Bellwether issuers, including triple-A rated Maryland and the Bay Area Toll Authority, tempted buyers in the primary market Wednesday, though it wasn’t enough to offset an overall weaker tone as large institutions sold municipal bonds in the secondary.

Even as BATA received $2.3 billion in orders and increased the size of  the deal to $900 million, traders said selling pressure on bonds maturing beyond 20 years pushed yields higher.

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