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European Corporate Debt Issuance Mkt: Fill ‘Yer Boots Mode
January 2017      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 01.24.17 Eye on European Corporate Debt Issuance: Fill Yer Boots

“..Today’s all-in US Investment Grade day total issuance makes January issuance $182.433b; the 3rd busiest month on record..”

 

Investment Grade Corporate Debt New Issue Re-Cap – January 2017 Now 3rd Highest Volume Month on Record!
Global Market Recap

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

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

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 January 18th     

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

It was perhaps a rather subdued IG primary market today in the U.S. but we did wind up featuring 3 IG Corporate issuers that priced 8 tranches between them totaling $4.65.  SSA also assisted in boosting the volume totals as 2 issuers priced 2 tranches amounting to $3.25b.  Today’s all-in IG day total is now $182.433b making it as the 3rd busiest month on record.

However, allow me to tell you about London’s European issuance where the primary market remains “hot.”  What’s that mean?  How about this – today, according to friend, former BNP Paribas colleague and Bloomberg Editorial Primary Market Strategist, Paul Cohen, “Europe remains in a “fill yer boots” mode across the pond.  Notably, of the 151 YTD syndicated transactions, 100 of them (66%) have trended tighter vs. launch/final pricing.  Despite that Europe was expecting a busy week this week they certainly did not anticipate the €32b priced in the in first two sessions.  It’s staggering! Today in particular saw 10 issuers price 11 tranches totaling €27.68b making it the third largest issuance day in Europe in 3 years according to his Bloomberg records. Today’s U.K. 40-year gilt transaction amassed a record £23b in investor order interest while total demand for 3 sovereign bond new issues eclipsed €80b equivalent.  Paul said the reason is that “the latest rise in underlying rates, fueled by improving macro sentiment, appears to be buoying risk appetite.” It sure does.

 

Global Market Recap

 

  • U.S. Treasuries – Bad day for USTs & bonds in Europe. JGB’s closed mixed. Supply a factor.
  • Stocks – Good day for U.S. stocks with record highs for the S&P and NASDAQ.
  • Overseas Stocks – Europe had a good day (not Ireland), Japan red and China mixed.
  • Economic – Markit manufacturing improved. Low inventory holding back existing home sales.
  • Overseas Economic – Solid data in Japan & Europe.
  • Currencies – USD outperformed all of the Big 5. Yesterday was the opposite.
  • Commodities – Big day for copper. Crude oil higher & gold lower.
  • CDX IG: -1.32 to 65.12
  • CDX HY: -5.52 to 346.69
  • CDX EM: -0.81 to 236.23

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

-Tony Farren

 

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

 

  • Mischler Financial served as a passive underwriter on Morgan Stanley’s $1b (40mm share) 5.85% PerpNC10 fixed-to-floating rate non-cumulative $25 par preferred Series “K” today.  Thank you to MS Preferred Syndicate’s Michael “Captain Morgan” Borut for selecting Mischler as an underwriter from among the many diversity broker-dealers to choose from. It is always appreciated Mike! The transaction rated (Ba1/BB/BB+) started with IPT’s in the 6.125% “area” before tightening 25 bps to revised 5.875% “area” guidance and 2.5 bps tighter into the 5.85% launch for an impressive <27.5> of spread compression throughout price evolution.
    The average spread compression from IPTs thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 8 IG Corporate-only new issues was 18.12 bps.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index was unchanged at +128.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS was unchanged at +122.  The “LUACOAS” wide since 2012 is +215. The tight is +122.
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread was unchanged at +165.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $17.1b on Monday versus $15.2b on Friday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $18.7b.

 

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

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
1/23-1/27
vs. Current
WTD – $13.70b
January 2017
Forecasts
vs. Current
MTD – $130.433b
Low-End Avg. $19.09b 71.77% $107.87b 120.92%
Midpoint Avg. $20.46b 66.96% $108.41b 120.31%
High-End Avg. $21.83b 62.76% $108.96b 119.71%
The Low $15b 91.33% $80b 163.04%
The High $26b 52.69% $145b 89.95%

 

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 Monday’s session followed by the averages over the prior six weeks:

KEY IG CORPORATE
NEW ISSUE DRIVERS
MON.
1/23
AVERAGES
WEEK 1/16
AVERAGES
WEEK 1/09
AVERAGES
WEEK 1/02
AVERAGES
WEEK 12/26
AVERAGES
WEEK 12/19
AVERAGES
WEEK 12/12
New Issue Concessions 0.94 bps 3.42 bps 0.85 bps 2.25 bps N/A N/A <0.50> bps
Oversubscription Rates 2.60x 2.40x 2.85x 2.45x N/A N/A 2.41x
Tenors 8.54 yrs 12 yrs 7.83 yrs 6.52 yrs N/A N/A 10.67 yrs
Tranche Sizes $1,006mm $1,123mm $927mm $859mm N/A N/A $708mm
Avg. Spd. Compression
IPTs to Launch
<15.61> yrs <14.69> bps <18.77> bps <15.27> bps N/A N/A <17.17> bps

 

New Issues Priced

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

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
IBM Aa3/AA- FRN 1/27/2020 500 3mL+equib 3mL+equiv 3mL+23 3mL+23 BNPP/CS/HSBC/MIZ/RBC
IBM Aa3/AA- 1.90% 1/27/2020 750 +60a +45-50 +45 +45 BNPP/CS/HSBC/MIZ/RBC
IBM Aa3/AA- 2.50% 1/27/2022 1,000 +75a +60-65 +60 +60 BNPP/CS/HSBC/MIZ/RBC
IBM Aa3/AA- 3.30% 1/27/2027 500 +100a +90-95 +90 +90 BNPP/CS/HSBC/MIZ/RBC
Jackson Nat’l. Life Glbl. Fdg. AA/AA 2.20% 1/30/2020 400 +85a +75 the # +75 +75 BARC/CS/DB/MS
Jackson Nat’l. Life Glbl. Fdg. AA/AA 3.25% 1/30/2024 500 +110a +100 the # +100 +100 BARC/CS/DB/MS
Tech Data Corporation Baa3/BBB- 3.70% 2/15/2022 500 +low 200s
+212.5a
+185a (+/-5) +180 +180 BAML/CITI/JPM
Tech Data Corporation Baa3/BBB- 4.95% 2/15/2027 500 +high 200s +287.5a +255a (+/-5) +250 +250 BAML/CITI/JPM

 

SSA

Issuer Ratings Coupon Maturity Size IPTs GUIDANCE LAUNCH PRICED LEADS
Nordic Investment Bank Aaa/AAA 2.125% 2/01/2022 1,250 MS +19a MS +18a MS +17 +23.5 CITI/JPM/RBC/TD
Province of Quebec Aa2/AA- 2.375% 1/31/2022 2,000 MS +46a MS +44a MS +43 +49.15 BAML/BMO/DB/SCOT

 

Indexes and New Issue Volume

Please note that below levels are as of 3:45pm ET.

 

Index Open Current Change  
IG27 66.447 65.188 <1.259>
HV27 140.44 138.89 <1.55>
VIX 11.77 11.28 <0.49>  
S&P 2,265 2,282 17
DOW 19,800 19,919 119  
 

USD

 

IG Corporates

 

USD

 

Total (IG + SSA)

DAY: $4.65 bn DAY: $7.90 bn
WTD: $13.70 bn WTD: $16.95 bn
MTD: $130.433 bn MTD: $182.433 bn
YTD: $130.433 bn YTD: $182.433 bn

 

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending January 18th     

     

  • For the week ended January 18th, Lipper U.S. Fund Flows reported an inflow of $1.893b into Corporate Investment Grade Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $8.108b) and a net outflow of $887.116m from High Yield Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $410.884m).
  • Over the same period, Lipper reported a net inflow of $548.36m into Loan Participation Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $2.745b).
  • Emerging Market debt funds reported a net inflow of $77.439m (2016 YTD inflow of $314.867m).

 

IG Credit Spreads by Rating (more…)

The Day’s New Debt Issuance: USD 22.5bil Floated Across 15 Deals
January 2017      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 01.11.17-$22.5bil in New Debt Issuance Floated / 15 Deals; Led by Broadcom and GM Financial

 

Investment Grade Corporate Bond New Issue Re-Cap 

Global Market Recap

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates for January 

Rates Trading Lab

General Motors Financial Co. Inc. $2.5b 3-part 5yr FXD/FRN and 10yr Senior Unsecured Notes Deal Dashboard

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 January 4th     

IG Credit Spreads by Rating / Industry

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline

Economic Data Releases

Tomorrow’s Calendar

It was yet another very busy and high volume day today in our IG dollar DCM that featured 6 IG Corporate issuers across 13 tranches totaling $20.50b led by a $13.55b 4-part from Broadcom and a $2.5b 3-part deal from General Motors Financial Co. Inc.  Additionally, 2 SSA issuers brought 2 tranches adding another $1.75b thereby bringing the all-in IG day totals to 8 issuers, 15 tranches and $22.25b.

The WTD IG Corporate-only total is now $32.05b or 10% more than this week’s $30.13b syndicate midpoint average estimate.
MTD we have now realized $85.283b or 79% of the syndicate forecast for all of January which is $108.41b.
All-in IG Corporate plus SSA MTD issuance currently stands at: $111.533b.

Mischler Financial served as an active Co-Manager on today’s $2.5b 3-part Senior Unsecured Notes new issue for General Motors Financial Co. Inc. and so it is today’s Deal-of-the-Day.  You know the routine, let’s re-cap the day first and then it’s on to the GM Deal Dashboard and drill-down.

 

Global Market Recap

 

  • U.S. Treasuries –  USTs had small gains. Strong 10yr auction. Afternoon selling hit market.
  • Overseas Bonds – Europe traded with a bid. JGB’s mixed. Supply was a factor.
  • 3mth Libor – Set at the highest yield since April 2009 (1.02178%).
  • Stocks – U.S. stocks higher heading into close. Today was a roller coaster ride.
  • Overseas Stocks – FTSE (12) & HS (10) with double digit session winning streaks.
  • Economic – IBD/TIPP economic optimism at a 10-year high.
  • Currencies – USD had a bid until the Trump press conference & then rolled over.
  • Commodities – Crude oil with a strong rally despite bearish inventory data.
  • CDX IG: +0.16 to 66.24
  • CDX HY: +1.40 to 352.25
  • CDX EM: +0.68 to 241.96

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

-Tony Farren

 

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

 

  • The average spread compression from IPTs thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 13 IG Corporate-only new issues was <21.46> bps.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index was unchanged at +129.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS was unchanged at +122.  The “LUACOAS” wide since 2012 is +215. The tight is +122.
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread was unchanged at +166.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $20.3b on Tuesday versus $16.7b on Monday (the 7th highest day since 2006) and $22.4b the previous Tuesday.

 

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates for January 

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
1/09-1/13
vs. Current
WTD – $32.05b
January 2017
Forecasts
vs. Current
MTD – $85.283b
Low-End Avg. $29.04b 110.37% $107.87b 79.06%
Midpoint Avg. $30.13b 106.37% $108.41b 78.67%
High-End Avg. $31.22b 102.66% $108.96b 78.27%
The Low $20b 160.25% $80b 106.60%
The High $40b 80.13% $145b 58.82%

 

Rates Trading Lab

If you were hoping to hear news on the Trump Administration’s plans for the economy (fiscal policy) in today’s press conference you were sorely disappointed. The mass media proved once again they are pretty close to being worthless. The majority of the questions directed to President-Elect Trump concerned Russia and Putin. Some of the things we did learn from Trump today were his plans to step away from the Trump Organization, he will pick a Supreme Court nominee within 2 weeks of his inauguration, he thinks leaks are coming from the intelligence community and CNN is not high on his list.

UST’s dealt with conflicting items today. The 10yr had a bid heading into the $20b 10yr auction and rallied after the auction results were very strong (details below). It was the 4th very strong Treasury auction in a row. Treasuries came under pressure after the auction bounce and the most likely reason for the selling was the 4-part $13.55b Broadcom deal. The deal was much bigger than expected ($6b). Broadcom was the highlight deal but not the only one today. The new issue markets in the U.S. and Europe remained very active. At the 3pm close  benchmark UST’s were better bid by 0.3 bps (5yr: 1.876%) to 1.4 bps (30yr: 2.957%).
-Tony Farren

 

UST Resistance/Support Table

 

CT3 CT5 CT7 CT10 CT30
RESISTANCE LEVEL 99-29 100-29+ 100-28+ 97-09+ 99-27+
RESISTANCE LEVEL 99-272 100-262 100-25+ 97-04 99-11
RESISTANCE LEVEL 99-26 100-222 100-18+ 96-29 98-26
           
SUPPORT LEVEL 99-22+ 100-156 100-10+ 96-18 97-27
SUPPORT LEVEL 99-20+ 100-12+ 100-05+ 96-11 97-08
SUPPORT LEVEL 99-18+ 100-09 100-00+ 96-04+ 96-17

 

General Motors Financial Co. Inc. $2.5b 3-part 5yr FXD/FRN and 10yr Senior Unsecured Notes Deal Dashboard (more…)

Corporate Bond New Issuance Elasticity: Get It While Its Hot
January 2017      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 01.06.17 Weekend Edition: Investment Grade Corpoate Bond New Issuance & Spread Elasticity: Get It While It’s Hot

 

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap 

My Thoughts re: Next Week’s Issuance

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates for January 

The Best and the Brightest” – Investment Grade New Issuance Forecasts Next Week 

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

This Week’s IG New Issues and Where They’re Trading

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending January 4th     

IG Credit Spreads by Rating / Industry

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline

Economic Data Releases

Rates Trading Lab

 

It was a no-print Friday today and a well-deserved one at that considering yesterday was the 4th busiest ever in our dollar IG DCM. We priced $53.233b in new IG Corporate-only product this week in just three days and $65.233b including SSA issuance!  What a heck of a start to the New Year!  This morning’s NFP number was another very strong one posting a 156k payroll increase versus 175k estimates or 17% better than expected.  You know what that means…….with labor shortages expected throughout 2017, wages will increase and when wages increase people spend more money and when people spend more money the Fed is more likely to raise rates!  But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.  We have a big January 20th inauguration ahead of us that should make for great TV before Trump & Co. institute rapid change with a Republican controlled Beltway. But before that our U.S. six-pack big FIGs release earnings beginning on January 13th thru the 18th which leaves next week open prior to that deluge.  In speaking to the “Best and the Brightest” in the world of syndicate this morning it’s looking like we drop off a lot from this week but then again $30b, $35b, $40b speaks volumes about just how incredible this week was.  Allow me to opine therein and then let’s re-cap things first before I invite you all to join me as we visit with each of the top 23 syndicate desks in our IG dollar DCM to hear their thoughts, numbers and ranges for next week.

 

My Thoughts re: Next Week’s Issuance

Tuesday’s deals were tighter, and Wednesday’s deals were tighter BUT some widened while yesterday’s deals were 48% wider? What’s it mean? It means “get it while it’s hot,” and the hotter it gets, the more they compress spreads and the more they compress spreads the more likely they are to leak out. So, with the U.S. six-pack banks set to release earnings beginning on January 13th thru the 18th, we have a bit before that money center bank deluge happens. In the interim, next week will seem like a drop off in issuance but why wouldn’t it? We priced the 4th busiest day in history for both IG Corporate AND for IG Corporates and SSA yesterday ($53.233b and $65.233b respectively). By those standards any other week will pale in comparison. However, I believe things hold in and we get $40bn-plus of all-in Corp + SSA issuance next week. Call IG Corporates $35b.

