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UBS ETRACS Monthly Pay 2x Leveraged Mortgage REIT ETN (MORL)

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  • Tue, Aug. 11, 12:59 PM
    • The Fed may be determined to hike rates, but deflationary signals are everywhere, with Beijing the latest government to acknowledge such with its devaluation overnight.
    • Crude oil has taken out a new six-year low, tumbling another 4% to $43.15 per barrel, and copper's 3% decline has brought it to a fresh six-year low. The grains are all down by 2% or more, but gold is marginally higher.
    • The major U.S. averages are down more than 1%, and Europe fell 1.5% today.
    • The 10-year Treasury yield is lower by a full ten basis points to 2.13%.
    • Leading the heavily discounted mREIT sector higher are Annaly Capital (NLY +1.1%), American Capital Agency (AGNC +1.3%), CYS Investments (CYS +1.2%), New York Mortgage (NYMT +1.6%), Hatteras Financial (HTS +1.3%), Capstead (CMO +1%), Anworth (ANH +1.4%), Dynex Capital (DX +2.6%), and AG Mortgage (MITT +1.6%).
    • ETFs: MORL, REM, MORT, LMBS
    • In equity REITs: National Retail (NNN +1.2%), Equity Residential (EQR +1.5%), AvalonBay (AVB +1.2%), General Growth (GGP +1.9%), Kimco (KIM +1.4%), Whitestone REIT (WSR +2.9%), Washington Real Estate (WRE +1.2%), Hospitality Properties (HPT +2.3%), Chamber Street (CSG +1.1%).
    • ETFs: IYR, VNQ, DRN, URE, RQI, SCHH, ICF, SRS, RWR, RNP, JRS, KBWY, RFI, NRO, DRV, RIT, REK, RIF, FRI, FTY, PSR, DRA, FREL, WREI, IARAX
    | 21 Comments
  • Tue, Jul. 28, 9:52 AM
    • Investors take a least a small hiatus from selling the mortgage REITs after last night's clunker of an earnings report from American Capital Agency (AGNC +2%).
    • Book value fell by 6% during Q2, with higher rates, widening MBS spreads, and faster prepayments making for an ugly combination.
    • The company, however, entered Q3 with its lowest leverage since the financial crisis, giving it the firepower to buy assets on the cheap. At the close yesterday, the stock was selling for a 22% discount to June 30 book value. At some point, the bad news is priced in?
    • The earnings call is set for 11 ET.
    • Annaly Capital (NLY +1.6%), CYS Investments (CYS +0.8%), Western Asset (WMC +1.2%), New York Mortgage (NYMT +0.5%).
    • ETFs: MORL, REM, MORT, LMBS
    | 13 Comments
  • Fri, Jul. 24, 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
    | 82 Comments
  • Thu, Jul. 23, 1:17 PM
    • CYS Investments last night reported a big drop in book value as the effect of sharply higher rates more than offset the company's hedges. Core income failed to cover the dividend as prepayments also rose.
    • The stock today is down 2.6% and trading at more than a 20% discount to book value.
    • Earlier this week, Hatteras also reported a decline in income and fall in book value.
    • Sector giants Annaly Capital (NLY -0.5%) and American Capital Agency (AGNC -0.7%) are performing the best today. Armour Residential (ARR -1.8%), Chimera Investment (CIM -0.8%), Invesco Mortgage (IVR -1.1%), New York Mortgage (NYMT -1.2%), Western Asset Mortgage (WMC -1%), Anworth Mortgage (ANH -1.2%), Arlington Asset (AI -2.3%), Ellington Residential (EARN -2.1%), Dynex Capital (DX -0.8%)
    • ETFs: MORL, REM, MORT, LMBS
    | 32 Comments
  • Wed, Jul. 15, 12:56 PM
    • Not a big fan of the mortgage REITs for some time, Jeff Gundlach looks to pick a bottom, telling the Delivering Alpha conference he purchased shares in the struggling sector giant a few weeks back.
    • NLY +1.1%
    • He earlier told the conference he expects the Fed to hold off on any rate hikes this year.
    • ETFs: MORL, REM, MORT, LMBS
    | 12 Comments
  • Mon, Jun. 29, 11:24 AM
    • The smallest players are being hit hardest today, with Orchid Island Capital (ORC -8.9%), Five Oaks Investment (OAKS -3.4%), and Cherry Hill Mortgage <<CHM>I> leading the sector lower. Arlington Asset (AI -1.3%), Apollo Residential (AMTG -1.2%), and Javelin Mortgage (JMI -0.8%) belong in that group as well.
