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Knowing the Past for the Future; The Nuclear Option; Rates Rally, Yields Compress
April 2017      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 04.03.17 Dysfunction Junction & the Nuclear Option; Mischler Debt Market Commentary

 

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap – Knowing the Past for the Future; The Nuclear Option; Rates Rally, Yields Compress

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

Global Market Recap

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

New Issues Priced

Indexes and New Issue Volume

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending March 29th

IG Credit Spreads by Rating

IG Credit Spreads by Industry

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline

Economic Data Releases

Rates Trading Lab

UST Resistance/Support Table

Tomorrow’s Calendar

 

It was November 21st , 2013 when Democrats, frustrated at GOP efforts to stall its Congressional plans under former President Barack Obama, decided to take a vote to stop debate on executive and judicial branch nominees with a simple Senate majority vote rather than having to secure 60 Senate votes.  House Majority leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada), and his party won 52-48.  Reid & Co. set in motion a process that day that eased passage of several key Obama executive and judicial nominees by changing the rules of engagement. Politicians have LONG memories and it’s now payback time…..and guess which party doesn’t like it?  With the tables now turned, the so-called nuclear option –a simple majority – is likely to prevail under Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell to avoid a Democratic filibuster of Judge Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court. It may also be used for legislation as well.  Remember everyone, Harry Reid set the precedent.  The “nuclear option” or simple majority vote will weaken the power of the filibuster but it is officially in play now.

As a result, Treasuries rallied and the CT10yr is yielding 2.34%. That’s down 28 bps since the Monday before the FOMC rate hike on Wednesday March 15th.  It’s on its way lower, much lower so, issuers be advised to watch that. Be patient. Let the market come to you.  All this thanks to “Dysfunction Junction.”  The great divide between Republicans and Democrats is getting deeper and more disparate as threats of filibusters are inviting the GOP to employ the aforementioned “nuclear option” to their arsenal.  Republicans remember all too well Democratic hardball strategies used against them in the recent past. Political campaign promises need to be kept and not danced around.  The Dems will NEVER forget (and vice versa) and as they say pay back is going to be………a well, uh…………an issue shall I say?  What goes around, comes around but in the here and now, the nuclear option will be deployed and used to pass legislation as well.  Political dislocation will continue to rally rates and compress Treasury yields lower.  @.00% is in sight folks.  I’ll remind you when we get there.

If you are a banker advising issuers when to print, if they wait, you’ll look smarter and more brilliant than ever! If you’re an issuer, well, when you do print, if you listen to the “QC” please give us an ACTIVE Co-Manager opportunity on your next deal so we can show you what a true distribution value is all about.  You WILL only look even better and brighter than you already are.  One doesn’t get what one doesn’t ask for in life right?

The Monday session featured a continuum of “quirky” issues with the exception of Met Life Global Funding’s 5-year FA-backed notes.  Investment Grade primary markets currently have 10 items in the pipeline all of which are Yankee transactions.

Today, the IG DCM hosted 5 issuers across 5 tranches totaling $2.75b or 12.85% of this week’s IG Corporate-only midpoint syndicate forecast calling for $21.40b.

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

 

  • Essex Portfolio LP upsized today’s 10-year Senior Notes new issue to $350mm from $300mm at the launch and at the tightest side of guidance.
  • The average spread from IPTs and/or guidance thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 5 IG Corporate-only new issues was <20.30> bps.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index widened 2 bps to +124 vs. +122.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS widened 1 bp to 1.18 vs. 1.17.
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread was unchanged at +164.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $19.6b on Friday versus $19.3b on Thursday and $13.8b the previous Friday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $17.7b.

 

Global Market Recap

 

  • U.S. Treasuries – USTs built on Friday’s rally.
  • Overseas Bonds – Front end JGB’s hit. Core & semi core EU bonds had a strong day.
  • Stocks – U.S. stocks closed in the red but had a nice afternoon comeback.
  • Overseas Stocks – Japan & HS closed higher. China was closed. Europe was red.
  • Economic – ISM manufacturing dipped 0.5 points but remained very strong. Vehicle sales were weak.
  • Overseas Economic – Good Tankan in Japan & positive unemployment rates in Europe.
  • Currencies – USD outperformed the Pound, CAD & AUD and lost ground vs. the Euro & Yen.
  • Commodities – Down day for CRB, crude oil & copper while gold closed with a gain.
  • CDX IG: +0.37 to 66.70
  • CDX HY: +0.47 to 339.04
  • CDX EM: +0.83 to 213.60

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

-Tony Farren

 

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

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
4/03-4/07
vs. Current
WTD – $2.75b
April 2017
Forecasts
vs. Current
MTD – $2.75b
Low-End Avg. $20.35b 13.51% $90.25b 3.05%
Midpoint Avg. $21.40b 12.85% $91.50b 3.01%
High-End Avg. $22.44b 12.25% $92.75b 2.96%
The Low $12b 22.92% $65b 4.23%
The High $31b 8.87% $111b 2.48%

 

It’s a Tough Job But Somebody’s Gotta Do It

It’s not always fun writing about politics but then again, politics is driving everything in our market more than ever before and it will continue to do that.  Given the myriad global risk factors playing out in our inextricably global-linked world economy, it’s safe to say we are living in dangerous times.  For my part, all I can do is try and tell you about what’s going on in a genuinely honest, insightful and hopefully, refreshing way.  Why?  Well, if you see that we “get it” i.e. understand the machinations of global markets, and appreciate that we work every day to get fresh and informative perspectives to you,  in turn you’ll notice the distinct added-value that we provide and ideally, you will conclude that we should be appointed to the list of other formidable syndicate desks you have chosen to distribute your offerings.

We might be a minority firm, but we are NOT a “one check shop.”  Mischler has a long history in which we have earned Fortune Issuers’ mandates by demonstrating best-in-class cap mkt capabilities via a proven process and recognized platform. As the nation’s oldest Service Disabled Veteran broker-dealer, our ethos is dedicated to serving not just clients with integrity, but also in-need veteran organizations. Towards that mission, we give back 10% of our firm’s profits to veteran causes year round. When hiring for roles within the organization, we prioritize hiring service-disabled veterans and recently-returning veterans who meet our criteria. Once hired, we mentor and coach up our veteran compatriots and we integrate them into becoming members of our team because they earned the opportunity. We grow our own capital month-to-month, quarter-to-quarter and year-to-year. Our operations staff is second to none; it’s not just about our getting underwriter roles for Issuer deals, more important to all, it’s about settling the trade on trade date to settlement date smoothly, each and every time.  We also take great pride in sharing with clients our daily fixed income “downloads”; content that has earned Mischler the Wall Street Letter Award for Best Broker Dealer/Research for three consecutive years – 2014, 2015  and 2016.  It’s all about a value-added proposition.

