Weekly Closed-End Fund Roundup: July 17, 2022

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Summary

  • 21 out of 23 CEF sectors positive on price and 16 out of 23 sectors positive on NAV last week.
  • Covered call leads while commodities lag.
  • MLPs are the most widely discounted CEF sector.
  • This idea was discussed in more depth with members of my private investing community, CEF/ETF Income Laboratory. Learn More »

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Edwin Tan

Author's note: This article was released to CEF/ETF Income Laboratory members on July 18. 2022. Please check latest data before investing.

The Weekly Closed-End Fund Roundup will be put out at the start of each week to summarize recent price movements in closed-end fund [CEF] sectors in the last week, as well as to highlight recently concluded or upcoming corporate actions on CEFs, such as tender offers. Data is taken from the close of Friday, July 15th, 2022.

Weekly performance roundup

12 out of 23 sectors were positive on price (down from 17 last week) and the average price return was 0.00% (down from +1.05% last week). The lead gainer was Covered Call (+3.55%) while Commodities lagged (-6.26%).

Weekly Closed-End Fund Roundup: July 17, 2022 - Sector Top 5 gainers and losers

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11 out of 23 sectors were positive on NAV (down from 14 last week), while the average NAV return was -0.44% (up from -0.57% last week). The top sector by NAV was California Munis (+2.42%) while the weakest sector by NAV was Emerging Market Income (-6.53%).

Weekly Closed-End Fund Roundup: July 17, 2022 - Sector Top 5 gainers and losers

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The sector with the highest premium was Taxable Munis (+1.52%), while the sector with the widest discount is MLPs (-14.28%). The average sector discount is -4.81% (up from -4.83% last week).

Weekly Closed-End Fund Roundup: July 17, 2022 - Sector Top 5 premia and discounts

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The sector with the highest premium/discount increase was Covered Call (+2.36%), while Preferreds (-1.13%) showed the lowest premium/discount decline. The average change in premium/discount was +0.47% (up from +0.46% last week).

Weekly Closed-End Fund Roundup: July 17, 2022 - Sector Top 5 premia and discounts

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The sector with the highest average 1-year z-score is MLPs (+0.68), while the sector with the lowest average 1-year z-score is Commodities (-1.11). The average z-score is -0.25 (down from -0.30 last week).

Weekly Closed-End Fund Roundup: July 17, 2022 - Sector Top 5 highest and lowest Z-scores

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The sectors with the highest yields are Asia Equity (14.80%), Global Equity (11.99%), and Emerging Market Income (11.11%). Discounts are included for comparison. The average sector yield is +8.51% (up from +8.42% last week).

Weekly Closed-End Fund Roundup: July 17, 2022 Sector top 5 yields

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Individual CEFs that have undergone a significant decrease in premium/discount value over the past week, coupled optionally with an increasing NAV trend, a negative z-score, and/or are trading at a discount, are potential buy candidates.

Fund Ticker P/D decrease Yield P/D z-score Price change NAV change
RENN Global Entrepreneurs Fund (RCG) -14.62% % -6.60% -0.5 -3.93% 7.08%
New Ireland (IRL) -8.30% 32.69% -16.11% -0.8 -11.87% -3.14%
MFS Special Value (MFV) -6.01% 10.17% -0.22% -3.2 -4.42% 1.34%
John Hancock Financial Opportunities (BTO) -5.83% 7.45% 11.08% 0.5 -6.03% -2.77%
Gabelli Equity (GAB) -5.66% 10.22% 19.07% 0.8 -3.77% 0.82%
ArrowMark Financial Corp (BANX) -5.27% 8.61% -13.73% -2.4 -5.68% 0.00%
PIMCO Global StocksPLUS & Income (PGP) -4.59% 11.20% 4.08% 0.3 -6.34% -2.20%
Flaherty & Crumrine Preferred Income (PFD) -4.58% 7.75% 1.50% -1.0 -3.11% 1.27%
PIMCO Income Strategy II (PFN) -4.41% 11.57% 2.90% -0.5 -5.93% -1.90%
John Hancock Preferred Income II (HPF) -4.27% 8.50% 3.50% -0.1 -3.06% 0.96%

Weekly Closed-End Fund Roundup: July 17, 2022 - Largest premium/discount increase

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Conversely, individual CEFs that have undergone a significant increase in premium/discount value in the past week, coupled optionally with a decreasing NAV trend, a positive z-score, and/or are trading at a premium, are potential sell candidates.

Fund Ticker P/D increase Yield P/D z-score Price change NAV change
Gabelli Utility Trust (GUT) 15.11% 8.30% 86.82% 0.3 6.32% -2.27%
Virtus Stone Harbor Emg Mkts Total Inc (EDI) 12.78% 17.00% 13.56% 1.8 -1.17% -12.30%
Eagle Point Credit Company Inc. (ECC) 11.36% 14.06% 19.82% 2.9 1.44% -8.36%
Oxford Lane Capital (OXLC) 10.11% 14.35% 0.40% -1.3 10.39% 0.00%
John Hancock Hedged Equity & Income Fund (HEQ) 10.04% 9.06% 9.02% 3.3 8.84% -1.18%
Virtus Stone Harbor Emerging Markets Inc (EDF) 9.86% 17.14% 15.38% 1.0 -4.55% -12.71%
Eaton Vance Tax-Managed Buy-Write Income (ETB) 9.09% 7.77% 19.91% 4.6 10.98% 2.58%
Eagle Point Income Company Inc. (EIC) 8.70% 9.57% 15.26% 2.7 1.41% -6.63%
The Central and Eastern Europe Fund (CEE) 8.42% 9.62% 59.32% 1.8 -0.50% -5.76%
BlackRock VA Municipal Bond (BHV) 8.10% 3.91% 7.14% -0.9 11.86% 3.41%

Weekly Closed-End Fund Roundup: July 17, 2022 - Largest premium/discount increase

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Recent corporate actions

These are from the past month. Any new news in the past week has a bolded date:

June 30, 2022 | Gabelli Global Utility & Income Trust Rights Offering Concludes Raising $9.4 Million.

June 30, 2022 | XAI Octagon Floating Rate & Alternative Income Term Trust Closes Private Placement of Convertible Preferred Shares and Registered Direct Placement of Common Shares.

June 29, 2022 | XAI Octagon Floating Rate & Alternative Income Term Trust Announces Private Placement of Convertible Preferred Shares and Registered Direct Placement of Common Shares.

June 13, 2022 | Cornerstone Strategic Value Fund, Inc. Announces Completion Of Rights Offering.

June 13, 2022 | Cornerstone Total Return Fund, Inc. Announces Completion Of Rights Offering.

Upcoming corporate actions

These are from the past month. Any new news in the past week has a bolded date:

June 28, 2022 | SALIENT MIDSTREAM & MLP FUND ANNOUNCES PLANNED REORGANIZATION.

Recent activist or other CEF news

These are from the past month. Any new news in the past week has a bolded date:

July 8, 2022 | Virtus Convertible & Income Fund II Announces Payment of Previously Declared Monthly Common Share Distribution; Reconfirms August 1 Distribution.

July 1, 2022 | Virtus Convertible & Income Fund II Postpones Monthly Distribution on Common Shares.

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Distribution changes announced this month

These are sorted in ascending order of distribution change percentage. Funds with distribution changes announced this month are included. Any distribution declarations made this week are in bold. I've also added monthly/quarterly information as well as yield, coverage (after the boost/cut), discount and 1-year z-score information. I've separated the funds into two sub-categories, cutters and boosters.

Cutters

Weekly Closed-End Fund Roundup: July 17, 2022 - distribution changes

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