Financials (XLF +1.2%) lead today's sectors and extend their lead as 2012's top performer, now...

|About: Financial Select Sector SPD... (XLF)|By:, SA News Editor

Financials (XLF +1.2%) lead today's sectors and extend their lead as 2012's top performer, now up 25% YTD and 33% over the past 12 months. While investors struggle to gain clarity on BofA's (BAC -0.1%) prospects, M&T Bank (MTB +5.6%) and BNY Mellon (BK +5.2%) rank among the day’s big gainers after both reported strong quarters. C +3%, GS +1%, JPM +1.2%.