Each day that passes gives me a little more confidence that we may be near the end of the banking crisis—not there, but getting nearer. Of course we always have plenty of issues to worry about–the debt ceiling and government spending, but let’s face it we won’t have a time where we can’t find something to worry about.
Last night I was working on the fixed-to-floating rate preferred stock page and noting the great bargains that are out there–or should I say ‘potential’ bargains. 3 issues in particular caught my eye. Valley National 5.50% FTF (VLYPO) with a current coupon of 8.91%, current yield of 12.05% and of course a yield to worst of over 26%. Zions Bancorp 6.3% FTF (ZIONO) with a current coupon of 9.58%, current yield of 11.79% and yield to worst in the 20% area. Lastly the Goldman Sachs 5.50% FTF (GS-J) with a coupon of 8.98%, current yield of 8.99%, but with much more safety has a yield to worst of just around 9%–I suspect this issue will be called soon. NOTE–the FTF spreadsheet calculates the coupon with real time 3 month libor–the GS issue just became floating so no dividend has been paid since entering the floating rate period. The spreadsheet calculates the ‘potential’ coupon–the actual coupon only is known on the dividend determination date for each issue.
I am not recommending anyone buy any issue mentioned here–but I may just nibble in a very small way before the week is out.
Interest rates are still quiet today–3.51% on the 10 year treasury this morning–not much movement this week and this will probably remain true through the end of the week. Next week we have more consequential economic news so markets should move. We have Powell’s favored inflation gauge on the 26th (Friday)–personal consumption expenditures (PCE) data and with the FOMC meeting approaching that will be a huge number.
So let’s get going on the day.