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Equity Market Drivers: Sentiment, Spending and Politics; Peruzzi’s Perch
March 2017      Equities Market Commentary   

What’s Next for Stocks? Equity Market Drivers-It’s all about Sentiment, Spending and Politics…

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Larry Peruzzi

U.S and global markets experienced a classic risk reversal trade on Tuesday as investors re-priced the probability of a reduction in taxes. Investors took profits and reduced their risk exposure by knocking the Dow down 1.14% and the S&P 500 by 1.24% on Tuesday.  The S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrials ended their historic streak of 110 sessions without a 1% decline. Crude oil continued its decline with WTI crude down 3.1% over the first 4 days of the week. Energy, the worst-performing sector this year, has fallen by about 8% year to date. The economic front was largely void of any market moving numbers.

The housing sector did release some contradictory numbers as Wednesday’s existing home sales in February registered a 3.7% decline, but Thursday new home sales surged 6.1%. Who wants used when you can have new?  As the week came to an end, more uncertainty was created as the House GOP leaders looked to vote on Friday on their health-care bill, while not knowing for sure they have enough votes to pass it. As we have learned time and time again, markets greatly despise uncertainty.

Further evidence of the risk reversal trade can be seen in Gold’s trading action, as the precious metal is up 3.25% over the last 2 weeks. The week will also be remembered for what might have been the beginning stages of an end to an era when Sears Holdings had its worst decline in 2 years. Sears said there was “substantial doubt” about its future. Sears was once the world’s largest retailer over its 131 year history. With the Fed’s rate hike behind us and the next meeting not until May 3rd and 1Q earnings still a few weeks’ away, investors will continue to ponder their risk tolerance in these highly partisan political times.  Friday was an active day for Fed governors with Bullard, Dudley, Williams and Evans speaking.

Next week will be equally active for the Fed, with 12 speeches by governors, culminating with Chair Yellen speaking on Tuesday.  With the market drivers changing over the last couple of weeks, I think what the market and investors will be concentrating on is sentiment, spending and politics. Tuesday’s March Conference Board consumer confidence and Friday’s March Michigan sentiment readings should give us a good idea how the public views the economy, while Wednesday’s February pending home sales and Thursday 4Q personal consumption, followed by Friday’s February Personal Spending will be a good indication of how much the recent market rally has buoyed the consumption and spending.

The political front remains divided by party lines and reforms in taxes, healthcare, immigration and a Supreme Court nominee are at risk. As we watch a few key economic numbers and Fed speeches, we will be closely monitoring the shenanigans out of Washington. Quarter-end on Friday is normally “meet with portfolio managers” who will be making some last minute adjustments to portfolio holding and cash levels. I would expect trading volumes to increase as the week progresses.

There is a lot to digest for a market that looks like it is being stymied by a fork in the road.

Larry Peruzzi

Managing Director International Trading

Mischler Financial Group

Investment Banking | Institutional Brokerage

Ph:   1-617-420-8472

Larry Peruzzi is a 20 yr global trading markets veteran and brings a unique perspective to global equities market commentary via Mischler Financial Group, the securities industry’s oldest minority broker-dealer owned and operated by service-disabled veterans.  Larry’s experience  and best execution perspective stems from his sitting on ‘both sides of the aisle.’  For more than half of Larry’s career, he ran buy-side trading desks for Standish Mellon and thereafter, The Boston Company. In both of those roles, Larry was responsible for implementing and managing international equities trade execution. Larry’s perspectives are frequently cited by the leading financial news publishers, including The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg LP and Reuters

Mischler End of Week Equities Market Commentary via Peruzzi’s Perch March 09 2017 end-of-week edition is distributed via email to institutional investment managers and Fortune Treasury clients of veteran-owned broker-dealer Mischler Financial Group, the investment industry’s oldest  minority broker-dealer owned and operated by Service-Disabled Veterans.

Peruzzi’s Perch is a weekly synopsis of Everything Equities as seen from the perch of Mischler Financial Group’s International Equities Desk. Cited by Wall Street Letter in each of 2014, 2015 and 2016 for “Best Research / Broker-Dealer”, Peruzzi’s Perch is one of four distinctive content pieces produced by Mischler Financial Group.
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IG Debt Market Issuers Confounded By Dysfunction Junction; Mischler Debt Market Comment
March 2017      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 03.23.17 –Dysfunction Junction

 

A Very Important Message

Investment Grade Corporate Debt New Issue Re-Cap – “Dysfunction Junction”

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

Global Market Recap

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates for This Week and March

NICs, Bid-to-Covers, Tenors, Sizes and Average Spread Compression from IPTs thru Launches

Indexes and New Issue Volume

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending March 22th      

IG Credit Spreads by Rating

IG Credit Spreads by Industry

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline

Economic Data Releases

Rates Trading Lab –Courtesy of Jim Levenson

Tomorrow’s Calendar

 

 Important Message to all “QC” readers:  Before we dive into the session  details re: today’s corporate debt issuance, I’d like to call your attention to a very important message from one the Fixed Income Syndicate world’s truly good people, Greg Baker of Bank of America/Merrill Lynch.  Greg is going to be competing in his third 140.6 IRONMAN challenge to raise money for a critically important cause. Without further ado I will hand it over to Greg to tell you more about it. 

 

Dear Friends,

I will be participating in IRONMAN Lake Placid on July 23rd, 2017 as part of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) Team For Cures.

The Goal:
Raise $10,000 for the MMRF
Swim: 2.4 miles
Bike: 112 miles
Run: 26.2miles

Multiple myeloma is the second most common form of blood cancer and, sadly, has one of the lowest five-year relative survival rates of all cancers. But while there is no cure, great progress is being made.

In fact, thanks to the important work of the MMRF, the world’s leading private funder of myeloma research, the FDA has approved TEN new treatments, including FOUR in just the past 18 months – a track record that’s unparalleled in the world of oncology. These drugs have almost tripled the lifespan of myeloma patients. And now the MMRF is funding over 20 additional treatments in various stages of development, giving hope to tens of thousands of patients and their families.

All donations are GREATLY appreciated! Thank you very much.
Greg

To donate, please click on the link:  https://endurance.themmrf.org/2017IMLP/Member/MyPage/986791/Gregory-Baker

As Winston Churchill so eloquently put it, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” Greg is giving of himself, and I ask that you please find it in yourselves to donate what you can to help this incredible cause.  In the name of social responsibility, a heartfelt thank you from the guy-in-the-corner who is always in your corner.
Good luck Greg! -RQ

 

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap – Zip, Zero, Zilch Thanks to Capitol Hill and “Dysfunction Junction”

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Why did nothing price in today’s rare non-Friday goose egg in our IG DCM?  Simple!  Market participants and issuers are wondering if the Trump rally will stop dead in its tracks if it cannot get an Obama Care replacement bill approved by Congress.  Fractional divides within the majority controlled Republican Party reminds us all of the “circus” that is our nation’s capital known as “The Beltway.”  If support is not achieved, this writer will forever refer to Washington, D.C. as “Dysfunction Junction.”

