Utilities Select Sector SPDR ETF
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  • Fri, Jan. 15, 4:16 PM
    | Fri, Jan. 15, 4:16 PM | 7 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
  • Tue, Jan. 12, 3:17 PM
    • The 10-year Treasury yield is off eight basis points on the session at 2.10%, and now lower by about 20 basis points since the Fed Funds rate got hiked 25 basis points less than a month ago - probably not the best scenario for mREIT earnings going forward.
    • Other income favorites like equity REITs, BDCs, and utilities (XLU -0.8%) are also being aggressively sold today.
    • Annaly Capital (NLY -1.8%), American Capital Agency (AGNC -1.7%), Armour Residential (ARR -2.4%), Two Harbors (TWO -2%), CYS Investments (CYS -1.9%), Invesco (IVR -2.3%), New York Mortgage (NYMT -2.3%), Hatteras (HTS -3.2%), Capstead (CMO -3.6%), Western Asset (WMC -2.9%), Apollo Residential (AMTG -3.6%), Dynex (DX -3.1%), Ellington Residential (EARN -3.5%), AG Mortgage (MITT -3.2%), PennyMac (PMT -4.9%), FIve Oaks (OAKS -5.7%)
    • ETFs: MORL, REM, MORT, LMBS
    | Tue, Jan. 12, 3:17 PM | 24 Comments
  • Wed, Jan. 6, 2:49 PM
    • Add together geopolitical concerns, falling stock prices, crumbling oil, and the idea the Fed may have gotten it wrong when it tightened monetary policy last month, and gold gets off to a big start to the year.
    • In fact, since the Fed hiked in mid-December, the three best-performing asset classes are the VIX (NYSEARCA:VXX), the gold miners (NYSEARCA:GDX), and gold (NYSEARCA:GLD). After that are utilities (NYSEARCA:XLU) and long-dated Treasurys. Go figure.
    • Today's 1.35% gain in gold has the metal up about 3% in 2016, and at $1,093 per ounce, its highest price since early November.
    • Previously: Oil tumbles to new bear market low (Jan. 6)
    • Previously: FOMC Minutes: Rate hike a "close call" for some (Jan. 6)
    | Wed, Jan. 6, 2:49 PM | 32 Comments
  • Nov. 13, 2015, 4:20 PM
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  • Nov. 6, 2015, 12:54 PM
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  • Oct. 16, 2015, 4:14 PM
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  • Sep. 25, 2015, 4:10 PM
    | Sep. 25, 2015, 4:10 PM | 8 Comments
  • Sep. 17, 2015, 3:04 PM
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  • Aug. 7, 2015, 4:17 PM
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  • Jul. 31, 2015, 4:11 PM
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  • Jul. 10, 2015, 4:11 PM
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  • Jul. 8, 2015, 3:46 PM
    • Notable about today's market selloff - the Dow, Nasdaq, and S&P 500 are lower in the area of 1.5%. - is its spread to the usual ports in a storm. The utilities (XLU -0.6%) and REITs (IYR -0.6%) are outperforming, but still lower even as interest rates slide lower.
    • Any green at all is very difficult to find in a check of the heat map for the S&P 500.
    • Defensive sectors like consumer staples (XLP -1%) and health care (XLV -1.5%) aren't being spared either.
    | Jul. 8, 2015, 3:46 PM
  • Jul. 7, 2015, 11:46 AM
    • It's not just Greece, where that country's government officials arrived in Brussels today with no new proposal to save its EMU membership (one is now promised for tomorrow), but China's stock market bubble is in the midst of a spectacular collapse. This even as Beijing's efforts to prop up share prices make the Federal Reserve look like the Ayn Rand Institute.
    • The 10-year U.S. Treasury yield is lower by nine basis points to 2.20%, the U.K. 10-year yield is down 16 bps to 1.86%, and the German 10-year yield is down 12 bps to 0.65%. Copper is leading across the board declines in commodity prices.
