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Junk Bond Traders Are Really Oil Traders Now as Markets Converge

  • Record-high correlation between non-energy junk bonds and oil
  • Investors may not be focusing enough on risks, BofA says
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The fortunes of junk-bond traders have never been more closely linked to oil.

The high-yield bond market has been rallying since Feb. 11, the exact day that oil reached a bottom. Prices on the bonds of speculative-grade energy companies are always linked to oil, but in recent weeks, credits outside that industry have also been moving with the commodity.