We are already living in a nation divided with the worst media wars being fought between left and right.  Congress made some “headway” this morning by throwing out the minimum benefits that insurers are required to provide.  The final iteration, however, may not reflect the many months that Trump and his campaign staff and advisors have had to work on a replacement plan promised to be better, stronger, more efficient and one that will save the average American lots of money, while upgrading their care and keeping their choice of doctors.  Anything less than that and it will be perceived as a failure.  The session expected an announcement from House Speaker Paul Ryan – it did not happen.  A vote was expected this evening – it will not happen. The vote on legislation has officially been delayed.  Discussions will be ongoing, beginning this evening in the House at 7:00 pm ET. Markets awaited today’s healthcare/legislative conundrum with the eagerness with which it typically saves for FOMC Press Conferences.  That’s the kind of impact this decision and how it is handled will have.

Unfortunately, and further underlying all the suspense, is the real story of political dysfunction within the GOP.  A new, improved Obama Care seems to be taking a back seat to the question “will the Freedom Caucus continue to agitate any progress within the party?” If so, it will mean a long and painful 4-year term for the Trump Administration, likley result in a loss of seats in the next election and potential control of his ability to effectively govern.  Without support from within his own party effectively means no control at all.  This is all about breaking the party’s House Freedom Caucus, comprised of 20+ Republicans who have been a thorn in the side of any Republican headway.  For now, however, just getting support for whatever bill is being rushed through is challenged to find the necessary 215 votes for its passage.  The legacy of Trump’s legendary negotiating ability – recall his book “The Art of the Deal” – is also being called into question as he faces off with the nation’s lawmakers.

For the more objective Trump supporters, this could be a major disappointment and usher in more toxic additives to the “swamp” that Trump has promised to drain.  The main issue here, however, is that as important as Trump’s first real litmus test is to keep his promises on a full repeal and replacement of Obama Care is that he and his Administration will not be able to focus on any other plans unless and until he overcomes this first major hurdle.  If it fails, President Trump’s ability to achieve his eagerly anticipated and market moving tax reduction plan will be questioned and a financial crisis of confidence could likely ensue.  Perhaps the ultimate deal maker is working on health care concessions in return with a sledge hammer of a tax reduction plan. We’ll have to wait and see. I do think we could see a CT10-year below 2.00% again in short order, after which issuers will gladly hop off the fence in unison and act on a more clear view of rate direction. Robust issuance will be the flavor of the day, but first, we could see a quiet period in our primary markets.  We’ll know more tomorrow when I send out the Friday “QC” featuring the syndicate world’s “Best and the Brightest” and their views and comments on next week’s IG Corporate issuance. So, stay tuned it will be a critically important read for all of you.  For today and in conclusion, “Dysfunction Junction” is why our IG DCM was stalemated today.

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

 

  • BAML’s IG Master Index widened 1 bp to +123 vs. +122.  +106 represent the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS widened 1 bp to 1.18 vs. +117.
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread widened 1 bp to +165 vs. at +164.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $19.2b on Wednesday versus $20.5b on Tuesday and $21.6b the previous Wednesday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $17.9b.

 

Global Market Recap

 

  • U.S. Treasuries – 4-day winning streak was snapped.
  • Overseas Bonds – JGB’s closed better bid. European bonds traded poorly.
  • Stocks – U.S. stocks little changed with 45 minutes left in the session.
  • Overseas Stocks – Asia closed with small gains. Europe had a good day.
  • Economic – New home sales & KC Fed manufacturing were strong.
  • Overseas Economic – U.K. retail sales were strong.
  • Currencies – The USD was mixed vs. the Big 5. The DXY Index had a small gain.
  • Commodities – Crude oil & gold closed in the red.
  • CDX IG: -0.97 to 67.37
  • CDX HY: -3.17 to 330.27
  • CDX EM: -1.52 to 216.16

*CDX levels are as of 3:30PM ET today.

-Tony Farren

 

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates for This Week and March

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
3/20-3/24
vs. Current
WTD – $19.375b
March 2017
Forecasts
vs. Current
MTD – $107.848b
Low-End Avg. $24.92b 77.75% $113.79b 94.78%
Midpoint Avg. $25.65b 75.54% $114.31b 94.35%
High-End Avg. $26.38b 73.45% $114.83b 93.92%
The Low $20b 96.87% $80b 134.81%
The High $35b 55.36% $140b 77.03%

Below please find my synopsis of everything Syndicate and Secondary from today’s debt capital markets, including the investment grade corporate bond data drill down as seen from my seat here in Syndicate, Sales and DCM.

Have a great evening!
Ron Quigley, Managing Director & Head of Fixed Income Syndicate

 

NICs, Bid-to-Covers, Tenors, Sizes and Average Spread Compression from IPTs thru Launches

 

Here’s a review of this week’s five key primary market driver averages for IG Corporates only through Thursday’s session followed by the averages over the prior six weeks:

KEY IG CORPORATE
NEW ISSUE DRIVERS
MON.
3/20
TUES.
3/21
WED.
3/22
TH.
3/24
AVERAGES
WEEK 3/13
AVERAGES
WEEK 3/06
AVERAGES
WEEK 2/27
AVERAGES
WEEK 2/20
AVERAGES
WEEK 2/13
AVERAGES
WEEK 2/06
New Issue Concessions 0.57 bps 0.11 bps 4.62 bps N/A 0.00 bps 1.17 bps <3.15> bps <0.16> bps <0.86> bps <3.44> bps
Oversubscription Rates 3.08x 3.68x 1.77x N/A 3.08x 2.73x 3.39x 3.26x 3.76x 3.92x
Tenors 15.35 yrs 10.83 yrs 8.82 yrs N/A 10.05 yrs 9.65 yrs 8.04 yrs 8.37 yrs 8.03 yrs 12.04 yrs
Tranche Sizes $578mm $788mm $650mm N/A $859mm $671mm $738mm $695mm $744mm $735mm
Avg. Spd. Compression
IPTs to Launch
<17.69> bps <19.23> yrs <7.5> bps N/A <17.99> bps <20.00> bps <16.79> bps <18.47> bps <18.45> bps <19.60> bps

 

New Issue Pipeline (more…)

Mischler Muni Market Outlook; Pending Municipal Debt Deals Week of March 20
March 2017      Muni Market, Recent Deals   

Mischler Muni-bond Market Outlook for the week commencing 03.20.17 looks back to last week’s metrics and provides a lens focused on pending municipal debt deals scheduled. As always, the Mischler Muni Market snapshot provides public finance investment managers, institutional investors focused on municipal debt and municipal bond market participants a summary of prior week’s municipal debt activity, including credit spreads, money flows and a curated view of pending municipal finance offerings scheduled for this week’s issuance.

Last week muni volume was about $4.4 billion. This week volume is expected to be $4.5 billion. The negotiated market is led by $594.0 million for the New York State Environmental Facilities Corp on behalf of New York City Municipal Water Finance Authority. The competitive market is led by $239.9 million general obligation bonds for San Francisco Unified School District, California in 2 bids on Tuesday.

Below and attached is neither a recommendation or offer to purchase or sell securities. Mischler Financial Group is not a Municipal Advisor. For additional information, please contact Managing Director Richard Tilghman at 203.276.6656

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Mischler Financial Group debt capital market expertise includes Debt Origination, Distribution, Primary Market Access and Secondary Market trading across the full spectrum of fixed income markets. Our value-add is courtesy of our 18-member team of debt market veterans. a team that makes MFG’s Fixed Income Group a compelling partner to Fortune issuers, corporate treasurers, municipal debt market issuers and the world’s leading institutional investors.

