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Debt & Equity Markets-Suspended Animation?
February 2017      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 02.07.17 Debt & Equity Financial Markets: Suspended Animation

 

Investment Grade Corporate Debt New Issue Re-Cap

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points –Citigroup tap.

Global Market Recap

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

In Our Fast Changing World, Markets Remain in Suspended Animation

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

Economic Data Releases

Rates Trading Lab

UST Resistance/Support Table

New Issues Priced

Indexes and New Issue Volume

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending January 25th     

IG Credit Spreads by Rating

IG Credit Spreads by Industry

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline

Tomorrow’s Calendar


4 IG Corporate issuers priced 5 tranches between them totaling $4.25b.  Additionally, 4 SSA issuers contributed 4 tranches boosted the all-in day total by $5.5b for an all-n IG tally of $9.75b.

The WTD IG Corporate total is now $10.95b or 44% of this week’s syndicate midpoint average forecast of $24.72b.

 

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points – Mischler Serves as “passive” Jr. Co-Manager on Citigroup tap.

 

  • Mischler Financial served as a “passive” Jr. Co-Manager on today’s tap of the Citigroup 4.75% due 5/18/2046. Book size finished at $1.9b for a 2.53x bid-to-cover rate.  The outstanding was seen T+173 bid pre-announcement this morning meaning NIC was flat or “0” on today’s tap.  Thanks to Team Citi Treasury/Funding and Syndicate and Origination.  Shout out to Citi’s Jeff Hopsicker for today’s deal download! Always appreciated!
  • The average spread from IPTs thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 5 IG Corporate-only new issues was <25.40> bps.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index tightened 1 bp to +127 vs. +128.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS was unchanged at 1.21.  The “LUACOAS” wide since 2012 is +215.  +120 is the new tight.
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread widened 1 bp to +166 vs. +165.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $16.7b on Friday versus $22.5b on Thursday and $18.9b the previous Friday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $20.6b.

 

Global Market Recap

  • U.S. Treasuries – closed mixed with a flatter curve. The 30yr was the top performer.
  • Overseas Bonds – JGB’s little changed. EU core & semi core better & Peripherals mixed.
  • Stocks – U.S. stocks higher heading into close. Record highs for the Dow & NASDAQ.
  • Overseas Stocks – Europe closed mixed. FTSE 250 record high close. Asia red.
  • Economic – Trade balance close to expectations & JOLTS weaker than expected.
  • Overseas Economic – Better data in Japan and weaker data in Germany & the U.K.
  • Currencies – Solid day for USD despite giving up some o/n gains during NY hours.
  • Commodities – CRB, crude oil & copper down while gold & wheat up.
  • CDX IG: +0.59 to 65.35
  • CDX HY: +2.20 to 327.68
  • CDX EM: +2.41 to 226.99

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

-Tony Farren

 

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

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
2/06-2/10
vs. Current
WTD – $10.95b
February 2017
Forecasts
vs. Current
MTD – $23.525b
Low-End Avg. $23.74b 46.12% $90.65b 25.95%
Midpoint Avg. $24.72b 44.30% $91.96b 25.58%
High-End Avg. $25.70b 42.61% $93.26b 25.23%
The Low $15b 73.00% $85b 27.68%
The High $35b 31.29% $120b 19.60%

 

In Our Fast Changing World, Markets Remain in Suspended Animation

financial-markets-suspended-animation-mischler-comment

There is nothing more intimidating than staring at the white or empty background of my daily “QC” each and every day and wondering how to fill it with something meaningful for YOU!

But, I do it every day.  It’s been a while – given last week’s Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), AT&T (NYSE:ATT) and Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)jumbo deals that we were on, since I’ve scribed anything geopolitical in nature. One reason is that scratching the surface of any of today’s myriad current event risk factors poses a challenge to opining either way.

There is no middle ground any more.  (Not that that’s ever been an issue with me!) What I have extolled here for years is the incredibly rapid pace of change coming to our inextricably-linked new world order, or “disorder” if I may.  The changes seem to be happening faster and faster.  Trading markets historically embrace change because it breeds volatility and volatility, in turn, begets profitability.  Here’s the catch though – we’re not seeing that kind of volatility.  Take U.S. Treasury markets for example.  I spoke at length with my Rates Team today and they agree – they cannot remember the last time the world changed so fast, yet markets seem to be held in suspended animation. Technically, suspended animation is the slowing or stopping of life processes by exogenous or endogenous means without termination.  Breathing, heartbeat and other involuntary functions may still occur, but they can only be detected by artificial means.  What’s different about the current global environment is that the changes are happening so fast that real-time, second-by-second market traders don’t really know what to do.

The market is waiting for such things as a tax reform package that would have necessary support.  Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan says that may not happen until the Fall!  Oh my!  Meanwhile, there are elections coming to France in April and the run-off election in May.  National Front leader Marine Le Pen will win the election.  When she does, France will have finally pulled up its big boy pants with a woman at the helm and proceed to depart the EU.  What Italy does really doesn’t matter given it’s 70-off post-war governments.  Angela Merkel’s legacy will be remembered as a failure and the EU could even split into a Northern Euro and leave the others on their own.  Whatever happens, change is coming fast to that continent as it is all over the world.  Traders today are like the elderly; change does not and will not come easy.

Buy or sell. Investors are so confused as to what to do they are content – as opposed to “happy” – to sideline themselves, remain inactive and let the noise be the noise.  Levered accounts however are doing all the business.  Black box trades, hedge funds, etc are all going the same direction and then suddenly BOOM the ground falls out beneath them.…..and that’s never a good thing.

It all has to do with P-O-L-I-T-C-S folks.  Traders and investors are perplexed and therefore sidelined to avoid a fall of monumental proportions. We will see a continued progressive flight into safe havens like U.S. Treasuries. Speaking of which, the CT10 has tightened 20 bps in the last eight weeks.  It is no coincidence that within that same time frame we have priced the highest volume month in investment grade new issue history as UST’s slowly but surely rally as yields continue southbound.  YTD we have amassed a staggering all-in IG Corporate and SSA total volume or $258 billion!  That’s a quarter trillion in five-and-a-half weeks! Black out exits bode very well for investors looking for the perfect balance between lower risk and higher yields in the investment grade debt capital markets.  Get ready because there is plenty of business coming very soon.