 

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

 

  • Taking a look at the secondary trading performance of this week’s IG and SSA new issues, of the 67 deals that printed, 38 tightened versus NIP for a 56.50% improvement rate while 16 widened (24.00%) and 13 were flat (19.50%).
  • For the week ended January 4th, Lipper U.S. Fund Flows reported an inflow of $2.186b into Corporate Investment Grade Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $2.186b) and a net inflow of $734.107 into High Yield Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $734.107b).
  • The average spread compression from IPTs thru the launch/final pricing of today’s XX IG Corporate-only new issues was XX.XX bps.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index widened 1 bp to +129 vs. +128.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS widened 1 bp to +122 vs. +121.  The “LUACOAS” wide since 2012 is +215. The tight is +122.
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread widened 1 bp to +167 vs. +166.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $22b on Thursday (7th highest day since 2006) versus $22.4b on Wednesday (6th highest volume day) and $4.1b the previous Thursday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $9.6b.

 

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates for January 

 

IG Corporate New Issuance January 2017
Forecasts
vs. Current
MTD – $53.233b
Low-End Avg. $107.87b 49.35%
Midpoint Avg. $108.41b 49.10%
High-End Avg. $108.96b 48.86%
The Low $80b 66.54%
The High $145b 36.71%

 

The Best and the Brightest” –  Syndicate Forecasts and Sound Bites for Next Week  

I am happy to announce that, once again, the “QC” received unanimous responses from the 23 syndicate desks surveyed in today’s Best & Brightest poll.  22 of those participants are among 2016’s top 24 ranked syndicate desks according to today’s Bloomberg’s U.S. IG U.S. Investment Grade Corporate Bond underwriting league table.  In fact, all of today’s 23 participants finished in the top 25 of last year’s final IG Corporate Bloomberg league table.  The 2016 League table can be found on your terminals at “LEAG” + [GO] after which you select #201 (US Investment Grade Corporates).  The participating desks represent 81.59% of all IG dollar-denominated new issue underwriting as of today’s table share percentage which simply means they’re the ones with visibility.  But it’s not only about their volume forecasts, it’s also about their comments!  This core syndicate group does it best; they know best; so they’re the ones you WANT and NEED to hear from.  It’s a great look at the week ahead.

*Please note that these are Investment Grade Corporates only. They do not include SSA issuance unless otherwise noted.

 

As always “thank you” to all the syndicate desks that participated in today’s survey.  I greatly appreciate your time to contribute and for making this edition of the “QC” among the most widely read! You are helping to promote Mischler’s value-added DCM proposition while adding readership to the “QC” that won Wall Street Letter’s Award as Best Broker Dealer Research in our financial services industry for the third consecutive year! That’s 2014, 2015 and 2016 !!   

To best frame our weekly poll i.e.  projected new issue activity, we posed the following to our  Best & Brightest”respondents:

This week’s $53.233b of IG Corporate only new issue volume ranks as the 4th largest of all-time.

  • This week’s $65.233b of all-in (IG Corporate and SSA) issuance also ranks as the 4th highest of all-time. 
  • This week’s IG Corporate only volume total ($53.233b) represents just over 49% of the syndicate midpoint average forecast for all of January ($108.41) after only 3 sessions!  

Here are this week’s five IG Corporate-only key primary market driver averages after the close of yesterday’s: 

o   NICS:  2.25 bps

o   Oversubscription Rates: 2.45x

o   Tenors:  6.52 years

o   Tranche Sizes: $859mm

o   Spread Compression from IPTs to the Launch: <15.27> bps


Here’s the performance data comparing this week’s averages versus those of the week ending December 15th:

 

  • NICs widened 1.75 bps to 2.25 bps vs. <0.50> bps..
  • Over subscription or bid-to-cover rates increased marginally by 0.04x to 2.45x vs. 2.41x. 
  • Average tenors shortened dramatically by 4.15 years to 6.52 years vs. 10.67 years.
  • Tranche sizes increased noticeably by $151mm to $859mm vs. $708mm.
  • Spread compression from IPTs to the launch/final pricing of this week’s 62 IG Corporate new issues widened by <1.90> bps to <15.27> vs. <17.17>.
  • Standard and Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spreads tightened 2 bps to +167 vs. +169.
  • Week-on-week, BAML’s IG Master Index tightened 1 bp to +129 versus +130 on Thursday, December 15th
  • Spreads across the four IG asset classes tightened by 0.75 bps to 20.00 vs. 22.00 bps on Thursday, December 15th and as measured against their post-Crisis lows. 
  • Looking at the 19 major industry sectors, spreads tightened 1.57 bps to 26.32 vs. 27.89 on Thursday, December 15th, also against their post-Crisis lows.

 

……and now for the first time of 2017, I’d like to know your thoughts and your numbers for next week’s IG Corporate new issue volume. You all know that I greatly appreciate your participation week in and week out.
Thanks very much, Ron!

 

The “Best and the Brightest” in Their Own Words

 

……..……and here are their formidable responses: (more…)

Distilling Yellen Comments; Mischler ROTC Cadet Thought-Leadership Sound Off
December 2016      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 12.14.16 FOMC  Talking Points; UCLA ROTC Cadet Chamberlain On Leadership

 

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap – Fed Raises Rates 0.25bps to a Range of 0.50% to 0.75

Global Market Recap

FOMC Statement Key Talking Points

The FOMC Statement Comparison – December 14th vs. November 2nd

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

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

“At What Point Do Rising Rates Derail the New Issue Market?”

Mischler’s Favorite Army Cadet On Leadership ; UCLA ROTC Rachel Chamberlain Sounds Off

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 December 7th     

IG Credit Spreads by Rating & Industry

 Economic Data Releases

Rates Trading Lab

Tomorrow’s Calendar

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline    

 

As expected issuers stood down today in the face of the session’s all-important FOMC Rate Decision combined with the quiet holiday period we are in.  That’s not to say we don’t see some very limited issuance tomorrow however, before markets truly shut-down for the holidays.

I have a LOT for all of you today. Up top are the New Issue Re-Cap followed by Tony’s Global Market Re-Cap.  Then the fun starts. Trust me it’s good.

First up are today’s FOMC Talking Points or the things you want and need to know. Then we transition into Janet Yellen’s comments titled “In Yellen’s Own Words” as made in the post decision Q&A.  It is in depth and highlights those key points.  In order to present a bit more granularity I have the FOMC statement strikethrough comparison versus last November’s statement.  It’s the best way to illustrate what new language was added in – highlighted in yellow – and what old language was dropped – strikethroughs in red.  It takes time to put that into this format but it’s well worth it for you.

Always saving the best for last, I have a special piece for you all this evening that speaks to Mischler, it’s SDVBE certification and the wonderful story of our CEO’s daughter, Rachel who accepted an Army ROTC scholarship to UCLA.  It’s an essay on “Leadership” written in her own words and I would appreciate it if all you loyal readers give it particular attention that this evening.  It’s very reassuring folks.

 

Global Market Recap

 

  • FOMC Day – I am shocked the FOMC is already drinking the Trump Kool-Aid.
  • S. Treasuries USTs were hammered after the FOMC was more hawkish than expected.
  • Overseas Bonds – Long end led rallies in JGB’s, Bunds, Gilts & EU semi core.
  • 3mth Libor – Set at highest yield (0.97039%) since May 2009.
  • Stocks – U.S. stocks did not react well to the FOMC.
  • Overseas Stocks – Europe closed in the loss column. Nikkei unchanged & China red.
  • Economic – Weaker U.S. data with higher inflation but the FOMC was the story.
  • Currencies – Big rally for the USD after the FOMC.
  • Commodities – headed south after the FOMC.
  • CDX IG: +0.88 to 68.71
  • CDX HY: +4.81 to 360.60
  • CDX EM: -0.99 to 242.65

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

-Tony Farren

 

FOMC Statement Key Talking Points

 

  • Fed raises rates by 25 bps, repeats gradual policy path plan.
  • Increases Federal Funds rate target range to 0.5%-0.75%.
  • Raises Discount Rate to 1.25% from 1.0%.
  • Repeats “risks to the outlook appear roughly balanced.”
  • FOMC’s policy is supporting “some further strengthening” on goals.
  • Says labor markets continued to strengthen, growth moderate.
  • Market-based inflation compensation gauges are up considerably.
  • Repeats survey-based inflation expectations are little changed.
  • Says spending is rising moderately, investment stayed soft.
  • Maintains its balance sheet reinvestment policy.
  • Says FOMC vote was “unanimous.”
  • Officials see three 2017 rate hikes vs. two in September dots.
  • Officials see three 2018 rate hikes, unchanged vs. September dots.
  • The New York FED expects around $2 trillion in Treasuries are available for reverse repurchase operations.

 

In Yellen’s Own Words:

 

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Janet Yellen

 

  • Yellen: “Rate hike is a reflection of confidence in economic progress.”
  • I do not judge that we are behind the curve.
  • Says the FOMC is recognizing the considerable progress of the economy.
  • Changes in fiscal policy could impact the economic outlook.
  • Not trying to provide advice to the new administration.
  • Fed staff have been in touch with the Trump transition team.
  • Some participants included changes in fiscal policy.
  • Declines to say how Fed policy is impacted by fiscal change.
  • Don’t want to speculate until we know more details.
  • Investors anticipate expansionary fiscal policy.
  • Never said that I favor running a high-pressure economy.
  • Fiscal boost not obviously needed for full employment.
  • FOMC judged the course of the U.S. economy to be strong.
  • Policy remains accommodative to a moderate degree.
  • Economic outlook is highly uncertain.
  • Repeats that Fed policy isn’t on a pre-set course.
  • Shift in the dot plot is a “very modest adjustment.”
  • Shift involves changes by only some Fed participants.
  • Expect economy will warrant only gradual rate increases.
  • Fed funds rate is only modestly below neutral rate.
  • Neutral rate is quite low by historic standards.
  • Fed officials see moderate growth over the next few years.
  • Inflation has moved closer to our longer-term goal.
  • Expect overall inflation to rise to 2% over a couple of years.
  • We remain committed to our 2% inflation objective.
  • We will carefully monitor actual/expected inflation progress.
  • Says broader measures of labor slack have moved lower.
  • Expects job conditions will strengthen somewhat further.
  • Tax policy changes could boost productivity and investment.
  • Repeats that the Fed will shrink its balance sheet over time
  • Will take several years to allow its balance sheet to run off.
  • Don’t want to comment on level of stock prices.
  • Must take the debt-to-GDP ratio into account.
  • Important to reduce the regulatory burden on smaller banks.
  • Broad agreement that we should end “too big to fail.”
  • Don’t roll back progress made on making banks safer.
  • I intend to serve out my four-year term.

 

The FOMC Statement Comparison – December 14th vs. November 2nd

 

On Wednesday, November 2nd, the date of the last FOMC I wrote here in the “QC” that the key takeaway was that the Fed WILL raise rates in December “IF” things remain relatively stable over the next 6 weeks.  The major support for that November statement was:

“Inflation is expected to remain low in the near term, in part because of earlier declines in energy prices, but to rise to 2 percent over the medium term as the transitory effects of past declines in energy and import prices dissipate and the labor market strengthens further.”  …………..Remember the Fed’s all-important 2% inflation target! It is pretty clearly laid out for us right there!

Well today, true to the projection, the Fed raised both its upper and lower bound rates 0.25% to 0.75% and 0.50% respectively. The FOMC also noted that it likely sees three rate hikes in 2017 vs. the consensus two.  However, projecting a year’s worth of rate hikes in a year in advance is like forecasting new issue volume for the year. There are simply way too many global event risk factors that can and will influence rate decisions, let alone across the span of one full year.  So, take the three hike statement with a massive grain of salt. We have a new Administration taking over the Beltway on January 20th that certainly leans aggressively on the economic front but the Fed may be playing on the projected success of Trump’s plans to “Make America Great Again.”  Time will tell.

 
Strikethrough Comparison of today’s FOMC Statement

Here it is.  Red crossed out represent deletions and yellow highlights reflect today’s new added language.

Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in September November indicates that the labor market has continued to strengthen and growth of that economic activity has picked up from the modest been expanding at a moderate pace seen in the first half of this since mid-year. Job gains have been solid in recent months and the unemployment rate has declined. Household spending has been rising moderately but business fixed investment has remained soft. Inflation has increased somewhat since earlier this year but is still below the Committee’s 2 percent longer-run objective, partly reflecting earlier declines in energy prices and in prices of non-energy imports. Market-based measures of inflation compensation have moved up considerably but remain still are low; most survey-based measures of longer-term inflation expectations are little changed, on balance, in recent months.

Consistent with its statutory mandate, the Committee seeks to foster maximum employment and price stability. The Committee expects that, with gradual adjustments in the stance of monetary policy, economic activity will expand at a moderate pace and labor market conditions will strengthen somewhat further. Inflation is expected to rise to 2 percent over the medium term as the transitory effects of past declines in energy and import prices dissipate and the labor market strengthens further. Near-term risks to the economic outlook appear roughly balanced. The Committee continues to closely monitor inflation indicators and global economic and financial developments.

 

Against this backdrop In view of realized and expected labor market conditions and inflation, the Committee decided to maintain raise the target range for the federal funds rate at 1/4 to 1/2 to 3/4 percent. The Committee judges that the case for an increase in the federal funds rate has continued to strengthen but decided, for the time being, to wait for some further evidence of continued progress toward its objectives. The stance of monetary policy remains accommodative, thereby supporting some further improvement strengthening in labor market conditions and a return to 2 percent inflation.

In determining the timing and size of future adjustments to the target range for the federal funds rate, the Committee will assess realized and expected economic conditions relative to its objectives of maximum employment and 2 percent inflation. This assessment will take into account a wide range of information, including measures of labor market conditions, indicators of inflation pressures and inflation expectations, and readings on financial and international developments. In light of the current shortfall of inflation from 2 percent, the Committee will carefully monitor actual and expected progress toward its inflation goal. The Committee expects that economic conditions will evolve in a manner that will warrant only gradual increases in the federal funds rate; the federal funds rate is likely to remain, for some time, below levels that are expected to prevail in the longer run. However, the actual path of the federal funds rate will depend on the economic outlook as informed by incoming data.

The Committee is maintaining its existing policy of reinvesting principal payments from its holdings of agency debt and agency mortgage-backed securities in agency mortgage-backed securities and of rolling over maturing Treasury securities at auction, and it anticipates doing so until normalization of the level of the federal funds rate is well under way. This policy, by keeping the Committee’s holdings of longer-term securities at sizable levels, should help maintain accommodative financial conditions.

Voting for the FOMC monetary policy action were: Janet L. Yellen, Chair; William C. Dudley, Vice Chairman; Lael Brainard; James Bullard; Stanley Fischer; Esther L. George; Loretta J. Mester; Jerome H. Powell; Eric Rosengren; and Daniel K. Tarullo. Voting against the action were: Esther L. George and Loretta J. Mester, each of whom preferred at this meeting to raise the target range for the federal funds rate to ½ to ¾ percent.

[Implementation Note issued November 2 December 14, 2016]

 

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

 

  • The average spread compression from IPTs thru the launch/final pricing of today’s X IG Corporate-only new issues was XX.XX bps.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index tightened 1 bp to +131 vs. +132.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS tightened 1 bp to 1.25 vs. 1.26.  The “LUACOAS” wide since 2012 is +215. The tight is +135.
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread tightened 1 bp to +171 vs. +172.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $19.3b on Tuesday versus $16.5b on Monday and $20.1b the previous Tuesday.

 

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

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
12/12-12/16
vs. Current
WTD – $2.75b
December 2016
Forecasts
vs. Current
MTD – $38.955b
Low-End Avg. $4.74b 2.75% $40.87b 95.31%
Midpoint Avg. $6.00b 45.83% $41.52b 93.82%
High-End Avg. $7.26b 37.88% $42.17b 92.38%
The Low $0.1b/”0” 2,750.00% $30b 129.85%
The High $10b 27.5% $60b 64.92%

 

“At What Point Do Rising Rates Derail the New Issue Market?”