To illustrate our presence within the Debt Capital Markets space: since 2014 alone,  Mischler has led, co-managed and/or served as selling group member for more than $600 Billion (notional value) in new debt and preferred shares issued by Fortune corporations, as well as debt issued by various municipalities and US Government agencies.

Mischler Financial Group is a federally-certified Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Business Enterprise (SDVOBE) and a recognized minority broker-dealer. Mischler Muni Market updates are provided as a courtesy to institutional clients of Mischler Financial Group, Inc.

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Cat’s Out of the Bag-Caterpillar 2-part Leads Day’s Deals; Mischler Debt Market Comment
March 2017      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 03.20.17 – Debt Deal of the Day: Caterpillar Financial Services 

 

Investment Grade Corporate Debt New Issue Re-Cap The Cat’s Out of the Bag-Caterpillar Financial Srvs $900m 2-part

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

Global Market Recap

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates for This Week and March

NICs, Bid-to-Covers, Tenors, Sizes and Average Spread Compression from IPTs thru Launches

New Issues Priced

Indexes and New Issue Volume

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending March 15th

IG Credit Spreads by Rating

IG Credit Spreads by Industry

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline – $225.5 Billion in Cumulative Enterprise

Economic Data Releases

Rates Trading Lab

Tomorrow’s Calendar

 

 

4 IG Corporate issuers tapped the dollar DCM today pricing 8 tranches between them totaling $4.625b.  Caterpillar Financial Services, Heineken NV, Mass Mutual Life and Korea National Oil were the names of the day; the SSA space was quiet today.
The IG Corporate only WTD total is 18% of the syndicate midpoint average forecast or $4.625b vs. $25.65b.
MTD, we’ve now priced 81% of the IG Corporate mid-range projection for all of March or $93.098b vs. $114.31b.
The all-in MTD total (IG Corporates plus SSA) now stands at $123.508b.

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

  • Mass Mutual Life Insurance Co. upsized today’s 144a/REGS 60-year Surplus Notes new issue to $475mm from $400mm at the launch and at the tightest side of guidance.
  • The average spread from IPTs and/or guidance thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 8 IG Corporate-only new issues was <17.69> bps.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index was unchanged at +122.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS widened 1 bp tp +117 vs. +116.
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread tightened 1 bp to +163 vs. +164.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $15.2b on Friday versus $20.2b on Thursday and $15.6b the previous Friday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $18.9b.

 

Global Market Recap

 

  • U.S. Treasuries – Positive start to the week. Seasonals favor a late March rally.
  • Overseas Bonds – Bunds & Gilts little changed. Peripheral bonds mostly better.
  • 3mth Libor – Set at the highest yield (1.15622%) since April 2009.
  • Stocks – U.S. was better in the morning but sold off in the afternoon.
  • Overseas Stocks – Asia closed with gains while Europe closed with losses.
  • Economic – Light calendar this week in the U.S. Germany PPI YoY at high since 2011.
  • Currencies  – USD mixed vs. Big 5 & the DXY Index closed with a very small gain.
  • Commodities – Crude oil, copper & wheat closed down while the CRB & gold were up.
  • CDX IG – closed at 68.43 (6mth roll was today).
  • CDX HY – closed at 326.39 (6mth roll was today).
  • CDX EM – closed at 214.78 (6mth roll was today).

*CDX levels are as of 3:30PM ET today.

-Tony Farren

 

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates for This Week and March

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
3/20-3/24
vs. Current
WTD – $4.625b
March 2017
Forecasts
vs. Current
MTD – $93.098b
Low-End Avg. $24.92b 18.56% $113.79b 81.82%
Midpoint Avg. $25.65b 18.03% $114.31b 81.44%
High-End Avg. $26.38b 17.53% $114.83b 81.07%
The Low $20b 23.12% $80b 116.37%
The High $35b 13.21% $140b 66.50%

Below please find my synopsis of everything Syndicate and Secondary from today’s debt capital markets, including the investment grade corporate bond data drill down as seen from my seat here in Syndicate, Sales and DCM.
Have a great evening!
Ron Quigley

 

NICs, Bid-to-Covers, Tenors, Sizes and Average Spread Compression from IPTs thru Launches (more…)

Nor’easter Stella In Front of Front-Loaded Week-Mischler Debt Market Comment
March 2017      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 03.13.17  Stella Won’t Stop The Show!; Saluting Women on Wall Street

 

Investment Grade Corporate Debt New Issue Re-Cap

Shout Out to Team Citigroup for Honoring IWD (International Women’s Day!)

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points –Penske Widens; Everett Spinco Saves the Day

Global Market Recap

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates for This Week and March

NICs, Bid-to-Covers, Tenors, Sizes and Average Spread Compression from IPTs thru Launches

New Issues Priced

Indexes and New Issue Volume

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending March 8th      

IG Credit Spreads by Rating

IG Credit Spreads by Industry

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline

Economic Data Releases

Rates Trading Lab

Tomorrow’s Calendar

 

So what happens on a Monday ahead of the FOMC Rate Decision, the Bank of England, the Bank of Japan, Trump’s 2018 budget, the expiration of the U.S. debt ceiling suspension, BREXIT’s triggering via Article 50 and the eagerly watched Dutch elections and the chance of up to as much as two feet of snow in the Tri-State area tomorrow? Well I suppose one could call that a lot of things but I choose to call it a “front-loaded” week as a result………

…….and today’s IG dollar DCM agreed as 8 Corporate issuers priced 17 tranches between them totaling $18.30b with a major boost from The State of Kuwait’s $8b two-part 5s/10s that brought today’s impressive all-in IG day totals to 9 issuers, 19 tranches and $26.30b.

Here are some interesting volume talking points from today’s session:

  • The WTD total is now 73% of this week’s syndicate midpoint average forecast or $18.30b $24.83b.
  • MTD, we’ve now priced 67% of the IG Corporate mid-range projection for all of March or $77.425b $114.31b.
  • Today’s all-in IG day total (IG Corporates plus SSA) of $26.30b represents the 11th highest day of all-time.
  • The session’s $26.30b is the second highest volume day of 2017 – and we have had a lot of biggies YTD!
  • After only one day, this week’s $26.30b already ranks as the 9th busiest week of 2017.
  • Today’s $11b 5-part Verizon Communications transaction is the 4th largest issue of the year.

