Tag Archives: CDS

Dec 4, 2015

Two ugly views of the energy debt markets

The impact of low energy prices is rippling through the debt markets for bonds issued by energy related companies.  The S&P 500 Bond Index has returned a modestly negative total return of -0.31% year-to-date while the energy bond sector tracked in the S&P 500 Energy Corporate Bond Index is down 5.79% year-to-date. Table 1: Select Sector Indices from…

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Aug 6, 2014

U.S. Debt Markets/CDS reaction to Argentina Credit Default

On Wednesday, July 30th, S&P cut the credit rating on Argentina’s foreign currency bonds to “selective default” after they failed to reach a deal with holdout bondholders from their last default in 2001. US Treasuries initially sold off only to recover, investment grade corporate bond markets had a somewhat muted reaction, while high yield and…

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Jul 28, 2014

Will the S&P/Case-Shiller Reverse The Trend Or Are Spreads The True Indicator?

Today’s Pending Home Sales for June month-over-month came in lower than the expected 0.5% at a -1.1%.  The prior May number was a 6.1% later revised to a 6.0%.  Tomorrow the S&P/Case-Shiller 20-City Composite Home Price Index is due for release at 9am. Heading into the release, the spread of the S&P/ISDA CDS U.S. Homebuilders…

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May 30, 2014

After May Showers, CDS Markets Are Feeling Sunny About Summer

Over the course of a month when Mother Nature could not decide which season it was in New York City, credit market swap (CDS) market participants as a whole decided credit default insurance was too high. CDS benchmark indices like the S&P/ISDA U.S. 150 Credit Spread Index tightened 4.9%. Every sector spread that compiles the…

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May 12, 2014

Equity and Credit Markets in Sync?

The companies in the S&P 500 that borrow the most money are enjoying the benefit of a positive credit market.  The cost of buying default protection on the largest bond market borrowers in the S&P 500 is tracked by the S&P/ISDA U.S. 150 Credit Spread Index and has fallen to lows which can be an…

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Apr 18, 2013

Equity Auguries?

The market for credit default swaps is typically not well-understood by equity investors (myself emphatically included).  This is unfortunate, since the price of insuring a company’s bonds (which is what a CDS measures) can sometimes provide insight into the same company’s equity securities. For example, in September 2012, the S&P 500 financials sector began to…

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