    • Sector bigwigs Annaly Capital (NLY -0.1%), American Capital Agency (AGNC -0.1%), Two Harbors (TWO -0.2%),and  MFA Financial (MFA -0.3%) are holding up better.
    • Previously: Rates plunge on Greece gets ready to default (June 29)
    • ETFs: MORL, REM, MORT, LMBS
    | 46 Comments
  • Fri, Jun. 26, 3:31 PM
    • Equity REITs are mostly being spared any punishment today, but mortgage REITs are hitting multi-year lows across the board as the 10-year U.S. Treasury yield climbs seven basis points to 2.48%.
    • Annaly Capital (NLY -4.7%) hasn't seen a price this low since Alan Greenspan was nearing the end of his rate hike cycle in 2000. American Capital Agency (AGNC -3.7%) is at its lowest price since the bottom of the financial crisis.
    • Armour Residential (ARR -2.9%), Two Harbors (TWO -4.5%), Chimera Investment (CIM -4.8%), CYS Investments (CYS -3.7%), American Capital Mortgage (MTGE -5.4%), Capstead Mortgage (CMO -4.5%), Anworth Mortgage (ANH -4.3%), AG Mortgage (MITT -3.3%), Ellington Residential (EARN -5.3%), Orchid Island (ORC -3.9%).
    • ETFs: MORL, REM, MORT, LMBS
    | 128 Comments
  • Wed, Jun. 17, 8:24 AM
    • In the middle of a tough run for the mREIT sector, BAML picks four to downgrade from Neutral to Underperform.
    • The operating backdrop for mREITs remains challenging, says BAML, and higher rates, widening spreads, and increased volatility will continue to pressure shares. A flatter yield curve, says BAML, means potential dividend cuts.
    • American Capital Agency (NASDAQ:AGNC-1.3%, CYS Investments (NYSE:CYS-1.5%, Hatteras Financial (NYSE:HTS-1.1%, Dynex Capital (NYSE:DX-1% premarket
    • ETFs: MORL, REM, MORT, LMBS
    | 79 Comments
  • Thu, Jun. 11, 3:05 PM
    • Interest rates retreating from near-one-year highs are helping, but the sector is looking very cheap as investors anticipate falling book values and/or slashed dividends.
    • American Capital Agency (AGNC +1.9%) - prior to today's action - was trading at a 21.9% discount to May 31 book value and yielding 12.31%.
    • Previously: American Capital Agency discount to book value widens (June 10)
    • CYS Investments (CYS +1.4%) cut its dividend by 6.7% earlier this week, and is trading at a 17.9% discount to March 31 book.
    • Annaly Capital (NLY +1.3%) hasn't yet declared its Q2 dividend, but is trading at a 22.5% discount to March 31 book.
    • ETFs: MORL, REM, MORT, LMBS
    | 44 Comments
  • Fri, Jun. 5, 3:57 PM
    | 89 Comments
  • Wed, Jun. 3, 10:25 AM
    • There's a bit of a selling panic going on in fixed income, with the 10-year Treasury yield up another nine basis points on this session to 2.35%, and now up 25 bps this week. The carnage across the pond is worse.
    • The IYR is lower by 0.9%.
    • Individual equity REITs: Realty Income (O -1.2%), Ventas (VTR -2.5%), Omega Healthcare (OHI -0.9%), HCP (HCP -1.5%), Equity Residential (EQR -2.1%), AvalonBay (AVB -1.8%), Simon Property (SPG -1.3%), General Growth (GGP -1.5%), Kimco (KIM -1.2%),  Public Storage (PSA -1%), Boston Properties (BXP -1.1%), Hospitality Properties (HPT -1.2%), Liberty Property (LPT -1%), Campus Crest (CCG -2.2%).
    • Mortgage REITs: Annaly (NLY -1.2%), American Capital Agency (AGNC -0.9%), Invesco (IVR -1.1%), Hatteras (HTS -1%), Ellington Residential (EARN -1%).
