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U.S. Unemployment Rate Trumps Lowest in 50 Years-Mischler DCM Commentary
June 2018      Debt Market Commentary, Recent Deals   

Quigley’s Corner 06.01.18 Weekend Edition: Latest Unemployment Rate Trumps Lowest Figure in 50 Yrs; Moody’s Makes It’s Case for Diversity & Inclusion

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap – Stealing All Headlines: The Great U.S.A. Flexes Economic Muscle!

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points – Mischler On Moody’s Corp.

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates For This Week and May

Moody’s Corp. 3yr Global Senior Unsecured Notes due 6/07/2021: Mischler DCM Drill-Down

Utilities Power Up- Thanks to the EEI

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

“Knowing the Past for the Future” – A Look at a Decade’s Worth of June IG Corporate and SSA Issuance

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates for Next Week and June

The “QC” Geopolitical Risk Monitor

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 Are Trading

Indexes and New Issue Volume              

Global Market Recap

2018 Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending May 30th        

IG Credit Spreads by Rating

IG Credit Spreads by Industry

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline

Rates Trading Lab

Economic Data Releases

Tomorrow’s Calendar

 

Pre-release Presidential unemployment tweet or no tweet, this morning’s U.S. domestic data releases were AWESOME!  Recently we’ve witnessed Emerging Markets falling out of bed to rising oil prices; from Italy to trade wars, but today the United States of America trumped the global macro news headlines by posting a 3.8% Unemployment Rate, the lowest in 50+ years. The Underemployment Rate fell two-tenths of 1% to 7.6%.  Personal Income beat, and Spending crushed with a 1.8% number versus 0.8% expectations. U.S. Equity markets rose a couple hundred points and suddenly the U.S. has pushed so much headline risk to the side.  It’s all still there but it should be a sign to Americans, Corporations and the world just how powerful the USA engine is and how critically dependent the world relies on its success.
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Today’s results put a certain rate hike on the table at the FOMC’s next Rate Decision meeting held from, June 12th  thru the 13th thereby lending needed clarity to our market.

I’ve said it here before and I will say it again: love him or hate him or anything else in between, the President and his Administration deserve credit for data like today’s and it would be un-American not to cheer for your nation’s success. More importantly in terms of social responsibility,  the African-American and Hispanic American unemployment rates are at the lowest in their history, and Women achieved their highest employment numbers in over 19 years.

Oh, and the June 12th U.S. North Korean Summit is back on for June 12th. A nice way to end the week.

It’s Friday and you all know what that means.  The Best and Brightest in our world of investment grade rated Corporate new issuance have all spoken. They shared nice sound bites about next week and the month of June. First up though are the recaps followed by in order:

 

  • The deal drill down of today’s Moody’s Corp. transaction on which Mischler served as an active 3.00% Co-Manager.
  • A look into Moody’s D&I initiatives with a focus on the people behind them and their veteran-focused programs.
  • Then there’s a brief summary of the Edison Electric Institute’s 2017 Financial Review Annual Report of the investor-Owned Electric Utility Industry
  • Then it’s all about the Best and Brightest on their thoughts and forecasts for next week and June.

So, sit back, relax in the comfort of wherever you may be and set the table for next week’s IG dollar primary market expectations. You deserve the two day sojourn just ahead. Get comfortable. This daily is done for YOU thanks to the guy-in-the corner.  ……that would be “Quigley’s Corner!” Enjoy and thanks as always for tuning in!

Today the IG dollar DCM hosted 3 issuers across 3 tranches totaling $605mm.  The SSA space was quiet.

Here’s a look at the WTD and MTD IG Corporate new issue volume as measured against syndicate desk estimates:

  • The IG Corporate WTD total is 28.00% of this week’s syndicate midpoint average forecast or $5.605b vs. $20.02b.
  • MTD we’ve priced 89.09% of the syndicate forecast for April IG Corporate new issuance or $120.13b vs. $134.84b.
  • There are now 16 issuers in the IG credit pipeline.

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points – Mischler Secures Another Friday Print This Time for Moody’s Corp.

  • Mischler Financial served as an active 3.00% Co-Manager on Moody’s Corps. $300mm “will not grow” 3-year Global Senior Unsecured Notes new issue due 6/07/2021. As a result it is today’s featured “Deal-of-the-Day.” However, let’s first review today’s primary market talking points. Please be sure to read about the wildly Moody’s transaction by scrolling below just ahead of today’s Best & Brightest section. Thanks! -RQ
  • The average spread compression from IPTs and/or guidance thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 2 IG Corporate-only new issues was <13.5> bps.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index widened 2 bps to +122 vs. +120. (It’s post-Crisis low is +90 set on 2/01).
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS was unchanged at +1.15. (1.15 represents a new high. 0.85 is its post-Crisis low set on 1/30).
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread widened 1 bp to +155 vs. +154. (+125 represents its post-Crisis low set 2/02).
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $22.5b on Thursday versus $21.9b on Wednesday and $16.6b the previous Thursday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $17.1b.
  • For the week ended May 30th, Lipper U.S. Fund Flows reported a net inflow of $848.978m into Corporate Investment Grade Funds (2018 YTD net inflow of $43.822b) and a net outflow of $17.869m from High Yield Funds (2018 YTD net outflow of $15.138b).
  • Taking a look at the secondary trading performance of this week’s 11 IG new issues new issues 5 tightened versus NIP for a 50% improvement rate, 5 widened  (45.50%) and 1 were flat (9.00%).

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates For This Week and May

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
5/29-6/01
vs. Current
WTD – $5.605b
May 2018 vs. Current
MTD – $120.13b
Low-End Avg. $19.32b 29.01% $133.64b 89.89%
Midpoint Avg. $20.02b 28.00% $134.84b 89.09%
High-End Avg. $20.72b 27.05% $136.04b 88.30%
The High $15b 37.37% $110b 109.21%
The Low $26b 21.56% $150b 80.09%

 

Moody’s Corp. 3yr Global Senior Unsecured Notes due 6/07/2021

Mischler Financial is very happy to announce that it was invited to serve as an active 3.00% Co-Manager on today’s $300mm Moody’s Corp. (NYSE: MCO)  3-year fixed rate Global Senior Unsecured Notes new issue due 6/07/2021.

There were a couple logical ways to approach fair value on today’s transaction.  The first path looked to the outstanding MCO 2.75% due 12/15/2021 that was T+78, G+73 this morning pre-announcement pegging new issue concession as negative 3 bps versus today’s T+70 new issue pricing.

However, there were a wide range of quotes on the 2021s so, if you took a mid-point of the 3 joint leads (BAML, Citigroup and JPM), it was T+80 bid or G+75 nailing NIC as <5> bps.

Ever the politician (Ha!) I am averaging the two analyses and taking the average so the guy-in-the-corner calls NIC on today’s Moody’s new issue negative 4 bps. Either way you look at it folks this was a great deal and the timing, well, it’s now officially legendary!

moody's-veteran-diversity-inclusiion

Moody’s Corp. Deal Dashboard

Use of proceeds from today’s transaction will be used for general corporate purposes, which may include repayment of a portion of the $350mm outstanding under the loan agreement between Moody’s, as borrower, the lenders from time to time party thereto and J.P. Morgan Chase Bank, N.A. as administrative agent, entered into on June 6, 2017 to finance the acquisition of Bureau van Dijk (the “term Loan Facility”). .

 

MCO Issue RATING IPTs GUIDANCE LAUNCH PRICED Spread
Compression
NIC
(bps)
Trading at
the Break
+/-
(bps)
3yr FXD BBB+/BBB+ +87.5a +75a (+/-5) +70 +70 <17.50> bps <4> 68/66 <2>

 

………and here’s a snap shot of today’s final Moody’s Corp. book sizes and oversubscription rates – the measure of investor demand:

Today’s Moody’s Corp. final order book finished at $1.70b making the 3-year Global Senior Unsecured Notes transaction 5.67x-times oversubscribed. “At the top” or at guidance, the book was as high as $1.90b or 6.33x covered. That folks, is VERY impressive especially given the volatility we’ve been witnessing of late. Congrats to Zeeshan Naqvi on his impeccable timing and Moody’s Corp. as well as Team Citigroup Syndicate (Scott, Frank, Adnes and Andrew) with whom it is always my great pleasure to work with on deal day.

