UBS ETRACS Wells Fargo Business Development Company ETN
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  • Wed, Jan. 20, 11:05 AM
    • The S&P 500 is lower by 3%, oil is nearing a $26 handle, and high-yield is selling off, with HYG -1.4% and JNK -1.3%. Those two ETFs are lower by about 5% YTD and in the area of 15% Y/Y.
    • Leveraged to all the above data, BDC sector losses are eve worse. Prospect Capital (PSEC -3.6%), Fifth Street (FSC -7.4%), Ares Capital (ARCC -5.3%), FS Investment (FSIC -10.8%), Main Street (MAIN -6.4%), Blackrock Capital (BKCC -5.3%), Apollo Investment (AINV -7%), Triangle Capital (TCAP -7.9%), TICC Capital (TICC -3.1%), Pennant Park Investment (PNNT -6.5%), KCAP Financial (KCAP -7.7%), THL Credit (TCRD -8%), TCP Capital (TCPC -7.4%), Gladstone Capital (GLAD -5.6%), WhiteHorse Finance (WHF -9.3%), Garrison Capital (GARS -6.8%)
    • ETFs: BDCL, BDCS, BIZD, FGB
    | Wed, Jan. 20, 11:05 AM | 51 Comments
  • Tue, Jan. 12, 11:28 AM
    • Up to one-third of American oil and gas producers could near bankruptcy and restructuring by the middle of next year, according to Wolfe Research, which suggests a rebound in crude to at least $50 per barrel would be necessary for survival.
    • Oil today is threatening a $29 handle, down 2.9% to $30.58.
    • A new report from Morgan Stanley says the environment is worse than the major 1986 oil patch bust which last for five years.
    • Plenty of P-E money is standing on the sidelines, but managers see no need to rush in - instead preferring to wait for bankruptcies and the wiping out of the debt.
    • “There’s no reason to be anybody’s savior,” says FBR's Chad Mabry. “If you can just get the assets out of bankruptcy, then you don’t have to save anyone.”
    • Prospect Capital (PSEC -3.8%), Fifth Street Finance (FSC -2.6%), TICC Capital (TICC -4%), PennantPark (PNNT -4.5%), KCAP Financial (KCAP -1.7%), OHA Investment (OHAI -2.4%), Gladstone Capital (GLAD -2.7%)
    • ETFs: BDCL, BDCS, BIZD, FGB
    | Tue, Jan. 12, 11:28 AM | 59 Comments
  • Dec. 14, 2015, 11:20 AM
    • The price of oil has stabilized, but the major averages are moving lower, Treasury yields are moving higher in front of this week's expected Fed rate hike, and high-yield continues to sell off (with more funds gating withdrawals/selling holdings).
    • It all adds up to continued panicky liquidation in the business development complex. Prospect Capital (PSEC -4.8%), Fifth Street Finance (FSC -4.1%), Ares Capital (ARCC -4.9%), FS Investment (FSIC -3.4%), Triangle Capital (TCAP -4.8%), TICC Capital (TICC -9.1%), PennantPark Investment (PNNT -4.3%), New Mountain Finance (NMFC -5.8%), Monroe Capital (MRCC -4.5%), Oxford Lane (OXLC -10.4%).
    • ETFs: BDCL, BDCS, BIZD, FGB
    | Dec. 14, 2015, 11:20 AM | 65 Comments
  • Dec. 11, 2015, 3:40 PM
    • Treasury yields are plunging, but high-yield is headed the other way again as investors mull a big selloff in the major averages and oil's plunge to below $36 per barrel.
    • The pain is widespread, but a panic in credit is particularly painful for BDCs. Hitting the tape a few minutes ago, Jeff Gundlach says "there's never just one cockroach" when credit melts down.
    • Prospect Capital (PSEC -5.5%), Ares Capital (ARCC -5.7%), FS Investment (FSIC -3.6%), BlackRock Capital (BKCC -3.8%), Apollo Investment (AINV -3.8%), PennantPark (PNNT -4.1%), Medley Capital (MCC -4.1%), TCP Capital (TCPC -2.5%), Gladstone Capital (GLAD -6.4%).
