U.S. Stock ETFs Dip Ahead of Trump's Swearing-in

After a strong rallying follow the presidential elections, U.S. equities and stock exchange traded funds are stuck in tight range and even weakened as investors pared down bets ahead of Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration on Friday.

The S&P 500 Index, along with related funds including the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: SPY), iShares Core S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: IVV) and Vanguard 500 Index (NYSEArca: VOO), were down 0.2% Thursday.

Dragging on the equities markets, banks and energy stocks weakened.

Bank stocks slipped after rising in late Wednesday following comments from Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen, whom expected the central bank to steadily increase interest rates in the coming years, the Wall Street Journal reports. Market watchers anticipate higher rates to bolster banks since the lenders may also raise their lending profits.

However, traders believe that the financial sector, one of the strongest areas since the elections, may be stuck in sideways trading until after Trump’s inauguration, with focus turned back to what policies the new administration can push through Congress during his honeymoon period.