US equity markets moved lower on Thursday with the S&P and Nasdaq down 0.6% and 0.3%. Sectoral losses were led by Consumer Staples and IT, down over 1% each. US 10Y Treasury yields eased another 5bp to 2.86%, after falling 6bp a day earlier. European markets were lower too with the DAX, CAC and FTSE down 0.9%, 1.3% and 1.8% respectively. Brazil’s Bovespa closed 0.7% higher. In the Middle East, UAE’s ADX was down 0.6% and Saudi TASI fell 2.2%. Asian markets are off to a strong start – Shanghai, HSI, STI and Nikkei were up 1%, 1.9%, 1.4% and 1.2% respectively. US IG CDS spreads tightened 0.8bp and HY spreads tightened 2.3bp. EU Main CDS spreads were 1.8bp wider and Crossover spreads were 10.2bp wider. Asia ex-Japan CDS spreads were 9.5bp wider.
The US Philly Fed manufacturing index fell by 15 points to 2.6 in May, its lowest monthly reading in two years. This was significantly worse than expectations of a 16 print. US initial jobless claims rose 21k to 218k, above the 200k forecast.
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New Bond Issues
Astrea VII raised ~$755.75mn via a multi-currency three-trancher (scroll below for details)
Avic International raised $mn via a 3Y bond at a yield of %, 45bp inside initial guidance of T+175bp area. The bonds are rated A- by Fitch. Soar Wise is the issuer and the bonds guaranteed by Avic International. The bonds have a change of control put at 101. Proceeds will be used for debt replacement.
New Bonds Pipeline
- Busan Bank hires for $ Social bond
- Kookmin Card hires for $ Sustainability bond
- Continuum Energy Aura hires for $ Green Bond
- Jubilant Pharma hires for $ bond
- Sael Limited hires for $ 7Y Green bond
- Fitch Downgrades Sri Lanka to ‘RD’
- Moody’s downgrades Cinda HK’s issuer ratings to Baa1; outlook stable
- Fitch Downgrades Hidrovias’ IDRs to ‘BB-‘; Outlook Stable
- Fitch Downgrades Jiayuan to ‘C’ on Missed Interest Payment
Term of the Day
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On Bonds Come Back in Vogue as a Hedge Against Cratering Stocks
Gregory Faranello, head of US rates trading and strategy for AmeriVet
“There are signs the economy is losing momentum, financial conditions are tightening, while the Fed is saying policy may go beyond neutral”. A further decline in the 10-year yield faces a challenge around 2.72%, but after that “a drop to 2.5% is not out of the question.”
Adam Kurpiel, head of rates strategy at Societe Generale
“We are really starting to see a clearer negative correlation between bond prices and equities”
Antoine Bouvet, rates strategist at ING Bank
Stock and bond moves are “a sign that markets are more confident in central banks’ ability to quash inflation eventually. “For the same reason, we’re also seeing curves flatten”… “It is far too early for central banks to tone down their hawkish rhetoric so front-end bonds cannot rally as much as the long-end.”
On Policy “not aimed” at equity markets, but it will be felt there – Kansas Fed president Esther George
“What we are looking for is the transmission of our policy through markets’ understanding that tightening should be expected… It is not aimed at the equity markets in particular but it is one of the avenues through which tighter financial conditions would emerge… Where I am focused on when ‘enough is enough’ is looking at our inflation target. Right now inflation is too high and we will have to make a series of rate adjustments… We are good at 50 basis points right now and I would have to see something very different to say we need to go further than that”
On Worst of Treasuries Rout Is Over For Now – JPMorgan Asset Management
Seamus Mac Gorain, head of global rates
Treasuries can still “get somewhat higher yields, maybe you get to as high as 3.25%… But I think the truth is that a lot of the near term move has already happened at this point. We’ve already had a pretty big correction.”
Mac Gorain, a former fixed-income PM at the Bank of England
“Recession next year is a very serious possibility… You’ll have seen monetary policy tightening starting to impact growth, you’ll have less support from fiscal policy, it’s hard to see any big fiscal stimulus in the US after mid-term elections.”