CAM High Yield Weekly Insights
(Bloomberg) High Yield Market Highlights
- US junk bonds are headed toward the third straight week of losses and the biggest weekly loss in more than two months, pushing yields to a seven-week high on worries over negotiations to raise the debt ceiling. The week-to-date loss is 0.45%.
- The losses spanned ratings categories. US high yield funds reported an outflow of $1.15b for week ended May 17, the third consecutive week of outflows.
- Yields have risen amid higher inflation expectations and hawkish commentary from Fed officials, while the outlook for economic growth has deteriorated across major developed markets, Barclay’s Brad Rogoff wrote in a note.
- This creates greater uncertainty about the June Fed decision, Rogoff wrote.
- Even as yields rose steadily and nervous investors stayed on the sidelines, the primary market saw a deluge of new issuance, with borrowers rushing to get ahead of any jumps in yields spurred by gridlock in the negotiations to raise the US debt ceiling.
- As US borrowers made a quick dash to the market, the week-to-date tally rose to $3.5b. The month-to-date supply jumped to more than $13b. The year-to-date volume stood at almost $71b.
- CCCs have bucked the overall trend as yields dropped on Thursday to 13.49% and has risen by just 6bps week-to-date versus a 35bps jump single B yields and 17bps in BBs.
- BBs posted losses for six days in a row and are on track to see the biggest weekly decline, with week-to-date losses of 0.54%, the biggest since March 10.
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