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  • Volume 2.65 M

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  • Assets $2,679.6M
  • Expense Ratio 0.35%
  • Yield 1.98%
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US Equity ETF

SPDR S&P Bank ETF is an exchange-traded fund incorporated in the USA. The Fund's objective is to replicate the performance of the S&P Banks Select Industry Index. The Index itself is a float adjusted modified-market capitalization weighted index of geographically diverse companies representing national money center banks & regional banking institutions listed on US stock markets.

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  • Bank Stocks, ETFs Continue to Attract

    12-15-2015 09:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    With the Federal Reserve just days away from possibly raising interest rates for the first time in nine years, it is not surprising that investors continue embracing financial services stocks and the relevant exchange traded funds. It also is not surprising that market observe...

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  • Bank Sector ETFs Could Lead as Rates Rise

    12-08-2015 06:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    With the Federal Reserve itching to begin interest rate normalization, equity investors can also try to capitalize on a rising rate environment through financial sector-related exchange traded funds. The futures market is pricing in a 81% chance the Federal Open Market Committ...

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  • Sector ETFs Favor Savvy, Agile Portfolios

    10-22-2015 04:15 PM by Tom Lydon

    Investors interested in positioning their portfolios ahead of changes to major market trends may target specific market segments with sector-specific exchange traded funds. For instance, on the recent webcast, How Well Do Your Know Your Sectors?, David Mazza, V.P. and Head of ...

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  • Numbers Don't Lie: Technical Problems For Financial Services ETFs

    09-23-2015 09:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The Financial Services Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLF), the largest financial services exchange traded fund, has fallen nearly 3% over the past week and the Federal Reserve's refusal to raise interest is almost universally cited as the reason why bank stocks and ETFs are strug...

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  • Cozying up to Regional Bank ETFs While Waiting on the Fed

    07-29-2015 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    In one of the surest signs that investors are betting that the Federal Reserve will boost interest rates at some point this year, 10-year Treasury yields have surged 34.3% over the past six months. Another sign that cements the notion that investors are preparing for higher bo...

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  • Why Financial Sector, ETFs Growth Has Been Slowed

    07-21-2015 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Banks and financial sector exchange traded funds may have one hand tied behind their back as the Federal Reserve finalizes additional capital requirements on Wall Street. The Fed has placed a higher capital requirement for the eight largest banks, including a 4.5% capital "sur...

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  • Financial ETFs Are the Place to Be

    07-02-2015 07:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    With U.S. equities market moseying along, investors may find greater opportunities targeting specific areas in the market, such as the financial sector and related exchange traded funds. According to a recent research note, BlackRock is overweight financials for the second hal...

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  • Financial Services ETFs Play the Fed Waiting Game

    07-01-2015 09:30 AM by Todd Shriber

    Financial services exchange traded have recently been buoyed by rising Treasury yields and speculation that the Federal Reserve is set to boost interest rates, but history could prove to be a guide for what investors should expect from the sector when rates actually do rise. R...

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  • Target Financial, Healthcare ETFs Ahead

    06-25-2015 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The U.S. economy is looking better than previously expected, and investors who are looking to increase their exposure to the domestic market should target financial and healthcare sectors, along with related exchange traded funds. "You can have kind of a slow recovery, a slow ...

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  • Promising Signs for Financial Services ETFs

    06-19-2015 09:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    Nearly 10 financial services exchange traded funds made new highs Thursday, extending a bullish run that has seen the sector recently become an investor favorite. Rising Treasury yields have been a driving force behind financial services sector ebullience. Yields on 10-year go...

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  • A Bank ETF to Bank on Higher Interest Rates

    06-18-2015 01:22 PM by Tom Lydon

    I do the "ETF of the Week" for MarketWatch every week on Chuck Jaffe's MoneyLife Show where I highlight big movers and disappointments among exchange traded funds. On Thursday, I focused on the SPDR S&P Bank ETF (NYSEArca: KBE). Banks could profit from higher interest rate...

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  • Bank ETFs Offer Attractive Value

    06-10-2015 09:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Investors may be undervaluing bank stocks and sector-related exchange traded funds as a low interest rate environment and fears over litigation costs cloud people's judgement. "There's tremendous amount of value in these stocks which is simply not being recognized by the marke...

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  • Higher Rate Expectations Boost Bank ETFs

    06-08-2015 09:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The stronger payrolls number added to speculation of a September Federal Reserve rate hike, lifting bank stocks and sector related exchange traded funds. While the broader equities market was stuck in sideways trading, financial stocks were hitting highs. For instance, on Frid...

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  • Investors ran to Financial, Healthcare ETFs in May

    06-04-2015 08:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    International exchange traded funds are widely credited with driving $18.3 billion of new assets into ETFs last month, but some sector funds proved to be prolific asset gatherers as well. "Investors showed a lot of enthusiasm for financials, which saw about $4.9 billion in new...

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  • Keep Your Bank ETF Expectations Grounded

    05-29-2015 11:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Bank stocks and sector-related exchange traded funds have been pulling ahead in the financial space, but investors should not get overzealous with their bets. Year-to-date, the SPDR S&P Regional Banking ETF (NYSEArca: KRE) rose 4.8%, iShares U.S. Regional Banks ETF (NYSEAr...

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  • Look to Bank ETFs in a Rising Rate Environment

    05-27-2015 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    A rising interest rate environment will throw a wrench into the financial markets. Nevertheless, bank-related exchange traded funds could weather the storm as financial firms have positioned ahead of the potential rate changes. With a Federal Reserve rate hike expected as soon...

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  • Stock ETF Investors May Be Getting Cold Feet After Record Run

    05-20-2015 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    As the equities market marches toward new highs, investors have been trimming their U.S. stock exchange traded fund exposure. For instance, over the past week, the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: SPY) has lost $639.2 million in assets, according to According to Ban...

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  • Small Bank ETFs Begin Outpacing Wall Street Bankers

    05-13-2015 10:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    With expectations for a Federal Reserve rate hike cooling in light of the weak first quarter economic data, smaller regional bank-related exchange traded funds are outperforming Wall Street banks. The SPDR S&P Regional Banking ETF (NYSEArca: KRE), the largest regional bank...

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  • Banks, not REITs are the Better Ways to Financial ETFs

    05-13-2015 08:20 AM by Todd Shriber

    Rising Treasury yields are sapping rate-sensitive, income-generating sectors while providing a lift to the previously moribund financial services sector. Until Aug. 31, 2016, rate-sensitive real estate investment trusts (REITs) are still part of the financial services, making ...

