(Bloomberg) -- The $3.7 trillion municipal market is headed for the longest losing streak since March after localities offered the most bonds in three months.
Interest rates for benchmark 10-year tax-exempt debt have climbed about 0.07 percentage point this week to 2.39%, data compiled by Bloomberg show. Its the first two-week decline since March, which is also the last time the market absorbed as much issuance as this weeks $9.6 billion tally. Governments plan about $5 billion of sales next week.
The sell-off interrupted a rally, after munis rose in each of the years first five months. The tax-free market has still earned 6% this year, Bank of America Merrill Lynch data show. Thats better than Treasuries and corporate bonds.
We saw an increase in new-issue supply, which quite frankly the market wasnt used to, said Fred Yosca, head of fixed-income trading at BNY Mellon Capital Markets LLC in New York. Prices were vulnerable based on the run-up we had.
Investors added about $307 million to muni mutual funds this past week, Lipper US Fund Flows data show. Thats less than half the average weekly inflow of $714 million last month.
While additions to mutual funds have ebbed, the inflow signals demand for the next few months, Yosca said.
Next weeks issuance includes $978 million of bonds from Georgia, the states biggest sale of new bonds.
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