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European Bond Research – April 3, 2019

Posted on April 3, 2019
UK HEADED FOR A DOWNTURN AS BREXIT WORRIES NEGATIVELY IMPACT SERVICES SECTOR. The PMI, a  barometer of the economy’s health tumbled to 48.9 in March from 51.3 in February, inducing the sterling to dip to $1.3156. “A stalling of the economy in the first quarter will create further stress on the second quarter unless demand revives suddenly, which seems highly improbable with Brexit looming,” mentioned IHS Markit. “In a no-deal scenario, both the EU and the UK would face a challenge of protecting their single markets,” mentioned European Commissioner, Pierre Moscovici. The UK 10-year Gilt increased seven basis points. FTSE 100, +0.23%, STOXX Europe 600 +0.91%, CAC 40 +0.76%, German DAX +1.68%.

EU COMMISSION IS READY TO RELEASE POST-BAILOUT GRANTS TO GREECE AFTER BANK REFORM. Athens would receive nearly 1 billion euros endorsed by Eurozone finance ministers, permitting the country to borrow capital at reasonable rates. The money partly comes from profits made by Eurozone central banks on their holdings of Greek bonds that will gradually mature over the coming years. Among European investment grade-yield bonds showing a concurrence of top price gains at appreciable volumes traded, Barclays PLC (USD) 5.2% 5/12/2026 made some analysts’ ‘Conviction Buy’ lists. (See the chart for  Barclays PLC bonds below). Niral Mehta (

Sovereign-Debt Snapshot

Country Maturity (Y) Yield (%) Previous (%) Spread (bp)
Australia 10 1.820 1.813 -65.8
Belgium 10 0.446 0.460 -203.3
France 10 0.356 0.378 -212.3
Germany 10 -0.047 -0.025 -252.5
Italy 10 2.538 2.513 5.9
Japan 10 -0.067 -0.078 -254.6
Netherlands 10 0.053 0.075 -242.6
Portugal 10 1.252 1.275 -122.7
Spain 10 1.109 1.143 -136.9
Sweden 10 0.201 0.197 -227.8
U.K. 10 1.006 1.048 -147.3
U.S. 10 2.479 2.501

Credit-Default Swap Market

LATEST NEWS: Top moves, sovereign tighteners (5Y): Belgium bp and China 42 bp. Sovereign wideners (5Y): Austria 12 bp and Germany 11 bp.

New Issuance

New Issues New Issues [Continued]
1. Verizon Communications Inc. (GBP) 2.5% 4/8/2031 (04/02/2019):500MM Senior Unsecured Notes, Price at Issuance 99.591, Yielding 2.524%.

2. NIBC Bank (EUR) 2% 4/9/2024 (04/02/2019): 300MM Senior Non Preferred Notes, Price at Issuance 99.939, Yielding 2.013%.

3. Volkswagen Financial Services NV (NOK) 2.56% 4/11/2022 (04/02/2019): 500MM Senior Unsecured Notes, Price at Issuance 100.

ADI Indexes


iShares Core EUR UCITS iShares Euro High Yield UCITS
NAV as of 04/03/2019, 131.21 NAV as of 04/03/2019, 104.04
Daily NAV Change (%) -0.13% Daily NAV Change (%) +0.29%

The euro-zone economy shows signs of positive momentum, although conditions are expected to deteriorate hindered by the termination of quantitative easing, weakening credit rating quality, and uncertainty regarding the outcome of Brexit. Closely watched indicators and rates:

  • Eurostat’s unemployment ratecurrently 7.8% (seasonally adjusted, January 2019)
  • Eurostat’s quarterly GDP: 0.2% (2018 Q3 Final)
  • 6-month Euribor: current value –0.230%, as of 04/02/2019

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