HIGH-YIELD DEBT RETAINED AN EDGE AGAINST INVESTMENT GRADE BONDS in net prices linked to actual trades. Muted signs of inflation have agitated bond investors to be the most bullish on longer-dated U.S. Treasuries since 2016. The Fed’s preferred method of evaluating inflation, the rate of Personal consumption expenditure increased by 1.7 percent on a year-over-year basis. The 10-year note lost 2.3 basis points. S&P -0.01%, DOW +0.08%, NASDAQ -0.75%.
|Key Gainers and Losers||Volume Leaders|
|Home Depot Inc. 3.75% 2/15/2024
GE Capital Intl. Funding Co. 4.418% 11/15/2035
|Industry Returns Tracker|
|New Issues||New Issues [Continued]|
1. Lear Corp. (USD) 4.25% 5/15/2029 (04/29/2019): 375MM Senior Unsecured Notes, Price at Issuance 99.691, Yielding 4.29%.
2. Norfolk Southern Corp. (USD) 4.1% 5/15/2049 (04/29/2019):400MM Senior Unsecured Notes, Price at Issuance 99.264, Yielding 4.14%.
Textron Inc. The most recent data showed money flowed out of high-yield ETFs/mutual funds for the week ended 4/26/19, with a net outflow of $0.520B, year-to-date $13.8B flowed into high-yield.
|Top Widening Credit Default Swaps (CDS)||Top Narrowing Credit Default Swaps (CDS)|
|Weatherford International LTD (5Y Sen USD XR14)
Hertz Corp. (5Y Sen USD CR14)
|SuperValu Inc. (5Y Sen USD MR14)
Atmos Energy Corp. (5Y Sen USD MR14)
Loans and Credit Market OverviewSYNDICATED LOANS HIGHLIGHTS:
Deals recently freed for secondary trading, notable secondary activity:
- JBS USA LLC, Sundyne US Purchaser, Prysmian, Project Maple II BV, Trade Me Group LTD
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 17 bp (basis points), as of 04/30/19
- Net positive capital flows into high-yield ETFs & mutual funds
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