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PIMCO High Income Fund Reports Results for the Fiscal Quarter and Six Months Ended September 30, 2013Business Wire (Nov 29, 2013)
Business Wire (Aug 30, 2013)
Business Wire (May 29, 2013)
Business Wire (Apr 3, 2013)
PIMCO High Income Fund Reports Results for the Fiscal Quarter and Nine Months Ended December 31, 2012Business Wire (Feb 27, 2013)
PIMCO High Income Fund Reports Results for the Fiscal Quarter and Six Months Ended September 30, 2012Business Wire (Nov 30, 2012)
Business Wire (Aug 29, 2012)
at MarketWatch.com (Jul 18, 2012)
Business Wire (May 29, 2012)
at CNBC.com (Dec 29, 2011)
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Thursday, Oct 1712:17 PM
Thursday, Oct 1712:17 PM| 4 Comments
- I see no reason for long-term rates to head higher, says Jeff Gundlach, appearing on CNBC. He doesn't see the taper coming soon - incomes are falling, the labor force participation rate is stuck, and inflation is non-existent. Further, why would Janet Yellen take the Fed helm and immediately begin to reverse a policy she's so supportive of?
- Without the taper, he notes, QE is actually expanding on a relative basis thanks to a smaller budget deficit and less Treasury issuance needing to be mopped up by the central bank.
- The best opportunity in fixed income continues to be closed-end funds trading at discounts to net asset value (his DBL being one of them). You can put together a basket of these, he says, yielding 8-9% and with a discount to NAV of 10%. Others possibilities (though we haven't checked their prices vs. NAV): PDI, PTY, PCI, PHK, PKO, PCN, PCI, PFN, PFL.
- Treasurys continue their big rally, the yield on the 10-year now all the way down to 2.60%. TLT +0.8%, TBT -1.6%.
- Turning to stocks: I don't like $300B market cap companies trading at 20x forward earnings, he says, suggesting GOOG be "harvested" for gains.
- On TSLA: There's something wrong with this picture, he says, noting the company's $23B valuation while GM and Ford are hitting new highs. These massive Tesla sales being priced into the stock have to come from somewhere.
Friday, Sep 133:45 AM
Friday, Sep 133:45 AM| 2 Comments
- Pimco and BlackRock (BLK) reportedly scooped up over 25% of Verizon's (VZ) mammoth $49B bond sale on Wednesday, helping the telecom carrier to raise all the money it wanted to at once rather than in chunks, as it had originally intended.
- Bill Gross' firm bought $8B in bonds and BlackRock $5B, with the two companies also influential in persuading Verizon to price the debt at an above-market rate.
- Pimco funds: PCI, PTY, PDI, PHK, BOND, PKO, PCN, PCI, PFN
Thursday, Sep 1211:21 AM
Thursday, Sep 1211:21 AM| Comment!
- That bond funds - specifically Pimco bond funds - have tumbled in value as rates flew higher this summer isn't news. Instead, it's the vanishing "Pimco premium" in the firm's closed-end offerings.
- The Dynamic Credit Income Fund (PCI +0.9%) is off nearly 18% since its launch earlier this year as an initial premium of 9% is now a 9% discount. Others include PDI now at a 8.2% discount vs. a previous average of -2.4%.
- Others still trade at premiums, but of vastly smaller size. PTY is at 6.6% premium vs. a 3-year average of 17.8%. PHK remains at a whopping 50.7% premium, but down from 75% last year.
- "Was (it) the epoch that made the man as opposed to the man that made the epoch," wrote Bill Gross (BOND), wondering if his success was the result of being in the right place at the right time (the 30-year bond bull market).
- Others of note: PKO, PCN, PCI, PFN.
Thursday, Aug 227:33 AM
Thursday, Aug 227:33 AM| 5 Comments
- "These outflows mark an enormous shift for the bond world," says TrimTabs, which gathered the data. "A vicious circle of losses and redemptions as the bond binge unwinds could get nasty ... Lulled into complacency by a 30-year bull market, many investors probably did not understand the risks ... Now they seem to be reacting very quickly to losses."
- The withdrawals this month are the 3rd highest on record - June 2013 and October 2008 are #1 and #2 - and the month isn't even over yet. Bond funds YTD have seen $4B in redemptions, putting them on pace for their worst year since 2004's $7B loss. This comes against $1.2T of inflows from 2009-2012.
- It's estimated Pimco saw $7.4B in redemptions in August as Bill Gross' giant Total Return Fund (ETF version: BOND) has lost 3.6% YTD. Some Pimco closed-end funds having a rough run (with a couple now trading at rare discounts to NAV): PHK, PTY, PDI.
- DoubleLine is estimated to have lost $631M, but Jeff Gundlach's Total Return Fund has fallen just 1.1% YTD - better than 86% of its rivals. The DBL now trades at a discount to NAV.
- Broad bond ETFs: AGG, BND, LAG, SCHZ, BOND, SAGG, MINC.
Tuesday, Aug 1312:44 PM
Tuesday, Aug 1312:44 PM| Comment!
- Tumbling Treasury prices - with TLT carving out a new 52-week low today - are again hitting income favorites.
- Leading mREITs (REM -1.4%) lower are Invesco (IVR -3.3%), Annaly (NLY -2.3%), American Capital (AGNC -2%), and Western Asset (WMC -1.6%).
- A number of income CEFs not long ago were so much in favor they commanded large premiums to NAV. They're now at seemingly growing-by-the-day discounts. Among the movers today is the Pimco Dynamic Income Fund (PDI -1.4%) selling for $27.45 against yesterday's closing NAV of $30.23. Others include: PCI, PFN, and PFL.
