Municipal analysts and strategists are looking in the health care and housing industries and at credits with intermediate maturities for potential bargains that may be created by irrational fears over the government shutdown and the debt ceiling.

"There may be buying opportunities if yields rise because of fears of negative market fallout," said Dick Larkin, senior vice president and director of credit analysis at Herbert J. Sims & Co. As of last Friday, he said municipal trading had been uninterrupted since the Oct. 1 start of the shutdown.

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