Have a look:

MCO Issue Tranche Size Book
at-the-Top
Final Book
Size
Bid-to-Cover
Rate
3yr FXD $300mm $1.90b $1.70b 5.67x

 

Final Pricing – Moody’s Corp.
MCO $300mm 3.25% due 6/07/2021 @$98.85 to yield 3.303% or T+70

moody's-veteran-diversity-inclusiionMoody’s Corp. – Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion

 

When we talk about diversity in our financial services industry, it begins with issuers like GECC and MBNA just before that. If you work in our IG dollar DCM and never heard of Kitty Yoh, well then ………you never did.  She is retired, but have no doubt she is legendary.  Her past senior Treasury team featured some pretty impactfull people who helped create, develop and execute GECC’s iconic D&I initiative in our financial services industry.  Chris Coffey, now with Synchrony Financial and Zeeshan Naqvi, Moody’s Treasurer, are two such legends in our business, who came up through the ranks and are among the best there is in Treasury/Funding.  I’ll sneak in here that my wife, formerly Natalie Armenteros, priced the first-ever Euro denominated issue on the planet (it was for EIB), as well as a slew of GECC’s Euro issuances, including GE’s first Euro new issue whilst she served as head of Paribas’ Syndicate desk in Geneva, Switzerland. I have known Zeeshan for as long as I can remember, from the bulge bracket to the D&I b/d space over 12 years ago. Moody’s D&I and Zeeshan are the focus of this evening’s D&I drill down.

Zeeshan took what he learned in life and working at GECC and brought it with him to Moody’s Corp. bridging the issuer’s already sprouting commitment to social responsibility.  As Zeeshan told me today, “Moody’s takes great efforts to execute Diversity and Inclusion not only internally here within the Company and in their transactions, but we are incredibly active in the community.” As with all such corporate though-leading initiatives, here they begin with the senior leadership team, and at Moody’s Corp. that means President and Chief Executive Officer Randall W. McDaniel. Moody’s leadership team is committed to making diversity and inclusion part of the fabric of its organization. From the office of the CEO to Zeeshan in Treasury/Funding, D&I is implemented across every aspect of Moody’s business.  That only helps create an environment that maximizes every employee’s contribution, widens the leadership pipeline and ultimately increases the quality of opinions, products and services.

I can tell you that in dealing with Zeeshan he is passionate about educating us here at Team Mischler to understand his Company’s diversity and inclusion initiatives, and values our partnership as the nation’s oldest Service-Disabled Veteran broker dealer. Moody’s Diversity Council is responsible for implementing its diversity and inclusion strategies. To achieve its goals, the council is organized into working groups that focus on strategic priorities, developing an action plan and making it a reality. They prioritize educating its employees so that they understand the value of its D&I mandate.

moody's-veterans-ergMoody’s and Veterans

 

As it pertains specifically to Mischler Financial’s Service-Disabled Veteran certification, Moody’s Veteran Employee Resource Group or “ERG” was created to recognize and support veterans, active duty military personnel and military families both at Moody’s and in its communities. Members primarily focus on outreach efforts, including workforce integration and raising awareness around issues that impact veterans. Moody’s is a Global partner with VOWS or Veterans on Wall Street, Diversity Best Practices, and Columbia University Military Veterans Program.

If you didn’t know it before reading today’s “QC” you do now – legendary prints are being made by legendary companies that embrace legendary diversity and inclusion initiatives. It is always my great privilege, honor and personal responsibility to help get those and YOUR D&I stories to the Street – from Wall Street to Main Street.

It is this social responsibility aspect of my job that will always drive and motivate me to go the extra mile.  Friday no print?  Are you kidding me?  Bring it on folks. This is what it’s all about.

Congratulations to Moody’s Corp and to my friend Mr. Zeeshan Naqvi. Thank you both for everything you do for D&I and the greater good, and congratulations on a job very well done today.

 

edison-electric-instituteUtilities Power Up Thanks to the EEI

Edison Electric Institute today released its 2017 Financial Review Annual Report of the investor-Owned Electric Utility Industry that always provides a great recap of the financial performance and strategic direction of investor-owned utilities for the year.

Matching this morning’s stellar domestic economic data releases, the U.S. electric utility industry continues to benefit from its solid financial foundation. The EEI Index returned 11.7%, posting a second consecutive year of double-digit gains after 2016’s 17.4% return, and has now produced a positive total return in 13 of the last 15 years. The industry invested $113.6 billion in 2017 for a sixth-straight year of record-high capital expenditures, while continuing to improve its overall credit profile. Electric utilities continue to be a top dividend-paying sector and 88% of the industry increased the dividend in 2017, the second-highest percentage on record.

 

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

Thanks as always for tuning in to the daily “QC”, enjoy your read in preparation for the week ahead and enjoy a fabulous weekend with you and yours!I am happy to announce that the “QC” once again received 100% unanimous participation from all 24 desks surveyed for today’s “Best & Brightest” Syndicate edition!  Thank you to all of them. 21 of today’s respondents are in the top 22 syndicate desks including 22 of the top 25 according to today’s Bloomberg U.S. IG U.S. Investment Grade Corporate Bond underwriting league table.  The 2018 League table can be found on your terminals at “LEAG” + [GO] after which you select (U.S. Investment Grade Corporates).  The participating desks represent 81.48% of all IG dollar-denominated new issue underwriting as of today’s table share percentage which simply means they are 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 are 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 three consecutive years – 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


“Friday arrived so fast.  Nothing beats the four day work week!

Great numbers posted this morning with unemployment and underemployment down 0.1 and 0.2% respectively to 3.8% and 62.7% respectively. 3.8% matches the allt-ime low rate. NFP rose with wages picking up as well.

“QC” readership and I are VERY interested to know syndicate thoughts and expectations for next week’s IG Corporate new issue volume.  Any elaboration of your views is most appreciated especially given the tumultuous global event risk factors currently playing out.

First let’s dive right into all the muck in our world by recapping the most up to date geopolitical event risk factors that impacted our markets this week:

  • 5/31 – Sec. of State Mike Pompeo is encouraged by recent talks with NOKO envoys and an announced meeting on June 1st between a senior nuclear negotiator and Pres. Trump. A personal letter will be hand delivered to Trump today at the White House by Kim Yong-chol, former director of NOKO’s intel bureau and vice-chair of the Cent. Comm. Of the Worker’s Party of Korea.
  • 6/01 – Italy swore in new PM Giuseppe Conte, a former law professor as well as a coalition cabinet that includes both 5-Star Movement head Luigi Di Maio and League’s Mateo Salvini. The Borsa Italiana was up 2.50%. The EU released a statement saying they are confident the ruling coalition government will cooperate with Brussels.  Time will tell. On 5/31 – Right or wrong, EU chief Jean-Claude Juncker slammed Italians saying they need to work hard and stop blaming the EU to resolve their problems which will only exacerbate populist support tensions in the boot nation.  On 5/27 President Mattarella vetoed the coalition’s euro skeptic candidate, Paolo Savona as finance minister. Mattarella then vetoed all cabinet ministers, installed a EU friendly neutral gov’t. headed by an interim PM and former IMF economist as Italy looked to be headed for new elections. Di Maio and Salvini agreed to back down from Savona as Finance Minister. Still, Italy had gone without a government for 89 days shattering the old record of 82 set in 1996. The two populist parties have over 50% support, promote tough immigration reform, spending hikes, no sanctions against Russia, two tax brackets of 15% and 20%, erasing the previously boosted retirement age and a citizen’s income for the poor. Europe should have a contingency plan in place for a derailment of the Union. Italy had 70 post WWII gov’ts in 72 post-WWII years – one every 1.02 years. It is the EU’s 3rd largest economy, has the world’s 3rd highest debt-to-GDP ratio at 132.5% and a $2.8 trillion (equiv.) national debt. Italy is clearly the EU’s biggest economic risk. Italy’s banking sector holds $220bn of bad loans.
  • 5/31 – Trade War fears heated up again. Sighting no progress with Europe and re-negotiating NAFTA, the Trump Admin. announced 25% tariffs on imported steel and 10% on aluminum on national security grounds against the EU, Canada, Mexico effective midnight. Counter tariffs were levied against U.S. goods in response roiling markets. 5/29 – Motivated by intellectual property rights violations, the Trump Admin. will levy 50% tariffs on Chinese imports as well as new controls and restrictions. Despite reduced tensions post Mnuchin’s 5/01 statement that Trump would “put the trade war on hold” negotiations have failed to produce a resolution. Trump indicated a list of tariffed imports will be available on June 15th.
  • 5/29 – Iran’s Ayatollah is concerned the EU will not be able to salvage their end of the Iran nuclear deal as EU nations that link their security to U.S. security will cave to U.S. demands. Iran doubts the EU can prevent major companies from withdrawing due to new U.S. sanctions. 5/08 – President Trump pulled the U.S. from JCPOA while imposing mort stringent sanctions against Iran. He also warned heavy sanctions against nations assisting Iran’s nuclear pursuits. On 4/30 Israeli PM Netanyahu showed evidence of Iran’s continued nuclear ambitions in violation of the JCPOA.
  • 5/29 – Gaza Strip based Hamas and rebels launched over two dozen rockets into southern Israel in the largest barrage of Palestinian fire since 2014. Israel answered with targeted bombings.
  • 5/29 – U.S. interest rates: Amidst a rising rate environment, Italy, Spain and trade war fears counter by pushing investor cash into the safe haven of USTs thereby compressing yields.
  • 5/31 – Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy will highly likely be ousted in a vote on Friday, June 1st as Socialists have enough votes of no confidence to boot the leader of a corrupt Administration that has seen nearly 30 officials convicted on various crimes of graft and conspiracy. The disgraced PM can resign ahead of tomorrow’s demoralizing vote. Rajoy has been at the helm of the Spanish gov’t. through the sovereign debt crisis, a national bailout and its own recession and ongoing Catalan independence crisis. Socialist leader Pedro Sanchez looks to win a slim majority in the 350 member Parliament but his party would rule as a minority with less than 25% support but is backed by his own Socialist cause, the Basque nationalist party and far left groups, similar to Italy.
  • 5/31 – Hard vs. soft BREXIT battle continues.  UK PM May is under increasing Tory pressure to defy hard-liners in her party to compromise for a more pragmatic solution. Talk of May’s hardline stance could result in a vote of no confidence.
  • May 2018 Terror Event MTD Casualty Total: 135 terrorist attacks; 917 dead; 1,133