    • ETFs: BDCL, BDCS, BIZD, FGB
    | Dec. 11, 2015, 3:40 PM | 57 Comments
  • Dec. 7, 2015, 12:27 PM
    • Triangle Capital (TCAP -9.7%) is leading the way lower in the sector as oil tumbles all the way down to $38 per barrel, the XLE slides 4.5%, and junk bonds sell off again.
    • OHA Investment (OHAI -6.4%), PennantPark Investment (PNNT -4.6%), Prospect Capital (PSEC -2.8%), Ares Capital (ARCC -2.5%), Apollo Investment (AINV -4.5%), KCAP Financial (KCAP -3.4%), Main Street Capital (MAIN -1.1%).
    • ETFs: BDCL, BDCS, BIZD, FGB
    | Dec. 7, 2015, 12:27 PM | 42 Comments
  • Sep. 30, 2015, 9:47 AM
    • DA Davidson launches coverage on a number of names in the brutally beaten-up sector, and sees a number of buys.
    • Initiated at Buy are Ares Capital (ARCC +3.2%), BlackRock Capital (BKCC +3.7%), FS Investment (FSIC +2.9%), PennantPark Investment (PNNT +0.5%), and Solar Capital (SLRC +3.4%).
    • Started at Neutral is Apollo Investment (AINV -0.2%).
    • ETFs: BDCL, BDCS, BIZD, FGB
    | Sep. 30, 2015, 9:47 AM | 13 Comments
  • Sep. 29, 2015, 3:24 PM
    • It's not just about energy anymore, according to a BAML report. "The malaise is spreading." High-yield, says the team, "[is] a slow-moving train wreck that just seems to be accelerating."
    • Equity-type proxies for the high-yield market, business development companies are under major selling pressure again today, with already large discounts to NAVs growing even wider.
    • Previously: Ares Capital greenlighted for $100M in buybacks (Sept. 28)
    • Prospect Capital (PSEC -3.6%), Ares Capital (ARCC -2.7%), Apollo Investment (AINV -4%), TCP Capital (TCPC -5.4%), Monroe Capital (MRCC -4.5%), Oxford Lane Capital (OXLC -5.4%), PennantPark Investment (PNNT -1.8%), American Capital (ACAS -2.5%), Medley Capital (MCC -4.1%), Harris & Harris (TINY -5.4%)
    • ETFs: BDCL, BDCS, BIZD, FGB
    | Sep. 29, 2015, 3:24 PM | 45 Comments
  • Sep. 28, 2015, 11:16 AM
    • A weekend WSJ story highlighting growing spreads in the high-yield market and the solvency of commodity giant Glencore being called into question are possibly teaming to spook investors in BDCs today.
    • On Friday, Altice sold $4.8B of junk bonds to fund its purchase of Cablevision, well less than the $6.3B it hoped to sell. The 10-year paper on the deal priced to yield 10.875%, more than 100 bps higher than what had been initially expected. Olin on Friday sold $1.2B of paper to fund an acquisition. It had hoped to sell $1.5B. For the privilege, Olin is paying 10% for the 10-year notes, up from 7% expected earlier this month.
    • Prospect Capital (PSEC -4.2%), Fifth Street (FSC -3%), Ares (ARCC -3.2%), FS Investment (FSIC -2.3%), Main Street (MAIN -3.4%), Triangle (TCAP -5.6%), Medley (MCC -2.5%), KCAP (KCAP -3.7%), Gladstone (GLAD -3.9%), WhiteHorse (WHF -5.6%).
    • ETFs: BDCL, BDCS, BIZD, FGB
    | Sep. 28, 2015, 11:16 AM | 60 Comments
  • Aug. 27, 2015, 2:57 PM
    • Prospect Capital is higher by 7.4% after beating earnings estimates and reporting a slight increase in NAV, and also helping is a near-10% jump in the price of oil.
    • Ares Capital (ARCC +2.5%), Triangle Capital (TCAP +1.8%), PennantPark Investment (PNNT +5.4%), Medley Capital (MCC +3.2%), KCAP Financial (KCAP +3.1%), OHA Investment (OHAI +2.2%), Gladstone Capital (GLAD +4.6%).