Shout Out to Team Citigroup for Honoring IWD

 

Today, our good friends at Citibank N.A. issued a 2yr FXD/FRN in honor of International Women’s Day (“IWD”), which was last Wednesday, March 8th. IWD is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women among others. So, today it was a privilege and an honor to step aside and watch as Team Citi once again showed why they have been and continue to be a leading force for diversity in our IG dollar DCM.  Congratulations to the continued collective team efforts of everyone at Team Citi! The nation’s oldest Service Disabled Veteran broker dealer sends its five-star salute to each of you and as well as to all the women in our world and lives. The seven featured Women-Owned diversity broker dealer/investment banks on today’s Citibank N.A. “IWD” deal were:

  • L. King & Associates
  • CAPIS Institutional Services, Inc.
  • Lebenthal & Company LLC.
  • MFR Securities, Inc.
  • Siebert, Cisneros Shank & Cop., L.L.C.
  • Telsey Advisory Group
  • Tigress Financial Partners

Why would the financial industry’s oldest minority broker-dealer owned/operated by Service-Disabled Veterans  tout competing minority broker-dealers?  Well, I’d ask “why wouldn’t we?!”  Firstly, its the right thing to do! Second, it provides us the opportunity to showcase one of the global capital market’s leading and cutting edge D&I initiatives, while tipping our hat to the leading women in our diversity space.  So, congratulations for the glass ceilings raised and doors that Citigroup has helped open at their own financial institution through their own incredible procurement initiatives, as well as externally for all these leading women-owned firms. We extend a hardy congratulations to the respective women of D&I in our financial services industry. All for one, and one for all!

So, where do all these ideas originate?  A good place to start looking is from the top down at Citigroup.  Today I would suggest looking first in the office of one Suni Harford….

Who is Suni Harford?

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Suni Harford, Citigroup

Suni Harford is a Managing Director and Citigroup’s Regional Head of Markets for North America. In this capacity, Suni oversees the North American sales, trading and origination businesses of Citi’s securities and banking franchise. Citi maintains a premier position across all of its fixed income, currency, equity and commodities offerings. In addition to her current responsibilities, Suni is a member of Citi’s Pension Plan Investment Committee, and a Director on the Board of Citibank Canada. Suni is also the co-head of Citigroup’s global women’s initiative, Citi Women.

Prior to her current assignment, Suni was Citi’s Global Head of Fixed Income research, where she was responsible for Citigroup’s credit analytics, research strategy and fixed income quantitative analytics efforts globally. Suni also had oversight of Citi’s premier fixed-income analytics platform, The Yield Book. From 1995-2004, Suni served as the co-head of Citi’s Fixed Income Capital Markets origination business, where she managed relationships with financial institutions.

Not that she doesn’t have enough on her plate, Suni also serves on the Board of Directors of The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation, the Board of Directors of The Forte Foundation, a national, non-profit organization dedicated to increasing the number of women leaders in business, the Board of the Friends of Hudson River Park, and the Board of Taproot Foundation, a national organization engaged in skills-based volunteerism and pro-bono philanthropy. Suni is also passionate about awareness and support for our veteran community, and she is involved in many organizations in this regard. In addition to serving on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Veteran’s Employment Advisory Council, Suni has worked with First Lady Michele Obama’s Joining Forces initiative. Suni also represents Citi as a founding member of Veterans on Wall Street, a coalition of major financial services firms established in 2010 to engage the broader industry in efforts to support our transitioning veterans. Having helped formalize Citi’s very successful Veterans Initiative, CitiSalutes, in 2009, Suni remains the senior business sponsor for the initiative.

For those not already aware of her pedigree, Suni joined Salomon Brothers in January 1993, after five years with Merrill Lynch & Co. where she was a Vice President in Investment Banking. Suni joined Merrill upon graduation from the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, where she received her M.B.A. Suni received her Bachelor of Science degree from Denison University, where she majored in physics and math.

Pretty impressive stuff right there folks. Now you know why Suni was named one of  2016’s Top 20 Most Powerful Women on Wall Street!

So, in light of International Women’s Day and today’s honorable $2b Citibank N.A. “IWD” two-part new issue a “thank you”– not only to Suni, but to all the women in our investment grade debt capital markets and in our lives in addition to those who help perpetuate a more inclusive financial services industry.

Before I conclude, a bit of Women-on-Wall Street trivia for you from the guy-in-the-corner’s personal treasure trove – 

Did you know the first ever Euro-denominated transaction ever priced in history was for the European Investment Bank?  Did you know who priced it?  It was a woman. Her name was Natalie Armentero of Banque Paribas Syndicate. You may not have heard her name in a while because, back in 1998 – over 19 years ago – she became the wife of the guy-in-the-corner and she now goes by the name of Natalie Quigley!  Yet another smart and talented lady right there who graced our investment grade GCM opening doors and setting the bar high for many other women to follow.  She also makes me one very proud and lucky guy!  Her sister Marie-Therese Armentero represented Switzerland in the 1984 and 1988 Summer Olympics while currently holding numerous world swimming records for women over 40 years of age. Good stuff right there folks. Here’s to supporting strong women the world over.

Thank you also to Morgan Forester at team Citigroup for making herself accessible for me today on this.

 

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points – Uh oh! What Gives? Penske Widens!……But Then Everett Spinco Saves the Day?!

 

  • Today’s Penske Truck Leasing Co., L.P. and PTL Finance Corporation’s 10-year 144a/REGS Senior Notes new issue opened some eyes today when it launched at +160 or 5 bps wider than +155 “area” guidance despite the fact that “area” was defined as +/-5 bps.
  • However, where there is bad there is good.  Today’s Everett Spinco Inc. 3-year 144a/REGS Senior Notes tranche was guided in the  +140 “area” with the latter defined as
    +/-5 bps but launched at +130 or a nickel tighter than the tightest side of guidance!
  • The average spread from IPTs thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 17 IG Corporate-only new issues was <17.36> bps.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index was unchanged at +121.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS widened 1 bp to 1.16 vs. 1.15.
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread was unchanged at +163.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $15.6b on Friday versus $20.8b on Thursday and $21.3b the previous Friday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $20.2b.

Global Market Recap

 

  • Massive blizzard headed towards the Northeast tonight/tomorrow.
  • S. Treasuries – lost ground due to heavy corporate supply.
  • Overseas Bonds – JGB’s had small losses. Europe was all over the place.
  • 3mth Libor – Set at the highest yield (1.13122%) since April 2009.
  • Stocks – U.S. stocks were mixed and little changed.
  • Overseas stocks – Europe more green than red. Asia closed higher.
  • Economic – Not a real factor today in the U.S. or across the globe but will be this week.
  • Currencies – USD better vs. the Euro, weaker vs. the Pound, CAD and AUD and little changed vs. Yen.
  • Commodities – Crude oil small loss, gold up, copper good day and wheat had a bad day.
  • CDX IG: +0.53 to 65.08
  • CDX HY: +3.85 to 336.70
  • CDX EM: -0.28 to 216.74

*CDX levels are as of 3:30PM ET today.