 

Now let’s take a look at the critical week-on-week primary market stats:

Attention Syndicate Desks: Please note that the five key primary market driver averages in the below survey question have been updated from this morning to include today’s Moody’s, Texas Instruments or MetLife $25 Preferred new issues that priced or were green shoed  Nothing but the best for the “Best and the Brightest!” 

  

  • The IG Corporate WTD total stands at $5.00b. We priced $15.02b less than this week’s average midpoint estimate of $20.02b or <75.02%>.
  • MTD we priced 88.64% of the syndicate midpoint forecast for IG Corporate new issuance or $119.525b vs. $134.84b.
  • Entering today’s session, the YTD IG Corporate-only volume is $584.196b vs. the $652.039b YoY which is <$67.843b> or <10.40%> less than a year ago.
  • The all-in or IG Corporate plus SSA YTD volume is $734.261b vs. $808.831b YoY which is <$74.57b> or <9.22%> less than vs. 2017.

 

Here are the five key primary market driver averages for the 9 IG Corporate-only deals that priced this week.  

 

  • NICS: 9.00 bps  
  • Oversubscription Rates: 2.73x
  • Tenors: 9.69 years
  • Tranche Sizes: $467mm
  • Spread Compression from IPTs to the Launch: <8.23> bps

 

Here’s how this week’s critical primary market data compares against last week’s numbers:

 

  • Week on week, average NICs tightened 0.67 bps to an average 9.00 bps vs. 9.67 bps across this week’s 11 IG Corporate-only new issues that displayed relative value.
  • Over subscription or bid-to-cover rates, the measure of demand, decreased by 0.20x to an average 2.73x vs. 2.93x. 
  • Average tenors expanded by 1.99 years to an average 9.69 years vs. 7.70 years.
  • Tranche sizes decreased by $485mm to $467mm vs. $952mm last week.
  • Spread compression from IPTs to the launch/final pricing of this week’s 11 IG Corporate and Preferred-only new issues widened by 10.48 bps to <8.23> bps vs. <18.71> bps.
  • Standard and Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread widened 5 bps to +155 bps vs. +150 week-on-week. 
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS thru this morning widened by 6 bps to a new high of 1.15 vs. 1.09 week-on-week.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $22.5b on Thursday versus $21.9b on Wednesday and $16.6b the previous Thursday.   
  • The 10-DMA stands at $17.1b.
  • The VIX widened 2.21 or 16.717% to 15.43 at yesterday’s close vs. last Friday’s 13.22 close.
  • Week-on-week, BAML’s IG Master Index widened 7.00 bps to +122 vs. +115 week-on-week.  
  • Spreads across the four IG asset classes widened 5.00 bps week-on-week to 25.50 vs. 20.00 bps as measured against its cumulative post-Crisis low.
  • Spreads across the 19 major IG industry sectors widened 5.73 bps to an average 32.26 vs. 26.53 bps as measured against their average cumulative post-Crisis lows!
  • For the week ended May 30th, Lipper U.S. Fund Flows reported a net inflow of $848.978m into Corporate Investment Grade Funds (2018 YTD net inflow of $43.822b) and a net outflow of $17.869m from High Yield Funds (2018 YTD net outflow of $15.138b).

 

Entering today’s Friday session here’s a look at this week’s IG issuance volume totals:

  • IG Corps: $5.00b
  • All-in IG (Corps + SSA): $5.00b

 

And now it’s time for today’s question “what are your thoughts and numbers for next week’s IG Corporate new issue volume?”

The “Best and the Brightest” in Their Own Words (more…)

Investment Grade Debt Issuance Day 1 2018 – Mischler Debt Capital Mkt Comment
January 2018      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 01.02.18 : Investment Grade Debt Issuance Day 1 2018

 

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap : First Day of 2018 Finds (5) Issuers | $7.35b Floated

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points – Setting New Post-Crisis Lows 

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates For January

Global Market Recap

The “QC” Geopolitical Risk Monitor : My Button is Bigger Than Your Button!

Key FOMC Dates for 2018

Hawks vs. Doves: A Look at the FOMC Voting Line-up for 2018 from 2017

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 December 27th

IG Credit Spreads by Rating

IG Credit Spreads by Industry

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline Highlights

Rates Trading Lab

Economic Data Releases

Tomorrow’s Calendar 

 

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap – Nice Kick-Off to 2018!

First up- a very Happy New Year to you and welcome back to the “QC.”  This first edition of 2018 serves up the usual daily data you’ve come to expect with today’s specials in the form of key U.S. Monetary Policy tables as a handy reminder for you as well as a tracking of Fed Hawkish and Dovish voting members given the shifts and changes of the FOMC Regional Presidents. But first let’s run down the familiar order of all things primary related in our IG dollar DCM and focus on investment grade debt issuance day one of 2018:
Today the IG dollar DCM hosted 5 issuers across 10 tranches totaling $7.35b.  The SSA space was quiet today.

Both the S&P 500 and Nasdaq closed at new all-time highs while the recovery in global manufacturing continued on its upward trajectory.
CDX IG29 was at a new tight as of 4:45pm ET.

Here’s a look at MTD IG Corporate new issue volume as measured against syndicate desk estimates:

  • MTD we’ve priced 5.68% of the syndicate forecast for January IG Corporate new issuance or $7.35b vs. $129.29b.
  • There are now 7 issuers in the IG credit pipeline. 

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points – Setting New Post-Crisis Lows 

  • Today two of Berkshire Hathaway Energy Company’s four new tranches, the long 10s and long 30s, launched 2 bps tighter than the tightest side of guidance.
  • The average spread compression from IPTs and/or guidance thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 10 IG Corporate-only new issues was <18.20> bps.
  • The IG Average (+98), “AAs” asset class (+55) and “As” (+76) all tied their post-Crisis low.
  • Of the 19 major industry sectors, a total of 7 (36.8%) tied their post-Crisis lows as follows: Banking (+81), Consumer Products (+83), Energy (+131), Industrials (+103), Insurance (+107), Real Estate (+110) and Retail (+91) all set new post-Crisis lows.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index widened 1 bp to +99 from +98.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS was unchanged at 0.93.
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread was unchanged at +137 and again tying its post-Crisis low set on Wednesday, December 20th, 2017.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $2.4b on Friday versus $5.5b on Thursday and $4.1b the previous Friday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $8.7b.

