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Financial stocks and sector-related exchange traded funds have been among the worst performing areas of the market so far this year. Bargain hunters seeking a cheap play may want to pass on this area as the industry may not turn around anytime soon. The Financial Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLF) is still down 5.9% year-to-date, […]

Financial sector ETFs maintained momentum Wednesday after stumbling at start of year Global financial sectors also rallied on Wednesday Market observers appear to be pouncing on a sector that has been underperforming in 2016 Despite a relatively tepid Wednesday, financial sector exchange traded funds maintained their momentum as bargain hunters jumped back into an oversold market segment. […]

As the energy sector is bludgeoned by low oil prices, banks and financial sector exchange traded funds could continue to underperform. Banking stocks are among the worst performing areas of the year. Year-to-date, the SPDR S&P Bank ETF (NYSEArca: KBE) fell 16.8% and PowerShares KBW Bank Portfolio (NYSEArca: KBWB) declined 17.3%. Meanwhile, the broader iShares […]

Exchange traded funds that track some of the worst areas of the year were among the best performers Tuesday as bargain hunters piled into downtrodden sectors. Consumer discretionary and bank stocks were led the advance in U.S. markets on Tuesday. For instance, the PowerShares KBW Bank Portfolio (NYSEArca: KBWB) gained 3.3%, SPDR S&P Bank ETF […]

Financial stocks and bank sector-related exchange traded funds have been among the worst areas of the market this year, but after the steep declines, investors may find a cheap play. The financial sector is the worst performing S&P 500 sector this year, with the Financial Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLF) down 17.5% year-to-date. However, some […]

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 Committee will announce a rate hike after its December 16 meeting, reports Jeff Cox […]

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 Research at State Street Global Advisor, pointed out that the utilities sector was […]

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 “surcharge” for J.P. Morgan Chase (NYSE: JPM); 3.5% for Citigroup (NYSE: C); […]

Earnings season is kicking off, and financial sector exchange traded funds are in the limelight this week as major banks reveal second quarter results. On Tuesday, JPMorgan (NYSE: JPM) and Wells Fargo (NYSE: WFC) will report earnings, according to CNBC. On Wednesday, Bank of America (NYSE: BAC) will reveal results. On Thursday, Citigroup (NYSE: C) […]

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 half of the year. “Strong mergers and acquisitions activity, a busy underwriting calendar and increased […]

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 retrenchment from the Fed, slow reflation and that could be a […]

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 rates ahead. Click here to listen to the podcast. To […]

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 market,” Dick Bove, Rafferty Capital’s vice president of equity research, said on CNBC. Many […]

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 Friday, the iShares U.S. Regional Banks ETF (NYSEArca: IAT) rose 1.6%, SPDR S&P Bank […]

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 (NYSEArca: IAT) gained 3.6%, PowerShares KBW Regional Bank Portfolio (NYSEArca: KBWR) increased 4.6%, SPDR S&P […]

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 as the September meeting, Credit Suisse analysts favor JPMorgan Chase (NYSE: JPM), Bank […]

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 ETF.com. According to Bank of America Merrill Lynch, global investors have been cutting their U.S. […]

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 ETF, increased 3.0% year-to-date. KRE has the largest tilt toward smaller banks, including 18.5% […]

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 season has helped lift the sector. For instance, the 24 companies in […]

The stock market may be bracing for a disappointing earnings season ahead. However, financial sector exchange traded funds could lead as banks post positive profits on improving home-loan business. The financial sector has been falling behind the broader market so far this year, but it could soon turn around. Year-to-date, the Financial Select Sector SPDR […]

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 highlighted the PowerShares KBW Bank Portfolio (NYSEArca: KBWB). Banks will be creating greater value for investors after the stress test, raising dividends and buybacks. Click […]

Financial sector exchange traded funds could generate greater value for share holders after big banks passed the Federal Reserve’s stress test, and plan stock buybacks and dividend hikes. The banking sector is lifting financials, with the iShares US Broker-Dealers ETF (NYSEArca: IAI) up 1.2%, PowerShares KBW Bank Portfolio (NYSEArca: KBWB) 1.7% higher and Financial Select […]

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%. Additionally, the SPDR S&P Bank ETF (NYSEArca: KBE) rose 0.7%, SPDR […]

Financial companies and sector-related exchange traded funds could find it harder to provide value for investors as industry’s ability to implement dividends and buybacks hinges on Federal Reserve stress test results. For example, Citigroup (NYSE: C) has been under pressure as it prepares for the results of the banking stress test a year after failing […]

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 (NYSEArca: PSCF) and PowerShares KBW Regional Bank Portfolio (NYSEArca: KBWR) target smaller companies in the […]

In a persistently low interest rate environment, the financial sector’s outlook remains murky, but investors who still want some exposure to financials can consider exchange traded funds that produce decent yields. Financial services firm Keefe, Bruyette & Woods advised clients to look into high-yielding financials, such as real estate investment trusts and dividend-paying banks when […]

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% and Financial Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLF) advanced 1.1% while the […]

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 Street. For instance, the PowerShares S&P SmallCap Financials Portfolio (NYSEArca: PSCF) and First Trust NASDAQ ABA […]

Prominent value investors have picked up large money managers in the financial space. Exchange traded fund investors can also track some of these asset managers through capital market options. Mario Gabelli, CEO and chairman of Gamco Investors, is adding shares of State Street (NYSE: STT), Northern Trust (NasdaqGS: NTRS) and Bank of New York Mellon […]