-Tony Farren

 

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates for This Week and March

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
3/13-3/17
vs. Current
WTD – $18.30b
March 2017
Forecasts
vs. Current
MTD – $77.425b
Low-End Avg. $24.00b 76.25% $113.79b 68.04%
Midpoint Avg. $24.83b 73.70% $114.31b 67.73%
High-End Avg. $25.67b 71.29% $114.83b 67.43%
The Low $15b 122.00% $80b 96.78%
The High $35b 52.29% $140b 55.30%

 

In Honor of Tropical Storm “Stella”

My bet is that Tropical Storm Stella renders Tuesday an inactive day which, in turn, means Thursday now becomes a massive day for issuance.   
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Below please find my synopsis of everything Syndicate and Secondary from today’s debt capital markets, including the investment grade corporate bond data drill down as seen from my seat here in Syndicate, Sales and DCM

 

Have a great evening!
Ron Quigley, Managing Director and Head of Fixed Income Syndicate

 

NICs, Bid-to-Covers, Tenors, Sizes and Average Spread Compression from IPTs thru Launches

 

…..and here’s another look at last week’s day-by-day re-cap of key primary market driver averages for IG Corporates only followed by the prior six week’s averages:

KEY IG CORPORATE
NEW ISSUE DRIVERS
MON.
3/06
TUES.
3/07
WED.
3/08
TH.
3/09
FRI.
3/10
THIS WEEK’S
AVERAGES
AVERAGES
WEEK 2/27
AVERAGES
WEEK 2/20
AVERAGES
WEEK 2/13
AVERAGES
WEEK 2/06
AVERAGES
WEEK 1/30
New Issue Concessions <0.56> bps <0.47> bps 5.5 bps 3.94 bps 3.33 bps 1.17 bps <3.15> bps <0.16> bps <0.86> bps <3.44> bps <0.87> bps
Oversubscription Rates 3.19x 2.54x 2.22x 2.37x 1.92x 2.73x 3.39x 3.26x 3.76x 3.92x 3.12x
Tenors 9.93 yrs 8.68 yrs 17.99 yrs 6.58 yrs 5.21 yrs 9.65 yrs 8.04 yrs 8.37 yrs 8.03 yrs 12.04 yrs 11.60 yrs
Tranche Sizes $843mm $638mm $443mm $583mm $275mm $671mm $738mm $695mm $744mm $735mm $1,311 yrs
Avg. Spd. Compression
IPTs to Launch
<21.31> bps <18.56> yrs <17> bps <25.06> bps <13.50> bps <20.00> bps <16.79> bps <18.47> bps <18.45> bps <19.60> bps <19.77> bps

 

New Issues Priced

Today’s recap of visitors to our IG dollar Corporate and SSA DCM:

Please Note: for ratings I use the better two of Moody’s, S&P or Fitch.

 

IG          

Issuer Ratings Coupon Maturity Size IPTs GUIDANCE LAUNCH PRICED LEADS
Citibank N.A. A1/A+ FRN 3/20/2019 1,000 3mL+equiv 3mL+34 the # 3mL+34 3mL+34 CITI-sole
Citibank N.A. A1/A+ 2.00% 3/20/2019 1,500 +low 70s/+72.5a +67 the # +67 +67 CITI-sole
DCT Industrial Oper. Part.
(tap) New Total: $325mm
Baa2/BBB 4.50% 10/15/2023 50 +185a +175a (+/-5) +170 +170 CITI/JPM/WFS
Everett Spinco Inc. Baa2/BBB+ 2.875% 3/27/2020 500 +175a +140a (+/-5) +130 +130 BAML/MUFG/RBC
Everett Spinco Inc. Baa2/BBB+ 4.25% 4/15/2024 500 +225a +195a (+/-5) +190 +190 BAML/MUFG/RBC
Everett Spinco Inc. Baa2/BBB+ 4.75% 4/15/2027 500 +237.5-250
+243.75a
+220a (+/-5) +215 +215 BAML/MUFG/RBC
Humana Inc. Baa3/BBB+ 3.95% 3/15/2027 600 +150-155 +140a (+/-5) +135 +135 BAML/JPM/MS/USB
Humana Inc. Baa3/BBB+ 4.80% 3/15/2047 400 +180a +165a (+/-5) +160 +160 BAML/JPM/MS/USB
Ontario Teachers A1/AA 3.125% 3/20/2022 500 +112.5a +100-105 +100 +100 GS/TD
Ontario Teachers A1/AA 3.875% 3/20/2027 500 +137.5a +130-135 +130 +130 GS/TD
Penske Truck Leasing Baa2/BBB+ 4.20% 4/01/2027 500 +160a +155a (+/-5) +160 +160 BAML/JPM/PNC/WFS (a)  +1 (p)
Verizon Communications Inc. Baa1/A- FRN 3/16/2022 1,400 3mL+equiv 3mL+equiv 3mL+100 3mL+100 BAML/BARC/MS/RBC (a) +5 (p)
Verizon Communications Inc. Baa1/A- 3.125% 3/16/2022 1,850 +125-130 +115a (+/-5) +110 +110 BAML/BARC/MS/RBC (a) +5 (p)
Verizon Communications Inc. Baa1/A- 4.124% 3/16/2027 3,250 +175-180 +165a (+/-5) +160 +160 BAML/BARC/MS/RBC (a) +5 (p)
Verizon Communications Inc. Baa1/A- 5.25% 3/16/2036 3,000 +230-235 +215a (+/-5) +210 +210 BAML/BARC/MS/RBC (a) +5 (p)
Verizon Communications Inc. Baa1/A- 5.50% 3/16/2046 1,500 +245-250 +235a (+/-5) +230 +230 BAML/BARC/MS/RBC (a) +5 (p)
Virginia Electric & Power Co. A2/A 3.50% 3/15/2027 750 +105a +90-95 +90 +90 DB/JPM/WFS

 

SSA

Issuer Ratings Coupon Maturity Size IPTs GUIDANCE LAUNCH PRICED LEADS
State of Kuwait AA/AA 2.75% 3/20/2022 3,500 +100a +85a +75 +75 CITI/DB/HSBC/JPM/NBK/SCB
State of Kuwait AA/AA 3.50% 3/20/2027 4,500 +120a +110a +100 +100 CITI/DB/HSBC/JPM/NBK/SCB

 

Indexes and New Issue Volume

 

Index Open Current Change
IG27 64.547 64.853 0.306
HV27 131.025 131.490 0.465
VIX 11.66 11.35 <0.31>
S&P 2,372 2,373 1
DOW 20,902 20,881 <21>
 

USD

 

IG Corporates

 

USD

 

Total (IG + SSA)

DAY: $18.30 bn DAY: $26.30 bn
WTD: $18.30 bn WTD: $26.30 bn
MTD: $77.425 bn MTD: $100.475 bn
YTD: $340.508 bn YTD: $440.458 bn

 

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending March 8th      

     

  • For the week ended March 8th, Lipper U.S. Fund Flows reported an inflow of $3.482b into Corporate Investment Grade Funds (2017 YTD net inflow of $29.433b) and a net outflow of $2.119b from High Yield Funds (2017 YTD net outflow of $743m).
  • Over the same period, Lipper reported a net inflow of $1.208b into Loan Participation Funds (2017 YTD net inflow of $9.308b).
  • Emerging Market debt funds reported a net inflow of $154.368m (2017 YTD inflow of $1.387b).

 

IG Credit Spreads by Rating

The 10-day IG spread performance vs. the T10 across the ratings spectrum and how IG compared versus high yield: (more…)

Mischler Muni Market Outlook-Pending Deals Week of 03-13-17
March 2017      Muni Market   

Mischler Muni-bond Market Outlook for the week commencing 03.13.17 looks back to last week’s metrics and provides a lens focused on municipal bond Issuance Calendar for this week. As always, the Mischler Muni Market snapshot provides public finance investment managers, institutional investors focused on municipal debt and municipal bond market participants a summary of prior week’s municipal debt activity, including credit spreads, money flows and a curated view of pending municipal finance offerings scheduled for this week’s issuance.