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  • Uptick in Rates is a Boon for Bank ETFs

    05-07-2015 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    As benchmark rates move higher, the outlook for the banking stocks and sector-related exchange traded funds looks more promising. The SPDR S&P Bank ETF (NYSEArca: KBE) climbed 6.0% over the past three months and touched a 13-month high this week. The strong earnings sea...

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  • Why You Might Want to Look at Bank ETFs Right Now

    04-30-2015 12:15 PM by Todd Shriber

    Just three of the nine sector SPDR exchange trade funds have traded lower this year. The Financial Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLF), the largest financial services ETF, is one of those three offenders, but that does not mean investors should gloss over financial services ETFs. ...

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  • Bank ETFs’ Long Road to Recovery

    03-18-2015 02:45 PM by Todd Shriber

    In the wake of the Federal Reserve's recently completed stress tests, which allowed some big U.S. banks to boost buybacks and dividends, financial services exchange traded funds have solid though not spectacular performers. Over the past week, the Financial Select Sector SPDR ...

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  • Some Bank ETFs to Bank On

    03-13-2015 08:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    Buoyed by mostly positive news from the Federal Reserve's stress tests on the 31 largest U.S. banks and ensuing excitement over increased dividends and share repurchase programs from those institutions, the Financial Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLF) surged almost 2.2% Thursday ...

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  • Bank ETFs Strengthen on Passing First Round Stress Tests

    03-09-2015 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Banks and sector-related exchange trade funds bucked the bearish momentum Friday after the Federal Reserve revealed all 31 big banks subjected to a stress have passed the first round. On Friday, the iShares U.S. Regional Banks ETF (NYSEArca: IAT) led the charge, advancing 1.1%...

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  • As Large Banks Slow, Small-Cap Financial ETFs Could Lead

    02-24-2015 03:01 PM by Max Chen

    Wall Street banks are stumbling but smaller regional and community banks, along with related exchange traded funds, could pick up the pace. For example, the First Trust NASDAQ ABA Community Bank Index Fund (NasdaqGM: QABA), PowerShares S&P SmallCap Financials Portfolio (NY...

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  • Strong Jobs Data, Rate Outlook Bolster Financial ETFs

    02-06-2015 02:18 PM by Tom Lydon

    Banks and financial stock exchange traded funds are leading the markets Friday as the robust jobs number hastened calls for an interest rate hike. On Friday, the SPDR S&P Bank ETF (NYSEArca: KBE) rose 1.8%, SPDR S&P Regional Banking ETF (NYSEArca: KRE) increased 1.5% a...

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  • Small Bank, Financial ETFs Could Capitalize on Looser Regulations

    02-03-2015 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Broad regulatory restrictions were placed on the banking industry, following the financial downturn. However, small-cap financial exchange traded funds may outperform as the smaller Main Street banks pushes for regulators to relax Dodd-Frank rules that were intended for Wall Stre...

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  • A Tepid Year for Banks, Financial ETFs

    01-06-2015 03:38 PM by Tom Lydon

    Despite calls for higher interest rates, a flattening yield curve could diminish the profitability for the banking industry and weigh on financial stock-related exchange traded funds. Year-to-date, the Financial Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLF), which includes a 36.0% tilt t...

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  • A Bleak Outlook for Energy, Industrial ETFs

    12-11-2014 07:15 AM by Tom Lydon

    The U.S. equities are expected to strengthen next year, but energy and industrial sector-related exchange traded funds could trail the broader markets. The Energy Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLE) has already fallen behind the S&P 500, declining 8.3% year-to-date, compare...

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  • Financial ETFs: Banks See Best Revenue Growth in Five Years

    11-25-2014 03:11 PM by Tom Lydon

    Bank stocks and financial-related exchange traded funds are beginning to pick up steam, with increased loan sales and trading income lifting year-over-year revenue growth to a five-year high. Over the past month, the Financial Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLF), which includes...

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  • Getting Tactical and Thematic With ETFs

    10-14-2014 09:30 AM by Todd Shriber

    Professional investors often use exchange traded funds to express a tactical view, such as those that are seen with various sector rotation strategies. ETFs have also proven particularly useful for investors looking to exploit isolated themes. Whether it is profiting from soci...

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  • Financial ETFs Could Bank on Improved Loan Growth

    10-01-2014 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The financial sector's loan growth has expanded to its strongest since 2008, potentially boosting the outlook for bank-related exchange traded funds in this earnings season. So far this year, financial sector stocks have fallen behind the broader equities market. The SPDR S&am...

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  • Regional Bank ETFs for a Rising Rate Environment

    09-26-2014 10:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Many are already shifting around their investment portfolios to adapt to potential rate hikes next year, but investors can capitalize on a rising rate environment with regional bank exchange traded funds. Market observers argue that regional banks will profit from the onset of...

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  • Financial ETFs Could Outperform Ahead of Fed Tightening

    09-22-2014 01:53 PM by Max Chen

    Financial stocks have outpaced the broader markets in other periods before the Federal Reserve hiked rates. As the market ready itself for Fed tightening, investors can track the sector through related exchange traded funds. According to Bespoke Investment Group, in the three ...

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  • Small-Cap Financial ETFs Bank on Looser Regulations

    09-09-2014 02:19 PM by Max Chen

    As the Fed contemplates exempting small- and mid-sized banks from the tougher regulations imposed following the financial crisis, small-cap financial sector exchange traded funds can capitalize on the looser rules and potentially lower cost to do business. For instance, the Po...

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  • Financial ETFs: Banks Generate Near-Record Profits

    08-28-2014 02:23 PM by Tom Lydon

    U.S. financial sector exchange traded funds are gaining momentum, with lenders generating near-record profits over the second quarter, as banks trim costs and raise loan balances. The financial sector has been slightly outpacing the broader market. The Financial Select Sector ...

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  • Amid Earnings Deluge, Bank ETFs Search for Momentum

    07-17-2014 08:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    The financial services sector, the second-largest in the S&P 500 behind technology, is in the midst of its quarterly earnings avalanche, but the sectors exchange traded funds are still searching for precious momentum in a bid to shed the laggard label. The Financial Select...

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  • A Bearish Bank ETF Idea

    04-23-2014 09:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Once strong financial services exchange traded funds are flailing and that could open the door for risk-tolerant traders to profit on the downside with inverse and leveraged ETFs. Although financial services stocks and ETFs are usually solid performers in the first half of Apr...

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  • Financial Services ETFs Look to Regroup

    04-17-2014 09:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    The first half of April is usually kind to financial services stocks and exchange traded funds, but that was not the case this year. The Financial Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLF) rose 0.8% on Wednesday, but from April 1 through April 15, the largest U.S. sector ETF tumbled ...

