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Financial Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLF)

  • May 17, 2013, 8:13 AM
    Thomas Lee lifts his year-end S&P 500 (SPY) forecast to 1,715 from 1,580 as the bull has already outrun his expectations. His team sees clues economic performance is picking up, including the outperformance of semiconductors (XSD) vs. transports (IYT), and the steepening of the 10 year/30 year Treasury curve. Risk/reward is particularly appealing in tech (XLK), healthcare (XLV), and financials (XLF).
    | May 17, 2013, 8:13 AM | Comment!
  • May 17, 2013, 5:56 AM
    UBS upgrades global financials to Overweight from Underweight on a healing global economy, rebuilt capital, and the sector's shift "from being a net issuer to a net distributor of cash." Furthermore, the U.S. banking sector (XLF) is taken to Overweight as balance sheet strength and attractive valuations play well with the housing market recovery to create compelling opportunities. European banks (EUFN) are lifted to Neutral "with a preference towards Nordic and U.K. banks." Financials respond in London with LLoyds Banking Group (LYG) +2.3%, Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) +3.3%, and Barclays (BCS) up 0.5%.
    | May 17, 2013, 5:56 AM | 7 Comments
  • May 15, 2013, 12:18 PM
    Stocks resolve a meandering early part of the session to turn decidedly green midday, the Dow +0.5%, the S&P +0.6%, the Nasdaq (weighed by a 3% decline in Apple) +0.3%. Also notably lower are H-P -2.7%, Deere -4.9%, and Energy (XLE -0.2%). Leading higher are the financials (XLF +1%), with Citigroup +2.5% and notching a new 52-week high.
    | May 15, 2013, 12:18 PM | Comment!
  • May 15, 2013, 7:54 AM
    "You're getting cost cuts as a means of sustaining performance and that's not a great sign," says analyst Simon Maughan. "What HSBC (HBC) is showing you (job cuts earlier) is that there is very little growth in the banking industry (XLF) for years to come." CEO Stuart Gulliver notes HSBC has met its savings target, but hasn't met a goal to reduce costs as a percentage of revenue because revenue hasn't grown.
    | May 15, 2013, 7:54 AM | 1 Comment
  • May 8, 2013, 12:05 PM
    Stocks begin to move higher midday with tech (QQQ +0.5%) leading the way as Apple resumes its post-earnings, post-debt offering move upwards. Also notably green are the financials (XLF +0.9%), led by Bank of America and Citigroup, both up more than 2% and both at 52-week highs. The Dow (DIA +0.2%) underperforms as Disney slides 1.3% post-earnings.
    | May 8, 2013, 12:05 PM | Comment!
  • Apr. 24, 2013, 3:58 PM
    Richard Pzena (PZN) - still heavily overweight financials (XLF) and mature tech (XLK) - makes his case for global banks in today's earnings call (transcript): With capital levels of 11-13% at JPM, C, and BCS double what they were pre-crisis, will regulators allow banks to earn a decent return on said capital? A definite "yes," says Pzena, seeing no reason demand for financial products won't continue to grow faster than GDP, and noting bank managers' "laser-like focus" on improving returns. An average price-to-book ratio of 0.7x combined with a modest ROE of 12-13% suggests fair value more than double current prices.
    | Apr. 24, 2013, 3:58 PM | Comment!
  • Apr. 24, 2013, 12:44 PM
    Stocks take more of a negative tone at midday, the DJIA (DIA) -0.3%, led by 5% declines in both AT&T and Procter & Gamble. Also notably in the red is the healthcare (XLV -1.2%) sector, but financials (XLF +0.5%), energy (XLE +1.4%), and materials (XLB +1.2%) are posting gains. The Nasdaq -0.4%, led by the aforementioned AT&T, Cisco, and Apple.