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

KEY IG CORPORATE
NEW ISSUE DRIVERS
MON.
2/06
AVERAGES
WEEK 1/30
AVERAGES
WEEK 1/23
AVERAGES
WEEK 1/16
AVERAGES
WEEK 1/09
AVERAGES
WEEK 1/02
AVERAGES
WEEK 12/26
New Issue Concessions <3.62> bps <0.87> bps 1.13b bps 3.42 bps 0.85 bps 2.25 bps N/A
Oversubscription Rates 4.25x 3.12x 3.29x 2.40x 2.85x 2.45x N/A
Tenors 12.83 yrs 11.60 yrs 6.67 yrs 12 yrs 7.83 yrs 6.52 yrs N/A
Tranche Sizes $744mm $1,311 yrs $845mm $1,123mm $927mm $859mm N/A
Avg. Spd. Compression
IPTs to Launch
<19.17> bps <19.77> bps <18.20> bps <14.69> bps <18.77> bps <15.27> bps N/A

 

Economic Data Releases

 

TODAY’S ECONOMIC DATA PERIOD SURVEYED ESTIMATES ACTUAL NUMBER PRIOR NUMBER PRIOR REVISED
Trade Balance December <$45.00b> <$44.3b> <$45.2b> <$45.7b>
JOLTS Job Openings December 5580 5501 5522 5505
Consumer Credit December $20.000b $14.160b $24.532b $25.205b

 

Rates Trading Lab

In the short run, there is a lot of supply overnight in Europe. Greece bills, German 10yr, Portugal 2022 & 2024, Sweden 2022 & 2026, Denmark 2021 & 2027, Switzerland 2030 & 2049, Czech Rep 2020 & 2027, a Finland syndicated 5yr & 30yr (timing TBD), Russia 2022 & 2031, not to mention our 10yr tomorrow. BOE does have a buyback in the belly of the curve, for what it’s worth. Therefore, going home short for a trade is not a crazy concept to me. However, reading the tea leaves, judging from the price action and looking at how TIPS trade is telling me that there is money coming off the sidelines, destined for our long end. Narrowing break-evens tell me that there have been flows into nominals to get some convexity on the books. You don’t do that if you think rates are rising. To me it’s all part of the reality check we are in the midst of. Timing of fiscal and tax policies and the FOMC all play havoc with market expectations. It does not mean we are not in a bear bond market. In fact, the price action we are seeing is more consistent with that of a bear market. But as I have said time and again, bear trap rallies are vicious and merciless, and all the more difficult when it comes amidst a supply event.

-Jim Levenson       

 

UST Resistance/Support Table

 

CT3 CT5 CT7 CT10 CT30
RESISTANCE LEVEL 100-012 100-13 100-31 97-07 98-07
RESISTANCE LEVEL 99-31+ 100-10 100-26 96-31+ 97-31
RESISTANCE LEVEL 99-30+ 100-086 100-22+ 96-25+ 97-15
           
SUPPORT LEVEL 99-27 100-00 100-08+ 96-08 96-25
SUPPORT LEVEL 99-266 99-28+ 100-03+ 96-01+ 96-04
SUPPORT LEVEL 99-252 99-246 99-30+ 95-27 95-25

New Issues Priced (more…)

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…)

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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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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Twas The Eve Before the US Presidential Election and the Debt Markets Indicated..
November 2016      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 11.04.16 “’ Twas the Eve Before the Election..and Debt Markets Indicated Volatility Risk … ”

“…Please be mindful that this event could give rise to volatile market conditions; consequently, there is a risk of FX and Rates markets trading in wide ranges during the period.  Voice and electronic trading desks will endeavor to operate at as close to normal levels of service as conditions allow.  With respect to electronic trading specifically, you should bear in mind that low levels of liquidity or high volatility during the period could impact bid-offer spreads, or result in potential delays in order execution…” Head of Rates Trading,  Primary Dealer/Global Investment Bank

 “QC” Call to “Get Out and Vote” next Tuesday November 8th

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap 

Global Market Recap

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

Potential Election Day Trade Volatility

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

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

New Issues Priced

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

Indexes and New Issue Volume

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending November 2nd  

Investment Grade Corporate Credit Spreads (by Rating/Industry)

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline

Economic Data Releases

Rates Trading Lab

Your humble fixed income servant already voted in my home state of Connecticut via absentee ballot two weeks ago, as I would not have made it in time to cast my ballot traveling back from Phoenix on Election Day.  Each of us understands what a contentious election this one is.  Whoever floats your boat please just get out and cast yours on Tuesday the 8th or hopefully you sent in your ballot in your home state. If you do not vote you do not have a right to complain.  It’s not the voting that is democracy rather it’s the counting.  SO, GET OUT AND VOTE – IT’S A CIVIC SACRAMENT! For those of us blessed enough to have been called to citizenship in a country in which we govern ourselves by choosing our own leaders, voting is one of the duties of our vocation. Enough said.

Sunrise and sunset will be about 1 hour earlier on Nov 6, 2016 than the day before. There will be more light in the morning. Thank Goodness!

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap

Bank of America was the sole visitor to today’s IG dollar DCM printing a $1bn 4NC3 Senior Notes new issue due 11/09/2020.  The “Green Bond” is callable after 3 years on 11/09/2019 at par.  BAML was the sole book runner.  Proceeds from the transaction will be used to fund renewable energy projects including the financings of or investments in equipment and systems that facilitate the use of energy from renewable sources such as solar, wind and geothermal energy.

Please continue through the below right into the “Best & Brightest’s” IG Corporate new issue supply forecasts for next week from the street’s top syndicate gurus.  I have all their numbers and thoughts about next week’s Election Day/Veteran’s Day influenced and shortened week waiting for you. It’s all here folks and I make it easy – I write it, I talk to all of them and conveniently deliver it to your desktop or hand held device free of charge!  I’m told it’s good and so, naturally I think it’s good but why listen to me? Wall Street Letter has awarded the “QC” it Best Broker Dealer research for three years in a row – 2014, 2015 and 2016.  What’s not to like about that? I mean really! So, relax, be informed and have yourselves a great weekend!

Global Market Recap

 

  • S. Treasuries – The 30yr lead the UST rally despite the solid Employment Report.
  • Overseas Bonds – Gilts led the core EU bond rally while Peripheral sold off.
  • Stocks – U.S. stocks with small losses at 3:45pm. Bad day for Nikkei & Europe.
  • Economic – The U.S. Employment Report was solid. The trade balance improved.
  • Currencies – USD lost vs. Euro & Pound but had a small gain vs. the Yen, CAD & AUD.
  • Commodities – The crude oil sell off continued. Gold was unchanged.
  • CDX IG: +0.15 to 80.85
  • CDX HY: -2.52 to 433.56
  • CDX EM: -2.76 to 250.86

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

-Tony Farren

 

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 23 deals that printed, 11 tightened versus NIP for a 00% improvement rate while only 8 widened (35.00%) 4 were trading flat (17.00%).
  • For the week ended November 2nd, Lipper U.S. Fund Flows reported an outflow of $2.495b from Corporate Investment Grade Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $40.292b) and a net outflow of $4.116b from High Yield Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $6.954b).
  • The average spread compression from IPTs thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 1 IG Corporate-only new issue was 10.00 bps.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index widened 1 bp to +141 vs. +140.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS was unchanged at +135.  The “LUACOAS” wide since 2012 is +215. The tight is +135.
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread widened 1 bp to +186 vs. +185.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $15.9b on Thursday versus $17.5b Wednesday and $20.3b the previous Thursday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $16.8b.