 

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image courtesy of Bob Rich, Hedgeye Risk Mgt

 

I was asked that very question from a buy side account late last week.  We had a nice weekend conversation about it.  The account in question pointed out that “Disney has issued 10-year notes at 1.85% and CSX at 2.35%…..municipalities are going to cut down on refinancings and while the 10-year is hovering at key support levels, 5s and 2s are at 5-year highs.   Meanwhile we have a President-elect talking about 3-4% GDP.”

 

Here’s my take –

Rates are at historically low levels and after today they will still remain there.  January is always a robust issuance month and January 2017 will be no different. In fact, including SSA issuance we may likely see $150b-160b next month.  Near term rates, propelled by Trump’s surprise victory, got some smaller issuers off the fence who did not want to contend with the crowd and rush to print in January – which again, is historically busy. Long-term, however, there are growing material problems and global event risk factors in the world.  Some are BIG and some are potentially very BAD.  The EU will likely dismantle and have recently returned to their “kick-the-can” mentality. Following today’s Fed rate hike, the FOMC will immediately return to the snail’s pace of interest rate hikes with the present consensus calling for 2 hikes in 2017 which is a defacto return to “lower-for-longer” in a historical context.  There will be many speed bumps in the road ahead but Trump’s first 200 days will implement change quickly. I personally think we continue to see very robust issuance in 2017.  I do not like and am not a fan of taking annual projections. Next week?  Of course!  Next month?  Also a good reason to project. But for an entire year? I mean who really knows?  There are too many events in the world that can dampen issuance.

Assuming the incoming Administration succeeds in implementing change, markets will reflect that.  We live in an inextricably linked global economy in which what happens in the South China Seas, or in MENA, or in Europe, for example and to name a mere few events, has impact here in the U.S.  European investors and high net worth for example, are beginning to disregard exchange rate risk with the dollar that is closing in on parity with the Euro. That European money has consistently displayed quick flight into better rated dollar-denominated credit products and equities.  To say it is an immense amount of money is an understatement.  The more the EU “kicks-the-can” the more it is postponing the inevitable and the quicker we’ll see that money invested here.  That alone will help keep a lid on rates to a degree…….and that’s just one way of the many ways a return to our nation’s historically low interest rate environment will manifest itself in 2017.

 

If a picture is worth a thousand words well, this best captures the 2017 interest rate environment:

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image courtesy of Bob Rich for Hedgeye

image courtesy of Bob Rich for Hedgeye Risk Management

 

Relax!……..I mean really c’mon folks. Pull yourselves together!

 

 

 

Mischler’s Favorite Army Cadet On Leadership

Rachel Chamberlain is a 2016 graduate of Greenwich High School, and was one of two graduates to accept an Army ROTC scholarship. Rachel is currently pursuing a pre-medical neuroscience major at the University of California, Los Angeles. She was awarded a 3.5 year Army ROTC scholarship. Rachel is an Army cadet in the “Bruin Batallion”.

During her first semester as an Army ROTC cadet, Rachel, like all of her battalion buddies, was asked to write about leadership qualities that she observes and experiences throughout her initial cadet training. I thought it a wonderful value-added piece for you.  It’s insightful while dually addressing Mischler’s commitment to bring you yet another innovative piece on diversity and inclusion.  Not only is Mischler the nation’s oldest Service Disabled Veteran broker dealer but it’s CEO and certified SDV, Dean Chamberlain has a very bright daughter carrying on a wonderful family military tradition. So, I proudly present for your reading pleasure Rachel Chamberlain’s essay on leadership.

 

“Leadership” by Rachel Chamberlain

 

Brisk wind screamed in my ears as they were filled with the sound of panting and sneakers thumping on the ground. I wiped sweat from my forehead with the back of my hand, then moved my arms back into the brisk rhythm of my strides. It was the middle of our 2nd perimeter, and I was hurtling down Hilgard Avenue alongside my two battle buddies. “Halfway done- keep it up guys!” yelled one buddy. We all pushed through the run together, encouraging each other whenever one of us started to fall back. The run was draining, and as the final steep uphill came into sight, all energy and drive left my body- my legs came to a crawling jog and my posture slumped as I tried to make it up the hill. Had I been running on my own, I would have continued my steady tread up the slope. However, my cadet peers knew that I could do better; I was letting myself off easy because I was exhausted but I would ultimately benefit more both mentally and physically if I could dig up the energy for a strong finish. “Rachel, you’ve got this”, “You’re faster than this, come on push it! Almost there.”, “We’ve got this.” I absolutely did not want to “push it” at this moment, but their words triggered a burst of energy in me and we picked it up until we reached Drake Stadium.

“Ultimately, leadership is not about glorious crowning acts. It’s about keeping your team focused on a goal and motivated to do their best to achieve it, especially when the stakes are high and the consequences really matter. It is about laying the groundwork for others’ success, and then standing back and letting them shine.” (an excerpt from Chris Hadfield’s, retired Astronaut, ‘An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth’). Instead of using all their energy to sprint independently to the stadium, my buddies stayed back and made sure that I was doing my “best to achieve” my potential; they displayed leadership the moment that they “stood back” and let me “shine”. The workout wasn’t significantly important, yet the temporary display of selfless leadership indicated the beginning of the fulfillment of cadet responsibility.

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Team Mischler’s Favorite Army Cadet Rachel Chamberlain (front row left) with the rest of “Bruin Battalion”

 

 

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Mischler’s Very Own ROTC Cadet Rachel “Private Benjamin” Chamberlain (left)

Now those are some UCLA Bruins who make it easy for this USC Trojan to salute.

Fight On!

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 Wednesday’s session followed by the averages over the prior four weeks:

KEY IG CORPORATE
NEW ISSUE DRIVERS
MON.
12/12
TUES.
12/13
WED.
12/14
AVERAGES
WEEK 12/05
AVERAGES
WEEK 11/28
AVERAGES
WEEK 11/21
AVERAGES
WEEK 11/14
New Issue Concessions <1.83> bps N/A N/A 4.26 bps 3.53 bps 4.5 bps 3.62 bps
Oversubscription Rates 2.15x N/A N/A 3.68x 3.38x 2.99x 2.78x
Tenors 6 yrs N/A N/A 9.21 yrs 10.84 yrs 12.14 yrs 11.28 yrs
Tranche Sizes $688mm N/A N/A $760mm $711mm $929mm $1,039mm
Avg. Spd. Compression
IPTs to Launch
<15.75> bps N/A N/A <22.24> bps <17.60> bps <16.07> bps <17.69> bps

 

Indexes and New Issue Volume

 

Index Open Current Change
LUACOAS 1.25 1.25 0
IG27 67.827 69.43 1.603
HV27 136.56 139.86 3.30
VIX 12.72 13.19 0.47
S&P 2,271 2,253 <18>
DOW 19,911 19,792 <119>
 

USD

 

IG Corporates

 

USD

 

Total IG (+SSA)

DAY: $0.00 bn DAY: $0.00 bn
WTD: $2.75 bn WTD: $2.75 bn
MTD: $38.955 bn MTD: $44.905 bn
YTD: $1,283.717 bn YTD: $1,623.651 bn

 

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending December 7th     

     

  • For the week ended December 7th, Lipper U.S. Fund Flows reported an inflow of $2.583b into Corporate Investment Grade Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $41.047b) and a net inflow of $2.034bm into High Yield Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $6.973b).
  • Over the same period, Lipper reported a net inflow of $1.761b into Loan Participation Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $2.322b).
  • Emerging Market debt funds reported a net outflow of $1.005b (2016 YTD inflow of $4.738b).

 

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:

Spreads across the four IG asset classes are an average 23.00 bps wider versus their post-Crisis lows!

 

ASSET CLASS 12/13 12/12 12/09 12/08 12/07 12/06 12/05 12/02 12/01 11/30 1-Day Change 10-Day Trend PC
low
IG Avg. 131 132 133 133 134 134 135 135 135 136 <1> <5> 106
“AAA” 74 75 75 75 75 75 75 75 75 75 <1> <1> 50
“AA” 81 82 81 82 82 82 82 83 83 84 <1> <3> 63
“A” 105 106 106 106 106 107 107 107 107 108 <1> <3> 81
“BBB” 168 170 170 171 172 172 173 174 174 175 <2> <7> 142
IG vs. HY 289 293 295 305 308 316 323 329 327 331 <4> <42> 228

IG Credit Spreads by Industry

…….and a snapshot of the major investment grade sector credit spreads for the past ten sessions:

Spreads across the major industry sectors are an average 28.95 bps wider versus their post-Crisis lows!

                                    

INDUSTRY 12/13 12/12 12/09 12/08 12/07 12/06 12/05 12/02 12/01 11/30 1-Day Change 10-Day Trend PC
low
Automotive 121 121 121 121 121 121 121 122 122 123 0 <2> 67
Banking 122 124 123 124 124 125 125 126 125 125 <2> <3> 98
Basic Industry 169 170 170 172 173 174 175 176 175 177 <1> <8> 143
Cap Goods 99 99 99 99 100 100 100 101 101 102 0 <3> 84
Cons. Prod. 107 108 109 109 109 109 109 110 109 110 <1> <3> 85
Energy 166 168 170 172 173 174 175 177 177 180 <2> <14> 133
Financials 152 153 152 153 154 154 155 155 154 155 <1> <3> 97
Healthcare 117 117 117 117 117 117 118 118 118 119 0 <2> 83
Industrials 133 134 135 135 136 136 137 137 137 139 <1> <6> 109
Insurance 144 145 145 146 146 146 146 147 146 147 <1> <3> 120
Leisure 134 135 135 135 134 134 135 135 135 135 <1> <1> 115
Media 158 159 157 158 158 159 159 160 159 161 <1> <3> 113
Real Estate 143 144 143 143 143 143 144 144 144 144 <1> <1> 112
Retail 112 114 114 115 115 116 116 116 116 117 <2> <5> 92
Services 125 127 127 127 127 128 128 128 128 128 <2> <3> 120
Technology 107 108 108 109 109 110 110 110 110 112 <1> <5> 76
Telecom 161 163 163 163 164 165 165 166 165 166 <2> <5> 122
Transportation 130 131 131 132 133 135 135 135 135 136 <1> <6> 109
Utility 132 133 133 134 135 135 135 136 135 135 <1> <3> 104

 

Economic Data Releases

 

TODAY’S ECONOMIC DATA PERIOD SURVEYED ESTIMATES ACTUAL NUMBER PRIOR NUMBER PRIOR REVISED
MBA Mortgage Applications Dec. 9 —- <0.4%> <0.7%> —-
Retail Sales Advance MoM November 0.3% 0.1% 0.8% 0.6%
Retail Sales Ex Auto MoM November 0.4% 0.2% 0.8% 0.6%
Retail Sales Ex Auto MoM and Gas November 0.4% 0.2% 0.6% 0.5%
Retail Sales Control Group November 0.3% 0.1% 0.8% 0.6%
PPI Final Demand MoM November 0.1% 0.4% 0.0% —-
PPI Ex Food and Energy MoM November 0.2% 0.4% <0.2%> —-
PPI Ex Food, Energy and Trade MoM November 0.2% 0.2% <0.1%> —-
PPI Final Demand YoY November 0.9% 1.3% 0.8% —-
PPI Ex Food and Energy YoY November 1.3% 1.6% 1.2% —-
PPI Ex Food, Energy, Trade NSA YoY November 1.7% 1.8% 1.6% —-
Industrial Production MoM November <0.3%> <0.4%> 0.0% 0.1%
Manufacturing (SIC) Production November <0.2%> <0.1%> 0.2% 0.3%
Capacity Utilization November 75.1% 75.0% 75.3% 75.4%
                   Business Inventories                   October <0.1%> <0.2%> 0.1% 0.0%
FOMC Rate Decision (Upper Bound) Dec. 14 0.75% 0.75% 0.50% —-
FOMC Decision (Lower Bound) Dec. 14 0.50% 0.50% 0.25% —-

 

Rates Trading Lab

 

If you were concerned that the markets were too complacent about the Fed, today proved you right. The Eurodollar curve steepened sharply (edh7/edh8 was 12bp steeper) reflecting the steeper projected path of removal of policy accommodation. I must admit that Yellen’s history of dovishness lulled me as well. But when she said “I believe my predecessor and I called for fiscal stimulus when the unemployment rate was substantially higher than it is now,” the market took it as a sign that the times, they are a changin’. That was pretty hawkish as it implies (to me) that fiscal policy, if/when it is enacted could provide the excess economic stimulus that necessitates a more aggressive Fed. More than a few people out there were looking/hoping for a bounce, but the dots and Yellen got them. Looking forward, I would be looking to put some money to work in the 3yr sector. However, though the 2017 voters (Evans, Kashkari, Harker, Kaplan) are less hawkish than the 2016 group, Yellen still calls the shots and recall that many established doves have crossed into the hawkish camp in the past year. As I say every time I advocate buying the market, it is in the context of a bond bear market. As of today, there is less doubt about that, at least.
-Jim Levenson

 

UST Resistance/Support Table

 

CT3 CT5 CT7 CT10 CT30
RESISTANCE LEVEL 99-182 99-01 98-29+ 95-28+ 96-05
RESISTANCE LEVEL 99-16+ 98-29 98-25+ 95-22 95-21
RESISTANCE LEVEL 99-15 98-26 98-22 95-16 95-00
         
SUPPORT LEVEL 99-12 98-19 98-10 94-28 93-16
SUPPORT LEVEL 99-10 98-14+ 98-05+ 94-18+ 92-27
SUPPORT LEVEL 99-08 98-11 98-00 94-10 92-08

 

Tomorrow’s Calendar

 

  • China Data: Nothing Scheduled
  • Japan Data: Japan Foreign Bond Buying, Nikkei Japan PMI Mfg, Machine Tool Orders
  • Australia: Consumer Inflation Expectation, Employment, RBA FX Transactions
  • EU Data: EU-Markit Eurozone Manufacturing/Services/Composite PMI GE- Markit Manufacturing/Services/Composite U.K. Retail Sales
  • S. Data: Current Account Balance, Empire Manufacturing, CPI, Real Avg Weekly Earnings, Initial Jobless Claims, Philadelphia Fed Business Outlook, Markit U.S. Manufacturing PMI, NAHB Housing Market Index, Total Net TIC Flows
  • Supply: Japan 20yr / Ireland bills / Spain 2021 & 2026 / Romania 2019 / Poland auctions TBD
  • Events: Bank of England Bank Rate
  • Speeches: Nothing Scheduled

(more…)

What’s Next: FOMC Rate Decision+ 18 Economic Data Releases
December 2016      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 12.13.16 -Baked In FOMC Rate Decision+ 18 Major Economic Releases

 

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap – FOMC Tomorrow and then We’re Back to Zero for the 2017 IG Primary Markets

Global Market Recap

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

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

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 December 7th     

IG Credit Spreads by Rating & Industry

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline

Economic Data Releases

Rates Trading Lab

Tomorrow’s Calendar

No new issues priced today ahead of tomorrow’s all-important FOMC rate decision in which the Fed will likely announce a rate hike of 0.25%. We have no less than 18 major economic data releases tomorrow which should help us read the tea leaves for table-setting come January. The first month of each year is historically a prolific one. January 2017 will be no different. We could see $130-140b price…….and likely more when factoring in SSA issuance! So welcome and enjoy the holiday reprieve while we have it because we’ll be starting all over again and “back to zero” before you can blink in a couple of weeks.

