US markets ended the week on another record high. S&P and Nasdaq were both up 1% and markets enter the upcoming week with a Fed Meeting lined up along with high profile earnings reports from Apple, Alphabet, Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft, Tesla and Boeing. Consumer Services led the gains up 2.7%. Utilities, Consumer Stables, Health Care, and IT were up ~1%. Markit Flash US composite and services PMIs for July came in lower at 59.7 and 59.8 respectively vs. last month’s 63.7 and 64.6 while the manufacturing PMI was higher at 63.1 vs 62.1 last month. US 10Y Treasury yields tightened by 2bp to 1.26%. Euro zone activity grew in July to a 21-year high with flash composite PMI at 60.6 vs. 59.5. The European bourses also closed higher – CAC, DAX and FTSE were up 1.4%, 1% and 0.9%. US IG CDS spreads tightened 0.7bp and HY tightened 3.4bp. EU Main and Crossover spreads tightened 0.9bp and 3.4bp respectively. Brazil’s Bovespa was down 0.9%. Middle East markets opened the week in the green after the Eid break. Saudi TASI and UAE’s DAX were up 0.8% and 0.6% respectively. Asian markets looked for direction as Chinese tech shares continued to drop as Chinese regulators barred Tencent from exclusive rights in online music – the Nikkei is up 1.3% while HSI, Shanghai and Singapore’s STIs are down 2.4%, 0.8% and 0.2% respectively. Asia ex-Japan CDS spreads were 0.3bp wider.
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New Bond Issues
Adani Ports SEZ $ 10.5Y/20Y at T10+ 280bp/ 5.25% areas
Temasek $ 10/20/40yr @ T+60/80/100bp area
- ICBC Financial Leasing $ 3Y/5Y/10Y at T+130bp/145bp/185bp area
Fujian Yango Group $ 2 year 5 months final at 12.5%, alongside tender offer
JPMorgan raised $2bn via Perpetual non-call 5Y (PerpNC5) depositary shares at a yield of 4.2%, ~23.75bp inside initial guidance of 4.375-4.5% area. The depositary shares each represent a 1/400th interest in a share of JPMorgan Non-Cumulative Preferred Stock, Series MM. The offering price is $25 per depositary share and can be redeemed on any dividend payment date on or after September 1, 2026, or at any time following a “capital treatment event”. Proceeds will be used for general corporate purposes. The coupon is fixed for life.
Nanchang Jinkai Group raised $225mn via a 2.92Y credit-enhanced bond maturing at a yield of 3.45%, unchanged from initial guidance. The bonds are unrated and supported by an irrevocable standby letter of credit from Bank of Jiujiang. Proceeds will be used for project development, debt repayment and working capital.
New Bonds Pipeline
Gemdale Corp hires for $ green bonds; calls today
AVIC International Leasing hires for 364-day euro bonds; calls today
Moody’s upgrades Cyprus’s rating to Ba1, changes outlook to stable from positive
- SP PowerAssets Upgraded To ‘AA+’ from ‘AA’ By S&P Following Rating Action On Parent; Outlook Stable
- Singapore Power Rating Raised To ‘AA+’ From ‘AA’ By S&P Following Tariff Resets; Outlook Stable
- Navios Maritime Holdings Downgraded To ‘CCC’ By S&P On Mounting Refinancing Risk; Outlook Negative
- Fitch Revises Outlook on Nordea Bank to Stable; Affirms at ‘AA-‘
- Fitch Revises Lear’s Outlook to Stable; Affirms IDR at ‘BBB’
- Fitch Revises the Outlook on Svenska Handelsbanken to Stable; Affirms at ‘AA’
- Fitch Revises Gulf International Bank (UK) Limited Outlook to Stable; Affirms at ‘BBB+’
Moody’s withdraws Languang Development’s ratings due to insufficient information
ICYMI: Chinese Developers’ Bond Spreads Widen as Focus on Three Red Lines Increases
In case you missed it – China’s real estate developers’ high yield Index underperformed its peers witnessing a sharp drop of 6% in June and down 3.7% YTD. Investor concerns were apparent since the start of Q2 with Z-Spreads widening across certain Chinese real estate developers. China Evergrande’s Z-Spread widened by a massive 1,800bp since April, the highest in the sector as investor concerns grow over its liquidity position. The ‘three red-lines’, a key regulatory threshold for property developers set by Beijing has become an important factor that separates the winners and the losers.
In this editorial piece, we detail the widening Z-Spreads across companies in the Chinese property sector, the sector’s underperformance, and the three red-lines calculations of the key players.
Term of the Day
A Free Trade Zone (FTZ) bond is a bond issued by a company that operates an FTZ or subzone. FTZ’s are a special economic zone for commerce purposes where imported goods are not subject to customs. According to Asia Financial, an analysis by industry insiders show that FTZ bonds can be regarded as foreign bonds, and they are basically the same as foreign bonds in terms of foreign debt filing, projection procedures, fund return and supervision.
Chinese conglomerate Shanghai Fosun High Technology (Group) priced a $200mn 3Y Shanghai Pilot Free Trade Zone bond at par to yield 4.3% on Friday.
On the warning to Congress on US debt limit
“We remain of the view that the restart is real, and that economies are recovering.” “Treasury yields are too low in the current environment. Markets are too pessimistic about the prospects for the economy.”
“On the face of it, this is a level consistent with a recessionary environment.” “I’m not sure that’s really what the market is thinking. You simply have some moderate doubt about the strength of the recovery which means more demand for safe assets at a time when central banks are still hoovering up most of them. That’s the explosive recipe behind this move.”
“Stepping in front of this move doesn’t feel like the right thing to do at the moment,” he said. “I would be more comfortable seeing a turn in the market before we do.”
“The economic data is certainly one factor that I would expect to catalyse a continued upward trajectory in interest rates,” he said. “Since the June [Fed] meeting, the data has been unequivocally strong and financial conditions are easier.” “Our view is that by the end of this year the Fed will be much closer to the point where they no longer think that additional easing every month is required in order to keep the economy moving towards the Fed’s goals,” said Hornbach. “If that plays out as we expect, interest rate markets will be trading at higher yields.”