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  • Mar. 11, 2015, 11:22 AM
    • Last Thursday evening's stress test results were just the warm-up act for the CCAR decisions due today at 4:30 ET. While all 31 banks subjected to the extra scrutiny of the stress test passed, it doesn't mean the Fed will approve their capital return plans, and while some - Goldman Sachs, Zions, and Morgan Stanley - barely squeaked by, it doesn't mean the Fed won't approve their buyback and dividend proposals.
    • After the CCAR results are released, expect most of the group of 31 to announce their capital return plans.
    • For foreign lenders with U.S. units - Deutsche Bank and Santander come to mind - the Fed only has a say into what the subsidiary sends back to the parent, not what the parent ultimately returns to shareholders.
    • XLF +0.6%, KBE +0.45%, KR +0.4%.
    • ETFs: XLF, FAS, FAZ, UYG, KRE, VFH, KBE, IYF, IAT, IAI, SEF, IYG, FXO, FNCL, KBWB, QABA, FINU, KCE, KRU, RWW, KBWR, RYF, KBWC, FINZ, KRS
    • Previously: Stress test roundup: How the lenders stack up vs. last year (March 5)
    | Mar. 11, 2015, 11:22 AM
  • Mar. 9, 2015, 3:55 PM
    • "The Fed has created a process that is prohibitively expensive for banks, produces little in the way of useful information for investors, and has almost no value in terms of public policy," writes Kroll Bond Rating's Chris Whalen of the just-concluded bank stress tests.
    • "Measuring the ability of a bank to absorb loss via retained earnings and capital is a straight-forward exercise that the Fed has needlessly complicated to the point of irrelevance."
    • Even for all of its complexity, the stress test fails to consider off-balance sheet vehicles, says Whalen, and these are what really caused the financial crisis. "No amount of capital can suffice to protect financial institutions and markets if the major banks are allowed to conceal liabilities via OBS transactions."
    • Finally: "Who is managing the bank during the three months required to assemble a response to the Fed’s stress test requirements?"
    • Don't sugarcoat it Chris, tell us how you really feel.
    • ETFs: XLF, FAS, FAZ, UYG, KRE, VFH, KBE, IYF, IAT, IAI, SEF, IYG, FXO, FNCL, KBWB, QABA, FINU, KCE, KRU, RWW, KBWR, RYF, KBWC, FINZ, KRS
    | Mar. 9, 2015, 3:55 PM | 1 Comment
  • Mar. 6, 2015, 9:46 AM
    • A turnaround from the action earlier this year - financials (XLF +0.9%) are marching higher in early action as the averages slip, as nervous investors buy back in following the stress test results. Also helping are surging interest rates following the strong jobs number.
    • Looking at a pretty broad screen of bank names, just two - Goldman Sachs and Zions, both of which barely passed the stress test - are lower. Among the others: Bank of America (BAC +3.7%), JPMorgan (JPM +1.1%), U.S. Bancorp (USB +1.6%), Regions FInancial (RF +2.3%), KeyCorp (KEY +2.7%), PNC Financial (PNC +2.3%), BB&T (BBT +2.4%), Fifth Third (FITB +2.2%), Comerica (CMA +3.8%), BNY Mellon (BK +2.9%).
    • Among those starved for higher rates: MetLife (MET +3%), Prudential (PRU +3.3%), Lincoln National (LNC +4.1%), AIG (AIG +1.4%),  Hartford (HIG +2%), E*Trade (ETFC +3.9%), Schwab (SCHW +4.4%), Ameritrade (AMTD +4.3%).
    • Previously: Futures slip after jobs number as yields and dollar soar (March 6)
    • ETFs: XLF, FAS, FAZ, UYG, KRE, VFH, KBE, IYF, KIE, IAT, IAI, SEF, IYG, IAK, FXO, FNCL, KBWB, QABA, FINU, KCE, KRU, RWW, KBWR, RYF, KBWP, KBWI, PSCF, KBWC, FINZ, KRS
    | Mar. 6, 2015, 9:46 AM | 16 Comments
  • Mar. 5, 2015, 4:33 PM
    | Mar. 5, 2015, 4:33 PM | 12 Comments
  • Feb. 19, 2015, 3:22 PM
    • Bank managements like to make a big deal about cost savings thanks to the shift toward mobile banking, but an FDIC study finds the number of branches at insured institutions of 94,725 (as of June 2014) is lower by just 4.8% from the all-time peak in 2009.
    • There's little evidence, says the FDIC, that the emergence of mobile banking has substantially diminished the need for traditional bank branches.
    • So why the reasons for the closures (small as they are)? The FDIC notes net declines in branches have typically followed periods of financial distress - the Great Depression, the S&L crisis, and the most recent financial collapse quickly coming to mind.