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  • Where Some of That Momentum ETF Cash is Going

    04-10-2014 08:15 AM by Todd Shriber

    Wednesday was a good day for biotechnology exchange traded funds, the first in a while, but biotech, Internet and social media ETFs are still light some assets compared to where they were at the beginning of March. Outflows from the iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology ETF (NasdaqGM: ...

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  • Bank ETFs Buoyant as Markets Wait on Higher Rates

    04-03-2014 08:15 AM by Todd Shriber

    Heartened by the results of the Federal Reserve's stress tests and the annual Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review (CCAR), investors are devoting cash to financial services exchange traded funds. "ETFs dedicated to Financial stocks had $1.5 billion of inflows last month,"...

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  • Bank ETFs Could See Higher Dividends After Fed Stress Test

    03-28-2014 12:38 PM by Tom Lydon

    I do the "ETF of the Week" for MarketWatch every Thursday on Chuck Jaffe's MoneyLife Show where I highlight big movers and disappointments within the exchange traded funds market. This week, I took a look at the SPDR S&P Bank ETF (NYSEArca: KBE). As major U.S. banks pass t...

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  • Fragility Seen in Financial Services ETFs

    03-25-2014 09:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Just a few days after most large U.S. banks aced the Federal  Reserve's stress tests, bank stocks and exchange traded funds face another potentially positive catalyst. On Wednesday, the Fed is expected to reveal the results of its annual Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Revi...

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  • Zions Stress Test Failure Shouldn’t Hurt These ETFs

    03-21-2014 10:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    On Thursday, the results of the Federal Reserve's stress tests on U.S. banks with $50 billion or more in assets were generally positive. Twenty-nine of the 30 banks tested, including those that are major components in popular financial services exchange traded funds, such as t...

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  • ETFs Set to Benefit as Bank Dividends Rise

    02-20-2014 01:15 PM by Todd Shriber

    The Federal Reserve's annual Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review (CCAR) program is underway, meaning the central bank is reviewing plans by major U.S. banks to return capital to shareholders. That includes dividends and share repurchases. This year's CCAR program is revi...

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  • As Rates Rise, Don’t Forget This Leveraged ETF

    12-27-2013 11:54 AM by Todd Shriber

    When it comes to leveraged financial services exchange traded funds, there are some familiar names. The UltraShort Financials ProShares (NYSEArca: SKF) and the Direxion Daily Financial Bull 3X Shares (NYSEArca: FAS) are among the products active, risk-tolerant traders are familia...

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  • Regional Bank ETFs Rally Into Year-End

    12-24-2013 07:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    A gain of 1.7% is not uncommon for any number of financial services exchange traded funds, but consider this: The SPDR S&P Regional Banking ETF (NYSEArca: KRE) did that on Monday, two days before a major holiday and on volume that was nearly twice the daily average. Adding...

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  • Financials: The Rodney Dangerfield Sector

    12-09-2013 09:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    It is one of this year's top-performing sectors. Add to that, it has been one of the most reliable growers of earnings in otherwise mediocre year for S&P 500 profit growth and over the past several years, it has been one of the leading sources of dividend growth in the benchm...

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  • A Rising Rates ETF Portfolio

    10-26-2013 07:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    Ten-year Treasury yields are down more than 4% over the past month, but that decline has barely dented the 36.4% year-to-date rate spike. The reality of rising rate environment is not all bad news for stocks. However, some sectors and asset classes do struggle when rates spike...

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  • ETF Chart of the Day: Financials

    07-11-2013 01:30 PM by Paul Weisbruch, Street One Financial

    XLF (SPDR Financial, Expense Ratio 0.18%) options activity has picked up in recent sessions, most recently with accumulation of August 20 puts. This is not particularly shocking given that we are knee deep in earnings season for top component members of the index BRK.B (8.52%)...

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  • June and Q2 ETF Performance Report

    06-28-2013 03:09 PM by Tom Lydon

    After hitting record highs in the second quarter, stock and exchange traded funds experienced a steep correction in June, fueled by speculation that the Fed would begin tapering its quantitative easing program and a rising interest rate environment. Nevertheless, fears over an en...

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  • The Case for Financial Sector ETFs: Morningstar

    04-26-2013 05:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Financial sector stocks and exchange traded funds are looking much stronger as we ride the economic recovery. Nevertheless, while muted, many of the old problems that have weighed on the markets still linger. Morningstar ETF analyst Robert Goldsborough points out that a number...

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  • Broker-Dealers ETF Leads Financial Sector

    02-25-2013 08:44 AM by Tom Lydon

    Financial ETFs are among the best-performing sectors so far this year after solid fourth-quarter earnings from major banks and on expectations the economy will continue to improve in 2013. However, a narrowly-focused fund tracking broker-dealer firms is leading the pack. The t...

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  • Regional Bank ETFs for Financial Sector Exposure

    12-24-2012 08:26 AM by Tom Lydon

    Regional banks are one of the best ways to gain exposure to the outperforming financial sector even though U.S banks have faced much uncertainty over the past few years. Exchange traded funds tracking regional banks focus in on the health of local markets, while offering diversif...

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  • Sector ETFs for Obama and the Fiscal Cliff

    11-13-2012 07:53 AM by Tom Lydon

    Investors took bets ahead of the election with sector exchange traded funds in coal, clean energy, healthcare and other industries. Now with President Barack Obama securing his second term, the market's attention is back on the fiscal cliff and the expiration of the Bush-era tax ...

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  • ETFs and the Presidential Election

    09-12-2012 04:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Presidential campaigns are in full swing and November is just around the corner. Investors and politicos are carefully monitoring the equities market to try to glean any hints. With stocks and exchange traded funds rallying, the incumbent may hold out, S&P analysts say. Si...

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  • Financial, Bank ETFs for Earnings Season

    04-20-2012 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Financial sector stocks have slid back along with the broader markets over the past month, but the auspicious start to this earnings season has helped bank picks and financial sector exchange traded funds regain some of their lost strength. Companies like JPMorgan (NYSE: JPM),...

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  • Alcoa Kicks Off Earnings Season for Dow, Sector ETFs

    04-11-2012 09:18 AM by Tom Lydon

    U.S. stock ETFs were set to open higher Wednesday following a five-day losing streak on weak U.S. jobs data and lingering European debt concerns. Alcoa (NYSE: AA) kicked off the earnings season for Dow components, while sector ETFs could see action as companies announce first-qua...

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  • Best ETFs for Sectors in 2012

    04-03-2012 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The S&P 500 had its best first quarter since 1998, gaining 12% over the past three months. Is this a sign that investor confidence is back as analysts are raising earnings profits, and various sector exchange traded funds are rallying? "The generally positive results from ...

