A leaden and lackluster municipal market shuffled into the afternoon Monday. While the retail order periods for some of the week's issuance seep in, market participants, particularly institutions, have been holding their fire in the secondary in anticipation of larger offers to come, giving the market a ponderous tone.
Market Post: Buyers Won't Nibble in the Secondary While Awaiting the Primary
FEB 25, 2013 1:39pm ET
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