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Financial stocks fall again, as Fed's dovish messages weighs on yields

Tomi Kilgore

Financial stocks fell Friday, and were the only sector of the S&P 500's 11 sectors to be losing ground, as Treasury yields extending declines amid growing concerns of a slowing economy. The SPDR Financial Select Sector ETF declined 0.4%, and has now lost 3.2% amid a 3-session losing streak. Among some of the financial ETF's most heavily weighted components, shares of J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. fell 1.8% to pace the Dow Jones Industrial Average's decliners, Bank of America Corp. shed 1.4%, Citigroup Inc. slid 1.0%, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. gave up 0.3% and Wells Fargo & Co. lost 1.2%. Meanwhile, the yield on the 10-year Treasury yield declined 1.4 basis points to a 14-month low of 2.451%, in the wake of the Federal Reserve's dovish message, in which the central bank cut its outlook for economic growth and inflation, as well as its projections for interest-rate hikes to none from two. Lower Treasury yields can hurt bank profits, as they narrow the spread between what banks earn on longer-term assets, like loans, that are funded by shorter-term liabilities.