 

Note About Potential Election Day Trade Volatility

I thank my Corporate Secondary trader, Annie Bonner for the following prescient note that she sent around today and that definitely has a place in the “QC”.
It is self-explanatory:

As we saw with Brexit, dealers are sending out notices to prep for Election Day markets.

 

For example, from one Primary Dealer wrote:

“……….Please be mindful that this event could give rise to volatile market conditions; consequently, there is a risk of FX and Rates markets trading in wide ranges during the period.  Voice and electronic trading desks will endeavor to operate at as close to normal levels of service as conditions allow.  With respect to electronic trading specifically, you should bear in mind that low levels of liquidity or high volatility during the period could impact bid-offer spreads, or result in potential delays in order execution.”

 

As Annie concluded, “We’ll probably be seeing more of these today & Monday.”

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

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
10/31-11/04
vs. Current
WTD – $11.791b
November 2016 vs. Current
MTD – $7.466b
Low-End Avg. $24.26b 48.60% $90.70b 8.23%
Midpoint Avg. $25.13b 46.92% $92.11b 8.11%
High-End Avg. $26.00b 45.35% $93.52b 7.98%
The Low $15b 78.61% $71b 10.52%
The High $35b 33.69% $110b 6.79%

 

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 23 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 80.93% 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 !!  More importantly, however, you are helping the nation’s oldest Service Disabled Veteran broker-dealer grow in a more meaningful and sustainable way.  So, thank you all! -RQ

The question posed to the “Best and the Brightest” early this morning was prefaced with the following:

If anyone says the U.S. Presidential election is not important in our inextricably linked new world order just point to our IG dollar DCM this week in which we managed to price a mere 42% of this week’s syndicate midpoint average forecast or $10.79b vs. $25.13b.

Here are some impactful events coming up next week that should keep a damper on issuance……among other things:

  • Mon thru Wed. 11/7-11/09 – EEI’s 51st Annual Financial Conference in Phoenix taking Utility issuers off the radar.
  • Tuesday, 11/08 – U.S. Presidential Election
  • Friday, 11/11 – Veteran’s Day (Federal Holiday, many leave work a bit earlier the day before – Thursday 11/10).


Here are this week’s five IG Corporate-only key primary market driver averages:

 

  • NICS:  <0.92> bps
  • Oversubscription Rates: 3.33x
  • Tenors:  11.33 years
  • Tranche Sizes: $469mm
  • Spread Compression from IPTs to the Launch: <178.26> bps

Versus last Friday’s key primary market driver averages, NICs widened a mere 0.06 bps to <0.92> vs. <0.98> bps while over subscription or bid-to-cover rates grew 0.72x to 3.33x vs. 2.61x last week.  Average tenors moved way out 3.62 years to 11.33 yrs vs. 7.71yrs while tranche sizes decreased by a lot – by $357mm to $469mm vs. $826mm.  

Standard and Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spreads widened 5 bps to +186 versus last Friday’s +181.

For the week ended November 2nd, Lipper U.S. Fund Flows reported an outflow of $2.495b from Corporate Investment Grade Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $40.292b) and a net outflow of $4.116b from High Yield Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $6.954b).

Week-on-week, BAML’s IG Master Index widened 4 bps to +141 vs. last Friday’s +137 close.  Spreads across the four IG asset classes also widened 3.75 bps to 32 vs. 28.25 as measured against their post-Crisis lows.  Looking at the 19 major industry sectors, spreads widened 4.58 bps to 37.42 vs. 32.84 also against their post-Crisis lows.
Please let me know your number and most importantly your thoughts for next week’s IG Corporate issuance.  

……and here are their formidable responses:

(this section available exclusively to Quigley’s Corner distribution list recipients)

 

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, Managing Director and Head of Fixed Income Syndicate

 

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

Please note: The below table averages for this week includes today’s BAML 4NC3 new issue. As a result, the numbers differ ever so slightly from the averages in my question to the “Best & Brightest” which was written and sent at the open this morning.  Thanks! -RQ

Here is this week’s day-by-day re-cap of the five key primary market driver averages for IG Corporates followed by this week’s and the prior three week’s averages:

 

KEY IG CORPORATE
NEW ISSUE DRIVERS
MON.
10/31
TUES.
11/01
WED.
11/02
TH.
11/03
FRI.
11/04
THIS WEEK’S
AVERAGES
AVERAGES
WEEK 10/24
AVERAGES
WEEK 10/17
AVERAGES
WEEK 10/10
New Issue Concessions 0.50 bps <2.29> bps 3 bps <3.75> bps flat or 0 bps <0.87> bps <0.51> bps 3.31 bps 1.87 bps
Oversubscription Rates 2.99x 2.90x 2.73x 4.80x 3.25x 3.32x 2.61x 3.05x 3.28x
Tenors 8.39 yrs 11.93 yrs 11.30 yrs 15.50 yrs 4 yrs 11.33 yrs 7.77 yrs 9.16 yrs 11.51 yrs
Tranche Sizes $721mm $379mm $393mm $370mm $1,000mm $491mm $818mm $1,137mm $640mm
Avg. Spd. Compression
IPTs to Launch
<14.21> bps <17.71> bps <22.50> bps <22.20> bps <10> bps <17.87> yrs <17.42> bps    

 

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

Taking a look at the secondary trading performance of this week’s IG and SSA new issues, of the 23 deals that printed, 11 tightened versus NIP for a 48.00% improvement rate while only 8 widened (35.00%) 4 were trading flat (17.00%).

