Well, thanks Jerome. The Dow tumbled more almost 300 points after newly minted Fed Chair Jerome "Jay" Powell hinted that the central bank would stick with gradual interest rate increases, though he also hinted that there may more rate hikes than initially anticipated.
While the rate hike discussion dragged down all 12 major sectors, the positioning from the Fed could make that 1% decline in the financial sector an attractive dip to check out Action Alerts PLUS names JPMorgan (JPM - Get Report) , Citigroup (C - Get Report) and Goldman Sachs (GS - Get Report) .
But the big boys aren't the only ones that should enjoy gains as the economy continues to improve and rates move higher.
In talking to an analyst today on a relatively small California bank deal, the windfall from both tax cuts and increases to interest rates may be even more pronounced for smaller regional banks like PacWest (PACW - Get Report) or CVB (CVBF - Get Report) , which just did the deal I referred to earlier, and the super regionals in BB&T (BBT - Get Report) or Regions Financial Corp. (RF - Get Report) .
Elsewhere, the retail sector enjoyed a rare bright spot, as shares of Macy's Inc. (M - Get Report) ticked higher after the retailer released strong fourth-quarter earnings. A surprising quarter, I'd say, for a retailer that many had left for dead.
Again, that shouldn't have been a surprise for you savvy investors who watched the company's peer GNC (GNC - Get Report) be placed on CreditWatch by S&P a few weeks ago amid sales declines. GNC did sign a life line with a Chinese pharma company that could help things along, and Vitamin Shoppe has vowed to sell some assets to help address liquidity issues. What these maneuverings don't address is slumping sales as consumers pay less attention to typical supplements sold at GNC and Vitamin Shoppe and move toward healthier habits overall.
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Photo of the day: The team that inspired "Cool Runnings"
Sure, the Winter Olympics are over but that doesn't mean we need to stop celebrating the games. Tuesday, Feb. 27, marks the 30th anniversary of the debut of the Jamaican bobsled team. The team, made up of sprinters, would go on to inspire the 1993 movie "Cool Runnings," which grossed close to $100 million for Walt Disney (DIS - Get Report) . Speaking of Disney, with the bidding for Sky now expanding to include Comcast (CMCSA - Get Report) , one has to wonder what strings Disney might pull to help Fox (FOXA) seal the deal for Sky or if Disney would enter the bidding altogether. As we've said before here, content is king, and Comcast, Disney and Fox are all looking for more content. Read more
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