Related Outside Content

The U.S. equities markets are hovering near record highs, making it harder to single out winners next year. Nevertheless, investors can utilize exchange traded funds to pick and choose broad market sectors. Thomas Lee, founder of Fundstrat Global Advisors and former chief U.S. equity strategist at J.P. Morgan, argues that it will be challenging to […]

After the close of U.S. markets Monday, S&P Dow Jones Indices and MSCI (NYSE: MSCI), two of the largest providers of benchmarks for exchange traded funds, announced that real estate will become the eleventh Global Industry Classification Standard (GICS) sector. “Feedback from the annual GICS structural review confirmed that Real Estate is now viewed as […]

Suddenly, investors are giving exchange traded funds tracking the financial services sector the same treatment they are giving gold ETFs. That is to say, investors are departing bank ETFs in significant fashion. The Financial Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLF) last week suffered its biggest outflows since 2009,reports Madeline McMahon for Bloomberg. Over the past week, […]

Major financial services exchange traded funds tracking the financial services sector have been solid though not spectacular performers this month, but it looks like some investors are not waiting around for the spectacular to materialize. The Financial Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLF), the largest financial services ETF, entered Monday with an October gain of nearly […]

Financial sector exchange traded fund watchers will have their hands full on Tuesday with an unprecedented three banks, J.P. Morgan (NYSE: JPM), Wells Fargo (NYSE: WFC) and Citigroup (NYSE: C), announcing their third quarter results on the first day of the season. The banks make up a significant portion of financial sector ETFs. Specifically, the […]

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 SPDR (NYSEArca: XLF) has gained 1.7% over the past week and rose 1.9% over the […]

Financial stocks and related exchange traded funds have lagged behind the broader markets, but with profits surging to near-record levels, the sector could be turning around. Year-to-date, the Financial Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLF), the largest U.S. financial sector ETF, has gained 3.2%, while the Vanguard Financials ETF (NYSEArca: VFH) is up 3.2 and iShares […]

Several sectors have impressed this year, delivering double-digit returns along the way. Financial services, the second-largest sector weight in the S&P 500, is not one of those groups. The Financial Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLF), the largest U.S. sector ETF, entered Thursday with a 5.2% year-to-date gain. That is a middling performance among the nine […]

With U.S. stocks trading lower Thursday, it is not surprising that financial services exchange traded funds are weaker as well. After all, the sector is the second-largest in the S&P 500 behind technology. Thursday weakness for the likes of the Financial Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLF), Vanguard Financials ETF (NYSEArca: VFH) and the iShares U.S. […]

While still strengthening along with the broader markets, financial sector exchange traded funds face headwinds. Year-to-date, the Financial Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLF) rose 4.8%, Vanguard Financials ETF (NYSEArca: VFH) increased 5.1% and he iShares U.S. Financials ETF (NYSEArca: IYF) gained 4.5%. [Financials ETFs Could Continue Languishing] The Federal Reserve’s annual stress test on the […]

Financial stocks and exchange traded funds have been the worst performing sector in the S&P 500 over the past quarter, and some technical analysts argue that the weakness will extend. Over the past three months, the Financial Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLF) is up 3.8%, Vanguard Financials ETF (NYSEArca: VFH) rose 3.7% and he iShares […]

The Financial Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLF), the largest U.S. sector ETF, is up half a percent in the current quarter, but the niceties could end there for XLF and rival bank ETFs. XLF is locked in a dubious tie with the Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLY) as the worst-performing sector SPDR this […]

Without a resolution to the escalating geopolitical tension between Ukraine and Russia, exchange traded fund investors should keep a close eye on a couple of asset classes to help minimize or even profit from the increased volatility. According to analysis on funds in a theoretical scenario of a falling ruble, higher natural gas prices and […]

Shares of Bank of America (NYSE: BAC) are down 4.9% Monday and trading near the lowest levels since December after the bank said it will suspend its planned $4 billion share repurchase plan and its previously announced dividend increase due to a calculation error related to the company’s acquisition of Merrill Lynch during the financial […]

