Stock, Treasury volatility drives muni trade

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As equity and Treasury markets continued to show volatility, muni traders helped buyers looking for a safe haven.

Early reports of traders selling were circulating among the desks as bid-wanted and offerings lists were making the rounds.

MBIS reported a top bid-wanted list included New York State Dormitory Authority’s Series 2016D state personal income 5% bonds of 2026. And a top offering list reported by MBIS included the ABAG Finance Authority for Nonprofit Corporations of California’s Series 2012A 5% hospital bonds of 2028.

Primary market
Morgan Stanley priced the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s $231 million of Series 2018A water system revenue bonds for retail investors on Wednesday.

The issue was priced as 5s to yield from 1.83% in 2023 to 2.98% in 2039. Yields on the serial scale ranged from seven basis points below the comparable MMD triple-A security to 15 basis above the MMD read.

A 2043 term bond was priced as 5s to yield 3.02%, about 15 basis points above the MMD scale, and a 2048 term was priced as 5s about 15 basis points above the comparable MMD maturity.

The deal is rated Aa2 by Moody’s Investors Service, AA-plus by S&P Global Ratings and AA by Fitch Ratings.

Since 2008, LADWP has sold about $13 billion of debt, with the most issuance occurring in 2010 when it offered $2.06 billion of bonds. It sold the least amount of bonds in that time frame in 2008, when it sold $550 million of debt.
Goldman Sachs priced Harris County, Texas’ $567.2 million of Series 2018A senior lien toll road revenue refunding bonds on Wednesday.

The issue was priced to yield from 1.45% with a 5% coupon in 2019 to 3.41% with a 4% coupon in 2038. A 2043 term bond was priced as 5s to yield 3.17% while a 2048 term was priced as 4s to yield 3.62%.

The deal is rated Aa2 by Moody’s and AA by Fitch.

In the competitive arena, the University System of Maryland sold $115 million of Series 2018A auxiliary facility and tuition revenue bonds.

UBS Financial won the bonds with a true interest cost of 2.0557%. Pricing information was not immediately available.

The deal is rated Aa1 by Moody’s and AA-plus by S&P and Fitch.

The city and county of Denver, Colo., sold $97 million of Series 2018 wastewater enterprise revenue bonds.

Citigroup won the bonds with a TIC of 3.3418%. The deal is rated Aa1 by Moody’s and AAA by S&P.

Previous session's activity
On Tuesday, the 10-year muni-to-Treasury ratio was calculated at 85.6% compared with 88.0% on Monday, while the 30-year muni-to-Treasury ratio stood at 96.0% versus 98.1%, according to MMD.

The Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board reported 43,821 trades on Tuesday on volume of $10.27 billion. California, Texas and New York were the three states with the most trades on Tuesday, with the Golden State taking 12.764% of the market, the Empire State taking 12.026% and the Lone Star State taking 9.893%.

Bond Buyer 30-day visible supply at $6.03B
The Bond Buyer's 30-day visible supply calendar decreased $42.7 million to $6.03 billion on Tuesday. The total is comprised of $1.64 billion of competitive sales and $4.39 billion of negotiated deals.

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