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Financial Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLF)

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  • Fri, Mar. 6, 9:46 AM
    • A turnaround from the action earlier this year - financials (XLF +0.9%) are marching higher in early action as the averages slip, as nervous investors buy back in following the stress test results. Also helping are surging interest rates following the strong jobs number.
    • Looking at a pretty broad screen of bank names, just two - Goldman Sachs and Zions, both of which barely passed the stress test - are lower. Among the others: Bank of America (BAC +3.7%), JPMorgan (JPM +1.1%), U.S. Bancorp (USB +1.6%), Regions FInancial (RF +2.3%), KeyCorp (KEY +2.7%), PNC Financial (PNC +2.3%), BB&T (BBT +2.4%), Fifth Third (FITB +2.2%), Comerica (CMA +3.8%), BNY Mellon (BK +2.9%).
    • Among those starved for higher rates: MetLife (MET +3%), Prudential (PRU +3.3%), Lincoln National (LNC +4.1%), AIG (AIG +1.4%),  Hartford (HIG +2%), E*Trade (ETFC +3.9%), Schwab (SCHW +4.4%), Ameritrade (AMTD +4.3%).
    • Previously: Futures slip after jobs number as yields and dollar soar (March 6)
    • ETFs: XLF, FAS, FAZ, UYG, KRE, VFH, KBE, IYF, KIE, IAT, IAI, SEF, IYG, IAK, FXO, FNCL, KBWB, QABA, FINU, KCE, KRU, RWW, KBWR, RYF, KBWP, KBWI, PSCF, KBWC, FINZ, KRS
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  • Thu, Mar. 5, 4:33 PM
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  • Thu, Mar. 5, 10:37 AM
    • The FRBNY used to be the banking industry's big daddy, but that power has shifted to Washington, writes Jon Hilsenrath, where a little-known committee run by Fed governor Daniel Tarullo wields the big regulatory stick.
    • Behind the move is a previously undisclosed 2010 paper known as the Triangle Document which put D.C. at the center of bank supervision, and the Fed there is making its presence felt.
    • During internal debates on a number of issues - including Ciit's CCAR failure and JPMorgan's London Whale loss - New York Fed examiners have been challenged by those in D.C., and at times have been shut out of policy meetings, and subject to public criticism by Tarullo, reports Hilsenrath.
    • The changes put FRBNY chief Bill Dudley in something of a vise - still open to criticism as it relates to bank oversight by Congressional gadflies like Elizabeth Warren, but maybe not really able to do anything about it. Publicly supportive of the new system, Dudley behind the scenes is working to restore his bank's reputation.
    • ETFs: XLF, FAS, FAZ, UYG, VFH, IYF, SEF, IYG, FXO, FNCL, FINU, RWW, RYF, FINZ
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  • Fri, Feb. 20, 10:36 AM
    • "Animal spirits are on the up," says Citigroup. "Cash piles, cheap borrowing rates, an improving global economy and increasing CEO confidence should all boost activity again in 2015.”
    • With the global equity rally boosting the value of stocks to a record $67.1T, says the team, companies would need to spend $4T on M&A to close the gap between stock prices and deal-making - that would be up 43% from 2014.
    • More than $350M in deals have been announced so far this year.
    • Europe has the most potential for boosted M&A, as last year's activity was 52% below the 2007 for the region (not including the U.K.). Citi sees deals worth $800B this year vs. $470B in 2014.
    • ETFs: XLF, FAS, FAZ, UYG, VFH, IYF, IAI, SEF, IYG, FXO, FNCL, FINU, KCE, RWW, RYF, KBWC, FINZ
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  • Thu, Feb. 19, 3:22 PM
    • Bank managements like to make a big deal about cost savings thanks to the shift toward mobile banking, but an FDIC study finds the number of branches at insured institutions of 94,725 (as of June 2014) is lower by just 4.8% from the all-time peak in 2009.
    • There's little evidence, says the FDIC, that the emergence of mobile banking has substantially diminished the need for traditional bank branches.
    • So why the reasons for the closures (small as they are)? The FDIC notes net declines in branches have typically followed periods of financial distress - the Great Depression, the S&L crisis, and the most recent financial collapse quickly coming to mind.
    • ETFs: XLF, FAS, FAZ, UYG, KRE, VFH, KBE, IYF, IAT, SEF, IYG, FXO, FNCL, KBWB, QABA, FINU, KRU, RWW, KBWR, RYF, PSCF, FINZ, KRS
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • Fri, Jan. 30, 2:59 PM
    • The broad averages are moderately in the red, and would be even more so if it wasn't for energy (XLE +1%), solidly higher as oil flies upward by nearly 8% into the close.
    • ETFs: XLE, ERX, VDE, OIH, ERY, DIG, DUG, IYE, FENY, PXJ, RYE, FXN, DDG
    • What's doing worse than energy this year? That would be financials, and the XLF is lower by another 0.95% in today's session. Also faring poorly are utilities (XLU -1.3%), health care (XLV -0.8%), and consumer staples (XLP -1.2%).
