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USD Credit Market Highlights, April 2019

09 May 2019 Nicholas Godec, CFA

Leveraging the iBoxx Tradable Indices and Evaluated Bond Pricing, IHS Markit's own Nick Godec provides a glimpse into the YTD performance of the USD Credit Market, as well as April 2019 performance drivers.

YTD Returns and YTD Spreads, Comparing: iBoxx Liquid High Yield vs.
Investment Grade Indices


USD credit markets performance YTD, as of 4/30/19

  • iBoxx Liquid High Yield - 8.88%
  • iBoxx Investment Grade Indices - 6.87%

IHS Markit USD Total Return: HY vs IG

Benchmark Spreads

Investors continue seeking risk exposure on positive economic news and an accommodative Fed, thus:

  • iBoxx USD Liquid High Yield tightened 134bps to 382bps
    • 93 bps above five-year tight of 298bps
  • Investment Grade Indices tightened 47bps to 139bps
    • 32bps above five-year tight of 107bps

IHS Markit USD Benchmark Spreads: HY vs IG

April Performance Drivers

CCC through C Drives High Yield Returns

The iBoxx Liquid High Yield Index delivered a solid April return of 1.25%, driven primarily by the lowest-rated credits in the index; CCC through C-rated debt outperformed BB through B-rated credits in April and YTD, the lowest rated CC and C-rated credit segments had the strongest performance.

CCC through CC-rated debt

PetSmart Jumps on Online News

PetSmart had an especially strong April performance in the lower-rated high yield market.


iBoxx Liquid High Yield Index prices for PetSmart issuers - powered by IHS Markit's Evaluated Bond Pricing Service - jumped sharply on April 29th following the specialty retailer's announcement that they filed an IPO for its online division, the proceeds of which could be used to pay down debt or otherwise firm up their balance sheet.



Posted 09 May 2019 by Nicholas Godec, CFA, Index Product Manager, Tradable Indices, IHS Markit

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