SINGAPORE, Jan 13 (IFR) - New issuance started to accelerate
this week, but it is not weighing on the secondary market as
investors have reopened their books for the year and are mopping
up primary supply.
"New issuers are coming out in a pretty orderly fashion and
seem to be doing pretty well," said a credit trader. "The market
is taking it in its stride."
A new 10-year issue from the Republic of Korea tightened as
much as 6bp in early trading, before settling at Treasuries plus
51bp, 4bp inside the pricing level.
This week's issues from New World China Land and Adani Ports
were holding firm around reoffer, while Bharat Petroleum,
despite pricing flat to its curve, had tightened 5bp to
Treasuries plus 195bp.
Taikang Insurance was a strong performer in the
investment-grade sector, improving from the reoffer spread of
Treasuries plus 168bp to today's spread of 157bp.
Bankers said a lot of investors in the recent investment
grade offerings had taken a buy-and-hold approach, but were also
trying to top up their holdings in the secondary market, having
bought little in the last two months of 2016.
The Asia ex-Japan iTraxx IG index was 1bp tighter at
115bp/117bp, while Korean five-year sovereign CDS was unchanged
following the new sovereign issue.
(Reporting by Daniel Stanton; editing by Dharsan Singh)