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While the financial sector remains one of the worst performing areas of the market, exchange traded funds that track small banks have quietly outperformed their large-cap peers. Year-to-date, the First Trust NASDAQ ABA Community Bank Index Fund (NasdaqGM: QABA) rose 1.3%, PowerShares S&P SmallCap Financials Portfolio (NYSEArca: PSCF) gained 9.7% and PowerShares KBW Regional Bank […]

Things are looking up for banks and financial sector exchange traded funds as more traders begin to feel more optimistic about the outlook of the underperforming area. The financial sector remains the worst performing area of the S&P 500, with the Financial Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLF) up 0.1% year-to-date, compared to the broader S&P […]

Bank stocks and financial sector exchange traded funds were the biggest losers in U.S. markets as traders weighed the potential years of uncertainty in response to the passing “Brexit” referendum. Broad financial sector ETFs came under fire Friday. The Financial Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLF) fell 4.9% iShares U.S. Financials ETF (NYSEArca: IYF) dropped 4.5% […]

The largest American banks may have to set aside more cash to strengthen balance sheets as a way to obviate further shocks, potentially putting additional strain on the financial sector and related exchange traded funds. Fed governors Daniel Tarullo and Jerome Powell, in separate public comments, have hinted that the central bank would probably require […]

While a rising interest rate environment will help banks’ margins, financial sector exchange traded funds may continue to be pressured by losses on loans to beleaguered energy companies. The financial sector is beginning to turnaround with the Financial Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLF) up 11.5%, iShares U.S. Financials ETF (NYSEArca: IYF) up 11.2% and Vanguard […]

The financial sector and bank exchange traded funds (ETFs) jumped Wednesday on a steepening yield curve ahead of the Federal Reserve announcement. The SPDR S&P Regional Banking ETF (NYSEArca: KRE), the largest regional bank ETF, which have been thirsting for higher interest rates, increased 3.2% Wednesday. The fund also broke above its long-term resistance at […]

The Financial Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLF), the largest exchange traded fund (ETF) tracking the financial services sector, and rival financial services ETFs are struggling this year. While banks have struggled to reduce costs and add new income to counter a low-rate environment, many have previously bet on Federal Reserve interest rate hikes to support […]

Each week publishes news, commentary and strategist stories surrounding the world of ETFs. Here’s a look at the 10 Best ETF Strategist Stories of the Week for April 25-29, 2016. Click the headline to read the full article: 1. High Yield: Painting with a Full Palette 2. Intrigue in New REX Gold-Hedged ETFs 3. Bonds Have […]

After being a major laggard among emerging markets exchange traded funds over the past couple of years, the iShares Latin American 40 ETF (NYSEArca: ILF) is up nearly 25% this year. With Latin American stocks and ETFs leading the emerging markets rally, investors should examine the region’s various central bank policies. Latin America’s central bank […]

Note: This article is part of ETF Trends Strategist Channel. By Jamie Mullen The Players U.S. Federal Reserve (the Fed) The Bank of Japan (BOJ) The European Central Bank (ECB) The Peoples Bank of China (PBOC) The Basic Rules Central Banks provide an ample supply of cheap money to banks in order to encourage lending to various […]

Despite lingering concerns over a third bailout plan, Greek markets and country-specific exchange traded fund surged Friday, with banks leading the charge, on speculation that lenders will capitalize on the European Central Bank’s updated quantitative easing program. The Global X FTSE Greece 20 ETF (NYSEArca: GREK) increased 5.6% Friday. Nevertheless, GREK was still down 9.8% […]

The Italian government and top lenders could come up with a plan for a state-backed fund to mend Italy’s financial sector, bolstering bank shares and country-specific exchange traded funds on Monday. The iShares MSCI Italy Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWI) rose 1.9% Monday and popped back above its short-term, 50-day simple moving average. The FTSE Italia […]

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