Top-quality municipal bonds were weaker at mid-session, according to traders who returned to work after the Fourth of July holiday to see a $130.4 million new issue calendar, the smallest of the year.

Secondary market
The yield on the 10-year benchmark muni general obligation rose as much as two basis points from 2.01% on Monday, while the 30-year GO yield increased as much as one basis point from 2.80%, according to a read of Municipal Market Data's triple-A scale.

Treasuries were stronger on Wednesday. The yield on the two-year Treasury dipped to 1.40% from 1.41% on Monday, the 10-year Treasury yield declined to 2.33% from 2.34% and the yield on the 30-year Treasury bond decreased to 2.85% from 2.86%.

On Monday, the 10-year muni to Treasury ratio was calculated at 85.8%, compared with 86.5% on Friday, while the 30-year muni to Treasury ratio stood at 97.8% versus 98.2%, according to MMD.

MSRB: Previous session's activity
The Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board reported 34,518 trades on Friday on volume of $8.07 billion.

Volatile ride for muni yields
Since the election of 2016, municipal bonds have been on a roller coaster ride.

On Oct. 21, 2016, just days before the nation elected Donald Trump as president, Municipal Market Data calculated the yield on the 10-year triple-A muni at 1.73%.

By Nov. 30, 2016, the 10-year muni yield had risen to 2.52%, but had backed off to 2.31% by Dec. 30, and remained in that general range until it slipped to 2.14% on April 28, 2017.

The 10-year yield dropped to 1.90% on May 31 and remained just under 2%, at 1.99%, on June 30.

Political turbulence in the aftermath of the election as well as geopolitical events such as elections in Europe and technicals like the surging stock market combined with three interest-rate hikes by the Federal Reserve to buffet the Treasury market, taking munis along for the ride.

Primary market
The week’s bond calendar consists of $46.5 million of negotiated deals and $83.9 million of competitive sales.

In the negotiated sector, Citigroup is set to price the biggest deal of the week on Thursday — Denton, Texas’ $77 million of Series 2017 permanent improvement refunding bonds.

The deal is rated triple-A by Moody’s Investors Service and S&P Global Ratings.

In the competitive arena on Thursday, Stamford, Conn., is selling $30 million of general obligation bonds in two separate sales.

The offerings consist of $25 million of Issue of 2017 Series A GOs and $5 million of Issue of 2017 Series B GOs.

The deals are rated AAA by S&P and Fitch Ratings.

Bond Buyer reports 30-day visible supply
The Bond Buyer's 30-day visible supply calendar increased $805.3 million to $6.71 billion on Wednesday. The total is comprised of $2.58 billion of competitive sales and $4.13 billion of negotiated deals.

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Chip Barnett

Chip Barnett

Chip Barnett is a journalist with more than 40 years of experience. Barnett is currently Senior Market Reporter for The Bond Buyer.
Aaron Weitzman

Aaron Weitzman

Aaron Weitzman is a markets reporter for The Bond Buyer, focusing on the sell side of the municipal bond market.