Financial Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLF) - NYSEARCA
  • Fri, Jul. 15, 2:55 PM
    • There aren't a whole lot of catalysts for bank stocks unless there's a sustained rise in the 10-year Treasury yield, says FBR's Paul Miller. "I'm going to be buying these things all day long," will be investors' attitude once yields do move higher.
    • Until then, one might have a look at those with high exposure to mortgages - Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC), U.S. Bancorp (NYSE:USB), and PNC Financial (NYSE:PNC) - as they stand to benefit from the refinancing boom. This has risks as well as refi booms inevitably burn themselves out.
    • ETFs: XLF, KBE, KRE
    | Fri, Jul. 15, 2:55 PM | 20 Comments
  • Thu, Jul. 14, 2:43 PM
    • Moving past the overseas macro, today's modest rally is being led by the financial sector (XLF +1%), particularly the banks (KRE +1.8%), (KBE +1.8%) after JPMorgan beat estimates.
    • Also helping is another five basis points move upward in the 10-year Treasury yield to 1.53%. Among the yield-starved names applauding: Prudential (PRU +3.1%), Lincoln National (LNC +4.7%), E*Trade (ETFC +1.8%), Schwab (SCHW +1.9%), State Street (STT +2.5%), MetLife (MET +5.2%).
    • The Dow is up 0.8%, the S&P 500 0.55%, and the Nasdaq 0.6%.
    | Thu, Jul. 14, 2:43 PM | 6 Comments
  • Tue, Jul. 5, 4:17 PM
    • Interest rates continue to plummet, with U.S. government yields on the long end hitting new all-time lows. At least they remain positive (for now). Yields on French government paper are now negative all the way out to nine years, and Swiss 50-year bonds now sport yields below zero.
    • Some hawkish words today from San Francisco Fed President Williams weren't enough to lift the share prices of yield-starved financials (XLF -1.5%).
    • The SPDR KBW Bank ETF (KBE -3%), the SPDR KBW Regional Bank ETF (KRE -3%)
    • Citigroup (C -3.3%), Morgan Stanley (MS -3.5%), Regions Financial (RF -3.9%), Fifth Third (FITB -4.2%), Capital One (COF -3.3%), Legg Mason (LM -3.3%), E*Trade (ETFC -3.2%), Schwab (SCHW -3%), MetLife (MET -4.2%), Prudential (PRU -3.2%), Lincoln (LNC -4.5%)
    | Tue, Jul. 5, 4:17 PM | 6 Comments
  • Fri, Jul. 1, 7:53 AM
  • Thu, Jun. 30, 10:51 AM
    • Dividend increases and boosted buybacks must already have been priced into the shares of the big banks, as share prices are showing little reaction to last night's capital plans.
    • Citigroup (C -0.6%) is notably lower despite announcing more than a tripling in the dividend. Bank of America (BAC -0.8%) was more cautious with its payout boost, but is faring about the same. JPMorgan (JPM unch) chose not to lift its dividend, but did raise the buyback. Morgan Stanley (MS +0.6%) lifted both. Wells Fargo (WFC -0.5%) didn't give details other than saying its capital plan was approved; same for Goldman Sachs (GS +0.1%).
    • ETFs: XLF, FAS, FAZ, UYG, VFH, IYF, BTO, IYG, FNCL, SEF, FXO, RYF, FINU, RWW, XLFS, FINZ, JHMF, FAZZ, FNCF, KBE
    | Thu, Jun. 30, 10:51 AM | 23 Comments
  • Wed, Jun. 29, 3:13 AM
    • The Fed will tell 33 of the nation's largest banks today whether they fully passed or failed their annual stress tests.
    • Traders are closely watching the CCAR reports to see whether lenders can afford their planned dividends and buybacks, and if Wall Street has enough capital to survive another financial crisis.
    • U.S. units of Deutsche Bank (NYSE:DB) and Banco Santander (NYSE:SAN) were the only firms to fail the tests in 2015.
