The S&P500 traded in a range of 3065 to 3097 before closing around 3093–a gain of just less than 1%. At this time all news is good news–at least this is what equity markets indicate—party on I guess.
The 10 year treasury traded in a range of 1.75% to 1.97% before closing at 1.93%. We have seen rising rates knock preferreds and baby bonds down a bit so it will be interesting to watch rates this week. Every year, for the last 4 years, we have seen income issues sell off hard at some point between November and February so it wouldn’t be surprising to see that happen again–maybe we will get a chance to buy some quality issues at lower prices.
The Federal Reserve balance sheet grew again last week, this time by a hefty $20 billion–the balance sheet is now solidly over $4 trillion–$300 billion higher in the last 10 weeks.
Last week we had 4 new income issues.
Insurer Allstate (ALL) priced a new non cumulative perpetual preferred with a paltry 4.75% coupon. The issue is trading under the OTC Grey market ticker ASTLZ. The issue closed the week at $24.77. The issue is investment grade.
Storage giant Public Storage (PSA) sold a new issue of cumulative, perpetual preferred stock with a 4.70% coupon. The issue is trading under the OTC temporary ticker of PBLSZ and closed on Friday at $24.83. PSA preferreds are the highest rated preferreds available with a A3 rating from Moodys and BBB+ from S&P.
Synchrony Financial (SYF) sold a non cumulative preferred issue with a coupon of 5.625%. Now trading under OTC Grey market ticker SNFI the closing price last Friday was $25.03.
CIT Group (CIT) sold an issue of non cumulative preferred stock with a coupon of 5.625%. The B+ (junk) rated issue closed last week at $24.93.
Unlike previous new issue the current batch are having trouble gaining traction–if interest rates hang in the 1.90% area we likely won’t see too much movement upward in the low coupon issues. Remember, while stocks will trade on Monday, bond markets will be closed.