HONG KONG, March 30 (IFR) - New issues dominated Asian
credit markets on Thursday as at least eight issuers were
marketing US dollar bonds in the region.
"Market sentiment remained constructive and stable since a
US rate hike earlier this month, though market participants are
expecting another increase in June," said a Hong Kong-based
investment-grade credit trader.
Asian credit spreads were almost flat. The iTraxx Asia IG
index, which has rolled into Series 27, was quoted less than 1bp
tighter at 93.4/94.6bp.
Trading was more concentrated on newly issued bonds.
ICBC Financial Leasing's US$2bn two-tranche notes were mixed
with its 3-year tranche 2bp wider and its 5-year piece 5bp
Trader said the weakness of the 3-year tranche was mainly
due to the relatively larger issue size.
The US$1.15bn three-year tranche was reoffered at 150bp over
US Treasuries, while the US$850m five-year tranche was reoffered
at 152.5bp over.
Hyundai Capital America's US$1.1bn three-tranche notes were
also traded mixed. Its 3-year floaters and 5-year fixed-rate
notes were flat, while its 3-year fixed-rate notes traded 6bp
Swiss private-banking group EFG International's newly priced
US$400m 5.00% 10-year non-call 5 notes gained 0.35pt to 100.35.
(Reporting by Carol Chan; editing by Dharsan Singh)