European Bond Research as of December 6th, 2017

Posted by Marlena Mathews on Dec 6, 2017 2:02:14 PM
JUNK BONDS CAME UNDER MORE PRESSURE,  outpaced by investment-grade debt in net prices, for a second day.   Profit-taking,  political infighting  (in both Europe and the U.S.), and the occurrence of massive   pullbacks in shares of Hammerson PLC and Saga PLC, all factored into the mostly risk-averse European session.   More bumps along the road in Brexit  (British exit from EU) were also in the mix, as London traders faced the backdrop of an earlier sell-off in Asian markets, while the   oil-and-energy sector was roiled  by a pullback in global crude-oil prices.            
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Topics: junk bonds, bond market

European Bond Research November 28, 2017

Posted by Michael F. Brown on Nov 28, 2017 12:20:54 PM
FAVOR FOR INVESTMENT-GRADE BONDS carried over from yesterday's session, even as stocks in Europe's bourses stepped higher amid   strength in the oil-and-energy sector.   Royal Dutch Shell PLC shares, up 4.2% as of   3:40  London time, lifted a range of related European oil firms' stock and junk debt as well, including those of   Tullow Oil PLC,   Total SA, and   BP PLC. A degree of optimism in the banking sector stemmed from data showing   encouraging stress tests for U.K. banks, although gains in this sector remained spotty amid pullbacks in  Barclays PLC shares, off 0.7%, and   Credit Suisse Group, off 0.52%,  while   Societe Generale  added 0.75%. Meanwhile the mining and materials sectors remained under pressure as shares of  Rio Tinto PLC,   Glencore PLC, and   BHP Billiton PLC  shares all extended yesterday's pullbacks     
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Topics: Investment Grade, bond market, corporate bonds

European Bond Research as of November 22, 2017

Posted by Michael F. Brown on Nov 22, 2017 2:52:30 PM
EUROPEAN JUNK BONDS RETAINED SLIGHT FAVOR over their less-risky investment-grade counterparts, as stocks in Europe's bourses stepped modestly higher. A bit   less acute German political risk  was in the picture, relative to yesterday. The view grew that   a return to the   Grand Coalition  of parties urged by Angela Merkel may be best , despite resistance from the liberal   SPD ( Social Democratic Party of Germany). This, along with a   sharp fresh high in crude-oil prices, led investors in Europe to show a slight preference for risk assets, as   WTI (West Texas Intermediate) oil touched its highest close in over two years.   European oil firms rose accordingly  as gains in   Royal Dutch Shell PLC  shares added 1.0%,   Tullow Oil PLC  was up 4.3%, and   Total SA  was up 1.4%. In other sector cues for bond traders,   Akzo Nobel NV shares added 1.4%,  Thomas Cook PLC was off 7.7%, as of   4:40  London time.       
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Topics: bonds, bond market, corporate bonds

European Bond Research 11/16/2017

Posted by Michael F. Brown on Nov 17, 2017 11:57:16 AM
JUNK BONDS FLUCTUATED HIGHER  in overall price gains linked to trades, outpacing investment-grade debt on the European trading front. A  strong showing by Europe's carmakers  was a major element in today's market dynamic, as   Volkswagen AG  shares jumped 3.1%,   Fiat Chrysler NV  was up 1.6%, and   Renault SA added 1.3%, as of   3:30 PM, London time. Today's rebound in risk assets, on the heels of the worst run of sell-offs since October of '16, was fed also by upbeat data from heavyweight conglomerate   Bouygues SA,   3i Group PLC, and  British Land Co. PLC.   Nymex  oil prices stabilized around $55.30, supporting a   rebound in the oil-and-energy sector  as the view grew that U.S. shale producers will be more disciplined, going forward. 
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Topics: High Yield, Investment Grade, bonds, junk bonds, bond market, corporate bonds

European Bond Research as of October 31, 2017

Posted by Marlena Mathews on Oct 31, 2017 1:23:53 PM
CAUTION AND PROFIT-TAKING kept Europe's   investment-grade bonds with a slight edge  over junk debt in today's trading. A   mix of European economic data  kept price swings channeled in fairly thin bands, as   inflation took a downturn,   GDP came in above forecast, and jobs data showed the   lowest unemployment since '09. The   oil-and-energy group fared well, giving important sector cues to corporate-bond traders, as   Nymex  oil prices hovered around $54 and   BP PLC shares initially rose 3.6%. However BNP Paribas weighed on the financial group, off 2.9% on disappointing quarterly revenue, while   Weir Group PLC tanked 7.3%. 
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Topics: Investment Grade, bonds, junk bonds, bond market, corporate bonds

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