Mexico Local Currency Bonds Slump on Supply Increase; Peso SlipsBen Bain and Nacha Cattan
Mexican peso bonds maturing from 2017 to 2024 slumped a day after the government issued 20 billion pesos ($1.5 billion) of the securities in a swap to extend debt maturities.
Yields on the bonds maturing in 2024 increased six basis points, or 0.06 percentage point, to 6.04 percent, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. It is the highest closing level since Sept. 17. The peso weakened 0.4 percent to 13.0626 per dollar.
The bonds extended declines as the U.S. budget impasse damped demand for emerging-market assets, according to Siobhan Morden, the head of Latin American strategy at Jefferies Group LLC in New York.
The “curve extension comes at an inopportune moment against weaker sentiment,” Morden said in an e-mailed response to questions.
The government bought back yesterday 21.3 billion pesos of shorter-term securities maturing from 2014 to 2016 under the debt exchange.
A statement today from the government disclosing plans to increase bond offerings next quarter drove some investors to sell, Alejandro Padilla, a strategist at Grupo Financiero Banorte SAB, said in an e-mailed response to questions.