Bonds

Municipals were little changed Monday as the market awaits another heavy new-issue calendar and an upcoming inflation report. U.S. Treasuries were slightly firmer and equities were mixed near the close.

While muni yields were steady Monday, yields fell last week, with 10-year notes falling seven basis points to end the week at 2.65%, said Jason Wong, vice president of municipals at AmeriVet Securities.

“With the positive tone in the muni markets this past week, munis were able to outperform Treasuries as 10-year notes are now yielding 58.99% of Treasuries compared to the previous week when the ratio was at 60.33%,” he said.

The two-year muni-to-Treasury ratio Monday was at 63%, the three-year at 62%, the five-year at 60%, the 10-year at 60% and the 30-year at 82%, according to Refinitiv Municipal Market Data’s 3 p.m. EST read. ICE Data Services had the two-year at 63%, the three-year at 62%, the five-year at 61%, the 10-year at 61% and the 30-year at 81% at 3:30 p.m.

The muni market improvement has the asset class seeing gains of 1.08% so far in May, as year-to-date returns inch closer to “positive territory,” Wong said.

This could continue through the summer as “markets are starting to price in a rate cut from the Fed ahead of the November elections,” he said.

This week sees the release of April’s consumer price index report, the last one “before the June FOMC meeting and instrumental in helping the Fed decide if it will ease in July,” said Vikram Rai, head of municipal strategy at Wells Fargo.

“While the Fed could always ease later in the year, which would support lower yields, the rally may not come in time to catalyze fixed-income or municipal returns in positive territory,” he said.

“As long as CPI doesn’t catalyze a sell-off, we are constructive regarding valuations and expect this week’s supply to be absorbed well, though we could see some give back of the richening witnessed over the last week,” Rai said.

Issuance remains healthy this week at $10 billion.

“The largest deals are mostly spreadier AAs and mid-grades, which should be easily digested,” Birch Creek strategists said.

There are a few sizable deals coming over the next several weeks.

The Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority (A2/A/A-/) is set to price next week $790 million of airport senior revenue bonds.

The Board of Regents of the Texas State University System (Aa2//AA/) is set to price $608 million off Revenue Financing System revenue and refunding bonds.

The Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (Aa1/AA+//) is set to price $450 million of single-family mortgage revenue bonds.

Inflows continued with LSEG Lipper reporting investors added $1.053 billion to muni mutual funds, largely driven by exchange-traded fund flows into long-duration and high-yield funds, Birch Creek strategists said.

This was the third straight week of inflows, which “is a complete 180 of what we saw back in 2023 and 2022 where we saw record outflows,” Wong said.

Rai added: “A fund outflow cycle may have been averted barring an upside surprise in CPI.”

AAA scales
Refinitiv MMD’s scale was unchanged: The one-year was at 3.23% and 3.07% in two years. The five-year was at 2.72%, the 10-year at 2.71% and the 30-year at 3.77% at 3 p.m.

The ICE AAA yield curve was little changed: 3.24% (unch) in 2025 and 3.09% (unch) in 2026. The five-year was at 2.76% (+1), the 10-year was at 2.73% (+1) and the 30-year was at 3.76% (-1) at 3:30 p.m.

The S&P Global Market Intelligence municipal curve was unchanged: The one-year was at 3.25% in 2025 and 3.06% in 2026. The five-year was at 2.71%, the 10-year was at 2.70% and the 30-year yield was at 3.76%, according to a 3 p.m. read.

Bloomberg BVAL was little changed: 3.31% (unch) in 2025 and 3.11% (unch) in 2026. The five-year at 2.66% (unch), the 10-year at 2.64% (unch) and the 30-year at 3.79% (unch) at 3:30 p.m.

Treasuries were slightly firmer.

The two-year UST was yielding 4.862% (-1), the three-year was at 4.665% (-1), the five-year at 4.505% (-1), the 10-year at 4.487% (-2), the 20-year at 4.729% (-2) and the 30-year at 4.634% (-1) at 3:30 p.m.

Primary to come
The New York City Transitional Finance Authority (Aa1/AAA/AAA/) is set to price Wednesday $1.5 billion of tax-exempt future tax-secured subordinate bonds, Fiscal 2024 Series G, Subseries G-1. RBC Capital Markets.

The Dormitory Authority of the State of New York is set to price Wednesday $965.415 million of School Districts Revenue Bond Financing Program revenue bonds, consisting of $792.985 million of Series 2024A (Aa3/AA/AA-/), serials 2025-2044, terms 2048, 2052; $46.11 million of Series 2024B (Aa3/AA/AA-/), serials 2025-2039; $59.75 million of Series 2024C (Aa2//AA-/), serials 2025-2039; and $66.57 million of Series 2024D (/AA/AA-/), serials 2025-2039. Raymond James.

The San Francisco Airport Commission (A1//A+/) is set to price Tuesday $924.665 million of San Francisco International Airport second series revenue refunding bonds, consisting of $782.33 million of Series 2024A, $123.715 million of Series 2024B and $18.62 million of Series 2024C. Goldman Sachs.

The New Jersey Turnpike Authority is set to price Tuesday $697.785 million of forward-delivery turnpike revenue bonds, Series 2024 C. Morgan Stanley.

