Preferreds performance leaves them exposed to higher rates

|By:, SA News Editor

Investors in bank preferred securities (PGF -0.1%), (PFF -0.1%) may want to shift into shorter durations, says Barclays credit strategist Shobhit Gupta, as a strong first quarter has left their yields more exposed to interest rate risk.

Particularly interesting are some new-gen securities trading past their first call date and paying floating coupons. Generally trading below par, they have negative duration. Most also have minimum coupon floors ranging from 3.5%-5.57%, making it a little more challenging to figure their rate sensitivity.

Gupta's favorites are floating-rate preferreds from U.S. Bancorp (USB -1.3%) and Goldman Sachs (GS -2.7%), while those from Wells Fargo (WFC -1.7%) look rich thanks to their high coupon floor.