 

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

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Best Quarter EVER- Investment Grade Corporate Debt Issuance; Mischler DCM Comment
March 2017      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 03.30.17 – Top Ranked Quarter Ever for US IG Corp Issuance

 

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap – Q1 2017 Finishes as the #1 Ranked Quarter for IG Corporate-only and All-In IG Issuance.

On This Week’s Hawkish Fed-Speak

Point Counter-Point

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

Global Market Recap

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

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

New Issues Priced

Indexes and New Issue Volume

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending March 22nd

IG Credit Spreads by Rating

IG Credit Spreads by Industry

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline

Economic Data Releases

Rates Trading Lab

Tomorrow’s Calendar

 

6 IG Corporate issuers tapped the IG dollar DCM today pricing 12 tranches between them totaling $6.00b.  There was no activity from the SSA space.

 

  • “CHTR” (Ba1/BBB-/BBB-) rated 144a/REGS 30-year Senior Secured Notes new issue due 5/01/2047.  The deal was upsized to $1.25b from $750mm at the launch and at the tightest side of guidance. (Mischler served as passive co-manager)
  • CCO Holdings LLC/Capital Corp. (Charter Communications) High Yield-rated (B1/BB+/BB+) 144a/REGS tap of its 5.125% 10-year Senior Notes due 5/01/2027.  We thank the issuer for our inclusion. (Mischler served as passive co-manager)
  • The IG Corporate only WTD total is now over 83% of the syndicate midpoint average forecast or $22.15b vs. $26.50b.
  • MTD, we are now more than 13% above the IG Corporate mid-range syndicate projection for all of March or $129.998b vs. $114.31b. (scroll to the table below).
  • The all-in MTD total (IG Corporates plus SSA) now stands at $166.158b. March, 2017 has officially broken into 8th place as the highest volume month for all-in issuance (IG Corporates plus SSA).
  • The YTD IG Corporate only volume is now $393.085b. It is the highest quarterly volume total in history.
  • YTD we have officially priced $506.151b in all-in IG Corporate and SSA issuance also ranking it #1 as the highest quarterly volume total ever.

 

On This Week’s Hawkish Fed-Speak

 

Today, crude oil hit a 3-week high, gold slipped, equity markets were all in the black and U.S. Treasury yields compressed while the dollar strengthened.  Most all of that reflects the fluctuations of our fluid daily market gyrations.  Net, net, though it was a good day.  However, what garnered all the attention today – as it did all week – was the sudden overwhelmingly hawkish Fed-speak from just about every Fed member.  Yesterday, Boston FRB President Eric Rosengren said a rate increase at every other FOMC meeting this year “could and should be the committee’s default unless data change.” There are eight meetings left this year implying four additional rate hikes. He also said, four hikes in 2017 would be gradual but “more regular.” The market, however, is expecting 2.5 at the most!  The Fed is a laggard; the market is always accelerated.  Europe, meanwhile is worrying that its recent tiny monetary adjustments have investors concerned of a rate rise for still suffering laggard peripheral EU member economy’s.  They are clearly not home free by any stretch of the imagination. ……..and we do live in an inextricably global-linked world economy.

So, now let’s link all that to today’s major talking points from statements made by the Fed’s William Dudley –

 

  • Dudley says, “growth and inflation risks may be shifting to the upside.”
  • He is more confident that inflation is settling near its goal, medium-term.
  • “Forward-looking data points to further job-market gains.”
  • Calls job gains “sturdy” and labor market slack “diminishing.”
  • Says the Federal Reserve is not “removing the punch bowl, yet.”
  • Comments that the “economic outlook abroad also appears brighter.”
  • The Fed shouldn’t overreact to every “wiggle” in markets.
  • Fed cares about financial condition effects on the economy.
  • Fiscal policy is likely to shift in time to more stimulus.
  • Favors tapering reinvestments instead of an abrupt end to them

 

Point Counter-Point

The takeaway is that Fed-speak is clearly very hawkish.  That pervasive sentiment among FOMC members gives reason to pause.  Here is the point counterpoint of all this –

Several times I re-printed the following comment from a six-pack bulge bracket U.S. bank Chairman.  I also pointed out the banker is either from BAML, CITI, GS, JPM, MS or WFS.  I will always preserve anonymity folks. To clarify, no one person has tomorrow’s news today, BUT this person has a firm grip on what IS going on in the world and a track record that’s perhaps second to none. Here’s a re-print of what the Chairman said in the “QC” dated Friday, March 3rd, 12 days in advance of the most recent FOMC Rate Decision,

“Everyone is thinking a rate hike is coming in March but, the FED needs to be somewhat worried about the yield curve.  When they raised rates in December 2015 the 10yr Treasury rallied 70 bps in yield, thus crushing banks’ net interest margin or “NIM” and, having the effect of dampening growth.  When they raised rates this past December 2016, that did not happen…..instead all rates moved up a bit.  But when Yellen talked about March being a “live meeting’’, the UST 10 year went from 2.56% to 2.31%……The Fed needs to talk a good game to dampen the “animal spirits” that have elevated equity markets but, I really don’t think the Fed wants to raise rates and see the 10 year Treasury move to 2.25%. As a result, it’s a very close call…..I err on the side of thinking that the rate hike comes in June.  But, it’s  close.  If the Fed is committed to 2 to 3 hikes this year and they feel the markets are fully prepared for a March hike…they may just take advantage of that window.”

It seems that this week the historically lagging Fed is clearly attempting to talk up U.S. Treasury yields because they KNOW the CT10-year yield is going to go down…..down…..down much like it did in 2015, though perhaps not as dramatically.  Therefore, take what you are hearing with a massive grain of salt.  The market is priming itself for issuance.  As yields fall, and deals are well-priced, investor appetite remains voracious for better rated IG corporate credits.  There should be a robust amount of issuance ahead of black-outs as we head toward the Easter break.  The opportunities are creating themselves in here and the Fed doesn’t like what it sees from their prior December 2015 experience.  That’s why they ARE talking up yields.  It’s also why yields WILL contract.  The inference is clear – the Fed talks the talk but they will not walk the walk. And that’s how it is folks.

