CAM High Yield Weekly Insights
(Bloomberg) High Yield Market Highlights
- US junk bonds are headed for weekly gains as yields dropped 18 basis points week-to-date to 8.75% as of Thursday, after 5-year and 10-year US Treasury yields sank below 4.5%, falling about 19 basis points each. Yields fell below 9% and spreads below 400 basis points since the Federal Reserve signaled, after its meeting on Nov. 1, that it was likely finished with the most aggressive rate-hike campaign in decades.
- Economic data reports this month have shown a softening labor market with a rise in jobless claims, combined with cooling inflation and an unexpected decline in prices paid to US producers, which have all reinforced market consensus that interest rates were sufficiently restrictive.
- Resilient growth combined with falling yields lured more investors into the asset class for the second consecutive week as retail funds were inundated with new cash. US high-yields funds reported a cash intake of $4.55 billion for week ended Nov. 15, after an inflow of $6.26 billion in the previous week, the third biggest on record.
- The combined inflow of more than $10b in the last two weeks is the largest two-week intake for these funds since June 2020, JPMorgan wrote.
- The US junk bond rally spanned across ratings. Robust economic data and easing rate concerns fueled November gains across all high-yield ratings.
- Junk bonds are on track for weekly gains of 0.8%, driving the month-to-date returns to 2.96%, which would be the best since January.
- BB yields tumbled 17 basis points week-to-date to 7.33%. Yields were down 66 basis points month-to-date from near 8% in October. BBs are set to post gains for the week, with week-to-date returns at 0.75%. November gains are at 3%, also the best since January.
- CCC yields have plunged 40 basis points week-to-date, the most in the high yield, to close at 13.84%. Yields tumbled 91 basis points month-to-date from near 15% in October.
- The probability of a soft landing has increased with the recent macro data driving a rally in risk assets in the past two weeks, Brad Rogoff of Barclays wrote in a Friday note.
- Cash surge and a steady rally has drawn US borrowers into the market as $4.3 billion of new junk bonds has priced week-to-date, driving the month’s volume to more than $14 billion, up 53% already from the full month of October.
- Supply is led by refinancing needs. Almost 90% of the supply is to refinance outstanding debt.
- 60% of new bonds were secured notes.
- More borrowers are expected to take advantage of lower yields and chip away at a wave of 2025 maturities.
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