Total investment grade issuance for the week was $12.5 billion, with a big surge as a combination of Greenspan's testimony and better-than-expected economic data made spread product more attractive for investors. Highlights of the week include the 3-tranche $3 billion deal for National Rural Utilities (A2/A), which had a tough start but ended up pricing 5-7 bp inside of original price talk as the market mood improved. Heinz (A3/A) also took advantage of the surge in demand for corporates bringing $1.25 billion of 10- and 30-year debt into a hot market. The deal was a blowout, launching and pricing in the space of a few hours. Despite the high profile accounting blowups that have plagued some of the benchmark borrowers in the corporate bond market, there is still clear appetite for better quality borrowers and investors still have money to put to work.
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