 

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

 

  • The average spread from IPTs and/or guidance thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 12 IG Corporate-only new issues was <17.67> bps.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index was unchanged at +122.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS was unchanged at 1.17.
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread was unchanged at +164.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $20.7b on Wednesday versus $18.4b on Tuesday and $19.2b the previous Wednesday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $17.3b.

 

Global Market Recap

 

  • U.S. Treasuries – Down day for USTs led by the 30yr for a host of reasons.
  • Overseas Bonds – JGB’s closed down. Mixed session in Europe.
  • Stocks – Solid gains heading into the close.
  • Overseas Stocks – Weak session in Asia. Europe closed with gains.
  • Economic – Personal consumption moved higher. Inflation data inched higher.
  • Overseas Economic – German CPI lower than expected/last. Big global calendar tomorrow.
  • Currencies – USD mixed vs. the Big 5 but a solid rally for the DXY Index.
  • Commodities – Good day for crude oil (back over 50) & bad day for gold.
  • CDX IG: -0.92 to 66.86
  • CDX HY: -4.28 to 337.98
  • CDX EM: -2.73 to 209.24

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

-Tony Farren

 

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

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
3/27-3/31
vs. Current
WTD – $22.15b
March 2017
Forecasts
vs. Current
MTD – $129.998b
Low-End Avg. $25.25b 87.72% $113.79b 114.24%
Midpoint Avg. $26.50b 83.58% $114.31b 113.72%
High-End Avg. $27.75b 79.82% $114.83b 113.21%
The Low $15b 147.67% $80b 162.50%
The High $31b 71.45% $140b 92.86

 
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 six weeks:

KEY IG CORPORATE
NEW ISSUE DRIVERS
MON.
3/27
TUES.
3/28
WED.
3/29
AVERAGES
WEEK 3/20
AVERAGES
WEEK 3/13
AVERAGES
WEEK 3/06
AVERAGES
WEEK 2/27
AVERAGES
WEEK 2/20
AVERAGES
WEEK 2/13
New Issue Concessions 0.00 bps/flat 2.60 bps 1.39 bps 1.75 bps 0.00 bps 1.17 bps <3.15> bps <0.16> bps <0.86> bps
Oversubscription Rates 2.00x 3.76x 3.53x 2.90x 3.08x 2.73x 3.39x 3.26x 3.76x
Tenors 3.00 yrs 11.65 yrs 8.10 yrs 11.55 yrs 10.05 yrs 9.65 yrs 8.04 yrs 8.37 yrs 8.03 yrs
Tranche Sizes $500mm $727mm $475mm $692mm $859mm $671mm $738mm $695mm $744mm
Avg. Spd. Compression
IPTs to Launch
<17.50> bps <20.87> bps <19.12> bps <15.44> bps <17.99> bps <20.00> bps <16.79> bps <18.47> bps <18.45> bps

 

New Issues Priced

 

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

Please Note: for ratings I use the better two of Moody’s, S&P or Fitch.
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US Corporate Debt Issuers Return From Sidelines; USD 10b Floated
March 2017      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 03.28.17   They’re Back! US Corporate Debt Issuers Return After Multi-Day No-Go Signal

 

Investment Grade Corporate Debt New Issue Re-Cap – What a Difference a Day Makes

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

Global Market Recap

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

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

New Issues Priced

Indexes and New Issue Volume

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending March 22nd       

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

 

7 IG Corporate issuers tapped the IG dollar DCM today pricing 15 tranches between them totaling $10.90b.  1 SSA issuer, the Export Development of Canada, added a $500mm 2-year to the mix for an all-in IG day total of 8 issuers, 16 tranches and $11.40b.

  • The IG Corporate only WTD total is now 43% of the syndicate midpoint average forecast or $11.40b vs. $26.50b.
  • MTD, today we officially surpassed the high-, mid-point and low-end averages for March.  We are more than 4% above the IG Corporate mid-range syndicate projection for all of March or $119.248b vs. $114.31b. (scroll to the table below).
  • The all-in MTD total (IG Corporates plus SSA) now stands at $152.158b.
  • Both CDX IG and HV tightened, the VIX also pulled 1 point and the S&P and DOW gained ending an 8 day losing streak – the most since 20011.

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

 

  • Ford Motor Credit Corp. today dropped the 2yr FRN tranche from its 2- and 5-year FXD/FRN having found sufficient 2yr interest in the fixed rate tranche. The other 3 tranches all launched at the tightest side of guidance.
  • The average spread from IPTs and/or guidance thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 15 IG Corporate-only new issues was <20.87> bps.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index was unchanged at +123.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS was unchanged at 1.18.
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread widened 1 bp to +165 vs. +164.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $13.9b on Monday versus $13.8b on Friday and $13.8b the previous Monday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $17.1b.

 

Global Market Recap

 

  • U.S. Treasuries – Poor day for USTs because of stocks, supply, economic data, USD & Trump.
  • Overseas Bonds – JGB’s down except 30yr. Bunds little changed, Gilts red & peripherals bid.
  • Stocks –  Rally in U.S. stocks. The Dow snapped its 8-session losing streak.
  • Overseas Stocks – Japan rallied, China closed down & Europe had a good day.
  • Economic – Positive U.S. data with consumer confidence off the charts strong.
  • Overseas Economic – Light calendar overseas today.
  • Currencies – U.S. came roaring back today. The DXY Index improved 1/2 handle.
  • Commodities – Crude oil, copper & silver improved while gold sold off.
  • CDX IG: -0.63 to 67.17
  • CDX HY: -7.0 to 347.24
  • CDX EM: -0.23 to 213.16

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

-Tony Farren

 

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

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
3/27-3/31
vs. Current
WTD – $11.40b
March 2017
Forecasts
vs. Current
MTD – $119.248b
Low-End Avg. $25.25b 45.15% $113.79b 104.80%
Midpoint Avg. $26.50b 43.02% $114.31b 104.32%
High-End Avg. $27.75b 41.08% $114.83b 103.85%
The Low $15b 76.00% $80b 149.06%
The High $31b 36.77% $140b 85.18%

 
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 six weeks:

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

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

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Larry Peruzzi

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

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

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

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

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

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

Larry Peruzzi

Managing Director International Trading

Mischler Financial Group

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

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

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Larry Peruzzi

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

But it all starts with Friday’s employment number.

 

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

Quigley’s Corner 03.09.17 –Draghi Says Euro is Irrevocable

 

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap

Buy-Side Feedback—“Its Amazing!”