 

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates For January

 

IG Corporate New Issuance January 2018 vs. Current
MTD – $7.35b
Low-End Avg. $128.54b 5.72%
Midpoint Avg. $129.29b 5.68%
High-End Avg. $130.04b 5.65%
The Low $100b 7.35%
The High $150b 4.90%

 

Global Market Recap

 

  • U.S. Treasuries – European bonds sell off and rate lock selling sent Treasuries south.
  • Overseas Bonds – JGB’s were closed for holiday. Europe was hit very hard.
  • 3mth Libor – Set at the highest yield (1.69693%) since December 2008.
  • Stocks – The NASDAQ leading U.S. stocks higher at 3:30pm.
  • Overseas Stocks – China & Hang Seng with big rallies. Europe closed mixed.
  • Economic – Markit Manufacturing PMI was the strongest since March 2015.
  • Overseas Economic – Mixed Manufacturing PMI data in Europe but overall very good.
  • Currencies – USD lost ground vs. all of the Big 5.
  • Commodities – CRB, gold and wheat higher. Crude oil had a very small loss.
  • CDX IG: -0.53 to 48.49
  • CDX HY: +0.31 to 306.69
  • CDX EM: -2.42 to 116.95

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

-Tony Farren

 

The “QC” Geopolitical Risk Monitor

Updates are highlighted in BOLD print!

 

Risk Level/Main Factor Geopolitical Risks
HIGH +
“North Korea”
1/02 – Announcing that he’ll send a NOKO team to the Seoul Olympics and desires constructive dialogue with SOKO, dictator Kim Jong Un also announced that “the entire U.S. territory is within the range of a (NOKO) nuclear strike and a nuke button is on *(his) desk” claiming “it is a reality, not a threat.” 12/20 – U.K. successfully tests Sea Ceptor air defense aboard HMS Argyll recently sent to Sea of Japan to join U.S. Naval ships. System shields against multiple airborne targets protecting 500 square mile area.  NOKO pushed further into a corner. 12/05 – U.S. reveals powerful microwave pulses from missiles that can disable NOKO’s electronic missile/launch systems. 12/02 – WH Nat’l. Security Advisor H.R. McMaster says “possibility of war with NOKO increases every day.” 11/28 – South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff verified that North Korea fired a ballistic missile that landed in the Sea of Japan. SOKO Olympics begin Friday 2/2018 thru Sunday 2/25. 11/20 – Pres. Trump announced the U.S. designated NOKO as a state sponsor of terrorism. Warns NOKO that “nuclearization puts its regime in grave danger & increases the peril it faces.”
ELEVATED
“Iranian Protests,”
Trumponomics and Beltway Beginning to Function
1/02 – Highly diverse Iranian protests/civil unrest over economic conditions and political corruption continue for 5th day as President Rouhani warns of an immediate response by the Revolutionary Guards. Worst since 2009. Spread from Mashad to Tehran and 10 other major cities. Authorities warn the death penalty can be enforced for “waging war against God!” Over 20 dead; nearly 500 arrested. U.S. & Britain quick with calls for Iran to address issues raised by protestors. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei blames “enemies of Iran” and Trump of instigating riots. No impact on oil production……..yet! Important to note that Iran, Syria & Russia stand together on one side with the U.S. KAS and Israel on the other. Syria lays blame on U.S. & Israel.  Watch these developments carefully. Executions in Iran will bring civil unrest and ultimately war.

12/22 – Pres. Trump signed the $1.5 trillion Tax Reform Bill into law as promised before Christmas in one of the GOP’s single greatest legislative victories.

12/21 – The UN General Assembly voted 128-9 (93.4%) with 35 abstains, condemning Pres. Trump’s 12/06 recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.  

12/19 – Yemeni rockets launched at the royal palace in Riyadh intercepted by Saudi forces. Iranian-backed rebels now targeting population and power centers in Saudi Arabia enough to call an act of war between KAS and Iran.

CAUTION
“Russia, Europe, U.K.
& Terror”
12/27 – Enjoying an 82%+ Russian approval rating, Vladimir Putin announced he will seek a 4th term as President. Serving out a 4th 6-year term would mean 24 years at the top  including P.M. posts. Only Stalin ruled longer (29 years). Putin moved the 2018 election date to 3/18 – the 4th anniversary of Russia’s annexation of Crimea. Putin’s lone opponent Alexey Navalny called for a day of protest on January 28th. People will be watching Navalny in more ways than one.

1/01 – Germany’s Angela Merkel in the midst of worst crisis of her 12yr chancellorship following  11/20 collapse of the “Jamaica Coalition.” Must convince socialist SPD party to join her center-right CDU party. Preliminary talks scheduled for Jan. 3rd with exploratory talks from the 7th-12th. Minority gov’t is an option lest Merkel face new elections. Sources of tension are immigration, taxation & the environment. Right wing has seat in decision-making and wants new elections.

1/01 – UK Parliament votes 309-305 requiring separate Act before BREXIT can be implemented dealing PM Theresa May a major setback in negotiations on the EU divorce bill. The U.K. is targeting an “implementation period” of March and completion by October 2018. U.K. withdrawal from the EU takes place in 3/2019. May began 2017 with a parliamentary majority, led in polls and owned the Conservative party; now, however, Democratic unionists are governing, tension persists in her own party as PM May readies to let go of as many as 5 of her cabinet ministers.

January 2018 Terror Events and Casualties: 3 terrorist attacks; 2 dead; 9 wounded.

Final December 2017 Terror Events and Casualties: 93 terrorist attacks; 430 dead; 733 wounded.

U.S. trade protectionism contrarian to the world coming together on trade. Long term impact?

MODERATE
“China” &
Fractured EU?
12/22 – Three Catalonian pro-independence (secessionist) parties won snap elections called for by Spanish PM Rajoy who invoked never before used laws to oust the regional gov’t. & parliament hoping to reunify Spain.  However, the Republican Left (32), Together for Catalonia (34) and Popular Unity Candidacy (4) parties now control a majority 70 seats in the 135-seat Parliament  Over 3,000 companies and banks moved their HQ from Catalonia. Uncertainty and lack of confidence may well stymie Spain’s recovery from the financial crisis. The new parliament is set to convene on January 17th. Disruptions have cost the region over €1b.

1/02 – Ceremonial President Sergio Mattarella dissolved parliament to pave the way for the upcoming March 4th elections. 5-Star Populist Party leader Luigi Di Maio said he would vote for an ITALEXIT if EU discussions fail. Italians are resistant to the EU’s stringent austerity measures. 5-Star holds a lead in polls. Unemployment is 11%; youth joblessness is 35%. Italy is the EU’s 3rd largest economy and has the world’s 3rd highest debt-to-GDP ratio at 132.5%. It is the EU’s biggest economic risk.

China hard landing: rising corporate debt & slower GDP growth are OECD and IMF concerns. Debt is 250% of GDP. 6% GDP in 2018 will be difficult.

Cybercrime, ransomware, viruses & hacking.

MARGINAL
“2018 US Recession?”
12/13 – FOMC raises rates 0.25% recognizes prolonged inflation miss that is globally low. Sees faster 2018 growth and strong labor market. Economic activity and investment picked up. Low odds of a recession. Concerned about debt. Asset prices characterized as being “elevated.”

Key FOMC Dates for 2018

I thought this might be a helpful and handy table of this year’s key U.S. Monetary Policy meetings and dates.

FOMC Minutes Beige Book FOMC Meetings Chairman’s
Press Conference
January 3, 2018 January 17, 2018 Jan. 30-31, 2018  
February 21 March 7 March 20-21 March 21
April 11 April 18 May 1-2  
May 23 May 30 June 12-13 June 13
July 5 July 18 July 31 – Aug. 1  
August 22 September 12 September 25-26 September 26
October 17 October 24 November 7-8  
November 28 December 5 December 18-19 December 19
January 9, 2019 January 16, 2019 January 29-30, 2019  

Hawks vs. Doves: A Look at the FOMC Voting Line-up for 2018 from 2017

The 2018 voting FOMC Regional President’s will consist of 1 dove (Dudley/retiring in 2018), 3 hawks (Barkin, Mester and Williams) and 1 neutral voter (Bostic). Last year (2017) consisted of 4 doves (Dudley, Evans, Harker and Kashkari) and only 1 hawk (Kaplan).