    • European stocks closed down another 2.1%, and the S&P 500 is down 1%. The Utilities SPDR (NYSEARCA:XLU), however, is up 1.6%, and the iShares Real Estate ETF (NYSEARCA:IYR) is up 0.7%. A mortgage REIT ETF (NYSEARCA:REM) is up 0.7%.
    • Realty Income (O +0.6%), Omega Healthcare (OHI +1.3%), HCP (HCP +1.7%), Equity Residential (EQR +1.4%), Simon Property (SPG +1.2%), Kimco (KIM +1.3%), Public Storage (PSA +1.5%), Boston Properties (BXP +1.6%), Strategic Hotels (BEE +1.2%), First Industrial Realty (FR +1.1%).
    • ETFs: IYR, VNQ, DRN, URE, RQI, SCHH, ICF, SRS, RWR, RNP, JRS, KBWY, RFI, NRO, DRV, RIT, REK, RIF, FRI, FTY, PSR, DRA, FREL, WREI, IARAX
    • ETFs: XLU, UTG, IDU, VPU, GUT, BUI, FUTY, RYU, UPW, FXU, PUI, SDP, PSCU, FUGAX
    | Jul. 7, 2015, 11:46 AM | 16 Comments
  • Jun. 26, 2015, 3:43 PM
    • Continued strong economic data (June consumer confidence beat expectations) and apparently optimism over a Greek deal getting inked this weekend make for good excuses for today's selling in fixed income.
    • The U.S. 10-year yield is up seven basis points to 2.48%. Short-term rate futures continue to read more dovish than the Fed, predicting just one 25 basis point rate hike by year-end.
    • TLT -1.2%, TBT +2.4%.
    • Among the income favorites, utilities (XLU +0.6%) and equity REITs (IYR +0.2%) are being spared punishment today, leaving jittery investors to focus their selling in mortgage REITs.
    • Also in the red are BDCs, led by Prospect Capital (PSEC -2.5%) and Fifth Street Finance (FSC -1.5%). American Capital (ACAS -1.3%), Medley Capital (MDLY +0.1%), THL Credit (TCRD -1.2%), PennantPark (PNNT -1%).
    • ETFs: BDCL, BDCS, BIZD, FGB
    | Jun. 26, 2015, 3:43 PM | 36 Comments
  • Jun. 25, 2015, 4:17 PM
    • The XLU underperformed again today, losing 0.7% and bringing its year-to-date decline to more than 12%.
    • Looking at equity REITs, the IYR dipped another 0.95% and VNQ fell 1%. Both are down about 6% in 2015, and roughly 15% since late January. Some individual names: Spirit Realty (SRC -2.8%), Senior Housing (SNH -1.2%), HCP (HCP -1.4%), American Realty Capital (ARCP -3%), Gramercy Property (GPT -2.8%), Duke Realty (DRE -2%).
    • In mortgage REITs, REM lost 0.9% today and is off 7% YTD. Some individual names: American Capital Agency (AGNC -1.2%), Armour (ARR -1%), CYS Investments (CYS -0.9%), Annaly Capital (NLY -0.8%), Invesco Mortgage (IVR -1.2%), Apollo Residential (AMTG -1.1%), PennyMac Mortgage (PMT -2.3%), Western Asset Mortgage (WMC -2.7%).
    • The 10-year Treasury yield gained three basis points to 2.40%.
    • Previously: Sell-side abandoning REITs as rates rise (June 25)
    • ETFs: IYR, VNQ, DRN, URE, RQI, SCHH, ICF, SRS, RWR, RNP, JRS, KBWY, RFI, NRO, DRV, RIT, REK, RIF, FRI, FTY, PSR, DRA, FREL, WREI, IARAX
    | Jun. 25, 2015, 4:17 PM | 74 Comments
XLU Description
The Utilities Select Sector SPDR® Fund, before expenses, seeks to closely match the returns and characteristics of the Utilities Select Sector Index. Our approach is designed to provide portfolios with low portfolio turnover, accurate tracking, and lower costs.
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Sector: Utilities
Country: United States
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