    • Previously: All 33 banks pass this year's stress tests (Jun. 23 2016)
    • ETFs: XLF, FAS, FAZ, UYG, VFH, IYF, BTO, IYG, FNCL, SEF, FXO, RYF, FINU, RWW, XLFS, FINZ, JHMF, FAZZ, FNCF
    | Wed, Jun. 29, 3:13 AM | 8 Comments
  • Mon, Jun. 27, 6:55 AM
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  • Fri, Jun. 24, 5:22 AM
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  • Thu, Jun. 23, 4:38 PM
    • Stress tests on 33 U.S. bank holding companies finds the lenders could weather $526B in losses in the Fed's severely adverse scenario, which includes a major global recession, a sharp rise in unemployment, heightened financial stress, and even negative Treasury yields.
    • The aggregate CET1 ratio would fall from an actual 12.3% in Q4 of 2015 to 8.4% in Q1 of 2018 under the severely adverse scenario.
    • The results of the CCAR - banks' capital return plans - are due in one week.
    • ETFs: XLF, FAS, FAZ, UYG, VFH, IYF, BTO, IYG, FNCL, SEF, FXO, RYF, FINU, RWW, XLFS, FINZ, JHMF, FAZZ, FNCFa
    | Thu, Jun. 23, 4:38 PM | 67 Comments
  • Mon, Jun. 20, 3:17 PM
    • The deluge is set to start 30 minutes after the market closes on Thursday and will have to compete with Brexit exit polls for breathless news coverage.
    • As for the lenders, the Fed will first release the results from the annual stress tests and minute later the banks will disclose how they graded themselves. The results of the CCAR - at which banks' requests for capital returns will or won't be greenlighted - will come in one week later.
    • Investors will want to know if the Fed - feeling more comfortable with capital levels - will continue the trend of allowing gradual increases in payouts - they were at 75% of profits last year, and some are hoping for an increase to 80% this year.
    • Of course, even "A" grades on stress tests would likely more than counterbalanced by a "leave" vote coming from the U.K. If this weekend's polls are any indication, a decision to leave is looking less and less likely.
    • ETFs: XLF, FAS, FAZ, UYG, VFH, IYF, BTO, IYG, FNCL, SEF, FXO, RYF, FINU, RWW, XLFS, FINZ, JHMF, FAZZ, FNCF, KBE, KRE
    | Mon, Jun. 20, 3:17 PM | 11 Comments
  • Fri, Jun. 17, 6:44 PM
    • Materials Select Sector SPDR ETF (NYSEARCA:XLB$0.2353. 30-Day Sec yield of 2.01%.
    • Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF (NYSEARCA:XLE$0.4364. 30-Day Sec yield of 2.89%.
    • Financial Select Sector SPDR ETF (NYSEARCA:XLF$0.1211. 30-Day Sec yield of 2.05%.
    • Industrial Select Sector SPDR ETF (NYSEARCA:XLI$0.3072. 30-Day Sec yield of 2.11%.
    • Technology Select Sector SPDR ETF (NYSEARCA:XLK$0.2113. 30-Day Sec yield of 1.81%.
    • Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR ETF (NYSEARCA:XLP$0.3234. 30-Day Sec yield of 2.34%.
    • Utilities Select Sector SPDR ETF (NYSEARCA:XLU$0.4116. 30-Day Sec yield of 3.19%.
    • Health Care Select Sector SPDR ETF (NYSEARCA:XLV$0.2852. 30-Day Sec yield of 1.52%.
    • Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR ETF (NYSEARCA:XLY$0.2767.
    • 30-Day Sec yield of 1.43%.
    • Financial Services Select Sector SPDR Fund (NYSEARCA:XLFS$0.1338.
    • 30-Day Sec yield of 1.85%.
    • Real Estate Select Sector SPDR Fund (NYSEARCA:XLRE$0.2659. 30-Day Sec yield of 3.08%.
