US markets carved another day and week of gains on better than expected June Non-Farm Payroll (NFP) data before closing in for a long weekend to celebrate US Independence Day. NFP came in at 850k vs. the revised 583k last month and above the forecasted number of 720k. Unemployment was marginally higher at 5.9% vs. 5.8% last month. S&P and NASDAQ were up 0.8% creating new records. IT, Consumer Discretionary and Communications were up 1.4%, 1.1% and 0.9% pushing the bourses up. US 10Y Treasury yields were 4bp tighter to close at 1.42%. European markets were calm – DAX up 0.3% while FTSE and CAC were broadly flat. US IG and HY CDS spreads tightened 0.7bp and 3.7bp respectively. EU main and crossover CDS tightened 0.5bp and 2.8bp respectively. Saudi TASI and Abu Dhabi’s ADX were up 0.5% and 0.7% respectively. Brazil’s Bovespa reversed its losses to close 1.6% higher. Asian markets again had a mixed start – Singapore’s STI and Shanghai were up 0.3% and 0.2% respectively while Nikkei and HSI were down 0.6% and 0.1% respectively. Asia ex-Japan CDS spreads were flat.
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In case you missed it, click on the button below to read the report for the quarter ended June with box and whisker plots of price returns of investment grade and high yield bonds, largest deals and top gainers and losers.
US primary market issuances dropped to $13.2bn vs. $23.1bn in the week prior. IG issuances fell last week to $9.6bn vs. $15.1bn in the prior week and HY issuances were lower at $3.1bn vs. $6.4bn in the prior week. The largest deals in the IG space were led by Salesforce’s $8bn six-trancher followed by American Homes 4 Rent’s $750mn two-trancher. In the HY space, Elastic NV’s $975mn two-trancher and APX Group’s $800mn deal led the table. In North America, there were a total of 28 upgrades and 16 downgrades combined across the three major rating agencies last week. LatAm saw $3.5bn vs. $4.51bn in new bond issuances in the prior week. Issuances were led by the Brazil government’s $2.25bn dual-trancher and Suzano’s $1bn issuance. EU Corporate G3 issuances were also lower at $17.3bn vs. $21.6bn in the week prior – Vallourec, SocGen, Credit Agricole and UniCredit raised €1bn ($1.18bn). Across the European region, there were 28 upgrades and 19 downgrades across the three major rating agencies. Overall, GCC and Sukuk G3 issuances rose sharply to $13.6bn vs. $1bn in the week prior singlehandedly led by Qatar Petroleum’s $12.5bn four-part offering, the largest deal in APAC and Middle East since the Saudi Government issued a $12.5bn three-trancher in September 2017. Across the Middle East/Africa region, there was 1 upgrade and 6 downgrades across the three major rating agencies. APAC ex-Japan G3 issuances were slightly higher at $10.25bn vs. $9.1bn in the prior week – The Philippines government’s $3bn two-trancher led the table followed by NAB’s €850mn ($1.01bn) deal, BOCOM Hong Kong and Mongolia’s $1bn issuances each. In the Asia ex-Japan region, there were 9 upgrades and 7 downgrades combined across the three major rating agencies last week. Within Asia (including Japan), SoftBank raised over $7bn via a USD & EUR issuance, Asia’s second largest bond deal YTD which was issued on the back of good market conditions and to expand their investor base.
A goldilocks economy is a term used to characterize a state of the economy when it is neither growing too fast nor too slow. This is the ideal rate of growth where interest rates don’t move much higher as inflation doesn’t rise too much, nor do rates fall since the economy is growing at a moderate pace, hence reducing uncertainty of monetary policy.
The latest NFP data saw an 850k increase in June which economists say was a goldilocks jobs report – “not too hot, not too cold…Enough new jobs to confirm the economy is on a roll, but enough jobless to give the Fed’s current strategy a warm hug” as per Danni Hewson, analyst at AJ Bell.