Issues are listed from the most recent pricings at the top working back to Monday at the bottom.  Thanks! –RQ

 

Issuer Ratings Coupon Maturity Size IPTs GUIDANCE LAUNCH PRICED TRADING
Johns Hopkins University Aa3/AA- 3.837% 5/15/2046 500 +135a N/A +123 +123 127/125
Principal Finc’l. Group Inc. Baa1/BBB+ 3.10% 11/15/2026 350 +160a +130-135 +130 +130 129/127
Principal Finc’l. Group Inc. Baa1/BBB+ 4.30% 11/15/2046 300 +200a +170-175 +170 +170 165/162
PSE&G Baa2/BBB 1.60% 11/15/2019 400 +85-90 +70a (+/-2) +68 +68 66/64
PSE&G Baa2/BBB 2.00% 11/15/2021 300 +95-100 +80a (+/-2) +78 +78 76/74
Bank of Nova Scotia Aa3/A+ FRN 11/01/2018 166 N/A N/A N/A 3mL+45 3mL+47/45
Children’s Hosp. Med. Ctr. Aa2/AA 2.853% 11/15/2026 100 N/A N/A N/A +105 106/104
Danske Bank A/S A2/A FRN 11/10/2020 200 N/A N/A N/A 3mL+73 3mL+73/70
Occidental Petroleum A3/A 3.00% 2/15/2027 750 +145a +130a (+/-5) +125 +125 122/120
Occidental Petroleum A3/A 4.10% 2/15/2047 750 +180a +160a (+/-5) +155 +155 152/150
EQT Midstream Partners LP BBB-/BBB- 4.125% 12/01/2026 500 +262.5a +245a (+/-5) +240 +240 240/238
Kimco Realty Baa1/BBB+ 2.70% 3/01/2024 400 +130-135 +120a (+/-3) +117 +117 118/116
Kimco Realty Baa1/BBB+ 4.125% 12/01/2046 350 +180-185 +165a (+/-5) +160 +160 159/157
Lazard Group LLC A-/BBB+ 3.625% 3/01/2027 300 +200a +190a (+/-5) +185 +185 189/187
Rogers Communications Inc. Baa1/BBB+ 2.90% 11/15/2026 500 +125a N/A +125 +125 130/128
Ryder System Inc. Baa1/A- 2.25% 9/01/2021 300 +120-125 +100a (+/-3) +97 +97 97/95
Southwest Airlines Co. Baa1/BBB+ 3.00% 11/15/2026 300 +mid-100s/+150a +130a (+/-3) +127 +127 128/126
Axis Capital Holdings Ltd. Baa3/BBB 5.50% PerpNC5 550 N/A N/A5.50-5.625%a
+5.5625%a
5.50% $25 Pfd $25.75/.80
CMS Energy Corp. Baa2/BBB 2.95% 2/15/2027 275 +135a +120a (+/-5) +115 +115 115/113
Illinois Tool Works A2/A+ 2.65% 11/15/2026 1,000 +95a +85 the # +85 +85 80/78
Proctor & Gamble Co. Aa3/AA- 1.70% 11/03/2021 875 +55a +45a (+/-2) +43 +43 42/40
Proctor & Gamble Co. Aa3/AA- 2.45% 11/03/2026 875 +75a +65a (+/-2) +63 +63 62/60
Wabtec Baa3/BBB 3.45% 11/15/2026 750 +187.5a +165a (+/-2.5) +162.5 +162.5 158/155

 

Indexes and New Issue Volume

Please note that Index levels are as of 4:15pm ET

Index Open Current Change  
LUACOAS 1.35 1.35 0  
IG27 80.702 80.967 0.265
HV27 179.245 180.23 0.985
VIX 22.08 22.91 0.83  
S&P 2,088 2,085 <3>
DOW 17,930 17,888 <42>  
 

USD

 

IG Corporates

 

USD

 

Total IG (+SSA)

DAY: $1.00 bn DAY: $1.00 bn
WTD: $11.791 bn WTD: $11.791 bn
MTD: $7.466 bn MTD: $7.466 bn
YTD: $1,176.247 bn YTD: $1,506.131 bn

 

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending November 2nd  

     

  • For the week ended November 2nd, Lipper U.S. Fund Flows reported an outflow of $2.495b from Corporate Investment Grade Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $40.292b) and a net outflow of $4.116b from High Yield Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $6.954b).
  • Over the same period, Lipper reported a net inflow of $146.468m into Loan Participation Funds (2016 YTD net outflow of $1.518b).
  • Emerging Market debt funds reported a net outflow of $345.7m (2016 YTD inflow of $7.337b).

 

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 32.00 bps wider versus their post-Crisis lows!

 

ASSET CLASS 11/03 11/02 11/01 10/31 10/28 10/27 10/26 10/25 10/24 10/21 1-Day Change 10-Day Trend PC
low
IG Avg. 141 140 139 138 137 136 136 135 135 135 +1 +6 106
“AAA” 83 83 82 82 80 80 80 78 78 77 0 +6 50
“AA” 87 87 86 86 85 85 84 83 83 83 0 +4 63
“A” 112 112 111 111 110 109 109 108 108 108 0 +4 81
“BBB” 182 181 180 178 176 175 176 175 174 175 +1 +7 142
IG vs. HY 374 375 366 353 339 333 330 325 325 327 <1> +47 228

 

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 37.42 bps wider versus their post-Crisis lows!

                                    

INDUSTRY 11/03 11/02 11/01 10/31 10/28 10/27 10/26 10/25 10/24 10/21 1-Day Change 10-Day Trend PC
low
Automotive 120 122 121 120 119 119 119 117 117 117 <2> +3 67
Banking 130 130 129 129 128 127 128 127 127 127 0 +3 98
Basic Industry 181 181 180 179 179 178 179 177 177 179 0 +2 143
Cap Goods 106 106 105 105 103 102 102 101 101 101 0 +5 84
Cons. Prod. 112 112 111 110 109 108 108 107 105 105 0 +7 85
Energy 183 183 180 179 177 176 176 175 174 175 0 +8 133
Financials 166 165 164 162 160 159 160 160 160 160 +1 +6 97
Healthcare 124 123 122 120 118 117 117 115 114 114 +1 +10 83
Industrials 143 143 141 140 139 138 138 137 136 136 0 +7 109
Insurance 154 153 153 153 153 153 153 154 154 155 +1 <1> 120
Leisure 138 138 138 138 138 137 138 137 136 135 0 +3 115
Media 166 165 164 162 160 160 159 157 157 157 +1 +9 113
Real Estate 146 146 146 146 146 146 146 147 147 147 0 <1> 112
Retail 123 122 121 120 118 117 117 116 115 114 +1 +9 92
Services 130 130 129 129 129 128 128 128 128 128 0 +2 120
Technology 120 120 119 117 115 114 115 113 112 112 0 +8 76
Telecom 172 172 170 168 167 165 165 163 162 161 0 +11 122
Transportation 140 139 138 137 137 136 136 136 136 136 +1 +4 109
Utility 139 138 138 138 137 136 136 136 136 137 +1 +2 104

 

Economic Data Releases

 

