Financial Select Sector SPDRFund (XLF)

XLF (NAL:Financial Services) ETF
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Today's Range: 19.47 - 19.67 | XLF Avg Daily Volume: 48,883,900
Last Update: 10/21/16 - 4:00 PM EDT
Volume: 0
YTD Performance: 1.62%
Open: $0.00
Previous Close: $19.66
52 Week Range: $18.94 - $24.97
Oustanding Shares: 646,145,427
Market Cap: 12,703,219,095
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TheStreet Ratings Grade for XLF
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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 29.40
Price Performance History (%Change):
3 Mo 1 Yr 3 Y
2.91% 3.04% 16.03%
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:
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Doug Kass

 | Sep 1, 2016 | 12:08 PM EDT
My forecast that the U.S. economy is slowing. My expectation that there will be no Federal Reserve rate hikes over 2016's balance. The banking-and-brokerage sector's unfavorable risk vs. reward following its large recent run-up.

Doug Kass

 | Aug 31, 2016 | 5:11 PM EDT
The U.S. dollar weakened after several days of strengthening. The price of crude oil continued its fall, declining by $1.54 to $44.81. I remain and have added to my U.S. Oil Fund (USO) , Schlumberger (SLB) and Exxon Mobil (XOM) shorts. Gold expectedly dropped again, by $5 to $1,311. We are now at important support levels. In my elementary technical mind, the price action suggests the zone of $1,300 to $1,310 will be breached to the downside shortly. If it does, the algos will likely take over (if they haven't already) and could exaggerate a further price decline. I will get interested if there is a mini-panic. Agricultural commodities stabilized after recent weakness: wheat -1, corn -1, soybeans -9 and oats -1. Lumber was flat. Bonds had limited price movement. There was no change in the 10- and 30- year yields. The 2s/10s spread stayed at about 78 basis points. Municipals flat lined. Muni bond funds were mixed. But junk bonds, under the influence of lower crude prices, took a hit. Banks were mixed but held recent gains. I am still looking for an entry point in short Financial Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLF) given the slope of the yield curve and the persistency of low interest rates. That said, I still am of the view that we saw, in June/July, a generational bottom in bond yields. Brokerages also unchanged, holding recent gains. I'm looking to add to shorts here. Consider the rising popularity of passive versus active investing. The former turns over less than 3% a year, the later turns over more than 30% a year. Ergo, capital market activity is in a secular decline. Insurance was lower, but Trade of the Week (and long) Hartford Financial Services Group (HIG) was up on the day and is up 2% since Monday. If banks can rally hard in expectation of higher rates, seems to me that HIG is way behind! Retail continues to weaken, led by the dollar stores. I recently cautioned about bottom fishing in the stocks. That said, I am more aggressively buying J.C. Penney (JCP) as an investment as the price declines. The reward versus risk is now very attractive. A penny for your thoughts!  Biotech was down 1%. Autos were better. Energy stocks were down hard on the commodity slide. Media was breaking down. Ag equipment was conspicuously lower, possibly in a delayed reaction to the distinct move lower in commodity prices. (T)FANG had little price movement. In individual stocks, Twitter (TWTR) , up 4.5%, was a standout. I recently covered my short call hedge in the name and I am naked long a medium-size position. I like the way I have been playing the name. Here were some value-added contributions on our site today: Jim "El Capitan" Cramer on declining crude prices and stock mark-ups.  Robert "Not Rita" Moreno on Salesforce (CRM) , before the earnings report.  Carley Garner on grains.  Tim Melvin on the pursuit of yield.  Rev Shark on "let's hang on" and on small stocks. 

Doug Kass

 | Aug 30, 2016 | 3:40 PM EDT
Here are a few post-Takeaways takeaways:

Mark Newton

 | Aug 29, 2016 | 5:29 PM EDT
There are several names that could provide above-average appreciation going forward.

Christopher Versace

 | Aug 28, 2016 | 12:00 PM EDT
A host of economic reports are on the docket even as Wall Street continues to digest last Friday's remarks by Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen.

