PowerShares DWA Financial Momentum Portfolio ETF (PFI) - NYSEARCA
  • Mon, Feb. 8, 2:24 PM
    • It is the European banks and contagion concerns that are freaking out the markets today - not just the Fed, China and crude oil - according to David Rosenberg, noting that some of the European banks are trading at 2008 crisis levels after the group has tumbled 18% YTD vs. 11% for the STOXX 600 index.
    • European financial firms are taking a beating amid fears of "a chronic profitability crisis that makes it impossible for banks to build up barely-adequate capital bases," WSJ reports.
    • Deutsche Bank (DB -9.8%) is down another ~10%, bringing its YTD loss to nearly 40% while its valuation has fallen to ~30% of book value, and its credit default swaps spiked to their highest levels since 2012.
    • News of major withdrawals out of Credit Suisse (CS -4.2%) caused its shares to sink 11% last week, hitting a 24-year low, and Santander (SAN -6.2%), BBVA (BBVA -5.4%), and UniCredit (OTCPK:UNCFF -5.5%) are down to lows seen during the last eurozone financial crisis.
    • "Oil and the flatter yield curve alone do not explain the 12% plunge we have seen in S&P Financials so far this year," Rosenberg says, adding that BofA (BAC -6.1%), Citigroup (C -6.2%) and Wells Fargo (WFC -3.5%) all briefly touched 52-week lows last week - "an ominous signpost."
    • ETFs: XLF, FAS, FAZ, UYG, VFH, PSP, IYF, EUFN, BTO, IPF, IAI, IYG, SEF, FNCL, FXO, PFI, IXG, PEX, RYF, FINU, KCE, RWW, KBWC
    • Earlier: Markets extend two-day rout; gold gets 3% boost
    | Mon, Feb. 8, 2:24 PM | 36 Comments
  • May 5, 2014, 10:20 AM
    • A check of the global banks finds the group pacing market declines in morning action after Friday night's warning on Q2 trading revenue from JPMorgan (JPM -2.2%).
    • Nomura's Steven Chubak is first out with lower JPMorgan earnings estimates.
    • Jim Cramer sums up sentiment: "This has been a house of pain. You can't own these right now. You just can't."
    • Morgan Stanley (MS -1.9%), Goldman Sachs (GS -1.5%), Citigroup (C -1.2%), and Bank of America (BAC -1%), Deutsche Bank (DB -1.2%). Far less trading dependent than the other Too Big Too Fails is Wells Fargo (WFC -0.2%).
    • The iShares DJ U.S. Broker-Dealer ETF (IAI -1.2%)
    • XLF -0.7%, KBE -0.8%
    • ETFs: XLF, FAS, FAZ, UYG, VFH, IYF, IAI, SEF, IYG, PFI, FXO, FNCL, KBWB, FINU, KCE, RWW, RYF, PSCF, FINZ, KBWC
    | May 5, 2014, 10:20 AM | 16 Comments
  • Apr. 28, 2014, 11:57 AM
    • Financial ETFs are the worst performers today thanks to Bank of America's near 5% dive in the wake of the suspension of its capital return plan. BofA is a top-10 holding of no fewer than 28 of about 880 equity-based ETFs tracked by S&P Capital IQ.
    • The Financial Sector SDRP (XLF -0.8%) has 6.35% of its AUM in Bank of America, the Vanguard Financials ETF (VFH -0.4%) has a 5.1% weight, and the iShares U.S. Financials ETF (IYF -0.4%) 4.8%. The SPDR KBW Bank ETF (KBE -0.9%) has a 1.92% weighting.
    • Previously: Black eye: BofA suspends buyback, dividend hike
    • ETFs: XLF, FAS, FAZ, UYG, VFH, IYF, IAI, SEF, IYG, PFI, FXO, FNCL, KBWB, FINU, RWW, RYF, PSCF, FINZ, KBE
    | Apr. 28, 2014, 11:57 AM | 1 Comment
  • Mar. 27, 2014, 7:25 AM
    • Both Bernstein and KBW remove Outperform ratings on Citigroup (C) the morning after its capital return plan was rejected by the Fed for "qualitative" reasons. One wonders whether this disappointment wasn't already priced in as Citi has underperformed this year, and for some time been the only one of the major banks trading below book value. Shares are off 5% in premarket action.
    • Overall, the bank capital returns announced yesterday are below expectations, says Compass Point's Kevin Barker, but Huntington Bancshares (HBAN) - which boosted the dividend 20% and announced a buyback for about 3% of the float - was better than hoped.
    • XLF -0.1% premarket
    • ETFs: XLF, FAS, FAZ, UYG, KRE, VFH, KBE, IYF, IAI, IAT, SEF, IYG, FXO, PFI, KBWB, FNCL, RKH, QABA, FINU, KRU, RWW, KCE, KBWR, RYF, PSCF, KRS, FINZ, KBWC, AIRR
    | Mar. 27, 2014, 7:25 AM | 2 Comments
  • 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
  • Mar. 5, 2014, 3:42 PM
    • Buying the rumor? On a flattish day for the major averages, the Too Big To Fail banks are ignoring a continued slowdown in markets revenue this quarter, and instead partying ahead of what may be the imminent release of the Fed's stress test results (perhaps Friday). About one week later will be CCAR results at which the Fed gives the thumbs up or thumbs down on the banks' capital return plans.
    • Word is the tests are tougher this year, but bank capital levels are also improved.
    • Leading today is Bank of America (BAC +3%) - now within about one percent of a 4-year high. Others: Morgan Stanley (MS +2.8%), Goldman Sachs (GS +1.8%), Ciitgroup (C +1%), JPMorgan (JPM +1.5%), and Wells Fargo (WFC +0.6%).
    • Also subject to the stress tests are a number of regional lenders, not to mention credit card players - they're mixed in today's action.
    • Related ETFs: XLF, FAS, FAZ, UYG, KRE, VFH, KBE, IYF, IAI, IAT, SEF, IYG, FXO, PFI, KBWB, RKH, QABA, FNCL, FINU, KCE, KRU, RWW, KBWR, RYF, PSCF, KRS, FINZ, KBWC
    | Mar. 5, 2014, 3:42 PM | 8 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. 25, 2013, 9:43 AM
    • Speaking at BAML's Banking and Insurance Conference in London, Deutsche Bank (DB -1.6%) co-CEO says the bank expects a "significant" drop in Q3 trading revenue.
    • The announcement isn't unexpected, and follows a similar warning from Citigroup over the weekend, numerous other rumblings from investor conferences this month, and Jefferies' already reported ugly (from a trading standpoint) Q3.
    • Previous: FICC trading revenue has been slipping for years and should be in analyst models by this point.
    • Banks (KRE -0.6%), (KBE -0.4%) again are leading the market decline.
    • Financials ETFs: XLF, IYF, PFI, VFH, RYF, RWW, FAS, UYG, FAZ, SKF, SEF, IAI, FXO, PSCF, KBWD, KBWB, IYG, FINU, FINZ.
    | Sep. 25, 2013, 9:43 AM
  • Sep. 23, 2013, 10:23 AM
    | Sep. 23, 2013, 10:23 AM | 2 Comments
  • Mar. 14, 2013, 5:14 PM