TODAY’S ECONOMIC DATA PERIOD SURVEYED ESTIMATES ACTUAL NUMBER PRIOR NUMBER PRIOR REVISED
Trade Balance September <$38.0b> <$36.4b> <$40.7b> <$40.5b>
Change in Nonfarm Payrolls October 173k 161k 156k 191k
Two-Month Payroll Net Revisions October —- 44k <7k> —-
Change in Private Payrolls October 170k 142k 167k 188k
Change in Manufacturing Payrolls October <4k> <9k> <13k> —-
Unemployment Rate October 4.9% 4.9% 5.0% —-
Average Hourly Earnings MoM October 0.3% 0.4% 0.2% 0.3%
Average Hourly Earnings YoY October 2.6% 2.8% 2.6% 2.7%
Average Weekly Hours All Employees October 34.4 34.4 34.4 —-
Change in Household Employment October —- <43.0> 354.0 —-
Labor Force Participation Rate October —- 62.8% 62.9% —-
Underemployment Rate October —- 9.5% 9.7% —-

  (more…)

IG Debt and ECB: Corporate America Remains Best Story
September 2016      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 09.06.16 IG Debt and ECB Purchase Program: Corporate America Is Best In Class

 

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap – The “Back to Work Edition” – Waste Not, Want Not

Global Market Recap

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending September 1st      

New Issues Priced

IG Credit Spreads (by Rating & Industry)

New Issue Volume

Economic Data Releases

Rates Trading Lab: Reality Bites

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline

 

There’s a lot to talk about.  My vacation travelogue would be fun reading today were it not for 13 IG Corporate issuers priced 29 tranches today totaling $21.075b!

The IG dollar DCM waits for no one, or facetiously speaking, perhaps it waited for me to get back to the corner desk!  Two things are certain:

Investors are rabid over yield and when I hear long-time and highly reliable sources telling me that the search for yield has investors targeting local currency bonds in emerging markets (i.e. Indonesia, Ghana and Brazil) well, you know they’re desperate.  It’s like a pack of wild animals with nothing left to quench their thirst but to chew mud in rapidly drying watering holes. Deals are being pulled forward and we have already priced 18% of this month’s syndicate IG Corporate volume forecasts or $21.075b vs. $116.02b on this, the first day of activity for the IG primary markets.  In my last “QC” prior to block leave on August 18th I wrote, “The world is changing fast and our financial markets don’t like it.  Needless to say, with all the discord, the U.S. is the best story going thanks to Corporate America.  Until rates begin to rise in Europe – “if” they ever rise in Europe – the flight to better rated U.S. credits will be historic!”   Well, today was the right way to kick things off.  Nothing like getting back in the saddle!

Due to having been on block leave recently I did not have the opportunity to scribe what would have been a fantastic D&I story, including the fair value piece about the two-part Coca Cola deal that Mischler was honored to serve on as an active Co-Manager on Monday, August 29th.  We’d been banking Coca Cola and looking forward to that first opportunity to show them what we do here at Team Mischler.  Well, that opportunity came at a time when I was off on my tropical island summer holiday.  But, that never kept a good man down before. Sure enough, we delivered and it was on a two-part new issue that included the tightest 5yr new issue spread of the year. The KO 5yr also tied for the second lowest coupon with both MSFT and AAPL; two other issuers for whom NIC on the KO Mischler has served.  The KO 5-yr priced at +40 and is +38 bid today while the KO 10yr printed at +70 and is +66 bid.  That’s more impressive when considering that 5yr NIC was 1-2 bps and the 10s was 4 bps.  Books were 2.8x and 3.4x covered respectively.  But the story didn’t stope there.

Coca Cola’s Treasury Team was impressed with our performance enough to also invite us to serve actively on its Euro denominated 20-year new issue that was announced in London or 3:00am ET.  What do you think happened?  The guy-in-the-corner and Mr. Rob Karr, joined by our veteran Marine Jonathan Herrick woke up early. 3:00am early.  Despite being my departure date from paradise, Mischler built an order book and placed on its first ever Euro denominated new issue.  We’ve served as Co-Managers on Euro transactions before but not actively.  We’ve been building that up for several years here and had our day in the sun on August 30th which just happened to be my birthday.  A very memorable one indeed.

Thank yous go out to Coca Cola’s VP, Treasurer, Chris Nolan; Director, Financial Markets/Corporate Treasury, Lisa Myers; Manager of Global Investments, Kelly Bryant and Principal Treasury Analyst, Aaron B. Wells.   We appreciate our inclusion on your transactions and for providing Team Mischler the opportunity to prove our capital market capabilities and to realize yet another milestone in the history of our nation’s oldest Service Disabled Veteran broker dealer.

Today Mischler served as an active Co-Manager on American Honda Finance’s new three-part 5yr FXD/FRN and 10 yr.

 

Global Market Recap

 

o   U.S. Treasuries – USTs staged a big rally on weak U.S. economic data. JGB’s, Bunds & Gilts rallied.

o   Stocks – The NASDAQ led U.S. stocks higher.

o   Overseas Stocks – Europe closed mixed (bank stocks lower). Asia closed higher.

o   Economic – U.S. data was weaker especially the non-manufacturing composite (6-year low).

o   Currencies – USD was weaker before the non-manufacturing number & then hit harder afterward.

o   Commodities – Huge day for gold & silver. Crude oil closed higher.

o   CDX IG: -0.94 to 71.61

o   CDX HY: -4.20 to 385.75

o   CDX EM: -5.42 to 235.98

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

-Tony Farren

 

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

 

  • Today Mischler served as an active Co-Manager on American Honda Finance’s new three-part 5yr FXD/FRN and 10 yr. (Parent co NYSE:HMC)    Thank yous to Honda’s Scott Davis, Michi Rey and Ursula Chamberlain, as well as Team Citigroups’s Jim Hennessey, Patrice Altongy, Morgan Forester, Adnes Hernandez and Frank Conlon for working with us.
  • The average spread compression from IPTs thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 29 IG Corporate new issues was 14.69 bps.
  • For the week ended September 1st, Lipper U.S. Fund Flows reported an inflow of $224.536m into Corporate Investment Grade Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $30.097b) and a net outflow of $386.754m from High Yield Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $9.55b).
  • BAML’s IG Master Index was unchanged at +139.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Standard & Poor’s Global Fixed Income Research was unchanged at +188.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $5.6b on Friday versus $12.8b Thursday and $9.4b the previous Friday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $13b.

