Wed, Apr. 29, 12:14 PM
- The major averages are lower by 0.5% or more, but margin-starved financials are in the green as rates head higher both here and overseas.
- Previously: Major selloff in fixed income (April 29)
- The 10-year U.S. Treasury yield is up six basis points to 2.06% - nearing its highest level of the year - and European yields are shooting up even faster ... All this despite the absence of any GDP growth in the U.S. in Q1.
- Considered perhaps the most "asset-sensitive" of the TBTF banks, Bank of America (BAC +1.9%) is leading that group higher.
- Among regional names: Regions Financial (RF +1.1%), Fifth Third (FITB +1.3%) SunTrust (STI +0.9%), BB&T (BBT +0.8%).
- Insurers: MetLife (MET +2.4%), Prudential (PRU +1.5%), Lincoln National (LNC +1.8%).
Mon, Apr. 6, 7:50 AM
- Its buy recommendation not working out on Regions Financial (NYSE:RF), Guggenheim downgrades to Neutral and removes the $10 price target.
- Regions is lower by 9.3% YTD, vs. the KRW Regional Bank index's 0.75% gain.
- Late last week, Raymond James took the opposite view on the decline in Regions, upgrading to Strong Buy from Outperform.
- The stock's lower by 1.9% premarket.
Wed, Mar. 18, 2:41 PM
- The Dow and S&P 500 have each turned more than 1% higher following after the Fed cuts its projections for GDP growth, inflation, and the pace of rate hikes, but the country's yield-starved lenders don't join the party.
- The KBE is down 0.5% and the KRE by 0.9%.
- Bank of America (BAC -0.2%), Citigroup (C +0.1%), Regions Financial (RF -1.1%), KeyCorp (KEY -0.9%), First Niagara (FNFG -1.6%), U.S. Bancorp (USB +0.1%), PNC Financial (PNC +0.3%).
- Others gasping for a yield above zero: Schwab (SCHW -1.5%), E*Trade (ETFC +0.1%), Ameritrade (AMTD -0.5%).
- Previously: FOMC drops "patient," but sends dovish signal (March 18)
- Previously: Stocks stage sharp turnaround, yields dive following dovish Fed news (March 18)
- ETFs: XLF, FAS, FAZ, UYG, KRE, VFH, KBE, IYF, IAT, SEF, IYG, FXO, FNCL, KBWB, QABA, FINU, KRU, RWW, KBWR, RYF, FINZ, KRS
Thu, Mar. 12, 8:07 AM
- Citi's (NYSE:C) quarterly dividend of $0.05 and $7.8B in buybacks were somewhat better than expected, and Regions Financial's (NYSE:RF) buybacks of $875M was higher than the $625M estimate (Regions also boosted its dividend by 20%).
- KeyCorp (NYSE:KEY), Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS), and SunTrust (NYSE:STI) were also winners after announcing larger-than-forecast buybacks.
- Bank of America (NYSE:BAC) is a "slight disappointment," but some investors had feared an outright rejection of the capital plan, so maybe the resubmission request isn't the worst outcome.
- Previously: Corbat likely keeping his job as Citi cruises through CCAR (March 11)
- Previously: Regions Financial boosts payout by 20% after CCAR approval (March 11)
- Previously: KeyCorp declares $0.075 dividend (March 11)
- Previously: Morgan Stanley intends to declare $0.15 dividend (March 11)
- Previously: SunTrust Banks declares $0.24 dividend (March 11)
- C +3.4%, RF +3.8%, KEY +1.7%, MS +2.7%, STI +2.1%, BAC +0.6% premarket
Wed, Feb. 18, 2:49 PM
- The financial sector had begun to turn around a dismal start to the year as February brought forth a string of hawkish Fed heads suggesting a June rate hike, but the XLF is lower by 0.8% after just-released FOMC minutes suggest markets and the hawks are getting ahead of themselves. KBE -1.7%, KRE -2%
- The TBTFs: BofA (BAC -2.2%), JPMorgan (JPM -1.4%), Wells Fargo (WFC -1.6%), Ciitgroup (C -0.8%)
- The regionals: Regions Financial (RF -1.6%), KeyCorp (KEY -1.6%), PNC Financial (PNC -1.3%), BB&T (BBT -1.5%), Fifth Third (FITB -1.6%), SunTrust (STI -1.7%), First Niagara (FNFG -2.1%), M&T (MTB -1.9%), U.S. Bancorp (USB -1.3%), First Horizon (FHN -2.7%).
