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Amount
Issuer
St
Description
Sale Date
Sale Time
$744,290
U of Calif State Trustees
CA
Revs
07/31/14
9am ET
$300,000
George Washington Univ
DC
GOs
07/28/14
9am ET
$285,000
Illinois Sports Facs Auth
IL
Revs
07/30/14
9am ET
$230,650
San Antonio Imp
TX
Revs
07/29/14
9am ET
$150,000
MO Health & Educ Facs
MO
Revs
07/29/14
9am ET
Index
Current
Previous
High
Low
Rev. Bond
4.99%
5.07%
5.40%
4.19%
20-Bond
4.29%
4.36%
5.03%
3.53%
11-Bond
4.02%
4.09%
4.75%
3.29%
 
Current
Previous
High*
Low*
BB40 Index
122-07
122-03
132-15
107-01
Average Price
106.18
106.06
105.98
84.90
Yield to Par Call
4.07
4.09
6.35
3.57
Yield to Maturity
4.50
4.51
5.34
3.94

(* for calendar year)

Amount
Issuer
St
Description
Sale Date
Sale Time
$124,745
Suffolk
VA
GOs
07/30/14
11am ET
$65,000
Salt Lake County
UT
TRANs
07/30/14
11:30am ET
$55,650
Harris County ID 18
TX
GOs
07/30/14
12pm ET
$45,045
North Thurston Pub Sch
WA
GOs
07/30/14
11:30am ET
$42,855
Baltimore
MD
GOs
07/30/14
11am ET

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