New York City will hit the market with negotiated and competitive sales on Thursday totaling over $1 billion.

Secondary market
U.S. Treasuries were mostly weaker on Thursday. The yield on the two-year Treasury rose to 1.38% from 1.35% on Wednesday, the 10-year Treasury yield gained to 2.21% from 2.19% and the yield on the 30-year Treasury bond was unchanged from 2.79%.

Top-quality municipal bonds finished weaker on Wednesday. The yield on the 10-year benchmark muni general obligation rose one basis point to 1.87% from 1.86% on Tuesday, while the 30-year GO yield gained two basis points to 2.75% from 2.73%, according to the final read of Municipal Market Data's triple-A scale.

On Wednesday, the 10-year muni-to-Treasury ratio was calculated at 85.3%, compared with 85.8% on Tuesday, while the 30-year muni-to-Treasury ratio stood at 98.5% versus 98.4%, according to MMD.

MSRB: Previous session's activity
The Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board reported 37,017 trades on Wednesday on volume of $9.91 billion.

Primary market
Siebert Cisneros Shank & Co. is set to price New York City’s $855.56 million of Fiscal 2018 Subseries B-1 and Series 1 general obligation bonds for institutions after a two-day retail order period.

The $550 million of the Subseries B-1 bonds were priced on Wednesday for retail to yield 0.91% with a 3% in 2019, 1.05% with a 4% coupon in 2020, 3.08% with a 3% coupon in 2034, 2.71% with a 5% coupon in 2035, 3.01% with a 4% coupon in 2036, 3.18% with a 4% coupon in 2040 and 3.36% with a 3.25% coupon in 2042. No retail orders were taken in the 2030-2033, 2037-2039 or 2041 maturities.

The $305.56 million of Series 1 bonds were priced as a remarketing for retail on Wednesday to yield from 1.03% with a 2% coupon in 2020 to 2.60% with a 5% coupon in 2033.

In the competitive arena, the city will sell $250 million of taxable GOs in two separate offerings, consisting of $191.47 million of Fiscal 2018 Subseries B-2 taxables and $58.53 million of Fiscal 2018 Subseries B-3 taxables.

The deals are rated Aa2 by Moody’s Investors Service and AA by S&P Global Ratings and Fitch Ratings.

In the negotiated sector it’s time for back to school on Thursday.

Bank of America Merrill Lynch priced the Board of Regents of the University of Texas System’s $246.07 million of Series 2017B revenue financing system bonds.

The issue was priced as 5s to yield 1.98% in 2027, at par as a step coupon bond to yield 2.50% in 2043, and as 3 3/8s to yield 3.50% and 4s to yield 3.22% in a split 2044 maturity.

The 2043 step coupon bond bears interest ranging from 2.50% in the 2017-2020 period to 5.10% in 2037-2043.

The deal is rated triple-A by Moody’s, S&P and Fitch.

Since 2008, the Regents have sold about $2.23 billion of securities, with the most issuance before this year occurring in 2015 when it sold $316 million. It did not come to market at all in 2016 and Thursday’s sale will make 2017 the highest issuance year for the past decade.

Morgan Stanley is expected to price the Board of Governors of the Colorado State University System’s $111.94 million of system enterprise revenue bonds.

The deal, which is backed by the Colorado State Intercept Program, is rated Aa2 by Moody’s and AA-minus by S&P.

And JPMorgan Securities is set to price the Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina’s $110 million of Series 2017 taxable general revenue refunding bonds for the University at Chapel Hill.

The deal is rated triple-A by Moody’s, S&P and Fitch.

Bond Buyer reports 30-day visible supply
The Bond Buyer's 30-day visible supply calendar decreased $1.94 billion to $8.32 billion on Thursday. The total is comprised of $4.36 billion of competitive sales and $3.97 billion of negotiated deals.

Tax-exempt money market funds see outflows
Tax-exempt money market funds experienced outflows of $692.4 million, lowering total net assets to $127.99 billion in the week ended Sept. 11, according to The Money Fund Report, a service of

This followed an outflow of $1.27 million to $128.69 billion in the previous week.

The average, seven-day simple yield for the 228 weekly reporting tax-exempt funds slid to 0.34% from 0.35% the previous week.

The total net assets of the 835 weekly reporting taxable money funds increased $24.36 billion to $2.582 trillion in the week ended Sept. 12, after an inflow of $6.57 billion to $2.558 trillion the week before.

The average, seven-day simple yield for the taxable money funds remained at 0.67% for the fifth week in a row.

Overall, the combined total net assets of the 1,063 weekly reporting money funds increased $23.7 billion to $2.710 trillion in the week ended Sept. 12, after inflows of $5.30 million to $2.686 trillion in the prior week.

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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.