    • ETFs: XLF, FAS, FAZ, UYG, KRE, VFH, KBE, IYF, IAT, SEF, IYG, FXO, FNCL, KBWB, QABA, FINU, KRU, RWW, KBWR, RYF, PSCF, FINZ, KRS
    | Feb. 19, 2015, 3:22 PM
  • Feb. 18, 2015, 2:49 PM
    • The financial sector had begun to turn around a dismal start to the year as February brought forth a string of hawkish Fed heads suggesting a June rate hike, but the XLF is lower by 0.8% after just-released FOMC minutes suggest markets and the hawks are getting ahead of themselves. KBE -1.7%, KRE -2%
    • The TBTFs: BofA (BAC -2.2%), JPMorgan (JPM -1.4%), Wells Fargo (WFC -1.6%), Ciitgroup (C -0.8%)
    • The regionals: Regions Financial (RF -1.6%), KeyCorp (KEY -1.6%), PNC Financial (PNC -1.3%), BB&T (BBT -1.5%), Fifth Third (FITB -1.6%), SunTrust (STI -1.7%), First Niagara (FNFG -2.1%), M&T (MTB -1.9%), U.S. Bancorp (USB -1.3%), First Horizon (FHN -2.7%).
    • Online brokerage: Schwab (SCHW -2.3%), E*Trade (ETFC -1.7%), Ameritrade (AMTD -1.1%), Interactive Brokers (IBKR -0.9%).
    • Previously: FOMC minutes: June rate hike not a slam dunk yet (Feb. 18)
    • ETFs: XLF, FAS, FAZ, UYG, KRE, VFH, KBE, IYF, IAT, IAI, SEF, IYG, FXO, FNCL, KBWB, QABA, FINU, KCE, KRU, RWW, KBWR, RYF, KBWC, FINZ, KRS
    | Feb. 18, 2015, 2:49 PM | 41 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. 28, 2015, 2:21 PM
    • The 10-year Treasury yield sinks all the way to 1.75% following the FOMC statement which shows the central bank continuing on a path to rate hikes around mid-year. TLT +0.95%, TBT -1.9%
    • Yields at the short end aren't moving a lot and continue to price in a 25 basis point hike by the fall.
    • Stocks remain modestly higher, but financials (XLF -0.6%) - contemplating an even flatter yield curve - continue to underperform. KBE -1.1%, KRE -1.2%
    | Jan. 28, 2015, 2:21 PM
  • Jan. 24, 2015, 4:48 PM
    • The financial sector is off to a worse start to the year than even the energy names, with the XLF down 3.9% YTD vs. the XLE's 3.2% decline. The S&P 500 is roughly flat. The SPDR KBW Bank ETF (NYSEARCA:KBE) is off 7.5%, and the Regional Bank ETF (NYSEARCA:KRE) is lower by 6.9%.
    • Q4 earnings results haven't been wonderful, but financial names had been savaged well before those reports started coming out. Instead there's a difficult regulatory regime that won't quit, and - for now - it's looking like "wait'll next year" for the rising interest rates that were supposed to drive profit margins higher. The 10-year/2-year spread - already pretty low at 150 basis points to start the year - has narrowed to 137 bps.
    • A partial roll call of banks: Bank of America (NYSE:BAC-12.1% YTD, Citigroup (NYSE:C-10.1%, JPMorgan (NYSE:JPM-9.4%, Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS-9.4%, Regions Financial (NYSE:RF) -14.7%, KeyCorp (NYSE:KEY) -4.5%, PNC Financial (NYSE:PNC-5.4%, Bank of New York (NYSE:BK-9.1%, Capital One (NYSE:COF) -6%, Discover (NYSE:DFS-13.6%.
    • Other spread-starved sector names: MetLife (NYSE:MET-9.8%, AIG (NYSE:AIG-8%, Prudential (NYSE:PRU-10.8%, Schwab (NYSE:SCHW-9.9%.
    • Some of what's working in financials: Blackstone (NYSE:BX+6.7%, E*Trade (NASDAQ:ETFC+1.2%, WisdomTree (NASDAQ:WETF+12.3%, Legg Mason +2.8%.
    | Jan. 24, 2015, 4:48 PM | 28 Comments
  • Jan. 22, 2015, 12:35 PM
    • Mercilessly sold since the year turned, banks are putting in a rare session of outperformance, helped along by some earnings beats from regional lenders and the return of animal spirits in M&A with RBC's purchase of City National (CYN +18.6%) for $5.4B.
    • The XLF +1.4% vs. the S&P's 0.6% gain today, and the regional bank ETF (NYSEARCA:KRE) is higher by 3.1%.
    • Among today's reporters putting in big gains are KeyCorp (KEY +5.5%), BB&T (BBT +2.4%), and Huntington Bancshares (HBAN +2.6%), though Flagstar Bancorp (FBC -4.8%) missed estimates.
