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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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