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

Global Market Recap

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

Draghi’s ECB Key Talking Points

ECB Forecasts

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

New Issues Priced

Indexes and New Issue Volume

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending March 8th      

IG Credit Spreads by Rating

IG Credit Spreads by Industry

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline

Economic Data Releases

Rates Trading Lab

Tomorrow’s Calendar

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

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

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

Buy-Side Feedback

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

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


IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

 

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

 

Global Market Recap

 

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

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

-Tony Farren

 

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

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

Draghi’s ECB Key Talking Points

 

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

 

ECB Forecasts

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Big Week for Municipal Bonds-Mischler Muni Market Outlook 03-06-17
March 2017      Muni Market   

Mischler Muni-bond Market Outlook for the week commencing 03.06.17 looks back to last week’s metrics and provides a lens focused on municipal bonds Issuance Calendar for this week. As always, the Mischler Muni Market snapshot provides public finance investment managers, institutional investors focused on municipal debt and municipal bond market participants a summary of prior week’s municipal debt activity, including credit spreads, money flows and a curated view of pending municipal finance offerings scheduled for this week’s issuance.

Last week muni volume was about $4.0 billion. This week volume is expected to be $10.2 billion. The negotiated market is led by $2.4 billion for the State of California. The competitive market is led by $1.2 billion of tax-exempt and taxable GO’s for the State of Maryland in 3 bids on Wednesday

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

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

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Munching on Mnuchin Musings; Mischler Debt Market Comment
February 2017      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 02.23.17- Munching on Mnuchin Musings

 

Investment Grade Corporate Debt New Issue Re-Cap

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

Global Market Recap

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

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin Speaks on Squawk

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 February 15th    

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

 

Danske Bank A/S was the lone corporate issuer to tap the IG dollar DCM today pricing 3 tranches totaling $1.75b.  The SSA space woke up featuring one well-telegraphed NWB 5-year that was $1b, bringing the all-in IG day totals to 2 issuers, 4 tranches and $2.75b.
We priced an anemic 57% of this week’s already low syndicate midpoint average forecast or $11.125b vs. $19.40b.
CDX IG and HV closed today’s session at new tights and the S&P and Dow closed at new all-time highs.

Upcoming potential market moving events:

  • Fed Chair Janet Yellen speaks at the Executive’s Club of Chicago on Friday, March 3rd.
  • The Employment Situation for February is scheduled to be released on Friday, March 10, 2017, at 8:30 a.m. (EST).

 

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

 

  • The average spread from IPTs thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 3 IG Corporate-only new issues was <11> bps.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index tightened 1 bp to +123 vs. +124.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS tightened 1 bp to 1.18 vs. 119 matching its tight since November 3rd, 2014.
  • 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 $20.8b on Wednesday versus $17.8b on Tuesday and $24.6b the previous Wednesday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $20.0b.

 

Global Market Recap

 

  • U.S. Treasuries – rallied into the $28 bn 7yr auction & then the market stood still.
  • Overseas Bonds – 30yr JGB rallied 5 bps. Strong session for France & Belgium.
  • Stocks – Dow heading for its 10th winning session in a row.
  • Overseas Stocks – Asia with small losses. Europe closed mostly red.
  • Economic – Jobless claims 4-week moving average at lowest level since 1973.
  • Overseas Economic – China data better & Japan weaker. Good data in Germany & U.K.
  • Currencies – USD was weaker vs. all of the Big 5.
  • Commodities – Good day for crude oil, gold & silver and very bad day for copper.
  • CDX IG: -0.75 to 61.83
  • CDX HY: -1.53 to 314.93
  • CDX EM: -8.77 to 213.16

*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
2/20-2/14
vs. Current
WTD – $11.125b
February 2017
Forecasts
vs. Current
MTD – $61.15b
Low-End Avg. $18.25b 60.96% $90.65b 67.46%
Midpoint Avg. $19.40b 57.35% $91.96b 66.50%
High-End Avg. $20.54b 54.16% $93.26b 65.57%
The Low $15b 74.17% $85b 71.94%
The High $26b 42.79% $120b 50.96%

 

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin Speaks on Squawk Box

US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin offered his views this morning while appearing with Becky Quick of CNBC in his first interview since becoming the 77th U.S. Secretary of State. He spoke on various topics ranging from policy and regulation to immigration tax and growth.  Here are the key takeaways.  Thank you to one of our own Treasury gurus, Mr. Tony Farren, for the summary..

  • Most important thing for growth is tax plan.
  • We’re mostly focused on middle-class tax cut.
  • We believe in dynamic scoring for tax plan.
  • High-income tax cuts should be offset.
  • Could be late 2018 to get to 3% growth.
  • We’re looking closely at border adjustment tax.
  • Some issues with border adjustment tax.
  • Tax reform to be significant.
  • Tax reform goal is by August Congress recess.
  • Not ready to announced a longer-term U.S. Bond.
  • Should seriously look at longer-term bond issues (50- and 100-year).
  • Have had terrific talks with China so far.
  • Not making judgments on China FX.
  • Treasury has a process for reviewing FX policies.
  • We will probably have low rates for a long period.
  • Administration’s growth projections are likely higher versus Congress.
  • 3% GDP growth is very achievable.
  • Regulatory relief is also important boost to growth.
  • We’re looking at significant economic changes.
  • We’re reaching out to businesses.
  • Need to ensure banks put liquidity to work.
  • USD, stocks reflecting confidence in U.S. economy.
  • Not focused on day-to-day market moves.
  • Looking forward to regular meetings with Yellen
  • Looking forward to G-20 talks in March.
  • Has his team looking at EXIM Bank loan expansion.
  • He’s committed to housing finance reform.
  • We need bipartisan solution so that GSEs are not left as is.

 

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 (more…)

Quigley’s Corner – 02.10.17 Weekend Edition | Outlook from Best & Brightest
February 2017      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner – 02.10.17 Weekend Edition | Outlook from Best & Brightest

 

Investment Grade Corporate Debt New Issue Re-Cap

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

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

The Best and the Brightest” –  Fixed Income Syndicate Forecasts and Sound Bites for 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

Indexes and New Issue Volume

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending February 8th    

IG Credit Spreads by Rating

IG Credit Spreads by Industry

Economic Data Releases

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline

Rates Trading Lab

Tomorrow’s Calendar

It was another no-print Friday today and a welcome one at that.  I am happy to announce that one additional syndicate desk earned its way into the “Best and the Brightest” so, my survey now includes 24 desks. They are the ones you want and need to hear from. They are very patiently lined up and waiting below with their numbers and thoughts for next week’s IG dollar DCM supply. So, kick back, relax, have a cup of coffee, knock back a beer or enjoy glass of wine or perhaps just sit by the fireplace and read what you need to know.  Let’s recap things first and on with the show!