    • ETFs: BDCL, BDCS, BIZD, FGB
    | Aug. 27, 2015, 2:57 PM | 1 Comment
  • Jul. 24, 2015, 3:01 PM
    • Just a 1% decline in the major averages (which are being helped by some high-profile earnings moves) is masking far greater carnage in a number of other sectors, notably healthcare (XLV -2.5%) and energy (XLE -2%).
    • Business development companies and mortgage REITs are being socked again as well, suggesting the worry may go beyond interest rates and to credit in general, especially as commodity prices continue to tumble - to pick one, crude oil at $48.06 per barrel is at its lowest price in about four months.
    • Among BDCs: Hercules Technology Growth (HTGC -4.2%), Triangle Capital (TCAP -3.3%), PennantPark Investment (PNNT -5.4%), Prospect Capital (PSEC -1.4%), Main Street Capital (MAIN -2.8%), TICC Capital (TICC -2.4%), KCAP Financial (KCAP -2.6%), THL Credit (TCRD -2.7%), FS Investment (FSIC -1.8%).
    • Among mREITs: Armour Residential (ARR -3.1%), Two Harbors (TWO -0.9%), CYS Investments (CYS -2%), Invesco Mortgage (IVR -1.5%), Capstead Mortgage (CMO -1.2%), Apollo Residential (AMTG -2.6%), Arlington Asset (AI -3.7%), American Capital Mortgage (MTGE -0.9%), Orchid Island (ORC -5.8%).
    • MReit ETFs: MORL, REM, MORT, LMBS
    • BDC ETFs: BDCL, BDCS, BIZD, FGB
    | Jul. 24, 2015, 3:01 PM | 82 Comments
  • Jun. 26, 2015, 3:43 PM
    • Continued strong economic data (June consumer confidence beat expectations) and apparently optimism over a Greek deal getting inked this weekend make for good excuses for today's selling in fixed income.
    • The U.S. 10-year yield is up seven basis points to 2.48%. Short-term rate futures continue to read more dovish than the Fed, predicting just one 25 basis point rate hike by year-end.
    • TLT -1.2%, TBT +2.4%.
    • Among the income favorites, utilities (XLU +0.6%) and equity REITs (IYR +0.2%) are being spared punishment today, leaving jittery investors to focus their selling in mortgage REITs.
    • Also in the red are BDCs, led by Prospect Capital (PSEC -2.5%) and Fifth Street Finance (FSC -1.5%). American Capital (ACAS -1.3%), Medley Capital (MDLY +0.1%), THL Credit (TCRD -1.2%), PennantPark (PNNT -1%).
    • ETFs: BDCL, BDCS, BIZD, FGB
    | Jun. 26, 2015, 3:43 PM | 36 Comments
  • May 6, 2015, 12:42 PM
    • What suspiciously looks like the cracking of a major government debt bubble in Europe continues to affect the U.S., where the 10-year Treasury yield is up five more basis points today to 2.24% - its highest level of 2015.
    • German 10-year yields are up another 7 bps to 0.59% - two weeks ago, they were 0.05%.
    • Italian and Spanish 10-year yields have now about doubled since mid-March, but are still under 2%.
    • Income favorites have struggled as rates have gone higher and the BDCs are particularly hard-hit today: Prospect Capital (PSEC -2.5%), Ares Capital (ARCC -1.6%), FS Investment (FSIC -1.3%), Main Street (MAIN -1.4%), Apollo Investment (AINV -3.6%), Triangle (TCAP -2.1%), PennantPark Investment (PNNT -1.4%), KCAP Financial (KCAP -1.5%).
    • Earlier, Prospect Capital declared dividends of $0.083 per share for May, June, July, and August - inline with previous.
    • ETFs: BDCL, BDCS, BIZD
    | May 6, 2015, 12:42 PM | 21 Comments
  • Feb. 3, 2015, 3:44 PM
    • Lower interest rates hadn't really helped one of income players' favorite sectors as they were accompanied by the plunge in oil prices, and worry about what blowups were lurking in BDC portfolios.