- Online brokerage: Schwab (SCHW -2.3%), E*Trade (ETFC -1.7%), Ameritrade (AMTD -1.1%), Interactive Brokers (IBKR -0.9%).
- Previously: FOMC minutes: June rate hike not a slam dunk yet (Feb. 18)
- ETFs: XLF, FAS, FAZ, UYG, KRE, VFH, KBE, IYF, IAT, IAI, SEF, IYG, FXO, FNCL, KBWB, QABA, FINU, KCE, KRU, RWW, KBWR, RYF, KBWC, FINZ, KRS
Fri, Feb. 6, 9:50 AM
- Financials have been mercilessly pounded in 2015 as hopes for higher interest rates looked like they might be dashed yet again, but today's blowout jobs number - firmly putting a June rate hike on the table - has brought in the dip-buyers.
- The major averages are flat, but the XLF is up 1.4%. The Regional Bank ETF (KRE +2%) and the Bank ETF (KBE +2.1%) are doing even better.
- Among the yield-starved banking names: Bank of America (BAC +3.1%), JPMorgan (JPM +2.6%), Citigroup (C +2%), Regions Financial (RF +4%), KeyCorp (KEY +3%), PNC Financial (PNC +2.9%), SunTrust (STI +2.3%), Zions (ZION +3.6%), Synovus (SNV +2.3%).
- Insurers: MetLife (MET +2%), Prudential (PRU +3.2%), Lincoln National (LNC +4.6%). AIG (AIG +1.5%).
- Trust banks: BNY Mellon (BK +2.7%) State Street (STT +1.9%), Northern Trust (NTRS +2.3%).
- Online brokers (currently getting killed on money-market fee rebates): Schwab (SCHW +4.5%), TD Ameritrade (AMTD +3.5%), E*Trade (ETFC +2.1%).
- ETFs: XLF, FAS, FAZ, UYG, KRE, VFH, KBE, IYF, KIE, IAT, IAI, SEF, IYG, IAK, FXO, FNCL, KBWB, QABA, FINU, KRU, RWW, KBWR, RYF, KBWP, KBWI, PSCF, FINZ, KRS
Thu, Jan. 22, 12:35 PM
- Mercilessly sold since the year turned, banks are putting in a rare session of outperformance, helped along by some earnings beats from regional lenders and the return of animal spirits in M&A with RBC's purchase of City National (CYN +18.6%) for $5.4B.
- The XLF +1.4% vs. the S&P's 0.6% gain today, and the regional bank ETF (NYSEARCA:KRE) is higher by 3.1%.
- Among today's reporters putting in big gains are KeyCorp (KEY +5.5%), BB&T (BBT +2.4%), and Huntington Bancshares (HBAN +2.6%), though Flagstar Bancorp (FBC -4.8%) missed estimates.
- Others: Regions Financial (RF +3.9%), PNC Financial (PNC +1.6%), Synovus (SNV +3.2%), M&T Bank (MTB +3%), Hudson City (HCBK +3.1%), First Horizon (FHN +2.7%), and First Republic (FRC +4.9%).
- ETFs: XLF, FAS, FAZ, UYG, KRE, VFH, KBE, IYF, IAT, IAI, SEF, IYG, FXO, FNCL, KBWB, QABA, FINU, KRU, RWW, KBWR, RYF, PSCF, FINZ, KRS
- Among the TBTFs, Citigroup (C +2.7%) and Bank of America (BAC +2.5%) are leading the way.
Dec. 5, 2014, 10:06 AM
- Among those counting on higher interest rates to boost profits are banks, insurers, and online brokers, and all are outliers to the upside in today's session after a strong November jobs report has rate hike expectations on the rise. The XLF is up 1%.