- Still trading at premiums to NAV are the Pimco High Income Fund (PHK -0.9%) and the Pimco Corporate & Income Fund (PTY -1.1%).
- Municipals (MUB -0.6%) slip as well, hitting Muni CEFs: NXZ -0.9%, IIM -1.2%, VKQ -0.7%.
- Related ETFs: MORT, MORL, SUB, MUNI, PVI, PZA, SHM, TFI, VRD, HYD, ITM, MLN, PRB, SMB, GMMB, SMMU, RVNU, NY .
Monday, Jun 2410:10 AMSo much for those "1994 won't happen again" stories. On a percentage basis, the rise in the 10-year Treasury yield (to over 2.6% from 1.6% less than 2 months ago) is the worst since 1962, according to BTIG. "The Fed had no idea how leveraged or bubbled-up the world's positions were," says Andrew Brenner of National Alliance Securities. "Nothing is sacred today." Income funds: Alpine Total Dynamic (AOD -3.6%), Pimco High Income (PHK -1.6%), Eaton Vance Tax-Managed (EXG -3.6%). Equity REITs: Omega (OHI -2.3%), HCP Inc. (HCP -2.3%), Medical Properties (MPW -4.2%), Realty Income (O -0.4%). |Monday, Jun 2410:10 AM| 3 Comments
Thursday, Jun 1311:34 AMA check of some Pimco closed-end income funds finds them higher as rates come down today. The Dynamic Income Fund (PDI +1.9%) fell to an 11.4% discount to NAV at the close last night. After more than a 10% one-month decline, the High Income Fund (PHK +0.7%) is still at a 33.9% premium to NAV. After nearly a 20% one-month decline, the Corporate & Income Opportunity Fund (PTY +2.6%) narrowed its premium to NAV to 4%. |Thursday, Jun 1311:34 AM| 2 Comments
Tuesday, May 281:01 PMHeavy selling hits a number of Pimco income funds, notably the High Income Fund (PHK -4.3%) with heavy exposure to high-yield paper and the financial sector. The decline narrows the fund's premium to NAV to a still-whopping 34%. The Income Opportunity Common Fund (PKO -2.2%) trades at just a slight premium, while the Dynamic Income Fund (PDI -2.8%) sells for about a 5% discount. Others: (PTY -3.6%), (PCN -2%), (PGP -5.3%), (PFN -1.5%). |Tuesday, May 281:01 PM| 3 Comments
Tuesday, May 284:20 AMIt was an ugly day in fixed-income - (TLT -2.6%), (LQD -1%) - the 10-year Treasury yield up 15 bps to a 13-month high of 2.16%. Maybe more troubling for those borrowing short and lending long is a 12 bp jump in the 5-year yield to 1.01% (its up from 0.65% in a month), and a 4 bp pop in the 2-year yield to 0.28%. It was shoot first, ask questions last for many income plays such as mREITs (MORT -2.8%), equity REITs (HCN, HCP), utilities, and leveraged income funds (PHK). Owners of the leveraged short Treasury Fund (TBT +5.3%) throw a party, now up 16% in a month. |Tuesday, May 284:20 AM| Comment!
Wednesday, May 111:56 AMMorningstar's Steven Pikelny calls on three closed-end income funds - MIN, PHK, and KMM - to cut their distributions, noting none consistently come close to actually earning their payout. By itself, that's not a no-no as shareholders can reinvest the distribution back into the fund. But when the fund trades at a premium to NAV - as all 3 of these do - such reinvestment leaves the shareholder worse off. |Wednesday, May 111:56 AM| 2 Comments
Wednesday, Apr 34:12 PMThe Pimco High Income Fund (PHK) alters its mandate to allow the manager to invest in IO (interest-only) and PO (principal-only) securities, as well as inverse floaters. Pimco's Dynamic Income Fund (PDI) has had a great deal of success with this strategy since its launch about a year ago, and trades at NAV as opposed to the closed-end PHK at a whopping 44% premium to NAV. |Wednesday, Apr 34:12 PM| 3 Comments
Monday, Dec 32012, 4:39 PM
Wednesday, Nov 142012, 11:31 AMThey're getting there. Closed-end investment funds take it on the chin again, with the PIMCO High Income Fund (PHK -6.6%) leading. At $10.56, the fund no longer sports a ridiculous near-75% premium to NAV, but with NAV currently at $8.32, there remains a wide gulf. |Wednesday, Nov 142012, 11:31 AM| 10 Comments
Monday, Oct 152012, 3:04 PM"Eat(ing) his own cooking," Bill Gross puts his own money into two Pimco closed-end offerings trading at premiums to their NAV. PCN and PTY sell at "just" 17%. and 18.5% premiums, respectively, but Gross notably did not pick up any PHK or PGP, both trading at more than 50% over NAV even after the recent sell-off. |Monday, Oct 152012, 3:04 PM| 1 Comment
Wednesday, Oct 102012, 12:41 PMNot limited to mortgage REITs, panic grips another favorite of income investors, closed-end investment funds - notably those trading far above NAV for seemingly no other reason than their fat yield. The payouts on many of these are sustained by digging into capital rather than by earning a return on it. PGP -7.5%, PHK -7.8%, PHT -5.5%. |Wednesday, Oct 102012, 12:41 PM| 8 Comments
Monday, Oct 82012, 3:25 PMBlinded by fat yields, investors continue to bid closed-end funds far higher than their NAVs. 66% of taxable and 73% of muni-bond funds trade above NAV now, compared to just 30% a year ago, with often the funds with the highest distributions having the highest premiums. "We believe that an excessive premium for the fund is not likely to be sustainable," says Gabelli of one of its funds. Are investors listening? |Monday, Oct 82012, 3:25 PM| 35 Comments