Last week muni volume was about $9.2 billion.  This week, with the Fed Open Market Committee meeting, volume is expected to be $5.8 billion.  The negotiated market is led by $400.0 million for the Ohio Water Development Authority.  The competitive market is led by $1.8 billion of tax exempt and taxable State Personal Income Tax Bonds for Empire State Development Corp. (NYSUDC) in 5 bids on Tuesday

Below and attached is neither a recommendation or offer to purchase or sell securities. Mischler Financial Group is not a Municipal Advisor. For additional information, please contact Managing Director Richard Tilghman at 203.276.6656

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Mischler Financial Group debt capital market expertise, inclusive of Debt Origination, Distribution, Primary Market Access and Secondary Market trading across the full spectrum of fixed income markets is courtesy of our 18-member team of debt market veterans is what makes MFG’s Fixed Income Group a compelling partner to Fortune issuers, corporate treasurers, municipal debt market issuers and the world’s leading institutional investors.

To illustrate our presence within the Debt Capital Markets space: since 2014 alone,  Mischler has led, co-managed and/or served as selling group member for more than $600 Billion (notional value) in new debt and preferred shares issued by Fortune corporations, new companies via IPO, as well as debt issued by various municipalities and US Government agencies.

Mischler Financial Group is a federally-certified Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Business Enterprise (SDVOBE) and a recognized minority broker-dealer. Mischler Muni Market updates are provided as a courtesy to institutional clients of Mischler Financial Group, Inc.

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Paying Tribute to A Hero; Frmr PA State Senator Richard Tilghman, Sr. 1921-2017
March 2017      Company News, Muni Market   

Former Pennsylvania State Senator Richard Tilghman, Sr. 1921-2017; A Profile in Leadership, Honorable Service Above and Beyond the Call of Duty and Unbridled Integrity

The entire Mischler Financial Group​ family extends our sincere condolences to our Managing Director & Head of Municipal Finance, Rick Tilghman, Jr. and his family.  Rick’s Dad, Richard Tilghman, Sr., passed away in late February at the age of 96.  A widely-regarded fixture in the State of Pennsylvania Senate, Richard Tilghman, Sr. was a decorated war hero who went on to serve Pennsylvania citizens for more than 30 years.

Illustrative of Senator Tilghman’s stature and life time accomplishments, former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge, the country’s first US Secretary of Homeland Security stated, “Mostly, I’ll remember Sen. Tilghman as a good and decent man — a consummate gentleman — who served his constituents with distinction for many years. Michele and I extend our sympathies to the Tilghman family and friends.”

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Richard Tilghman, Sr. 1921-2017 photo DAVID SWANSON / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER, Philly.com

A strong advocate for veterans, Sen. Tilghman pushed through appropriations for the construction of the Pennsylvania Veterans Memorial at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery in Lebanon County.  In 1999, he promoted the allocation of $2 million as Pennsylvania’s share of the funding for the National World War II Memorial in Washington.

Once a Marine, Always a Marine, Senator Tilghman was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry while serving on Iwo Jima in 1945.  Rick Jr., followed in his Dad’s boot steps; prior to his professional career serving municipal finance issuers across the municipal bond market, he too served in the US Marine Corp, and was also recognized for his heroism while serving in Vietnam.  Rick continues to garner accolades from financial industry peers, institutional investors and municipal issuers throughout the US Municipal Finance arena.

In addition to Senator Tilghman’s long and esteemed role as Chairman of the Pennsylvania State Senate Appropriations Committee, for nearly four decades he continuously advanced legislative and funding initiatives to support military veterans, as well as funding programs for breast cancer research and community programs to assist those with disabilities throughout Pennsylvania.  In 2000, Sen. Tilghman’s contributions were recognized when he was inducted into the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs Hall of Fame, and awarded the Pennsylvania Meritorious Service Medal for his “distinguished record of support for veterans’ programs and benefits while ensuring fiscal prudence in the expenditure of public funds.”

Our thoughts and prayers are with Rick and his entire family and we are proud to shout out “Semper Fi!” in tribute to Richard Tilghman, Sr.

Walter Mischler (SDV), Founder & Chairman

Dean Chamberlain (SDV), Principal & Chief Executive Officer

Doyle Holmes, President & Chief Operating Officer

Memorial donations may be made to the Southeastern Veterans Center Resident Welfare Fund via donate.dmva.pa.gov, or the National MS Society at nationalmssociety.org/donate.  

 

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March-In Like a Lion..Out Like A Lamb, a Bull or a Bear? Mischler Equities Insight
March 2017      Equities Market Commentary   

Mar 09 11 pm EST– March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. Traders are hoping March does not come in like a bull and goes out like a bear.

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Larry Peruzzi

On March 1, the Dow, S&P 500 and NASDAQ comp all closed at record highs, over the next 6 trading sessions the S&P declined on 4 of 6 days and had very small gains on the 2 other days.

On Thursday, the bull market celebrated its 8th year with gains of between 1bp and 8 bps in U.S indices. After 8 years, markets seem to be both tired and excited. Valuations are starting to be questioned but expectation of job growth and tax relief has few ready to sell; but an equally few are ready to jump in.

So, markets feel as though we are currently in a stalemate. Friday’s February employment report is truly the first report that will be more affected by the present administration rather than the former. It is being closely watched, and anticipation about the Feb report explains why the equities markets move this week has been muted. Investors have been calling for, and patiently waiting for, policy details. Friday’s report should give us something to digest for now.

Although the market moves this week have been narrow, news has been abundant. We have seen a new proposed health care bill, a new immigration policy effort, U.S shale production increase, a global bond rout, U.S dollar at highest levels in 2 months, South Korean President ousted from office and an EU summit all kept us busy. Monday’s Factory orders exceeded expectations, Wednesday’s ADP employment change exceeded estimated by a healthy 112K and Thursday import prices showed inflation seems to be under control.

After Friday’s employment report, I think that the next two most important events this week were: 1) WTI crude oil falling back below $50 (WTI is down 8.3% for March). This has always been a double edge sword. More money in consumers’ pocket, but decline in the energy sector is a drag on the economy and indices. 2) A largely overlooked surge in Household Net Worth, with both a positive revision to 3Q and a better than expected gain in 4Q. Simply put, more wealth equals more spending, which equals more jobs and growth. But we need to watch that inflation as well.

Looking ahead to next week investors will have plenty to digest. As this market moves more toward a dual factor market (taxes and jobs), we will be reminded of the other factors able to move the market. We get a good view on inflation with Tuesday’s PPI report for February and Wednesday CPI report for February. Wednesday’s retail sales figures will give us a clearer picture as to how much of the surge in household wealth has pushed through the economy. With recent weakness in the retailers, we will be watching the sales numbers closely. Later in the day on Wednesday, the FED will release its FOMC rate decision, in which a 25bps hike is widely expected. Fed Funds rate is actually pricing in a 100% probability of a rate increase; the accompanying comments will be of more importance than the action.

With Thursday’s February Housing Starts and building permits release we get a better idea of the health of real estate.  Mild weather in February should help this number. The week concludes with Michigan sentiment reading. With the stock market near all-time highs, surge in household wealth and cheaper oil and gas prices in store, consumers should have reason to be optimistic.  With the S&P 500 PE ratio continuing to creep up to 21.8, companies’ earnings need to be able to sustain these prices when 1Q earnings roll around next month, otherwise we could some profit taking on the rise.

