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Indonesia 10-Year Bond Yield Rises to 2-Week High; Rupiah Steady

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Sept. 25 (Bloomberg) -- Indonesian bonds fell for a sixth day, pushing the yield to a two-week high, after demand declined at a government debt auction today. The rupiah was steady.

The finance ministry sold 5.3 trillion rupiah ($553 million) of bonds and bills, exceeding its goal of 5 trillion rupiah, according to a statement on the debt management office’s website. Investors bid for 2.4 times the amount offered, compared with 2.8 times at the previous auction. Global funds pared holdings of local debt by 1.02 trillion rupiah in the last two days of last week, official data show.

“The demand at the auction was lower compared to the previous sale and this damped any positive sentiment,” said Dini Anggraeni, a fixed-income analyst at PT Mandiri Sekuritas in Jakarta. “The market is still uncertain, so many investors tend to wait and see instead of bidding.”

The yield on the government’s 7 percent bonds due May 2022 climbed one basis point, or 0.01 percentage point, to 5.99 percent, the highest level since Sept. 7, closing prices from the Inter Dealer Market Association show.

The rupiah traded at 9,588 per dollar, after closing at 9,592 yesterday, prices from local banks compiled by Bloomberg show. One-month implied volatility, which measures exchange-rate swings used to price options, declined 50 basis points, or 0.5 percentage point, to 5 percent.

To contact the reporter on this story: Yudith Ho in Jakarta at yho35@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: James Regan at jregan19@bloomberg.net.

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