Another great week is nearly in the books–and now we wait for the employment numbers to send us into the weekend. Forecasts are for 187,000 new jobs and an unemployment rate of 3.6%. Given that Powell continues to focus on employment as an important piece of data in rate hike considerations it would be nice to see a somewhat weaker number than forecast–say 150,000 new jobs–but who knows–we will know in 30 minutes.
Yesterday I noted I bought some UMH-D perpetual preferred–but I also sold 1/2 my position in closed end fund Royce Value Trust (RVT). RVT is my only CEF holding and I had held it for the better part of 6 months and had added at the lows–so I got a nice capital gain plus some dividends–I will re-buy at lower levels.
Today I am pretty sure I will do no buying today–don’t know about continued trimming–I thought this would end but as prices move higher more trimming opportunities arise.
Ellington Financial (EFC) did price their fixed-rate-reset new issue last night and the coupon is 8.625% for the 1st 5 years with the reset spread at 5.13%–pricing is for 4 million shares. The pricing term sheet is here.