 

Global Market Recap

 

  • S. Treasuries – Closed mixed & flatter. The 30yr auction was well received.
  • Overseas Bonds – Bonds in Europe were very well big. JGB’s closed mixed.
  • 3mth Libor – Set at the highest yield (0.96344%) since May 2009.
  • Stocks – S&P, Dow and NASDAQ traded at all-time times.
  • Overseas Stocks – Europe rallied (banks) & Asia closed with gains.
  • Economic – U.S. small business optimism at a 2-year high.
  • Overseas Economic – Better data in China & Europe. Germany & U.K. CPI remained low.
  • Currencies – USD stabilized after a poor session yesterday.
  • Commodities – Crude oil unchanged. Gold, copper & silver down. CRB small gain.
  • CDX IG: -0.68 to 67.41
  • CDX HY: -4.59 to 353.11
  • CDX EM: -1.92 to 243.65

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

-Tony Farren

 

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

 

  • BAML’s IG Master Index tightened 1 bp to +132 vs. +133.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS tightened 1 bp to 1.26 vs. 1.27.  The “LUACOAS” wide since 2012 is +215. The tight is +135.
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread tightened 1 bp to +172 vs. +173.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $16.5b on Monday versus $15.7b on Friday and $14.0b the previous Monday.

 

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

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
12/12-12/16
vs. Current
WTD – $2.75b
December 2016
Forecasts
vs. Current
MTD – $38.955b
Low-End Avg. $4.74b 2.75% $40.87b 95.31%
Midpoint Avg. $6.00b 45.83% $41.52b 93.82%
High-End Avg. $7.26b 37.88% $42.17b 92.38%
The Low $0.1b/”0” 2,750.00% $30b 129.85%
The High $10b 27.5% $60b 64.92%

 

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 Monday’s session followed by the averages over the prior four weeks:

KEY IG CORPORATE
NEW ISSUE DRIVERS
MON.
12/12
AVERAGES
WEEK 12/05
AVERAGES
WEEK 11/28
AVERAGES
WEEK 11/21
AVERAGES
WEEK 11/14
New Issue Concessions <1.83> bps 4.26 bps 3.53 bps 4.5 bps 3.62 bps
Oversubscription Rates 2.15x 3.68x 3.38x 2.99x 2.78x
Tenors 6 yrs 9.21 yrs 10.84 yrs 12.14 yrs 11.28 yrs
Tranche Sizes $688mm $760mm $711mm $929mm $1,039mm
Avg. Spd. Compression
IPTs to Launch
<15.75> bps <22.24> bps <17.60> bps <16.07> bps <17.69> bps

 

Indexes and New Issue Volume

 

Index Open Current Change  
LUACOAS 1.26 1.26 0
IG27 68.095 67.827 <0.268>
HV27 136.005 135.56 <0.445>
VIX 12.64 12.72 0.08  
S&P 2,256 2,271 15
DOW 19,796 19,911 115  
 

USD

 

IG Corporates

 

USD

 

Total IG (+SSA)

DAY: $0.00 bn DAY: $0.00 bn
WTD: $2.75 bn WTD: $2.75 bn
MTD: $38.955 bn MTD: $44.905 bn
YTD: $1,283.717 bn YTD: $1,623.651 bn

 

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending December 7th     

     

  • For the week ended December 7th, Lipper U.S. Fund Flows reported an inflow of $2.583b into Corporate Investment Grade Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $41.047b) and a net inflow of $2.034bm into High Yield Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $6.973b).

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US Debt Markets Salute 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor; Mischler Comments
December 2016      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 12.07.16 Commemorating 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor

 

 75TH Anniversary of Pearl Harbor

Investment Grade Corporate Bond New Issue Re-Cap

Global Market Recap

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

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

New Issues Priced

Indexes and New Issue Volume

IG Credit Spreads by Rating

IG Credit Spreads by Rating

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline

Lipper Funds Flow Report

Economic Data Releases

Rates Trading Lab

Tomorrow’s Calendar

 

Everyone should stop to give more than mere pause to remember or recall Pearl Harbor today, not just the nation’s oldest Service Disabled Veteran broker dealer However, it does resonate with us here at team Mischler that much more since we do own the privilege and honor of that bragging right.

It all began on a quiet, peaceful and unassuming Sunday, December 7th, 1941 at 7:55 a.m. when a fleet of 353 Japanese dive bombers, level bombers and fighters bearing the Rising Sun on their wings first appeared above the blue skies over Oahu island.  At 8:06 a.m. four armor-piercing bombs struck the USS Arizona – one penetrating the ship and exploding three decks below the surface. The detonation ignited one hundred tons of black powder in the interior of the vessel. The resulting explosion broke the battleship in half sending a column of fire and red smoke a thousand feet into the air. Within eight minutes of that first bomb strike, the Arizona lay on the floor of Pearl Harbor. 1,177 officers, sailors and marines including 23 sets of brothers, went down with it making the Day that Will Live in Infamy – the worst single disaster in U.S. naval history. About half of the total number of Americans killed that day were on this ship. In total 2,403 Americans including 63 civilians were killed and 1,178 more were wounded.

Today, the wreckage of the USS Arizona leaks about one quart of oil each day.  Veteran survivors call them tears, believing that the USS Arizona will continue to leak until all survivors have joined their shipmates in the watery grave.

 

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The USS Arizona, December 7th, 1941 8:05 a.m. (0805)

 

On that fateful day, Pearl Harbor became just as pivotal to our American identity as July 4th 1776.  The United States bounced back in double time as all but three of the ships that were damaged or sunk on December 7th were raised, repaired and sailed again. In fact, by the end of World War II our great nation and its honored veterans of the Greatest Generation chased down and completely destroyed every Japanese aircraft carrier used to launch the attack on Pearl Harbor.  That was a priority – a statement to the world.

 

Many do not realize that on that same day, Japanese air forces also attacked Hong Kong, Guam, the Philippine Islands, Wake Island, Midway Island and American ships were torpedoed on the high seas between San Francisco and Hawaii.

The distance of Hawaii from Japan made it very clear that this was a surprise attack.  As Roosevelt expressed in his famous speech, No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory. I believe I interpret the will of the Congress and of the people when I assert that we will not only defend ourselves to the uttermost, but will make very certain that this form of treachery shall never endanger us again. Hostilities exist. There is no blinking at the fact that that our people, our territory and our interests are in grave danger.  With confidence in our armed forces – with the unbounding determination of our people – we will gain the inevitable triumph – so help us God.”

The man, our military and we as a people kept that promise. It was our entrance into World War II the end of which left our great country the beacon of hope to the rest of the free world forever.

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Cover of The New York Times 75 years ago today.

 

Famous Leadership Quotes Born out of Pearl Harbor onto Victory in World War II

 

“Yesterday, December 7, 1941 – a date that will live in infamy – the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.”

-Franklin D. Roosevelt

 

“You ask what is our aim? I can answer in one word: Victory. Victory at all costs. Victory in spite of all terror. Victory however long and hard the road may be. For without victory there is no survival.”

-Winston Churchill

“May God have mercy upon my enemies, because I won’t.”

-George S. Patton           

 

“Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force! You are about to embark upon a great crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty loving people everywhere march with you.”

-Dwight Eisenhower


75th Anniversary: Pearl Harbor Veteran Remembrance Day

 

It is our responsibility and our duty to remember and pay tribute to our veterans and especially today to those of the Greatest Generation who took part in World War II, the global war that was the most widespread in global history directly involving over 100 million people across 30 nations.  The result – 3% of the world’s population were killed or 80 million people. The collective memory of what happened 75 years ago today is fading as our veterans grow older. To this very day many of those surviving veterans make journeys to Hawaii annually to pay their respects to their fellow sailors and marines and to remember and reflect upon the day that changed their lives forever. The challenge for all of us is to keep their remembrance alive.

 

I’d like to share with you all an e-mail I received from the Senior Funding Manager at one the top 15 U.S. corporations so, it’s one that you all bank.

The person wrote:

Ron,

  • I get a lot of these newsletters/e-mails and most are the same…good, but the same.  Yours is different and I have been reading them (and forwarding parts to family members who may also enjoy your “editorial” pieces).
  • I appreciate having a true veteran-owned firm on my team. My Dad was a Korean vet and my father-in-law actually fought in the Army in Korea.

 

I can’t tell you how much it means to me personally, given the time and effort put into the “QC” each and every day to receive a note like this. However, it means that much more to team Mischler Financial when critically important clients of and relationships with our great nation’s oldest Service Disabled veteran broker dealer take the time to share their own personal veteran stories with us.  It makes all this worthwhile.  Team Mischler and I thank the person in question for sharing that.  You know who you are and it is very much appreciated.

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Today’s Ceremony at the USS Arizona Memorial

 

The names of all the sailors who perished aboard the Arizona are inscribed on the wall inside the USS Arizona Memorial.

The names of all of our U.S. Marines who were killed is to the right.

 

The inscription reads:
“To the memory of the gallant men here entombed and their shipmates who gave their lives in action on December 7, 1941 on the U.S.S. Arizona.”

 

  • There were 16,112,566 members of the United States Armed Forces during World War II.
  • There were 291,557 battle deaths.
  • 113,842 other deaths in service (non-theater).
  • …..and 670,846 non-mortal woundings.
  • According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, around 620,000 (3.85%) American veterans from the war are estimated to still be alive as of 2016.
  • During the World War II conflict 464 United States military personnel received the Medal of Honor, 266 of them posthumously.
  • There are currently six living World War II Medal of Honor recipients.
  • The Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that 372 American World War II veterans die every day.

It took all of one day 75 years ago today for the United States of America to become the world’s defender of humanity, democracy, liberty and of all the value systems cherished by free people everywhere. America and Americans turned our national tragedy into the birth of our becoming the leader of the Free World.  The war to end all wars is the very thing that bound our country and our people together.  Decades later Vietnam ripped us apart.  Today with prevailing divides it’s time to learn once again that a nation under duress and divide can come together to realize its full potential.  To once again have the world endear themselves to us knowing we will always do the right thing.  We will always be a beacon of hope and the land of opportunity and dreams.

“America will forever remain the land of the free, only so long as it is the home of the brave.” –Elmer Davis

 

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Pearl Harbor Survivor of Hickam Field that was bombed and strafed resulting in 139 killed and 303 wounded.

 

Have a great evening and God Bless our Veterans!
Ron Quigley

 

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap 

 

Yesterday seemed very slow despite that some issuers tapped.  Today was a similarly slow day although 3 IG Corporate issuers priced 4 tranches between them totaling $2.70b.  The SSA space featured a small $200mm KBN tap of an outstanding FRN due 2020 bringing the all-in IG day total to $2.90b. Many agreed the holiday lull has officially begun to manifest itself in our IG DCM.  Sure there is a bit more to get done -opportunistic issuers, Roper Industries – but for the most part, heavy issuance days may be in hibernation until January.

Our WTD total is now over 93% of this week’s estimates $16.675b vs. $17.87b and the MTD tally is at 76% of forecasts or $31.605b vs. $41.52b.

 

Global Market Recap

 

Today is the 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor: God Bless! -TF

 

  • S. Treasuries – USTs, Bunds, Gilts & Peripherals rallied despite a sizable stock rally.
  • Stocks – Global stock rally. S&P’s and Dow at all-time highs. EU banks on fire.
  • Economic – U.S. non-event today. China foreign reserves down. Weak U.K. data.
  • Currencies – USD was weaker vs. 4 of the Big 5.
  • Commodities – CRB, crude oil & copper down while gold & silver (+2.8%) rallied.
  • CDX IG: -1.57 to 67.97
  • CDX HY: -10.80 to 363.0
  • CDX EM: -9.02 to 247.22

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

-Tony Farren

 

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

 

  • EPR Properties upsized today’s 10-year Senior Notes new issue to $450mm from $300m at the launch and at the tightest side of guidance.
  • The average spread compression from IPTs thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 4 IG Corporate-only new issues, including today’s KeyCorp Pfd., was <27.19> bps.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index tightened 1 bp to +134 vs. +135.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS was unchanged at +128.  The “LUACOAS” wide since 2012 is +215. The tight is +135.
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread was unchanged at +175.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $20.1b on Tuesday versus $14.0b on Monday and $18.4b the previous Tuesday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $16.2b.

 

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

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
12/05-12/09
vs. Current
WTD – $16.675b
December 2016
Forecasts
vs. Current
MTD – $31.605b
Low-End Avg. $16.78b 99.37% $40.87b 77.33%
Midpoint Avg. $17.87b 93.31% $41.52b 76.12%
High-End Avg. $18.96b 87.95% $42.17b 74.95%
The Low $10b 166.75% $30b 105.35%
The High $25b 66.70% $60b 52.67%

 

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.

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 four weeks:

KEY IG CORPORATE
NEW ISSUE DRIVERS
MON.
12/05
TUES.
12/06
AVERAGES
WEEK 11/28
AVERAGES
WEEK 11/21
AVERAGES
WEEK 11/14
AVERAGES
WEEK 11/07
New Issue Concessions <1.05> bps 17.43 bps 3.53 bps 4.5 bps 3.62 bps <3.60> bps
Oversubscription Rates 4.16x 3.43 bps 3.38x 2.99x 2.78x 4.26x
Tenors 15.09 yrs 5.68 bps 10.84 yrs 12.14 yrs 11.28 yrs 13.31 yrs
Tranche Sizes $575mm $1,093m $711mm $929mm $1,039mm $692mm
Avg. Spd. Compression
IPTs to Launch
<19.43> bps <29.32> bps <17.60> bps <16.07> bps <17.69> bps <22.96> bps

 

New Issues Priced

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

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
Bank of Montreal Aa3/AA- FRN 12/12/2019 250 3mL+equiv 3mL+equiv 3mL+60 3mL=60 BAML/BMO/CITI/GS/WFS
Bank of Montreal Aa3/AA- 2.10% 12/12/2019 1,250 +high 80s/+87.5a +77a (+/-2) +75 +75 BAML/BMO/CITI/GS/WFS
BNP Paribas BBB-/BBB- 6.75% 3/14/2022 750 7.25%-7.375%
7.3125%a
6.875%a (+/-12.5) 6.75% $100.00 BNPP-sole
EPR Properties Baa2/BBB- 4.75% 12/15/2026 450 +high 200s
+287.5a
+265a (+/-5) +260 +260 CITI/JPM/RBC

           

SSA

Issuer Ratings Coupon Maturity Size IPTs GUIDANCE LAUNCH PRICED LEADS
Kommunalbanken
(tap) New Total: $1bn
Aaa/AAA FRN 6/16/2020 200 N/A 3mL+27a 3mL+27 3mL+27 BAML/JPM/NATW

 

Indexes and New Issue Volume

 

Index Open Current Change
LUACOAS 1.28 1.28 0
IG27 69.54 68.035 <1.505>
HV27 143.40 138.77 <4.63>
VIX 11.79 12.22 0.43
S&P 2,212 2,241 29
DOW 19,251 19,549 298
 

USD

 

IG Corporates

 

USD

 

Total IG (+SSA)

DAY: $2.70 bn DAY: $2.90 bn
WTD: $16.675 bn WTD: $16.875 bn
MTD: $31.605 bn MTD: $37.555 bn
YTD: $1,276.367 bn YTD: $1,616.301 bn

 

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending November 30th    

     

  • For the week ended November 30th, Lipper U.S. Fund Flows reported an outflow of $1.302b from Corporate Investment Grade Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $41.464b) and a net inflow of $341.7m into High Yield Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $4.939b).
  • Over the same period, Lipper reported a net inflow of $339.2b into Loan Participation Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $561.5m).
  • Emerging Market debt funds reported a net outflow of $188.9m (2016 YTD inflow of $5.743b).

 

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:

Spreads across the four IG asset classes are an average 25.00 bps wider versus their post-Crisis lows!

