Speculative-grade corporate debt ETFs are up about 3% so far this week to recover some of the steep losses they suffered in May and June when Treasury yields spiked.
The iShares iBoxx High Yield Corporate Bond (NYSEArca: HYG) and SPDR Barclays High Yield Bond (NYSEArca: JNK) rallied Thursday after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said the central bank plans to keep interest rates low for the foreseeable future, even if the unemployment rate falls to its 6.5% target.
Bond ETFs have been under pressure recently on speculation the Fed may soon begin tapering its $85 billion a month worth of Treasury bond and mortgage purchases. [High-Yield Bond ETFs Slip on Rate, Liquidity Fears]
However, the high-yield ETFs have recovered close to their 50-day exponential moving averages.
BlackRock and other bond managers say they are finding value in high-yield bonds after the sell-off, MarketWatch reports.