Thursday throwdown: market to close out week strong with a bunch of big deals

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This busy week will end with a bang, as four of the five largest deals are set to price on Thursday.

Secondary market
The MBIS municipal non-callable 5% GO benchmark scale was stronger in early morning trading Thursday.

The 10-year muni benchmark yield fell to 2.435% on Thursday from the final read of 2.450% on Wednesday, according to Municipal Bond Information Services. The MBIS 30-year benchmark muni yield decreased to 2.923% from 2.937%.

The MBIS benchmark index is updated hourly on the Bond Buyer Data Workstation.

U.S. Treasuries were weaker on Thursday morning. The yield on the two-year Treasury nudged up to 1.77% from 1.76%, the 10-year Treasury yield rose to 2.38% from 2.37% and the yield on the 30-year Treasury jumped to 2.82% from 2.81%.

Top-rated municipals ended weaker Wednesday. The yield on the 10-year benchmark muni general obligation was five basis points higher to 2.21% from 2.16% on Tuesday, while the 30-year GO yield increased three basis points to 2.85% from 2.82%, according to a final read of Municipal Market Data’s triple-A scale.

On Wednesday, the 10-year muni-to-Treasury ratio was calculated at 93.1% compared with 92.4% on Tuesday, while the 30-year muni-to-Treasury ratio stood at 101.2% versus 101.9%, according to MMD.

Tax-exempt money market funds saw outflows
Tax-exempt money market funds experienced outflows of $596.3 million, bringing total net assets to $129.17 billion in the week ended Nov. 27, according to The Money Fund Report, a service of This followed an inflow of $568.4 million to $129.76 billion in the previous week.

The average, seven-day simple yield for the 198 weekly reporting tax-exempt funds increased to 0.50% from 0.49% in the previous week.

The total net assets of the 831 weekly reporting taxable money funds increased $22.77 billion to $2.629 trillion in the week ended Nov. 28, after an inflow of $20.31 billion to $2.606 trillion the week before.

The average, seven-day simple yield for the taxable money funds was unchanged at 0.73% from the prior week.

Overall, the combined total net assets of the 1,029 weekly reporting money funds increased $22.18 billion to $2.758 trillion in the week ended Nov. 28, after inflows of $20.88 billion to $2.736 trillion in the prior week.

Bond Buyer reports 30-day visible supply
The Bond Buyer's 30-day visible supply calendar decreased 1.326 billion to $16.96 billion on Thursday. The total is comprised of $5.64 billion of competitive sales and $11.32 billion of negotiated deals.

MSRB: Previous session's activity
The Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board reported 48,863 trades on Wednesday on volume of $14.097 billion.

Primary market
Goldman Sachs is expected to price the city of Houston’s $603.48 million of public improvement and refunding bonds on Thursday. The deal is rated Aa3 by Moody’s Investors Service and AA by Fitch Ratings.

Morgan Stanley is scheduled to price the Florida Development Finance Corp.’s $600 million of surface transportation facility revenue bonds for the Brightline Passenger Rail Project South Segment. The deal is not rated.

Since 2007, the Florida DFC has issued roughly $1.7 billion of bonds. Prior to this year, the most issuance occurred in 2013 when the it sold $204 million of bonds. It issued the least amount of debt in 2007 when it sold $18.2 million.

Wells Fargo is expected to price the Regents of the University of Colorado’s $426 million of enterprise refunding revenue bonds.

In the competitive sector, Washington state is set to sell $499.09 million of various purpose general obligation refunding bonds. The deal is rated Aa1 by Moody’s, AA-plus by S&P Global Ratings and Fitch.

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission is on the docket to sell a total of $338.61 million in two separate sales. The deals are rated Aa3 by Moody’s and AA-minus by S&P.

Multnomah County, Oregon is scheduled to sell $175 million of full faith and credit obligations. The deal is rated triple-A by Moody’s and S&P.

Data appearing in this article from Municipal Bond Information Services, including the MBIS municipal bond index, is available on The Bond Buyer Data Workstation. Click here for a brief tour of the Workstation, or contact Vanessa Kim at 212-803-8474 for more information.

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