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Junk Bonds


  • JOHANNESBURG, Dec 13- South Africa's government defended its economic policies on Saturday after credit ratings agencies cited the country's low GDP growth and budget and current account deficits as weaknesses. Ratings agency Fitch maintained South Africa's BBB rating, two notches above junk status, in a review on Friday, but kept its negative outlook and...

  • Low oil hits high-yield bonds   Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 9:42 AM ET
    Low oil hits high-yield bonds

    CNBC's David Faber reports on violent movements in some bond funds as concerns surface about possible high-yield contagion.

  • Behind the disconnect between stocks and fundamentals   Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 9:18 PM ET
    Behind the disconnect between stocks and fundamentals

    Axel Merk, President and Chief Investment Officer at Merk Investments, says markets are disconnected from fundamentals as risk premiums are compressed due to central banks' stimulus injections.

  • Why a stronger dollar may not bite EM bonds Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 5:50 PM ET

    Emerging markets may be buffeted by a stronger U.S. dollar and lower commodity prices, but the segment's bonds still look like a good bet, analysts said.

  • LONDON, Dec 8- Italy's borrowing costs rose slightly on Monday after its credit rating was cut nearly to junk though prospects of stimulus from Europe's central bank tempered the increase. Standard& Poor's downgraded Italy's rating to BBB- from BBB late on Friday, saying weak growth and poor competitiveness undermined the sustainability of its huge public...

  • Italy: A further downgrade would be a problem   Monday, 8 Dec 2014 | 4:00 AM ET
    Italy: A further downgrade would be a problem

    S&P downgraded its rating on Italian debt down to 'BBB -'. Charles Diebel, head of Macro Strategy at Aviva Investors, says that unless there's a further downgrade, Italy doesn't need to worry.

  • Will low oil prices push Venezuela toward default? Sunday, 7 Dec 2014 | 5:53 PM ET

    Falling oil prices have side-swiped Venezuela's government finances, spurring default concerns, but it isn't clear if contagion effects will emerge.

  • ROME, Dec 5- Standard& Poor's cut Italy's sovereign credit rating on Friday from BBB to BBB-, just one notch above junk, saying weak growth and poor competitiveness undermined the sustainability of its huge public debt. As recently as June, the agency had confirmed Italy's BBB rating and forecast average growth of 1.0 percent over the three-year period.

  • Near-perfect sell signal says stocks should drop Thursday, 4 Dec 2014 | 11:09 AM ET
    Trader on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    How can prices for high-yield bonds be falling and prices for stocks rising, when they’ve traded so reliably in tandem in the past?

  • Refinery and pipeline junk debt outshines Tuesday, 2 Dec 2014 | 9:28 AM ET
    Pipeline construction in Oklahoma

    Not all junk bonds in the U.S. energy sector have come under fire during the rout in oil prices, as investors rotate their holdings across the market.

  • Oil price collapse roils US junk bond funds Tuesday, 2 Dec 2014 | 1:00 AM ET

    BOSTON, Dec 2- Collapsing energy prices have hit hard U.S. corporate junk bond funds, putting them on track for their worst performance in six years by squeezing the exploration and drilling companies that have been among most active issuers of high-yield debt. Last week's decision by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries to refrain from...

  • Areva's options narrow in shadow of debt refinancing Friday, 28 Nov 2014 | 9:24 AM ET

    PARIS, Nov 28- With big bond repayments due in 2016-17 and its credit rating cut to junk last week, France's loss-making nuclear group Areva has a narrow and shrinking window to turn around its business and refinance its pile of debt. With billions of capital destroyed by writedowns on a Finland reactor project and an African uranium mine and its revenue crimped...

  • New junk bond risk: It matters who owns what Friday, 31 Oct 2014 | 12:13 AM ET

    Add a new concern to the stable of high-yield bond risks: ownership of some companies' issuance has become concentrated with just a few fund managers.

  • Has the junk bond bubble deflated? Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 10:13 PM ET

    After this month's market gyrations sent high-yield bond prices sharply lower, some analysts believe the air has come out of the market.

  • Balanced approach in volatile markets   Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 10:51 AM ET
    Balanced approach in volatile markets

    Gary Kaminsky of Morgan Stanley, provides his investment approach in unstable market conditions.

  • Who’s afraid of bond defaults? Tuesday, 14 Oct 2014 | 7:25 PM ET

    As yield-chasers move further out the risk spectrum, covenants on loans and bonds have loosened, but it isn't clear whether investors need to worry.

  • Why the strong dollar may sink junk bonds Thursday, 9 Oct 2014 | 11:14 PM ET

    A simmering mix of a strong dollar and weak commodity prices may brew up trouble for junk bond ETFs with a hefty weighting in materials companies.

  • Pimco declares end to high-yield selloff Wednesday, 8 Oct 2014 | 9:54 PM ET

    High-yield bonds offer compelling valuations and better fundamentals following the selloff since mid-year, Pimco said in a note Thursday.

  • Don't fight the ECB: Is there yield in Europe? Monday, 6 Oct 2014 | 7:00 PM ET
    The European Central Bank in Frankfurt, Germany

    Even though interest rates in Europe are widely expected to stay in negative territory for a while, some analysts are still finding yield plays.

  • Reading the moves in the junk bond market   Sunday, 5 Oct 2014 | 7:31 PM ET
    Reading the moves in the junk bond market

    Viktor Hjort, Head of Asia Fixed Income Research at Morgan Stanley, says the widening spread between high-yield bonds and the U.S. Treasuries indicate that markets are seeing a correction.