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  • Thu, Feb. 11, 2:37 PM
    | Thu, Feb. 11, 2:37 PM | 68 Comments
  • 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
  • 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 | 16 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 | 69 Comments
  • 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. 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
  • 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. 15, 2015, 2:49 PM
    • The financial sector was pretty roughed-up during the August declines and hasn't really bounced a whole lot - in other words primed to rally on anything but the worst Q3 earnings results. Among those reporting today, Citigroup is up 4.7% and Goldman 3%. In regional banks, KeyCorp (KEY +4.8%), BB&T (BBT +2.9%), and U.S. Bancorp (USB +1%).
    • The FInancial SPDR ETF (XLF +2.2%) is outperforming the S&P 500 by about 100  basis points on the session.
    • The KBW Bank ETF (KBE +1.4%) and the KBW Regional Bank ETF (KRE +1.3%).
    • ETFs: XLF, FAS, FAZ, UYG, KRE, VFH, KBE, IYF, BTO, IAT, IAI, SEF, IYG, FXO, FNCL, KBWB, FINU, QABA, KBWR, KRU, RWW, RYF, FINZ, KRS, XLFS
    | Oct. 15, 2015, 2:49 PM | 1 Comment
  • Oct. 2, 2015, 9:08 AM
    | Oct. 2, 2015, 9:08 AM | 22 Comments
  • Sep. 28, 2015, 12:50 PM
    | Sep. 28, 2015, 12:50 PM | 24 Comments
  • Sep. 17, 2015, 2:37 PM
    • It'll be at least a little while longer until banks and insurers get the higher rates they are hoping will boost sluggish profits, as the Fed holds its fire this month.
    • The "dots" however are still projecting at least one rate hike before year-end.
    • The SPDR KBW Regional Banking ETF (KRE -1.4%), and the SPDR KBW Bank ETF (KBE -1.2%).
    • BofA (BAC -1.7%), Wells Fargo (WFC -1.2%), Regions (RF -2%), KeyCorp (KEY -1.8%), BB&T (BBT -1.7%), Fifth Third (FITB -2.4%), MetLife (MET -2.2%), Prudential Financial (PRU -1.9%), Schwab (SCHW -2.2%), Ameritrade (AMTD -2%), E*&Trade (ETFC -1.2%).
    • 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
    | Sep. 17, 2015, 2:37 PM | 16 Comments
  • Sep. 1, 2015, 2:47 PM
    • The dream of higher interest rates is looking a little fuzzier at the moment, as China leads markets lower again, and the Fed's Eric Rosengren suggests the conditions for a rate hike have still yet to be met. If Friday's payroll number disappoints - and there's at least some reason to expect that - a Sept. move looks off the table.
    • The Financial SPDR (NYSEARCA:XLE) is down 3% vs. the S&P 500's 2.3%.
    • Life insurers: MetLife (MET -3.7%), Prudential (PRU -3.9%), Lincoln National (LNC -4.2%)
    • Money-center banks: Citigroup (C -4.4%), JPMorgan (JPM -3.6%), Wells Fargo (WFC -3.8%)
    • Regional banks: U.S. Bancorp (USB -4.3%), Regions Financial (RF -4.1%), KeyCorp (KEY -4.3%), SunTrust (STI -4.2%), M&T Bank (MTB -4.2%)
    • Online brokerage: E*Trade (ETFC -4.8%), Schwab (SCHW -3.8%), Ameritrade (AMTD -3.4%)
    • ETFs: XLF, FAS, FAZ, UYG, KRE, VFH, KBE, IYF, BTO, IAT, SEF, IYG, FXO, FNCL, KBWB, QABA, FINU, KBWR, KRU, RWW, RYF, FINZ, KRS
    | Sep. 1, 2015, 2:47 PM | 14 Comments
  • Jul. 17, 2015, 4:11 PM
    | Jul. 17, 2015, 4:11 PM | 1 Comment
XLF Description
The Financial Select Sector SPDR® Fund, before expenses, seeks to closely match the returns and characteristics of the Financial Select Sector Index. Our approach is designed to provide portfolios with low portfolio turnover, accurate tracking, and lower costs.
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