Financial Select Sector SPDRFund (XLF)

XLF (n.a.:Financial Services) ETF
$24.04
pos +0.03
+0.12%
Today's Range: 24.04 - 24.16 | XLF Avg Daily Volume: 40,293,400
Last Update: 08/23/16 - 4:00 PM EDT
Volume: 24,237,626
YTD Performance: 0.76%
Open: $24.10
Previous Close: $24.01
52 Week Range: $18.52 - $24.97
Oustanding Shares: 660,045,427
Market Cap: 15,847,690,702
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TheStreet Ratings Grade for XLF
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Analysts Ratings
Historical Rec Current 1 Mo. Ago 2 Mo. Ago 3 Mo. Ago
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Mean Rec. 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Latest Dividend: 0.00
Latest Dividend Yield: 0.00%
Dividend Ex-Date: 12/31/69
Price Earnings Ratio: 0.00
Price Earnings Comparisons:
XLF Sector Avg. S&P 500
0.00 0.00 12.90
Price Performance History (%Change):
3 Mo 1 Yr 3 Y
3.45% 1.57% 19.81%
GROWTH 12 Mo 3 Yr CAGR
Revenue 0.00 0.00 0.00
Net Income 0.00 0.00 0.00
EPS 0.00 0.00 0.00
Earnings for XLF:
EBITDA 0.00B
Revenue 0.00B
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Earnings Estimates data is not available for XLF.

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By

Bob Byrne

 | Jun 15, 2016 | 7:00 AM EDT

But not all areas of the market are in great shape.

By

Doug Kass

 | Jun 14, 2016 | 4:26 PM EDT
The U.S. dollar strengthened today against the euro. Crude oil was down 50 cents to $48.40. Gold was up a beaner to $1,288. Agricultural commodities were mixed: wheat -4.50, corn +6.50, soybean flat, and oats +1. Lumber -5.25. Bonds were flat after a sharp rise in the early going. The 10-year yield and long-bond yield are unchanged. The 2s/10s spread is flat at about 92 basis points. Municipals were higher in price and closed-end muni funds continued to glow. High yield (I am watching closely, see above) was down. Blackstone/GSO Strategic Credit Fund (BGB) might be breaking down; it was down 12 cents on the day to $14.55. If I held, I would sell. Banks are worrisome as I wrote, with losses of 2% to 3% for the money centers. I remain short Financial Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLF), which is working; it was down 34 cents, or nearly 1.5% lower. There were so many bank bulls on the recent rise; they have now disappeared and have been silenced. Again, stay independent in thought and mostly throw out the price followers who are trying to sell you something! Insurance was broadly lower. Life stocks Lincoln National (LNC) and MetLife (MET) schmeissed,  but my long Hartford Financial Services Group (HIG) is still outperforming the market and its peer group. I am watching this one closely. Brokerages were awful and rolling over. Retail was weak. My short Nordstrom (JWN) was down by $1; it's my only position in the space. Home Depot (HD) was off $2.50 and conspicuously on the downside. Autos are unsound and running out of gas as previously mentioned. Energy shares were lower, but not materially. iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology ETF (IBB) was down nearly $2. There was no large individual security drops, but a broad-based decline. I have been out of the sector for almost two weeks now. Media was better, led by my short Disney (DIS), up 80-plus cents. Comcast (CMCSA) was up a quarter. Staples were stronger, hurting my Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLP) short, though it is small in size. Ag equipment was down fractionally. (T)FANG was mixed. Tesla (TSLA) saw profit taking. Netflix (NFLX) reversed from a good gain to a small profit. In individual stocks, my long fav DuPont (DD) suffering from profit taking; I am eyeing the low $60s to replace what I recently sold off. I'm still medium in size, though. Oaktree Capital Group (OAK) continued to slide a bit today, but iShares China Large-Cap (FXI) was up a few pennies. I would short any strength. Sector exposure: XLP up, Materials Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLB) down (more!). Here are some value-added columns on our site today: Jim "El Capitan" Cramer on inspiration from Jay Leno.  Tim Melvin on funds with attractive yields.   Bobby Lang on volatility. (I will have more on the subject tomorrow.)  Jim Collins, Tim's illegitimate son, on the whacky bond market.  Roger Arnold on "The Paradox of Thrift" -- a frequent topic of mine.
By

