U.S. Corporate Bond Sales Tumble

Summer slowdown hits, with just $7.5 bln of offerings this week.

Sales of U.S. corporate bonds plummeted 79 percent this week as borrowers stood on the sidelines with investment-grade buyers poised for their first monthly losses since March.

A $1.1 billion offering of perpetual preferred shares by JPMorgan Chase & Co., the largest U.S. lender by assets, and a similarly sized issue of 30-year bonds by Illinois Tool Works Inc. led $7.5 billion of offerings, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. That compares with $35.5 billion last week and $7.1 billion in the corresponding period last year.

High Yield

Sales from high-yield borrowers, rated below Baa3 by Moody’s Investors Service and lower than BBB- at Standard & Poor’s, fell to $1.9 billion this week compared with $11.4 billion in the period ended Aug. 17 and a 2012 weekly average of $6.1 billion, Bloomberg data show.

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