The California Health Facilities Financing Authority (/BBB+/BBB+/) is set to price Tuesday $588.8 million of Adventist Health System/West fixed mode revenue bonds, Series 2024A. RBC Capital Markets.

Miami-Dade County, Florida, (Aa3/AA/AA-/) is set to price Tuesday $494.66 million of water and sewer system revenue bonds, consisting of $323.16 million of new-issue bonds, Series 2024A, and $171.5 million of refunding bonds, Series 2024B. Goldman Sachs.

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (Aa2/AA+//AA+/) is set to price Thursday $448.485 million of water system revenue bonds, 2024 Series B, serials 2024-2044. TD Securities.

The University of Texas System is set to price next week $425 million of Permanent University Fund bonds, Series 2024B. BofA Securities.

The Adventist Health System/West (/BBB+/BBB+/) is set to price Thursday $390.76 million of taxable corporate CUSIPs, Series 2024, serial 2034. RBC Capital Markets.

The Tarrant Regional Water District, Texas, (/AAA/AA+/) is set to price Tuesday $314.845 million of water revenue refunding and improvement bonds, Series 2024. Jefferies.

The Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority is set to price Thursday $292.195 million of tax-exempt Duke 1 Energy Convention Center Project-Transient Occupancy Tax development revenue and refunding bonds, consisting of $56.685 million of senior development revenue and refunding bonds, Series 2024A (Aa3/AA//), serials 2024-2043, terms 2048, 2053, 2058, 2063; $192.855 million of first subordinate development revenue and refunding bonds, Series 2024B (A2/A-//), serials 2025-2043, terms 2048, 2053, 2058, 2063; and $42.655 million of second subordinate development revenue bonds, Series 2024C (A3/BBB//), serials 2029-2043, terms 2048, 2053, 2058, 2063. BofA Securities.

The Oklahoma City Water Utilities Trust (Aaa/AAA//) is set to price next week $269.88 million of non-AMT utility system revenue refunding and improvement bonds, Series 2024. Morgan Stanley.

The Greenwood Independent School District, Texas, (/AAA/AAA/) is set to price Thursday $256.33 million of PSF-insured unlimited tax school building bonds, Series 2024, serials 2025-2054. Jefferies.

The Arlington Higher Education Finance Corp., Texas, (/AAA//) is set to price Tuesday $206.96 million of PSF-insured Harmony Public Schools education revenue bonds, Series 2024, serials 2026-2039, terms 2044, 2049, 2054. Baird.

The Ector County Independent School District, Texas, (Aaa/AAA//) is set to price Tuesday $179.905 million of PSF-insured unlimited tax school building bonds, Series 2024-A, serials 2025-2045. Raymond James.

The Tennessee Housing Development Agency (Aa1/AA+//) is set to price Tuesday $178.5 million of social taxable Residential Finance Program bonds, ISSUE 2024-2B, serials 2025-2035, terms 2039, 2044, 2049, 2054, 2055. RBC Capital Markets.

The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois (Aa2/AA-//) is set to price Wednesday $171.525 million of University of Illinois auxiliary facilities system revenue bonds, consisting of $146.315 million of refunding bonds, Series 2024A, serials 2025-2044, and $25.21 million of taxable, Series 2024B, serials 2025-2039, term 2044. BofA Securities.

The Colorado Housing and Finance Authority (Aaa/AAA//) is set to price Wednesday $145.51 million of taxable Class I single-family mortgage bonds, 2024 Series C-1, serials 2026-2034, terms 2039, 2044, 2054. RBC Capital Markets.

Georgetown, Texas, (/AA//) is set to price Wednesday $125.89 million of BAM-insured utility system revenue bonds, Series 2024, serials 2025-2044, terms 2049, 2054. BOK Financial Securities.

Utica Community Schools, Michigan, (/AA//) is set to price Tuesday $123.405 million of 2024 school building and site and refunding bonds, serials 2025-2039. Stifel Nicolaus.

Alaska (Aa3/AA//AA/) is set to price Thursday $110.5 million of GO refunding bonds, Series 2024A. Goldman Sachs.

Competitive
Celina, Texas, (Aa1/AA//) is set to sell $138.305 million of limited pledge tax and waterworks and sewer system revenue certificates of obligation, Series 2024, at noon Tuesday.

The New York City Transitional Finance Authority is set to sell $158.59 million of taxable future tax-secured subordinate bonds, Fiscal 2024 Subseries G-2, at 10:45 a.m. Wednesday, and $141.41 million of taxable future tax-secured subordinate bonds, Fiscal 2024 Subseries G-3, at 11:15 a.m. Wednesday.

Virginia Beach, Virginia, is set to sell $146.084 million of GO public improvement bonds, Series 2024A, at 10 a.m. Wednesday; $118 million of GO public improvement bonds, Series 2024B, at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday; and $39.435 million of GO public improvement refunding bonds, Series 2024C, at 11 a.m. Wednesday.

The Virginia Beach Development Authority, Virginia, is set to sell $34.005 million of public facility revenue bonds, Series 2024A, at 10 a.m. Thursday; $27.31 million of public facility refunding revenue bonds, Series 2024B, at 10:30 a.m. Thursday; and $130.655 million of taxable public facility revenue bonds at 11 a.m. Thursday.

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