    After hours movers in the banks: JPM -2.5% and GS -2.1% after the two had their capital proposals approved but were asked to submit new plans "to address weakness in their capital planning processes." WFC +0.4%, BAC +3.8% after no dividend hike, but a whopping $10.5B in share repurchases and redemption of high-yielding preferreds. Morgan Stanley +0.9%. The XLF +0.1%.

    | Mar. 14, 2013, 5:14 PM | 18 Comments
  • Dec. 17, 2012, 6:50 PM

    Financials add to the regular session's big gains as Meredeth Whitney gets bullish on the sector, particularly Bank of America, Citigroup, and Discover. The catalyst for the group will be the March release of the Fed's stress tests showing them adequately capitalized, paving the way for more share repurchases and dividend bumps. BAC +2.1%, C +0.5%, DFS +2.3%, XLF +0.4% AH.

    | Dec. 17, 2012, 6:50 PM | 8 Comments
  • Dec. 5, 2012, 9:44 AM

    Bank of America (BAC +2.2%) takes out a new 52-week high, rising on back of the Citigroup's plan to cut 11K jobs. Citi will take a $1B charge in Q4, but save more than $2B over two years - a pretty nice return on investment. The XLF +0.7%.

    | Dec. 5, 2012, 9:44 AM | 11 Comments
  • Jul. 20, 2012, 12:29 PM

    It's a "risk off" day for European financials (EUFN -3.4%), after Spain's expected bank bailout approval is accompanied by a weak GDP forecast. Unsurprisingly, Spanish banks are the biggest losers: SAN -7.7%. BBVA -8.4%. U.S. banks are only doing better by comparison (XLF -1.3%).

    | Jul. 20, 2012, 12:29 PM | 8 Comments
  • Jul. 19, 2012, 1:03 PM

    The 30 bp decline in Bank of America's (BAC) net interest margin represents $1.27B in lost quarterly earnings power, says Josh Steiner, a "hit (that) is recurring, not one time." This deterioration in bank's underlying business may help explain the sharp decline in the stock (-4% today,  -4.8% yesterday) despite a headline beat on earnings thanks to a large reserve release.

    | Jul. 19, 2012, 1:03 PM | 8 Comments
  • Jun. 28, 2012, 6:25 AM

    It's setting up to be a bad morning for financials. Barclays (BCS) -8.6% premarket as pressure grows for Diamond to quit, and JPMorgan (JPM) -5.2% on reports its trading loss could hit $9B. Perhaps in sympathy, other financial names are also dropping, outpacing the pullback by S&P futures: BAC -1.5%, MS -1.15%, C -1%, WFC -1%.

    | Jun. 28, 2012, 6:25 AM | 11 Comments
PFI Description
The PowerShares DWA Financial Momentum Portfolio (Fund) is based on the DWA Financials Technical Leaders Index (Index). The Fund will normally invest at least 90% of its total assets in common stocks that comprise the Index. The Index is designed to identify companies that are showing relative strength (momentum), and is composed of at least 30 common stocks from a universe of approximately 3,000 common stocks traded on US exchanges. The Fund and the Index are rebalanced and reconstituted quarterly.
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