SPDR S&P Insurance ETF (KIE) - NYSEARCA
  • Nov. 6, 2015, 10:04 AM
    • The major averages are lower following the blowout jobs number, but the financial sector (XLF +1%) is charging ahead, enthused at what appears to finally be the near-certain prospect of higher interest rates.
    • Short-term interest rate futures are pricing in about a 75% chance of a rate hike next month, and the 10-year Treasury yield is up nine basis points to 2.32%. The two-year yield has soared all the way to 0.90% - its highest level in more than five years.
    • The green in this yield-starved sector is everywhere: Bank of America (BAC +3.5%), Citigroup (C +3.4%), U.S. Bancorp (USB +2.8%), Regions Financial (RF +3.7%), PNC Financial (PNC +2.4%), Capital One (COF +1.4%), Bank of New York  Mellon (BK +1.9%), E*Trade (ETFC +3.5%), Schwab (SCHW +5.1%), Interactive Brokers (IBKR +3.4%), MetLife (MET +3.2%), Prudential (PRU +3.6%).
    • Previously: Big beat on jobs number (Nov. 6)
    • Previously: December rate hike back on after big jobs number (Nov. 6)
    • ETFs: XLF, FAS, FAZ, UYG, KRE, VFH, KBE, IYF, BTO, KIE, IAT, SEF, IYG, IAK, FXO, FNCL, KBWB, QABA, FINU, KRU, KBWR, RWW, RYF, KBWP, KBWI, FINZ, KRS, XLFS
    | Nov. 6, 2015, 10:04 AM | 43 Comments
  • Jun. 22, 2015, 2:44 PM
    • Financials sunk along with Treasury yields last week, but are seeing a strong bounce today alongside a ten basis point gain in the 10-year yield to 2.36%.
    • The XLF is up 1.6% versus the S&P 500's 0.7% gain.
    • Helping U.S. equity markets is movement toward a Greek debt deal which sent Europe's Stoxx 50 hurtling 4% higher on the session. Yields tumbled in the periphery, but are sharply higher in Germany as well as the U.S.
    • Yield-sensitive Bank of America (BAC +1.8%) is leading the TBTF names higher. In regionals: PNC Financial (PCN -0.2%), KeyCorp (KEY +1.2%), Regions Financial (RF +1.4%), SunTrust (STI +1.3%), First Niagara (FNFG +1.2%).
    • Life insurers: MetLife (MET +2%), Prudential (PRU +1.6%), Lincoln FInancial (LNC +1.4%). Online brokers: E*Trade (ETFC +3.3%), Schwab (SCHW +2.2%), Ameritrade (AMTD +1.3%).
    • ETFs: XLF, FAS, FAZ, UYG, KRE, VFH, KBE, IYF, BTO, KIE, IAT, SEF, IYG, IAK, FXO, FNCL, KBWB, QABA, FINU, KBWR, KRU, RWW, RYF, KBWP, KBWI, FINZ, KRS
    | Jun. 22, 2015, 2:44 PM | 13 Comments
  • Jun. 2, 2015, 3:31 PM
    • The averages are flat to negative this session, but yield-starved financials are digging the big jump in interest rates - the 10-year Treasury yield is up nine basis points on the session to 2.27%, and 15 bps for the week.
    • Previously: Yields surge as European deflation fears abate (June 2)
    • The Regional Bank ETF (KRE +1.3%) and the Bank ETF (KBE +1.2%).
    • Individual names: Regions Financial (RF +1.6%), New York Community Bank (NYCB +1.3%), Huntington Bancshares (HBAN +1.3%), KeyCorp (KEY +1%), Fifth Third (FITB +1.3%). Thought of as perhaps the most asset-sensitive of the large lenders, Bank of America (BAC +1%) is leading the TBTFs higher.
    • Life insurers: MetLife (MET +1.2%), Prudential (PRU +1.5%), Lincoln Financial (LNC +0.9%), Primerica (PRI +1.2%).
    • ETFs: XLF, FAS, FAZ, UYG, KRE, VFH, KBE, IYF, BTO, KIE, IAT, SEF, IYG, IAK, FXO, FNCL, KBWB, QABA, FINU, KBWR, KRU, RWW, RYF, KBWP, KBWI, FINZ, KRS
    | Jun. 2, 2015, 3:31 PM | 10 Comments
  • Feb. 6, 2015, 9:50 AM
    • Financials have been mercilessly pounded in 2015 as hopes for higher interest rates looked like they might be dashed yet again, but today's blowout jobs number - firmly putting a June rate hike on the table - has brought in the dip-buyers.
