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India’s Bond Yields Near One-Week Low as RBI to Purchase Debt

Jan. 4 (Bloomberg) -- India’s 10-year bond yields were near the lowest level in more than a week on optimism a central bank plan to buy government debt will boost demand.

The Reserve Bank of India said yesterday it will purchase 120 billion rupees ($2.3 billion) of notes due in 2017, 2021, 2022 and 2027 in an open-market auction on Jan. 6. It bought 412 billion rupees of securities since Nov. 24, official data show, to ease a cash crunch at banks and help a record sovereign borrowing program succeed. India boosted its annual debt-sales target by 8.5 percent last week to 5.1 trillion rupees.

“The RBI’s open-market purchases are keeping yields down this week,” said Debendra Kumar Dash, a fixed-income trader at Development Credit Bank in Mumbai. “This is helping ease the negative sentiment among investors due to the huge government borrowing program.”

The yield on the 8.79 percent notes due November 2021 was 8.37 percent in Mumbai, according to the central bank’s trading system. It fell to 8.36 percent yesterday, the lowest level since Dec. 22.

The cost of one-year interest-rate swaps, or derivative contracts used to guard against fluctuations in funding costs, rose two basis points to 7.70 percent, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

To contact the reporter on this story: V. Ramakrishnan in Mumbai at rvenkatarama@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Sandy Hendry at shendry@bloomberg.net

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