 

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates for September

 

IG Corporate New Issuance September 2016 vs. Current
MTD – $21.075b
Low-End Avg. $115.45b 18.25%
Midpoint Avg. $116.02b 18.16%
High-End Avg. $116.59b 18.08%
The Low $80b 26.34%
The High $150b 14.05%

 

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

 

New Issues Priced (more…)

GOOGL: The ABC’s of Successful Corporate Debt Issuance; Mischler Comment
August 2016      Debt Market Commentary, Recent Deals   

Quigley’s Corner 08.02.16- Alphabet Inc: ABC’s of a Successful Corporate Debt Issuance

 

Investment Grade Corporate Debt New Issue Re-Cap

Global Market Recap

IG Primary Market Talking Points: 

New Debt Issues Priced- Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL); Hershey Co (NYSE:HSY); Intl Paper (NYSE:IP); Mattel Inc (NASDAQ: MAT)

Lipper Report/Fund Flows

IG Secondary Trading Lab

Economic Data Releases
Rates Trading Lab

Investment Grade Credit Spreads (by Rating/Industry)

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline

 

9 IG Corporate issuers priced 12 tranches between them totaling $9b.  One AFDB tap for $250mm in the SSA space brought today’s all-in IG day totals to 10 issuers, 13 tranches and $9.25b.  What’s more astonishing, however, is that the first two days of August have already priced 53% of syndicate desk’s midpoint average forecast for IG Corporate new issuance for the entire month or $32.40b vs. $61.13bWTD we priced 23% above this week’s syndicate average estimate or $32.40b versus $26.22b.

             

Global Market Recap

 

  • JGB’s: 3 very poor days in a row.
  • S. Treasuries – USTs, Bunds & Gilts were led down by JGB’s (again).
  • 3mth Libor – Set at highest yield since May 2009 (0.76760%).
  • Stocks – Dow headed for 7th losing session in a row (3:30pm).
  • Overseas Stocks – Banks lead Europe lower. Nikkei down & Shanghai higher.
  • Economic – U.S. inflation data was low. EU PPI remained negative but improved.
  • Currencies – Bad day for the USD & DXY Index. Strong day for Yen & Pound.
  • Commodities – CRB & crude oil down (lows since April), gold well bid & wheat low since 2006.
  • CDX IG: +1.75 to 76.98
  • CDX HY: +7.95 to 418.20
  • CDX EM: +1.76 to 265.02

*CDX levels are as of the 3PM ET UST close.

-Tony Farren

 

IG Primary Market Talking Points

 

  • The average spread compression from IPTs thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 12 IG Corporate new issues only was 16.17 bps.

 

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

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
8/01-8/05
vs. Current
WTD – $32.40b
August 2016 vs. Current
MTD – $32.40b
Low-End Avg. $25.13b 128.93% $60.48b 53.57%
Midpoint Avg. $26.22b 123.57% $61.13b 53.00%
High-End Avg. $27.30b 118.68% $61.78b 52.44%
The Low $15b 216.00% $45b 72.00%
The High $45b 72.00% $75b 43.20%

alphabet-google-debt-issuance

Mischler Financial was happy to have been named an active Co-Manager for Alphabet Inc. today, parent company of Google among others.  The Aa2/AA issuer priced a new $2b 10-year Senior Notes offering that started price evolution with IPTs in the +80 “area” before tightening 10 bps into +70a (+/-2) guidance after which it launched and priced at the tightest side orT+68.  For fair value I looked at the outstanding GOOGL 3.375% due 2/25/2024 that was G+61.  Applying 10 bps for the 8s/10s curve gets you to T+71 fair value versus today’s T+68 final pricing inferring a new issue concession of negative 3 bps.   The final order book was $3.5b for a bid-to-cover or oversubscription rate of 1.75-times. Bonds were seen T+67 bid or 1 bp tighter closing the session.

What’s more today’s new Alphabet 10-year represents the fourth lowest ever IG-rated Corporate coupon in debt capital markets history!

Here’s a look at the top 4 low “A”-rated coupons:

 

  • Walt Disney 1.85% due 7/30/2026
  • IBM Credit $1bn 1.875% due 8/01/2022
  • Colgate $500mm 1.95% due 2/01/2023
  • Alphabet Inc. $2bn 1.998% due 8/15/2026

 

Thank yous go out to Alphabet’s Treasury/Funding team and for today’s achievement and opportunity.
Have a great evening!
Ron

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 and Sizes

 

Here’s a review of this week’s 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.
8/01
AVERAGES
WEEK 7/25
AVERAGES
WEEK 7/18
AVERAGES
WEEK 7/11
AVERAGES
WEEK 7/04
New Issue Concessions 1.16 bps 1.23 bps 3.95 bps 0.82 bps 0.73 bps
Oversubscription Rates 2.48x 3.63x 3.42x 4.73x 3.82x
Tenors 15.70 yrs 13.45 yrs 7.95 yrs 9.58 yrs 9.72 yrs
Tranche Sizes $1,671mm $875mm $1,482mm $887mm $770mm

 

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
Alphabet Inc. Aa2/AA 1.998% 8/15/2026 2,000 +80a +70a (+/-2) +68 +68 JPM/MS(a) + 4 (p)
ENAP Baa3/BBB- 3.75% 8/05/2026 700 +high 200s
(+287.5)
+250a (+/-10) +240 +240 CITI/JPM
Hershey Company A1/A 2.30% 8/15/2026 500 +90a +85a (+/-5) +80 +80 BAML/CITI/JPM/RBC
Hershey Company A1/A 3.375% 8/15/2046 300 +120a +110a (+/-5) +110 +110 BAML/CITI/JPM/RBC
International Paper Baa2/BBB 3.00% 2/15/2027 1,100 +175a +155a (+/-5) +150 +150 DB/JPM (a) + 8 (p)
International Paper Baa2/BBB 4.40% 8/15/2047 1,200 +235a +215a (+/-5) +210 +210 DB/JPM (a) + 8 (p)
Mattel Inc. Baa1/BBB+ 2.35% 8/15/2021 350 +mid-100s
(+150a)
+135a (+/-5) +130 +130 BAML/CITI/MS/WFS
National Grid
Keyspan Gas East Corp.
A2/A- 2.742% 8/15/2026 700 +125a +120 the # +120 +120 BNY/CITI/HSBC/MUFG/TD
National Grid
Massachusetts Electric Co.
A3/A- 2.304% 8/15/2046 500 +160a +175a (+/-5) +170 +170 BNY/CITI/HSBC/MUFG/TD
Rabobank UA/NY Aa2/A+ FRN 8/09/2019 400 3mL+equiv 3mL+equiv 3mL+51 3mL51 BAML/BARC/MS/UBS
Rabobank UA/NY Aa2/A+ 1.375% 8/09/2019 1,000 +80a +72a (+/-2) +70 +70 BAML/BARC/MS/UBS
Weingarten Realty Inv. Baa1/BBB 3.25% 8/15/2026 250 +212.5 +185a (+/-2) +183 +183 BAML/JPM/REG/USB

 

SSA

Issuer Ratings Coupon Maturity Size IPTs GUIDANCE LAUNCH PRICED LEADS
African Development Bank
(tap) New total: $1,250mm
Aaa/AAA 1.00% 5/19/2019 250 MS+2a MS+2 MS+2 +19.3 BNPP/RBC

 

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending July 27th     

 

  • For the week ended July 27th, Lipper U.S. Fund Flows reported an inflow of $1.475b into Corporate Investment Grade Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $20.798b) and a net outflow of $175.430m into High Yield Funds – the second highest ever – (2016 YTD net inflow of $9.696b).
  • Over the same period, Lipper reported a net outflow of $15.422m from Loan Participation Funds (2016 YTD net outflow of $5.389b).
  • Emerging Market debt funds reported a net inflow of $1.382b (2016 YTD inflow of $3.717b).

