US equity markets ended lower on Tuesday with the S&P and Nasdaq down 0.7% and 0.2% respectively. Sectoral losses were led by Real Estate down by 1.3%, Industrial, and Financials down 1% each. US 10Y Treasury yields rose 18bp to 2.72% on hawkish commentary from Fed officials. European markets also ended mixed – the DAX and CAC were down 0.2% and 0.4% respectively while the FTSE was flat. Brazil’s Bovespa was up by 1.1%. In the Middle East, UAE’s ADX rose 1.2% while Saudi TASI fell 0.2%. Asian markets have opened in the green – STI, Shanghai, HSI and Nikkei were up 0.3%, 0.2%, 0.3% and 0.5% respectively. US IG CDS spreads widened 2.2bp and US HY spreads were wider by 11.1bp. EU Main CDS spreads were 3bp wider and Crossover spreads were widened by 18.9bp. Asia ex-Japan IG CDS spreads widened 11bp.
In the US, the number of job positions available fell to 10.7mn in June vs. 11.3mn in May, indicating easing of tightness in the labour market as economic pressure rises. Meanwhile, the Reserve Bank of Australia lifted benchmark rates by 50bp to 1.85%, the fourth consecutive hike. Central bank expects slower economic growth in 2022 and 2023.
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New Bond Issues
Phoenix Charm International Investment $ 3Y at 6.4% area
Barclays raised $4.25bn via a three-tranche deal. It raised:
- $1.5bn via a 4NC3 bond at a yield of 5.304%, 15bp inside the initial guidance of T+245bp area. The bonds have expected ratings of Baa2/BBB. The new bonds are priced 30.4bp wider to its existing 5.2% 2026s that yield 5%.
- $1.75bn via a 6NC5 bond at a yield of 5.501%, 15bp inside the initial guidance of T+280bp area. The bonds have expected ratings of Baa2/BBB. The new bonds are priced 39.1bp wider to its existing 4.337% 2028s that yield 5.11%.
- $1bn via a 11NC10 bond at a yield of 5.746%, 20bp inside the initial guidance of T+320bp area.
The senior unsecured bonds have expected ratings of Baa2/BBB. Proceeds will be used for refinancing and general corporate purposes. This comes just a day after the British lender raised $2bn via a PerpNC7 AT1 at a yield of 8%.
Intel raised $6bn via a five-tranche deal as seen in the table below:
ANZ Bank raised $500mn via a 10NC5 144A bond at a yield of 5.548%, 30bp inside the initial guidance of T+300bp area. The bonds have expected ratings of A1/AA-/A+. The call date for the bonds is Aug 11 2027. If the bonds are not redeemed, it will reset on the same date. The reset margin was not specified and might be announced at a later date. The bonds can be redeemed in whole or in part on the call date, or at any time for certain tax or regulatory reasons subject to written approval from the Reserve Bank of New Zealand and satisfaction of solvency conditions.
New Bonds Pipeline
- Tianjin Binhai New Area Construction & Investment hires for $ bond
- Johnson Electric hires for $ Senior bond
- NH Investment hires for $ 3Y and/or 5Y Green bond
- Busan Bank hires for $ Social bond
- Fitch Downgrades Times China to ‘C’ on Missing Interest Payments
- Intel Corp. Outlook Revised To Negative From Stable On Underperformance; Ratings Affirmed
Term of the Day
Inverted Yield Curve
An inverted yield curve occurs when short-term yields move higher than the long-term yields. With respect to Treasury bonds, an inverted yield curve (3M10Y curve or 2Y10Y curve) has historically shown an impending recession. Similarly, for corporate bonds, an inverted yield curve would indicate that while the company may struggle to meet short-term payments, it is likely to improve its financial position in the longer-term. An inverted yield curve would highlight liquidity risks for the issuer while solvency might still be fine.
The US Treasury yield curve was inverted at the end of July following the 75bp rate hike at the last FOMC meeting – the 2s10s ended July at negative 22bp vs. positive 4bp at the start of July.
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Hawkish remarks from Fed Officials
San Francisco Fed president Mary Daly
In an interview on LinkedIn, she said that the central bank was “nowhere near” done with its fight to cool inflation, which continues to run at 40-year highs. Her remarks come after the Fed’s meeting last week at which chair Jay Powell suggested it might be appropriate to slow the pace of interest rate increases, prompting a relief rally in markets.
In a separate interview on Tuesday, Chicago Fed president Charles Evans said he thought that a 0.5 percentage point increase at the next meeting in September would be appropriate. However, he left the door open to a larger 0.75 percentage point rise, which he said “could also be OK”. Also on Tuesday, Cleveland Fed president Loretta Mester in an interview with The Washington Post, said she expects below-trend economic growth for this year, which she added is necessary to rein in inflation. She did not believe the US is in a recession given the continued strength of the labour market. Mester is known to be among the more hawkish members of the Federal Open Market Committee.
On Being too Early on Fading Recession Risk
Goldman Sachs Group Inc. strategists
“Looking at the re-pricing of cyclical assets in the US and EU, we think the market might have been too complacent too soon in fading recession risks on expectations of a more accommodative monetary policy stance…We think markets will be vulnerable to hawkish surprises if inflation continues to struggle to re-set and growth surprises — if the slowdown in activity results in a more prolonged/deeper downturn.”
On US High-Grade Bond Sales Exceeding Issuance Expectations
Maureen O’Connor, global head of investment-grade syndicate at Wells Fargo & Co.
“We have found a very nice pocket of sustained market stability in investment grade for the first time in months…There’s all these reasons why September is a really big month for issuance, but we’ve also got a Fed meeting, and a whole bunch of other landmines that could complicate September too.”
On Argentina Running Out of Cash to Stave Off Devaluation
Emiliano Anselmi, an economist at brokerage Portfolio Personal Inversiones.
“The problem is we have never had such a weak real exchange rate, nor such a wide gap between the official and parallel rates, while reserves were this low, … The government won’t be able to hold out much longer without a one-off devaluation
Graham Stock, a senior emerging-market sovereign strategist at Bluebay Asset Management in London.
“The central problem remains that there is no easy solution to the crisis, … High inflation is making the government unpopular and driving capital flight.”
On UK Corporate Insolvencies Near a 13-Year High
Samantha Keen, a partner at EY-Parthenon
“The record levels of CVLs are the first tranche of insolvencies we expected to see involving companies that have struggled to stay viable without the lifeline of government support provided over the pandemic, … We expect further insolvencies in the year ahead among larger businesses who are struggling to adapt to challenging trading conditions, tighter capital, and increased market volatility.”
On APAC Sustainable Bond Volume Slowing in H1, Outlook Stays Resilient
“The broader fixed-income market conditions have adversely impacted sustainable bond volumes so far in 2022, as the Russia-Ukraine military conflict has impaired global economic growth prospects, stoked existing inflationary pressures and heightened the prospects for accelerated monetary policy tightening…Also, given APAC’s inherent challenge of having a high proportion of hard-to-abate sectors, coupled with an insufficient amount of eligible projects to finance using use-of-proceeds bonds, transition financing via SLBs and other transition instruments will continue to gain traction in the region.”
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