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European Bond Research – April 14, 2020

Posted on April 14, 2020
EUROPEAN BOND RESEARCH
April 14, 2020
Bond Markets

MARKETS WERE UP AS PLANS TO REOPEN THE ECONOMY ARE FLOATED BY BOTH THE FEDERAL AND STATE GOVERNMENT. A CONSORTIUM OF STATES ON BOTH THE WEST COAST AND THE EAST COAST HAVE BEEN FORMED TO COORDINATE OPENING THEIR ECONOMIES.  FTSE 100 -0.88%, German DAX +1.25%, CAC 40 +0.38%, STOXX Europe 600 +0.64%.  The 10-year Gilt was up 3.5 bps.

CORONA VIRUS UPDATE: CHINA TO DATE HAS HAD 2 MILLION+ CASES AND 125000+ DEATHS. THE VIRUS SEEMS TO BE DOWN TO A TRICKLE IN CHINA AS NEW CASES AND DEATHS SEEM TO BE ACCELERATING INTERNATIONALLY.   (Advantage Data Inc.). Extensive corporate-bond index data showed a net daily grade increment for high-grade versus high-yield constituents. High-yield bonds edged out high-grade debt as of 3 PM, London time.  Among European high-yield bonds showing a concurrence of top price gains at appreciable volumes traded,  Mylan Inc. (USD) 3.75% 12/15/2020 made some analysts ‘Conviction buy’ lists. (See the chart for  Mylan Inc. bonds below). Pierre Robert

Industry Returns Tracker
Industry Past Day Past Week Past Month Past Quarter YTD Past Year
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing 2.17% 3.68% 3.11% -8.75% -7.89% 3.54%
Mining 0.56% 1.58% -11.93% -20.35% -19.17% -9.36%
Construction 2.35% 4.11% -17.56% -18.37% -17.70% -15.36%
Manufacturing 0.94% 4.45% -3.46% -6.88% -6.31% -2.91%
Transportion, Communication, Electric/Gas -0.02% 6.37% -4.83% -11.87% -10.93% -3.75%
Wholesale 0.37% 0.52% -7.81% -9.32% -8.90% 1.67%
Retail 0.78% 0.09% -7.51% -2.72% -1.47% 12.49%
Finance, Insurance, Real-Estate 0.71% 2.45% -4.16% -7.18% -6.38% 2.99%
Services 2.57% 7.01% -2.05% -11.50% -11.21% -0.54%
Energy -0.30% 1.01% -11.09% -44.94% -43.54% -46.53%
 
Total returns (non-annualized) by rating, market weighted.
Credit-Default Swap Market

LATEST NEWS: Top moves, sovereign tighteners (5Y): China 39.51, Greece 234.7. Sovereign wideners (5Y):  Finland 20.63 and Ireland 41.03.

New Issuance

New Issues New Issues [Continued]
1. Banque Fed du Credit Mutuel (EUR) 0.68% 4/14/2022 (04/13/2020): 140MM Senior Unsecured Notes, Price at Issuance 100, Yielding .68%.

2. UBS AG London (USD) 1.75% 4/21/2022 Reg S (04/14/2020): 2500MM Senior Unsecured Notes, Price at Issuance 99.869, Yielding 1.82%.

3. Credit Agricole SA (EUR) 1% 4/22/2026 (04/14/2020): 1500MM Senior Non Preferred Notes.

4. Bank fuer Tirol und Vorarlberg AG (EUR) 0.9% 5/27/2026 (04/14/2020): 650MM Senior Non Preferred Notes, Price at Issuance 100, Yielding .9%.

5. Henkel AG & Co. KGaA (CHF) 0.273% 4/28/2023 (04/14/2020): 330MM Senior Unsecured Notes.

6. UBS AG London (EUR) 0.75% 4/21/2023 (04/14/2020): 2000MM Senior Unsecured Notes.

7. Daimler Canada Finance (NOK) 3.1% 4/21/2025 (04/14/2020): 550MM Senior Unsecured Notes.

ADI Indexes

6DATA CHECK:

iShares Core EUR UCITS iShares Euro High Yield UCITS
NAV as of 04/14/2020, 128.68 NAV as of 04/14/2020, 94.48
Daily NAV Change (%) -0.31% Daily NAV Change (%) +0.12%

OVERALL EUROPEAN CREDIT MARKET:
The euro-zone economy shows signs of negative momentum, weakening credit rating quality, and uncertainty regarding the outcome of Brexit. Closely watched indicators and rates:

  • Eurostat’s unemployment rateEXPECTED TO SOAR.
  • Eurostat’s quarterly GDP: EXPECTED TO CONTRACT.
  • 6-month Euribor: current value –0.179%, as of 04/7/2020.

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