The Board of Governors will also be more hawkish in 2018 than 2017. Fed Gov. Powell (neutral) is expected to replace Fed Chair Yellen (dove) as Fed Chairman in January. Fed Gov. Quarles (hawkish lean) joined the Board in October.  Marvin Goodfriend (hawkish lean) was nominated to be a Fed Governor by Pres. Trump in November but to date has not been confirmed by the Senate. During 2017 Vice Chair Fischer (hawkish lean) and Fed Gov. Tarullo (dove) left the Board of Governors. Fed Gov. Brainard (dove) remains on the Board. 2018 will start with 3 open Governor seats (Goodfriend’s seat is 1 of the 3) and 2017 started with 2.

Summary: In 2018 out of the 9 voting members (currently 3 open Fed Governor seats) there will be 3 doves, 4 hawks and 2 neutral voters. Last year (2017) there were 7 doves, 2 hawks and 1 neutral voters. The details are below:

New Voters in 2018 Dove/Hawk
Randal Quarles (Governor) Hawkish Lean
Thomas Barkin (Richmond) Hawk
Raphael Bostic (Atlanta) Neutral
Loretta Mester (Cleveland) Hawk
John Williams (San Fran) Hawkish Lean

 

2017 Voters
Not Voting in 2018
Dove/Hawk
Stanley Fischer (Vice-Chair) Hawkish Lean (retired)
Daniel Tarullo (Governor)                     Dove (retired)
Charles Evans (Chicago) Dove
Patrick Harker (Philadelphia) Dovish Lean
Robert Kaplan (Dallas) Hawkish Lean
Neel Kashkari (Minneapolis) Very Dovish

 

2018 Voting Line-Up:

  • Doves (3): Yellen, Brainard & Dudley
  • Hawks (4): Quarles, Barkin, Mester & Williams
  • Neutral (2): Powell & Bostic

Other:

  • Fed Gov. Powell expected to replace Fed Chair Yellen in January.
  • Fed Chair Yellen will retire once Fed Gov. Powell is confirmed as the Fed Chair.
  • NY Fed Pres. Dudley announced he will retire in mid-2018.
  • Marvin Goodfriend has been nominated to the Fed Board but has not yet been confirmed.

-Tony Farren

 

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

 

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

KEY IG CORPORATE
NEW ISSUE DRIVERS
MON.
12/25
TUES.
12/26
WED.
12/27
Th.
12/28
FRI.
12/29
AVERAGES
WEEK 12/25
AVERAGES
WEEK 12/18
AVERAGES
WEEK 12/11
AVERAGES
WEEK 12/04
AVERAGES
WEEK 11/27
AVERAGES
WEEK 11/20
New Issue Concessions N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A <1.46> bps 1.62 bps 0.51 bps 0.50 bps
Oversubscription Rates N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 4.64x 3.18x 3.31x 3.29x
Tenors N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 11.63 yrs 10.69 yrs 11.43 yrs 7.41 yrs
Tranche Sizes N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A $398mm $576mm $648mm $550mm
Avg. Spd. Compression
IPTs to Launch
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A <18.18> bps <16.34> bps <17.60> bps <18.94> bps

 

New Issues Priced

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Investment Grade Corporate Debt Issuance Cools
December 2017      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 12.08.17 : IG Corporate Debt Issuers Standing Pat

Investment Grade US Corporate Debt New Issue Re-Cap 

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates For This Week

Global Market Recap

The “QC” Geopolitical Risk Monitor

The Best and the Brightest” Investment Grade Corporate Syndicate Forecasts and Sound Bites for Next Week & November

“Knowing the Past for the Future” – A Look at a Decade’s Worth of December IG Corporate and SSA Issuance

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

Rates Trading Lab

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending Dec 6th

IG Credit Spreads by Rating

IG Credit Spreads by Industry

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline Highlights

Rates Trading Lab

Economic Data Releases 

 

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap

Today the IG dollar DCM produced zero…….zilch……….nada. It was a December Friday goose egg as they say! The geopolitical risk monitor featured quite a bit of fluid news this week so be sure to review the QC monitor by scrolling below.  Also, the “Best and the Brightest” are back this week albeit there is not much activity lining up to get done. Next week looks like a light front-loaded week of between $5-10b. The average estimate of the 25 top syndicate desks for next week’s IG Corporate only issuance is $7.58b. The FOMC holds its final meeting of 2017 next Tuesday and Wednesday the 12th and 13th with overwhelming expectations for a rate hike that has long been baked into the market………..and despite the absence of inflation.  It looks like December issuance will come to an end a few days earlier than is the historical average with a chance of posting the lowest December IG Corporate issuance volume since $21.10b printed the same week back in 2008.  Team B&B are all waiting below for you to take in their forecasts and comments.  Enjoy the read.

 

Here’s how the session’s IG Corporate new issue volume impacted the WTD and MTD syndicate desk estimates:

  • The IG Corporate WTD total is 98.31% of this week’s syndicate midpoint average forecast or $18.434b vs. $18.75b.
  • MTD we’ve priced 55.86% of the syndicate forecast for December IG Corporate new issuance or $18.434b vs. $33b.
  • There are now 7 issuers in the IG credit pipeline. 

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

  • BAML’s IG Master Index was unchanged at +102.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS was unchanged at 0.97.
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread was unchanged at +143.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $16b on Thursday versus $17.9b on Wednesday and $23.6b the previous Thursday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $16b.

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

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
12/04-12/08
vs. Current
WTD – $18.434b
December 2017 vs. Current
MTD – $18.434b
Low-End Avg. $17.50b 105.34% $31.33b 58.84%
Midpoint Avg. $18.75b 98.31% $33b 55.86%
High-End Avg. $20.00b 92.17% $34.67b 53.17%
The Low $15b 122.89% $25b 73.74%
The High $25b 73.736% $28b 65.84%

 

Global Market Recap 

  • U.S. Treasuries – Closed mixed with no move greater than 0.7 bps.
  • Overseas Bonds – JGB’s unchanged to better. Bunds & Gilts small red. Peripherals more green.
  • 3mth Libor – Set at highest yield (daily occurrence) since December 2008 (1.54878%).
  • U.S. Stocks – Higher heading into the last hour.
  • Overseas Stocks – Global stock rally.
  • U.S. Economic – Very good U.S. Employment Report with tame average hourly earnings.
  • Overseas Economic – China (trade) & Japan (GDP) were strong. Europe data was mixed.
  • Currencies – USD was better bid vs. all of the Big 5.
  • Commodities – Crude oil ended the week with 2 good days. Gold struggled all week.
  • CDX IG: -0.67 to 50.93
  • CDX HY: -4.47 to 316.39
  • CDX EM: -1.37 to 177.35

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

-Tony Farren

 

The “QC” Geopolitical Risk Monitor

Updates are in BOLD print!

 

Risk Level/Main Factor Geopolitical Risks
HIGH +
“North Korea”
·        12/05 – U.S. reveals CHAMPs or powerful microwave pulses emitted from missiles launched from B-52s that can disable NOKO’s electronic missile and launching systems. 12/02 – WH Nat’l. Security Advisor H.R. McMaster says “possibility of war with NOKO increases every day.” 11/28 – South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff verified that North Korea fired a ballistic missile that landed in the Sea of Japan. SOKO Olympics begin Friday 2/2018 thru Sunday 2/25. 11/20 – Pres. Trump announced the U.S. designated NOKO as a state sponsor of terrorism. Warns NOKO that “nuclearization puts its regime in grave danger & increases the peril it faces.”
ELEVATED
“MENA and
Trumponomics and Beltway Dysfunction”
·        12/06 – Pres. Trump formally recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Plans to move U.S. embassy there from Tel Aviv. Could take three years. Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas and Jordan’s King Abdullah warn Trump of dangerous consequences for stability and security in the Middle East. Turkey’s Erdogan threatens to cut ties with Israel calling the move a “red line for all Muslims” and decision puts “world and region in a ring of fire.” 12/04 – Former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh assassinated in Sanaa by former allied and Iranian-backed Houthis.  Yemen, like Lebanon are sights of proxy wars fought between Saudi Arabia and Iran. 11/28 – Israeli Mossad working with Saudi’s General Intelligence Presidency (GIP) over mounting tensions with Iran. Shared interests against Iran are bringing both nation’s closer. Lebanon’s PM al-Hariri resigned from Saudi Arabia 11/05 blaming Iranian aggression. Abandons support of Iran’s Hezbollah terror group.  Beirut, is proving ground for Saudi-Iranian proxy wars. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s plans sweeping with “Vision 2030” to wean KSA off oil. Saudi inner players arrested in anti-corruption probe involving multi-billion dollar “settlements.” Both Trump and KAS share strong views of an anti-nuclear Iran. KSA needs oil above $81 to break even. Mideast tension expected to boost the price of oil.

