Financial sector ETFs stumble, American Express and Regions Financial report Q3 results

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Financial sector ETFs stumble, American Express and Regions Financial report Q3 results
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On Friday, the financial sector faced a downturn as the Financial Select Sector SPDR Fund (NYSE:XLF) and the Direxion Daily Financial Bull 3X Shares (NYSE:FAS) fell by 0.3% and 1.1%, respectively. Conversely, the Direxion Daily Financial Bear 3X Shares (NYSE:FAZ) saw a 1.3% rise in pre-bell trading.

In related news, Regions Financial (NYSE: RF ) reported a slight decline in Q3 revenue, falling to $1.86 billion from $1.87 billion in the same quarter last year, according to Capital IQ analysts. This resulted in an over 8% drop in the company's share price.

American Express (NYSE:NYSE: AXP ), despite reporting an increase in year-on-year Q3 earnings to $3.30 per share from $2.47, experienced a 1.1% share drop in premarket activity. The company, with a market cap of 103.17B USD and a P/E ratio of 13.28, as per InvestingPro data, is a prominent player in the Consumer Finance industry, as highlighted by InvestingPro Tips. Its high earnings quality, with free cash flow exceeding net income, and the fact that it has maintained dividend payments for 53 consecutive years, are key indicators of its financial health.

However, the company's stock is currently in oversold territory, and it has been trading at a high P/E ratio relative to near-term earnings growth. The company's revenue growth has also been slowing down recently. Despite these challenges, American Express has demonstrated resilience, with its liquid assets exceeding short-term obligations. The company is expected to remain profitable this year, as predicted by analysts.

Huntington Bancshares (NASDAQ: HBAN ) also reported its Q3 results, revealing a decrease in net income to $0.35 per share from $0.39 a year ago. This announcement led to a decline of over 1% in the company's share price.

These developments reflect the current volatility and challenges faced by companies within the financial sector. For more insights, including additional InvestingPro Tips, visit here.

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