Bond buyers optimistic on Italy, playing short on core

Investors are upbeat about the prospects for Italian government bonds, believing that “market forces” will act as buffers to the effects of exuberant populist government policy. The sovereign should be supported at the long end during an auction this week, said some But in the core of the eurozone core, some investors are looking to keep things short.

  • By Craig McGlashan
  • 11 Jul 2018

Fidelity added Italian government debt exposure during the second quarter, according to a note from Andrea Iannelli, an investment director at the firm.

“While the risk of early Italian elections is likely underestimated by markets, fiscal deterioration is largely in the price of BTPs,” he said.

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European Sovereign Bonds

Rank Lead Manager Amount €m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 JPMorgan 16,032.07 25 9.75%
2 Barclays 15,041.98 19 9.15%
3 Citi 13,795.56 24 8.39%
4 HSBC 12,009.31 18 7.30%
5 BNP Paribas 10,802.75 16 6.57%

Dollar Denominated SSA (Excl US Agency)

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
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1 Citi 41,726.66 111 12.22%
2 JPMorgan 29,288.84 79 8.57%
3 HSBC 29,000.04 74 8.49%
4 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 27,450.34 80 8.04%
5 Goldman Sachs 24,685.10 55 7.23%

Bookrunners of Euro Denominated SSA (Excl US Agency)

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
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  • Today
1 JPMorgan 35,645.82 96 8.02%
2 HSBC 32,437.47 116 7.30%
3 Barclays 31,737.51 60 7.14%
4 UniCredit 30,989.16 83 6.97%
5 BNP Paribas 27,189.65 67 6.11%

Bookrunners of Global SSA (Excl US Agency)

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 Citi 77,915.32 278 6.83%
2 JPMorgan 77,428.97 443 6.78%
3 HSBC 73,010.93 287 6.40%
4 Barclays 59,775.59 229 5.24%
5 Deutsche Bank 52,560.34 166 4.60%