Financial stocks enjoy broad surge as Treasury yields bounce

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The financial sector was the strongest of the S&P 500’s
SPX,
+1.13%
11 sectors in afternoon trading Friday, buoyed by a big bounce in Treasury yields, to recover all of what it lost in the previous session. The SPDR Financial Select Sector ETF
XLF,
+2.89%
rallied 2.8%, with 62 of 65 components gaining ground, after falling 2.0% on Thursday. Among the financial ETF’s (XLF) most heavily weighted components, shares of Berkshire Hathaway Inc.
BRK.B,
+2.33%
rose 2.3%, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.
JPM,
+3.20%
gained 3.2%, Bank of America Corp.
BAC,
+3.25%
hiked up 3.5%, Wells Fargo & Co.
WFC,
+3.76%
ran up 3.9% and Citigroup Inc.
C,
+2.58%
climbed 2.6%. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note
TMUBMUSD10Y,
1.359%
bounced 6.8 basis points to 1.356%, after falling 19.2 basis points over the past four days to close Thursday at a near 5-month low. Bank profits often get a boost when Treasury yields rise, as that tends to widen the spread banks earn on longer-term assets, such as loans, that are funded by shorter-term liabilities.

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