    • The major averages are flat, but the XLF is up 1.4%. The Regional Bank ETF (KRE +2%) and the Bank ETF (KBE +2.1%) are doing even better.
    • Among the yield-starved banking names: Bank of America (BAC +3.1%), JPMorgan (JPM +2.6%), Citigroup (C +2%), Regions Financial (RF +4%), KeyCorp (KEY +3%), PNC Financial (PNC +2.9%), SunTrust (STI +2.3%), Zions (ZION +3.6%), Synovus (SNV +2.3%).
    • Insurers: MetLife (MET +2%), Prudential (PRU +3.2%), Lincoln National (LNC +4.6%). AIG (AIG +1.5%).
    • Trust banks: BNY Mellon (BK +2.7%) State Street (STT +1.9%), Northern Trust (NTRS +2.3%).
    • Online brokers (currently getting killed on money-market fee rebates): Schwab (SCHW +4.5%), TD Ameritrade (AMTD +3.5%), E*Trade (ETFC +2.1%).
    • ETFs: XLF, FAS, FAZ, UYG, KRE, VFH, KBE, IYF, KIE, IAT, IAI, SEF, IYG, IAK, FXO, FNCL, KBWB, QABA, FINU, KRU, RWW, KBWR, RYF, KBWP, KBWI, PSCF, FINZ, KRS
    | Feb. 6, 2015, 9:50 AM | 49 Comments
  • Jan. 15, 2015, 3:46 PM
    • Oil's plummeting again, but today's weakest sector is the financials (XLF -1%) as Bank of America and Ciitgroup each are punished (down more than 4%) following their Q4 results this morning.
    • BofA's and Citi's stories are like that of JPMorgan yesterday - the secular decline in trading revenue, combining with sluggish growth elsewhere, and the continuing wait for higher interest rates to provide better margins.
    • Some amount of higher rates had also been priced into the insurers, and they've struggled along with the banks as 2015 has instead brought sharply lower rates (at least at the long end).
    • Previously: BofA off 2% after Q4 results (Jan. 15)
    • Previously: Citi slips premarket as revenue comes in light (Jan. 15)
    • ETFs: XLF, FAS, FAZ, UYG, VFH, IYF, IAI, SEF, IYG, FXO, FNCL, FINU, KCE, RWW, RYF, KBWC, FINZ, KIE, IAK, KBWP, KBWI
    | Jan. 15, 2015, 3:46 PM | 3 Comments
  • Dec. 5, 2014, 10:06 AM
    | Dec. 5, 2014, 10:06 AM | 12 Comments
  • Sep. 17, 2014, 3:16 PM
    • Leading markets higher as the reality of higher interest rates gets nearer is the financial sector (XLF +0.9%). Whether its banks, brokerages, or insurers, a higher benchmark rate for some time has been considered a key bullish catalyst. An especially large move is being seen in the online brokerage names who have been forced to forego money market fees for years thanks to ZIRP: E*Trade (ETFC +3%), Schwab(SCHW +3.2%), Ameritrade (AMTD +2%).
    • Morgan Stanley (MS +1.8%), Bank of America (BAC +1.2%), JPMorgan (JPM +0.9%)
    • U.S. Bancorp (USB +1.1%), Regions Financial (RF +2%), New York Community Bank (NYCB +0.8%), Huntington Bancshares (HBAN +1.3%), KeyCorp (KEY +1.3%)
    • MetLife (MET +0.6%), Voya Financial (VOYA +0.7%).
    • Chubb(CB +0.4%), AIG (AIG +1.1%), Hartford (HIG +0.8%)
    • Financial sector ETFs: XLF, FAS, FAZ, UYG, KRE, VFH, KBE, IYF, KIE, IAT, SEF, IYG, IAK, FXO, KBWB, FNCL, RKH, QABA, FINU, KRU, KBWR, RWW, KBWP, RYF, KBWI, KRS, FINZ
    | Sep. 17, 2014, 3:16 PM | 6 Comments
  • May 15, 2014, 11:43 AM
    • Hit particularly hard in today's selloff are the life insurers, whose hopes of beginning to get better returns on their fixed-income investments in 2014 look dashed at the moment.
    • Off another six basis points today to 2.48%, the 10-year Treasury yield - above 3% at the start of this year - is all the way back to levels seen last summer.
