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European Bond Research – August 21, 2020

Posted on August 21, 2020
August 21, 2020
Bond Markets

EUROPEAN MARKETS WERE DOWN AS EU AND UK TALKS ARE GOING NOWHERE, EVEN BACKWARDS. NEW YEAR DEADLINE IS LOOMING. FTSE 100 -0.19%, German DAX -0.51%, CAC 40 -0.3%STOXX Europe 600 -0.21%.  The 10-year Gilt was down 1.9 bps.

CORONA VIRUS UPDATE: GLOBAL CORONAVIRUS TO DATE HAS HAD 23 MILLION+ CASES AND 800000+ DEATHS.  (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,  LYB International Finance BV (USD) 4.875% 3/15/2044 made some analysts ‘Conviction buy’ lists. (See the chart for  LYB International Finance BV bonds below). Pierre Robert

Industry Returns Tracker
Industry Past Day Past Week Past Month Past Quarter YTD Past Year
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing -0.07% 0.06% 2.45% 8.10% 5.53% 12.42%
Mining -0.10% 0.30% 5.01% 19.25% -0.76% 3.43%
Manufacturing -0.15% -0.90% 0.79% 6.78% -0.52% 1.03%
Transportion, Communication, Electric/Gas -0.04% -0.14% 0.63% 3.66% 3.29% 6.72%
Wholesale 0.39% 0.55% 1.52% 8.12% 3.50% 6.66%
Retail 3.58% 1.26% 7.83% 35.72% -17.02% -7.67%
Finance, Insurance, Real-Estate 0.04% 0.11% 1.69% 7.95% 4.06% 9.79%
Services -0.08% -0.42% 2.99% 10.09% 1.31% 5.77%
Energy -0.75% -1.60% -11.66% 10.12% -25.60% -31.20%
Total returns (non-annualized) by rating, market weighted.
Credit-Default Swap Market

LATEST NEWS: Top moves, sovereign tighteners (5Y): China 38.41, Belgium 15.75 . Sovereign wideners (5Y):  Italy 139.88 and Greece 155.73.

New Issuance

New Issues New Issues [Continued]
1. Samhallsbyggnadsbolaget (NOK) FLT% 8/27/2025 (08/20/2020): 600MM Senior Unsecured Notes.
ADI Indexes


iShares Core EUR UCITS iShares Euro High Yield UCITS
NAV as of 08/21/2020, 133.77 NAV as of 08/21/2020, 99.70
Daily NAV Change (%) -0.02% Daily NAV Change (%) +0.03%

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 –0.444%, as of 08/20/2020.

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