US equity markets ended lower again on Tuesday with the S&P and Nasdaq closing 0.7% and 0.3% lower. Sectoral losses were led by Consumer Staples and Healthcare, down over 2% each. European markets were stable – the DAX and FTSE were flat while the CAC was down 0.3%. US 10Y Treasury yields picked up by 7bp to 1.85% as the risk-off sentiment eased slightly. Brazil’s Bovespa ended 0.4% lower. In the Middle East, UAE’s ADX was up 0.6% and Saudi TASI was up 0.3%. Asian markets have opened mixed – Shanghai and HSI were down 1.1% and 2.2% while STI and Nikkei were up 0.9% and 0.3% respectively. US IG CDS spreads tightened 1.6bp and HY spreads were 6.8bp tighter. EU Main CDS spreads were 3.3bp wider and Crossover CDS spreads were 11.5bp tighter. Asia ex-Japan CDS spreads were 1.9bp tighter.
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New Bond Issues
- Shaoxing City Keqiao District State-owned Assets Investment $ 3Y at 3.15% area
- Shenwan Hongyuan Securities $ 3Y at T+120bp area
- Ninghai State-owned Asset Investment Holding Group $ 3Y at 3.8% area
- Shengzhou City Construction Investment $ 3Y at 2.9% area
Commerzbank raised €1.5bn ($1.6bn) via a 5Y covered bond at a yield of 0.508%, ~2bp inside initial guidance of MS+4/6bp area. The bonds were rated Aaa and received orders over €2.8bn ($3.1bn), 1.9x issue size.
Bank of Nova Scotia raised €2bn ($2.2bn) via a 4Y covered bond at a yield of 0.495%, 2bp inside initial guidance of MS+12bp area. The bonds are rated Aaa/AAA (Moody’s/Fitch) and received orders over €2.25bn ($2.5bn), 1.1x issue size.
Henan Railway Construction & Investment raised $100mn via a 5Y green bond at a yield of 3.214%, unchanged from initial guidance of T+150bp area. The bonds were rated A2 by Moody’s. Proceeds will be used to finance, refinance and replenish the working capital of eligible green projects.
HDB raised S$1bn via a 5Y green bond at a yield of 1.845%, unchanged from guidance of 1.845%. The bonds are rated AAA, and the deal was upsized from S$800mn. “This is the only name that can still print in the current market conditions since it’s almost like a proxy to the Singapore government,” said a syndicate banker. Proceeds from the new bond will be used to fund or refinance eligible green projects under the framework.
New Bonds Pipeline
- Jinjiang Road and Bridge Construction & Development hires for $ bond
- Shaoxing City Keqiao District State-owned Assets Investment hires for $ bond
- 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
- Ukraine-Based MHP SE Downgraded To ‘B-‘ And Placed On CreditWatch Negative On Fallout From Russia Conflict
- Fitch Downgrades Russia to ‘C’
- Moody’s downgrades Telecom Italia’s ratings to Ba3; outlook negative
Term of the Day
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On Moody’s Expecting Surge in Oil to Dampen Islamic Bond Sales
“We expect higher oil prices will lead to lower sukuk issuance in 2022, largely driven by lower financing needs… The economic recovery in key Islamic finance markets will boost credit growth and demand for Shariah-compliant products and we expect Islamic banks’ asset growth to continue to outperform their conventional peers
On Gundlach Warning US Inflation May Hit 10%, Forcing Fed’s Hand
“Their job is to fight inflation. They’ve done a terrible job of it so far”
“We’re definitely getting more concerned” about the possibility of recession
Bonds look “incredibly over-valued”
On China Sovereign Bonds Tumbling From No. 1 Ranking as Funds Flee
Becky Liu, head of China macro strategy at Standard Chartered Bank Plc
“China rates have failed to follow the decline in U.S. Treasuries amid global risk-off trades… credit policies may turn more proactive in the near term”
Jason Pang, PM at JP Morgan China Bond Opportunities Fund
“The general trend for past few years has been outperformance of China bonds versus rest of the world. However, global bond investors have started to shift to a more risk-off stance amid the market volatilities triggered by the recent geopolitical events, with a preference toward developed market bonds such as the U.S. Treasuries”
On Investors shifting to Latam amid war in Europe, but risks remain
Alfonso Eyzaguirre, CEO of JPMorgan Chase Latin America
“Amid all the current volatility, Latin America may have some opportunities. Some markets may be positively impacted by higher commodity prices, and also by a higher volume of investment flows by Emerging Market portfolio managers”
William Jackson, chief emerging markets economist at Capital Economics
“The main impact on Latin America is coming via commodity price moves – this seems to have supported currencies like the Brazilian real and Colombian peso. Insofar as there are clearer beneficiaries from these commodity price moves, it’s the oil exporters like Colombia”
Boris Schlossberg, MD of FX at BK Asset Management
“My overall view that if you’re a long-term fundamental bull it probably has to be Chile. “If you’re looking for a short-term bounce, or a really strong reversal, it’s Brazil. And Argentina has a long-shot trade here on the commodity boom – it’s so hated by everybody, and is basically so oversold, that there’s little risk of downside at this point.”