Doug Kass

 | Jun 13, 2016 | 3:48 PM EDT
The U.S. dollar weakened today. Crude oil dropped two bits to $48.85. Gold was up $10.50 to $1,287, making an assault back at the $1,300 resistance area. Agricultural commodities: wheat -3, corn +7, soybean flat and oats +3.50. Lumber -3.50. Bonds rallied for another day. iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF (TLT) was up 40 cents. The yield on the 10-year U.S. note dropped by two basis points to a record low 1.61%. The long bond dropped by one basis point to 2.44%. The 2s/10s spread was flat at 91 basis points. Municipals rose and closed-end municipal bond funds continued to rise. High-yield bonds were hit. Blackstone/GSO Strategic Credit Fund (BGB) fell by eight cents. Banks slipped and continue to show signs of rolling over. Financial Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLF) was down 0.5%. I have been adding to the short. Insurance was mixed, but my only long, Hartford Financial Services Group (HIG), climbed by 50 cents.   Brokerages continue to underperform. Retail was mixed to lower. My short, Nordstrom (JWN), was a standout to the downside, off $1.10. Old tech was lower, led by IBM (IBM). Autos also were exhibiting signs of rolling over. Biotech continues its recent weakness, with iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology ETF (IBB) down 1%. Allergan (AGN) was up almost $3, but most others were lower. I have no interest in bottom fishing and the technical recovery mentioned by some appears to be not so much. Agricultural equipment was lower led by short Caterpillar (CAT). Media was mixed, though Disney (DIS) was stronger. Staples were weaker despite a lower U.S. currency -- my fav large-cap short Coca-Cola (KO) was down 45 cents. Energy stocks were mixed, with Exxon Mobil (XOM) up and Schlumberger (SLB) down. TFANG was quiet, though Facebook (FB) was down $3 on a Citron Research negative report. In selected individual securities, Monsanto (MON) and The Mighty Oak -- aka Oaktree Capital Group (OAK) -- were noticeably weaker. Alibaba (BABA) broke bad. My long fav DuPont (DD) was down by nearly a beaner. Country shorts iShares China Large-Cap (FXI) and iShares MSCI United Kingdom (EWU) were lower, going the right way for the manner in which I am positioned. Sector shorts Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR (XLP) and Material Select Sector SPDR (XLB) - also are going in the right direction. Here are some valuable contributions on our site today: Jim "El Capitan" Cramer on natural gas elbowing out coal.  Ben "Goldfinger" Cross on a possible breakout in the precious metal.  Tim Melvin on three bank stocks to avoid.  James Passeri on Valeant (VRX) and Walgreens (WBA).  Robert "Not Rita" Moreno on a Facebook short. 
By

Doug Kass

 | Jun 13, 2016 | 8:11 AM EDT
"Risks abound [in] a flat, networked and interconnected world, [and] as citizens and investors, we aren't as safe as the markets presume."
By

Doug Kass

 | Jun 10, 2016 | 8:48 AM EDT
It was Groundhog Day on Wall Street again. We finished down, but well off of the session lows. I did no trading. The U.S. dollar weakened. Oil, stronger in the morning, weakened in
By

Doug Kass

 | Jun 3, 2016 | 2:46 PM EDT
The U.S. dollar got schmeissed after the weak jobs report. Crude oil fell by 70 cents. Gold was up by $30 to $1,242. Agricultural commodities were inconsistent in price change today: wheat +8, corn +2, soybean -7 (after yesterday's huge ramp) and oats -1. Lumber +5. Bonds soared. iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF (TLT) was up $1.70. The 2s/10s spread stood at 92 basis points; a multiyear low, at 90 bps, occurred yesterday. The 10-year U.S. note dropped by nearly 11 basis points to 1.70% and the 20-year yield fell by seven basis points to 2.52%. Municipal bonds were stronger, as were closed-end muni bond funds. High yield traded slightly higher in price. Blackstone/GSO Strategic Credit Fund (BGB) was flat. Banks were the principal victim of lower rates; I expect a good portion of the spring rally to be retraced this summer. I added to my Financial Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLF) short. Citigroup's (C) management warning weighed on its shares. Jamie Dimon's auto loan warnings also are weighing on the bank sector as well as the auto space as credit quality and future funding issues arose. Brokerages were weak. Insurance stocks got smoked; I remain short Lincoln National (LNC), down $1.50, and MetLife (MET), down $1.40. My long Hartford Financial Services Group (HIG) was down 60 cents. Energy stocks fared better than the commodity drop with only modest losses. Retail exhibited modest price changes -- flat lined, on average. Old media fell back, led by IBM (IBM), down $1.25. Autos continue their weak spell, with both Ford (F) and General Motors (GM) falling to recent lows. Again, value traps. Ag equipment continued to be responsive to a Joy Global (JOY) beat. Both Deere (DE), on a Goldman upgrade, and Caterpillar (CAT) experienced nice gains. Media was flat to slightly lower. In individual stocks, Alibaba (BABA) traded poorly (still!) after its partial distribution by Softbank. Starbucks (SBUX) is still leaving a bitter taste. Apple (AAPL) was up small in a weak tape after a few days of underperformance. The Mighty Oak -- aka Oaktree Capital Group (OAK) -- dropped some leaves. DuPont (DD), my fav long, continues to be a dream coming true. Here are several value-added contributions on Real Money Pro: Jim "El Capitan" Cramer firing some yield-seeking missiles.  Skip Raschke loves gold and has some secrets how to trade it. And Tim "Not Judy or Phil" Collins has some additional thoughts on a trigger to buy gold.  "The Piano Man" RevShark sings about the Fed being a matter of trust.  Versace and Hawkins on what the jobs report might mean for stocks and economic forecasts.
By