    • Others: Regions Financial (RF +3.9%), PNC Financial (PNC +1.6%), Synovus (SNV +3.2%), M&T Bank (MTB +3%), Hudson City (HCBK +3.1%), First Horizon (FHN +2.7%), and First Republic (FRC +4.9%).
    • ETFs: XLF, FAS, FAZ, UYG, KRE, VFH, KBE, IYF, IAT, IAI, SEF, IYG, FXO, FNCL, KBWB, QABA, FINU, KRU, RWW, KBWR, RYF, PSCF, FINZ, KRS
    • Among the TBTFs, Citigroup (C +2.7%) and Bank of America (BAC +2.5%) are leading the way.
    | Jan. 22, 2015, 12:35 PM | 9 Comments
  • Jan. 9, 2015, 2:37 PM
    • Chief Investment Strategist Michael Hartnett makes the case for European energy stocks, U.S. banks relative to Canadian ones, and solar.
    • "Unloved European energy is trading at record valuation lows vs. U.S. energy," says Hartnett, noting a 5.5% yield provides a lot of protection against dividend cuts. U.S.-listed ETFs, however, don't include anything dedicated to European plays, so there's the Paris-listed SPDR MSCI Europe Energy UCITS ETF, which has Shell (RDS.A, RDS.B) and Total (NYSE:TOT) among its top holdings.
    • It's no surprise Canada is far more exposed to energy than the U.S., and Hartnett notes more than 40 rigs have recently been taken offline, oil sands production is winding down, and the bubbly Canadian housing market is creaking (Canadian property REITs are off 20% in the last two months). Going long the KBWR or KRE vs. a short in the Toronto-listed Capped Financial Index could be a way to play.
    • Solar has been punished alongside oil prices, says Hartnett, but competes with gas rather than oil. "The secular trend toward greater solar energy generation remains intact." ETFs: TAN, KWT
    | Jan. 9, 2015, 2:37 PM | 2 Comments
  • Dec. 19, 2014, 12:31 PM
    • SPDR S&P Regional Banking ETF (NYSEARCA:KRE) announces quarterly distribution of $0.199.
    • 30-Day Sec yield of 1.66% (as of 12/17/2014).
    • Payable Dec 30; for shareholders of record Dec 23; ex-div Dec 19.
    | Dec. 19, 2014, 12:31 PM
  • Dec. 5, 2014, 10:06 AM
    | Dec. 5, 2014, 10:06 AM | 12 Comments
  • Dec. 1, 2014, 11:40 AM
    • A positive macro outlook for the U.S. (especially compared to the rest of the globe) should boost credit demand, says UBS - upgrading U.S. financials (NYSEARCA:XLF) to Overweight - while the start of a new rate-hike cycle next year bodes well for interest margins.
    • UBS's three favored U.S. banks are Bank of America (NYSE:BAC), Citigroup (NYSE:C), and Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS), but TD Bank (NYSE:TD) also makes the buy list thanks to its large American presence.
    • ETFs: XLF, FAS, FAZ, UYG, KRE, VFH, KBE, IYF, IAT, SEF, IYG, FXO, FNCL, KBWB, RKH, QABA, FINU, KRU, RWW, KBWR, RYF, FINZ, KRS
    | Dec. 1, 2014, 11:40 AM | 6 Comments
  • 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
    | Nov. 12, 2014, 11:03 AM | 1 Comment
  • Nov. 7, 2014, 3:19 PM
    • Banks with as little as $50B in assets are currently subject to the Fed's CCAR - fairly absurd as there's roughly zero systemic risk from the failure of a bank with $50B in assets (or even $100B). While health, immigration, and tax reform in D.C. are getting a lot of headlines, banking industry reform may also now be on the way.
    • A KBW report finds banks with between $50B and $100B in assets have been limited to a dividend payout ratio of 40% or less, compared to ratios far higher for those lenders with less than $50B. The $50B line is front and center for New York Community Bancorp (NYSE:NYCB) - which currently has $48.7B in assets and a 93% dividend payout ratio. CEO Joseph Ficalora would like to get back to doing acquisitions, but knows the bank can kiss that high payout goodbye if it does so under the current regulatory regime.
    • Should a Republican-led Congress push to boost the threshold to, say, $100M, it would find a friend in the Fed's Daniel Tarullo who has already mused about doing so. "I would not expect President Obama to exercise veto power over this," says a financial services attorney.
    • Among the players with $50B-$100B in assets: HBAN, KEY, MTB, ZION, CMA.
    • ETFs: KRE, KBE, IAT, KBWB, RKH, QABA, KRU, KBWR, KRS
    | Nov. 7, 2014, 3:19 PM | 10 Comments
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The SPDR® S&P® Regional Banking ETF, before expenses, seeks to closely match the returns and characteristics of the S&P® Regional Banks Select Industry Index(ticker: SPSIRBK). Our approach is designed to provide portfolios with low portfolio turnover, accurate tracking, and lower costs.
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