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Indonesia Bond Yields at Two-Month Low on Inflows; Rupiah Drops

Oct. 16 (Bloomberg) -- Indonesian government bonds advanced, pushing the 10-year yield to a two-month low, after foreign funds pumped money into the nation’s securities to seek better returns. The rupiah weakened.

Overseas investors have added 6.44 trillion rupiah ($671 million) to their holdings of local sovereign debt since the Federal Reserve announced a third round of asset purchases that boost the supply of dollars on Sept. 13, finance ministry data show. Indonesian notes due 2022 yielded 5.79 percent, compared with 4.75 percent for Philippines, rated the same at Standard & Poor’s, and 3.49 percent for Thailand, three levels higher at the rating company.

“Indonesia’s bonds have room to rally further,” said Artanavaro Gasali, the head of global markets at PT Bank ICBC Indonesia in Jakarta. “Yields are still high compared to their peers.”

The yield on the government’s 7 percent bonds due May 2022 fell five basis points, or 0.05 percentage point, to 5.79 percent, the lowest level since Aug. 10, according to closing prices from the Inter Dealer Market Association. The rate has dropped 11 basis points in four days.

The rupiah weakened 0.2 percent to 9,610 per dollar as of 4:26 p.m. in Jakarta, prices from local banks compiled by Bloomberg show. It reached 9,657 on Oct. 11, the weakest level since October 2009. One-month implied volatility, which measures exchange-rate swings used to price options, held at 6 percent.

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

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Amit Prakash at aprakash1@bloomberg.net

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