In the US, the motor industry was most active, with Ford and General Motors among the most commonly traded names. Nashville-based healthcare firm HCA was the only non-motoring sector CDS in the most-active column. In Europe, fixed-line telecoms dominated the list, including Telecom Italia, Portugal Telecom International Finance and Deutsche Telekom. French auto manufacturer Valeo also pushed the European motoring industry into the most-active column for the first time since July 2005.
In Asia, the financial services sector was the most active for the fifth month in a row, led by Kyoto-based Aiful. Nippon Steel was the second most active CDS, while trading companies, banks and electrical equipment firms were also active.
Meanwhile, the three most active sovereign CDSs were linked to the governments of Turkey, Brazil and Venezuela, followed by the Philippines and Hungary.