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MFA Financial, Inc. (MFA)

  • 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)
    | Mon, Jun. 29, 11:24 AM | 46 Comments
  • Fri, Jun. 5, 3:57 PM
    | Fri, Jun. 5, 3:57 PM | 89 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%).
    • Previously: FOMC drops "patient," but sends dovish signal (March 18)
    | Wed, Mar. 18, 2:30 PM | 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%).
    • Previously: Dollar and Treasury yields spike after strong jobs print (March 6)
    | Fri, Mar. 6, 10:21 AM | 44 Comments
  • Tue, Feb. 3, 3:52 PM
    • Unable to put any sort of positive move together even as interest rates tumbled this year, mREITs (REM +0.9%) are uniformly higher this session as the 10-year yield jumps 11 basis points to 1.78%.
    • American Capital Agency (AGNC +1.3%) reported better-than-hoped Q4 results last night, but has altered its mix of portfolio holdings and hedges to brace for what it expects will be a wave of prepayments. If rates keep this up, those prepayments may not materialize.
    • Annaly (NLY +1.1%), Chimera (CIM +1.5%), CYS Investments (CYS +1.3%), American Capital Mortgage (MTGE +1.8%), Hatteras (HTS +1.1%), MFA Financial (MFA +1.3%), Western Asset (WMC +1.8%), Dynex (DX +1.1%), Ellington Financial (EFC +1.2%).
    | Tue, Feb. 3, 3:52 PM | 18 Comments
  • Nov. 19, 2014, 3:42 PM
    • A check of the mortgage REITs following FOMC minutes which shows the discussion moving a bit more seriously towards rate hikes finds the sector (REM -0.5%) modestly lower.
    • Individual names: Annaly (NLY -0.3%), American Capital Agency (AGNC), CYS Investments (CYS -0.3%), Invesco Mortgage (IVR -0.9%), New York Mortgage Trust (NYMT -0.4%), Hatteras Financial (HTS -0.8%), MFA Financial (MFA -1%), Capsteam Mortgage (CMO -0.6%), Ellington Residential (EARN -0.4%).
    | Nov. 19, 2014, 3:42 PM | 8 Comments
  • Nov. 5, 2014, 10:51 AM
    • On the earnings call (transcript), KBW's Mike Widner questioned the sustainability of MFA Financial's (MFA -2.3%) $0.20 dividend, noting taxable income has been running below GAAP income (and below $0.20 per share) for some time. Widner also says core income (stripping out gains on sales) has been running below GAAP.
    • Widner: "I don't expect you guys to give the answer that taxable is going to continue to run lower and, therefore, there is an implication that the dividend is going to get trimmed. But I mean just that it seems bit sooner or later that's the trend that we’re running on."
    • Also downgrading to Hold (Neutral), is Sterne Agee's Jason Weaver, though - judging by what he had to say on the earnings call - the move seems more valuation-related with the stock higher by nearly 20% YTD and trading at a premium to book value. Weaver: "My questions have actually been asked ... But I'll say congratulations and solid performance in what was a really wild quarter for the space"
    • Previously: MFA Financial beats by $0.01, beats on revenue
    • Previously: MFA Financial creeps higher after earnings
    | Nov. 5, 2014, 10:51 AM | Comment!
  • Sep. 30, 2014, 3:05 PM
    | Sep. 30, 2014, 3:05 PM | 32 Comments
  • Jul. 3, 2014, 9:56 AM
    • A few days ago, the 10-year Treasury yield stood at about 2.50%, but it's been on the rise all week and shot up to near 2.7% this morning following the strong jobs print and drop in unemployment to 6.1%. Checking the short end of the curve, Eurodollar futures are selling off as well, and now have baked in more than one rate hike between now and one year from now, and 75 basis points of hikes by the end of 2015.
    • Previously: Treasury yields jump, gold slumps after strong jobs print
    • Off 1.1% today, Annaly Capital (NLY) is down nearly 5% since this time last week, with a similar move having taken place in American Capital Agency (AGNC -1.2%).
    • Chimera (CIM -1.4%), CYS Investments (CYS -1%), Invesco Mortgage (IVR -1.8%), American Capital Mortgage (MTGE -1.6%), New York Mortgage Trust (NYMT -1.2%), AG Mortgage (MITT -1.8%), Ellington Residential (EARN -0.7%), Dynex (DX -0.8%), MFA Financial (MFA -0.9%).
    | Jul. 3, 2014, 9:56 AM | 45 Comments
  • Apr. 10, 2014, 11:49 AM
    • Lit up bright green as the market's momentum names again break down and lead the averages - and Treasury yields - lower are the mortgage REITs (REM +0.5%).
    • The 10-year yield is off six basis points to 2.63% and Eurodollar futures in the last few sessions have rallied strongly, pricing out at least one rate hike between now and the end of 2016.
    • CYS Investments (CYS +1.7%), Invesco Mortgage (IVR +1.3%), Hatteras Financial (HTS +1.3%), MFA Financial (MFA +1.4%), Two Harbors (TWO +0.8%), American Capital (AGNC +0.6%), (MTGE +0.5%).
    • One day after making a number of additions to its management team - including a couple of hires from the New York Fed - Annaly (NLY +0.5%) is also posting gains.
    • Related ETFs: MORT, MORL
    | Apr. 10, 2014, 11:49 AM | 1 Comment
  • Apr. 4, 2014, 3:15 PM
    • What's working today? With the exception of Western Asset Mortgage which had a massive secondary offering, the mREIT sector is nearly universally higher as money rushes out of the previously perkier areas of the market.
    • Not hurting is a seven basis point decline in the 10-year Treasury yield to 2.73%.
