Published Mon, 13 Apr 2020 05:17:07 -0400 on Seeking Alpha
The Fed drives credit spreads even lower.
Income investors are again forced to look for yield in equities.
Seek safety in dividend payers, but not high dividends.
The market of superlatives continues. This past week the rally in risk assets was fueled by another big action by the Federal Reserve. The Fed is moving into the junk bond market and will be buying broadly junk credit. This goes well beyond Financial Crisis era QE, which stopped at Mortgage-Backed Security (MBS) purchases. While the economy may or may not rebound in a V-shape, the credit market apparently will, and income seeking investors in the bond market will be further staved. The chart below of the high-yield ETF says it all. Once again, yield investors will be forced to look for yield in the equity space.
Yield Stocks Are More Than High Dividends
In rough waters, investors value high income-paying investment even more than in normal times. High-yield stocks, especially today with fixed income yield so low, are being sought after as a safe-haven. And logically, investors who panic and need to sell positions tend to dump their dividend-paying stocks only as a last resort, lending a bit more stability to this sector of the equity universe. Demand for yield stocks is also another factor supporting this asset class. Retired investors attach a greater importance to current income and so many are forced (thanks to 0% yields in the debt market) to resort to equity dividend yields to obtain their yield returns. Given the mass of the population, the Baby Boomers, are retired and seeking current income, demand for equity yield is likely to remain extremely high.
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|Stock name||Last trade||P/E||Earnings/Share||Dividend/Share||Dividend yield|
|PENNSYLVANIA REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT TRUST||5.68||0.0||-1.81||0.84||14.58|
|ENLINK MIDSTREAM LLC||8.17||0.0||-0.78||1.13||13.79|
|ANWORTH MORTGAGE ASSET||3.39||0.0||-0.98||0.44||13.17|
|MOELIS & COMPANY||34.79||16.4||2.12||2.00||5.82|
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