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Subject:  Wal-Mart's Bonds Date:  3/27/2009  2:33 PM
Author:  junkman02 Number:  26538 of 35834

I'm a person who “eats his own cooking”. If I suggested in another thread that now is a good time to be shopping for bonds, then shopping I go. How I got to looking at Wal-Mart's bonds doesn't matter. But I got to looking at them to see what might be happening. E*Trade was listing 16 offerings, as was Zions, but not the exact sames ones, which is typical. Every bond broker will offer you a slightly different inventory that often has slightly different pricing. So that's always Rule #1 with bond shopping: "You gotta shop around". But in the initial stages of trying to see what's happening, those kinds of small differences don't matter. What you want is just a general sense of where the market is at with respect to their debt:

How much of it is being offered?
Does it seem like someone is dumping?
How tightly is it bid?
How accessible is it? (i.e., what's a typical minimum-purch