Doug Kass

 | Aug 26, 2016 | 2:34 PM EDT
The U.S. dollar strengthened on New York Fed President Stanley Fischer's hawkish comments. The price of crude oil is flat. Gold also flat lined. A $1,300 to $1,310 test seems possible. Entry point? A wild day in agricultural commodities: wheat -18, corn -5, soybean -14 and oats -6. (To those in Comments Section, I would continue to avoid fertilizers. I don't understand the interest in purchasing Potash (POT) down below! Double entendre! ) Lumber rallied by a beaner after being lower this week. Municipals are flat but closed-end muni bond funds are getting hit by profit taking; I would be out of/avoid this asset class. Junk bonds are unchanged. Banks continue to act swell, led by Bank of America (BAC) . Insurance is slightly higher but my fav long, Hartford Financial Services Group (HIG) , continues to lag. Brokerages, up big, are flat. I initiated shorts in MS and GS based on the magnitude of the recent rally, reduced expectations for capital market activity and a flattening yield curve. Retail was broadly lower. I addressed the headwinds facing dollar-store companies in my opening missive. Both DG and DLTR reversed by more than $2 from the morning highs. Home Depot (HD) also is lower again (Some interest in this name in the Comments Section; I would continue to avoid after a period of outperformance). Biotech is flat as a pancake. Energy stocks moved lower despite a modest rise in the price of crude. I initiated trading shorts in U.S. Oil Fund (USO) , Schlumberger (SLB) and Exxon Mobil (XOM) this week. Autos down on the day. I pointed out the rise in subprime auto delinquencies yesterday as another signpost of Peak Autos. Staples have been hit on a stronger U.S. currency. Media is weaker. Here are some value-added contributions on our site today: Jim "El Capitan" Cramer on what's real or Memorex? Jim also chimes in on his view of the dollar-store space. Mark "Nashville Cats" Sebastian on a Financial Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLF) game plan.  Rev Shark on possible reactions to the Fed.  Ed Ponsi "Scheme" on how to play Jackson Hole. 

Mike Norman

 | Aug 11, 2016 | 3:00 PM EDT
Good news for lenders if households take on more debt.

Doug Kass

 | Aug 8, 2016 | 2:58 PM EDT
The markets remain remarkably resilient. That said, I raised my short exposure in a small way when the market moved back to unchanged this morning. Radian Group (RDN) , placed on the Best Ideas List at $10 a share on July 6, trades at $13 today. I recently added close to $12, but I wouldn't chase at these levels even though I have an upside price target in the high teens.  Selected retail stocks are up on the heels of today's takeover of a mattress company. I am being squeezed a bit in my Nordstrom (JWN) short, but it's come down a long way. Agricultural equipment stocks are higher on a continued rise in ag commodities. I am poised to re-short the Caterpillar (CAT) I covered (it was on the Best Ideas List for several years). Banks are holding firm after a strong run on Friday. I am still re-examining a Financial Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLF) short as I think the pathway to higher yields and lower bond prices will be slow but steady. The Bad (T)FANG is rolling over a bit, but nothing monumental. Speculative biotech. (An editorial statement: I see a lot of shots being taken in our Comments Section on small-cap biotech and others. It's not my game and subs should be mindful of risks and size accordingly. I also think "shot taking' is symptomatic of the attitude we get when the market is frothy and overextended. I write this respectfully and out of concern.) I continue to add to Hartford Financial Services Group (

Bob Byrne

 | Aug 8, 2016 | 9:01 AM EDT
More importantly, we've still not identified a price that cuts off demand.

Doug Kass

 | Aug 5, 2016 | 5:39 PM EDT
The U.S. dollar strengthened in response to the good jobs report, up 0.75% for the week. The price of crude oil was flat, near $42, after yesterday's smart rally. Gold got schmeissed, down $25 to $1,342. I am watching for a buy entry point but rate differentials and a stronger U.S. currency could pressure precious metals in the near term. See Ben Cross below. Agricultural commodities: wheat +13, corn +2, soybeans +18. Lumber +6. Bonds were hit hard. Short bonds is now my largest investment position. iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF (TLT) was down $1.45. The yield on the 10-year U.S. note rose by nine basis points to 1.59% and the long bond by six basis points to 2.32%. The 2s/10s spread expanded by two basis points to 87 basis points, aiding financial stocks. Municipals got hit and closed-end muni bond funds suffered. Banks were standout beneficiaries from the jobs report. I covered my Financial Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLF) short trade earlier this week. Brokerages were higher. Life insurers rebounded from MetLife (MET) inspired weakness on Thursday. In pharma, Merck (MRK) and Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY) provided the fireworks, with the former up 10%-plus and the latter down 16%. Retail was inspired by better jobs numbers. Nordstrom (JWN) , my principal short, reversed earlier-week weakness. Old tech was boring, doing little. Autos were up, but only modestly. Media was better. Consumer staples suffered under the weight of a strong U.S. dollar Ag equipment was better, coincident with rising ag commodities. (T)FANG was better, but only modestly so, save Tesla, which was lower. In individual stocks, my long Twitter (TWTR) continued higher. ProShares UltraShort S&P 500 ETF (SDS) , my Trade of the Week, fell by 1.7%. Not so good. Here are several value-added contributions on our site today: Jim "El Capitan" Cramer on the jobs reports supporting the market's gains.  Ben "Goldfinger" Cross on another buying opportunity in gold. I read this one twice! "Big" James Gentile on "what gives" with this market?  Ed Ponsi "Scheme" on "will the real Tesla stand up?"  Rev Shark on getting the market "juiced." Enjoy the weekend!
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