Vietnam bonds fall as banks' demand cools; dong little changed

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Vietnam's bonds declined on signs bank demand for the securities is weakening. The dong was stable.

Vietnam's bonds declined on signs bank demand for the securities is weakening. The dong was stable.

The State Treasury sold a total of VND1.1 trillion ($52.4 million) of three-year and five-year notes on Nov. 3, less than the VND2 trillion offered, according to the Hanoi Stock Exchange. There were four bidders in each of the sales, compared with eight to 10 bidders at auctions of bonds with similar maturities on Sept. 1.

"Only four financial institutions joined the auctions, meaning that only a few players have enough funds to be able to bid in the primary market," Nguyen Duy Phong, Cao Tan Phat and Le Nguyet Anh, analysts at ACB Securities Co. wrote in a research note dated Nov. 4.

The yield on five-year government bonds gained for a second day, adding one basis point, or 0.01 percentage point, to 12.44 percent, according to a daily fixing from banks compiled by Bloomberg.

The dong was little changed at 21,009 per dollar as of 3:10 p.m. in Hanoi, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The central bank fixed the reference rate at 20,803 per dollar today, having left it unchanged since Oct. 28, according to its website. The currency is allowed to trade up to 1 percent on either side of the rate.

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