Bond Window ‘Slams Shut’ in Europe

Downgrade of Portugal kills revival in corporate issuance.

Portugal’s downgrade to junk may stifle corporate bond sales in Europe, killing off a mini- revival in issuance spurred by investor optimism about Greece’s efforts to avoid default.

“The primary window has almost slammed shut just as spectacularly as it had flung open,” said Suki Mann, senior credit strategist at Societe Generale SA in London.

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