US equity markets ended lower on Friday with the S&P and Nasdaq closing 0.8% and 1.7% lower each. Sectoral losses were led by Financials and IT, down 1.8-2.0%. European markets ended sharply lower as the Russia-Ukraine crisis worsens – the DAX, CAC and FTSE were down 4.4%, 5% and 3.5% respectively. US 10Y Treasury yields eased a strong 12bp to 1.74%. Brazil’s Bovespa ended 0.6% lower. In the Middle East, UAE’s ADX was up 0.7% and Saudi TASI was up 0.8%. Asian markets have opened lower – Shanghai, HSI, STI and Nikkei were down 1.5%, 3.3%, 0.7% and 3.2% respectively. US IG CDS spreads widened 3.4bp and HY spreads were 15.4bp wider. EU Main CDS spreads were 7.8bp wider and Crossover CDS spreads were 25.7bp wider. Asia ex-Japan CDS spreads were 3.7bp wider.
US NFP data for February 2022 came at 678k, higher than the surveyed 423k and last month’s 467k. Unemployment rate was at 3.8%, lower than surveyed 3.9%.
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- Mumbai International Airport hires for $ bond
- The Republic of the Philippines hires for $ bond
- Aluminium Corporation of China hires for $ bond
- Petron hires for $ 7NC4 bond
- Electricity Generating (EGCO) hires for $ 7Y or 10Y bond
- Moody’s downgrades Russia’s ratings to Ca from B3; the outlook is negative
- Moody’s upgrades Occidental Petroleum’s CFR to Ba1; positive outlook
- Belarus Ratings Lowered To ‘CCC’ And Placed On CreditWatch Negative On Mounting Risks Related To Russia-Ukraine Conflict
- Moody’s downgrades Ukraine’s ratings to Caa2 from B3, ratings remain on review for downgrade
- Fitch Downgrades VEON to ‘B+’, Outlook Stable
- Moody’s changes Diamond’s outlook to stable, appends /LD to PDR on concluded distressed exchange
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On Russia warning sovereign bond holders that payments depend on sanctions
“The actual possibility of making such payments to non-residents will depend on the limiting measures introduced by foreign states in relation to the Russian Federation”
On Wall Street Pouncing on Russia’s Cheap Corporate Debt
Athanassios Diplas, a veteran derivatives trader at Goldman Sachs
“The whole point of the sanctions is to make them and their instruments untouchable. I have no issues looking at arbitrage opportunities in distressed situations, like back in 1998. But this is different.”
Sally Greig, a money manager at Baillie Gifford
“What we’re seeing is a bit of revulsion — more and more institutions are steering clear of Russia due to reputational risks and pure difficulties in clearing and executing trades. You have to tear up the distressed playbook. This is not the usual distressed situation. This is a very difficult time.”
On Russia now ‘utterly uninvestable’ – Schroders CEO
“My anticipation would be that sanctions get stronger, and the cumulative impact of running down reserves will be felt ever more acutely, so things that are xseemingly difficult now will feel impossible in a week’s time”.
On Argentina to Get $9.8 Billion From IMF After Agreement Approval
Alejo Costa, chief Argentina strategist at BTG Pactual
“Even if the program does address Argentina’s deficit monetization, the agreement seems very generous for the country. That’s not a good thing, as it could give Kirchnerism the space to continue with unorthodox policies.”