    • Leading the decline is Lincoln National (LNC -6%). Others: MetLife (MET -3.2%), Prudential (PRU -3.7%), Protective Life (PL -3.8%).
    • Related ETFs: KIE, IAK, KBWP, KBWI
    • Previously: Strong economic data doesn't slow Treasury rally; Wal-Mart in focus
    | May 15, 2014, 11:43 AM | 1 Comment
  • Apr. 28, 2014, 10:52 AM
    • Property & casualty insurers are bouncing from a tough Friday session which was led by declines in Chubb and Cincinnati Financial after tough Q1 results. Today's biggest gainer is United Insurance Holdings (UIHC +4.8%) - continuing a big run after being initiated with an Outperform rating at Wells Fargo.
    • Aren't insurers supposed to be bought after a tough quarter for catastrophes as it means they can raise rates?
    • Others: HCI Group (HCI +3.1%), Universal Insurance (UVE +3.5%), W.R. Berkley (WRB +1.2%), Travelers (TRV +1.6%), Allstate (ALL +1.3%), Chubb (CB +1.3%), and Cincinnati Financial (CINF +0.9%).
    • ETFs: KIE, IAK, KBWP, KBWI
    | Apr. 28, 2014, 10:52 AM
  • Apr. 16, 2014, 3:18 PM
    • Alongside Barclays' Jay Gelb's upgrade of Lincoln Financial (LNC +2.3%) to Overweight is a downgrade of Reinsurance Group of America (RGA -0.3%) to Equal Weight and cut in the price target to $81 from $88, citing increased competition in the life reinsurance market.
    • For Lincoln, Gelb has boosted confidence in the company's ability to generate strong earnings growth despite the low interest rate environment.
    • His top picks in the sector remain Prudential (PRU +1.6%), MetLife (MET +0.8%), Aflac (AFL +1.5%), and Protective Life (PL +1.2%), and he has a "positive outlook" on AIG and Hartford Financial (HIG +1.4%).
    • "AFL has a top-tier ROE as well as robust share buybacks, and should benefit in 2015 from the Japan Post partnership," writes Gelb, noting yen weakness will hurt GAAP earnings, but the company has hedged profit repatriation back to the States. AIG and HIG, he says, "should deliver substantial share buybacks along with attractive valuations and ultimately higher ROEs."
    • ETFs: KIE, IAK, KBWI, KBWP
    | Apr. 16, 2014, 3:18 PM
  • Mar. 20, 2014, 10:54 AM
    • Much of the financial sector is lit up bright green, continuing to outperform following yesterday's suggestion by the FOMC and Janet Yellen that rate hikes could come sooner than expected. XLF +1.1%, KBE +1.6%, KRE +1.6%.
    • At new 52-week or even multi-year highs are JPMorgan (JPM +2.3%), Wells Fargo (WFC +1.7%), Morgan Stanley (MS +1.4%), and Bank of America (BAC +1.6%).
    • Regional lenders: U.S. Bancorp (USB +1%), Huntington (HBAN +1.5%), PNC (PNC +1.3%), BB&T (BBT +1.5%), Fifth Third (FITB +1.8%), First Niagara (FNFG +2.1%).
    • Leading among the life insurers are Lincoln National (LNC +1.9%), Protective Life (PL +1.6%), Manulife (MFC +1.2%), and Sun Life (SLF +1.1%).
    • ETFs: XLF, FAS, FAZ, UYG, KRE, VFH, KBE, IYF, KIE, IAT, SEF, IYG, IAK, FXO, PFI, KBWB, RKH, QABA, FNCL, FINU, KRU, RWW, KBWR, RYF, PSCF, KBWI, KBWP, KRS, FINZ
    | Mar. 20, 2014, 10:54 AM | 5 Comments
  • Mar. 19, 2014, 3:13 PM
    • A check of sectors following the FOMC statement and updated projections suggesting a quickened pace of rate hikes in the future finds the banks and life insurers notably moving higher. Both groups have struggled earning a spread amid ZIRP and are positively levered to higher rates.
    • Lenders: Bank of America (BAC +1%), Citigroup (C +1%), JPMorgan (JPM), Regions (RF +1.7%), KeyCorp (KEY +0.9%), SunTrust (STI +0.7%).
    • Life insurers: MetLife (MET +1%), Prudential (PRU +0.7%), Lincoln National (LNC +1%).
