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  • Yesterday, 8:06 AM
    • Results from the Fed's Senior Loan Officer Opinion Survey show banks tightened standards on commercial and industrial and commercial real estate loans in Q4. Lenders also expect standards to tighten more over the course of this year.
    • Deutsche's Jim Reid says there's never been two consecutive quarters of tightening standards without signaling an eventual move into recession and a notable default cycle.
    • Households loans look to be a different story, with the survey finding a moderate easing of standards for residential mortgages, as well as on auto loans.
    • ETFs: XLF, FAS, FAZ, UYG, VFH, IYF, BTO, SEF, IYG, FXO, FNCL, FINU, RWW, RYF, FINZ, XLFS
    | Yesterday, 8:06 AM | 12 Comments
  • Wed, Feb. 3, 10:25 AM
    • This just in: The financial sector is having a worse go it this year than energy, with the XLF lower by 13.6% YTD vs. the XLE's 9% decline.
    • Leading a big reversal from this morning higher open is the XLF's 2% decline. The S&P 500 is now off 1%, and the XLE "just" 0.85%.
    • Among the issues for the financials are two items: 1) Hopes for a sustained rate hike cycle have been dashed, with the 10-year yield tumbling all the way to 1.82% currently from about 2.30% when the Fed hiked in mid-December. Fed speakers are all-of-a-sudden sounding very dovish (Dudley is the latest), and short-term rate futures are now pricing in just a 50% chance of even one Fed rate increase this year; 2) For lenders specifically, there's worry over their exposure to the crashing energy sector. No doubt better capitalized today than 10 years ago, losses are still losses even if they don't threaten the viability of the bank.
    • JPMorgan (JPM -2.6%), Wells Fargo (WFC -3.6%), Morgan Stanley (MS -3.5%), KeyCorp (KEY -3.1%), PNC Financial (PNC -2%), Comerica (CMA -2.7%), Schwab (SCHW -3.8%), MetLife (MET -2.5%)
    • ETFs: XLF, FAS, FAZ, UYG, KRE, VFH, KBE, IYF, BTO, IAT, SEF, IYG, FXO, FNCL, KBWB, FINU, QABA, KRU, KBWR, RWW, RYF, PSCF, FINZ, KRS, XLFS
    | Wed, Feb. 3, 10:25 AM | 15 Comments
  • Tue, Feb. 2, 3:48 PM
    • The Fed's adding a new twist to its severely adverse scenario in this year's stress test - asking lenders how they would handle a prolonged period of rates below zero. Ninety-day bill rates slipped below 0% a number of times over the past few years, but never stayed there for very long.
    • Along with that scenario would be unemployment doubling to 10% - the same level it hit after the financial crisis.
    • Negative rates, of course, are breaking out all over Europe, and the Bank of Japan last week introduced negative deposit rates as part of its latest attempt to spur the economy into faster growth.
    • The Fed and Fed watchers caution negative rates are just a stress test scenario, and not necessarily any sort of forecast about where things are headed.
    • ETFs: XLF, FAS, FAZ, UYG, VFH, IYF, BTO, SEF, IYG, FXO, FNCL, FINU, RWW, RYF, FINZ, XLFS
    | Tue, Feb. 2, 3:48 PM | 6 Comments
  • Tue, Feb. 2, 12:52 PM
    • Alongside energy's underperformance today is the financial sector (XLF -2.4%). The long-awaited hope of a sustained rise in interest rates appears dashed once again - at least so far this year.
    • The 10-year Treasury yield is lower by seven basis points to 1.88% - a nine-month low - and short-term rate markets are now pricing is less than one 25 basis point rate hike for the remainder of the year.
    • TBTFs: Bank of America (BAC -4.4%), Citigroup (C -4%), Goldman Sahcs (GS -4.4%)
    • Regionals: U.S. Bancorp (USB -2.5%), Regions (RF -3.1%), SunTrust (STI -4%)
    • Life insurers: MetLife (MET -3%), Prudential (PRU -3.2%), Lincoln Financial (LNC -3.7%)
    • Online brokerage: Schwab (SCHW -4.2%), E*Trade (ETFC -3.8%), Ameritrade (AMTD -3.6%)
    • ETFs: XLF, FAS, FAZ, UYG, KRE, VFH, KBE, IYF, BTO, IAT, SEF, IYG, FXO, FNCL, KBWB, FINU, QABA, KRU, KBWR, RWW, RYF, FINZ, KRS, XLFS
    | Tue, Feb. 2, 12:52 PM | 53 Comments
  • Fri, Jan. 29, 9:22 AM
    • "The market is clearly saying that Citigroup (NYSE:C) is worth far more dead than alive," says fund manager Colin McWey, an owner of the stock, but scratching his head at its valuation of just two-thirds of tangible book value.
    • JPMorgan (NYSE:JPM) and PNC Financial (NYSE:PNC) trade for right around book value.
    • Bank valuations are so cheap right now, says Morningstar's Jim Sinegal, that not a lot has to go right for an investor to make money.