 

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 26 deals that printed, 14 tightened versus NIP for a 00% improvement rate while 8 widened (30.75%) and 4 were flat (15.25%).
  • For the week ended February 8th, Lipper U.S. Fund Flows reported an inflow of $4.932b into Corporate Investment Grade Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $17.286b) and a net inflow of $441.718m into High Yield Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $732.780m).
  • 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 tightened 1 bp to +121 vs. 1.22.  The “LUACOAS” wide since 2012 is +215.  +120 is the new tight.
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread was unchanged at +167.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $18.4b on Thursday versus $22.1b on Wednesday and $22.5b the previous Thursday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $20.3b.

 

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

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
2/06-2/10
vs. Current
WTD – $14.70b
February 2017
Forecasts
vs. Current
MTD – $27.275b
Low-End Avg. $23.74b 61.92% $90.65b 30.09%
Midpoint Avg. $24.72b 59.47% $91.96b 29.66%
High-End Avg. $25.70b 57.20% $93.26b 29.25%
The Low $15b 98.00% $85b 32.09%
The High $35b 42.00% $120b 22.73%

 

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

 

I am happy to announce that I’ve added a new top syndicate desk to the “QC’s” “Best & Brightest” survey!  As they are in the top 25 they are a most welcome addition.  Once again, the “QC” received unanimous responses from the 24 syndicate desks surveyed in today’s Best & Brightest poll.  22 of those participants are among 2017’s YTD top 25 ranked syndicate desks according to today’s Bloomberg’s U.S. IG U.S. Investment Grade Corporate Bond underwriting league table.  In fact, 21 of today’s 23 participants finished in the top 25 of last year’s 2016 final IG Corporate Bloomberg league table.  The 2017 League table can be found on your terminals at “LEAG” + [GO] after which you select (US Investment Grade Corporates).  The participating desks represent 86.61% 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 framed with the following:
Here are this week’s numbers:

  • WTD, we missed this week’s IG Corporate syndicate midpoint average forecast by over 40% having priced only $14.70b vs. $24.72b.
  • Thus far in February we priced 30% of the monthly syndicate projection or $27.275b vs. $91.96b.
  • All-in YTD IG Corporate and SSA issuance stands at $268.558b! 

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

  • NICS:  <3.44> bps
  • Oversubscription Rates: 3.92x
  • Tenors:  12.04 years
  • Tranche Sizes: $735mm
  • Spread Compression from IPTs to the Launch: <19.60> bps


Here’s how this week’s performance data compares against last week’s:

 

  • NICs tightened 2.57 bps to <3.44> bps vs. <0.87> bps.
  • Over subscription or bid-to-cover rates increased by 0.80x to 3.92x vs. 3.12x.. 
  • Average tenors extended by 0.44 years to 12.04 years vs. 11.60 years.
  • Tranche sizes declined dramatically by $576mm to $735mm vs. $1,311mm, the result of last week’s hefty jumbo deal tranche sizes from MSFT, AT&T and AAPL.
  • Spread compression from IPTs to the launch/final pricing of this week’s 20 IG Corporate-only new issues widened ever so slightly by <0.17> bps to <19.60> vs. <19.77> bps.
  • Standard and Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spreads widened 1 bp to +167 vs. +166.
  • Week-on-week, BAML’s IG Master Index widened 1 bp to +128 vs. +127. 
  • Spreads across the four IG asset classes tightened 0.50 bps to 20.50 vs. 21.00 bps as measured against their post-Crisis lows. 
  • The 19 major industry sectors tightened 0.46 bps to 24.74 vs. 25.20 bps also against their post-Crisis lows.
  • For the week ended February 8th, Lipper U.S. Fund Flows reported an inflow of $4.932b into Corporate Investment Grade Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $17.286b) and a net inflow of $441.718m into High Yield Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $732.780m).

 

Corporate America has posted earnings.  Most issuers have exited blackouts.  Thursday’s storm may have hampered a bit of issuance this week and next week is expected to be sizeable. Chair Yellen testifies before the U.S. Senate Banking Panel on Tuesday the 14th. This represents Yellen’s first appearance since raising rates last month. All eyes and ears will be tuned into that especially since the January FOMC meeting was not followed by a Press Conference. Meanwhile Japan’s Prime Minister Abe arrives today for his first official summit with President Trump through the weekend.    

My approach to the “Quig” Pro Quo is to give something first and then ask.  So, it’s now time for the question, – “what are your thoughts and numbers for next week’s IG Corporate new issue volume?” 

Thank you very much and a have a great weekend! -Ron”

 

The “Best and the Brightest” in Their Own Words*

 

*Responses the QC Best & Brightest are available exclusively to QC email subscribers

 

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates for Next Week

IG Corporate New Issuance Next Week
2/13-2/17
Low-End Avg. $20.71b
Midpoint Avg. $21.33b
High-End Avg. $21.96b
The Low $15b
The High $26b

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

 

Next Week
2/13-2/17
1: 15b
2: 15-20b
10: 20b
1: 21b
4: 20-25b
5: 25b
1: 26b

 

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

 

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

 

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

KEY IG CORPORATE
NEW ISSUE DRIVERS
MON.
2/06
TUES.
2/07
WED.
2/08
TH.
2/09
FRI.
2/10
THIS WEEK’S
AVERAGES
AVERAGES
WEEK 1/30
AVERAGES
WEEK 1/23
AVERAGES
WEEK 1/16
AVERAGES
WEEK 1/09
AVERAGES
WEEK 1/02
New Issue Concessions <3.62> bps <7.5> bps 5.25 bps N/A N/A <3.44> bps <0.87> bps 1.13b bps 3.42 bps 0.85 bps 2.25 bps
Oversubscription Rates 4.25x 4.56x 2.18x 7.33 N/A 3.92x 3.12x 3.29x 2.40x 2.85x 2.45x
Tenors 12.83 yrs 16.65 yrs 6.40 yrs 10 yrs N/A 12.04 yrs 11.60 yrs 6.67 yrs 12 yrs 7.83 yrs 6.52 yrs
Tranche Sizes $744mm $850mm $690mm $300mm N/A $735mm $1,311 yrs $845mm $1,123mm $927mm $859mm
Avg. Spd. Compression
IPTs to Launch
<19.17> bps <25.40> bps <11.5> bps <35> bps N/A <19.60> bps <19.77> bps <18.20> bps <14.69> bps <18.77> bps <15.27> 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 26 deals that printed, 14 tightened versus NIP for a 54.00% improvement rate while 8 widened (30.75%) and 4 were flat (15.25%).