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  • ETF Chart of the Day: Financial Sector

    03-26-2012 01:19 PM by Paul Weisbruch, Street One Financial

    One of the leaders in creation activity last week in the ETF realm was SPDR S&P Bank (NYSEArca: KBE), taking in nearly $400 million in new assets. A related ETF, Financial Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLF), also had a strong week from an asset flows standpoint, as it saw ...

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  • ETF Chart of the Day: Banks

    03-14-2012 03:20 PM by Paul Weisbruch, Street One Financial

    Bank exchange traded funds are moving higher with some of the sector's top names unveiling share buybacks and dividend hikes. For example, SPDR S&P Regional Banking (NYSEArca: KRE) rallied nearly 4% on Tuesday. In notes to customers we have mentioned the outperformance in ...

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  • Bank ETFs Juiced by Dividends, Share Buybacks

    03-14-2012 10:24 AM by John Spence

    ETFs pegged to the U.S. banking sector are rallying along with top holdings that have announced dividend increases and share buybacks after passing the Federal Reserve's latest stress tests. SPDR S&P Bank ETF (NYSEArca: KBE) was up 1.5% in early trading Wednesday following...

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  • Financial ETFs are Money in the Banks

    02-10-2012 11:01 AM by Tom Lydon

    Financial exchange traded funds are outperforming the market on strength in bank stocks and hopes the economic recovery is hitting escape velocity. Financial Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLF) followed the broader market lower on Friday but is up about 13% so far this year, co...

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  • Is the Bank ETF Sell-Off a Cause for Concern?

    01-26-2012 05:43 PM by Tom Lydon

    The financial sector has been a top-performing sector in 2012 after last year's debacle, but an unexpected drop in new U.S. home sales prompted a round of profit taking in bank stocks and related exchange traded funds. SPDR S&P Bank ETF (NYSEArca: KBE) was down 2.5% Thursd...

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  • ETF Chart of the Day: Regional Banks

    01-10-2012 12:55 PM by Paul Weisbruch, Street One Financial

    Today we highlight bullish-looking options flows seen in KRE (SPDR S&P Regional Banking) on Monday as the exchange traded fund makes a run at its highest levels in about a year. The fund tracks the S&P Regional Banks Select Industry Index, with top holdings including C...

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  • Changes In Underlying Indices and ETF Expenses

    11-09-2011 04:45 PM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) have some of the lowest expense ratios in the market. The low costs can be attributed to their passive indexing methodologies, but different indices will create varying cost structures. At the end of October, State Street Global Advisors switched t...

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  • Financial ETFs Lead Market Decline with Nearly 5% Loss

    11-01-2011 04:10 PM by Tom Lydon

    Financial exchange traded funds led the way lower in stocks Tuesday as a surprise Greek referendum threatened the Eurozone bailout plan and fallout from MF Global's bankruptcy filing weighed on banks. SPDR S&P Bank ETF (NYSEArca: KBE) and Financial Select Sector SPDR (NYSE...

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  • Bank ETFs Pressured by Rates, Loans

    10-26-2011 03:26 PM by Tom Lydon

    Unlike the major U.S. stock indexes, exchange traded funds benchmarked to banks and financial stocks haven't broken out of their recent trading range. Now, banks have an interesting problem: they have too much cash, according to a report. Investors fearful of Europe's debt ...

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  • Bank ETFs Fall After Citigroup, Wells Fargo Earnings

    10-17-2011 10:34 AM by John Spence

    An exchange traded fund indexed to U.S. banks was down over 2% on Monday following mixed quarterly earnings from bellwethers Citigroup (NYSE: C) and Wells Fargo (NYSE: WFC). The $951 million SPDR KBW Bank ETF (NYSEArca: KBE) fell 2.3% at last check. Wells Fargo shares slipp...

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  • Financial ETF Rises 3% on Eurozone, Earnings Hopes

    10-12-2011 04:04 PM by Tom Lydon

    Financial exchange traded funds led the market higher Wednesday on speculation European Union leaders will be able to quell the unrest in debt markets. Financial Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLF) rallied nearly 3%. The sector ETF also climbed above its 50-day simple moving av...

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  • Bank of America Weighs on Financial ETFs

    10-03-2011 04:25 PM by Tom Lydon

    Bank of America (NYSE: BAC) shares fell nearly 10% on Monday and pulled down financial exchange traded funds, which led the overall stock market lower. B. of A. shares were pummeled while technical difficulties shut down the bank's website, again. Financial Select Sector SP...

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  • ETF Chart of the Day: Leveraged Financial Sector Funds

    09-08-2011 01:11 PM by Paul Weisbruch, Street One Financial

    Bullish options flow was evident in exchange traded funds indexed to the U.S. financials sector on Wednesday with relevant activity in both SPDR KBW Bank (NYSEArca: KBE) and Financial Select Sector SPDR Fund (NYSEArca: XLF). It is worth noting that the top portfolio holdings o...

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  • Are Bank ETFs Finally Turning Around?

    08-31-2011 09:18 AM by Tom Lydon

    Financial stocks leading the recent market bounce and Warren Buffett's $5 billion investment in Bank of America (NYSE: BAC) have triggered talk that bank exchange traded funds have finally hit bottom. SPDR KBW Bank ETF (NYSEArca: KBE) is up 8.5% over the past week, roughly dou...

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  • The Contrarian: A Look at Oversold ETFs

    08-19-2011 09:07 AM by Tom Lydon

    The folks at Bespoke Investment Group have been kind enough to provide a list this week of the most oversold exchange traded funds measured by distance from the 50-day moving averages. Ever since S&P announced its downgrade on U.S. debt, followed by growing concern over th...

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  • France ETF Falls 7% on Downgrade, SocGen Rumors

    08-10-2011 03:58 PM by Max Chen

    An exchange traded fund that invests in France fell about 7% on Wednesday in U.S. trading amid speculation the country may lose its triple-A credit rating and talk that Societe Generale was in trouble. However, the three major credit ratings agencies affirmed France's credit r...

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  • Financial ETFs Steady as Citi, Wells Fargo Lead Banks

    06-22-2011 10:39 AM by John Spence

    Strength in large-cap bank stocks such as Citigroup (NYSE: C) and Wells Fargo (NYSE: WFC) on Wednesday wasn't enough to lift financial sector exchange traded funds before the Federal Reserve announcement. Financial Select Sector SPDR Fund (NYSEArca: XLF) was flat in morning de...

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  • Bank ETF Options Traders Look for Rebound

    06-21-2011 11:19 AM by John Spence

    Some options traders are positioned to profit if a bank exchange traded fund's low set earlier this month proves to be a short-term bottom for the troubled sector. Call buyers in SPDR KBW Bank ETF (NYSEArca: KBE) were active Monday, said Paul Weisbruch at Street One Financial ...