 

IG Secondary Trading Lab

 

  • BAML’s IG Master Index was unchanged at +150.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Standard & Poor’s Global Fixed Income Research widened 6 bps to +202 versus +196.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $13.9b on Friday versus $14.5b Thursday and $11.5b the previous Friday.

 

New Issue Volume

 

Index Open Current Change
IG26 75.231 76.833 1.602
HV26 202.90 206.915 4.015
VIX 12.44 13.37 0.93
S&P 2,170 2,157 <13>
DOW 18,404 18,313 <91>
 

USD

 

IG Corporates

 

USD

 

Total IG (+ SSA)

DAY: $9.00 bn DAY: $9.25 bn
WTD: $32.40 bn WTD: $32.65 bn
MTD: $32.40 bn MTD: $32.65 bn
YTD: $843.591 bn YTD: $1,077.377 bn

 

Economic Data Releases

 

TODAY’S ECONOMIC DATA PERIOD SURVEYED ESTIMATES ACTUAL NUMBER PRIOR NUMBER PRIOR REVISED
Personal Income June 0.3% 0.2% 0.2% —-
Personal Spending June 0.3% 0.4% 0.4% —-
Real Personal Spending June 0.2% 0.3% 0.3% 0.2%
PCE Deflator MoM June 0.2% 0.1% 0.2% —-
PCE Deflator YoY June 0.9% 0.9% 0.9% —-
PCE Core MoM June 0.1% 0.1% 0.2% —-
PCE Core YoY June 1.6% 1.6% 1.6% —-
ISM New York July —- 60.7 45.4 —-
Wards Domestic Vehicle Sales July 13.06m 13.77m 12.76m —-
Wards Total Vehicle Sales July 17.30m 17.77m 16.61m —-

 

Rates Trading Lab

 

Neutral day for TYU6s Monday with the flat Value Area.  Larger technicals remain constructive (see the chart in MP package and the Bull Trend Channel ) — note though,  this situation is highly dependent on the major 132-17 Support remaining intact.   The 132-17 level was Friday’s GDP launch level that started a huge 9-tic Buying Tail, it also sits near the lower boundary of the just mentioned Bull Trend Channel; a break here would do technical damage, and it would signify a loss of upside momentum.

-Steven Muchnikoff

 

UST Resistance/Support Table

 

CT3 CT5 CT7 CT10 CT30
RESISTANCE LEVEL 100-00+ 100-182 99-24 101-15 106-30
RESISTANCE LEVEL 99-31 100-16 99-21 101-10+ 106-08
RESISTANCE LEVEL 99-296 100-102 99-13+ 101-00 105-12
         
SUPPORT LEVEL 99-26 100-04 99-05 100-20+ 104-01
SUPPORT LEVEL 99-246 99-306 98-29+ 100-10+ 103-20
SUPPORT LEVEL 99-222 99-266 98-24+ 100-03 102-31

 

Tomorrow’s Calendar

 

  • S. Data: Jun PI/PS/PCE, Jul NY ISM, Aug IBD-TIPP, Jul Vehicles
  • Supply: Nothing Scheduled
  • Events: Nothing Scheduled
  • Speeches: Nothing Scheduled

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Corporate Debt New Issuance Roars; China Retreats
February 2016      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 02.25.16- $16bil in New Issuance Today

 

Investment Grade New Issue Re-CapU.S. Engine Strengthens in the Face of Troubled China

Overall Market Recap

IG Primary Market Talking Points

Lipper Fund Flows

IG Secondary Market Trading Lab

Economic Data Reports

Rates Trading Lab

New Issues Priced

Investment Grade Credit Spreads (by Industry/Rating)

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline

 

Despite walking in this morning to find China in a proverbial market collapse with the Shanghai Index down 6.41% and the Shenzhen down 7.34%, it was clear that the U.S. and Europe had enough of PROC unpredictability.  Asian news was cast aside and along with WTI Crude’s 2.86% gain enjoyed a resurgence that carried over into equity markets and the investment dollar debt capital markets.  Yesterday’s no print day was followed by today’s active session featuring 5 IG Corporates that printed 16 tranches between them totaling $16.20b and bringing the WTD total to $46.20b or 61% above this week’s syndicate midpoint average forecast of $28.70b.  IFC tapped a 3-year FRN in the SSA space bringing the all-in IG day totals to 6 issuers, 17 tranches and $16.45b.  February breached the $100b mark for all-in IG Corporate plus SSA volume today with $108.159b.  It’s the 5th consecutive time that a new calendar year priced over $100b in each of the first two months and the 6th time overall. The combined all-in IG January and February total of $278.283b is a new all-time record.  Considering where we were a couple of weeks ago I think that says a lot about the resiliency of our IG DCM. It also speaks volumes about the negative rate environments in both the EU and Japan that is pushing those foreign investors into higher yielding and higher-rated dollar denominated credits.

 

Overall Market Recap

 

USTs – Impressive performance in the face of heavy winds.

3mth Libor set at its highest yield since June 2009 (0.63560%).

Stocks – Rally in U.S., Europe & Japan while stocks in China were hit very hard.

Economic – Strong durable goods data in the U.S. and lower inflation in Europe.

Currencies – USD weaker vs. Euro/PND but stronger vs. Yen. CAD strongest since December.

Commodities – Crude oil rallied. Natural gas hit low since 1999.

CDX IG: -1.12 to 113.38

CDX HY: -4.32 to 540.90

CDX EM: -2.12 to 361.43

 

IG Primary Market Talking Points

 

The average spread compression from IPTs thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 15 IG Corporate-only new issues was 15.46875 bps.