- TBTFs: Bank of America (BAC +2.1%), Citigroup (C +1.8%), JPMorgan (JPM +2.2%), Wells Fargo (WFC +1.2%)
- Regionals (KRE +1.9%): Regions Financial (RF +2.6%), KeyCorp (KEY +2.3%), Huntington (HBAN +1.5%), BB&T (BBT +1.6%), Zions (ZION +4%)
- Custodials: BNY Mellon (BNY), State Street (STT +1.6%), Northern Trust (NTRS +1.8%)
- Life insurers: MetLife (MET +2.1%), Prudential (PRU +2.5%), Lincoln National (LNC +2.3%)
- Online brokers: Schwab (SCHW +3.8%), E*Trade (ETFC +3%), Ameritrade (AMTD +2.7%)
- Previously: Short end of yield curve on the move after jobs number (Dec. 5, 2014)
- Previously: Bonds and dollar higher, gold slumps after strong jobs report (Dec. 5, 2014)
- ETFs: XLF, FAS, FAZ, UYG, KRE, VFH, KBE, IYF, KIE, IAT, IAI, SEF, IYG, IAK, FXO, FNCL, KBWB, RKH, QABA, FINU, KRU, RWW, KBWR, RYF, KBWP, KBWI, PSCF, FINZ, KRS
Sep. 17, 2014, 3:16 PM
- Leading markets higher as the reality of higher interest rates gets nearer is the financial sector (XLF +0.9%). Whether its banks, brokerages, or insurers, a higher benchmark rate for some time has been considered a key bullish catalyst. An especially large move is being seen in the online brokerage names who have been forced to forego money market fees for years thanks to ZIRP: E*Trade (ETFC +3%), Schwab(SCHW +3.2%), Ameritrade (AMTD +2%).
- Morgan Stanley (MS +1.8%), Bank of America (BAC +1.2%), JPMorgan (JPM +0.9%)
- U.S. Bancorp (USB +1.1%), Regions Financial (RF +2%), New York Community Bank (NYCB +0.8%), Huntington Bancshares (HBAN +1.3%), KeyCorp (KEY +1.3%)
- MetLife (MET +0.6%), Voya Financial (VOYA +0.7%).
- Chubb(CB +0.4%), AIG (AIG +1.1%), Hartford (HIG +0.8%)
- Financial sector ETFs: XLF, FAS, FAZ, UYG, KRE, VFH, KBE, IYF, KIE, IAT, SEF, IYG, IAK, FXO, KBWB, FNCL, RKH, QABA, FINU, KRU, KBWR, RWW, KBWP, RYF, KBWI, KRS, FINZ
Jun. 10, 2014, 8:39 AM
Apr. 2, 2014, 12:13 PM
- A late-Tuesday downgrade of Regions Financial (RF -1.7%) by analyst Thomas Mitchell is moving the stock today. It's a valuation call, with Miller pulling his Buy rating after recent outperformance by stock (it's up roughly 40% over the past year vs. about 30% for the KBW Bank Index). Regions, says Mitchell, "remains challenged to accumulate enough new capital to grow the business faster."
- In another move, Mitchell pulls his Sell rating on underperforming First Midwest Bancorp (FMBI -0.6%), saying the lender "has (finally) emerged from the very difficult credit quality conditions it had long faced as a result of lending on undeveloped land parcels back in the mid-2000's."
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
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
Jul. 23, 2013, 8:07 AMMore on Regions Financial (RF) Q2 earnings: Net interest income of $821M up 1% Q/Q as lower deposit costs drove NIM up 3 bps to 3.16%. Noninterest revenue of $497M off 1%, with mortgage income of $69M off 4%. Mortgage production rose 6%, but margins were hit by higher rates and what looks like a hedge not working out as planned. Noninterest expenses off 2% when backing out the costs related to capital plan actions. Loan loss provision of $31M is $113M less than net charge-offs, which fell 20% Q/Q. Tier 1 capital of 11.2%. Shares -2.5% premarket. CC at 11 ET. (PR) | Comment!
Jul. 5, 2013, 12:51 PMRegional banks (KRE +2%) are the day's strongest performers - sailing through today's big rise in interest rates the way they cruised through June's increase. Interest rate margins are on the rise, economic growth should help sluggish loan volume, and the idea new bank capital rules will go easier on them than the TBTFs all factor in. Huntington (HBAN +2.9%), Regions (RF +1.8%), BB&T (BBT +1.9%), PNC (PNC +2.2%), Hudson City (HCBK +1.5%), Fifth Third (FITB +1.6%), SunTrust (STI +3.5%), KeyCorp (KEY +3%), Zions (ZION +3.5%), Comerica (CMA +2.7%), Popular (BPOP +1.2%). | Comment!
Jun. 20, 2013, 12:36 PMMostly in the green along with the life insurers today is much of the regional banking sector (KRE +0.5%) as a steeper yield curve is sure to boost their barely visible net interest margins. U.S. Bancorp (USB +0.1%), Huntington (HBAN +2.2%), New York Community (NYCB -0.1%), Regions (RF +0.7%), BB&T (BBT +1.2%), PNC (PNC +0.7%), SunTrust (STI +0.7%), KeyCorp (KEY +1.5%), People's Untied (PBCT +1.3%), Zions (ZION +1.9%), Comerica (CMA +1%). | Comment!
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