    • Up the most are the two largest and also investor favorites Annaly (NLY +1.4%) and American Capital Agency (AGNC +1.3%). Others: CYS Investments (CYS +1%), American Capital Mortgage (MTGE +0.5%), MFA Financial (MFA +0.5%), Dynex (DX +0.9%), Armour (ARR +0.5%).
    • Related ETFs: REM, MORT, MORL
    | Apr. 4, 2014, 3:15 PM | 16 Comments
  • Mar. 19, 2014, 3:13 PM
    • A check of sectors following the FOMC statement and updated projections suggesting a quickened pace of rate hikes in the future finds the banks and life insurers notably moving higher. Both groups have struggled earning a spread amid ZIRP and are positively levered to higher rates.
    • Lenders: Bank of America (BAC +1%), Citigroup (C +1%), JPMorgan (JPM), Regions (RF +1.7%), KeyCorp (KEY +0.9%), SunTrust (STI +0.7%).
    • Life insurers: MetLife (MET +1%), Prudential (PRU +0.7%), Lincoln National (LNC +1%).
    • Not necessarily positively levered to higher rates are the mortgage REITs (REM -1.6%): Annaly (NLY -1.8%), American Capital (AGNC -1.7%), (MTGE -1.9%), Armour (ARR -1.3%), Two Harbors (TWO -2%) CYS Investments (CYS -3.3%), Capstead (CMO -1.3%), MFA (MFA -1.8%).
    • Related ETFs: MORT, MORL
    | Mar. 19, 2014, 3:13 PM | 14 Comments
  • Mar. 7, 2014, 12:46 PM
    • The mortgage REITs are maybe the poorest performing sector amid a big move higher in interest rates, and formerly bullish Deutsche Bank ringing the register on New York Mortgage Trust, CYS Investments, and American Capital Mortgage after nice runs for all have pulled them close to (or above in NYMT's case) book value.
    • There's also an earnings miss this morning from one of the last of the players to report Q4, Western Asset Mortgage.
    • Annaly (NLY -2.1%), American Capital Agency (AGNC -2.3%), Armour (ARR -1.4%), Two Harbors (TWO -1.8%), Invesco (IVR -2.7%), Capstead (CMO -1.2%), MFA Financial (MFA -2%), Apollo Residential (AMTG -1.7%)
    | Mar. 7, 2014, 12:46 PM | 21 Comments
  • Nov. 26, 2013, 1:54 PM
    • At what point do you just liquidate the portfolio? Habits die hard and traders used to hitting the sell button on the mREITs (REM -0.5%) are doing so again today even as interest rates slide a bit.
    • Hitting another multi-year low today, Annaly (NLY -1.3%) - with a portfolio of very liquid assets heavily hedged against rising rates - is now selling for 20% less than September 30's reported book value.
    • American Capital Agency (AGNC -0.8%) - with an equally liquid hedged portfolio - is also at about a 20% discount. Previous: CIO Kain promises to continue buybacks at this discounted level.
    • Other agency players: Hatteras (HTS -1%), CYS (CYS -1.4%), Capstead (CMO -1%).
    • Non-agency mREITs are slipping as well - even as Case-Shiller reports continued solid gains in home prices (which should boost portfolio values). Two Harbors (TWO -1.5%), MFA (MFA -1.4%), Western Asset (WMC -1.1%).
    • ETFs: MORT, MORL
    | Nov. 26, 2013, 1:54 PM | 44 Comments
  • Aug. 20, 2013, 10:50 AM
    • Sector giants Annaly (NLY +3.3%) and American Capital Agency (AGNC +4.3%) are the leading gainers, followed but Armour (ARR +2.6%), MFA (MFA +2.7%), Dynex (DX +2.8%), New York Mortgage (NYMT +3.3%), and Western Asset (WMC +2.8%) as interest rates take a breather from going up.
    • Earlier: This year's Treasury bear market may be the worst one yet.
    • Especially ugly trade in the preferreds of many of the agency mortgage REITs have some traders wondering if retail panic isn't ringing a bell for a bottom in the sector. Today, the action isn't necessarily ugly, but it is sloppy - with different preferreds of the same issuer (Armour, for example I, II) trading in different directions even as both represent the same credit risk.
    • ETFs: (REM +2.4%), (MORT +2.7%), (MORL +5.8%).
    | Aug. 20, 2013, 10:50 AM | 25 Comments
  • Jul. 31, 2013, 10:23 AM
    • The good vibes from American Capital Agency (AGNC -2.7%) and American Capital Mortgage (MTGE -1.4%) earnings are somewhat snuffed out by rising Treasury yields which have returned to about their highs of early July following strong ADP and GDP prints this morning.
    • The 10-year Treasury yield is up 7 bps to 2.69%.
    • Both AGNC and MTGE rallied along with the rest of the mREIT sector (REM -1.5%) on smaller-than-expected Q2 book value declines, but rising bond yields could lead to further drops in Q3 (though Gary Kain made the case for his portfolios being well-hedged).
    • Annaly (NLY -1.7%) - reports tonight, Armour (ARR -1.4%), Invesco (IVR -2.3%) - reports tomorrow morning, Two Harbors (TWO -1.9%), MFA Financial (MFA -3%), Capstead (CMO -2.2%), CYS Investments (CYS -2.4%), Hatteras (HTS -1.7%).
    • MTGE earnings last night.
    | Jul. 31, 2013, 10:23 AM | 5 Comments
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Company Description
MFA Financial Inc is engaged in real estate finance business. It invests, on a leveraged basis, in residential Agency and Non-Agency mortgage-backed security.
Sector: Financial
Country: United States