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  • Financial ETFs Hit on Bank Exposure to Greek Debt Crisis

    06-20-2011 04:04 PM by John Spence

    The Dow rose almost 80 points late Monday but exchange traded funds tracking the U.S. banking sector closed with losses as investors try to sort out lenders' exposure to Greece's accelerating debt crisis. For example, Bank of America (NYSE: BAC), Wells Fargo (NYSE: WFC) and JP Mo...

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  • ETF Spotlight: SPDR KBW Bank ETF (KBE)

    06-16-2011 12:24 PM by Tom Lydon

    ETF Spotlight on SPDR KBW Bank ETF (NYSEArca: KBE), part of a weekly series. The bank ETF was higher in midday trading Thursday as top holding Bank of America (NYSE: BAC) saw its shares advance while Citigroup (NYSE: C) was fractionally lower. Assets: $1.44 billion Oject...

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  • Bank ETF Nears Bear Cross as Citigroup, B. of A. Decline

    06-15-2011 10:07 AM by John Spence

    The largest exchange traded fund investing in U.S. bank stocks is nearing a bearish technical indicator as key moving averages prepare to cross over. SPDR KBW Bank ETF (NYSEArca: KBE) was down over 1% in Wednesday's stock pullback as top holdings Citigroup (NYSE: C) and Bank o...

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  • Bank ETFs Hit Again on Economy, Capital Levels

    06-10-2011 10:38 AM by John Spence

    A bank exchange traded fund was down more than 1% on Friday morning as investors continued to vote with their feet on worries about the economy and new regulations for lenders after the credit crisis. Within the sector, Bank of America (NYSE: BAC), Citigroup (NYSE: C), Wells F...

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  • Bank ETFs in Spotlight on Bank of America 52-Week Low, Durbin

    06-08-2011 12:10 PM by John Spence

    Bank exchange traded funds erased early losses Wednesday as did Bank of America (NYSE: BAC) shares, although the crucial holding set a new 52-week low at the open. Also, bank ETFs could see volatility in afternoon trading as the Senate plans to vote on whether to delay limits ...

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  • Huntington, Bank of America Lift Bank ETFs

    06-07-2011 11:50 AM by John Spence

    Bank exchange traded funds moved higher Tuesday thanks in part to strength in components Bank of America (NYSE: BAC) and Huntington Bancshares (NasdaqGS: HBAN). SPDR KBW Bank ETF (NYSEArca: KBE) added nearly 1%, while Huntington climbed 3% and B. of A. rose about 1%. The ba...

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  • Wells Fargo Downgrade, Regions Weigh on Bank ETFs

    06-06-2011 12:30 PM by John Spence

    An analyst downgrade of Wells Fargo (NYSE: WFC) and a pullback in Regions Financial (NYSE: RF) shares combined with economic jitters to drag down bank exchange traded funds on Monday. SPDR KBW Bank ETF (NYSEArca: KBE) was down nearly 1%. The fund has 6.6% in Wells Fargo and 4....

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  • Options Traders See More Downside in Bank ETF

    06-06-2011 07:29 AM by John Spence

    Bank exchange traded funds have been hammered lately by weak economic data and reduced investor appetite for risk. Recent action suggests options traders are leaning toward further downside in bank ETFs that invest in big lenders such as JP Morgan (NYSE: JPM) and Citigroup (NYSE:...

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  • ETFs Close Mixed in Response to Greece Deal, U.S. Debt Warning

    06-02-2011 05:50 PM by Tom Lydon

    Stock exchange traded funds (ETFs) ended a volatile trading day mostly flat on reports of a Greece funding deal, while Moody issues a warning about U.S. Debt. The S&P 500 rebounded from earlier losses on Thursday following news of a fresh funding plan to help Greece pay of...

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  • Bank ETFs Hit By Economic Jitters

    05-24-2011 04:39 PM by John Spence

    A late-day bounce in the largest exchange traded fund for U.S. banks wasn't enough to pull the ETF into positive territory on Tuesday. Some analysts expect bank stocks such as Citigroup (NYSE: C) and Bank of America (NYSE: BAC) to continue to underperform in the near term even th...

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  • JP Morgan Leads Bank ETFs as Shareholders Meet

    05-17-2011 11:41 AM by John Spence

    Bank exchange traded funds were higher Tuesday in the face of a down market, benefitting from a nearly 2% rise in JP Morgan (NYSE: JPM) as the company held its annual shareholder meeting. Chief Executive Jamie Dimon told shareholders the economy could be at the beginning of a ...

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  • Bank ETFs Shake Off Report of Mortgage-Securities Probe

    05-17-2011 10:19 AM by John Spence

    Financial and bank exchange traded funds rose Tuesday morning despite a report that New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is investigating mortgage securities packaged by big banks such as Bank of America (NYSE: BAC), Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) and Goldman Sachs (NYSE: GS). ...

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  • ETF Options Traders Look for Rebound in Citigroup, Big Banks

    05-16-2011 10:06 AM by John Spence

    Options traders have been positioning for a rebound in financial-sector exchange traded funds that have large stakes in Citigroup (NYSE: C), Bank of America (NYSE: BAC) and other big banks, according to a report Monday. A trend has emerged in recent weeks in options based on S...

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  • Financial ETFs Dive as Goldman, Bank of America See ‘Death Cross’

    05-13-2011 03:46 PM by John Spence

    Bank exchange traded funds were the worst sector in Friday's stock pullback with shares of Goldman Sachs (NYSE: GS) and Bank of America (NYSE: BAC) seeing so-called death crosses that could spell further weakness. Traders closely monitor moving averages to get a sense for wher...

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  • Bank of America, Citigroup, Bank ETFs Shed 2% in Sell-Off

    05-13-2011 01:03 PM by John Spence

    A bank ETF was down 2% on Friday as its losses were on par with the damage in shares of Bank of America (NYSE: BAC) and Citigroup (NYSE: C), which were under pressure to close the week on heavy trading volume. Shares of Citi and Bank of America were down more than 2% as SPDR K...

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  • Weakness in Citigroup, Bank ETFs Not a Good Sign for Market

    05-12-2011 10:12 AM by John Spence

    Investors are trying to figure out if recent market turbulence is simply consolidation in a broader really or the start of something more ominous. For their part, bears can point to a drop in banking giant Citigroup (NYSE: C) after its reverse stock split. Citi shares slipped ...

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  • Bank ETFs Lower on Reports of Mortgage Settlement Offer

    05-11-2011 03:53 PM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds tracking the U.S. banking sector were down about 1% on Wednesday on reports Bank of America (NYSE: BAC), J.P. Morgan (NYSE: JPM) and other mortgage services have proposed paying $5 billion to settle an investigation related to foreclosures. Some analysts ...