    • What about energy? Is it the new subprime? First off, writes Michael Brush, exposure isn't that high. At JPMorgan, it's about 1.6% of total loans; at Citi it's 3.3%. Energy loans make up just 1.8% of total loans at the roughly 15 lenders in Baird analyst David George's coverage universe vs. 25% exposure to housing sector debt. George: Most banks could write off all energy loans and still not post a loss.
    • ETFs: XLF, FAS, FAZ, UYG, KRE, VFH, KBE, IYF, BTO, IAT, SEF, IYG, FXO, FNCL, KBWB, FINU, QABA, KRU, KBWR, RWW, RYF, FINZ, KRS, XLFS
    | Fri, Jan. 29, 9:22 AM | 20 Comments
  • Thu, Jan. 28, 2:56 PM
    • Some sources say total exposure of U.S. banks to the oil and gas industry is 3-5% of total assets, says Pavillion Global Markets. A joint regulatory study by the Fed, FDIC, and OCC found U.S. banks' aggregate oil portfolios total $276.5B, or 7.1% of the total $3.9T syndicated loan portfolio of large U.S. banks in all industries.
    • Though a number of banks have boosted loss provisions in light of the energy bust, Pavillion doesn't see a lot more disruption coming. Bank underperformance of late has more to do with a general U.S. economic slowdown than the oil crash.
    • ETFs: XLF, FAS, FAZ, UYG, KRE, VFH, KBE, IYF, BTO, IAT, SEF, IYG, FXO, FNCL, KBWB, FINU, QABA, KRU, KBWR, RWW, RYF, FINZ, KRS, XLFS
    | Thu, Jan. 28, 2:56 PM
  • Mon, Jan. 25, 3:34 PM
    • Holding modest losses for most of the session, the major averages are now off more than 1% as oil (USO -6.8%) gives back a big chunk of its gains from late last week. S&P 500 (SPY -1.4%), Nasdaq 100 (QQQ -1.3%).
    • Energy (XLE -3.9%) is naturally leading today's selling, but the financials (XLF -1.9%) are struggling as well. This just in: the XLF's 12.4% loss YTD is greater than the XLE (down 11.2%).
    • Previously: Pain continues in financial names (Jan. 25)
    | Mon, Jan. 25, 3:34 PM | 16 Comments
  • Wed, Jan. 13, 2:56 PM
    • The day's declines have picked up a good bit of steam, with all of the major averages sitting at session lows a bit more than an hour before the close.
    • The Nasdaq (NASDAQ:QQQ) and Small-caps (NYSEARCA:IWM) are leading the way with declines of more than 3%, while the Dow (NYSEARCA:DIA) and S&P 500 (NYSEARCA:SPY) are off just over 2%.
    • Leading sectors on the downside: Energy (XLE -2.5%) and Financials (XLF -2.4%). What's working? Utilities (XLU), barely.
    • In the green for most of the session, oil is now modestly lower and threatening to head below $30 per barrel.
    • Money is pouring into fixed income, with the 10-year Treasury yield off another five basis points today to 2.05%. It hasn't been below 2% since early October. TLT +1%, TBT -2%
    | Wed, Jan. 13, 2:56 PM | 10 Comments
  • Wed, Jan. 13, 1:14 PM
    • It wasn't supposed to be this way after the Fed embarked on a rate hike cycle as these yield-starved names could finally look forward to earning a better spread on their money.
    • Since the Fed hiked last month, however, the long bond yield has tumbled about 20 basis points, further narrowing the yield curve.
    • With today's 1.3% decline, the XLF is lower by 7.6% YTD, about 200 basis points worse than the S&P 500 (but about 250 basis points better than the energy sector).
    • TBTFs: Morgan Stanley (MS -3.9%), Goldman Sachs (GS -2.3%), Citigroup (C -1.8%)
    • Regionals: U.S. Bancorp (USB -2%), Regions Financial (RF -3.4%), New York Community Bancorp (NYCB -2.2%)
    • Mortgage-related names like Ocwen (OCN -6.2%), Nationstar (NSM -5.3%), Walter Investment (WAC -13.9%), and New Residential (NRZ -5.3%) have come in for particular punishment this day and this year. The mortgage REITs too: Hatteras Financial (HTS -4.4%), Western Asset (WMC -3.6%), New York Mortgage (NYMT -2.3%), Five Oaks (OAKS -5.2%), PennyMac (PMT -2.6%)
    • ETFs: XLF, FAS, FAZ, UYG, VFH, IYF, BTO, SEF, IYG, FXO, FNCL, FINU, RWW, RYF, FINZ, XLFS
    | Wed, Jan. 13, 1:14 PM | 47 Comments
  • Dec. 22, 2015, 11:29 AM
    • The financial sector as a whole (NYSEARCA:XLF) is lower by 4.9% this year - about 300 basis points worse than the S&P 500 - but an index of "shadow banks" put together by KBW is down by more than 20%.