·        12/01 – U.S. Senate GOP passes the most sweeping tax overhaul in over 30 years in a 51-49 vote. This is the biggest tax bill and tax cuts in U.S. history. As promised, President Trump wants to sign the bill into law before Christmas.

·        12/01 – Former Trump national security advisor Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about contacts with Russia’s ambassador in 12/2016. This places a senior Trump insider in a cooperative position for the investigators.  Then again, how much credibility does a liar have?

·        U.S. trade protectionism contrarian to the world coming together on trade. Long term impact.

CAUTION
“Russia, Europe,
Uranium 1 & Terror”
·        12/06 – Enjoying an 82%+ Russian approval rating, Vladimir Putin announced he will seek a 4th term as President. Serving out a 4th 6-year term would mean 24 years at the top  including P.M. posts. Only Stalin ruled longer at 29 years. Putin moves 2018 election date to 3/18 – the 4th anniversary of annexation of Crimea….in response to Olympic Committee ruling?

·        12/05 – Russian team barred from 2018 Seoul Winter Olympics. Olympic Committee will allow Russian athletes to compete who meet stringent drug testing but they will be referred to as “athletes from Russia” in which no Russian flag can fly, no Russian anthem played and no Russian gov’t. officials can attend.

·        12/03 – Germany’s Social Democrats (Socialist Party) urged by French President Macron to from ruling coalition with Merkel’s conservative bloc.  Following the 11/20 collapse of the “Jamaica coalition” negotiations in the worst crisis of Merkel’s 12yr chancellorship.  New elections as early as next spring may still be the only solution. Sources of tension are immigration, taxation & the environment. Right wing has seat in German decision-making and wants new elections.

·        12/08 – Britain and Ireland agree on Irish border regulations mainly acknowledging there will be no border controls on the Irish Sea. It clears the way for a second a phase of talks with the EU. Negotiators reached agreement in principle on the BREXIT “divorce bill” earlier in the week in the €45b to €55b range down from €60bn that the EU initially demanded. Agreement promotes further December & January negotiations. U.K. withdrawal from EU takes place in 3/2019.

·        Atty. Gen. Sessions raised the possibility of a special counsel appointment to investigate the Uranium One Deal involving the Clinton Foundation in which a Russian company took control of 20% of entire supply of U.S. uranium supply used to make nuclear weapons in exchange for Clinton Foundation donations. In a decree on March 20, 2008 Russia’s Vladimir Putin, abolished the Federal Agency for Nuclear Power. The public corporation Rosatom (he owns) was vested with the authority to implement on behalf of the Russian Federation the rights of shareholders in the joint-stock companies in the nuclear energy industry. In 2013 Rosatom retained full ownership. Matter of U.S. national security.

·        December MTD Terror Stats a/o 12/08: 21 terrorist attacks; 114 dead; 187 wounded.

MODERATE
“China”
·        China hard landing: rising corporate debt & slower GDP growth are OECD and IMF concerns. Debt is 250% of GDP. National Congress of the Chinese Communists Party confirms Xi Jinping as its most powerful leader since Mao. Xi loyalists make up inner sanctum of Chinese politics into the next decade. 6% GDP in 2018 will be difficult.

·        Cybercrime, ransomware, viruses & hacking are winning cyber wars. Recent attacks have hit four continents, law firms, food companies, power grids, pharma and governments.

·        Spain’s Rajoy announces snap elections on Dec. 21st to help defray the Catalonian independence crisis. Could result in breakaway = could spread thru EU. Former Catalan Pres. Puigdemont to appear in court 11/17. On 11/02: 8 Catalan gov’t. members jailed in Spain for role in independence rebellion & sedition.

·        Italian elections in March 2018.

MARGINAL
“2018 US Recession?”
·        12/05 – Senate committee approved Jay Powell nomination to replace Janet Yellen in a 22-1 vote.

·        12/08 – FOMC Meeting Tues/Wed Dec. 12th/13th. Rate hike baked in despite absence of inflation. Bearish flattening signals danger for the U.S. economy. Recent bullish flattening has completely disregarded the absence of inflation. The balance sheet or “b/s” normalization program is proceeding and will remain highly incremental. Fed signals 1 more rate hike in 2017 (December12/13 FOMC); 3 in 2018. Dot plots are unchanged for 2017 & ’18; lower for ’19 & longer-term. Shifts/adjustments in monetary policy outweigh chance of a 2018 recession.

 

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

 

I am happy to announce that the “QC” once again received 100% unanimous participation from all 25 syndicate desks surveyed for today’s “Best & Brightest” edition!  Thank you to all of them. 20 of today’s respondents are in the top 21 while 23 are among 2017’s YTD top 27 ranked syndicate desks according to today’s Bloomberg’s U.S. IG U.S. Investment Grade Corporate Bond underwriting 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 81.38% 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.  Below is opening to this week’s survey. 

 “Welcome to Friday. In preparation for takeoff, please ensure all negative attitudes are properly stowed. On behalf of QC Air welcome aboard. I expect sunshine and good intel today for our trip. Enjoy the ride and thanks for flying QC Air.

This week’s geopolitical recap: 

The FOMC meets next Tuesday and Wednesday the 13th and 14th.  Over 94% believe the Fed will hike rates which is already baked in. The nation’s largest Tax Reform bill in over 30 years may in fact get signed by President Trump by Christmas. The situation in North Korea remains the lone high risk event on the global risk monitor despite the U.S. claim to possess powerful CHAMPS microwave pulse technology that can disable NOKO’s missile launch systems. The situation in MENA has been upgraded to elevated with Trump’s announcement that the U.S. formally recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital following warnings from Jordanian, Palestinian and Turkish leadership among others that it will destabilize the region. Yemeni President Ali Saleh was assassinated and Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s “Vision 2030” resulted in multi-billion dollar anti-corruption settlements with members of the house of Saud and major KAS players. MBS, as the Saudi Prince is commonly known, also purged rivals in order to anchor his leadership and future plans. Germany’s Social Democrats agreed to pursue preliminary talks to form a coalition government with Merkel’s conservative CDU party and will include a third CSU party. German political stability is needed to cement the EU’s keystone economy. Ireland and Britain are near an accord on future Irish border regulations that would help promote an agreement in principle on the BREXIT “divorce bill.”  Leveraging his 85% approval rating at home, Vlad Putin announced he will seek a 4th 6-year term as President of Russia that would make it the second longest tenure to Stalin’s 29 year reign. Putin also moved the Russian election to coincide with the 4th year anniversary of its annexation of Crimea, possibly in reaction to the prior day’s Olympic Committee ruling that bars Russian officials, flags and anthem at the 2018 Seoul Olympics in which Russian athletes must also agree to stringent drug testing.       

Entering this morning’s Friday session –  

  • The IG Corporate WTD total stands at $18.434b. We priced $316mm less than this week’s average midpoint estimate of $18.75b or 98.31%.
  • MTD we priced 55.86% of the syndicate projection for November IG Corporates or $18.434b vs. $33b.
  • Entering today’s session, the YTD IG Corporate-only volume is $1,325.402b vs. $1,281.017b on December 8th, 2016 or $44.385b (3.46%) more than a year ago.
  • The all-in or IG Corporate plus SSA YTD volume is $1,640.543b vs. $1,620.951b on December 8th, 2016 or $19.592b (1.21%) more than the year ago total. 

