The municipal bond market ended firmer for a third session on Friday as Jefferson County, Ala., began a retail order period on  $1.8 billion of sewer warrants and traders saw higher bids for bonds in the secondary.

“I am pleasantly surprised by the interest today,” an Atlanta trader said, adding bonds maturing within 10 years are harder to find. “It’s follow-up interest to the good reception on the new deals priced Thursday. It’s not crazy busy but we are getting some business and the bid side is holding in, and there is enough interest on attractive bonds.”

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