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Financial Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLF)

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  • Oct. 7, 2013, 3:52 PM
    • Among banks and credit card names, FBR favors those picking up new teams/market share - namely Signature Bank (SBNY -1.4%) and Discover (DFS) - as well as those trading near book value, like HomeStreet (HMST -0.6%). PNC Financial remains a favorite for its strong growth prospects, as well as servicers like Nationstar (NSM +0.2%), Walter Investment (WAC -2.3%), and New Residential (NRZ -0.3%).
    • Those most exposed to a protracted government shutdown are smaller community banks in the D.C. area like Eagle Bancorp (EGBN -1.4%), and Cardinal FInancial (CFNL -0.2%). Capital One (COF -1.9%) - by dint of its Chevy Chase acquisition - would also feel a pinch.
    • On mREITs (REM -0.1%), the team expects Q3 book values to increase slightly, but warns its estimates are based on relatively static portfolios - "but for most names, portfolios are anything but that." With all the volatility, most mREITs may have hedged away the recent MBS rally. Starwood Property Trust (STWD) remains FBR's best idea thanks to its commercial real estate exposure.
    • Financials ETFs: XLF, IYF, PFI, VFH, RYF, RWW, FAS, UYG, FAZ, SKF, SEF, IAI, FXO, PSCF, KBWD, KBWB, IYG, FINU, FINZ.
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  • Sep. 30, 2013, 2:02 PM
    • Headline risk and falling long-term interest rates (flattening the yield curve) are behind S&P Equity Strategy Group's downgrade of the financial sector (XLF -0.6%) to Neutral. The team's estimate of earnings growth is expected to slow to 5.6% next year from 11.4% in 2013.
    • S&P needs to take a number for its downgrade as the earnings estimate cuts are flying all over the place over the last two weeks. The big banks have made little secret that mortgage and trading slowdowns are going to deliver a big hit to Q3 earnings.
    • Other relevant ETFs: IYF, PFI, VFH, RYF, RWW, FAS, UYG, FAZ, SKF, SEF, IAI, FXO, PSCF, KBWD, KBWB, IYG, FINU, FINZ, KBE, KRE.
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  • Sep. 25, 2013, 9:43 AM
    • Speaking at BAML's Banking and Insurance Conference in London, Deutsche Bank (DB -1.6%) co-CEO says the bank expects a "significant" drop in Q3 trading revenue.
    • The announcement isn't unexpected, and follows a similar warning from Citigroup over the weekend, numerous other rumblings from investor conferences this month, and Jefferies' already reported ugly (from a trading standpoint) Q3.
    • Previous: FICC trading revenue has been slipping for years and should be in analyst models by this point.
    • Banks (KRE -0.6%), (KBE -0.4%) again are leading the market decline.
    • Financials ETFs: XLF, IYF, PFI, VFH, RYF, RWW, FAS, UYG, FAZ, SKF, SEF, IAI, FXO, PSCF, KBWD, KBWB, IYG, FINU, FINZ.
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  • Sep. 23, 2013, 10:23 AM
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  • Sep. 10, 2013, 3:38 PM
    • U.S. Bancorp (USB +1%) is among those making significant accounting changes - moving bonds from the "available-for-sale" bin into "held-to-maturity." The move gives lenders near-term capital relief, but forces them to hold onto the paper no matter what.
    • U.S. Bancorp's held-to-maturity portfolio ballooned to $34.7B or 46% of its investment portfolio in Q2, up from just $1.5B in 2010. The bank did it to cope with new capital regulations, but is now stuck with billions in low-yielding assets as rates begin to rise - the weighted-average yield on the held-to-maturity portfolio is just 1.89% compared to 2.72% in the available-for-sale portfolio.
    • Texas bank Cullen Frost (CFR +0.2%) was forced to do likewise as regulators seemed "incapable" of removing a requirement to subtract paper losses on securities from capital ratios, according to the bank finance chief. "That was absolutely ridiculous for a bank like ours," which never had any funding issues, says CIO Bill Sirakos.
    • The bottom line: The banks made their arrangements with the federales a long time ago. They're just going to have to deal with it.
    • Financial ETFs: XLF, IYF, PFI, VFH, RYF, RWW, FAS, UYG, FAZ, SKF, SEF, IAI, FXO, PSCF, KBWD, KBWB, IYG, FINU, FINZ, KBE.