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  • Financial ETFs Take Citigroup Reverse Split in Stride

    05-10-2011 03:00 PM by John Spence

    Citigroup's (NYSE: C) 10-for-1 reverse share split has dramatically reduced overall trading volume in the U.S. stock market, but it turned out to be a nonevent for exchange traded funds tracking the financial sector and banks. Citi's reverse split and plans to pay a dividend a...

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  • Citigroup Hits Bank ETF as Traders Eye 200-Day Average

    05-09-2011 04:28 PM by John Spence

    Bank stocks were a lagging sector in Monday's higher market as weakness in Citigroup (NYSE: C) after a reverse stock split dropped a banking exchange traded fund close to a key test. Citi shares were down more than 2% on Monday. The banking giant is the second-largest holding ...

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  • Financial ETFs Prepare for Citigroup Reverse Split

    05-09-2011 07:38 AM by Tom Lydon

    Beleaguered financials sector exchange traded funds (ETFs) are readying themselves for a reverse split in Citigroup (NYSE: C) shares. UBS Securities has issued a buy recommendation on the reversal in Citigroup's performance, issuing a $5.60 price target objective, reports Jon ...

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  • Bank ETF Rises as Goldman Sachs Meets Shareholders

    05-06-2011 09:51 AM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds that invest in bank stocks were higher Friday after the solid April jobs report but traders will be keeping a close eye on Goldman Sachs (NYSE: GS) shares as the company holds its annual meeting. Chief Executive Lloyd Blankfein will face shareholder quest...

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  • Citigroup Drags on Underperforming Financial and Bank ETFs

    05-02-2011 10:55 AM by John Spence

    A 2% decline in Citigroup (NYSE: C) shares on Monday weighed on a bid by bank and financial exchange traded funds (ETFs) to break above their 50-day moving average and get back on track. Citi is a top holding in sector ETFs such as Financial Select Sector SPDR Fund (NYSEArca: ...

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  • Weak Quarter Knocks Expectations for Bank ETFs

    04-28-2011 11:01 AM by John Spence

    Bank exchange traded funds (ETFs) have moved lower following quarterly results from the big lenders and could continue to underperform the market, analysts say. Financial ETFs have been weak after earnings from large banks such as Bank of America (NYSE: BAC), Citigroup (NYSE: ...

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  • Financial ETFs: Some Earnings Fall Short of Expectations

    04-21-2011 04:18 AM by Tom Lydon

    A lack of real revenue growth at big banks is disappointing exchange traded fund (ETF) investors who had positioned for a round of strong earnings. Financial ETFs have been weak lately as Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) reports its quarterly results Thursday. Keefe, Bruyette &...

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  • Financial ETFs Need Help as Morgan Stanley Reports

    04-21-2011 04:03 AM by John Spence

    Quarterly results from Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) on Thursday were set to move financial exchange traded funds (ETFs), which have been stuck in the mud during bank earnings season. Financial Select Sector SPDR Fund (NYSEArca: XLF) is barely positive for the year and has lagged ...

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  • Wells Fargo Sell-Off Weighs on Bank ETFs

    04-20-2011 07:17 AM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) that invest in U.S. banks were slightly negative early Wednesday as a surge in the equity indexes was offset by weakness in Wells Fargo (NYSEArca: WFC) shares after the lender reported lower quarterly revenue. Wells Fargo shares were down more than...

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  • Citigroup’s 2% Rise After Earnings Can’t Lift Bank ETFs

    04-18-2011 09:46 AM by John Spence

    Citigroup (NYSE: C) shares rallied more than 2% Monday afternoon in the face of a down market after Standard & Poor's warned on U.S. credit, but it wasn't enough to put bank exchange traded funds (ETFs) into the green. Citigroup was the most active stock on the NYSE after ...

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  • Bank ETFs Lower on J.P. Morgan, Mortgage Overhaul

    04-13-2011 03:39 AM by John Spence

    Bank exchange traded funds (ETFs) were down 1% Wednesday afternoon along with J.P. Morgan shares after the company reported quarterly results. Deutsche Bank analysts in a research note said J.P. Morgan's quarterly trading results were better than expected and credit improved, ...

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  • Bank ETFs Languish After Dividend Increases

    04-06-2011 04:01 AM by John Spence

    Several banks recently announced dividend increases and share buybacks, but exchange traded funds (ETFs) investing in the sector have lagged the overall market's bounce since the middle of March. The $2 billion SPDR Bank ETF (NYSEArca: KBE) has traded sideways and is near its ...

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  • Bank ETFs Enjoy Fed Blessing

    03-19-2011 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Banks have made quite a recovery since the financial crisis and the Federal Reserve noticed in their latest round of stress tests.  Financial stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) celebrated the news by moving up about 1% for the day. Banks have undergone extensive testing s...

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  • ETFs Finish Strong

    03-18-2011 02:16 PM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) recorded a second day of robust gains Friday as investors tried to measure the risks from violence in Libya and Japan's ongoing crisis heading into the weekend. The Japanese yen fell against the U.S. dollar on Friday by the most since September af...

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  • Financial ETFs Sink Following Earnings

    01-19-2011 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    ETFs wobbled mostly lower on Wednesday after Goldman Sachs (NYSE: GS) reported a sharp earnings drop and housing data proved mixed, denting cheer over strong financial results from Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) and IBM (NYSE: IBM). Builders started work on fewer homes and apartments l...

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  • 5 Areas We'll Feel Inflation; 5 ETFs to Fight Back

    01-15-2011 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    If you've been living on the cheap, that could soon change as inflation becomes an increasingly real prospect. Life could get more expensive, but you can use these exchange traded funds (ETFs) to keep it from becoming unbearably so. When we see inflation, it will hit across th...

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  • Bigger Is Better In Financial ETFs, For Now

    01-12-2011 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Although it's been a lackluster at best couple of years for financial exchange traded funds (ETFs), today's moves have us and others wondering if this sector's ship is finally pulling back in to port. The good news is that the days of wild swings are fewer and further between....

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  • Bargain Shopping With Financial ETFs

    01-03-2011 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Bank lending is finally picking up, but it might be too early to expect financial exchange traded funds (ETFs) to start performing as well as they did in the pre-crisis era. Demand for loans is way up as businesses search for ways to get growing. The amount of commercial and i...

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  • December ETF Performance Report

    12-31-2010 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Although stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) closed lower at the end of the year, December managed to send things out on a high note. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 2.9% this month. The S&P 500 added 4.3%, while the NASDAQ rose 4.1%. Just about anything com...