    • So even with the 10-year Treasury yield higher by 11 basis points to 1.78% today, oil's now more than 20% run higher in the past few sessions looks to be easing some of those credit concerns, and alongside the rally in BDCs is a nice move higher in junk bonds (HYG +0.6%), (JNK +0.6%).
    • BDC ETFs: BDCL, BDCS, BIZD
    • Individual names: Prospect Capital (PSEC +2.3%), Fifth Street Finance (FSC +3%), FS Investment (FSIC +1.6%), Main Street Capital (MAIN +2.4%), Apollo Investment (AINV +3%), Triangle Capital (TCAP +2.7%), TICC Capital (TICC +3%), PennantPark Investment (PNNT +3.8%), THL Credit (TCRD +3.5%), Golub Capital (GBDC +1.9%).
    | Feb. 3, 2015, 3:44 PM | 19 Comments
  • Jan. 6, 2015, 2:11 PM
    • These income producers might typically enjoy the big run lower in interest rates (the 10-year yield is all the way down to 1.94%), but it's coming alongside a continued plunge in oil (now all the way down to $47.61).
    • ETFs: BDCL, BDCS, BIZD
    • Individual names: Fifth Street Finance (FSC -2.1%), Ares Capital (ARCC -1%), FS Investment (FSIC -1.6%), Main Street Capital (MAIN -2.6%), PennantPark Investment (PNNT -3.2%), TCP Capital (TCPC -2.9%), KCAP Financial (KCAP -1.6%).
    • Notably higher for a 2nd straight day is OHA Investment (OHAI +1.9%) after SA Pro's Cahaba Research on Monday morning made the case for buying this busted BDC at a greater than 40% discount to book value.
    | Jan. 6, 2015, 2:11 PM | 22 Comments
  • Dec. 17, 2014, 3:41 PM
    • Popular high-yield ETFs HYG and JNK are each ahead by 2% in today's session as the energy sector - which makes up a sizable portion of the high-yield universe posts a strong rally, with the XLE higher by 4.1%.
    • BDCs can sort of be considered the equity equivalents of junk bonds, and they're putting in a big rally today as well.
    • Prospect Capital (PSEC +1.5%), Main Street (MAIN +4.1%), Blackrock Kelso (BKCC +2.4%), Triangle Capital (TCAP +6.4%), KCAP Financial (KCAP +2.6%), THL Credit (TCRD +3.5%), Medley Capital (MCC +2.2%), Fifth Street Finance (FSC +1.5%)
    • ETFs: BDCL, BDCS, BIZD
    | Dec. 17, 2014, 3:41 PM | 20 Comments
  • Dec. 9, 2014, 12:57 PM
    • Unable to catch a bid for a few sessions, mortgage REITs (REM +1%) have turned higher in afternoon action, led by Annaly (NLY +0.7%) and American Capital Agency (AGNC +1.5%).
    • Helping are jitters in the stock market (though U.S. averages are well off the lows), and a 10-year Treasury yield that's retreated all the way to 2.21% after hitting the mid-2.30s on the back of Friday's strong jobs number.
    • Armour (ARR +1.1%), Two Harbors (TWO +0.9%), CYS Investments (CYS +1.4%), Invesco (IVR +1.8%), American Capital Mortgage (MTGE +1%), Hatteras Financial (HTS +2%), Capstead (CMO +2%).
    • Other ETFs: MORT, MORL
    • Also showing some green are the recently beaten-up BDCs, including Prospect Capital (PSEC +0.2%), Fifth Street Finance (FSC +0.2%), Ares Capital (ARCC +0.5%), FS Investment (FSIC), Triangle Capital (TCAP +1.7%).
    • ETFs: BDCL, BDCS, BIZD
    • Previously: Money flows back into fixed income (Dec. 9, 2014)
    | Dec. 9, 2014, 12:57 PM | 16 Comments
BDCS Description
The ETRACS Linked to the Wells Fargo Business Development Company Index due April 26, 2041 is designed to track an investment in the Wells Fargo Business Development Company Index ("Index"), and may pay a variable quarterly coupon linked to the cash distributions associated with the underlying BDC constituents, less investor fees. Note that if the BDCs do not make distributions or those distributions do not overcome the investor fees, then investors will not receive any coupons.
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