But it all starts with Friday’s employment number.

 

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Mischler Financial Group

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Draghi Says Euro is Irrevocable-Mischler Debt Market Comment
March 2017      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 03.09.17 –Draghi Says Euro is Irrevocable

 

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap

Buy-Side Feedback—“Its Amazing!”

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

Global Market Recap

ECB President Mario Draghi’s Declares “The Euro is here to stay!” and “The Euro is irrevocable!” 

Draghi’s ECB Key Talking Points

ECB Forecasts

NICs, Bid-to-Covers, Tenors, Sizes and Average Spread Compression from IPTs thru Launches

New Issues Priced

Indexes and New Issue Volume

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending March 8th      

IG Credit Spreads by Rating

IG Credit Spreads by Industry

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline

Economic Data Releases

Rates Trading Lab

Tomorrow’s Calendar

6 IG Corporate issuers tapped the dollar DCM today pricing 9 tranches between them totaling $5.25b.  The SSA space featured 2 issuers and 2 tranches totaling $1.30b for an all-in IG day total of 8 issuers, 11 tranches and $6.55b.
The WTD total is now 34% more than this week’s syndicate midpoint average forecast or $44.50b vs. $33.15b. MTD, we’ve now priced 50% of the IG Corporate mid-range projection for all of March or $58.025b vs. $114.31b.

Note: In last Friday’s “QC” Best and Brightest edition I wrote at the top, “Personally one should err to the upside in markets like this wherein new issue volume forecasts are concerned.  I’ll start by saying I have a strong feeling we see another $50b week of all-in IG Corporate and SSA new issuance next week.  IG Corporates alone could easily eclipse the $40b mark.  However, that’s my take on things. Across the 24 syndicate desks that I surveyed today, next week’s IG Corporate-only midpoint average estimate calls for $33.15b to price characterized by MANY new issuers.”

The WTD tally for IG Corporate new issuance thru today is $44.50b and all-in IG Corporate and SSA issuance is $52.80b ……not too shabby eh?

Buy-Side Feedback

Late this afternoon a buy-side account pointed out the following, “It’s amazing Ron! I was looking at your “QC” from last Friday and recall how staggered I was that almost 90% of last weeks’ new issues tightened versus pricing spread levels especially considering the negative concession environment.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen that before.  But this week is an entirely different story. In fact, it’s completely the opposite.  I’ll bet that a new record number of this week’s new issues widened out vs. their pricing levels given yields.  I haven’t seen more apathy in the market than this week in a VERY long time.”

We’ll see tomorrow folks when I check  the secondary trading levels of this week’s


IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

 

  • Host Hotels & Resorts LP bumped up its 7yr Senior Notes new issue to $400mm from $350m at the launch and at the tightest side of guidance.
  • Neuberger and Berman upped today’s 144a/REGS 10yr Senior Notes new issue to $300mm from $250mm at the launch. The deal skipped guidance.
  • The Asian Development Bank increased today’s 4yr FRN new issue to $1b from $750mm at the launch.
  • Swedish Export Credit Corp. upsized today’s tap of its FRNs due 10/04/2018 to $300mm from $250mm at the launch.
  • The average spread from IPTs thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 8 IG Corporate-only new issues, that displayed price evolution, was <25.06> bps.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index was unchanged at +119.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS widened 2 bps to 1.14 vs. 1.12.
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread was unchanged at +161.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $20.2b on Wednesday versus $20.9b on Tuesday and $21.6b the previous Wednesday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $20.4b.

 

Global Market Recap

 

  • U.S. Treasuries – Terrible price action. Supply, Draghi and healthcare the main culprits.
  • Overseas Bonds – Europe sold off on Draghi’s political correctness.. JGB’s red except 30yr.
  • 3mth Libor – Set at 1.11956% the highest since April 2009.
  • Stocks – Basically unchanged with 40 minutes left in the session.
  • Overseas Stocks – Japan up, China & Hang Seng down & Europe more green than red.
  • Economic – Claims higher from low since 1973. Import prices YoY high since 2012.
  • Overseas Economic – China inflation data mixed & credit down. Ireland GDP was strong.
  • Currencies – U.S. weaker vs. Euro & Pound but stronger vs. the Yen, CAD & AUD.
  • Commodities – CRB, crude oil, gold, copper, silver, etc., all got hit.
  • CDX IG: +0.85 to 64.75
  • CDX HY: +4.14 to 333.37 (wider by 26.15 bps this week)
  • CDX EM: +4.48 to 221.56

*CDX levels are as of 3:30PM ET today.

-Tony Farren

 

ECB President Mario Draghi’s Declares “The Euro is here to stay!” and “The Euro is irrevocable!” 

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Today the ECB left the Euro Zone’s  main refinancing rate unchanged at 0%, the marginal lending facility unchanged at 0.25% and the deposit facility rate also unchanged at <0.4%>.  Asset purchases remained €80b a month until the end of March after which they will be reduced by 25% to €60b per month from April thru December. Currency traders, however, reacted to the hawkish news that the ECB dropped its pledge to use “all available instruments” to achieve its mandate, and is now less worried about deflation. On the one hand, ECB President Mario Draghi talked up the prospects for the Euro Zone economy while saying there is no longer a deflation risk however, he also warned that there are “downside risks” that could derail the recovery. Clearly the ECB monetary chief has a firm eye on upcoming elections, particularly in France. Draghi sighted domestic risks are now more contained but subsequently took several minutes explaining how elections actually make everything uncertain. Among notable moments in his speech, he ducked the question: Could the ECB raise interest rates before it has ended its QE program?“  That was interesting, as he previously insisted that the rate would not rise until the asset-purchase program concludes.  The takeaway is that risks surrounding the euro area growth outlook have become less pronounced, but remain tilted to the downside and relate predominantly to global factors.

Draghi’s ECB Key Talking Points

 

  • ECB leaves the main refinancing rate unchanged at 0.00%.
  • Leaves the marginal lending facility unchanged at 0.25%.
  • Leaves the deposit facility rate unchanged at -0.4%.
  • Keeps asset purchases at €80b a month until the end of March.
  • Says asset purchases will be €60b a month from April to December – a 25% reduction.
  • Reiterates that rates will stay at present or lower levels for an extended period of time.
  • Net purchases will be made alongside reinvestments.
  • QE can be increased in size and/or duration if the outlook worsens.
  • Draghi sees rates at present or a lower level well past the end of QE.
  • QE will run until the ECB sees a sustained inflation pick-up.
  • Sees no convincing upward trend in underlying inflation.
  • Inflation is likely to remain close to 2% in the coming months.
  • Core inflation set to rise gradually over the medium-term.
  • ECB measures preserve favorable conditions needed.
  • Sentiment indicators point to a pick-up in momentum.
  • Inflation increased due to energy effects.
  • Underlying inflation pressures remain subdued.
  • The ECB will look through transient inflation changes.
  • A very substantial degree of accommodation is needed.
  • Draghi omits pledge to use “all instruments” within the mandate.
  • Says economic risks are less pronounced, yet still to the downside.
  • Risks relate predominantly to global factors.
  • Survey results increase confidence in the recovery
  • Survey results suggest the recovery may broaden.
  • Rising employment bolsters private consumption.
  • Signs of a somewhat stronger global recovery.
  • Euro-area growth was damped by a sluggish reform pace.

