Munis steady as Washtubs sell
Municipal bonds were unchanged at mid-session as issuers from Maryland and California were selling over $1.1 billion of bonds by competitive bid.
The yield on the 10-year benchmark muni general obligation was flat from 2.00% on Wednesday, while the 30-year GO yield was steady from 2.82%, according to a read of Municipal Market Data`s triple-A scale.
U.S. Treasuries were narrowly mixed on Thursday. The yield on the two-year Treasury declined to 1.60% from 1.62% on Wednesday, the 10-year Treasury yield dipped to 2.43% from 2.44% and yield on the 30-year Treasury bond was flat from 2.95%.
On Wednesday, the 10-year muni-to-Treasury ratio was calculated at 82.1% compared with 81.6% on Tuesday, while the 30-year muni-to-Treasury ratio stood at 95.6% versus 94.9%, according to MMD.
AP-MBIS 10-year muni at 2.319%, 30-year at 2.898%
The Associated Press-MBIS municipal non-callable 5% GO benchmark scale exhibited weakness on Thursday.
At midday, the 10-year muni benchmark yield increased to 2.319% from the final read of 2.305% on Wednesday, according to Municipal Bond Information Services, a national consortium of municipal interdealer brokers. The AP-MBIS 30-year benchmark muni yield rose to 2.898% from 2.888% on Wednesday.
The AP-MBIS benchmark index is a yield curve built on market data aggregated from MBIS member firms and is updated hourly on the Bond Buyer Data Workstation.
MSRB: Previous session`s activity
The Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board reported 39,548 trades on Wednesday on volume of $10.67 billion.
In the competitive arena, the Washington Suburban Sanitary District, Md., sold $712.53 million of consolidated public improvement bonds in two separate sales.
Citigroup won the $493.77 million of consolidated public improvement bonds of 2017 with a true interest cost of 3.2764%.
The issue was priced to yield from 0.95% with a 5% coupon in 2018 to 3.30% with a 4% coupon in 2047.
Goldman Sachs won the $218.76 million of consolidated public improvement refunding bonds of 2017 with a TIC of 2.4543%. Pricing information was not immediately available.
The Washtub deals are rated triple-A by Moody’s Investors Service, S&P Global Ratings and Fitch Ratings.
The last time the district competitively sold comparable bonds was in late 2016 when Bank of America Merrill Lynch won $381.81 million of consolidated public improvement refunding second series bonds of 2016 with a TIC of 3.5767%.
Since 2007, the district has sold over $4 billion of debt with the most issuance prior to Thursday’s sale being in 2015 when it sold $625.3 million. The district didn’t come to market at all in 2008.
This afternoon, the Santa Clara Unified School District, Calif., is competitively selling $392.76 million of general obligation bonds in two separate sales.
The offerings consist of $232.3 million of Election of 2014 GOs and $160.46 million of Election of 2014 refunding GOs.
The deals are rated Aaa by Moody’s and AA by S&P.
In the negotiated sector, Raymond James & Associates priced the California State Public Works Board’s $189.04 million of Series 2017 F, G and H lease revenue refunding bonds.
The $56.66 million of Series 2017F Office of Emergency Services Los Angeles Regional Crime Laboratory bonds were priced as 5s to yield from 0.91% in 2018 to 2.69% in 2032.
The $50.33 million of Series 2017G various capital projects bonds were priced to yield from 0.96% with a 4% coupon in 2018 to 2.69% with a 5% coupon in 2032.
The $82.06 million of Series 2017H Department of Education’s Riverside Campus projects bonds were priced as 5s to yield from 0.91% in 2018 to 2.81% in 2034.
The deal is rated A1 by Moody’s and A-plus by S&P and Fitch.
Bond Buyer reports 30-day visible supply
The Bond Buyer`s 30-day visible supply calendar decreased $4.34 billion to $9.0 billion on Thursday. The total is comprised of $5.54 billion of competitive sales and $3.46 billion of negotiated deals.
Tax-exempt money market funds see inflows
Tax-exempt money market funds experienced inflows of $179.1 million, raising total net assets to $128.33 billion in the week ended Oct. 23, according to The Money Fund Report, a service of iMoneyNet.com.
This followed an outflow of $450.3 million to $128.16 billion in the previous week.
The average, seven-day simple yield for the 207 weekly reporting tax-exempt funds rose to 0.46% from 0.44% the previous week.
The total net assets of the 832 weekly reporting taxable money funds increased $3.18 billion to $2.589 trillion in the week ended Oct. 24, after an inflow of $12.79 billion to $2.586 trillion the week before.
The average, seven-day simple yield for the taxable money funds was steady at 0.69% from the prior week.
Overall, the combined total net assets of the 1,048 weekly reporting money funds increased $3.36 billion to $2.718 trillion in the week ended Oct. 24, after inflows of $12.34 million to $2.714 trillion in the prior week.
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