Entering this morning’s session, here are the five key primary market driver averages for the 33 IG Corporate-only deals that priced this week. 

o   NICS:  1.62 bps  

o   Oversubscription Rates: 3.18x

o   Tenors: 10.69 years

o   Tranche Sizes: $576mm

o   Spread Compression from IPTs to the Launch: <16.34> bps 

Here’s how this week’s critical primary market data compares against last week’s numbers entering this morning’s session: 

  • Week on week, average NICs widened by 1.11 bps to an average 1.62 bps vs.0.51 bps across this week’s 33 IG Corporate-only new issues displayed relative value.
  • Over subscription or bid-to-cover rates, the measure of demand, decreased by 0.13x to an average 3.18x vs. 3.31x. 
  • Average tenors narrowed by 0.74 years to an average 10.69 years vs. 11.43 years.
  • Tranche sizes decreased by $72mm to $576mm vs. $648mm.
  • Spread compression from IPTs to the launch/final pricing of this week’s IG Corporate-only new issues widened by 1.26 bps to <16.34> bps vs. <17.60> bps.
  • Standard and Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spreads was unchanged at +143.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS thru this morning tightned 1 bp to 0.97 vs. 0.98 week-on-week. 
  • Week-on-week, BAML’s IG Master Index tightened 1 bp to +102 vs. +103. 
  • Spreads across the four IG asset classes tightened 0.25 bps to 3.00 bps vs. 3.25 bps as measured against their post-Crisis lows. 
  • The 19 major industry sectors tightened 0.68 bps to 6.32 bps from 7.00 bps as measured against their post-Crisis lows.
  • For the week ended December 6th, Lipper U.S. Fund Flows reported an inflow of $622.386b into Corporate Investment Grade Funds (2017 YTD net inflow of $116.331b) and a net inflow of $217.412m into High Yield Funds (2017 YTD net outflow of $12.633b).
  • Taking a look at the secondary trading performance of this week’s 33 IG Corporate and 6 SSA new issues, of the 39 deals that printed, 23 tightened versus NIP for a 59.00% improvement rate, 11 widened  (28.25%) and 5 were flat 12.75%).

 

Entering today’s Friday session here’s how much we issued this week:

  • IG Corps: $18.434b
  • All-in IG (Corps + SSA): $24.684b 

And now it’s time for today’s question “what are your thoughts and numbers for next week’s IG Corporate new issue volume?” Thank you in advance for your time and contribution! 

 

The “Best and the Brightest” in Their Own Words

 

……..……and here are their responses:

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Equities Markets Beat ’87 Win Streak: “The Higher The Diving Board…?”
February 2017      Equities Market Commentary   

US Stock Prices Record Best Streak of Daily Gains Since Jan 1987; “The Higher The Diving Board, The Bigger The Splash”?

larry-peruzzi-mischler-equitiies

Larry Peruzzi

US Equities markets are closing out the holiday shorten week at or near all-time highs but valuation concerns are starting to pick up. The S&P 500, relative to its 50-day moving average in terms of standard deviations, has not been this overbought since 2004. The Dow recorded its 10th straight new high–its longest winning streak since January 1987. FOMC February 1 meeting minutes showed that the Fed is comfortable with raising interest rates “fairly soon”.

The Fed will meet again and Fed Funds are pricing in a 38% chance of a rate hike, up from 18% pre meeting minutes. Other Economic releases of note was Wednesday’s existing home sales number rising 3.3% which beat the +1.1% estimate. As we approach the end of the earning season we have seen an improvement in the underlying numbers, but for the most part the markets have been rallying on the expectation of tax reductions and deregulation. Market momentum continues but it seems as though many questions from the pace of rate hikes to tax and regulations specifics

 

Need to be answered if the rally is to continue. The Fed did point out that they are closely watching employment and inflation numbers. So while the policy specifics coming from the White House are unorthodox and at time difficult to decipher, the inflation and employment data are a little easier to track. Next week’s highlights are January durable goods orders and pending home sales on Monday, Second revision to 4Q GDP on Tuesday, January personal income and spending, February ISM data and the Beige Book on Wednesday.

 

Larry Peruzzi

Managing Director International Trading

Mischler Financial Group

Investment Banking | Institutional Brokerage

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

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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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In Advance of Fed and BoJ Comments, Corporate Debt Issuers Sidelined
September 2016      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 09.21.16 No Prints and No Rate Increases; Corporate Debt Issuers Sit it Out

 

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap 

A Big Red Zero – Land of the Rising “None” as BoJ Keeps Rates at <0.1%> & Introduces More Shifts to Policy

“Fed” Up with Rates, FOMC Holds; November Increase Has No Chance Pre- Election and Santa Claus is Coming to Town…with Coal?

All You Want and Need to Know About Today’s Fed Decision

In Janet’s Words

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

NICs, Bid-to-Covers, Tenors and Sizes

New Issues Priced

New Issue Volume

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending September 14th

Investment Grade Corporate Spreads (by Rating/Industry)

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline

Economic Data Releases

Rates Trading Lab

Tomorrow’s Calendar

 

It was a no print day today as corporate debt issuers respected both the impact of the BoJ and FOMC.

dewey moment mischler debt market Not so fast my friends…..not so fast!  It’s not exactly a “Dewey Defeats Truman” moment. Still, let’s call it like it is folks – I did say “the next best thing to having tomorrow’s newspaper today is the ‘QC’”.  Then on Monday, September 19th and alluding to today’s BoJ and FOMC rate decisions, I wrote, “Fed Holds; BoJ Cuts Rate and Then Some.” Well, I guess it’s not “tomorrow’s newspaper today” but I still think it’s the “next best thing to it.” The Fed Held, the BoJ introduced new fringy though convoluted easing details (“and then some”) but the BoJ kept rates unchanged.  Two out of three isn’t bad, but that’s why it’s “the next best thing.” If I played baseball, I’d be in the Hall of Fame with a .666 average.  Joking aside, a Fed that infers raising rates by December should have hiked rates today, but they didn’t. This is more of the same readers.  Look for Fed members – both voting and non-voting – to continue giving speeches and appearing on television to opine about the rate flux that has restricted so many from doing so much.  The street is the leader; the Fed is the ultimate laggard.  It’s how it is.  Today was more of the same. No surprise at all.  The government should consider issuing a gag order on any and all Fed-speak in between meetings for all members, both voting and non-voting.  They only confuse the situation and shock markets.

First up, let’s look at what the BoJ did while we were in REM sleep this morning:

A Big Red Zero – Land of the Rising “None” as BoJ Keeps Rates at <0.1%> & Introduces More Shifts to PolicyBoJ Mischler Debt Market Comment

Central Banks from the FOMC to the BOE and from the ECB to the BoJ all seem to be pointing to the downside risks to continued rate cuts while at the same time highlighting that monetary policy needs to be substantially accommodative while calling on governments to share more of the economic burdens. Here’s what’s clear: growth is anemic to non-existent, inflation unchanged to nowhere, accommodative policies are manifesting themselves in new policy twists and turns and big government needs to get more involved.  Hmmm…..sounds like things aren’t quite working out, eh?

 

Here are the talking points from this morning’s BoJ announcement:

 

o   The BoJ left interest rates at its still record low <0.1%>.

o   Committed to intervene until inflation reaches 2% and remains stable above that level.

o   Will cap 10-year yields at 0.00% by continuing to buy 10yr JGBs implying that the BoJ must continue intervening to prevent borrowing costs from rising and to ensure that it can borrow for a decade for free.

o   Changed its policy from a focus on a base money target to controlling the yield curve.

o   Pledged to maintain its government bond-buying in line with ¥80 trillion annually while buying fewer long-dated maturities hoping to pump up long-term interest rates thereby helping banks boost profits. There was no expansion of its current quantitative easing program.

 

Will this new approach be effective?  Only time will tell.  It certainly is a shift in monetary policy to control the yield curve. It is NOT a bazooka by any stretch and more like “fiddling around the edges.”  As for the 2.00% target? Folks, we all know that’s a loooong way off. Market participants have a lot of questions with many sharing that the “BoJ should’ve just cut rates again.” Equity markets loved the news. The DOW closed up 163, the S&P was in the black 23, the VIX compressed over 2.5 and CDX27 tightened 3.2 bps.

“Fed” Up with Rates, FOMC Holds; November Increase Has No Chance Pre- Election and Santa Claus is Coming to Town…with Coal?

