Financials lead markets lower as rates slide
- The XLF, KRE, and KBE are all down about 1.5%, more than tripling the S&P 500's modest decline today.
- A ratcheting up in North Korea tensions and a Category 5 hurricane taking aim at Florida are teaming up as excuses to sell. Financials in particular are eyeing a tumble in interest rates - the 10-year yield down a full eight basis points to 2.087%. On the short-end, traders have shaved to zero the odds of a rate hike this month, and are pricing in just a one-in-three chance of another move at any point this year.
- Bank of America (BAC -2.5%), Goldman Sachs (GS -3.2%), JPMorgan (JPM -2.2%), Regions Financial (RF -2.5%), KeyCorp (KEY -2%), SunTrust (STI -1.9%), Schwab (SCHW -1.9%)
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