PowerShares Bank ETF Joins $1 Billion Club

The recently completed Federal Reserve stress tests were passed with flying colors by KBWB constituents. Improving earnings and sturdier balance sheets coupled with the stress test results are expected to give big banks the ability to further boost shareholder rewards, including buybacks and dividends.

“Since June, the financial sector significantly outperformed the broader market, resulting in an increased interest in investible financial services products with an estimated $8.1 billion in inflows from June 6 through December 1. Over this period, the S&P 500 Financials gained 17.9% while the S&P 500 Index rose 8.8%. The largest banks drove much of the financials’ performance, with KBWB advancing 17.6%,” according to PowerShares.

Bank of America Corp. (NYSE: BAC), Dow component JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) and Citigroup Inc. (NYSE: C) combine for nearly a quarter of KBWB’s lineup. Wells Fargo (NYSE: WFC) and US Bancorp (NYSE: USB) combine for over 15% of the ETF.

Including KBWB, there are 11 ETFs tracking the financial services sector with at least $1 billion in assets under management.

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