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US IG Chart of the Day: The 50 Most Traded Names

Strategy Analysis: 09 Aug 2018, 9:05 AM ET - With declining market liquidity another hot topic, today we look at which names are most often traded. 

May 2018 US Company Recommendation Changes

US Company Recommendation Changes: 31 May 2018, 9:25 PM ET - Our monthly report provides executive summaries for the thirty-nine company recommendation changes made on North American companies during the month of May.
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General Dynamics: Seven-part Deal to Fund CSRA

IG Note: 08 May 2018, 2:56 PM ET - GD is in the market with a seven-tranche offering in 2-year (Fixed/FRN), 3-year (Fixed/FRN), 5-year, 7-year and 10-year fixed rate notes. We move to M/P and view the new issue as an attractive entry point to a high quality credit.

US IG Strategy: Picks and Pans (April 2018)

Strategy Analysis: 26 Apr 2018, 4:43 AM ET - In this document we summarize our sector recommendations, and provide a few names within each that we like (picks) and dislike (pans). Our Picks and Pans reflect our analysts' current views. 

US Strategy: Tariffs as Repricing Event?

Strategy Analysis: 01 Mar 2018, 9:40 PM ET - The market has been building in very low odds of a trade war event, a NAFTA withdrawal, or a significant escalation of tit-for-tat trade retaliations on a broader scale.  The odds-makers just got a fresh load of input.

Section 232: The NAFTA Conundrum

Sector Analysis: 26 Feb 2018, 3:42 AM ET - Using Section 232 on Steel/Aluminum could damage supplier chains and cost structures and drive broader inflation.  A tariff gambit in such key industries could undermine the NAFTA negotiations and have immediate effects on risk pricing. 
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General Dynamics: Acquiring CSRA for $9.6 bn

IG Note: 13 Feb 2018, 11:46 AM ET - GD is flexing its balance sheet muscle to expand its IT services business through the acquisition of CSRA in an all-cash deal worth $9.6 bn (EV). GD will use cash on hand and debt to fund the acquisition. We remain at U/P on GD bonds.

US IG Strategy: Picks and Pans (January 2018)

Strategy Analysis: 23 Jan 2018, 9:57 PM ET - In this short document we summarize our sector recommendations, and provide a few names within each that we like (picks) and dislike (pans). Our Picks and Pans reflect our analysts' current views. 
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A&D 3Q17 Earnings Recap: LMT, GD, BA, NOC, RTN, LLL

Sector Analysis: 30 Oct 2017, 11:36 PM ET - Six names under our A&D coverage reported third quarter earnings last week. Results were generally healthy with four of them reporting better than expected earnings and all six raised or affirmed full-year 2017 earnings guidance. 
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General Dynamics: New $1.0 bn Two-tranche Deal

IG Note: 11 Sep 2017, 3:06 PM ET - GD is back in the market, looking to issue $1 bn in a two-tranche deal. The offering is primarily to refi maturing 2017 bond, and the NIC on offer looks attractive. We would be buyers of the new issue, but remain U/P on existing GD bonds.

US IG Sector Recs: A Very "In Line" April

Sector Weightings: 09 May 2017, 5:22 AM ET - After a weak March the IG index returned to positive territory, but most sectors reported excess return within +/- 5bp of the overall index. We discuss performance and update our sector recommendations. 

US IG Sector Slide Pack: April 2017

Sector Weightings: 08 May 2017, 11:18 PM ET - Our US IG Sector Slide Pack: April 2017 includes spread, return and attribution data for many of the Level 3 and Level 4 sectors of the BAML Index.  We look at both monthly and year-to-date performance. 

Sector Update March 2017 - US Industrials

Sector Weightings: 10 Apr 2017, 8:20 PM ET - The Industrials sector largely matched the widening seen in the IG Corp ate index, though significantly underperformed on an excess return basis. We continue to hold a largely negative view on the sector entering 2Q17.

Sector Update February 2017 - US Industrials

Sector Weightings: 12 Mar 2017, 8:10 PM ET - February was a mixed month for Industrials sub-sectors, however aggregate excess return slightly outperformed the IG index. We also provide a summary of Industrials monthly IG supply and US Manufacturing ISM in our report.

Trump, Trade, Germany, and the EU

Strategy Analysis: 08 Mar 2017, 11:15 PM ET - The Trump team focuses on a bilateral deal with Germany distinct from the EU and sets the stage for more tension. We frame the US-Germany trade deficit for 2016 at the industry level.  Trade edges ahead of the Fed as a risk variable?

US Taxes: Interest Deductibility, Par Call Fear

Sector Analysis: 27 Feb 2017, 3:42 PM ET - We look into recent inquiries on interest deductibility issues and redemption risk.  Finding special tax redemption provisions can be a needles-and-haystacks exercise. The good news is "tailored" interest deduction language is hard to find.

Sector Update January 2017 - US Industrials

Sector Weightings: 09 Feb 2017, 8:14 PM ET - Within the Industrials sector, only Automotives were able to modestly outperform the US Corp index. After this run, coupled with fundamental concerns, we downgrade our rec on Autos to Underperform.  

Bombardier: Fed Govt. Provides C$372.5 mn Loan

HY Note: 08 Feb 2017, 5:52 AM ET - Bombardier receives a new Canadian government financial aid package that is less than expected, but still further supports liquidity and financial flexibility and helps to mitigate program execution risks.  
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Aerospace & Defense 2017 Outlook: Underperform

Sector Outlook: 01 Feb 2017, 5:43 AM ET - The DoD is still operating under a continuing resolution in FY17, but there is increased optimism that the new Republican government will lift defense spending caps for the years ahead. Commercial aerospace will face some headwinds in 2017.

US Manufacturing: Industrial Production Picks Pace

Worth Watching: 18 Jan 2017, 12:24 PM ET - US Manufacturing Federal Reserve reported Industrial Production data for December came in better than expected and, on the surface, underscored positive momentum to end the year with December activity up 0.8% MoM and up 0.5% YoY. However, we hi ..

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