Spectrum Brands Inc. , the maker of batteries, pet food, and lawn-care products, is marketing debt as companies involved in acquisitions test a market where issuance has fallen to the lowest in more than a year.
OnCure Holdings Inc., a manager of radiation oncology treatment centers for cancer patients, is marketing $210 million of notes as analysts boost forecasts on 2010 returns for high-yield, high-risk corporate debt.
IMS Health Inc., the provider of prescription data to drugmakers and analysts, plans to issue high-yield, high-risk debt to finance its leveraged buyout as the junk-bond market shows signs of weakening.
HCA Inc., the hospital chain taken private in a $33 billion leveraged buyout, plans to sell bonds as concern subsided that Europe will suffer a financial crisis and investors returned to the U.S. market for high-yield debt.
Put Bill Gross , manager of the world’s biggest bond fund, and ex-Morgan Stanley President Zoe Cruz in the camp that sees investor demand for low-rated corporate debt even as super-safe U.S. Treasuries rally on concerns that the economy is slowing down.