    • Payable June 27; for shareholders of record June 21; ex-div June 17. 30-Day Sec yield as of 6/16/16.
    | Fri, Jun. 17, 6:44 PM
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  • Wed, Jun. 15, 3:17 PM
    • Having already shed value in June as expectations for rate hikes evaporated, the financial sector (XLF +0.7%) is showing relative strength following the FOMC's standing pat and dialing back expectations for the future level of the Fed Funds rate.
    • The S&P 500 is higher by just half the amount of the financials.
    • Within financials, the banks (KBE +1.1%), (KRE +1.1%) are particularly strong, led by Bank of America (BAC +1.5%), Morgan Stanley (MS +1.3%), Citigroup (C +1%), BB&T (BBT +1.2%), Fifth Third (FITB +2.2%), SunTrust (STI +1.4%), Zion (ZION +1.3%).
    | Wed, Jun. 15, 3:17 PM | 10 Comments
  • Tue, Jun. 14, 3:48 PM
    • The S&P 500 is down just 0.25%, but the financial sector (XLF -1.5%) is taking a far larger beating as the idea of higher interest rates fades, with German 10-year yields falling below zero, and the U.S. 10-year Treasury yield within sight of its all-time low. KBE -2.3%, KRE -2.3%
    • The FOMC concludes its two-day policy meeting tomorrow, at which updated economic projections and dots will be unveiled, along with a Janet Yellen press conference.
    • How much of the panic into fixed-income is due to concern about the U.K. exiting the EU will become evident next Thursday night as that country's Brexit votes are tallied.
    • Bank of America (BAC -2.5%), Citigroup (C -3.1%), Wells Fargo (WFC -2.5%), Regions Financial (RF -2.9%), KeyCorp (KEY -3.7%), PNC Financial (PNC -2.4%), Fifth Third (FITB -2.6%), SunTrust (STI -2.8%), E*Trade (ETFC -2.6%), MetLife (MET -1.6%), Prudential (PRU -1.8%), BNY Mellon (BK -2%)
    • ETFs: XLF, FAS, FAZ, UYG, VFH, IYF, BTO, IYG, FNCL, SEF, FXO, RYF, FINU, RWW, XLFS, FINZ, JHMF, FAZZ, FNCF
    | Tue, Jun. 14, 3:48 PM | 89 Comments
  • Fri, Jun. 3, 4:16 PM
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  • Fri, Jun. 3, 9:47 AM
    • At the moment, it's looking like "wait till next year," for the higher interest rates much of the yield-starved financial sector has been waiting for. This morning's disappointing jobs numbers has traders quickly reversing bets on a rate hike this summer.
    • Meanwhile, the 10-year Treasury yield has crumbled to a two-month low of 1.70%.
    • The XLF is down 1.9%, leading the S&P 500's 0.5% decline. The SPDR KBW Bank ETF (KBE -3.5%), the SPDR Regional Banking ETF (KRE -3.4%).
    • Among the Too Big To Fail names, Bank of America (BAC -4.7%) and Citigroup (C -4.8%) are hardest hit. In regionals, Regions Financial (RF -4.4%), KeyCorp (KEY -4%), BB&T (BBT -3.3%), Fifth Third (FITB -4.4%).
    • State Street (STT -3.5%), Northern Trust (NTRS -3.8%), Schwab (SCHW -5.4%), E*Trade (ETFC -5.8%), Ameritrade (AMTD -5.5%), MetLife (MET -3.6%), Prudential (PRU -3.2%), Lincoln Financial (LNC -4.1%)
    • ETFs: XLF, FAS, FAZ, KRE, UYG, VFH, KBE, IYF, BTO, IAT, IYG, FNCL, SEF, FXO, KBWB, QABA, KBWR, RYF, FINU, KRU, RWW, XLFS, FINZ, KRS, JHMF, WDRW, FAZZ, DPST, FNCF
    | Fri, Jun. 3, 9:47 AM | 140 Comments
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