US equity markets saw a massive drop with the S&P and Nasdaq crashing 3.6% and 5% respectively. All of the 11 major industry groups declined, with the information technology, consumer discretionary, communication services and financials sectors leading losses. The move comes a day after a rally in the indices as the Fed cooled down fears of any 75bp hike expectations, after a 50bp hike. US 10Y Treasury yields shot up 13bp. European markets were broadly weak – the DAX and CAC were down 0.5% and 0.4%, while FTSE was up 0.1%. Brazil’s Bovespa closed 2.8% lower. In the Middle East, UAE’s ADX was flat while Saudi TASI was closed. Asian markets have opened lower – Shanghai, HSI and STI were down 2.3%, 3.6% and 1.3%, while Nikkei was up 0.9%. US IG and HY CDS spreads widened 5.2bp and 30bp respectively. EU Main CDS spreads were 2.5bp wider and Crossover spreads were 19.3bp wider. Asia ex-Japan CDS spreads were 2bp tighter.
The Bank of England (BOE) hikes its policy rate by 25bp to 1%. 6 rate setters voted for a 25bp hike while 3 others called for a 50bp hike, a more hawkish voting outcome vs. forecasts of an 8-1 dovish voting pattern. Turkey’s annual inflation jumped to a 20Y high of 69.97% in April, with the Russia-Ukraine conflict coupled with rising energy and commodity prices weighing on inflation.
Morgan Stanley raised €3bn via a two-tranche deal. It raised:
Development Bank of Kazakhstan raised $500mn via a 3Y bond at a yield of 5.95%, unchanged from guidance. The bonds are rated Baa2/BBB (Moody’s/Fitch). Proceeds will be used for general corporate purposes and to finance the purchase of its 2022s under a tender offer to be announced soon.
Bonds that are issued, linked to oil warrants are known as oil bonds. Congo plans to issue these bonds to to commodity traders Glencore and Trafigura to refinance its outstanding debts. Linking debt to oil warrants will enable Congo to hedge external payments against the cycle of crude prices. While the finalized details are yet to be structured, Bloomberg notes that the deal is currently constructed such that Congo will have to pay more interest on the bonds when oil prices rise and less when prices fall.
“The funds rate will I believe ultimately need to be raised well into restrictive territory, by at least a percentage point above the estimated nominal neutral rate of 2.5%.”
Zambian Finance Minister Situmbeko Musokotwane
“It does make sense for our biggest creditor to play a leading part, to take a leading role in the proceedings. They are willing to participate as a co-chair, and we welcome that because it will improve the chances of resolution — them being the biggest single creditors… We are just very happy that they’ve now made a public announcement that they’ll now join”
Taro Saito, head of economic research at NLI Research Institute
“A weak yen is going to add more inflationary pressures for a wider range of products as it affects all imported goods. Price growth is no longer going to be only about soaring energy and raw material prices.”
Yuki Masujima, economist
“The climb in prices were mostly due to a technical factor, along with higher costs for imported food and energy — not the wage-driven inflation the BOJ seeks. We see the BOJ sticking to its stimulus, even as other central banks unwind theirs.”