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Amount
Issuer
St
Description
Sale Date
Sale Time
$887,850
Energy Northwest
WA
Revenue bonds
04/23/15
9am ET
$592,700
California
CA
GOs
04/21/15
12pm ET
$403,500
California
CA
GOs
04/21/15
11:30am ET
$391,340
Phoenix
AZ
Revenue bonds
04/21/15
9am ET
$348,390
Miami-Dade County
FL
GOs
04/23/15
9am ET
Index
Current
Previous
High
Low
Rev. Bond
4.22%
4.18%
5.40%
4.06%
20-Bond
3.52%
3.45%
5.03%
3.29%
11-Bond
3.37%
3.30%
4.75%
3.14%
 
Current
Previous
High*
Low*
BB40 Index
125-27
125-22
132-15
107-01
Average Price
106.72
106.57
110.87
84.90
Yield to Par Call
3.77
3.79
6.35
3.31
Yield to Maturity
4.27
4.28
5.34
3.94

(* for calendar year)

Amount
Issuer
St
Description
Sale Date
Sale Time
$1,200
Cherokee Co. ISD 16
OK
GOs
04/24/15
12:45pm ET

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