Bonds

The municipal market took a breather on Friday after a busy week which brought with it continued strength as triple-A general obligation yield curves were largely unchanged and Treasuries were stronger. A hefty slate of taxables, corporate CUSIP and unversity-led issues will dominate the calendar next week. An estimated $7.33 billion of new supply is
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Chicago will host a virtual investors’ conference May 6 with the municipal market looking for insights into how the city will use its $1.8 billion of new federal relief, manage rising pension payments and the long-term COVID-19 fiscal fallout. The city has so far only sent out a “Save the Date” for the May 6
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Municipal bonds improved by two to five basis points, with the biggest moves out longer as an active and diverse primary re-priced to lower yields and stronger U.S. Treasuries helped the tone. Refinitiv Lipper reported $2-plus billion of infows into municipal bond mutual funds, with high-yield alone adding $821 million, furthering the market’s strength. “That
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Ohio formally put an end to the $1 billion ratepayer bailout for two nuclear power plants owned by then-bankrupt FirstEnergy Solutions Corp. at the center of a $60 million pay-to-play scheme that led to the arrest of Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder on federal corruption charges. Tainted House Bill 6, enacted in July 2019, bolstered
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Investors welcomed a flurry of new deals from diverse credits, including four competitive deals that pushed triple-A benchmarks richer as the minutes from the recent Federal Open Market Committee meeting were released with more of the same story: rates will stay low with “transitory” inflation increases. The Investment Company Institute reported another week of inflows,
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Municipal primary deals repriced to lower yields, competitive deals saw lower coupon structures and strong demand, and both helped push yields lower on triple-A benchmarks as U.S. Treasuries made gains on Tuesday. Gilt-edged Forsyth, North Carolina, general obligation bonds came competitively with 4% coupons through triple-A 5% levels in some maturities, and 2s in 2041
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Greenberg Traurig, P.A., announced that it has expanded its public finance and infrastructure practice by hiring municipal veteran Brian Crumbaker for its office in Tallahassee, Florida. Crumbaker, formerly with Hopping Green & Sams, has extensive experience representing bondholders and corporate trust companies in cases related to distressed or defaulted high-yield tax-exempt bonds. At Greenberg Traurig,
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The Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority may refund more high-yield debt. The authority is considering refunding its $1.8 billion of Series 2012A and Series 2012B bonds, according to a Wednesday evening posting on the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board’s EMMA website. This would follow its successful high-yield 2008A and B refunding on Dec. 9, when
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California will have extensive resources to improve its high-speed internet connectivity if a coalition of statewide organizations gets its way. The cross-sector coalition penned a letter to California lawmakers asking that they include $8 billion in one-time funding in the fiscal 2021-22 budget to improve the state’s high-speed broadband infrastructure. The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored
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