ITraxx Suite Bucks Tightening Trend

Months of spread tightening on the European iTraxx suite reversed this week on the back of players exiting long bond/short credit-default swap positions.

  • 19 May 2006
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Months of spread tightening on the European iTraxx suite reversed this week on the back of players exiting long bond/short credit-default swap positions. Traders said last week's downturn in the cash equity markets acted as a signal for people to take profit and buy protection on the indices, which drove spreads wider. "People have been trigger-happy calling the chop," said one London-based trader.

The five-year European Main index broadened to 30.5 basis points Tuesday from 26 bps last week, five-year crossover to 252 bps from 225 bps and the five-year HiVol to 54.25 bps from 45 bps over the same period. There was also widening in index tranches, with iTraxx seven-year 3-6% 25 bps wider at 155 bps.

Credit officials, however, don't expect the widening trend to last. "The sell-off will run out of steam," said one strategist ata European house, who noted it was speculative trading pressure driving the blowout and these positions could be reversed again shortly.

  • 19 May 2006

All International Bonds

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 JPMorgan 163,028.47 711 8.04%
2 Citi 160,005.15 642 7.90%
3 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 132,268.74 528 6.53%
4 Barclays 127,185.71 494 6.28%
5 HSBC 106,407.22 534 5.25%

Bookrunners of All Syndicated Loans EMEA

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 12,912.95 35 6.60%
2 BNP Paribas 12,334.48 61 6.31%
3 UniCredit 11,196.47 58 5.73%
4 Citi 9,580.75 37 4.90%
5 Deutsche Bank 8,953.95 35 4.58%

Bookrunners of all EMEA ECM Issuance

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 Morgan Stanley 5,578.64 26 10.66%
2 JPMorgan 4,866.13 28 9.30%
3 Goldman Sachs 4,404.70 21 8.41%
4 Citi 3,774.39 24 7.21%
5 UBS 3,602.23 16 6.88%