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,” said Nicholas Colas, chief market strategist at ConvergEx Group, a global brokerage company based […]

The results of the Federal Reserve’s annual Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review (CCAR) program are expected to be revealed today and expectations are in place that some marquee banks will continue growing dividends and share repurchases. It is also expected that some banks that have been laggards on the shareholder rewards front will finally get […]

March did not start off on a positive note due to the conflict in Ukraine, but there is still time for it to live up to its billing as one of the best months of the year for stocks. As we noted last week, March and April are two of the best months of the […]

After the tumbles seen for U.S. stocks last Friday and this Monday, just one S&P 500 sector, utilities, can say it is in the green on a year-to-date basis. Perhaps, in the oddest of ways, it can be argued that financial services ETFs, some of last year’s darlings among sector funds, have not been too […]

Investors had plenty of fun with financial services exchange traded funds in 2013. The Financial Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLF) surged 35.5%, but big things are expected from the S&P 500’s second-largest sector weight again in 2014. “Specific to Financials, a steepening yield curve, faster loan growth and improving credit quality should boost EPS visibility […]

Mutual fund and retirement plan giant Fidelity made waves in the exchange traded funds industry in October when it rolled out 10 sector funds. While many industry observers believe Fidelity is late to the ETF party, there is reason to believe the firm’s ETF expansion was well-timed. For example, investors have been embracing sector ETFs […]

One of the biggest news items in the exchange trade products business this week was the debut of 10 sector ETFs from financial services giant Fidelity. And part of the big story there is that Fidelity is now the low-cost leader when it comes to sector ETFs. Not only can Fidelity clients trade the firm’s […]

Mutual fund giant Fidelity made its first sizable foray into the exchange traded products industry today with the debut of 10 sector ETFs. BlackRock (NYSE: BLK), the largest U.S. asset manager, is the sub-advisor for the Fidelity sector ETFs. Fidelity and iShares already have a partnership that includes the former offering some iShares ETFs to […]

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%), WFC (8.48%), JPM (8.33%), C (6.09%), and BAC (5.79%). XLF […]

U.S. stocks were down across the board Wednesday after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said the central bank could start tapering its bond purchases this year if the economy cooperates. Within sectors, financial stocks were holding up better to continue a trend that has been in place the past few months. The financial sector has […]

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 of factors are supporting the financial sector, including macroeconomic improvements, lower unemployment […]

This year ETF providers have been going toe-to-toe in the so-called fee war. It doesn’t look like the round of fee cuts is over quite yet as Vanguard slashes expense ratios on over 20 of its ETF offerings. “Since we are a mutually owned firm, low costs are an outcome that is directly tied to how much […]

Regulators are considering changes to the way big banks operate in light of JP Morgan’s (NYSE: JPM) recent loses. Meanwhile, financial exchange traded funds have been reeling in the aftermath. Financial sector ETFs, like Financial Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLF), Vanguard Financials ETF (NYSEArca: VFH) and iShares Dow Jones US Financial Sector (NYSEArca: IYF), have […]

Exchange traded funds indexed to the U.S. financial sector were getting a boost Wednesday from Goldman Sachs (NYSE: GS), which saw its shares vault 4% in the wake of the quarterly earnings report. Financials have posted impressive gains thus far in 2012, outpacing the broad market as XLF (SPDR Financials) is up 5.54% versus the […]

With bullish call buyers surfacing in XLF (SPDR Financials) in the options market on weakness in the sector on Thursday, we have an opportunity to examine broad based large cap oriented sector exchange traded funds in the space more closely. XLF is a market cap weighted product based on the S&P 500 Financials Select Index. […]

While a heat wave hit the East Coast, manufacturing in the region cooled off. The discouraging report sent exchange traded funds (ETFs) lower despite news that industrial output grew slightly across the country. Despite growth in recent months, economists feel that manufacturing activity may have peaked and that factory output may be flat for the […]