    | Apr. 24, 2013, 12:44 PM | 1 Comment
  • Apr. 23, 2013, 10:27 AM
    Stocks continue higher, SPY +0.9% as Europe soars (FEZ +2%) following economic data (there, here, and in China) that on balance was pretty weak. Leading the gains in the states is the banking sector - XLF +1.3% - following a big upgrade for Bank of America (up 3%).
    | Apr. 23, 2013, 10:27 AM | 2 Comments
  • Apr. 18, 2013, 7:37 AM
    Coming alongside a rise in lender earnings are calls for tougher regulation, including even more stringent capital requirements. Bank profits have thrived the past few years even with all the new rules, but maybe at the expense of economic growth. "The government aimed a Stinger missile at the banking industry and missed and hit the consumer as well," says Dick Bove. The XLF has about matched the S&P's 120% rise since the March 2009 bottom.
    | Apr. 18, 2013, 7:37 AM | 1 Comment
  • Apr. 15, 2013, 12:28 PM
    The Brown/Vitter bill being rolled out in Congress is essentially Armageddon to the TBTF banks, says Goldman, seeing it as mandating another $1.1T in equity for the banking system. Banks would need 12 years of earnings to build this amount organically, though the bill would give just 5 - say goodbye to lending. Break up the banks? BAC, C, JPM, and WFC all have multiple divisions with more than $400M in assets - the level at which the bill gets tough on lenders.
    | Apr. 15, 2013, 12:28 PM | 22 Comments
  • Apr. 15, 2013, 11:24 AM
    A 2.5% move up in Citigroup following earnings is allowing the banks (XLF) to tread water or even move higher in an otherwise bright red tape. Leading the S&P on the downside is the resources sector, XLE -2.9%, XLB -2.5%. S&P 500 (SPY-0.7%.
    | Apr. 15, 2013, 11:24 AM | Comment!
  • Apr. 12, 2013, 12:09 PM
    "Expect more pronounced slowing" in mortgage banking and loan demand, says Sterne Agee's Todd Hagerman after this morning's earnings from Wells Fargo and JPMorgan. Mortgage banking income fell as expected, but both banks reported slowing application volumes as well, suggesting future cuts to earnings estimates. XLF -0.8%.
    | Apr. 12, 2013, 12:09 PM | 7 Comments
  • Apr. 10, 2013, 3:59 PM
    In comments with potential implications for the banking sector, CLSA analyst Mike Mayo says he sees a rebirth of shareholder rights in the sector with institutional investors taking control of their ownership stake. A "country club sort of attitude" has been prevalent for too long among bank boards, with directors getting fired one out of 3,000 times, Mayo says. (video)
    | Apr. 10, 2013, 3:59 PM | Comment!
  • Apr. 9, 2013, 6:43 PM
    A Goldman Sachs note helps explain some of the recent weakness in big bank stocks and adds a warning signal: Banks that gain more than 10% in Q1 usually give back nearly all those profits in Q2 when future earnings estimates begin falling. Goldman's top concern heading into Q1 earnings is that "lackluster fundamentals could lead to a negative EPS revision cycle (which has been the trend the past few years)."
    | Apr. 9, 2013, 6:43 PM | 5 Comments
  • Apr. 9, 2013, 9:48 AM
    JPMorgan Chase (JPM) will lead big U.S. banks in job cuts with 17K expected through 2014, according to Bloomberg, after the six largest U.S. banks announced cuts to 1.8%, or 21K positions, during Q1. The housing rebound means many of the cuts will come in foreclosure units. Banks may tell more about their personnel plans starting this Friday when JPM and Wells Fargo (WFC) report Q1 results.
    | Apr. 9, 2013, 9:48 AM | 1 Comment
  • Apr. 3, 2013, 3:02 PM
    The S&P and DJIA may have just hit new all-time highs, but the Health Care (XLV), Consumer Staples (XLP) and Discretionary (XLY) sectors left their records in the dust some time ago. Technology (XLK) and Financials (XLF) are the two biggest sectors and it could be years, if not decades before they put in new records.
    | Apr. 3, 2013, 3:02 PM | Comment!
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