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High Yield Bond Research - March 7, 2019

Posted by Corey Mahoney on Mar 7, 2019 5:23:00 PM
U.S. TREASURY YIELDS PLUMMETED upon the European Central Bank announcing a shift in economic policy holding rates steady and slashing its GDP forecast. Jobless claims slightly declined last week by 3.000 jobs for a seasonally adjusted 223,000 jobs.  The 10-year U.S. Treasury note dipped 5 basis points and the 30-year note sank 4 basis points.  S&P -0.81%, Dow -0.78%, NASDAQ -1.13%

CONSUMER BORROWING INCREASED IN JANUARY, according to a report from the Federal Reserve consumer debt rose by $17 billion seasonally adjusted $4.03 trillion.  Former chief economist from Wells Fargo is not concerned with the uptick of consumer debt stating, consumer credit remains “ok for now”however, “When the economy slows down and jobs start drying up, that’s when you’ll see who is over their skis”.  On a positive note, U.S. productivity improved in the fourth quarter to 1.9 percent for the fourth quarter of 2018.  Increased productivity directly corresponds to sound business investment growth signaling companies are allocating capital in strategic areas boosting efficiency.  ADI proprietary index data showed a net yield increment for high-yield versus high-grade bonds. High-grade edged out high-yield. Among high-grade bonds showing topmost price gains at appreciable volumes traded, Bank of America Corp. (USD) 11% 1/13/2031 made analysts' 'Conviction Buy' lists. (See the chart for ADI indexes above) Corey Mahoney  (

Key Gainers and Losers Volume Leaders
+   Tesla Motors Inc. 5.3% 8/15/2025 144A + 0.1%
  Flexi-Van Leasing Inc. 10% 2/15/2023 144A + 10.4%
-   California Resources Corp. 8% 12/15/2022 144A -1.3%
Dean Foods Co.   6.5% 3/15/2023 144A
Digicel LTD   6% 4/15/2021 144A
Industry Returns Tracker
Industry Past Day Past Week Past Month Past Quarter YTD Past Year
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing 0.15% 0.83% 1.18% 5.71% 4.61% 3.08%
Mining -0.24% -0.69% -0.03% 2.68% 6.72% 1.14%
Construction -0.08% -0.42% 0.45% 4.14% 4.51% 2.34%
Manufacturing -0.07% 0.06% 1.07% 4.24% 5.36% 4.51%
Transportion, Communication, Electric/Gas -0.08% -0.09% 1.16% 3.56% 4.63% 4.41%
Wholesale -0.05% -0.06% 0.92% 3.92% 5.26% 3.57%
Retail -0.10% 0.16% 1.11% 4.03% 6.47% 3.10%
Finance, Insurance, Real-Estate 0.01% 0.05% 0.88% 4.45% 5.26% 4.64%
Services -0.08% 0.06% 1.04% 4.36% 5.90% 5.22%
Public Administration 0.03% 0.21% 0.92% 2.74% 1.97% 22.20%
Energy -0.20% -0.61% -0.08% 2.78% 6.39% 1.37%
Total returns (non-annualized) by rating, market weighted.

New Issues Forward Calendar

1. Digicel Intl. Finance LTD. (USD) 8.75% 5/25/2024 144A (03/07/2019): 600MM First Lien Notes, Price at Issuance 100, Yielding 8.75%.

1. Twinset Spa: ¬170M 5 year senior secured floating-rate notes, Expected Q1 2019

2. Starwood Property Trust Inc: $300M senior notes, Expected Q1 2019

Additional Commentary

NEW ISSUANCE WATCH: on 3/5/19 participants welcome a $1100MM new corporate-bond offering by
Scientific Games Intl. Inc.  The most recent data showed money flowed out of high-yield ETFs/mutual funds for the week ended 2/22/19, with a net inflow of $0.69B, year-to-date $9.7B flowed into high-yield.

Top Widening Credit Default Swaps (CDS) Top Narrowing Credit Default Swaps (CDS)
Rite Aid Corp. (5Y Sen USD XR14)
Hertz Corp. (5Y Sen USD CR14)
SuperValu Inc. (5Y Sen USD MR14)
San Miguel Corp. (5Y Sen USD CR14)

Loans and Credit Market Overview


Deals recently freed for secondary trading, 
notable secondary activity: 
  • Wynn Resorts LTD., Xylem Inc., Amer Sports Corp., Orchid Orthopedic Solutions, Neustar Inc
Long-term bond yields are expected to hit a cyclical peak in 2019 given tight fiscal policy and lagging global economies. Europe remains checked by stubbornly low inflationary forces.  
Positive effects remained in force:
  • TED spread held below 15 bp (basis points), as of 03/07/19
  • Net positive capital flows into high-yield ETFs & mutual funds 

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