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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 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

Mississippi Power Co. Crossover Downgrade?

Posted by Nick Buenaventura on Feb 8, 2017 2:40:33 PM

Mississippi Power Co. (NYSE: MP-D) is under review for a credit downgrade as a result of an ongoing investigation of continued delays and cost overruns for its coal gasification plant in Kemper County. The energy company last experienced a downgrade of its debt in November 2015, which brought its Moody's rating down to near junk status of Baa3. If the review goes poorly for the plant, Mississippi Power Co. will be in danger of crossing over into non-investment grade status.

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Topics: energy, junk bonds, Downgrade, Crossover

Junk Bond Yields Faulty During Market Rally

Posted by Matt McTague on Dec 5, 2016 4:09:09 PM

The Donald Trump victory rally in equities has not correlated to its counterpart in the bond market. With investors feeling positive that the newest Presidential-elect can carry his business success with him to the White House, stocks have edged up significantly in the last month. Vanguard's S&P 500 Index ETF ($VOO) has risen nearly 6%, while junk bond yields have moved marginally. 

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Topics: High Yield, junk bonds, bond market


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