|Bid||0.00 x 800|
|Ask||0.00 x 800|
|Day's Range||47.96 - 48.62|
|52 Week Range||40.81 - 58.63|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||N/A|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||1.10|
|Expense Ratio (net)||0.60%|
Bank stocks and sector-related exchange traded funds were leading the markets higher after recent filings revealed Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc. jumped in on the falling bank stocks to increase his bets on financials, hinting at the possibility of further merger and acquisition activity in the space. Among the top performing non-leveraged ETFs on Friday, the Invesco KBW Bank ETF (KBWB) increased 2.3%, First Trust NASDAQ ABA Community Bank Index Fund (QABA) advanced 2.0% and SPDR S&P Bank ETF (KBE) gained 2.1%. Meanwhile, the broader Financial Select Sector SPDR (XLF) was 1.8% higher.
The financial sector and bank ETFs may continue to gain momentum as the better-than-expected fourth quarter results and improving outlook help lift sentiment on this cheap segment of the market. Goldman ...
The the financial sector helped pare some of the losses U.S. stocks Monday, with the Financial Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLF) up 0.7%. For example, the Invesco S&P SmallCap Financials Portfolio (PSCF) gained 2.1%, SPDR S&P Regional Banking ETF (KRE) increased 1.9%, First Trust NASDAQ ABA Community Bank Index Fund (QABA) rose 1.8% and iShares U.S. Regional Banks ETF (IAT) advanced 1.8%, compared to the 1.2% decline in the S&P 500. The strength in financials could be a sign of so-called value stocks gaining more favor after outperforming or at least holding up better than growth stocks in the recent market pullback.
The financial services sector is the third-largest sector allocation in the S&P 500. At a weight of 13.79% (as of Aug. 31), financials trail only technology and healthcare in the benchmark U.S. equity gauge.