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
H.B. Fuller Co. Baa3/BBB 4.00% 2/15/2027 300 +200a +170a (+/-5) +165 +165 156/153
ADB Aaa/AAA 2.00% 2/16/2022 3,750 MS +19a MS +19a MS +18 +26.95 25/24
BP Capital Markets PLC A2/A- FRN 8/14/2018 500 N/A 3mL+40a (+/-5) 3mL+35 3mL+35 3mL+29.5/26.5
BP Capital Markets PLC
(tap) New Total: $1.75b
A2/A- 2.315% 2/13/2020 500 +85a +70a (+/-5) +65 +65 63/60
BP Capital Markets PLC A2/A- 3.224% 4/14/2024 1,000 +120a +115a (+/-5) +110 +110 108/105
BP Capital Markets PLC A2/A- 3.588% 4/14/2027 850 +130a +125 the # +125 +125 121/118
CMS Energy Corp. Baa2/BBB 3.45% 8/15/2027 350 +125-130 +115a (+/-5) +110 +110 111/109
BNG Aaa/AAA 1.50% 2/15/2019 2,250 MS +13a MS +13a MS +13 +44.25 44/42
Citigroup Inc.
(tap) New Total: $1.75b
Baa3/A- 4.75% 5/18/2046 750 +185a +175a (+/-2) +173 +173 176/173
Fondo Mivivienda S.A.
(tap) New Total: $650mm
BBB+/BBB+ 3.50% 1/31/2023 150 +180a +175a (+/-5) +170 +170 170/167
MPLX LP Baa3/BBB- 4.125% 3/01/2027 1,250 very high 100s +193.75a +180a (+/-5) +175 +175 175/171
MPLX LP Baa3/BBB- 5.20% 3/01/2047 1,000 +50 bps curve
243.75
+225a (+/-5) +220 +220 215/212
Symantec Corp. Baa3/BB+ 5.00% 8NC3 1,100 +mid to hi 5.00%
or 5.625%a
5.25-5.30%
or 5.375%a
5.00% +271 277/272
Dexia Capital Local Aa3/AA- FRN 2/15/2019 500 3mL+50 N/A N/A 3mL+50 3mL+50/47
EIB Aaa/AAA 1.75% 5/15/2020 3,000 MS +14a MS +14a MS +12 +42.5 41/40
KfW Aaa/AAA 1.25% 9/13/2018 1,000 MS <4>a MS <4>a MS <4> +17.45 17.6/17.4
TVA Aaa/AAA 2.875% 2/01/2027 1,000 +low 50s / +52.5a +50a (+/-2) +48 +48 48/46
Discover Financial Services BBB-/BBB+` 4.10% 2/09/2027 1,000 +190a +175a (+/-5) +170 +170 171/167
Estee Lauder Cos. Inc. A2/A+ 1.80% 2/07/2020 500 +55-60 +45a (+/-5) +40 +40 38/36
Estee Lauder Cos. Inc. A2/A+ 3.15% 3/15/2027 500 +90-95 +80 (+/-5) +75 +75 77/74
Estee Lauder Cos. Inc. A2/A+ 4.15% 3/15/2047 500 +125-130 +115a (+/-5) +110 +110 113/111
First Republic Bank Baa1/BBB+ 4.625% 2/13/2047 400 +high 100s
+187.5a
RG: +170a (+/-5)
+175a (+/-5)
+165 +165 164/160
GATX Corp. Baa2/BBB 3.85% 3/30/2027 300 +170a +150a (+/-3) +147 +147 149/146
IHS Markit Ltd. BB+/BBB 4.75% 2/15/2025 500 5.00% 4.75%a 4.75% +244 219/217
Vale Overseas Ltd.
(tap) New Total: $2bn
BBB-/BBB 6.25% 8/10/2026 1,000 5.45%a 5.20-5.25% 5.20% +278.3 269/265
Wells Fargo & Co. A2/AA- FRN 2/11/2022 2,000 3mL+95-100 3mL+93 the # 3mL+93 3mL+93 3mL+89/86

 

Indexes and New Issue Volume

Index levels are as of 12:00 noon ET.
*Denotes new record high

Index Open Current Change  
IG27 64.712 65.024 0.312
HV27 138.575 137.87 <0.705>
VIX 10.88 10.72 <0.16>  
S&P 2,307 *2,313 6
DOW 20,172 *20,242 70  
 

USD

 

IG Corporates

 

USD

 

Total (IG + SSA)

DAY: $0.00 bn DAY: $0.00 bn
WTD: $14.40 bn WTD: $22.15 bn
MTD: $26.975 bn MTD: $37.225 bn
YTD: $199.358 bn YTD: $264.508 bn

 

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending February 8th    

     

  • For the week ended February 8th, Lipper U.S. Fund Flows reported an inflow of $4.932b into Corporate Investment Grade Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $17.286b) and a net inflow of $441.718m into High Yield Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $732.780m).
  • Over the same period, Lipper reported a net inflow of $854.782m into Loan Participation Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $4.614b).
  • Emerging Market debt funds reported a net inflow of $358.189m (2016 YTD inflow of $502.693m).

 

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 20.50 bps wider versus their post-Crisis lows!

 

ASSET CLASS 2/09 2/08 2/07 2/06 2/03 2/02 2/01 1/31 1/30 1/27 1-Day Change 10-Day Trend PC
low
IG Avg. 128 128 128 127 127 128 128 128 126 126 0 +2 106
“AAA” 75 76 75 75 74 75 76 77 75 71 <1> +4 50
“AA” 79 80 79 79 79 80 80 79 78 78 <1> +1 63
“A” 103 104 103 103 103 104 104 104 103 103 <1> 0 81
“BBB” 161 162 161 161 160 161 161 161 159 160 <1> +1 142
IG vs. HY 265 270 265 264 259 265 267 272 270 267 <5> <2> 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 24.74 bps wider versus their post-Crisis lows!

