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“I don’t know what kind of reception we’ll get on Wednesday,” said Louisiana State Treasurer John Kennedy.
Louisiana plans to move forward with the competitive issuance of $335 million in general obligation bonds amid ongoing questions surrounding the state’s budget deficit.
Rookie Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner and the General Assembly enter the last month of the regular legislative session without visible progress on a state budget or the governor's proposed 'turnaround' plan.  more »
From fracking to plastic shopping bags, local governments are seeing unprecedented loss of control in the 2015 Texas Legislature, according to the Texas Municipal League.  more »
Rookie Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner and the General Assembly enter the last month of the regular legislative session without visible progress on a state budget or the governor's proposed 'turnaround' plan.  more »
Bond Buyer Markets Reporters Chip Barnett and Aaron Weitzman
Prices of top-quality municipal bonds closed weaker on Tuesday, traders said, with yields on some maturities rising by as much as four basis points.  more »
Amount
Issuer
St
Description
Sale Date
Sale Time
$348,870
Indiana Finance Auth
IN
Revenue bonds
05/07/15
9am ET
$334,990
Louisiana
LA
GOs
05/06/15
11am ET
$329,565
Los Angeles USD
CA
GOs
05/06/15
11am ET
$310,480
Los Angeles CCD
CA
GOs
05/06/15
9am ET
$300,000
Ohio
OH
GOs
05/05/15
10:30am ET
Index
Current
Previous
High
Low
Rev. Bond
4.31%
4.22%
5.40%
4.06%
20-Bond
3.62%
3.52%
5.03%
3.29%
11-Bond
3.47%
3.37%
4.75%
3.14%
 
Current
Previous
High*
Low*
BB40 Index
123-23
124-00
132-15
107-01
Average Price
104.76
105.01
110.87
84.90
Yield to Par Call
4.02
3.99
6.35
3.31
Yield to Maturity
4.39
4.37
5.34
3.94

(* for calendar year)

Amount
Issuer
St
Description
Sale Date
Sale Time
$334,990
Louisiana
LA
GOs
05/06/15
11am ET
$329,565
Los Angeles USD
CA
GOs
05/06/15
10:30am ET
$200,000
Fulton County
GA
TANs
05/06/15
10am ET
$166,335
Seattle
WA
GOs
05/06/15
10:15am ET
$156,875
Seattle
WA
GOs
05/06/15
10:45am ET

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