    • ETFs: IYR, VNQ, MORL, REM, MORT, DRN, URE, RQI, SCHH, ICF, SRS, RWR, RNP, JRS, KBWY, RFI, NRO, DRV, RIT, REK, RIF, FRI, FTY, PSR, DRA, FREL, WREI, LMBS, IARAX
    | 74 Comments
  • Wed, Mar. 18, 2:30 PM
    • Worries about a sharply flatter yield curve abate just a bit as the FOMC drops "patient" from its policy statement - putting rate hikes on the table at subsequent meetings - but Fed economic projections send a dovish signal, with outlooks for economic growth, inflation, and the pace of rate hikes all cut from previous estimates.
    • Outperforming the averages: Annaly Capital (NLY +1.1%), American Capital Agency (AGNC +1.5%), Two Harbors (TWO +1.5%), CYS Investments (CYS +2%), Invesco (IVR +1.7%), Hatteras (HTS +1.7%), Capstead (CMO +2.1%), MFA Financial (MFA +1.7%), Anworth (ANH +2.2%), Dynex (DX +1.5%), Five Oaks (OAKS +3.3%).
    • ETFs: REM, MORT, MORL
    • Previously: FOMC drops "patient," but sends dovish signal (March 18)
    | 9 Comments
  • Fri, Mar. 6, 10:21 AM
    • The 10-year Treasury yield has popped all the way to 2.24% (up 11 bps on the session) following the strong jobs report which saw 295K jobs added in February and the unemployment rate dropping to 5.5%.
    • Checking short-term interest rate futures, they're falling (meaning higher rates), but still not pricing in a rate hike until late summer.
    • Annaly Capital (NLY -1.3%), American Capital Agency (AGNC -0.6%), Two Harbors (TWO -1%), Armour (ARR -0.9%), Invesco (IVR -0.9%), CYS Investments (CYS -1.4%), Hatteras (HTS -1.1%), MFA Financial (MFA -1.1%), Western Asset (WMC -0.7%), Dynex (DX -1.2%), AG Mortgage (MITT -1.5%), Ellington Residential (EARN -1.1%).
    • ETFs: REM, MORT, MORL
    • Previously: Dollar and Treasury yields spike after strong jobs print (March 6)
    | 44 Comments
  • Wed, Jan. 28, 4:05 PM
    • The iShares Barclays MBS Bond Fund (MBB +0.2%) hit a new lifetime high, which should be good for the book values of mortgage REITs (assuming they weren't too hedged), but the yield curve continues to sharply flatten. The 10-year Treasury yield is all the way down to 1.71% and the 30-year at a record-low 2.29% - this as the Fed says it's on track for a mid-year rate hike.
    • In addition to shaving margins for leveraged holders of mortgages, the lower rates could result in another refinance wave, and thus a surge in prepayments.
    • Annaly Capital (NLY -1%), American Capital Agency (AGNC -1.6%), Armour Residential (ARR -0.7%), Hatteras Financial (HTS -0.7%), Western Asset (WMC -2.2%), Apollo Residential (AMTG -0.7%)
    • ETFs: REM, MORT, MORL
    • Previously: Bond yields slide after FOMC (Jan. 28)
    • Previously: FOMC: Still "patient," but rate hike remains on the way (Jan. 28)
    | 9 Comments
  • Tue, Jan. 6, 2:17 PM
    • The 10-year yield has plunged all the way down to 1.94% and one would figure on some nice increases in book value for the mortgage REITs (REM -0.1%), but on the flip side are narrowing interest rate spreads (especially as the Fed still seems to be intent on hiking short rates), and what hedging losses the companies are taking.
    • Other ETFs: MORT, MORL
    • Individual names: Annaly Capital (NLY +0.4%), American Capital Agency (AGNC), Armour Residential (ARR -1%), CYS Investments (CYS -0.2%), Invesco Mortgage (IVZ -2.7%), New York Mortgage Trust (NYMT -0.5%), Hatteras Financial (HTS -0.3%), Western Asset Mortgage (WMC -2.7%), Ellington Residential (EARN -0.4%), Javelin Mortgage (JMI -3%).
    | 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)
    | 16 Comments
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MORL Description
The ETRACS Monthly Pay 2xLeveraged Mortgage REIT ETN (NYSE: MORL) ("MORL" or the "ETN") is an exchange-traded note linked to the monthly compounded 2x leveraged performance of the Market Vectors® Global Mortgage REITs Index (the "Index"), reduced by the Accrued Fees. MORL is listed on the NYSE Arca exchange, is denominated in USD, and pays a USD-denominated variable monthly coupon linked to 2 times the cash distributions, if any, on the Index constituents, less any withholding taxes.
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