    • Related ETFs: XLF, FAS, FAZ, UYG, VFH, IYF, KIE, SEF, IYG, IAK, FXO, PFI, KBWB, FNCL, FINU, RWW, RYF, PSCF, KBWP, KBWI, FINZ, KBE, KRE
    • Not necessarily positively levered to higher rates are the mortgage REITs (REM -1.6%): Annaly (NLY -1.8%), American Capital (AGNC -1.7%), (MTGE -1.9%), Armour (ARR -1.3%), Two Harbors (TWO -2%) CYS Investments (CYS -3.3%), Capstead (CMO -1.3%), MFA (MFA -1.8%).
    • Related ETFs: MORT, MORL
    | Mar. 19, 2014, 3:13 PM | 14 Comments
  • Nov. 8, 2013, 10:41 AM
    • Up sharply as interest rates fly higher (the 10-year is up 15 basis points to 2.75%) are the life insurers - all of whom have had their investment returns more than a little constrained by puny yields. IAK +2.4%
    • MetLife (MET +5.9%), Prudential (PRU +4.5%), Lincoln National (LNC +6.8%), Hartford (HIG +3.1%).
    • Also set to benefit from a steeper yield curve (if we're to believe their models) are the banks, and they're leading the S&P 500 higher. The TBTFs: Bank of America (BAC +3.3%), JPMorgan (JPM +3.1%), CItigroup (C +3.3%), Wells Fargo (WFC +2.6%). The regionals (KRE +3.4%): Huntington (HBAN +2.6%), Regions (RF +4.2%), PNC (PNC +2.8%), FIfth Third (FITB +3.4%), First Niagara (FNFG +2%), Keycorp (KEY +3.5%), Zions (ZION +4.1%), Comerica (CMA +3.1%).
    • The XLF +1.9%.
    • FInancial sector ETFs: FAS, XLF, FAZ, UYG, KRE, KBE, VFH, IYF, KIE, SEF, IAT, IAI, IYG, IAK, FXO, PFI, KBWB, RKH, QABA, RWW, FINU, RYF, KRU, KBWR, PSCF, KBWP, KBWI, KRS, FINZ, FNCL
    | Nov. 8, 2013, 10:41 AM | 5 Comments
  • Sep. 19, 2013, 10:51 AM
    • Life insurers continue to slide following yesterday's non-taper as investors face the prospect of interest rates maybe not rising as quickly as hoped.
    • Mike Newton reminds: Sunlife (SLF -1.6%) disclosed in its recent quarterly report a 100 basis point move higher in rates would boost EPS BY $0.23 per share; for Manulife (MFC -2.6%) it's $0.16.
    • MetLife (MET -2.4%), Prudential (PRU -1.4%), Hartford (HIG -1.7%), ING U.S. (VOYA -3.7%), Lincoln National (LNC -4.5%).
    • ETFs of interest: KIE, IAK, KBWP, KBWI.
    | Sep. 19, 2013, 10:51 AM
  • Jul. 18, 2013, 11:59 AM

    The insurance sector (KIE +0.9%), (IAK +0.7%) is boosted at Deutsche Bank thanks to higher interest rates. Lincoln National (LNC +3.1%) is upped to Buy with price target hiked to $45 from $36. Price targets are also raised for already Buy-rated MetLife (MET +1.6%) and Principal Financial (PFG +0.9%), and for Hold-rated Aflac (AFL +0.5%) and Unum (UNM +1.1%). Lincoln is particularly attractive for its interest sensitivity, lower international exposure and reliance on fixed-income AUM fees.

    | Jul. 18, 2013, 11:59 AM
  • Jun. 7, 2013, 11:37 AM

    Among the strongest performers in a strong market are insurers - particularly life insurers - on hope of a sustained rise in interest rates allowing better income on their investments (current holdings tend to be hedged meaning no losses). MetLife (MET +2%), Prudential (PRU +3%), Hartford (HIG +2.3%), Genworth (GNW +3.3%), Manulife (MFC +1.9%), Lincoln National (LNC +2.8%) Sun Life (SLF +1.4%), ING US (VOYA +2.8%). Insurer ETFs: KIE, though it is more exposed to P&C, IAK, KBWI, KBWP, though totally P&C focused.

    | Jun. 7, 2013, 11:37 AM | 1 Comment
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The SPDR® S&P® Insurance ETF, before expenses, seeks to closely match the returns and characteristics of the S&P® Insurance Select Industry Index (ticker: SPSIINS). Our approach is designed to provide portfolios with low portfolio turnover, accurate tracking, and lower costs.
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