KBW Nasdaq Bank Index Snaps Losing Streak

by Warren Seah

The KBW Nasdaq Bank Index (BKX) showed positive momentum on Wednesday, gaining 0.7% and putting an end to a seven-day losing streak, according to Dow Jones Market Data.

Schwab Boosts the Sector

Helping drive the index higher was Charles Schwab (SCHW), which saw a 2.2% increase in its stock price. Schwab recently announced plans to raise $2.35 billion in debt through the offering of senior notes due in 2026 and 2034. The offering consists of $1.35 billion in 6.136% fixed-to-floating rate senior notes due 2034 and $1 billion in 5.875% fixed rate senior notes due 2026.

A Buying Opportunity Identified

Deutsche Bank has reiterated its buy rating on Schwab, seeing the stock losses triggered by the debt offering as a temporary setback. In fact, they view the recent drop in Schwab’s stock price as an attractive buying opportunity.

Mixed Performance Among Financial Stocks

While Schwab enjoyed gains, Bank of America Corp. (BAC) experienced a slight decline of 0.2%. On the other hand, JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) showed a modest increase of 0.3%, and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS) added 0.6% to its stock price.

Sector-Wide Positive Movement

The Financial Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLF) saw a boost of 0.5%, signaling overall positivity within the financial sector. Additionally, the SPDR Regional Banking ETF (KRE) had a significant increase of 1.3%.

Overall, the KBW Nasdaq Bank Index displayed some much-needed improvement, thanks in part to Charles Schwab’s positive performance and potential buying opportunity.

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