Bonds

Fitch Ratings lifted Ohio’s issuer default and general obligation rating to AAA Thursday over its “fiscal resilience” bolstered by stronger reserves and cash balances. Moody’s Investors Service and S&P Global Ratings rate Ohio one notch below the top mark at Aa1 and AA-plus, respectively, and both assign a stable outlook. The upgrade “reflects material strengthening
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The Commonwealth of Kentucky on Thursday plans final pricing of $233 million of special obligation revenue bonds that will finance renovations across a wide portfolio of state-managed properties. The bonds will be issued by the Kentucky State Property and Buildings Commission in two tranches, according to the issuer’s online investor “roadshow” presentation, with the $40.2
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Municipals were weaker to kick off the holiday-shortened week, but outperformed a U.S. Treasury selloff that saw the 30-year UST yield hit just shy of 3.5%, while equities saw losses. Triple-A benchmark yields rose up to seven basis points, while UST yields rose 11 to 15 bps with the largest losses on the long bonds,
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Mediators for the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority restructuring asked the judge to extend the deal deadline from Sept. 9. The mediators asked PREPA bankruptcy Judge Laura Taylor Swain Thursday afternoon to extend the mediation, and deadline for a proposed deal, to 11:59 p.m. Atlantic Standard Time, Sept. 16, with the possibility of a further
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Sunita Lough, the respected head of the Internal Revenue Service’s Tax-Exempt and Government Entities division, is stepping down at the end of this month. Lough was serving as the commissioner of its Tax-Exempt and Government Entities division, which oversees compliance with municipal bond tax laws. Her official retirement date is scheduled for Sept. 30. Edward
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The encroachment of culture wars into the municipal bond market will likely increase, with Texas, which has enacted laws to punish companies for “boycotting” fossil fuel businesses and “discriminating” against the firearm industry, potentially leading the charge.  The laws have sidelined some big Wall Street banks from the Texas muni market; the state’s recently compiled
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The Puerto Rico Oversight Board filed suit against Gov. Pedro Pierluisi regarding a labor law it says reduces the island’s economic growth and government revenues. The board is challenging Act 41-2022, which Pierluisi signed earlier this summer. It filed the suit Thursday night in U.S. District Court for Puerto Rico as part of the central
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Municipals were steady Friday ahead of a holiday-shortened week where investors will be greeted by two large deals from the states of California and Pennsylvania in an otherwise lackluster new-issue calendar. U.S. Treasuries rallied on the front end of the curve. On Friday the two- and three-year muni-UST ratios are around 67%. The five-year was
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