 

ASSET CLASS 12/06 12/05 12/02 12/01 11/30 11/29 11/28 11/25 11/24 11/23 1-Day Change 10-Day Trend PC
low
IG Avg. 134 135 135 135 136 136 136 136 136 136 <1> <2> 106
“AAA” 75 75 75 75 75 75 75 75 75 75 0 0 50
“AA” 82 82 83 83 84 84 83 84 84 84 0 <2> 63
“A” 107 107 107 107 108 108 108 108 108 108 0 <1> 81
“BBB” 172 173 174 174 175 177 177 177 177 177 <1> <5> 142
IG vs. HY 316 323 329 327 331 333 330 328 330 330 <7> <14> 228

 

IG Credit Spreads by Industry

…….and a snapshot of the major investment grade sector credit spreads for the past ten sessions:

Spreads across the major industry sectors are an average 31.53 bps wider versus their post-Crisis lows!

                                    

INDUSTRY 12/06 12/05 12/02 12/01 11/30 11/29 11/28 11/25 11/24 11/23 1-Day Change 10-Day Trend PC
low
Automotive 121 121 122 122 123 123 123 124 124 124 0 <3> 67
Banking 125 125 126 125 125 126 126 126 126 126 0 <1> 98
Basic Industry 174 175 176 175 177 175 175 175 175 175 <1> <1> 143
Cap Goods 100 100 101 101 102 101 101 102 101 101 0 <1> 84
Cons. Prod. 109 109 110 109 110 110 110 111 111 111 0 <2> 85
Energy 174 175 177 177 180 181 180 181 180 180 <1> <6> 133
Financials 154 155 155 154 155 157 157 157 157 157 <1> <3> 97
Healthcare 117 118 118 118 119 118 118 119 119 119 <1> <2> 83
Industrials 136 137 137 137 139 139 139 139 140 140 <1> <4> 109
Insurance 146 146 147 146 147 147 147 147 147 147 0 <1> 120
Leisure 134 135 135 135 135 135 134 135 135 135 <1> <1> 115
Media 159 159 160 159 161 161 160 161 161 161 0 <2> 113
Real Estate 143 144 144 144 144 142 142 143 143 143 <1> 0 112
Retail 116 116 116 116 117 117 117 118 119 119 0 <3> 92
Services 128 128 128 128 128 127 127 128 128 128 0 0 120
Technology 110 110 110 110 112 112 113 113 113 113 0 <3> 76
Telecom 165 165 166 165 166 167 167 168 169 169 0 <4> 122
Transportation 135 135 135 135 136 135 135 136 135 135 0 0 109
Utility 135 135 136 135 135 135 135 136 135 135 0 0 104

 

New Issue Pipeline

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

 

  • The Republic of South Africa (Baa2/BBB-) mandated HSBC, J.P. Morgan and Nedbank to arrange fixed income investor meetings in the U.S., Europe, Middle East and Asia that began on Sunday, November 6th in Dubai.  Meetings took place thru Friday, November 11th.
  • Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power Co. Ltd. (Aa2/AA) mandated BNP Paribas and Citigroup to arrange fixed income investor meetings in the U.S. that began Tuesday, October 18th in New York, continued on the 19th in Boston and wrapped up in Chicago on the 20th.
  • Hyundai Capital Services (Baa1/A-) mandated Citigroup, HSBC and Nomura as joint book runners to arrange investor meetings that began on Monday, October 17th in preparation for a dollar-denominated 144a/REGS new issue.
  • Nacional Financiera SNC (A3/BBB+) mandated Bank of America/Merrill Lynch and HSBC as joint leads to arrange fixed income meetings that took place Wednesday, September 27th thru Thursday the 28th in London, New York, Boston and Los Angeles in preparation for a possible dollar-denominated new issue that could soon follow their conclusion.
  • Banco Inbursa (BBB+/BBB+) mandated Bank of America/Merrill Lynch, Citigroup and Credit Suisse as joint book runners to arrange fixed income investor meetings in the U.S., Mexico and Europe that began on Wednesday, September 7th and continued through the 12th making stops in Mexico, London, Boston, New York and L.A. Fitch recently assigned an expected long-term rating of “BBB+” to Banco Inbursa’s proposed $1.5b 10-year Senior Notes.
  • Industrial Bank of Korea (Aa2/AA-) mandated HSBC and Nomura to arrange fixed income investor meetings in Hong Kong and Singapore that began on Monday, August 22nd in preparation for a 144a/REGS dollar-denominated offering that could soon follow its conclusion.

 

M&A Pipeline – $303.84 Billion in Cumulative Enterprise Value!

Please note that for ratings I use the better two of Moody’s, S&P or Fitch. (more…)

Weekend Edition Mischler Debt Market Comment: SecDef Soundoff
December 2016      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 12.02.16 –DCM Weekend Edition-Debt Market Outlook; SecDef Soundoff

 

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap – Next Week and “DONE” for the Year!

Global Market Recap

IG Corporate Bond Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

Citigroup, Inc. Deal Dashboard – Thursday’s FRN Prints Flat and 5yr Fixed Prices with Nickel NIC

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

The Best and the Brightest” –  Syndicate Forecasts and Sound Bites for Next Week

On James “Mad Dog” Mattis as SecDef, Veteran Marine, Jonathan Herrick’s Scope

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

New Issues Priced

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

This Week’s IG New Issues and Where They’re Trading

Indexes and New Issue Volume

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending November 30th    

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:

IG Credit Spreads by Industry

Snapshot of the major investment grade sector credit spreads for the past ten sessions

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline – $301.04 Billion in Cumulative Enterprise Value!

Economic Data Releases

Rates  Trading Lab

Tomorrow’s Calendar

I have a lot for you this evening beginning with the Primary and Global Market Re-caps followed by IG Primary/Secondary Market Talking Points and a review of the WTD and MTD new issue volume performance against respective syndicate estimates.  Then of course, like every Friday, the “Best and the Brightest” that IG syndicate has to offer have all unanimously chimed in once more to let you know what to expect for next week’s IG Corporate issuance.  I think most all of us in the world of new issues feel next week is the last “GO” week of the year.  We have history to back that up, an FOMC Rate Decision meeting on Tuesday the 13th and well, a nice and well-deserved slow down for us all.  It’s also time to re-energize for January when we’re all “back-to-zero” to start it all over again.

I also bring to you this evening a nice piece written by our own Marine Veteran Jonathan Herrick – in his own words – on last evening’s President-elect Donald Trump’s nomination of General James “Mad Dog” Mattis as Secretary of Defense.  Please do take the time to read that piece.

Without further ado, let’s get to it…………


Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap – Next Week and “DONE” for the Year!

Timing is everything as they say.  2 issuers braved the market today as NFP met expectations while the Unemployment Rate beat big time delivering a 4.60% vs. 4.90% though wages surprised to the downside.  Rates rallied, yields compressed and 2 deals got done totaling $1.1b.  We’ve now priced 15% more than this week’s syndicate midpoint average forecast or $26.40b vs. $22.89b.  Already, one third of the entire December IG Corporate new issue estimate has been achieved ($14.93b vs. $41.52b).

Please note that yesterday’s $3b Citigroup, Inc. 5-year FXD/FRN priced with a 5 bp concession.  As I wrote, “The comparable used for relative value is the outstanding Citigroup 2.35% Senior Unsecured 5-year due 8/02/2021 that opened in the morning pre-announcement T+93 (G+100) pegging NIC on the new 5-year two-part FXD/FRN transaction at 5 bps.”  However, I had a typo in my “Deal Dashboard” that showed 8 bps.  So, to be clear, both the FXD/FRN printed with a nickel or 5 bps NIC.  Thanks! –RQ.

Revised Citigroup, Inc. Deal Dashboard – Thursday’s FRN Prints Flat and 5yr Fixed Prices with Nickel NIC

 

Citi Issue IPTs GUIDANCE LAUNCH PRICED Spread
Compression
NICs
(bps)
Trading at
the Break
+/-
(bps)
5yr FRN 3mL+equiv 3mL+equiv 3mL+107 3mL+107 <15> bps 5 bps 3mL+105/103 <2>
5yr FXD +120a +105 the # +105 +105 <15> bps 5 bps 105/103 0/flat

 

Global Market Recap

 

  • S. Treasuries – had a strong rally on the mixed U.S. Employment Report.
  • Overseas Bonds – Bonds in Europe had a big time rally into the Italy referendum.
  • 3mth Libor – Set at its highest yield since May 2009 (0.94639%).
  • Stocks – U.S. stocks were little changed 3:30pm. Stocks overseas closed in the red.
  • Economic – U.S. Employment Report was a mixed bag. Higher EU PPI than expected/last.
  • Currencies – USD underperformed 4 of the Big 5 & was unchanged vs. the Euro.
  • Commodities – Crude oil was higher again. Gold up and big gains for silver/wheat.
  • CDX IG: -0.74 to 72.77
  • CDX HY: -4.23 to 388.23
  • CDX EM: -2.77 to 270.30

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

-Tony Farren

 

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

 

  • Nabors Industries Inc. upsized today’s new 6yr NCL Senior Notes transaction to $600mm from $500m .
  • Taking a look at the secondary trading performance of this week’s IG and SSA new issues, of the 44 deals that printed, 28 tightened versus NIP for a 50% improvement rate while 8 widened (18.25%) and 6 were flat (13.75%) and 2 was not available or “N/A” (4.50%).
  • For the week ended November 30th, Lipper U.S. Fund Flows reported an outflow of $1.302b from Corporate Investment Grade Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $41.464b) and a net inflow of $341.7m into High Yield Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $4.939b).
  • The average spread compression from IPTs thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 2 IG Corporate-only new issues was <37.5> bps.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index tightened 1 bp to +135 vs. +136.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS tightened 1 bp to +128 vs. +129.  The “LUACOAS” wide since 2012 is +215. The tight is +135.
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread tightened 2 bp2 to +175 vs. +177.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $23.3b on Thursday versus $25.2b on Wednesday.

The last two trading sessions represent the #1 and #2 ranked high volume sessions since record keeping began in December 2005.

  • The 10-DMA stands at $16.5b.

 

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

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
11/28-12/02
vs. Current
WTD – $26.40b
December 2016
Forecasts
vs. Current
MTD – $14.93b
Low-End Avg. $21.91b 120.49% $40.87b 36.53%
Midpoint Avg. $22.89b 115.33% $41.52b 35.96%
High-End Avg. $23.87b 110.60% $42.17b 35.40%
The Low $15b 176.00% $30b 49.77%
The High $30b 88.00% $60b 24.88%

 

The Best and the Brightest” –  Syndicate Forecasts and Sound Bites for Next Week 

 

Once again, the “QC” received unanimous responses from the 23 syndicate desks surveyed in today’s Best & Brightest poll.  22 of those participants are among 2016’s top 24 ranked syndicate desks according to today’s Bloomberg’s U.S. IG U.S. Investment Grade Corporate Bond underwriting league table.  In fact, all of today’s 23 participants finished in the top 25 of last year’s final IG Corporate Bloomberg league table.  The 2016 League table can be found on your terminals at “LEAG” + [GO] after which you select #201 (US Investment Grade Corporates).  The participating desks represent 81.55% of all IG dollar-denominated new issue underwriting as of today’s table share percentage which simply means they’re the ones with visibility.  But it’s not only about their volume forecasts, it’s also about their comments!  This core syndicate group does it best; they know best; so they’re the ones you WANT and NEED to hear from.  It’s a great look at the week ahead.

 

*Please note that these are Investment Grade Corporates only. They do not include SSA issuance unless otherwise noted.

The question posed to the “Best and the Brightest” early this morning was framed as follows:

Entering today, we’ve produced $25.30b in new IG Corporate volume or over 10% more than the $22.89b syndicate midpoint average estimate. We have the big FIGs to thank for yesterday’s incredible volume.  For the most part we have next week and the following Monday before the FOMC meeting closes the door on any meaningful 2016 issuance. Given today’s payroll pickup and dramatic unemployment rate decline to 4.6% from 4.9% it’s now more than ever a foregone conclusion that a rate hike will take place on Tuesday December13th.
Here are this week’s five IG Corporate-only key primary market driver averages entering this morning’s session:

  • NICS:  3.53 bps
  • Oversubscription Rates: 3.56x
  • Tenors:  10.97 years
  • Tranche Sizes: $723mm
  • Spread Compression from IPTs to the Launch: <16.46> bps
  • Versus last Friday’s key primary market driver averages, NICs widened 0.97 bps to 3.53 bps vs. 4.50 bps.
  • Over subscription or bid-to-cover rates increased 0.57x to 3.56x vs. 2.99x vs. 2.78x vs. last week. 
  • Average tenors narrowed out by 1.17 years to 10.97 years vs. 12.14 years.
  • Tranche sizes decreased by $206mm to $723mm vs. $929mm.  
  • Spread compression from IPTs to the launch/final pricing of this week’s IG Corporate new issues compressed +0.39 bps to <16.46> bps vs. <16.07> bps last week.
  • Standard and Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spreads tightened 4 bps to +175 vs. +179.
  • Week-on-week, BAML’s IG Master Index tightened 1 bp to +135 vs. last Friday’s +136 close. 
  • Spreads across the four IG asset classes tightened by 2 bps to 25.75 vs. 27.75 bps as measured against their post-Crisis lows. 
  • Looking at the 19 major industry sectors, spreads tightened 1.63 bps to 32.05 vs. 33.68 bps also against their post-Crisis lows.
  • Of interesting note Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $23.3b on Thursday versus $25.2b on Wednesday.

Those two trading sessions represent the #1 and #2 ranked IG Corporate high volume sessions since record keeping began in December 2005! Please let me know your thoughts and numbers for next week.

Thanks as always for your time and enjoy a wonderful weekend!  -Ron”

 

The “Best and the Brightest” in Their Own Words

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Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates for Next Week

IG Corporate New Issuance Next Week
12/05-12/09
Low-End Avg. $16.78b
Midpoint Avg. $17.87b
High-End Avg. $18.96b
The Low $10b
The High $25b

A Look at How the Voting Brackets Broke-Out for Next Week

 

Next Week
12/05-12/09
2: 10-15b
4: 15b
1: 16b
1: 17b
5: 15-20b
1: 18b
6: 20b
3:20-25b

 

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SecDef designate James Mattis

On the Nomination of James “Mad Dog” Mattis as Secretary of Defense, in the Words of Mischler’s very own Veteran Marine, Jonathan Herrick

 

“Demonstrate to the world there is ‘No better friend – No worse enemy’ than a U.S. Marine.”

-General James “Mad Dog” Mattis

 

Last evening I watched on the overhead office flat screen television, President-elect Donald Trump’s announcement that “We are going to appoint “Mad Dog” Mattis as our Secretary of Defense.  But we’re not announcing it until Monday so don’t tell anybody.”  That was a great nomination and also a lighthearted and very funny Trump-ism that I personally thought was a great moment.  Trump continued with, “They say he’s the closest thing to General George Patton that we have and it’s about time.”  That definitely makes me feel good about America.  But since Mischler is our great nation’s oldest Service Disabled Veteran broker dealer, why not hear about who he is from our very own veteran Marine, Jonathan Herrick, who signed on as fixed income desk analyst six months ago.  Jonathan is an 8-year veteran Marine who served multiple tours of duty in the mid-East and was honorably discharged from the U.S. Marine Corps as a Sergeant 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Division.  His is a great story and he’s made an immediate impact supporting our capital markets team.  For a photo of Jonathan, please see the “QC” dated July 5th, 2016 when I featured a piece on a VOWS event or” Veterans on Wall Street” in which Jonathan and a team of other veterans rang the bell to close the Nasdaq exchange. 

Given Donald Trump’s SecDef nomination of James “Mad Dog” Mattis, Jonathan took the time to write his thoughts on the Secretary of Defense nominee from his perspective as a former Marine who served two tours in Afghanistan and one tour in Iraq. Take it away, Jon!

