The municipal market was firmer Thursday after three days of weakness, with particular strength on the long end of the curve, as market participants ride an unusually heavy tide of ­issuance.

“We’re seeing some nice gains on the long end,” a trader in Los Angeles said. “Inside of 20 years or so, we’re maybe two or three basis points better, but past 25 years, we’re five, six, maybe seven basis points better. There’s a lot of bargain hunting on the long end going on.”

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