The new issuance market had a tepid start to the beginning of both the fourth-quarter and the month of October as 12 deals (3 IPOs, 7 FOs, 2 BLKs) priced last week for aggregate proceeds of $2.9B, falling in volume when compared to the prior-week’s 20 deals for $5.6B in combined proceeds.
New issuance market activity slowed during Q3 as 180 total deals came to market for $52.1B in combined proceeds, witnessing a decline of 29.4% in deal count and 14.3% in proceeds when compared to the last quarter.
In U.S. economic news, consumer confidence for September came in at 119.8, lower than August’s downwardly-revised reading of 120.4, but above economists’ estimates of 119.4. Separately, the Eurozone economic sentiment index increased to 113.0 in September, following the prior-month’s report of 111.9 and was higher than economists’ estimates of 112. Finally, Japan’s housing starts decreased 2.0% year-on-year in August, missing expectations of an increase of 0.6% but ahead of July’s 2.3% decline.
As fall weather began to make its way across the country, the capital markets continued pace as 20 deals (6 IPOs, 9 FOs, 2 BLKs, 3 CVTs) priced last week for aggregate proceeds of $5.6B. The week saw a healthy portion of IPOs, with six deals pricing for total proceeds of $1.2B.