Economic Data Misses Mark; CBS Corp. Upsizes Debt Offering-Mischler Comment
June 26, 2017   //   by Mischler MarCom   //   Debt Market Commentary  

Quigley’s Corner 06.26.17 – Economic Data Misses Mark; America’s Most Watched Network Upsizes Debt Offering


Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

Global Market Recap

The “QC” Geopolitical Risk Monitor

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates This Week and June

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

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


Durable Goods, Cap Goods and Manufacturing economic data all missed estimates this morning and the Supreme Court reinstated a large part of President Trump’s travel bans from six Muslim countries for a period of 90 days and 120 days for all refugees.  The six countries in question are: Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. In international news, Italy bailed out two failed banks to the tune of €17b. In light of Macron’s victory in France and subsequent Parliamentary majority, it has been thought that a German-French alliance to motivate deeper EU integration would anchor the continental experiment.  Instead, Italy’s state bail out opened it to EU criticism.  In the end, each nation will watch over its own despite EU rules and regulations highlighting each member’s disparate individual histories, languages, borders and cultures. Germans are working to help support the quality of life in France.  Such exceptions to EU laws as Italy applied today, call into question just how integrated the EU can ever be.

Today the IG Corporate dollar DCM hosted 7 issuers that priced 9 tranches between them totaling $3.65b.  The SSA space was dormant today.

Let’s now take a look at how this week’s IG Corporate volume numbers stack up against the WTD and MTD syndicate estimates: 

  • The IG Corporate WTD total finished having priced only 22.76% of this week’s syndicate midpoint average forecast or $3.65b vs. $16.04b.
  • MTD we’ve now priced 84.00% of the syndicate forecast for June or $76.42b vs. $90.98b.
  • There are now 8 IG Corporate, Yankee and/or SSA new issues in the IG credit pipeline.


Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points


  • CBS Corp. (NYSE:CBS) upsized today’s two-part 5s/10s Senior Notes new issue to $900mm from $700mm at the launch and at the tightest side of guidance.
  • The average spread compression from IPTs and/or guidance thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 9 IG Corporate-only new issues was <17.50> bps.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index was unchanged at +118.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS was unchanged at 1.12.
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread was unchanged at +160.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $11.8b on Friday versus $16.4b on Thursday and $13.3b the previous Friday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $15.6b.


Global Market Recap


  • U.S. Treasuries – 30yr continues to dominate in price & on the curve. Strong 2yr auction.
  • Overseas Bonds – JGB’s mixed. Europe had mostly green. Supply tonight/tomorrow.
  • Stocks – S&P and Dow higher and NASDAQ lower heading into the close.
  • Overseas Stocks – Stocks improved in Asia & Europe.
  • Economic – More disappointing/weaker data in the U.S.
  • Overseas Economic – German IFO (3) data was stronger. Weaker data in Japan.
  • Currencies – USD better bid vs. the Euro, Pound & Yen but weaker vs. CAD & AUD.
  • Commodities – CRB & crude oil with small gains. Gold & wheat headed south.
  • CDX IG: -0.78 to 59.57
  • CDX HY: -2.40 to 333.04
  • CDX EM: -1.98 to 196.30

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

-Tony Farren


The “QC” Geopolitical Risk Monitor


Risk Level/Main Factor Geopolitical Risks
Asian Political Tensions
·           N. Korea continues missile tests with improving accuracy in defiance of protests in G-Zero world.
BREXIT Fallout
·           U.K. PM May is on the hot seat but softer BREXIT talks are expected as a result. Macron-Merkel

coalition to squeeze U.K. for all it can. Italian bank bail-out outside EU rule of law, concern

“U.S. political gridlock”
Fed Balance Sheet
Escalating war in Syria
·           U.S. shoots down Syrian SU-22 that bombed SDF backed-forces as war escalates. Russia warns

it suspended cooperation & will track and shoot down coalition planes west of Euphrates.

·           FBI Chief Mueller investigating Trump for obstruction of justice. Pence & others secures lawyer.

·           GCC Crisis as Saudis, UAB, Egypt, Bahrain & 5 others accuse Qatar of backing terrorism/

Yemen, Mauritius, Maldives, Mauritania and Maldives join in severing diplomatic ties.

·           Trump tax reform challenges & consensus GOP support to pass legislation questioned.

·           U.S. partisan politics/gridlock/media bias.

·           Shrinking the Fed’s balance sheet/higher volatility 2H17.

·           Italian debt-to-GDP ratio is 133% – world’s 3rd highest. €17bn gov’t. bail out of two Italian banks.

·           ISIS becoming scattered across wider MENA region and more difficult to contain as a result.

·           U.K. terror alert remains on “Severe” vs. “Critical.” Attack “highly likely” vs. “imminent.”

MODERATE ·           Venezuelan civil unrest

·           U.S. Senate sanctions Iran for missile testing and supporting terrorism; also expands sanctions

against Russia in 98-2 vote.

·           Russia meddling in international elections/Russia in expansion mode.

·           China hard landing?

2018 U.S. Recession
·           Chance of a 2018 U.S. recession.


Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates This Week and June


IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
vs. Current
WTD – $3.65b
June 2017
vs. Current
MTD – $76.42b
Low-End Avg. $15.46b 23.61% $90.04b 84.87%
Midpoint Avg. $16.04b 22.76% $90.98b 84.00%
High-End Avg. $16.62b 21.96% $91.92b 83.14%
The Low $10b 36.50% $75b 101.89%
The High $21b 17.38% $110b 69.47%



Have a great evening!

Ron Quigley, Managing Director and Head of Fixed Income Syndicate


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

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


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

WEEK 6/19
WEEK 6/12
WEEK 6/05
WEEK 5/29
WEEK 5/22
WEEK 5/15
New Issue Concessions 3.20 bps 0.60 bps <11.67> bps 0.00 bps/flat N/A <4.3> bps <2.14> bps <0.13> bps <0.15> bps <5.45> bps 1.24 bps
Oversubscription Rates 3.61x 2.27x 2.55x 2.40x N/A 2.85x 3.76x 3.10x 2.87x 3.74x 3.20x
Tenors 9.37 yrs 10.30 yrs 8.78 yrs 10 yrs N/A 9.37 yrs 13.02 yrs 10.07 yrs 7.03 yrs 11.37 yrs 8.69 yrs
Tranche Sizes $692mm $300mm $1,272mm $500mm N/A $820mm $646mm $543mm $798mm $817mm $931mm
Avg. Spd. Compression
IPTs to Launch
<21.44> bps <12.50> bps <19.28> bps <15.00> bps N/A <18.76> bps <19.74> bps <15.95> bps <17.51> bps <20.05> bps <17.81> 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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Economic Data Misses Mark; CBS Corp. Upsizes Debt Offering-Mischler Comment