One sector that will tell the tale of the market is the financial sector. This morning, all of the leading financial stocks are coming under early selling pressure. When the financial stocks decline it is very difficult for the major stock indexes to stage any kind of meaningful bounce. Today, the Financial Select Sector SPDR (ETF) (NYSEARCA:XLF) is trading lower by 0.09 cents to $13.41 a share.
This morning, all of the leading financial stocks are catching a bid higher. This move in the financial stocks comes despite the sharp sell off in the overnight trading session in the futures market. The most important financial stock that any trader can follow is J.P. Morgan Chase & Co (NYSE:JPM). Today, JPM stock is trading higher by 0.25 cents to $42.00 a share.
This morning, all of the leading financial stocks are declining lower. J.P. Morgan Chase & Co (NYSE:JPM) is considered the most important financial stock in the United States. This stock will often lead the major stock market indexes. Today JPM stock is trading lower by 0.39 cents to $43.40 a share. Short term traders should watch for intra-day support around the $43.15 and and $42.64 levels.
In 2012, the financial stocks have lead the stock markets higher. Most of the leading stocks in the financial sector still remain in a daily uptrend. This is very evident when traders are viewing the Financial Select Sector SPDR (ETF) (NYSEARCA:XLF). The XLF is clearly trading above the 50, and 200 daily chart moving averages at this time.
This afternoon, all of the large major bank stocks are holding up despite the sharp decline in the major stock indexes. Leading bank stocks such as JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE:JPM), Citigroup Inc. (NYSE:C), Bank of America Corp (NYSE:BAC), and Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE:WFC) are actually trading positive today by a few pennies.
Everyone in the financial media is raving over the higher interest rates in the bond market. Most talking heads on the cable news channels are talking about how the steeper yield curve is beneficial for the large bank stocks. There is a case that the large bank stocks can charge higher interest on their loans and make more money. Do banks make many loans these days.
This morning, all of the leading financial stocks are struggling to catch a bid higher. The Financial Select Sector SPDR ETF (NYSEARCA:XLF) is trading lower by 0.05 cents to $14.85 a share. Traders should watch for intra-day support around the $14.75, and $14.60 levels. The daily chart of the XLF remains in an uptrend and above of the important moving averages.
Financials Could Signal There Is A Chink In The Armour
The financial stocks have now lead the major stock indexes higher since late November 2011. Traders and investors that have followed the financial sector very closely know that every crisis over the past five years has been a banking crisis. Even today, the problems in the European Union are simply just more banking problems.
The leading financial stocks have been rallying higher since late November 2011. Many traders have discovered that J.P. Morgan Chase & Co (NYSE:JPM) seems to be the most important financial stock in the market at this time. This stock remains very strong on the daily chart. JPM stock is trading above the important daily chart 50, and 200 moving averages which signals strength in the near term.