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New Preferred Stock IPOs, July 2018

Aug. 02, 2018 11:24 AM ETBAC, KEY, SRE, ET14 Comments


  • Four new preferred stocks were introduced during July, offering an average annual dividend of 6.5 percent.
  • There are currently 121 high quality preferred stocks selling for an average price of $25.08 per share (investment grade, cumulative dividends).
  • 52 of these high quality issues are now selling below their $25 par value, offering an average current yield of 5.5 percent.
  • U.S.-traded preferred stocks are now returning an average current yield of 6.7 percent.

Preferred stock prices have fallen an average of $0.50 per share so far this year, delivering higher returns to today’s preferred stock buyers. Continuing upward pressure on interest rates is likely to put additional downward pressure on preferred stock prices. But demand for these securities remains high, keeping the average market price at $25.36, $0.36 per share above par.

July’s new issues

July’s four new preferred stocks are offering an average annual dividend (coupon) of 6.5 percent for the consideration of preferred stock investors.

Note that I am using IPO date here, rather than the date on which retail trading started. The IPO date is the date that the security’s underwriters purchased the new shares from the issuing company.

A special note regarding preferred stock trading symbols: Annoyingly, unlike common stock trading symbols the format used by exchanges, brokers and other online quoting services for preferred stock symbols is not standardized. For example, the Series A preferred stock from Public Storage is “PSA-A” at TDAmeritrade, Google Finance and several others but this same security is “PSA.PR.A” at E*Trade. For a cross-reference table of how preferred stock symbols are denoted by sixteen popular brokers and other online quoting services, see “Preferred Stock Trading Symbol Cross-Reference Table.”

There are currently 121 high quality preferred stocks selling for an average price of $25.08 (July 31), offering an average current yield of 5.51 percent. And 52 of these high quality issues are selling below their $25 par value offering an average current yield of 5.33 percent. By high quality I mean preferreds offering the characteristics that most risk-averse preferred stock investors favor such as investment grade ratings and cumulative dividends.

There are now a total of 901 of these securities trading on U.S. stock exchanges (including convertible preferred stocks).

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Whether you are the kind of investor who sticks with preferred stocks with a CDx3 Compliance Score rated 10 out of 10, or whether your portfolio has room for 9-score-and-lower securities, stay tuned for future articles recapping new IPOs and interesting preferred stock activity that we notice here at the CDx3 Notification Service.

Analyst’s Disclosure: I/we have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours. I wrote this article myself, and it expresses my own opinions. I am not receiving compensation for it. I have no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article.

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