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Junk-Bond Well Runs Dry as Oil Shock Quells Debt Supply

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The market for new junk bonds has all but shut as plunging oil prices and borrowing costs at an 18-month high deter issuers.

Even as sales of high-yield, high-risk notes in the U.S. reached a record $353.1 billion this year, offerings have stalled this month with the slowest pace for a December since 2011. Junk is on track to deliver its second straight quarterly loss, the first time that’s happened since 2008, and trimming gains for the year to 1.47 percent, according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch index data.