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Veteran US Marine Jon Herrick (l) Khaki Bridge” Afghanistan in 2012.

I am proud and honored to have it featured in the “QC” for your reading pleasure: Take it away, Jon!

Our current nominee for Secretary of Defense, General James Mattis, is a legend amongst Marines of the Global War on Terror era.  One of the most respected generals of our time, Mattis is known for his aggressive “can-do” attitude, emphasis on the mental and intellectual aspects of war, and his leadership and care for the Marines he commanded.  He led the 1st Marine Division during the invasion of Iraq on the march to Baghdad and worked with General Petraeus to develop the counterinsurgency tactics that helped pacify the Anbar Province to the point that when I arrived there in 2009, our battalion took fire on only a small handful occasions over a seven month deployment.

 

A life-long bachelor, he is known in military circles as the Warrior Monk due to his focus on the military arts and emphasis on the value of education.  He would often encourage his subordinate commanders to further their own education, and that of their Marines, as he believed that lessons learned from the past can “light what is often a dark path ahead.”  Famously, he stated that “the most important six inches on the battlefield are between your ears.”  Known as an aggressive leader, he earned the nickname “Mad Dog” and went by the call sign “Chaos” during the war.  As a testament to his ability to understand the complexities of a counterinsurgency environment, he coined the term “First, do no harm” as a guideline for Marines deployed in the war zone.

Another story that is shared widely in military circles, that I first heard when I spent Christmas in Boot Camp on Parris Island in 2007, is when General Mattis took over the duty of a young married Marine on Christmas Day.  On every Marine facility, from Baghdad to Washington, there is a Marine on duty at all times.  While reading at the duty roster, he noticed that the officer scheduled to have duty on that day was married.  General Mattis, being a bachelor, sent the married Marine home to spend Christmas with his family while General Mattis himself took over the duty.  He displayed that same kind of caring leadership for his Marines both during combat deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan, and back home in the United States.

Mattis is also known to speak his mind when he disagrees with decisions that are being made and is perhaps better known for his rather blunt quotes.  One of the mantras we learned as we were moving into theater was “Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet” which on the surface may seem uncivilized, but was key to overcoming threats and working with the population in an environment where the enemy was hiding amongst civilians and using suicide bomber tactics.  Mattis’ tactics, I am convinced, prevented immeasurable loss of life on all sides of the conflict.

I believe I speak for all veterans when I say that I am incredibly excited to see what he can do for the Department of Defense.  A free thinker with a winning mindset he is just what our military needs in these uncertain times.  I will leave you with a copy of his letter to the 1st Marine Division on the eve of the invasion in 2003, and this Mattis quote; “I don’t lose any sleep at night over the potential for failure. I cannot even spell the word.”

Gen. Mattis requires a supermajority to garner Senate confirmation. Thus far he is the only Trump nominee who the Democratic Party can unilaterally block. The reason is that there is a mandated seven year “seasoning period” for military personnel post-retirement before being able to serve in a cabinet post.  Five-star General Omar Bradley is the lone exception to this rule following World War II.  As a result, Congress needs to pass legislation that would waive the 7-year requirement in order for Mattis to be confirmed.  So, perhaps we’re a bit ahead of ourselves although I personally would love to see “Mad Dog” as our “Doctor of Defense.”  Professional pundits typically frame their opinions with “most likely” and/or approaches such as “despite the prevailing view from this perch leads me to believe that the outcome will be…….” Rather than presenting future outcomes with unabashed certainty. So, now that that’s crystal clear for everyone please allow me to say “Mattis will be confirmed as our next Secretary of Defense!” There, that felt good!   I’ve never been one to leave room to invent excuses on the spot or simply switch my narrative to a different topic altogether and squirm out of something.  The record shows that and what’s more the ”QC” is still waiting to be wrong on the big calls.  I will, one day, and when I am I’ll say “ I was wrong!”  Italy will vote “NO” on the referendum this weekend and I do believe Austria’s Norbert Hofer will become the first Nationalist head of state in Europe since WWII.  It speaks volumes as to the volatility coming to Europe and a continued dismantling of the EU as we know.

 

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 weekend!
Ron Quigley

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December 2016      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 11.30.16 Beige Book; Geopolitical Risks Revisited


Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap 

Global Market Recap

The Fed’s Beige Book –All You Need to Know

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

Time to Evaluate Geopolitical Risks – Austria

MENA, IDPs, Refugees and a Graying Europe

European Assimilation – Shopping for New Neighbors

A Look at the EU 14 Months Later – Multicultural Utopia

New Issues Priced

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

Indexes and New Issue Volume

Lipper Funds Flow Report Week-ending Nov 23rd

Investment Grade Credit Spreads (by Rating/Industry)

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline

Economic Data Releases

Rates Trading Lab

Tomorrow’s Calendar

 

Rates were certainly under heavy pressure today as crude oil rallied thanks to OPEC’s first supply cut in 8 years.  In the mid-morning session crude was up 3% while USTs were battered with the CT10 off a point and the Long Bond off over 2 points as yields rose 10 and 11 bps respectively.  NYMEX closed up $3.75 (8.29%) and Brent was up $4.12 (8.71%) on the day.  CT5 widened 7 bps; CT10 yields moved out 9 bps and the Long Bond closed down over 1.5 points and is now yielding 3.03% (+9 bps). The move in rates stymied issuance with just over one full week left before the December FOMC Rate Decision.  There were a couple deals that decided to stand down today, no surprise given the fluctuation in rates and especially occurring at month-end and ahead of Sunday’s Italian referendum vote and Austrian elections.

 

Still, Analog Devices Inc. issued a $2.1b 4-part across 5s/7s/10s/20s.  NAB’s $1b 5-year in the SSA space brought the all-in IG day totals to 2 issuers, 5 tranches and $3.4b.

Global Market Recap

  • S. Treasuries – Poor performance today to end a terrible month for Treasuries.
  • Overseas Bonds – JGB’s had small losses. Bunds & Gilts followed USTs south.
  • Stocks – Mixed heading into close. NASDAQ red. S&P and Dow at all-time highs.
  • Overseas Stocks – Nikkei was unchanged. China closed down. Europe rallied.
  • Economic – Good news with ADP employment, Personal Income & Chicago PMI.
  • Overseas Economic: Japan & Europe with full calendars with more good than bad
  • Currencies – USD was very strong vs. the Yen & outperformed the Euro & AUD.
  • Commodities – Crude oil was the story with a big rally on the OPEC deal. Big rally for the CRB.
  • CDX IG: -1.01 to 72.49
  • CDX HY: -5.80 to 388.03
  • CDX EM: -2.94 to 265.27

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

-Tony Farren

 

The Fed’s Beige Book –All You Need to Know

 

  • Fed says U.S. economy continued to expand across most regions.
  • Outlooks were mainly positive, with six regions expecting moderate growth.
  • Three Fed districts saw moderate growth, four saw a modest pace.
  • A majority of districts reported higher retail sales.
  • Districts noted slight upward pressure on overall prices.
  • Strong dollar was cited as a “headwind” in a few districts.
  • Seven districts displayed tightening job market conditions.
  • Banking was largely stable, with some loan-demand improvement.
  • Investment in oil and gas drilling rose slightly.
  • The Beige book included several references to election uncertainty.
  • Demand for manufactured goods was mixed.
  • Report says new auto sales declined in most districts.
  • Philadelphia, Cleveland and Kansas City saw “slight” growth.
  • The Fed’s New York district reported flat activity; Richmond was mixed.
  • Fed beige book was prepared by the Cleveland Fed for the period through Nov. 18th.
  • Federal reserve announces changes to beige book in 2017.
  • Beige book changes will provide a more consistent summary.

 

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

 

  • The average spread compression from IPTs thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 4 IG Corporate-only new issues was <33.125> bps.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index was unchanged at +136.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS was unchanged at +130.  The “LUACOAS” wide since 2012 is +215. The tight is +135.
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread tightened 1 bp to +178 vs. +179.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $18.4b on Tuesday versus $16.9b on Monday and $18.8b the previous Wednesday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $15.6b.

 

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates for This Week, November and December Forecast

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
11/28-12/02
vs. Current
WTD – $11.47b
November 2016 vs. Current
MTD – $75.981b
December 2016
Forecasts
Low-End Avg. $21.91b 52.35% $90.70b 83.77% $40.87b
Midpoint Avg. $22.89b 50.11% $92.11b 82.49% $41.52b
High-End Avg. $23.87b 48.05% $93.52b 81.25% $42.17b
The Low $15b 76.47% $71b 107.02% $30b
The High $30b 38.23% $110b 69.07% $60b

 

Time to Evaluate Geopolitical Risks – Austria

Austria’s Presidential election this Sunday is the first in the EU post-Trump victory. The two front runners are Nationalist/Populist Norbert Hofer and a moderate, Alexander Van der Bellen.  Austria’s Populist movement is much more Nationalistic and is fueled by voter discontent with the status quo and establishment as well as being fiercely anti-immigration. I call your attention to a “QC” I wrote here 14 months ago back on September 14th, 2015 and well ahead of the curve. (See “Quigley’s Corner” 09-14-2015).  But many of you who were not yet onboarded for the “QC” here is a full re-print of my geopolitical edition of that particular day.  I’ve included all of it including the very last bit considering Trumps election day victory. 


The boxed in section is the re-print and is then followed by a look at the current state of the EU and the world.

 

MENA, IDPs, Refugees and a Graying Europe

Syria’s population was 23 million in 2014.  50% of those people or 11.5 million are now officially displaced!  Forced out of their homes taking virtually nothing with them but themselves.  Words used to describe the mass exodus from their respective homelands are “unprecedented”, “emergency situation”, “overwhelming”, “perilous”, “volatile” and “extremely challenging.” IDPs has entered our vernacular as a result.  It stands for “Internally Displaced People”.  They are headed for Europe.  Since we are a numbers oriented society please allow me to put 11.5 million into proper perspective and context.

Here’s what 11.50mm people look like in the United States according to the most recent domestic city populations followed by their respective national rankings:

Los Angeles – 3,928,864 (#2)

Philadelphia – 1,560,297 (#5)

Phoenix – 1,537,058 (#6)

San Diego – 1,507,402 (#8)

Dallas – 1,281, 047 (#9)

Seattle – 668,342 (#20)

Washington, D.C. – 658,893 (#22)

Las Vegas – 613,599 (#29)

 

Imagine all the people in those cities, fleeing their homes for another country!  There’s some dramatic perspective for you!

 

Internationally known demographer William Frey, an analyst at the Brookings Institution think tank, predicts that the median age in Europe will increase to 52.3 years old by 2050 from 37.7 years old in 2003 while the median age of Americans will rise to only 35.4 years old.  Frey specializes in urban populations, migration, immigration, race, aging, political demographics and the U.S. Census.  He is also a research professor in population studies at the University of Michigan.  Some factors contributing to that dramatic rise of the European population is a decrease in the fertility rate, a decreasing mortality rate and extended life expectancy.  By 2050 the ratio of retirees to workers in Europe is expected to double from four workers per retiree to two. What all this points to is a dramatic, no an unfathomable decrease in economic output.  The OECD estimates that only 39% of Europeans aged 55-65 work.  The resultant consequences of a “graying” Europe is that there will be considerable labor shortages.  With that comes a call for assimilation.  Simply put Europeans will begin to lose their cultural identity.  Immigrants will flock to the continent as they are now doing out of necessity and the hope that they can take jobs.  Here’s another reality folks – immigration can lead to ethnic conflict in the EU and we all know too well that there is a contagion of European Nationalism sweeping throughout that continent and its happening coincident with the current flood of MENA refugees.

France’s birth rate is 2.08 children per woman with 2.1 needed to grow the population. France’s population will exceed Germany by 2050.  Germany’s birth rate is 1.42 children per woman and represents one of the lowest in the world.  Here are some interesting statistics from the Central Intelligence Agency that cut to the point:

*Italy either has to raise its retirement rate to 77 (yeah right!) or admit 2.2mm immigrants every year to maintain its worker ratio in a country that has had 62 governments since the end of World War II (that’s 70 years or a new government every 1.13 years folks!)  10% of schools in Genoa, Italy’s 11th most populated city with 861,318, closed for lack of children due to the low birth rate! A quarter of Italian women don’t have kids and another quarter have one child.

*Portugal’s fertility rate is 1.45 meaning the population will contract by 7.5mm by 2050.

*Spain’s fertility rate is 1.48

Fact – the Syrian IDP and refugee situation is so critical that people are resorting to harmful coping mechanisms to survive which is a professional way to say they are resorting to crime and violence.  This is what happens and history shows it.  It is not isolated to Syrian refugees, rather it’s a harsh human survival mechanism when there is lack of food.

*Syria – 11.25mm DTPs and Refugees

*Iraq – 1.8mm DTPs

*Yemen – 580k (including 223k Somalis)

*Total – 13.63mm

 

A Word About European Assimilation – Shopping for New Neighbors

 

The word “assimilate” means to take in, absorb and integrate people, ideas and cultures into a wider society and understand them fully. Because of Germany’s standing as the EU’s keystone and economic engine combined with the aforementioned statistics, it is being touted in the press and media as being “equipped” to take in refugees along with all the subsequent humanitarian feel good that it brings.  It’s a premature set-up to something much more fragile and highly inaccurate.  Case in point, Grillenburg, Germany a town with a population of 114.  It has no food store, no police station and no public transportation system.  It lies just 20 kilometers southwest of Dresden.  Grillenburg’s forestry school is being converted into a camp to house 80 refugees thereby swelling the villages population by 70%.  Villagers are concerned about the crime rate and adding fuel to the fire of nationalist organizations that, in turn instigates social unrest.  The reason Germany is the preferred point of destination is not because of the prior analysis rather it’s the safety net that Germany’s liberal welfare policy invites.  It’s angering many Germans who are already infuriated by supporting the way of life in bordering France throughout the current ongoing financial/sovereign debt crisis.  (Added 11/29/2016 – The ECB has thrown trillions of euros into the EU to stoke inflation and it’ is still nowhere to be found!) Of the 625,000 refugees coming into the EU in 2014, most were…….. Syrian.  That was a 275,000 increase over 2013.  90,000 refugees sought asylum in Germany from in Q1 2015 and 40,000 crossed into Germany this weekend alone!  Germany, in fact, received more asylum applications in the first half of 2014 than any other country in the world including 42% more (47.500) than the United States.  Digest that statistic for a second.

 

Isn’t it an easier and much more practical solution to assimilate in Turkey?  Turkey’s census bureau does not ask about people’s religious beliefs but according to the Turkish government 99.8% of Turkey’s population is Muslim.  I hate to be so obviously pragmatic about it but the refugees are dragging themselves through Turkey, Bulgaria, Serbia, Hungary and Austria to reach Germany.  That’s a brutally difficult trek for people with no jobs, no food and no shelter.  Why?  Why not stay along their border across into Turkey so that if and when things settle down in their homeland they can return to their rightful nation, culture and history.  Nope.  They are going straight towards the grand prize which they are going to find challenging.  The Germans know it and Europeans in general know it.  The distance from Aleppo, Syria to Munich, Germany is 3,106 km.  The distance from Aleppo, Syria to Ankara is 759km.  Look at what’s going on in Turkey – it’s lira fell to 3.069 at one point today and ranks as the second worst performance of 24 emerging market currencies besides Brazil that was cut to junk by S&P last week.  So, is the mass exodus from Syria about survival, three squares and a roof or is it about something else?  This story will add to the carnage.

Attempting Assimilation in Austria

Case in point, overnight, 7,000 refugees crossed from the Hungarian border into the beautiful little Austrian town of Nickeldorf – population 1,549.  Now that’s a BIG PROBLEM.

