Monday, July 4, 2016

New Preferred Stock IPO’s, June 2016

Preferred stock issuers continue to take advantage of our low rate environment and high demand for income securities. June was a big month for new preferred stocks, with thirteen new issues being introduced with an average current yield of 6.5 percent for the consideration of preferred stock investors. There are now 901 of these securities trading on U.S. stock exchanges...

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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

New Preferred Stock IPO’s, May 2016

May was a solid month for new preferred stocks, with ten new issues being introduced with an average current yield of 6.1 percent for the consideration of preferred stock investors. Those investing in U.S.-traded preferred stocks since the beginning of 2016 are currently on pace for a total annualized return of almost 17 percent. There are now 899 of these securities trading on U.S. stock exchanges...

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Monday, May 2, 2016

New Preferred Stock IPOs, April 2016

There were six new preferred stocks introduced during April 2016, offering an average current yield of 6.75 percent. Those investing in U.S.-traded preferred stocks since the beginning of 2016 are currently on pace for a total annualized return of almost 17 percent (gain plus dividends). Common stock investors have also done well this year, seeing an annualized value appreciation of about 12.7 percent plus about two percent in average annualized dividend yield...

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Thursday, March 31, 2016

New Preferred Stock IPOs, March 2016

There were eleven new preferred stocks introduced during March 2016, the most since September 2014, offering an average current yield of 6.1 percent. The annual return being offered to income investors by the 10-year treasury is 1.8 percent and that of the 2-year bank CD is a meager 1.5 percent. Given these income alternatives, demand for U.S. preferred stocks remains very high with the average market price of these securities increasing during March by $0.75 to $25.04 per share...

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

New Preferred Stock IPOs, February 2016

There were four new preferred stocks introduced during February 2016. Compared to the macro U.S. preferred stock market offerings, February’s new issues offer relatively weak returns but two of the new issues offer double investment-grade ratings (Moody’s and S&P). In a rare occurence, eBay entered the Exchange Traded Debt Security market, offering a baby bond with a 6.0 percent coupon...

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

New Preferred Stock IPOs, January 2016

There were five new preferred stocks introduced during January 2016. Two of the new issues offer double investment-grade ratings (Moody’s and S&P). Four of the five new preferreds are still trading on the Over-The-Counter wholesale stock exchange and offer Qualified Dividend Income for favorable dividend tax treatment. And all are trading within one dividend of their $25 par values...

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Monday, January 4, 2016

Preferred Stock Vs. Common Stock Performance For 2015

The common stock market, as reflected by the S&P 500 Index, was unable to gain traction last year. While the overall value of common stocks lost 0.7 percent during 2015, the value of high quality preferred stocks increased by 0.6 percent. Common stock dividends offered an average of 2.05 percent in dividend yield to shareholders, while high quality preferred stocks offered an average of 6.6 percent...

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