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 %
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1 Barclays 14,544.75 18 10.40%
2 JPMorgan 13,122.11 20 9.38%
3 Citi 12,168.30 20 8.70%
4 HSBC 10,850.10 15 7.76%
5 NatWest Markets 9,080.61 8 6.49%

Dollar Denominated SSA (Excl US Agency)

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
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1 Citi 34,822.11 93 12.14%
2 JPMorgan 25,979.10 64 9.06%
3 HSBC 25,138.94 58 8.76%
4 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 21,891.68 65 7.63%
5 Deutsche Bank 19,993.80 31 6.97%

Bookrunners of Euro Denominated SSA (Excl US Agency)

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
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1 JPMorgan 33,318.06 81 8.65%
2 Barclays 29,485.51 52 7.65%
3 HSBC 26,753.49 93 6.94%
4 UniCredit 26,134.28 69 6.78%
5 BNP Paribas 24,736.61 55 6.42%

Bookrunners of Global SSA (Excl US Agency)

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
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1 JPMorgan 69,066.06 385 7.17%
2 Citi 65,940.01 242 6.84%
3 HSBC 62,024.66 232 6.44%
4 Barclays 53,951.51 196 5.60%
5 Deutsche Bank 45,779.29 142 4.75%