 

INDUSTRY 2/09 2/08 2/07 2/06 2/03 2/02 2/01 1/31 1/30 1/27 1-Day Change 10-Day Trend PC
low
Automotive 112 112 112 112 113 115 116 117 116 117 0 <5> 67
Banking 119 120 119 119 118 120 121 121 119 120 <1> <1> 98
Basic Industry 155 157 156 156 155 156 156 157 156 156 <2> <1> 143
Cap Goods 94 95 95 95 95 95 95 95 95 95 <1> <1> 84
Cons. Prod. 106 106 106 105 105 105 106 106 105 105 0 +1 85
Energy 157 159 157 157 156 157 157 157 154 154 <2> +3 133
Financials 139 141 141 142 141 143 144 144 142 143 <2> <4> 97
Healthcare 115 115 114 114 113 114 114 114 112 112 0 +3 83
Industrials 130 130 129 129 129 129 130 129 128 128 0 +2 109
Insurance 138 139 139 139 138 139 139 139 138 139 <1> <1> 120
Leisure 127 128 127 128 128 129 129 128 129 129 <1> <2> 115
Media 156 157 156 156 155 156 156 155 154 153 <1> +3 113
Real Estate 140 141 141 141 140 141 141 141 139 140 <1> 0 112
Retail 115 115 115 114 114 115 115 114 112 112 0 +3 92
Services 123 123 123 123 123 123 123 122 121 121 0 +2 120
Technology 104 105 104 104 103 105 105 105 103 101 <1> +3 76
Telecom 168 168 166 166 165 165 166 164 161 161 0 +7 122
Transportation 127 128 128 128 127 128 129 128 126 126 <1> +1 109
Utility 127 128 128 128 127 127 127 127 126 127 <1> 0 104

                                  

Economic Data Releases

 

TODAY’S ECONOMIC DATA PERIOD SURVEYED ESTIMATES ACTUAL NUMBER PRIOR NUMBER PRIOR REVISED
Import Price Index MoM January 0.3% 0.4% 0.4% 0.5%
Import Price Index ex Petroleum MoM January —- 0.0% <0.2%> <0.1%>
Import Price Index YoY January 3.4% 3.7% 1.8% 2.0%
U. of Michigan Sentiment February 98.0 95.7 98.5 —-
U. of Michigan Current Conditions February —- 111.2 111.3 —-
U. of Michigan Expectations February —- 85.7 90.3 —-
U. of Michigan 1 Year Inflation February —- 2.8% 2.6% —-
U. of Michigan 5-10 Year Inflation February —- 2.5% 2.6% —-
Monthly Budget Statement (2:00pm ET) January $45.0b —- <$27.5b> —-

 

*Sources: Bank of America/Merrill Lynch, Bloomberg, Bond Radar, Dow Jones

 

New Issue Pipeline (more…)

Grexit, Brexit and Frexit-Mischler Debt Capital Markets Comment
February 2017      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 02.08.17- First Grexit, Then Brexit and Now..Frexit? Mischler Debt Market Comment

 

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points – A Citigroup tap

Global Market Recap

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

The Critically Important French Elections

The EU: It’s All Greek to Me

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 25th     

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

 

2 IG Corporate issuers priced 5 tranches between them totaling $3.45b.  Additionally, 1 SSA issuer, BNG, priced a $2.25b 2-year for an all-in IG day total of $5.7b.

The WTD IG Corporate total is now $14.40b or 58% of this week’s syndicate midpoint average calling for $24.72b.

 

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

 

  • BP Capital Markets PLC added a fourth tranche, a $TBD 18-month FRN, to today’s earlier announced three-part 3-year tap, new 7s and 10s. 
  • The average spread from IPTs thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 5 IG Corporate-only new issues was <11.50> 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 – rallied into supply for the second day. Curve flatter for second day.
  • Overseas Bonds – Big rally in Europe led by the long end despite heavy supply.
  • Stocks – mixed & little changed heading into the close.
  • Overseas Stocks – Europe mixed with slightly more green. Asia closed higher.
  • Economic – Non-event in U.S. & Europe. Weaker data in Japan.
  • Currencies – USD had small losses vs. all of the Big 5.
  • Commodities – Crude oil had a small gain despite very bearish inventory data.
  • CDX IG: +1.11 to 66.65
  • CDX HY: +3.07 to 331.64
  • CDX EM: -0.18 to 226.81

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 – $14.40b
February 2017
Forecasts
vs. Current
MTD – $26.975b
Low-End Avg. $23.74b 60.66% $90.65b 29.76%
Midpoint Avg. $24.72b 58.25% $91.96b 29.33%
High-End Avg. $25.70b 56.03% $93.26b 28.92%
The Low $15b 96.00% $85b 31.74%
The High $35b 41.14% $120b 22.48%

 

The Critically Important French Elections

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Okay so, we all understand that the first round of the French Presidential Elections are held on Sunday, April 23rd.  The most recent election polls show National Front leader Marine Le Pen ahead 26% versus 20.5% for Emmanuel Macron and 18.5% for a fast-sinking Francois Fillon whose fizzling campaign is embroiled in corruption charges. But then there is the run-off Presidential election that is held two weeks later on Sunday on May 7th.  Now, many of you may be very familiar with the concept of the run-off or second election but many are not. In the first April election it is clear that no Presidential candidate will win with the required number of votes or an absolute majority 40-45% with a winning margin of 5-15%.  As a result a run-off election is held between the two candidates with the most votes.  It’s that simple.

There is a history in France of moderate and even conservative parties capturing the liberal votes in an effort to thwart what was once a notoriously nationalistic leaning National Front founded and headed by Marine Le  Pen’s father Jean-Marie.  That is no more.  Marine re-shaped and re-branded the National Front party catapulting it into modern times making it more appealing for contemporary sensibilities while capturing its widest support in its history – thanks to an unlikely strategist named Florian Phillipot.  The first task on the docket toward reinvention of the NF was for Marine to oust her father as the party’s leader.  That was no small task for anyone let alone the daughter of the man at the top of the National Front.  He simply could not remain at the helm with his dated and nationalistic and often times offensive views on certain subjects.  Marine took over and has changed the perception of the NF in France and around the world to make it more palatable and at a critical juncture in history for France. 

 

What has emerged since 2009 when Marine took charge and Phillipot became the NF’s chief strategist, was to tap into France’s silent majority of working class people fed up with the bureaucracy of the European Union.  Having lived in France for five formative years from the ages of 11 thru 16 I know a bit more about French culture and society than the next person.  Make no mistake about it – the French invented the word B-U-R-E-A-U-C-R-A-C-Y.  I saw it at play during my tenure as head of syndicate at BNP Paribas before, during and after that painful merger.  I had seven reporting lines between New York, London and Paris.  It took 6 months to have ideas even considered.  “Bureaucracy” is my point.  French bureaucracy however, is the worst kind.