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  • Regional Bank ETFs Benefit from M&A Boom

    12-26-2010 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Corporations are sitting on mounds of cash, and now they're starting to go shopping. M&A activity in the regional banking sector is expected to pick up, and it could be a rewarding shopping spree for their exchange traded funds (ETFs). The recent takeover of Marshall &...

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  • Financial ETFs Spring Back to Life

    12-16-2010 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Anxious market observers and investors can now relax a bit as financial exchange traded funds (ETFs) begin a slow, steady climb back to rosy-cheeked health. Better late than never, right? Once a sector viewed with a mixture of skepticism and fear, it's now a sector that many b...

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  • Why Financial ETFs Are Standing Tall

    12-10-2010 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Financial exchange traded funds (ETFs) are perched at the top of the charts this week, but it's not the result of any single big event. Small things, instead, add up. The top of charts for the last five trading days are dotted with banking funds, including: SPDR KBW Bank (...

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  • 6 Reasons to Consider Financial ETFs

    11-14-2010 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The broader market has been performing well in recent months, with the S&P 500 experiencing a nice 11% gain from the beginning of September, but financial stocks and related exchange traded funds (ETFs) have not caught on to the bullish trend. Still, Jeff Reeves for TheStr...

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  • Mortgage Scandal Weighs Down Financial ETFs

    10-22-2010 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The mortgage scandal from a leading national bank may threaten recent gains in the broader financial industry and related exchange traded funds (ETFs). Despite overall positive gains on Wednesday, Bank of America (NYSE: BAC) can't seem to find any luck as its share dropped mor...

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  • TARP Weighs on Some Financial ETFs

    10-20-2010 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Financial exchange traded funds (ETFs) have felt the pinch. Smaller banks have been weighed down by TARP while the big ones struggle with foreclosures and weak economic growth. Banks of many sizes are challenged in raising capital, and TARP funds have been cutting into their b...

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  • Citi's Profit Leads Financial ETFs Higher

    10-18-2010 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    In early morning trading shares of financial stocks appear to be recovering from the slide that began last week based on worries that the mortgage foreclosure debacle might lead to higher cost, lawsuits, congressional inquiries and other problems for lenders. According to the ...

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  • Financial ETFs Getting Their Color Back

    10-15-2010 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The deluge of foreclosures that could have ruined our banking and home-financing industry is starting to abate as hopeful signs indicate improvement in the U.S. financial system and its exchange traded funds (ETFs). Dirt-cheap interest rates, frugality and returning growth are...

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  • Financial ETFs Higher After New Banking Rules

    09-13-2010 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    The international banking industry has a new set of rules with which to comply. Although they may take years to be fully enacted, financial exchange traded funds (ETFs) are reacting well to the news early this morning. According to the ETF Dashboard, financial ETFs heartily ap...

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  • ETFs Turn Higher as Exports Surge

    09-09-2010 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    The trade gap narrowed in July, jobless claims dropped in the last week and President Obama has a new jobs plan. Will it be enough to propel exchange traded funds (ETFs) higher and keep them there? Continued signs that Americans be hopeful about the country's economic future p...

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  • ETFs Fall As Google, Bank Earnings Disappoint

    07-16-2010 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Disappointing earnings from a slew of giants, including Google (NASDAQ: GOOG), Bank of America (BAC) and Citigroup (C) primarily dragged financial exchange traded funds (ETFs) down by as much as 4% in early trading. JPMorgan's (NYSE: JPM) earnings may have been an anomaly. Ban...

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  • Financial ETFs: 5 Positives of Reform

    07-15-2010 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    After a tumultuous past few months in which investors were left to speculate about the state of Europe's financial crisis and the U.S.'s financial reform, we are finally starting to get a little bit of clarity. In the United States, at least, a resolution for exchange traded fund...

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  • ETFs Slide on the First Day of Third Quarter

    07-01-2010 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Worries about the domestic and global economy didn't wind down along with the second quarter. They're hanging around, dogging the markets and exchange traded funds (ETFs) right into the third quarter. Financial overhaul made another step closer to becoming a reality late yeste...

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  • Markets, ETFs Flat on Second Quarter's Last Day

    06-30-2010 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    The second quarter has been painful for many investors and exchange traded funds (ETFs). But in the final day of trading, the markets turned quiet and reflective about the last three months. Financial ETFs rose slightly on reports of a change in the banking overhaul bill that ...

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  • Are Pure-Play ETFs Worth the Risk?

    05-24-2010 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The exchange traded fund (ETF) universe offers a breathtaking array of options to choose from. The latest addition to this universe is the pure-play ETF, which gives investors very focused exposure to a sector. With that focused exposure, though, comes more risk. ETFs were ini...

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  • Financial ETFs: Hurting Now, But Are They a Future Opportunity?

    05-21-2010 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The market's recent correction and the financial overhaul bill that's winding its way through Congress haven't stopped analysts from feeling bullish on financial exchange traded funds (ETFs). The financial overhaul bill that passed in the Senate is a far-reaching one that woul...

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  • Financial ETFs: What Regulation Will Mean

    05-07-2010 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The Obama administration has been saying that it will provide better financial regulation, and the U.S. Senate made some progress by passing two amendments aimed at obviating another copious taxpayer bailout of Wall Street. Big banks and related financial exchange traded funds (E...

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  • What, Me Worry? Why Some Are Bullish on Financial ETFs

    05-03-2010 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The financial press is humming over what President Barack Obama's call for greater financial regulation and the SEC's investigation into subprime mortgage deals will mean for the financial sector and its related stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs).  Some experts believe tight...

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  • ETFs Lifted on Hopes of an Imminent Greece Bailout

    04-29-2010 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    It finally looks like it just may happen: the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the European Union are putting the finishing touches on an aid deal for Greece, and exchange traded funds (ETFs) have turned solidly positive on the news. The IMF has promised to boost the aid...

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  • 5 ETFs That Are Currently Beating the S&P 500

    04-23-2010 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The markets seem to feel a spring renewal and the S&P 500 has gained 6% in the last month and 8.4% year-to-date. Still, some areas of the market are doing even better than that. These exchange traded funds (ETFs) have outperformed the S&P in the past month. Turkey. Dep...

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  • Strong Earnings from Tech Giants and Banks Propel ETFs Upward

    04-21-2010 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Street-blasting earnings from Apple, Yahoo, McDonald's and Boeing are powering exchange traded funds (ETFs) early today. Meanwhile, Wall Street's biggest banks delivered earnings results amid stepped-up scrutiny from regulators. Two tech giants were market superstars in the f...

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  • Financial ETFs to Watch as SEC's Investigation Continues

    04-19-2010 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    On Friday, Goldman Sachs lost $10 billion in market value as investors responded to news of a civil lawsuit brought on by the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC), and other banks were dragged, too. With all this volatility in financials, now may be a good time to do some homew...