Hungary joined Serbia in constructing a wire border fence to prevent the inflow of immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers.  Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban expressed his nation’s outright  “fear” that European leaders are not capable of controlling the situation.”  He says it’s Germany’s problem because that’s where the displaced people are trying to go.  Meanwhile, earlier today, Germany is trying to stanch the flow of people by installing heavy border controls restricting the former and once highly coveted free flow of movement in Europe.  So much for passport free travel throughout Europe.  Great time for the Fed to raise rates huh?  Think again folks. Stronger dollar, weaker Euro.  Rail systems between Germany, Austria and Hungary have been suspended. Are we having fun yet?  Angela Merkel is already feeling the brunt end of Germans’ resistance to the mass exodus from Syria and into the Hinterland.  I haven’t even broached the subject of terrorist sleeper cells.

Since last year anti-immigration groups and Nationalist organizations have rallied in the tens of thousands against the influx.  In fact, the state had been well-equipped and prepared a year or so ago in advance of the steady flows of asylum seekers to the point that shelters and housing were built specifically for them in advance.  Not so anymore.  Local communities are feeling the overflow and are working with  authorities in Germany to prioritize who they want in their towns and who they least desire?  Are you getting this?  This is what happens.  For example, families with children are the most desirable with single adult males at the bottom of the list.  Townsfolk are bartering with Germany to shop for their desirable refugees!  It’s unreal.  The cloud of radical Muslim extremism is on everyone’s minds here and much more so in Europe.  All the good that Europeans will be able to muster in facing this challenge will be wiped away with those first acts of crime and violence perpetrated by desperate refugees and asylum seekers.  It may very likely fuel European Nationalism and show up at the voting booth.  Is there a solution for our increasingly secular society?  If you write a check, who’s it go to?  Who is managing the money?  How many cents on the dollar/euro find its way to the families?  Mismanagement……misappropriation!  Welcome to more chaos amidst our new world order.

Meanwhile, Where There’s Trouble There’s Antagonism, Spelled: V-L-A-D

It’s common knowledge that Russia led by Vlad-the-Terrible Putin, is embarking upon an unprecedented military build-up in MENA specifically in Syria’s port city of Latakia.  Even Russia’s foreign minister Sergey Lavrov openly acknowledged that military supplies are being flown into the Syrian city by massive Russian condor planes over Iranian and Iraqi airspace.  Our very own powerful and world respected Commander-in-Chief President Barack Obama expressed his displeasure and has his A-Team trying to negotiate with Iraqi leadership to restrict Russian planes from flying over its airspace.  Obama said he is “displeased” with Russia’s continued build-up. So, the U.S. is displeased.  Isn’t displeased such a kind and civilized  non-action word? Like everything else readers, it starts from the top down.  Most of the Russian flights spend much longer flying time over Iranian skies which beckons the question, “since we’ve given away everything but the kitchen sink to Iran in recent nuclear talks, isn’t it about time they did something…..one thing……..ANYTHING for us?  More of the blind leading the blind folks in our new unraveling and inextricably global-linked new world order.  Get used to it until someone comes along to shake things up!

A Look at the EU 14 Months Later – Multicultural Utopia

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Rather than “stoke” inflation following the trillions of euros the ECB has thrown at its financial crisis, about the only thing that has been successfully stoked on that continent is fear and distrust.  We’ve witnessed terror attacks in Belgium, Paris and Nice among many others.  More and more Europeans are shocked at the influx of immigrants in the name of “assimilation” to their countries. People are scared and when people are scared they turn inward. Politically that is expressed as a trend toward Nationalism/Populism which is winning out throughout Europe.  The Schengen Agreement has been suspended throughout much of the continent with borders redefining the once “open” EU.  The single currency itself and the Schengen Accord together represent the two legs on which a the EU stands.  They are foundational to a successful EU.

The ECB’s target inflation rate is 2% but MANY economists feel it should be 3-4%. The higher rate would be to prioritize economic growth and to reduce high unemployment.
EU inflation in September 2015 was <0.1%> vs. 0.6% in November 2016. It’s going down further before it reaches the target.  Economists suggest that won’t happen until maybe 2020-2021……if at all.  Euro Area unemployment is 10%.  EU youth unemployment is 20.3%.
EU immigration in the past year reached a new record of 1.30 million refugees who applied for asylum to the EU’s 28 member nations and including Norway and Switzerland. That’s double the previous record of 700k set in 1992 following the downing of the Berlin Wall and collapse of the former U.S.S.R.

According to Germany’s Körber Foundation that studies among other things demographic change in its commitment to international dialogue, found that two-thirds of Germans feel the EU is not heading in the right direction and 42% wish that Germany would hold a referendum vote on its membership to the EU.  To no one’s surprise European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker immediately responded by urging Europe’s member nations “not to hold referendums on membership.”  Well, well, well, given BREXIT – does that surprise anyone?  Oh yes, BREXIT happened since the aforementioned piece was written as well!

The Körber survey showed that the current migrant crisis is the greatest challenge for German foreign policy.  82% are against Turkey’s accession; 64% reject expansion; meanwhile Turkey’s President Erdogan intends to flood the EU with 3,000 migrants per day should the EU not include his nation in the Union. Neighboring Greece has been on high naval alert given the deteriorating nature of relations between Turkey and the EU.  Given Greece’s financial state of disarray, it’s the last country that needs or wants the 60,000 migrants that call the Hellenic nation their current home since the Balkan route was unilaterally closed to the mass immigration.

Insofar as France is concerned, today’s most recent political poll conducted by Elabe in the land of wine and cheese shows that conservative party candidate Francois Fallon would defeat Marie le Pen 66% to 34%.  The two look destined to face-off on May 7th, 2017 .  Please keep in mind THAT A 33% showing for the National Front Party in France is an amazingly high number that may only grow should other EU member elections produce Nationalist/Populist victories. Le Pen is fiercely anti-European Union and anti-immigrant. As for the failure of European Socialism, the poll also showed that current Socialist President Francois Hollande would receive 9%. To that extent I turn to Winston Churchill who famously said, “For a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity it’s like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.”

As for the tiny village of Nickelsdorf, Austria, they managed to hold their annual Nova Rock festival from June 9th thru June 12th.  The Festival first started back in 2005.  50,000 heavy metal music fans descended on the town as they do each year to listen to the likes of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Alice Cooper, Korn, Motorhead, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath and other hard rock acts.  Not my type of music. Still, it’s a snapshot of the crowd it attracts.  Clean-up was smooth, seamless and painless for the townsfolk.  Contrast that with the local Catholic Church serving the villagers that opened its doors to the refugees who took over the enclave last year.  Here’s what happened – the Church housed the refugees as the church would.  In a matter of a couple of days, the building was evacuated by public health officials and had to be completely disinfected due to amoebic dysentery.  This is something that was NOT reported on national or local TV.  The point, when it comes to open borders – the devil is also in the details.  Europe is NOT happy about the immigration situation at all.

Look at it this way.  When YOU travel to Europe on business or leisure, you are most likely staying at very nice hotels and visiting state-of-the-art corporate headquarters in Europe’s larger cities.  Conversely, when Europeans come to the U.S. most of them are not here visiting rural Americans to get their take on the political state of a local town or county. Yet remember just a few short weeks ago the look of despair at DNC headquarters in the early morning of Wednesday, November 9th when it became quite clear that all the politicians, pollsters and media had it way wrong when it was announced that Donald Trump will become the next president of the United States.  What’s grass roots here is grass roots in Europe.  It’s important to know that.

Making the Right Call
I have aggressively called “lower-for-longer” here in the “QC” every single time the rest of the crowd was calling for a rate hike (of which there were several occasions over the past five years). I was right; I was also very vocal about the rationality and likelihood of the U.K.’s departure from the EU,.yet another unpopular call that I happened to also get right. I then toned things down during our own U.S. Presidential primaries.  Only one time did I announce that Trump would most likely win, but I did say it and he won contrary to virtually everyone’s opinion. Just as I have shouted out that we WILL see a rate hike this December we WILL.  Now for the past few weeks it’s become essentially a foregone conclusion. So, I also believe that that Austria’s Norbert Hofer, the Austrian populist and far right Freedom Party candidate will likely win the Austrian election this Sunday and that Italians will vote “NO” to their referendum.  If elected, Hofer will become the first rightwing populist head of state in Europe World War II.

One thing is clear and certain – we live in an inextricably global-linked world economy folks. I always say that here in the “QC.” The world is trending a certain way. Trends happen when other trends grow stale or fall out of favor. That sentiment is sweeping the globe and is about to show the depth and scope of the disparity between failed European styled Socialism and Nationalism/Populism.  It will most likely continue into France as well, where the once unthinkable prospect of the National Front Party assuming power is actually a conversation. It is happening in Greece; it is happening in Holland; it is happening in Hungary and Germany. “Populist movements” have even landed in New Zealand. The world is full of problems and the unification of the world or “globalization” is in reverse mode.  Nations are looking inward.  Our planet’s advanced nations and industrial powers are doubting and questioning the legitimacy of institutions and principles of governing.  Voters are punishing parties and candidates that grew out of touch with corrupt and ineffective governments.  If it works, we could – and I hope we do – see Europe change for the better.  It could also mean the end of the EU.  If, however, the global trend fails, it could be something much more daunting and dangerous.  Either way “Decentralization” is en vogue.

So, the overwhelming trend WILL continue to be “lower-for-longer” but there will be a hike in December after which we’ll be back to our snail-like pace of incremental rate hikes.

The world is changing readers, and it’s going to be changing real fast.  Geopolitical risk has never been higher in the post war period. In the throes of the Cold War, the world at least had the benefit of knowing the good guys from the bad guys. In today’s world, all of that has to play out.  We still have North Korea; we still have Vlad-the-Terrible Putin in expansion mode; we still have issues in the South China Sea; MENA political uncertainty; currency wars; the slow dismantling of the EU; a new and dramatically different U.S. Presidential Administration; terrorism; the continued battle between global Nationalism and Socialism; Europe’s very fragile recovery etc.

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

 

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 four weeks:

KEY IG CORPORATE
NEW ISSUE DRIVERS
MON.
11/28
TUES.
11/29
AVERAGES
WEEK 11/21
AVERAGES
WEEK 11/14
AVERAGES
WEEK 11/07
AVERAGES
WEEK 10/31
New Issue Concessions 0.20 bps 1.11 bps 4.5 bps 3.62 bps <3.60> bps <0.87> bps
Oversubscription Rates 3.12x 3.43x 2.99x 2.78x 4.26x 3.32x
Tenors 10. 99 yrs 13.50 yrs 12.14 yrs 11.28 yrs 13.31 yrs 11.33 yrs
Tranche Sizes $538mm $512mm $929mm $1,039mm $692mm $491mm
Avg. Spd. Compression
IPTs to Launch
<14.71> yrs <14.79> yrs <16.07> bps <17.69> bps <22.96> bps <17.87> yrs

 

Indexes and New Issue Volume

Please note that yesterday’s Constellation Brands 10yr Senior Notes were upsized to $600mm from $500mm. The volume tables below have been updated to reflect the increase. Thanks! -RQ

Index Open Current Change
LUACOAS 1.30 1.30 0
IG27 73.50 72.751 <0.749>
HV27 160.07 153.49 <6.58>
VIX 12.90 13.33 0.43
S&P 2,204 2,198 <6>
DOW 19,121 19,123 2
 

USD

 

IG Corporates

 

USD

 

Total IG (+SSA)

DAY: $2.10 bn DAY: $3.10 bn
WTD: $11.47 bn WTD: $13.97 bn
MTD: $75.981 bn MTD: $81.181 bn
YTD: $1,244.762 bn YTD: $1,578.746 bn

 

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending November 23rd   

     

  • For the week ended November 23rd, Lipper U.S. Fund Flows reported an inflow of $1.559b into Corporate Investment Grade Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $42.996b) and a net inflow of $597.5m into High Yield Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $4.598b).
  • Over the same period, Lipper reported a net inflow of $1.119b into Loan Participation Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $222.3m).
  • Emerging Market debt funds reported a net outflow of $531.4m (2016 YTD inflow of $5.932b).

 

Economic Data Releases

 

TODAY’S ECONOMIC DATA PERIOD SURVEYED ESTIMATES ACTUAL NUMBER PRIOR NUMBER PRIOR REVISED
MBA Mortgage Applications Nov. 25 —- <9.4%> 5.5% —-
ADP Employment Change November 170k 216k 147k 119k
Personal Income October 0.4% 0.6% 0.3% 0.4%
Personal Spending October 0.5% 0.3% 0.5% 0.7%
Real Personal Spending October 0.3% 0.1% 0.3% 0.5%
PCE Deflator MoM October 0.3% 0.2% 0.2% —-
PCE Deflator YoY October 1.5% 1.4% 1.2% —-
PCE Core MoM October 0.1% 0.1% 0.1% —-
PCE Core YoY October 1.7% 1.7% 1.7% —-
Chicago Purchasing Manager November 52.5 57.6 50.6 —-
Pending Home Sales MoM October 0.1% 0.1% 1.5% 1.4%
Pending Home Sales NSA YoY October —- 0.2% 2.0% —-

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Yellen Signals Rate Move: Higher; Will Serve Under Trump
November 2016      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 11.17.16  Yellen Speak Signals What We Know-Higher Rates

 

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap 

Capitol Hill Answers Rep. David Young’s Call for “Veterans Crisis Line”

Global Market Recap

Yellen’s Fed About to Raise Rates; Plans to Remain in Trump Administration

The Economic Outlook

Monetary Policy

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

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 November 9th

IG Corporate Spreads (by Rating/Industry)

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline

Economic Data Releases

Rates Trading Lab

Tomorrow’s Calendar

 

Well, last evening I wrote, “We do know that both Abbott Labs and Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LLC wrapped their respective investor calls today so they are both clear to “go” from that perspective in terms of issuance.  In the current environment, I’m not so sure issuers want to print sizeable deals on a Friday or hold back jumbo deals over the weekend.  What’s that mean? Simple. Both could price tomorrow in which case we could see a $20bn or more day tomorrow in our IG dollar DCM.  Stay tuned.”  It is now today and both Abbot Labs and Chevron priced deals today along with a $750mm 2-part 5yr FXD/FRN from Keybank.  So, the re-cap shows 3 IG Corporate issuers pricing 9 tranches between them today totaling $16.55b. As a result, we blew past this week’s syndicate midpoint average forecast of $29.45b by 41%. The MTD total now stands at $58.01b or 63% away from the $92.11b syndicate midpoint average November IG Corporate only estimate.

Of note is that typically jumbo M&A related financings attract heftier bid-to-cover or “oversubscription rates” as they are deals that need to get done. It was well telegraphed that Abbott would be downgraded heading into today’s transaction but the consensus was that investors would expect a nice concession considering Abbott’s four notch downgrade. Book sizes were heard to be just under $36b across all 6-tranches which for a $15.1 “no grow” transaction is only a 2.38x bid-to-cover.  Considering that oversubscription rates over the last four weeks have been 4.26x, 3.32x, 2.61x and 3.05x across all of those respective weekly issuances combined, I have to admit it left me wondering if this is, in part, due to starting a bit on the tight side with IPTs along with year-end, a new incoming Administration in Washington and the uncertainty markets might have therein as well as a looming rate hike.  Of course I am not second guessing the timing and would strongly suggest that healthcare has rallied post-Election Day helping to promote Abbott’s issuance.

Helpful in setting the tone for today’s primary markets was the rash of important economic data (scroll to near page bottom for the Economic Date Releases table. Housing Starts MoM outperformed 25.5% against 10.4% expectations as did Building Permits MOM 0.3% vs. <2.7%>.  Initial Jobless Claims fell 22k to 235k vs. 257k estimates and Continuing Claims shed 53k to 1977k vs. 2030k.  All the other numbers were for the most part spot on.