    • Student lenders and alternative asset managers have led the way down - each falling more than 30%. Performing better than the average are BDCs and mortgage insurers.
    • Shadow banking is a broad brush, but the KBW team notes a number of common factors: The end of QE, concerns weakness in energy may spread to other sectors, and the threat of greater regulatory scrutiny.
    • Lending Club (NYSE:LC) and OnDeck Capital (NYSE:ONDK) are each down more than 50% this year, and their focus on consumers and small business seem to make them the type to be targeted by D.C. Still, they've each struck partnerships with at least one large bank and an outright sale to a bigger player doesn't seem out of the question.
    | Dec. 22, 2015, 11:29 AM | 3 Comments
  • Dec. 18, 2015, 5:26 PM
    • Financial Select Sector SPDR ETF (NYSEARCA:XLF) announces quarterly distribution of $0.1498.
    • 30-Day Sec yield of 1.81% (as of 12/17/2015).
    • Payable Dec. 29; for shareholders of record Dec. 22; ex-div Dec. 18.
    | Dec. 18, 2015, 5:26 PM
  • Dec. 16, 2015, 3:04 PM
    | Dec. 16, 2015, 3:04 PM | 48 Comments
  • Dec. 15, 2015, 12:40 PM
    • The S&P 500 (SPY +1.5%) is at its session high alongside oil (NYSEARCA:USO), which is up 3.3% on the session and nearly 10% since falling to almost $34 per barrel roughly 24 hours ago.
    • Energy (XLE +2.7%) is the best-performing sector in the S&P 500, but financials (XLF +2.5%) aren't far behind, with energy-exposed names like Comerica (CMA +5.2%), ZIons Bancorp (ZION +3.8%), and Prosperity Bancshares (PB +2.7%) among the regional bank movers.
    • The surge has also given a big lift to junk bond prices even as the 10-year Treasury yield jumps five basis points to 2.27%. TLT -0.7%, TBT +1.4%.
    | Dec. 15, 2015, 12:40 PM | 29 Comments
  • Dec. 1, 2015, 4:27 PM
    • House and Senate negotiators reach agreement on a five-year highway bill that also would reauthorize the U.S. Export-Import Bank, which has been advocated by Boeing (NYSE:BA) and General Electric (NYSE:GE).
    • The bill would be partly financed by use of Fed surplus funds and a cut in the dividends received by commercial banks that own the Fed, a step that is criticized by the American Bankers Association.
    • "Dramatically reducing the dividend rate - without hearings, consultation with committees of jurisdiction, study or analysis of any kind whatsoever - is extremely bad public policy,” says ABA President Rob Nichols.
    • The agreement dodges the larger issue of identifying a long-term source of revenue for the Highway Trust Fund, as the bill does not raise the $0.184/gallon federal gasoline tax.
    • House Speaker Ryan predicts the bill will enjoy “good majority support” when it comes up for a full vote.
    • ETFs: XLF, FAS, FAZ, UYG, VFH, IYF, BTO, SEF, IYG, FXO, FNCL, FINU, RWW, RYF
    | Dec. 1, 2015, 4:27 PM | 104 Comments
  • 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
  • Oct. 31, 2015, 2:04 PM
    • Sizable bank mergers were supposed to be no-brainers as lenders - weighed down by a sluggish lending environment, overlapping branch networks, and high regulatory costs - sought operating synergies. Unfortunately, regulators since the financial crisis have had different ideas about what banks should be doing with their capital (namely, storing it for a rainy day).
    • The M&T/Hudson City merger finally getting approval (after a three-year delay), along with quick green lights for a couple of BB&T purchases began to give investors hope, and this week they got KeyCorp (NYSE:KEY) agreeing to buy First Niagara (NASDAQ:FNFG), and New York Community Bancorp's (NYSE:NYCB) deal for Astoria Financial (NYSE:AF).
    • The reaction: KeyCorp is lower by more than 10% since the news was announced, and First Niagara by more than 6%; NYCB is off nearly 14%, and Astoria 11%.
    • "This level of selloff is not typical," says Sterne Agee's Peter Winter. "Early reactions to bank transactions often are bumpy," says KeyCorp CEO Beth Mooney.
    • CLSA's Mike Mayo calls Key's purchase "strategically good," but isn't a fan of the bank's plan to fund a major portion of the deal with stock. NYCB is also funding much of its buy with stock, and the deal includes a cut in the dividend - maybe not the greatest move considering the income-oriented lean of the bank's investor base, says Winter.
    • Previously: More losses for NYCB as secondary prices; Astoria lower too (Oct. 30)
    • Previously: KeyCorp not expecting M&T-like deal hold-up (Oct. 30)
    • ETFs: XLF, FAS, FAZ, UYG, KRE, VFH, KBE, IYF, BTO, IAT, SEF, IYG, FXO, FNCL, KBWB, FINU, QABA, KRU, KBWR, RWW, RYF, FINZ, KRS, XLFS
    | Oct. 31, 2015, 2:04 PM | 21 Comments
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