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  • The Top 6 ETFs of the First Quarter

    04-01-2010 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Just like that, another quarter has come and gone. The first quarter of 2010 certainly had its hiccups, but it was overall a strong one for the markets. The top long-only exchange traded funds (ETFs) this quarter are giving some clues about who's leading the recovery so far. ...

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  • A Year Later: 8 Top ETFs Since the Market's Low

    03-09-2010 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    What a difference a year makes. At this time in 2009, it seemed that the markets and exchange traded funds (ETFs) couldn't sink much further. Little did we know, a reprieve was to come. Here are eight of the strongest ETFs since that day. Market Vectors Coal ETF (NYSEArca: KOL...

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  • Financial ETF: Why Big Banks May Be the Next Performers

    02-22-2010 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The time for the financial sector exchange traded funds (ETFs) may be at hand. After a year of recuperating from the financial crisis, big banks may be healthy enough to resume the task of making big money. Big banks and the financial sector ETFs may be the best performers in ...

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  • How New Bank Tax May Hurt Financial Industry, ETFs

    01-13-2010 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Bonus season is coming around and lots of big bankers are likely to receive a fat check. This has spurred another round of public outrage and the government has taken steps to funnel away some of the money back to taxpayers. What may be good for taxpayers might not be good for ba...

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  • Financial ETFs Pull Back, But What's the Next Step?

    12-14-2009 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    For those investors who rely on the 200-day moving average as a guide for where and when to invest, financial exchange traded funds (ETFs) could be sending a sell signal. Is the sector primed for a pullback? The moving average (MA) is a significant indicator that investors fol...

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  • Stocks, ETFs Move Higher as Trade Gap Narrows

    12-10-2009 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Both stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) are nicely higher this morning as news that the nation's trade gap narrowed in October offset slightly higher-than-expected weekly jobless claims.  The Commerce Department reported this morning that the trade deficit for the United ...

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  • A Year After Lehman: Are Financial ETFs Ready for Their Close-Up?

    09-14-2009 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    One year ago today, Lehman Brothers collapsed and sent the entire financial system and its related exchange traded funds (ETFs) on a downward spiral. Today, the picture looks much different. Are financial ETFs ripe for the picking? Since the market lows on March 9, financials...

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  • Midday Market Update: Stocks, ETFs See-Saw After Budget Plans

    02-26-2009 10:26 AM by Tom Lydon

    Governments are reaching in to help banks and this is giving Wall Street a chance to put some worries to rest over the financial system while giving exchange traded funds (ETFs) a chance to rally. Stocks get a lift Thursday, as part of their up and down momentum for the week,...

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  • What Bank Nationalization Means for You

    02-20-2009 11:45 AM by Tom Lydon

    Shares of Bank of America (BAC) and Citigroup (C) are at 18-year lows today on investor fears that they could be nationalized. What Does It Mean? Nationalization will mean different things to different people, CNBC says. It's as much a semantics debate as it is about politica...

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  • Sticking to a Strategy With ETFs Is Also a 'Safe Haven'

    09-19-2008 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    After a week like this, in which many financial exchange traded funds (ETFs) have rapidly gained, then just as rapidly plummeted and so on, it's worth taking a look at the assets. Although today was a better one than a few of the others seen this week, with all this stomach-ch...

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  • The Worst Is Over for Financial ETFs, Or It Isn't

    09-19-2008 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The government has announced that it's hatching a plan to save our financial system - time to get back into financial exchange traded funds (ETFs), right? Well, not so fast. The government's plan isn't fully fleshed out. They'll be working through the weekend to work out the d...

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  • ETFs Around the World Sneeze After Dow Sinks

    09-05-2008 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Wall Street coughed yesterday, and Europe and Asia's markets and exchange traded funds (ETFs) caught a cold. After the Dow Jones lost more than 340 points, Europe's FTSE-100, Germany's DAX and France's CAC all fell by mid-afternoon. In Moscow, reports Louise Watt for the Assoc...

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  • Life Preserver Has Investors, Financial ETFs Worried

    08-20-2008 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Worries about the fate of Fannie Mae (FNM) and Freddie Mac (FRE) are persisting, and it continues to drag down financial exchange traded funds (ETFs). Investors seem increasingly convinced that if the government bails them out, their shares will plunge to zero, reports Alan Zi...

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  • Financials Ding Markets and ETFs, But Falling Oil Is a Salve

    08-12-2008 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    More news about the financial sector sent Wall Street and related exchange traded funds (ETFs) lower, but a further drop in oil prices helped soothe some investors. JP Morgan (JPM) said it had racked up bigger losses in its mortgage holdings so far in the third quarter than in...

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  • July Takes a Warming to Financial ETFs

    08-08-2008 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    In July, exchange traded funds (ETFs) within the financial sector have demonstrated how a slight transition from really bad to just a little bad bad can still generate some profit and clean up. July was also interesting as the Federal Reserve made huge efforts toward saving th...

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  • Probe of Citigroup and Others Could Hit Financial ETFs

    08-01-2008 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Citigroup's (C) imminent charges could wind up packing a wallop for financial exchange traded funds (ETFs). New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has said he plans to charge the bank with fraudulently marketing and selling auction-rate securities, as well as destroying subpoe...

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  • A Little Assurance Goes a Long Way for Financial ETFs

    07-16-2008 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Financial-related exchange traded funds (ETFs) surged today after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were in no danger of failing. It was his second day of testimony about the state of the ailing U.S. economy. It was less downbeat than yester...

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  • Fannie, Freddie Bailout Plan Doesn't Appease Financial ETFs

    07-14-2008 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Financial exchange traded funds (ETFs) are trading sharply lower earlier today, in spite of a spelled-out government plan to toss a lifesaver to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The plan, in short, is meant to show that the government is ready to take any steps necessary to prevent...

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Regional Banks 75.5%
Real Estate 14.6%
Unknown 5%
US Stocks 3.2%
Financials 1.7%
Banks 83.6%
Diversified Banks 6.5%
Instl Trust Fiduciary & Custody 3.2%
P&C Insurance 1.7%
Mortgage Finance 1.6%
Life Insurance 1.6%
Commercial Finance 1.6%
Unknown 0.2%
United States 99.7%
Unknown 0.3%
Micro-cap 75.7%
Large-cap 24.1%
Unknown 0.2%

Number of Holdings: 63





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2.8% NYCB New York Community B... Financials 8215000 United States
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2.7% FRC First Republic Bank/... Regional Banks 9009000 United States
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2.6% WFC Wells Fargo & Co Financials 295322000 United States
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2.6% MTB M&T Bank Corp Regional Banks 17537000 United States
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