GERMAN BUSINESS MORAL DECLINED MORE than expected in May revealing confidence in Europe’s largest economy is fading. The economy started the year off on a strong note, however, the service sector lagged behind taking a “substantial hit” in April, posting its largest monthly drop since 2013. “Concerns about manufacturing persist. The service sector continues to keep the economy afloat but at a slightly slower pace.” The 10-year German government bond yield sank further into negative territory following the economic report. ADI (Advantage Data Inc.) extensive corporate-bond index data showed a net daily yield increment for high-grade versus high-yield constituents. High-
|Country||Maturity (Y)||Yield (%)||Previous (%)||Spread (bp)|
Credit-Default Swap Market
|New Issues||New Issues [Continued]|
1. IHO Verwaltungs GmbH (EUR) 3.625% 5/15/2025 Reg S (05/22/2019): 800MM Secured Notes, Price at Issuance 100, Yielding 3.63%.
2. Total Capital SA (EUR) 1.535% 5/31/2039 (05/22/2019): 650MM Senior Unsecured Notes, Price at Issuance 100, Yielding 1.54%.
|iShares Core EUR UCITS||iShares Euro High Yield UCITS|
|NAV as of 05/23/2019, 131.39||NAV as of 05/23/2019, 103.00|
|Daily NAV Change (%) -0.13%||Daily NAV Change (%) -0.42%|
OVERALL EUROPEAN CREDIT MARKET:
The euro-zone economy shows signs of positive momentum, although conditions are expected to deteriorate hindered by the termination of quantitative easing, weakening credit rating quality, and uncertainty regarding the outcome of Brexit. Closely watched indicators and rates:
- Eurostat's unemployment rate: currently 7.7% (seasonally adjusted, March 2019)
- Eurostat's quarterly GDP: 0.4% (2019 Q1 Preliminary)
- 6-month Euribor: current value -0.242%, as of 05/22/2019
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