RLPC-Leveraged loans sag as hedge funds sell-traders

Reuters – Leveraged loan prices fell on Wednesday as hedge funds facing redemptions and forced to cover short equity positions sold loans, traders told Reuters Loan Pricing Corp.

Leveraged loans have declined over the past week amid a rout in global markets that has led to the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers and a $700 billion U.S. government plan to bail out the financial sector.

The loan credit default swap index, the Markit LCDX10, traded around 93.70-to-93.90 cents on the dollar on Wednesday, down about a point from Tuesday’s close. It hit a low of 93.60-to-93.80 cents on the dollar earlier in the day.

TXU Corp’s leveraged buyout loan was among several that traded down. Its term loan B2 fell to 86.75-to-87.25 cents on the dollar from 87-to-87.5 cents on the dollar on Tuesday afternoon.

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