The Fed held rates albeit the subsequent press conference was more optimistic, if one can call it that, saying the economy appeared “slightly balanced” and “the case for an increase in the fed funds rate strengthened but decided, for the time being to wait for further evidence of continued progress toward its objectives.”  You all know about the myriad global event risk factors out there.  There are so many that on any given day in our inextricably global-linked world economy, should one or several of them get worse, which is entirely plausible-to-likely, the Fed can skirt around a hike by once again pointing to global events, as they have in the past, to justify standing down.  In fact, in its statement Chair Yellen said, “we will closely monitor inflation and global developments.” What’s more, the next FOMC meeting will be held on November 1srt and 2nd and is not associated with a Summary of Economic Projections or a press conference by Yellen. It is highly unlikely that the Fed raises rates in November given that the meeting will take places 6 days before one our nation’s most tumultuous and raucous elections.  Last year saw one rate hike to close out 2015 at its December meeting.  Santa Claus will be coming to town early at the year’s last meeting of 2016 held December 13th-14th …………..but don’t be surprised to find coal in the stocking.

Folks, Q3 is about over.  You hear that sound?   That’s the sound of trucks?  They’re backing up to print between now and Election Day – BIG TIME. 12 IG issuers are in the pipeline with a whole lot of M&A deals getting closer.

Here’s All You Want and Need to Know About Today’s Fed Decision

o   The FOMC kept rates unchanged as three officials dissent for a hike.

o   George, Mester, Rosengren dissented in favor of a hike.

o   Case for rate hike strengthened as forecast shows a 2016 increase.

o   Fed “decided to wait for the time being for additional evidence.”

o   Reiterates they expect the economy to “warrant only gradual hikes.”

o   FOMC repeats it will closely monitor inflation and global developments.

o   Job market continued to strengthen and economy picked up.

o   Says “job gains are solid and household spending is growing strongly.”

o   Market-based measures of inflation remain low.

o   Sees inflation rising to 2% over the medium term.

o   Business fixed investments has remained soft.

o   Near-term risks to its outlook “appear roughly balanced.”

o   Maintains its reinvestment policy.

 

In Janet’s Words

o   “FOMC policy should help economy move toward goals.”

o   “Economic growth appears to have picked up.”

o   “Economy to expand at moderate pace in next few years.”

o   “Pace of job gains above rate needed for new entrants.”

o   “Unemployment measures show more people seeking jobs.”

o   “PCE inflation still short of 2% objective.”

o   “Can’t take inflation expectations stability for granted.”

o   “Don’t want to overshoot inflation goal significantly.”

o   “We chose to wait for more evidence of progress.”

o   “On current course, some gradual hikes will be warranted.”

o   “There appears little risk of falling behind curve.”

o   “We’re generally pleased with how U.S. economy is doing.”

o   “Seeing evidence economy is expanding more strongly.”

o   “We’re not seeing pressures suggesting overheating.”

o   “Economy has a little more room to run than thought.”

o   “Zero lower bound is a concern.”

o   “My colleagues and I discussed timing of next rate hike.”

o   “Most of us judged it sensible to wait for more evidence.”

o   “Monetary policy is somewhat accommodative.”

o   “Should be concerned about risks from reach for yield.”

o   “Most of my colleagues agree with my Jackson Hole remark.”

o   “Of course we’re worried bubbles could form.”

o   “Soundness of banking system has improved substantially.”

o   “Less disagreement on FOMC than you might think.”

o   “Important to have a range of views expressed on the FOMC.”

o   “We don’t discuss politics at our meetings.”

 

Global Market Recap

 

o   FOMC – Unchanged as expected but there were 3 dissenters. Dots were dovish (again).

o   BOJ – Main policy target is the yield curve from the monetary base (rates unchanged).

o   U.S. Treasuries – Closed mixed & flatter. USTs traded better after the FOMC/Yellen.

o   Overseas Bonds – Europe was unchanged to red & steeper. JGB’s was all red & flatter.

o   Stocks – Strong session for U.S.

o   Overseas Stocks – Europe closed higher. Nikkei rallied & China small gains.

o   Economic – Nothing of note in the U.S. Data in Japan was weak.

o   Currencies – USD lost ground vs. all of the Big 5. The Yen was very strong.

o   Commodities – CRB, crude oil, gold & silver were all well bid.

o   CDX IG: -3.25 to 78.44

o   CDX HY: -18.52 to 391.26

o   CDX EM: -12.30 to 230.74

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

-Tony Farren

 

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

 

  • BAML’s IG Master Index was unchanged at +142.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS tightened 1 bp to +139 versus +140.  The “LUACOAS” wide since 2012 is +215. The tight is +135.
  • Standard & Poor’s Global Fixed Income Research was unchanged at +190.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $19.1b on Tuesday versus $12b Monday and $15.8b the previous Monday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $15.4b.

 

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

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
9/19-9/23
vs. Current
WTD – $20.963b
September 2016 vs. Current
MTD – $113.168b
Low-End Avg. $29.09b 72.06% $115.45b 98.02%
Midpoint Avg. $30.28b 69.23% $116.02b 97.54%
High-End Avg. $31.48b 66.59% $116.59b 97.06%
The Low $20b 104.81% $80b 141.46%
The High $40b 52.41% $150b 75.45%

 

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/Head of Fixed Income Syndicate (more…)

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Quigley’s Corner 07.26.16: Managers Fixated on FOMC

 

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap

Global Market Recap

 IG Primary Market Talking Points

New Issues Priced

Lipper Report/Fund Flows

IG Credit Spreads (by Rating/Industry)

IG Secondary Market Trading Lab

New Issue Pipeline

Economic Data Releases

Rates Trading Lab

M&A Pipeline

 

We had 5 IG Corporate issuers tap the dollar DCM today pricing 6 tranches between them totaling $5.1b.  Today’s big transaction was Citigroup’s $2.5b 2-part 5-year FXD/FRN that priced with no concession.  In the SSA space, NIB added its expected $1b 5-year boosting the all-in day totals to 6 issuers, 7 tranches and $6.1b.

The IG Corporate-only WTD total is now $12.2b or 63% of this week’s syndicate midpoint average forecast calling for $20.48b.

We expect a quiet Wednesday session ahead of tomorrow’s 2:00pm FOMC Rate Decision Statement only.  As our own rates guru, Tony Farren shared with me today, “I expect the FOMC Statement to lean dovish with a message that the Fed is data dependent with an eye on international developments (Brexit, Europe, Japan, China, etc). My call for the FOMC rate hikes in 2016 is zero to one hike. I think the FOMC wants to get in a least one rate hike this year but to do it, the stars really have to align.  Tomorrow is a Statement only meeting.  We’ll have to wait until the September 20/21st meeting for the next Projections and Press Conference.  Following tomorrow’s FOMC, focus will shift to the BOJ Meeting. The BOJ Statement is released Thursday night.”

 

Global Market Recap

 

  • S. Treasuries – Weak 5yr auction. Closed mixed & little changed but had a solid afternoon rally.
  • 3mth Libor – You guessed it another high yield since May 2009 (0.74300%).
  • Stocks – U.S. stocks are mixed & little changed but staged a solid rally off the lows of the day.
  • Overseas Stocks – Europe closed mixed. China had a solid rally & the Nikkei traded poorly.
  • Economic – U.S. economic data was mixed.
  • Currencies – Strong day for the Yen. The Euro & Pound closed little changed.
  • Commodities – Crude down but closed well above the day’s low price. Bad day for wheat.
  • CDX IG: +1.11 to 74.56
  • CDX HY: +5.84 to 401.32
  • CDX EM: +4.91 to 260.97

*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 5 IG Corporate new issues only was 12.2 bps.
  • The spread compression from IPTs to the launch/final pricing across today’s 6 IG new issues – including the split-rated $25 PerpNC5 for Capital One – was 14.125 bps.

 

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

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
7/25-7/29
vs. Current
WTD – $12.20b
July 2016 vs. Current
MTD – $80.95b
Low-End Avg. $19.39b 62.92% $90.09b 89.85%
Midpoint Avg. $20.48b 59.57% $91.17b 88.79%
High-End Avg. $21.57b 56.56% $92.26b 87.74%
The Low $10b 122.00% $60b 134.92%
The High $30b 40.67% $125b 64.76%

 

 

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. (more…)