 billion baht ($1.7 billion) of 28-, 91- and 182-day bills.

The yield on the 5.85 percent note due March 2021 was 3.62 percent on Dec. 3. The baht was at 29.98 per dollar in offshore trading. Thailand was closed for a holiday yesterday.

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