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Posted by on Mar 16, 2016 in Market Insight, Peritus Asset Management

Positive Signals

Positive Signals

By Heather Rupp, CFA, Director of Communications and Research Analyst for Peritus Asset Management, Sub-Advisor of the AdvisorShares Peritus High Yield ETF (NYSE Arca: HYLD)

 
After a rough last couple months—or in actuality a rough past six months—we are starting to see some positive signs in the high yield market. After yields surpassed 10% in mid-February1, we are beginning to see investors come back into the asset class as energy prices somewhat stabilize and investors look to take advantage of the yield offered by this market. Notably, we’ve seen the outflows from exchange traded and mutual funds reverse over the last few weeks, with the inflow in the the reporting week ending March 2nd posting an all-time high at just under $5.0bil.2

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As we see investors start to embrace the asset class again, February posted the first month of positive returns since last October.3

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If we include performance through the first few days of March, we actually see that high yield bonds have now fully recovered their 2016 loses.4

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While energy and metals and mining defaults continue to accelerate, the default rate on the rest of the high yield market remains stable.5

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The energy and commodity default rates have shot up and we expect them to continue to do so. We have seen a number of energy companies, including some very large ones, undertake bankruptcies over the past couple months because even though energy prices have somewhat stabilized, this $30ish level is not a level at which many of these players can survive.

We believe the strong negative sentiment toward the high yield market that we have seen over the past several month is starting to subside as investors once again begin to embrace the asset class. However, we believe active management and the flexibility to not invest in certain credits seen as vulnerable is essential as investors re-enter the space as defaults in the energy and commodity sectors are just starting to heat up and these sectors together remain around 15% of the index.6 Even though we have seen some upturn in the high yield market, we still believe it offers investors attractive value for both capital gains potential and yield and still has plenty of room to run given how low pricing and how high spreads had gotten.
 
1 Acciavatti, Peter, Tony Linares, Nelson Jantzen, CFA, Rahul Sharma, and Chuanxin Li. “Credit Strategy Weekly Update,” J.P. Morgan North American High Yield and Leveraged Loan Research, February 26, 2016, p. 3. Yield referenced is the February 11, 2016 yield to worst of 10.44%.
2 Fuller, Matt, “Investors dump record $5B of retail cash into US HY funds,” S&P Capital IQ, March 3, 2016.
3 Koch, Fer, William Porter, Miranda Chen, James Esposito, Chiraag Somaia, and Amit Jain, “CS Credit Strategy Daily Comment,” Credit Suisse Fixed Income Research, March 4, 2016, p. 2.
4 Acciavatti, Peter, Tony Linares, Nelson Jantzen, CFA, Rahul Sharma, and Chuanxin Li. “Credit Strategy Weekly Update,” J.P. Morgan North American High Yield and Leveraged Loan Research, February 26, 2016, p. 4.
5 Koch, Fer, William Porter, Miranda Chen, James Esposito, Chiraag Somaia, and Amit Jain, “CS Credit Strategy Daily Comment,” Credit Suisse Fixed Income Research, March 4, 2016, p. 5.
6 Acciavatti, Peter, Tony Linares, Nelson Jantzen, CFA, Rahul Sharma, and Chuanxin Li. “Credit Strategy Weekly Update,” J.P. Morgan North American High Yield and Leveraged Loan Research, March 4, 2016, p. 38.
 

Although information and analysis contained herein has been obtained from sources Peritus I Asset Management, LLC believes to be reliable, its accuracy and completeness cannot be guaranteed. Information on this website is for informational purposes only. As with all investments, investing in high yield corporate bonds and loans and other fixed income, equity, and fund securities involves various risk and uncertainties, as well as the potential for loss. Past performance is not an indication or guarantee of future results.

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