Broker-dealers and capital markets stocks are loving the idea of higher interest rates. The SPDR S&P Capital Markets ETF (NYSEArca: KCE) is proof positive of that.

The $183.4 million, equal-weight KCE is up 4.3% over the past month, a performance that is nearly 200 basis points ahead of the Financial Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLF). KCE has recently notched several consecutive closes above $52, something the ETF had not done in over seven years. That says the ETF’s technical outlook is bright.

On Tuesday, 10-year Treasury yields rose more than 2% “helping to keep the tailwind behind companies that benefit from higher rates. Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS), Charles Schwab (NYSE: SCHW), E*Trade Financial (NasdaqGS: ETFC) and Raymond James Financial (NYSE: RJF) managed to clock 52-week highs,” according to Captain John Charts.

Those stocks combine for nearly 11% of KCE’s weight.

KCE “focuses on the Capital Markets such as companies that do business as broker dealers, asset managers, trust and custody banks, as well as exchanges. Now the good stuff from a chart perspective. The price chart is breaking out of a basing pattern which some may view as a bullish Head and Shoulder continuation pattern,” notes Captain John Charts. [Wall Street ETF Awakens]

So KCE’s chart looks good and the ETF’s fundamentals appear sound because everyone and his sister expects the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates, but KCE is a legitimate play another important theme: The growth of the ETF industry.

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