 

ECB Forecasts

  • 2017 GDP growth at 1.8% vs 1.7%
  • 2018 GDP growth at 1.7% vs 1.6%
  • 2019 GDP growth at 1.6% vs 1.6%
  • 2017 inflation at 1.7% vs 1.3%
  • 2018 inflation at 1.6% vs 1.5%
  • 2019 inflation at 1.7% vs 1.7%

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates for This Week and March

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
3/06-3/10
vs. Current
WTD – $44.50b
March 2017
Forecasts
vs. Current
MTD – $58.025b
Low-End Avg. $31.79b 139.98% $113.79b 50.99%
Midpoint Avg. $33.15b 134.24% $114.31b 50.76%
High-End Avg. $34.50b 128.99% $114.83b 50.53%
The Low $25b 178.00% $80b 72.53%
The High $45b 98.89% $140b 41.45%

 

Below please find my synopsis of everything Syndicate and Secondary from today’s debt capital markets, including the investment grade corporate bond data drill down as seen from my seat here in Syndicate, Sales and DCM.

 

Have a great evening!
Ron Quigley, Managing Director and Head of Fixed Income Syndicate

 

NICs, Bid-to-Covers, Tenors, Sizes and Average Spread Compression from IPTs thru Launches (more…)

A Revised View of ADP Employment Data-Mischler Debt Market Comment
March 2017      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 03.08.17 -Debt Market View re Latest ADP Data

 

Investment Grade Corporate Debt New Issue Re-Cap – 7 IG Corporate Deals Felt Like a Vacation vs. Monday & Tuesday Sessions

ADP Number Becoming More Payroll Accurate

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

Global Market Recap

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates for This Week and March

NICs, Bid-to-Covers, Tenors, Sizes and Average Spread Compression from IPTs thru Launches

New Issues Priced  (UNH, DTE Energy, Realty Income, Western Union, Princeton U Trustees)

Indexes and New Issue Volume

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending February 27

IG Credit Spreads by Rating

IG Credit Spreads by Industry

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline

Economic Data Releases

Rates Trading Lab

Tomorrow’s Calendar

 

5 IG Corporate issuers tapped the dollar DCM today pricing 7 tranches between them totaling $3.10b.  The SSA space featured 2 issuers and 2 tranches totaling $3.50b for an all-in IG day total of 7 issuers, 9 tranches and $6.60b.
The WTD total is now 18% more than this week’s syndicate midpoint average forecast or $39.25b vs. $33.15b.
MTD, we’ve now priced 46% of the IG Corporate mid-range projection for all of March or $52.775b vs. $114.31b.

ADP Number Becoming More Payroll Accurate

How often have you heard this, “If I told you once, I told you a million times.” Or this –  “If it’s not one thing, it’s another.”  Well, if it’s not employment and jobs numbers it’s geopolitical event risks.  No one seems to be able to get it right. Surprises lurk around the globe as well as in the economic data.  Today the ADP Employment Change number surprised BIG TIME to the upside posting 298k against 187k estimates. It was the highest ADP number in three years! The prior was upward revised to by 15k to 261k vs. 246k  The CT10 responded by popping 5 bps in yield. By 9:00am the Treasury 10yr was at 2.56% or 26 bps wider over the last 9 sessions.

As BNP Paribas’ Sean Stevens wrote today:

The ADP number is clearly getting better at predicting Payrolls.  Let’s look at the average miss over the last 6 months including the average overshoot and undershoot.

Using the January 2017 report back to August 2016 and including the upward revision:

 

Aug. 2016 thru
Jan. 2017
ADP Employment
Avg. Miss 18.2k
Avg. ADP Undershoot 15.5k
Avg. ADP Overshoot 19.5k

Using the January 2016 report back to August 2015:

Aug. 2015 thru
Jan. 2016
ADP Employment
Avg. Miss 58.8k
Avg. ADP Undershoot 112.0k
Avg. ADP Overshoot 43.0k


Economic Data Releases

TODAY’S ECONOMIC DATA PERIOD SURVEYED ESTIMATES ACTUAL NUMBER PRIOR NUMBER PRIOR REVISED
MBA Mortgage Applications March 3 —- 3.3% 5.8% —-
ADP Employment Change February 298k 246k 246k 261k
Nonfarm Productivity Q4 1.5% 1.3% 1.3% —-
Unit Labor Costs Q4 1.6% 1.7% 1.7% —-
Wholesale Inventories MoM January <0.1%> <0.2%> <0.1%> —-
Wholesale Trade Sales MoM January 0.5% <0.1%> 2.6% 2.4%

 

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

 

  • Realty Income Corp. upsized today’s two-part Senior Notes new issue to $700mm from $650mm at the launch and at the tightest side of guidance.
  • The average spread from IPTs thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 6 IG Corporate-only new issues, that displayed price evolution, was <17.00> bps.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index widened 1 bp to +119 vs. +118.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS widened 1 bp to 1.12 vs. 1.11.
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread was unchanged at +161.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $20.9b on Tuesday versus $22.7b on Wednesday and $22.7b the previous Tuesday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $20.4b.

 

Global Market Recap

 

  • U.S. Treasuries – 10yr supply & ADP employment did USTs in today.
  • Overseas Bonds – JGB’s and bonds in Europe had a losing day.
  • 3mth Libor – Set at the highest yield (1.10900%) since April 2009.
  • Stocks – U.S. mixed heading into the close.
  • Overseas Stocks – Japan & China red while Hang Seng & Europe closed higher.
  • Economic – ADP employment was very strong for the second month in a row.
  • Overseas Economic – China trade data was whacky. Japan GDP up. German IP strong.
  • Currencies – USD outperformed all of the Big 5. DXY Index back over 102.
  • Commodities – Crude oil crushed on high inventory. Overall bad day for commodities.
  • CDX IG: +0.65 to 63.18
  • CDX HY: +3.18 to 325.51
  • CDX EM: +6.22 to 214.88

*CDX levels are as of 3:30PM ET today.

-Tony Farren

 

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates for This Week and March

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
3/06-3/10
vs. Current
WTD – $39.25b
March 2017
Forecasts
vs. Current
MTD – $52.775b
Low-End Avg. $31.79b 123.47% $113.79b 46.38%
Midpoint Avg. $33.15b 118.40% $114.31b 46.17%
High-End Avg. $34.50b 113.77% $114.83b 45.96%
The Low $25b 157.00% $80b 65.97%
The High $45b 87.22% $140b 37.70%

 

Below please find my synopsis of everything Syndicate and Secondary from today’s debt capital markets, including the investment grade corporate bond data drill down as seen from my seat here in Syndicate, Sales and DCM.

 

Have a great evening!
Ron Quigley, Managing Director and Head of Fixed Income Syndicate

 

NICs, Bid-to-Covers, Tenors, Sizes and Average Spread Compression from IPTs thru Launches

 

Here’s a review of this week’s five key primary market driver averages for IG Corporates only through Tuesday’s session followed by the averages over the prior six weeks: (more…)

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