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  • Wed, Jan. 28, 2:21 PM
    • The 10-year Treasury yield sinks all the way to 1.75% following the FOMC statement which shows the central bank continuing on a path to rate hikes around mid-year. TLT +0.95%, TBT -1.9%
    • Yields at the short end aren't moving a lot and continue to price in a 25 basis point hike by the fall.
    • Stocks remain modestly higher, but financials (XLF -0.6%) - contemplating an even flatter yield curve - continue to underperform. KBE -1.1%, KRE -1.2%
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  • Sat, Jan. 24, 4:48 PM
    • The financial sector is off to a worse start to the year than even the energy names, with the XLF down 3.9% YTD vs. the XLE's 3.2% decline. The S&P 500 is roughly flat. The SPDR KBW Bank ETF (NYSEARCA:KBE) is off 7.5%, and the Regional Bank ETF (NYSEARCA:KRE) is lower by 6.9%.
    • Q4 earnings results haven't been wonderful, but financial names had been savaged well before those reports started coming out. Instead there's a difficult regulatory regime that won't quit, and - for now - it's looking like "wait'll next year" for the rising interest rates that were supposed to drive profit margins higher. The 10-year/2-year spread - already pretty low at 150 basis points to start the year - has narrowed to 137 bps.
    • A partial roll call of banks: Bank of America (NYSE:BAC-12.1% YTD, Citigroup (NYSE:C-10.1%, JPMorgan (NYSE:JPM-9.4%, Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS-9.4%, Regions Financial (NYSE:RF) -14.7%, KeyCorp (NYSE:KEY) -4.5%, PNC Financial (NYSE:PNC-5.4%, Bank of New York (NYSE:BK-9.1%, Capital One (NYSE:COF) -6%, Discover (NYSE:DFS-13.6%.
    • Other spread-starved sector names: MetLife (NYSE:MET-9.8%, AIG (NYSE:AIG-8%, Prudential (NYSE:PRU-10.8%, Schwab (NYSE:SCHW-9.9%.
    • Some of what's working in financials: Blackstone (NYSE:BX+6.7%, E*Trade (NASDAQ:ETFC+1.2%, WisdomTree (NASDAQ:WETF+12.3%, Legg Mason +2.8%.
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  • 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.
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  • Thu, Jan. 15, 3:46 PM
    • Oil's plummeting again, but today's weakest sector is the financials (XLF -1%) as Bank of America and Ciitgroup each are punished (down more than 4%) following their Q4 results this morning.
    • BofA's and Citi's stories are like that of JPMorgan yesterday - the secular decline in trading revenue, combining with sluggish growth elsewhere, and the continuing wait for higher interest rates to provide better margins.
    • Some amount of higher rates had also been priced into the insurers, and they've struggled along with the banks as 2015 has instead brought sharply lower rates (at least at the long end).
    • Previously: BofA off 2% after Q4 results (Jan. 15)
    • Previously: Citi slips premarket as revenue comes in light (Jan. 15)
    • ETFs: XLF, FAS, FAZ, UYG, VFH, IYF, IAI, SEF, IYG, FXO, FNCL, FINU, KCE, RWW, RYF, KBWC, FINZ, KIE, IAK, KBWP, KBWI
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  • Tue, Jan. 13, 10:39 AM
    • In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court ruled homeowners need only write a lender - not file a lawsuit - in order to be able to back out of a mortgage under the Truth in Lending Act.
    • That law allows consumers to rescind a mortgage for  up to three years after it was made if a lender does not notify them of the numerous details about the loan and its accompanying charges.
    • Consumer advocates, of course, claim lenders routinely violated the Act in the years prior to the housing crash.
    • ETFs: XLF, FAS, FAZ, UYG, VFH, IYF, SEF, IYG, FXO, FNCL, KME, FINU, RWW, RYF, FINZ
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  • Dec. 31, 2014, 8:43 AM
    • Among the more interesting is the idea of North Korea hackers attacking the infrastructure of the NYSE and Nasdaq, precipitating a gigantic one-hour drop in stocks.
    • Others include: 1) Significantly higher Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) estimates, making it the first $1T market cap company, the best-performing large-cap in 2015, and a "must own." 2) Falling home prices in H2, making shorts of homebuilders (ITB, XHB) a good play 3) Bank stocks (NYSEARCA:XLF) have a hard time of it 4) Calling Twitter (NYSE:TWTR) his new Netflix, Carl Icahn amasses a sizable position, forcing a bidding war for the company between Google and Facebook 5) Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) becomes more shareholder friendly, cutting spending and launching a buyback program 6) Activists take aim at Cisco (NASDAQ:CSCO), forcing John Chambers out 7) Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A, BRK.B) makes its largest-ever acquisition, and its not in consumer goods, but instead in energy, retail, or construction/equipment.
    • The full piece is here.
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  • Dec. 19, 2014, 2:19 PM
    • Financial Select Sector SPDR (NYSEARCA:XLF) announces quarterly distribution of $0.126.
    • 30-Day Sec yield of 1.52% (as of 12/17/2014).
    • Payable Dec 30; for shareholders of record Dec 23; ex-div Dec 19.
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