Doug Kass

 | Jun 3, 2016 | 11:59 AM EDT
The iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF (TLT) is +$1.50. The 10-year Treasury yield is down 10 basis points to 1.709%. The 30-year Treasury yield is seven basis points lower at 2.52%. The two-year/10-year Treasury spread is at 93 basis points. The U.S. dollar is massively weaker. As a result, I've acted on two fr
By

Doug Kass

 | Jun 3, 2016 | 9:04 AM EDT
It's often said that a picture is worth a thousand words, so let's do some chart gazing this morning.
By

Doug Kass

 | Jun 2, 2016 | 5:33 PM EDT
The U.S. dollar strengthened. The price of crude oil rose by a couple of pennies. Gold fell by $1.30 to $1,213 -- still looking weak technically as we move further and further from $1,300. More wild swings to the upside in agricultural commodities:  wheat +9, corn unchanged, soybeans +44 (!!) and oats -1.50. Lumber +3. Bonds stronger in price and lower in yield. The yield curve flattened -- down to about 91 bps. The yield on the 10-year U.S. note dipped by four basis points  (1.807% yield) and the long bond yield declined by four basis points (2.58% yield). Municipals were well-bid, with closed-end muni bond funds higher. The high-yield bond market flat lined. Banks were mixed (they're at important resistance now), insurance sold off -- my long Hartford Financial Services Group (HIG) underperformed and my short Lincoln National (LNC) outperformed! -- and brokerages declined. At a Sanford Bernstein conference a few bank managements said trading activity had modestly improved, but the stocks did not respond. I expanded my Financial Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLF) short today. But, after the close, Citigroup (C) management said while trading is trending somewhat better sequentially, total net income in the second quarter will be similar to the first quarter, which is a disappointment (though no one in media has discussed this). C is trading down by about 40 cents from the close, but on low volume. Retail was strong, led by Macy's (M) and Nordstrom (JWN), each up by over a dollar. Biotech continues to rally, going from goat to hero in the last week. iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology ETF (IBB) was up 1.7%, led by Allergan (AGN), up $4.50, and some more speculative names. Indeed, since my upbeat industry piece on May 24, IBB has increased from $270 to $285 and AGN's shares are up $20. I took off half of my AGN long today for a good gain. Energy stocks were lower, led by two of my shorts, Exxon Mobil (XOM) and Schlumberger (SLB). Old tech was mixed. Agricultural equipment was buoyed by Joy Global's (JOY) beat. Autos were flat. JPMorgan's Jamie Dimon warned about auto loan portfolio risks. Consumer staples were mixed, with Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLP) flat. I expanded my short. Materials rallied, with Materials Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLB) up 27 cents; I expanded my short. DuPont (DD) is 10% of the index. Media saw limited price changes. I plan to short more Comcast (CMCSA) at current prices over the next few days. (T)FANG was led by an unstoppable Amazon (AMZN), but Alphabet (GOOGL) trailed. In individual stocks, fav long DD was u[ $1.70 as it looks to have an appointment with $70. Starbucks (SBUX), one of my fav large-cap shorts, continues to break down. Twitter (TWTR) was up a bit (see Tim Collins below). The Mighty Oak, Oaktree Capital Group (OAK), weakened. Here are some value added columns posted on Real Money Pro today: Jim "El Capitan" Cramer on wilting rationality and the Bear Market in Complacency.  Anders Keitz summarizes the bull/bear argument on Apple (AAPL).  Tim "Not Judy or Phil" Collins got me thinking on Twitter. 
By

Doug Kass

 | Jun 2, 2016 | 2:52 PM EDT
iShares Treasury 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF (TLT) is up more than a beaner and the 10-year U.S. note yield is back down to 1.80%.
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