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  • Bullish on Stocks? Try This Niche ETF

    By Ankush Shaw - August 15, 2013 | Tickers: XLF, IAI, KBWB

    After starting the year on a high note, the markets have come a long way, continuing the momentum forward. Frankly speaking, what has been most impressive about this uptrend is the fact that every dip or minor correction has been bought, enabling the market to make new highs.

    Of course, a significant contributor to this rally has been the Federal Reserve and its easing measures. Having said this, it is more »

  • Are Financials The Best Place To Be In?

    By Ankush Shaw - August 14, 2013 | Tickers: XLF, IYF, VFH

    Clearly, 2012 belonged to the financials. The sector emerged as the biggest contributors to the equity market rally registering a gain of 32.20% in the last fiscal year which is 8.7% better than the next best performing sector i.e. Consumer Discretionary.

    However, it has not stopped there! The financial sector has outperformed most of the other sectors this year as well on a year till date basis more »

  • Dr. Doom's Dire Predictions Offer Opportunity

    By Nathaniel Matherson - August 12, 2013 | Tickers: XLF, SPY, XHS

    Near the end of a turbulent week Marc Faber, or Dr. Doom, made headlines when he predicted a sharp sell off in the second half of the year. In an interview after the market close on Thursday Faber announced to the public that he believes the U.S. stock market was drastically overvalued and due for a correction of at least 20% this year. Faber has long been famed for more »

  • 3 Financial Stocks to Consider

    By Chris Johnson - July 29, 2013 | Tickers: AFL, C, XLF, JPM

    Financial stocks have been fantastic bets throughout the recovery, but some look to have more room to run than others.

    The Financial SPDR ETF (NYSEMKT: XLF) is up 23% year-to-date. Over the course of the past year, it has outperformed the broader market by a whopping 16 percentage points. Even though the financials have been one of the hottest sectors of the first half of 2013, there is still value more »

  • JPMorgan Chase and Citigroup Have Outperformed

    By Alexander Cho - July 21, 2013 | Tickers: C, XLF, JPM

    The financial sector seems to be on a tear lately. For the most part, the analyst community believes that the banks are reporting somewhat inflated earnings. However, in my book, a beat is a beat. Another way of looking at it is that regardless of how sloppy a touchdown looks, as long as the person gets in the end zone, it is still a touchdown.

    The financial sector continues to more »

  • Financials Kicking off the Season

    By Nathaniel Matherson - July 16, 2013 | Tickers: XLF, JPM, WFC

    With the market hitting new highs, are you one of the many investors looking to reposition your portfolio into the year's end?

    As we enter earnings season, the Street has placed the majority of its focus once again on the financial sector. While the financial sector has outperformed the broader markets for much of the last year, it hasn't been exempt from the turbulence we've experienced over more »

  • Time to Buy? Financials are Doing the Talking

    By Declan Fallon - July 9, 2013 | Tickers: AXP, AMP, XLF

    The markets are picking up steam, recovering from the 7.5% peak-to-trough fall. Cyclical sectors have taken the lead from the June 24th low. While Materials and Utilities are offering opportunity for value buyers with their under-performance against the broader market, it has been Financials and Consumer Discretionary which have been leading from the front.

    Last week's improved employment figures and rise in consumer sentiment is good news for more »

  • Fund Plays for the Third Quarter

    By Nathaniel Matherson - July 8, 2013 | Tickers: XLF, BJK, XBI

    With the second quarter coming to a close you may be looking to shake things up. Up to this point, the broader market has performed exceptionally well with a 14% return in 2013.

    If we take a look within the major indices we see this rally has been fueled by three major sectors with returns over 20%.  Specifically the healthcare, financial, and consumer discretionary sectors have been outperforming.  So lets more »

  • Don't Be Scared to Shop Around

    By Nathaniel Matherson - June 26, 2013 | Tickers: DPZ, XLF, LVS

    Last week's economic turbulence shook markets across the globe. As fears of rising interest rates and tighter monetary policy set in, the Dow tumbled over 300 points, marking the worst daily performance this year.

    But why the huge sell off? Hadn't Mr. Market known this was coming? After all, the market is supposed to be efficient, and its long been stated by the Federal Reserve that its loose more »

  • Why It Would Be Foolish to Sell Your Stocks

    By Justin Carley - June 19, 2013 | Tickers: XLF, HD, EWJ, TMK, DXJ

    The market has pulled back from its recent highs, and investors have begun to talk about bubbles in several asset classes. Long-term investors should stay focused on the key trends that can move markets, as opposed to scary headlines and political commentary. Two crucial facts make investing in U.S. stocks a compelling opportunity for patient, long-term investors: demographics and the performance of bonds.

