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PowerShares KBW Bank Portfolio ETF (KBWB)

  • Nov. 12, 2014, 11:03 AM
    • Regulatory headwinds in banking are "plateauing," says BB&T (BBT -2.5%) chief Kelly King, appearing on CNBC after his bank's agreement to purchase Susquehanna Bancorp (SUSQ +32.1%) for about $2.5B. The issues being talked about today are quickly become yesterday's news, he says.
    • Speaking with analysts/investors on a conference call, King says the two lenders had been in talks for several months. One wonders if the deal's announcement one week after last week's Republican landslide is just a coincidence.
    • BB&T, says King, is very interested in other opportunities, but naturally the price has to be right. Texas? Not interested, he says, as those lenders are asking 2x-3x book (SUSQ looks like it's being purchased for about 1.7x tangible book).
    • A move further up the East coast? King says BB&T could eventually move into NYC and Boston, but for now will focus on the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast.
    • Possibly helping to push Susquehanna into a sale (and no doubt on the minds of other smaller lenders) are the compliance costs associated with the Bank Secrecy Act and Anti-Money Laundering rules, and King notes SUSQ can now fold those costs into BB&T's.
    • Previously: First Niagara on the move after BB&T/Susquehanna deal
    • Regional and small-cap bank ETFs: KRE, KBE, IAT, KBWB, RKH, QABA, KRU, KBWR, PSCF, KRS
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KBWB Description
The PowerShares KBW Bank Portfolio (KBWB) is based on the KBW Bank Index. The Fund will normally invest at least 90% of its total assets in securities that comprise the Underlying Index. The Index is a float adjusted modified-market capitalization-weighted index that seeks to reflect the performance of companies that do business as banks or thrifts that are publicly-traded in the U.S. The Index is compiled, maintained and calculated by Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, Inc. and is composed of approximately 24 companies representing leading national money centers and regional banks or thrifts.
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Country: United States
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