 

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

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
2/22-2/26
vs. Current
WTD: $46.20b
February 2016 vs. Current
MTD – $86.475b
Low-End Avg. $27.45b 168.31% $90.9375b 95.09%
Midpoint Avg. $28.70b 160.98% $92.1875b 93.80%
High-End Avg. $29.95b 154.26% $93.4375b 92.55%
The Low $20b 231.00% $60b 144.12%
The High $35b 132.00% $110b 78.61%

 

 

Have a great evening!

Ron Quigley

 

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 and Sizes

 

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

Please note that Wednesday 2/24 featured no IG Corporate new issuance. It was the 9th no-print non-Friday YTD.

 

KEY IG CORPORATE
NEW ISSUE DRIVERS
MON.
2/22
TUES.
2/23
WED.
2/24
AVERAGES
WEEK 2/15
AVERAGES
Week 2/08
AVERAGES
Week 2/01
AVERAGES
Week 1/25
New Issue Concessions 4.47 bps 16.14 bps N/A 13.68 bps N/A 7.45 bps 21.77 bps
Oversubscription Rates 3.57x 2.37x N/A 3.00x N/A 3.01x 2.71x
Tenors 7.04 yrs 7.55 yrs N/A 8.92 yrs 30 yrs 8.19 yrs 7.43 yrs
Tranche Sizes $867mm $837.5mm N/A $850mm $250mm $548mm $940mm

 

 

Lipper Report/Fund Flows

 

For the week ended February 17th, Lipper U.S. Fund Flows reported an outflow of $1.122bn from corporate investment grade funds (2016 YTD net outflow of $5.518bn) and a net inflow of $65.5m from high yield funds (2016 YTD net outflow of $5.099bn).

Over the same period, Lipper reported an outflow of $645mm from loan participation funds (2016 YTD net outflow of $4.05bn).

Emerging Market debt funds reported a net outflow of $157.4m (2016 YTD outflow of $2.318bn).

IG Secondary Trading Lab

 

BAML’s IG Master Index was unchanged at +214.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.   

Standard & Poor’s Global Fixed Income Research widened 1 bp to +257 versus +256.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.

Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $20.5b on Wednesday versus $18.3b Tuesday and $18.8b the previous Wednesday.

 

New Issue Volume

 

Index Open Current Change  
IG25 114.503 112.628 <1.875>
HV25 350.115 337.030 <13.085>
VIX 20.72 19.11 <1.61>  
S&P 1,929 1,951 22
DOW 16,484 16,697 213  
 

USD

 

IG Corporates

 

USD

 

Total IG (+ SSA)

DAY: $16.20 bn DAY: $16.45 bn
WTD: $46.20 bn WTD: $49.30 bn
MTD: $86.475 bn MTD: $108.159 bn
YTD: $213.459 bn YTD: $278.283 bn

 

Economic Data Releases

 

TODAY’S ECONOMIC DATA PERIOD SURVEYED ESTIMATES ACTUAL NUMBER PRIOR NUMBER PRIOR REVISED
Initial Jobless Claims Feb. 20 270k 272k 262k —-
Continuing Claims Feb. 13 2253k 2253k 2273k 2272k
Durable Goods Orders January 2.9% 4.9% <5.0%> <4.6%>
Durables Transportation January 0.3% 1.8% <1.0%> <0.7%>
Cap Goods Orders Nondef Ex Air January 1.0% 3.9% <4.3%> <3.7%>
Cap Goods Ship Nondef Ex Air January <0.5%> <0.4%> 0.2% 0.9%
House Price Purchase Index Q4 —- 1.4% 1.3% —-
FHFA House Price Index MoM December 0.5% 0.4% 0.5% 0.6%
Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Feb. 21 —- 44.2 44.3 —-
Kansas City Fed Manufacturing Activity February <6> —- <9> —-

 

Rates Trading Lab

 

As if these markets weren’t difficult enough to trade, today’s auction postponement due to “technical difficulties” added a new variable to the equation. Whatever they were, they almost certainly cost the dealer community and were poorly communicated. Obviously dealers are going to be short into the auction and the event risks possible in a 22.5 hour span would almost certainly have skewed the risk dynamic of anybody trading today. Then there was the issue of information distribution. I’d love to know the thought process of burying the announcement in a remote quarter of the TreasuryDirect website as opposed to transmitting the information to the newswires. All this helped our market trade well and effectively detached it from other markets. Given the way other assets are trading, I’d expect treasuries to be cheaper tomorrow. Treasury will be given a pass this time, but anything that threatens the integrity of the auction process will have profound ramifications.

-Jim Levenson

 

UST Resistance/Support Table

 

CT3 CT5 CT7 CT10 CT30
RESISTANCE LEVEL 99-27 101-03 102-13 100-02+ 99-24+
RESISTANCE LEVEL 99-25+ 100-31+ 102-08 99-26+ 99-02+
RESISTANCE LEVEL 99-24 100-28+ 102-03 99-14+ 98-18
           
SUPPORT LEVEL 99-22 100-252 101-26+ 99-04 97-18
SUPPORT LEVEL 99-20 100-23 101-20 98-29 97-01
SUPPORT LEVEL 99-18+ 100-20+ 101-15+ 98-22 96-16

 

Tomorrow’s Calendar

 

China Data: Swift Global Payments CNY, China January Property Prices

Japan Data: Natl CPI, Tokyo CPI YoY

Australia: Nothing Scheduled

EU Data: EU Feb BCI/Conf GE-CPI

S. Data: Jan Trade, Q4 GDP, Feb U Mich, Jan PI/PS/PCE

Supply: Italy 5, 7, 10y (€6.75-8.25bn)

Events: Ratings reviews, G20 Summit, Irish Election

Speeches: ZHOU, Weidmann, Praet, Powell, Brainard

Mischler’s “Rates” Team is: Glenn Capelo, Jon Cardilli, Tony Farren, Jim Levenson, Andy Livingston, Steve Muchnikoff and Ed Schmitt.

Above is the opening extract from Quigley’s Corner aka “QC”  Tuesday Feb 23 2016 Edition distributed via email to clients of Mischler Financial, the investment industry’s oldest and largest minority brokerdealer owned and operated by Service-Disabled Veterans.

Cited by Wall Street Letter in each of 2014, 2015 and 2016 for “Best Research / Broker-Dealer, the QC observations is one of three distinctive research content pieces produced by Mischler Financial Group. The QC is a daily synopsis of everything Syndicate and Secondary as seen from the perch of our fixed income trading and debt capital markets desk and includes a comprehensive “deep dive” with optics on the day’s investment grade corporate bond new issuance and market data encompassing among other items, comparables, investment grade credit spreads, new issue activity, secondary market most active issues, and upcoming pipeline.

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