Financial Select Sector SPDRFund (XLF)

XLF (n.a.:Financial Services) ETF
pos +0.03
Today's Range: 23.96 - 24.29 | XLF Avg Daily Volume: 39,680,100
Last Update: 08/26/16 - 4:00 PM EDT
Volume: 52,764,703
YTD Performance: 1.18%
Open: $24.15
Previous Close: $24.08
52 Week Range: $19.53 - $24.97
Oustanding Shares: 652,745,427
Market Cap: 15,718,109,882
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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
Strong Buy
Moderate Buy
Moderate Sell
Strong Sell
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
1.94% 4.06% 20.94%
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:
Revenue 0.00B
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Earnings Estimates data is not available for XLF.

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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!

Doug Kass

 | Aug 1, 2016 | 11:21 AM EDT
My call of a generational bottom in bond yields looks more right than ever. As a result, I've added to my short of the iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF (TLT) on fixed-income prices' recent strength. I covered my small short of the Financial Sel

Bob Byrne

 | Aug 1, 2016 | 7:00 AM EDT
My conclusion is there are easier trades out there.

Doug Kass

 | Jul 28, 2016 | 5:39 PM EDT
The U.S. dollar was weaker. Crude oil dropped by nearly $1 to $41.10. The causality between energy prices and junk bonds and equities have disconnected recently. Gold rose by $7 to $1,333. Agricultural commodities: wheat -3, corn -3, soybeans -7. Lumber -3. Bonds were weaker despite poor economic data and a downbeat Atlanta Fed GDP forecast. I believe that the fixed-income market is discounting a recession. The 10-year U.S. note lost one basis point in yield to 1.50% and the long bond was flat, yielding 2.22%. The 2s/10s spread was relatively flat at 79 basis points. Municipals were up small. Closed-end muni bond funds were mixed. Junk bonds acted junky. Banks and insurance stocks were mixed and brokerages were lower. Financial Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLF) was up eight cents -- a new (small) short based on the flattening in the yield curve and the prospects for deteriorating domestic economic growth. Autos were lower on Ford's negative guidance and outlook. Oil stocks weakened off of crude oil's continued dive. Retail stocks, save Home Depot (HD) and Lowe's(LOW) (which were stronger), faltered. Agricultural equipment gave back recent gains; I missed shorting Caterpillar (CAT) (which I wanted to execute) but was not around this morning. Media was lower, and was old tech. Staples picked up a bid after recent weakness. Biotech was flat after spirited action yesterday. (T)FANG featured big rips by GOOGL and AMZN after the close and post earnings. In individual stocks, Apple (AAPL) continued to gain (up $1.50) and DuPont (DD) might have an appointment with $70a share. Here are some value added contributions on our site today:: Jim "El Capitan" Cramer on Ford and peak autos. Thanks for the shout-out, Jimmy!  Ben "Goldfinger" Cross on the Federal Open Market Committee, gold, aluminum and Ford.  Big Jim Gentile on autos -- fuhgetabout 'em!  RevShark on the prospects for a market breakout. The Divine Ms M on the subsurface "action."

Doug Kass

 | Jul 27, 2016 | 6:02 PM EDT
The U.S. dollar faltered. The price of crude oil fell another $1 on top of days of losses. No correlation at all with stocks. Gold up $20 to $1,341. A two-week high. Agricultural commodities: wheat flat, corn +4, soybeans +13, oats -1. Lumber -2. Bonds ripped higher, with iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF (TLT) up $1.90. The yield on the 10-year U.S. note dropped by six basis points to 1.50%. The long bond was 21%. As mentioned earlier the 2s/10s spread dropped to 78 basis points, within three basis points of the lowest spread since 2007. Municipals were well-bid. Closed-end muni bond funds gave up a bit despite the gain in taxables. Junk bonds were higher. Banks continued to rally. I shorted Financial Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLF) near day's end. An awful Deutsche Bank (DB) profit report sent the shares nearly 4% lower. Insurance stocks were hit on higher bond prices. Retail universally was lower after some tentative signs recently of technical improvement. Crude oil's decline hit energy stocks -- another group that appeared to have improved technically. Maybe not so much. Media was mixed. Staples were weak, led by lower guidance at KO. Biotech was up 3%, led by good news from Allergan (AGN) . Ag equipement was mixed. Deere (DE) was lower but my short Caterpillar (CAT) continues its strong climb. (T)FANG featured an earnings-inspired run from FB after the close. In individual names, Apple was higher, Twitter lower and Oaktree Capital Group (OAK) was down nearly 4% in reaction to earnings. which I will get to tonight. Here are some valuable contributions on our site today: Jim "El Capitan" Cramer on four stocks that upset the short community.  Tom Graff on the Fed.  Rev Shark invokes The Happenings. We'll see the Fed in September.  "Big" James Gentile on when good earnings really aren't. Ed Ponsi "Scheme" on the tale of two Apples. 
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