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  • Sep. 9, 2013, 12:23 PM
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  • Sep. 6, 2013, 12:13 PM
    • "The probability of it happening again in our lifetime is as close to zero as I could imagine," Morgan Stanley (MS +0.8%) CEO James Gorman tells Charlie Rose in what hopefully won't be added to the list of ill-timed boners from captains of industry.
    • He cites different management at financial firms, higher capital ratios, and changes int he business mix - "it's dramatic." Among Morgan Stanley's own steps is the purchase of Smith Barney from Citigroup in the hope of a steady stream of fee business.
    • "The largest financial institutions in the U.S. are as healthy now as they have ever been."
    • Financial ETFs: XLF, IYF, PFI, VFH, RYF, RWW, FAS, UYG, FAZ, SKF, SEF, IAI, FXO, PSCF, KBWD, KBWB, IYG, FINU, FINZ.
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  • Aug. 19, 2013, 11:17 AM
    • A new round of Fed stress tests found all 18 participating banks need to improve their capital planning.
    • The 2014 CCAR process - in which banks will submit their capital return plans for Fed approval - begins this fall. In addition to last year's 18 participants will be another 12 firms with at least $50B in assets.
    • Source: Press release.
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    • Related ETFs: KBE, XLF, IYF, PFI, VFH, RYF, RWW, FAS, UYG, FAZ, SKF, SEF, IAI, FXO, PSCF, KBWD, KBWB, IYG, FINU, FINZ.
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  • Aug. 16, 2013, 11:37 AM
    • The Fed approves a final rule requiring 70 financial companies to pony up $440M annually for the cost of expanded central bank supervision.
    • The Dodd-Frank act not only mandated new regulatory oversight of banks, it required the banks to pay for the expansion. The assessment applies only to those companies with more than $50B in assets.
    • Relevant ETFs: XLF, IYF, PFI, VFH, RYF, RWW, FAS, UYG, FAZ, SKF, SEF, IAI, FXO, PSCF, KBWD, KBWB, IYG, FINU, FINZ.
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  • Jul. 24, 2013, 1:29 PM
    Utilities (XLU -1.7%) lead the way lower today as interest rates shoot higher. Also taking a hit are basic materials (XLB -1.2%) and energy (XLE -1.5%) as most commodities, including oil (USO -1.8%), are lit up bright red. Bank of America, AIG, and Berkshire Hathaway are among the financial sector (XLF -0.6%) stocks taking a breather after big runs for most.
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  • Jul. 18, 2013, 11:36 AM
    The financial sector (XLF +1.2%) is leading a moderate rally in the S&P 500 (SPY +0.7%) and DJIA (DIA +0.8%) as Intel, Verizon, and Qualcomm hold back the Nasdaq (QQQ +0.1%). Within financials, it's the banks (KBE +1.8%) doing the best. Morgan Stanley is ahead 5% as it surprises with a buyback announcement, and Bank of America gains another 3% following yesterday's earnings.
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  • Jul. 17, 2013, 1:37 PM
    Financial sector (XLF) prospects are more promising today than they've been for a few years, writes Fidelity's Chris Lee, noting repaired balance sheets, contained expenses, and the housing upturn. Toss in rising interest rates and the potential for accelerating capital returns. Priced in? No, he says, as valuations remain attractive. Offsetting the positive are regulatory concerns, the effect from the end of QE, and a re-bubbling up of EU troubles.
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  • Jul. 12, 2013, 4:31 AM
    Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren, Republican counterpart John McCain and two others have introduced the "21st Century Glass-Steagall Act," a reprise of the 1930s law that was repealed in 1999 and that separated traditional banking such as home loans and checking accounts from riskier pursuits like investment banking and trading derivatives. Slogans such as "banking should be boring" and keep "keep the gamblers out of our banks" have a populist ring, but the legislation will face many hurdles.
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  • Jul. 9, 2013, 4:25 PM
    Heading into an earnings season looking like a repeat to Q1's sluggish performance, financials (XLF) look most attractive, says BAML, but the materials sector (XLB) is to be avoided. Noted is the unusual level of zipped lips in the corporate world in June - "generally worrisome," says BAML, but managements were mum the last two quarters as well, and earnings ended up beating expectations.
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