Another week of strong gains by the S&P500 which opened the week at around 2890 and closed the week at around 2950. With the FED essentially putting a “put” under the market what other way is there to go other than up.
The 10 year treasury touched as low as 1.975% last week before bouncing a bit to close at around 2.07%. This is obviously destined to move below 2% in the next 30 days. This would seem to be supportive to preferreds and baby bonds which is good–on the other hand we will see some redemptions from the stronger issuer’s as they will be able to issue shares at crazy low coupons.
The FED balance sheet fell by $5 billion last week resuming the downward move in assets. What a great time for the FED to let assets run off. Since everyone in the world seems to want our treasuries we don’t need the FED’s demand.
The average $25/share preferred stock and baby bond moved up 8 cents last week, as one might expect, with the falling 10 year treasury. This leaves us with 184 issues which are trading at $25 or below–this is 20 less issues than last week and shows the relative strength in income issues.
Last week we had 4 new income issues offered.
Triton International (NASDAQ:TRTN) offered a 8% preferred issue. The issue is trading on the OTC Grey market under TTONF right now and last traded at $25.30.
Bank of American (NYSE:BAC) offered a huge offering of preferreds 5.375% preferred which is trading on the OTC right now under ticker BAMKL and last traded at $24.98. This is an offering of more than 60 million shares.
mREIT Annaly Capital Management (NYSE:NLY) priced a fixed-to-floating rate preferred with an initial coupon of 6.75% which becomes floating in 2024 at 3 month Libor plus a spread of 4.989%. They will redeem a 7.625% coupon issue (NLY-C). The issue is trading on the OTC now, with ticker ACAXP, and last traded at $24.73.
Specialty finance REIT Sachem Capital (AMEX:SACH) is selling a new baby bond with a coupon of 7.125%. This is a little company that is capitalized at just $88 million at this time so caution is warranted. We need to look closer at this company as we simply are not familiar with them–but we can’t imagine having any interest. This issue will trade under ticker SCCB when it begins to trade in the next week or so (no OTC trading). This issue matures in 2024.