When I visited with my wife’s Uncle Jean who had been the long-time Police Commissioner of Lyon, France’s second largest city, and de factor gastronomic capital of the world, I sensed his frustration. Here was a man who was an active member of La Resistance during World War II and who saw society at the street level thru his long and respected career in law enforcement.  He was comparable to George Simenon’s Inspector Maigret.  He was very dedicated and hard-working guy.  He always carries an Opinel knife, eats fresh-baked baguette with cheese accompanied by the obligatory glass of Bordeaux.  The French culture wore him well and vice versa but he epitomizes today’s disgruntled, frustrated and concerned Frenchman.  He takes nothing for granted unlike the stigma associated with France that has been enjoying a quality of life for over a decade thanks to neighboring Germany.  He is distraught at the current direction and future of his country and relayed that his former “brothers in arms” the French gendarme are all equally disappointed and concerned. Does this sound familiar?


In 2002 when Le Pen senior made it to the second round of French elections, virtually all of France pooled together to oust him by showing support for Jacques Chirac.  It was more of a vote against Jean-Marie than a vote for Chirac. But today’s National Front, though conservative, is much more inclusive than people think. It would serve at this critical juncture to learn more about its reinvention since Le Pen and Phillipot took the reins. As Phillipot himself has said, “ I didn’t come into this party saying I’m going to go to war against Jean-Marie Le Pen……but he was increasingly out to provoke and his behavior became untenable.  Subsequent to Le Pen’s ouster he in turn said in a nationally broadcast interview “that he wished his daughter no longer bore his name.”

Le Pen and Phillipot took care of business. That business started in the home. They ousted Jean-Marie from his throne of leadership and created a veritable powerhouse National Front party that has been leading in all the polls in France. She is currently projected to win the April election. Meanwhile the conservative party’s candidate M. Fillon had become embroiled in a mess surrounding his having paid his wife hundreds of thousands of dollar (equivalent) over years in a position she never showed up to work for.  Once his public relations handlers attempted to manage that fiasco, it was then revealed that he did the same for his two sons.  The result? He is now running in third place.


The NF has appealed to a similar type of populist movement in France analogous to what we saw here in the U.S. It’s somewhat of a silent majority that feels it needs to restrain open support of Le Pen for fear of being ostracized, criticized and labeled.  But once again, come election day, people will cast their ballot in private. It will be between themselves and the man upstairs.  That’s when voices will once again be heard and reverberate throughout the world.

Should Le Pen becomes France’s next president it will be thanks to our rapidly changing world.  What happened here in the United States is playing out across Europe as well. We saw BREXIT first.  Be prepared for FREXIT next.  It can very likely happen and the EU, which according to many, was destined for failure from the beginning, will be focused on putting all its energies into as orderly an unwind as can be orchestrated.  There have and always will be too many borders, too many cultures, too many histories, too many languages and for that matter too many cuisines in Europe for it to function as a quasi-United States of Europe.  It’s coming so, be prepared as the world reconfigures its alliances, it defense strategies and its economies.  Change is something that NEVER comes easy to any one person let alone countries, continents and hemispheres.  Get ready. If you don’t have the financial stomach for it well, continue buying into the full trust and faith of the United States of America – it’s called BUY TREASURIES.  Yields will tumble despite the Fed’s hawkish tone that will continue when Chair Yellen speaks on February 14th.  If you are a corporate treasury/funding team operative get ready to take full advantage.  As I pointed out yesterday after a relatively long silence for me and being more focused on the Microsoft, AT&T and Apple deals that Mischler was involved in last week, black-outs are upon us and you and your companies will look brilliant when you issue debt in here.  The CT10 closed today 6 bps tighter versus yesterday’s closing yield.  That’s now 26 bps tighter in the last 8 weeks. It’s going lower…….Rates will continue to rally and rates will continue to go lower……..much lower.

 

As Charles de Gaulle once famously said, “Once upon a time there was an old country, wrapped up in habit and caution.  We have to transform our old France into a new country and marry it to its time.”  That time is now.  The National Front would agree that if not at this juncture in time, well, France will likely continue along the same do nothing bureaucratic path more humorously captured by the late great General Norman Schwarzkopf who said “Going to war without France is like going hunting without an accordion.”

 

The EU: It’s All Greek to Me

  eu-faces-collapse-mischler-commentary

To say “Greece is back” would be a gross misrepresentation.  Greece never went away.  The disaster was always there it’s just that so many other EU issues have stolen it’s spotlight……BREXIT, immigration, French elections, etc.  Well, Greece has returned to the proscenium.  Today the IMF effectively announced that Grexit concerns are back on the table. Okay, so what do I mean by “effectively?”  Well, a senior IMF staff member said “Greece cannot grow out of its debt problem.”  Let’s go straight to the numbers here shall we?  “Greek debt will reach 175% of GDP in 3 years…….275% of GDP by 2060.”  Shall I continue?  Sure, why not?  The IMF report just out today also says “our analysis suggests that Greece’s public debt is highly unsustainable…….Even with full implementation of policies agreed under the European Stability Mechanism or ESM program, public debt and financing needs will become EXPLOSIVE!” (caps are mine!)  The National Front, to use an example, isn’t taking a “jump ship” policy approach toward the EU because of this.  The National Front foresaw this year’s and years ago and never wanted to be part of the EU to begin with. That WILL resonate with French voters in April and May elections.  The problems are literally just beginning in Europe.  National Front knows it and wants to take the precautions necessary with their nation to take more control of the French Revolution’s motto of Liberté, égalité, fraternité ……… (translated – freedom, equality and fraternity)……while it still has the chance. Trouble + Concern = Flight-to-Quality folks. You’ll be seeing that clearly illustrated very shortly.  OOPAH!!!!

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

KEY IG CORPORATE
NEW ISSUE DRIVERS
MON.
2/06
TUES.
2/07
WED.
2/08
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 <7.5> bps 5.25 bps <0.87> bps 1.13b bps 3.42 bps 0.85 bps 2.25 bps N/A
Oversubscription Rates 4.25x 4.56x 2.18x 3.12x 3.29x 2.40x 2.85x 2.45x N/A
Tenors 12.83 yrs 16.65 yrs 6.40 yrs 11.60 yrs 6.67 yrs 12 yrs 7.83 yrs 6.52 yrs N/A
Tranche Sizes $744mm $850mm $690mm $1,311 yrs $845mm $1,123mm $927mm $859mm N/A
Avg. Spd. Compression
IPTs to Launch
<19.17> bps <25.40> bps <11.5> bps <19.77> bps <18.20> bps <14.69> bps <18.77> bps <15.27> bps N/A

 

New Issues Priced (more…)