Capitol Hill Answers Rep. David Young’s Call for “Veterans Crisis Line” –
Bill Passes Unanimously in Senate – Now on President Obama’s Desk

I am elated to report here in the “QC” that yesterday U.S. Republican Rep. David Young’s “No Veterans Crisis Line Call Should Go Unanswered Act” that was already passed in the House by a 357-0 vote was given final and unanimous legislative approval in the Senate and is now on its way to the desk of President Barack Obama to be signed into law.  Prior to last evening’s approval, the bill “hit a wall” in the Senate due to the actions of one senior and retiring member.  Harry Reid’s name comes to mind folks! Iowa Congressman Young introduced the legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives earlier this year and South Dakota Senator John Thune introduced a companion version of the legislation in the U.S. Senate.

This is one immediate example of great changes coming to the Beltway.  The Department of Veterans Affairs would have to ensure that all telephone calls and messages received by the crisis hotline are answered in a timely manner under the bill now on its way to the President.  U.S. Rep. David Young a fervent veteran supporter got behind this cause after a report he found in which more than one-third of calls to a hotline for troubled veterans were not being answered by front-line staffers because of poor work habits and other problems. The hotline’s former director said calls frequently rolled over to back-up centers where workers have less training to deal with veterans’ problems. From the get go the sponsor of the bill, Rep. David Young of Iowa, said “A veteran in need cannot wait for help. Our veterans make tremendous sacrifices in defense of our freedoms and liberties and when a veteran is in crisis, they deserve our full support, no exceptions.”

We all look forward to President Obama signing this bill into law without any delays.

Here’s to good people doing great things for veterans on Capitol Hill and a hearty “QC” congratulations to Rep. Young.

 

Global Market Recap

  • S. Treasuries – struggled as the negatives against USTs continue to pile up.
  • Overseas Bonds – BOJ said enough of the sell-off. Bunds better and Gilts were weaker.
  • Stocks – U.S. were higher at 3:15pm. Europe better and Asia closed mixed.
  • Economic – U.S. economic data was tremendous today.
  • Overseas Economic – U.K. retail sales was strong, EU CPI low and the French Unemployment Rate was weaker.
  • Currencies – The USD started slow but rallied big in NY hours. DXY is at its 2003 high.
  • Commodities – Crude oil, gold  and silver were down.
  • CDX IG: -0.25 to 75.01
  • CDX HY: -3.22 to 413.40
  • CDX EM: +4.35 to 274.25

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

-Tony Farren


Yellen’s Fed About to Raise Rates

 

yellen-speaks-signals-higher-rates-trump-mischlerThis morning Fed Chair Janet Yellen spoke before the Joint Economic Committee at the U.S. Congress.

Here’s what you need to know in her own words:

  • Yellen says, “rate hike could be appropriate relatively soon.”
  • Says, “U.S. economy made more progress toward the Fed’s goals.”
  • FOMC judged rate hike case continued to strengthen.
  • Delaying hikes too long could mean tightening faster.
  • Keeping rates on hold could spur excess risk-taking.
  • Economy to warrant only gradual rate increases.
  • Stance of policy only moderately accommodative.
  • Risk of falling behind curve appears limited.
  • FOMC judged risks to outlook roughly balanced.
  • S. economic growth picked up from subdued pace.
  • Expects economic growth to continue at a “moderate pace.”
  • Stable unemployment gives economy “a bit more” room to run.
  • There appears to be scope for some more labor-market gains.
  • Cites signs that wage growth pace has risen recently.
  • Says inflation to move to 2% as labor market improves.
  • Inflation increased somewhat since earlier this year.
  • Housing fundamentals are favorable for a pickup.
  • Consumer spending is moderate, business investment is soft.

 

…….and here is Yellen’s complete Testimony:

Chair Janet L. Yellen

The Economic Outlook

Before the Joint Economic Committee, U.S. Congress, Washington, D.C.

November 17, 2016

 

Chairman Coats, Ranking Member Maloney, and members of the Committee, I appreciate the opportunity to testify before you today. I will discuss the current economic outlook and monetary policy.

 

The U.S. Economic Outlook

The U.S. economy has made further progress this year toward the Federal Reserve’s dual-mandate objectives of maximum employment and price stability. Job gains averaged 180,000 per month from January through October, a somewhat slower pace than last year but still well above estimates of the pace necessary to absorb new entrants to the labor force. The unemployment rate, which stood at 4.9 percent in October, has held relatively steady since the beginning of the year. The stability of the unemployment rate, combined with above-trend job growth, suggests that the U.S. economy has had a bit more “room to run” than anticipated earlier. This favorable outcome has been reflected in the labor force participation rate, which has been about unchanged this year, on net, despite an underlying downward trend stemming from the aging of the U.S. population. While above-trend growth of the labor force and employment cannot continue indefinitely, there nonetheless appears to be scope for some further improvement in the labor market. The unemployment rate is still a little above the median of Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) participants’ estimates of its longer-run level, and involuntary part-time employment remains elevated relative to historical norms. Further employment gains may well help support labor force participation as well as wage gains; indeed, there are some signs that the pace of wage growth has stepped up recently. While the improvements in the labor market over the past year have been widespread across racial and ethnic groups, it is troubling that unemployment rates for African Americans and Hispanics remain higher than for the nation overall, and that the annual income of the median African American household and the median Hispanic household is still well below the median income of other U.S. households.

Meanwhile, U.S. economic growth appears to have picked up from its subdued pace earlier this year. After rising at an annual rate of just 1 percent in the first half of this year, inflation-adjusted gross domestic product is estimated to have increased nearly 3 percent in the third quarter. In part, the pickup reflected some rebuilding of inventories and a surge in soybean exports. In addition, consumer spending has continued to post moderate gains, supported by solid growth in real disposable income, upbeat consumer confidence, low borrowing rates, and the ongoing effects of earlier increases in household wealth. By contrast, business investment has remained relatively soft, in part because of the drag on outlays for drilling and mining structures that has resulted from earlier declines in oil prices. Manufacturing output continues to be restrained by the weakness in economic growth abroad and by the appreciation in the U.S. dollar over the past two years. And while new housing construction has been subdued in recent quarters despite rising prices, the underlying fundamentals–including a lean stock of homes for sale, an improving labor market, and the low level of mortgage rates–are favorable for a pickup.

Turning to inflation, overall consumer prices, as measured by the price index for personal consumption expenditures, increased 1-1/4 percent over the 12 months ending in September, a somewhat higher pace than earlier this year but still below the FOMC’s 2 percent objective. Much of this shortfall continues to reflect earlier declines in energy prices and in prices of non-energy imports. Core inflation, which excludes the more volatile energy and food prices and tends to be a better indicator of future overall inflation, has been running closer to 1-3/4 percent.

With regard to the outlook, I expect economic growth to continue at a moderate pace sufficient to generate some further strengthening in labor market conditions and a return of inflation to the Committee’s 2 percent objective over the next couple of years. This judgment reflects my view that monetary policy remains moderately accommodative and that ongoing job gains, along with low oil prices, should continue to support household purchasing power and therefore consumer spending. In addition, global economic growth should firm, supported by accommodative monetary policies abroad. As the labor market strengthens further and the transitory influences holding down inflation fade, I expect inflation to rise to 2 percent.

Monetary Policy

I will turn now to the implications of recent economic developments and the economic outlook for monetary policy. The stance of monetary policy has supported improvement in the labor market this year, along with a return of inflation toward the FOMC’s 2 percent objective. In September, the Committee decided to maintain the target range for the federal funds rate at 1/4 to 1/2 percent and stated that, while the case for an increase in the target range had strengthened, it would, for the time being, wait for further evidence of continued progress toward its objectives.

At our meeting earlier this month, the Committee judged that the case for an increase in the target range had continued to strengthen and that such an increase could well become appropriate relatively soon if incoming data provide some further evidence of continued progress toward the Committee’s objectives. This judgment recognized that progress in the labor market has continued and that economic activity has picked up from the modest pace seen in the first half of this year. And inflation, while still below the Committee’s 2 percent objective, has increased somewhat since earlier this year. Furthermore, the Committee judged that near-term risks to the outlook were roughly balanced.

Waiting for further evidence does not reflect a lack of confidence in the economy. Rather, with the unemployment rate remaining steady this year despite above-trend job gains, and with inflation continuing to run below its target, the Committee judged that there was somewhat more room for the labor market to improve on a sustainable basis than the Committee had anticipated at the beginning of the year. Nonetheless, the Committee must remain forward looking in setting monetary policy. Were the FOMC to delay increases in the federal funds rate for too long, it could end up having to tighten policy relatively abruptly to keep the economy from significantly overshooting both of the Committee’s longer-run policy goals. Moreover, holding the federal funds rate at its current level for too long could also encourage excessive risk-taking and ultimately undermine financial stability.

The FOMC continues to expect that the evolution of the economy will warrant only gradual increases in the federal funds rate over time to achieve and maintain maximum employment and price stability. This assessment is based on the view that the neutral federal funds rate–meaning the rate that is neither expansionary nor contractionary and keeps the economy operating on an even keel–appears to be currently quite low by historical standards. Consistent with this view, growth in aggregate spending has been moderate in recent years despite support from the low level of the federal funds rate and the Federal Reserve’s large holdings of longer-term securities. With the federal funds rate currently only somewhat below estimates of the neutral rate, the stance of monetary policy is likely moderately accommodative, which is appropriate to foster further progress toward the FOMC’s objectives. But because monetary policy is only moderately accommodative, the risk of falling behind the curve in the near future appears limited, and gradual increases in the federal funds rate will likely be sufficient to get to a neutral policy stance over the next few years.

Of course, the economic outlook is inherently uncertain, and, as always, the appropriate path for the federal funds rate will change in response to changes to the outlook and associated risks.

Thank you.

The conclusion is clear: No more lower-for-longer; interest rates headed higher.

…………..be ready.

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

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Corporate Bond Issuers Stand Down-But Not For Long
November 2016      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 11.16.16- What’s a Corporate Bond Issuer To Do Now?

 

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap 

Global Market Recap

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

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

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 November 9th   

IG Credit Spreads (by Rating/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 13 tranches between them totaling $9.15b and bringing the WTD total to nearly 85% of this week’s syndicate midpoint average forecast or $25b vs. $29.45b.  The SSA space hosted BNG’s $600mm 3-year for an all-in IG day total of 7 issuers, 14 tranches and $9.75b.

We do know that both Abbott Labs (NYSE: ABT) and Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LLC wrapped their respective investor calls today so they are both clear to “go” from that perspective in terms of issuance.  In the current environment, I’m not so sure issuers want to print sizeable deals on a Friday or hold back jumbo deals over the weekend.  What’s that mean? Simple. Both could price tomorrow in which case we could see a $20bn or more day tomorrow in our IG dollar DCM.  Stay tuned.

Global Market Recap

 

  • S. Treasuries – USTs hit overnight but rallied during NY hours and were led by the 30yr.
  • Overseas Bonds – JGB’s very weak. Core EU little changed and Peripherals hit hard.
  • Stocks – U.S. stocks mixed at 3:30pm, Europe down, Nikkei higher and China unchanged.
  • Economic – U.S. PPI was lower than expected/last and IP and Cap U were weaker.
  • Currencies – USD mixed vs. Big 5. DXY Index strongest 2003 and ADXY weakest since 2009.
  • Commodities – Crude oil with a small loss, gold little changed and copper sold off.
  • CDX IG: +1.31 to 75.30
  • CDX HY: +4.98 to 415.03
  • CDX EM: +8.97 to 271.81

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

-Tony Farren

 

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

 

  • The average spread compression from IPTs thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 13 IG Corporate-only new issues that displayed price evolution was 18.35 bps.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index tightened 1 bp to +135 vs. +136.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS tightened 2 bps to +128 vs. 1.30.  The “LUACOAS” wide since 2012 is +215. The tight is +135.
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread tightened 1 bp to +180 vs. +181.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $20.3b on Tuesday versus $18.2b Monday and $15b the previous Tuesday.  That’s the 5th highest Tuesday session since 2005 and the 2nd highest Monday session since November 2005.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $17.4b.

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

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
11/14-11/18
vs. Current
WTD – $25.00b
November 2016 vs. Current
MTD – $41.461b
Low-End Avg. $28.32b 88.28% $90.70b 45.71%
Midpoint Avg. $29.45b 84.89% $92.11b 45.01%
High-End Avg. $30.59b 81.73% $93.52b 44.33%
The Low $20b 125.00% $71b 58.40%
The High $40b 62.50% $110b 37.69%

 

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

 

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

KEY IG CORPORATE
NEW ISSUE DRIVERS
MON.
11/14
TUES.
11/15
AVERAGES
WEEK 11/07
AVERAGES
WEEK 10/31
AVERAGES
WEEK 10/24
AVERAGES
WEEK 10/17
New Issue Concessions 2.85 bps 2.79 bps <3.60> bps <0.87> bps <0.51> bps 3.31 bps
Oversubscription Rates 2.38x 3.23x 4.26x 3.32x 2.61x 3.05x
Tenors 11.05 yrs 10.74 yrs 13.31 yrs 11.33 yrs 7.77 yrs 9.16 yrs
Tranche Sizes $991mm $707mm $692mm $491mm $818mm $1,137mm
Avg. Spd. Compression
IPTs to Launch
<14.5> bps <21.57> bps <22.96> bps <17.87> yrs <17.42> bps  

 

New Issues Priced

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

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
AEP Transmission Co. LLC A2/A- 3.10% 12/01/2026 300 +110a +90-95 +90 +90 BARC/CS/JPM/SCOT(a)
BAML/MIZ/RBS/STRH(p)
AEP Transmission Co. LLC A2/A- 4.00% 12/01/2046 400 +140a +115-120 +115 +115 BARC/CS/JPM/SCOT(a)
BAML/MIZ/RBS/STRH(p)
American Honda Fin. Corp. A1/A+ FRN 11/19/2018 750 3mL+equiv 3mL+31a (+/-3) 3mL+28 3mL+28 BNPP/DB/JPM/MS
American Honda Fin. Corp. A1/A+ 1.50% 11/19/2018 450 +low-mid 60s
+63.75
+55a (+/-3) +52 +52 BNPP/DB/JPM/MS
ANZ Banking Group Ltd./NY Aa3/AA- FRN 9/23/2019 850 3mL+equiv 3mL+equiv 3mL+66 3mL+66 ANZ/GS/JPM/WFS
ANZ Banking Group Ltd./NY Aa3/AA- 2.05% 9/23/2019 900 +90-95 +85a (+/-5) +80 +80 ANZ/GS/JPM/WFS
ANZ Banking Group Ltd./NY Aa3/AA- FRN 9/23/2021 400 3mL+equiv 3mL+equiv 3mL+87 3mL+87 ANZ/GS/JPM/WFS
ANZ Banking Group Ltd./NY Aa3/AA- 2.55% 9/23/2021 850 +100-105 +95a (+/-5) +90 +90 ANZ/GS/JPM/WFS
HollyFrontier Corp. (tap)
New Total: $1bn
Baa3/BBB- 5.875% 4/01/2026 750 +hi 300s/+387.5a +362.5 the # +362.5 +362.5  
HSBC Holdings Inc. A2/A+ 4.375% 11/23/2026 1,500 +235a +215-220 +215 +215 HSBC-sole
Mastercard Inc. A2/A 2.00% 11/21/2021 650 +70a +50a (+/-5) +45 +45 BAML/CITI/HSBC/MIZ/USB
Mastercard Inc. A2/A 2.95% 11/21/2026 750 +100a +80a (+/-5) +75 +75 BAML/CITI/HSBC/MIZ/USB
Mastercard Inc. A2/A 3.80% 11/21/2046 600 +120a +100a (+/-5) +95 +95 BAML/CITI/HSBC/MIZ/USB

 

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