May 22, 2017 / 7:55 AM / 3 months ago

ASIA CREDIT CLOSE: Credit firmer as sentiment improves

HONG KONG, May 22 (IFR) - Asia credit markets were firmer on Monday with real-money accounts seen snapping up high-quality names.

Regional equity market also rallied with the MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rising 0.9% today on the back of gains in Australia and Hong Kong stocks.

"Market sentiment was fairly good today with strong flows from Asian real-money accounts," said a Hong Kong-based investment-grade credit trader. "Highly rated credits, including some utility names, were in favour."

The iTraxx Asia IG Index was 0.12bp tighter at 89bp/90bp.

CCB Life Insurance's 4.50% 2022s were bid at 101.70, while China Southern Power Grid's 3.50% 2027s were bid at 99.378.

China Evergrande's 9.50% 2021s traded up half point at 110.75 in cash price. Last week, S&P upgraded its long-term corporate credit rating on China Evergrande to B from B-, citing the issuer's improved liquidity and strong sales.

State-owned Indonesian electricity company Perusahaan Listrik Negara's 5.25% 2047s rose to 100.05 in cash price from Friday's close of 99.89 on news of S&P's promotion to IG its rating of the Republic of Indonesia, according to Tradeweb.

Last Friday, S&P raised Indonesia's long-term sovereign credit rating to BBB-, with a stable outlook, from BB+, becoming the last of the three major agencies to do so. Moody's rates Indonesia Baa3 and Fitch rates it BBB-.

Reporting by Ina Zhou; editing by Dharsan Singh

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