    The Bull Market in Bonds has more »

  • 3 Investments That the Bull Market Forgot

    By Adem Tahiri - May 21, 2013 | Tickers: CSCO, GLW, XLF

    Investors everywhere are wondering if now is the time to sell their stocks. With stocks at all-time highs who can blame them? It seems that everything has doubled or tripled in price, since the 2009 lows, and the market is now much higher than it was before the crash of 2008.

    But what about the stocks that missed the bull run?

    There's a select group of stocks that have more »

  • Sector Analysis: Cyclicals Away!

    By Declan Fallon - May 20, 2013 | Tickers: XLY, XLF, XLK

    The strength of a rally can be gauged by how sectors are performing relative to one another. These relationships can determine if a rally has room to run, or if things are about to turn. Rallies are best fueled by the support of cyclical sectors, but typically struggle when monies are channeled into defensive sectors.

    Sector performance can be viewed from two perspectives: the past six months, when this phase more »

  • Would You Climb Mount Everest Without a Guide? (Part II)

    By Justin Carley - April 15, 2013 | Tickers: BRK-B, XLF, GS

    U.S. equity markets are at all-time highs and each trading day offers opportunities for the media to hype what could be numerous new highs before a notable market correction unfolds. How is your portfolio doing? Is it at all-time highs? Has it beaten the S&P 500? In this second of a three part series, I further dive into a simplistic and effective way for any investor to beat more »

  • JP Morgan’s Earnings Tell the Story They Want You to Hear

    By Peter Pham - February 5, 2013 | Tickers: BAC, XLF, JPM

    JP Morgan Chase (NYSE: JPM) recently reported a massive increase in quarterly income in its Q4 results that seems to defy any concerns related to the volatility of the global economy. The better than expected results have come thanks to a mix of lower tax rates, an improved performance from the corporate and investment banking units of Bank of America (NYSE: BAC) and a large reduction in loan loss reserves more »

  • Citi and Bank of America Miss on Litigation Costs

    By Peter Pham - January 27, 2013 | Tickers: BAC, C, XLF

    Despite headlines (and some data) to the contrary, mortgage difficulties and increasing litigation costs plagued both Citigroup (NYSE: C) and Bank of America (NYSE: BAC) fourth quarter results. Both of them have been looking to focus on even more cost cutting measures.  While the housing market may be improving somewhat, there is still not only a ton of shadow inventory weighing on prices but also the continued hollowing out of more »

  • Why We're Chasing Banks, but Not One in Particular

    By RJ Towner - January 10, 2013 | Tickers: BAC, C, XLF, WFC

    During the past year, and particularly in the past several months, the performance of large US banks has been strong. As Valuentum members are aware, we were anticipating this expected outperformance when we added exposure to the banking sector in January 2012 .

    Shares of Citi (NYSE: C), Bank of America (NYSE: BAC), JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs, and Wells Fargo (NYSE: WFC) have all rallied at least 5% during the past more »

  • QE3 Won't Keep Financial Stocks Bullish for Long

    By John Mylant - September 18, 2012 | Tickers: BAC, XLF, JPM, WFC

    Remember when “another bombshell” was dropped on us about 100 days ago now by JPMorgan (NYSE: JPM)?  A huge credit derivative loss thought to be am amazing $2 billion mushroomed into about $6 billion. But do investors really care about this? It is a minor re-occurrence of something bigger in 2008 when the government stepped in bailing out most of the major banks. Memories seem to be short when good more »

  • Lessons from JP Morgan´s Stranded Whale

    By Andrés Cardenal - May 11, 2012 | Tickers: XLF, JPM, UBS, WFC

    JPMorgan (NYSE: JPM) came out of the financial crisis in a better position than most other banks, so the company had earned a reputation as a relatively solid risk manager. But investors received a nasty surprise on Thursday when they learned that the bank had lost more than $2 billion in a complex trade which was supposed to hedge other positions in the portfolio and reduce risk.

    The operation, which more »

  • Citigroup Investors were Right to Say No

    By Andrés Cardenal - April 20, 2012 | Tickers: BAC, C, XLF, JPM, WFC

    55% of Citigroup (NYSE: C) shareholders said no to the bank´s executive pay package, this may have been unexpected by many, but it´s clearly a rational decision. The fact that shareholders are starting to wake up and applying a deeper scrutiny to companies and their payment practices sounds like a very healthy trend that needs to be incentivized in the interest of fair corporate practices and transparent incentives more »

  • Preferring Preferreds for Income

    By Michael Gayed - January 26, 2012 | Tickers: XLF, IEF, PFF

    “I prefer the folly of enthusiasm to the indifference of wisdom.” - Anatole France

    With low yields and the Fed's stated intention to keep interest rates depressed until at least 2014, its become a harder and harder environment for income-oriented investors to collect cash flow from their positions. As I have noted in prior writings on several financial websites, there appears to be the growing possibility that 2012 ends up more »

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