ETF / Finance

The Uranium ETF Encounters A Critical Price Level

Mar 24 7:10am ETF Daily News
From Taki Tsaklanos: The uranium mining space seems to have found a short term bottom. For now, the sector has stopped falling, but that is a very short term outlook. The key question is what happens mid and long term.… Read more ›...
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OPEC Deal Crumbling? Saudi Arabia Tiring Of Free Riders

Mar 24 7:05am ETF Daily News
From Gregory Brew: From casual observation, one might be forgiven for referring to the OPEC production cut in place since November 2016 as the “Saudi production cut.” That’s because Saudi Arabia, OPEC’s leading producer and de facto leader, has reduced… Read more ›...
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Dan Deming's SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust Trade

Mar 24 7:01am ETFs
Speaking on Bloomberg Markets, Dan Deming of KKM Financial suggested that investors should consider buying protection in the current market environment. He is watching the CBOE skew index, which measures the demand for downside puts versus upside calls and ...Full story available on Benzinga.com...
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Cure for March (and Investor) Madness

Mar 24 7:00am ETF Trends
By John Forlines III, JAForlines Global Over 60 million people filled out NCAA tournament brackets this month, a testament to college basketball’s popularity and fans’ belief that they can defy odds. Sounds a bit like individual investors in stock markets, doesn’t it? We have written before on how to approach your bracket process with reference to…...
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Spring Seasonal Factors To Play Heavily In The Markets

Mar 24 6:34am ETF Daily News
From Tony Sagami: Spring is here. As the son of a western Washington vegetable farmer, I became acutely aware of seasons, cycles, and the monthly calendar. Spring was more than blooming flowers and green grass on our farm. Spring meant… Read more ›...
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Regional Banking ETF Could See Another 15% Downside From Here

Mar 24 6:30am ETF Daily News
From Taki Tsaklanos: Regional banking stocks doubled in exactly 12 months. Smart investors know that such a steep rise cannot continue. Visibly, after prices doubled, a sharp correction started. In yesterday’s post, we asked out loud whether there is a… Read more ›...
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Solid New Home Sales Data Bodes Well For Homebuilder Funds

Mar 24 6:23am ETF Daily News
From Jill Mislinski: Thursday’s release of the February New Home Sales from the Census Bureau came in at 592K, up 6.1\% month-over-month from a revised 558K in January. Seasonally adjusted estimates for November and December were also revised. The Investing.com… Read more ›...
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This Small Cap Value Index Is Approaching A Critical Level Again

Mar 24 6:17am ETF Daily News
From Dana Lyons: Weakness in small-cap pure value stocks represented a well-timed red flag for stocks in early February; can the space find support nearby, or is there more “risk-off” to come? In recent weeks we’ve detailed a series of… Read more ›...
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The Auto Sector Is Rife With Technological Innovation

Mar 24 6:09am ETF Daily News
From Franklin Templeton Investments: The new US administration’s immigration policy may have angered some technology-sector executives, but the Trump administration has signaled an intention to put technology at the heart of its economic roadmap. There is already plenty of evidence,… Read more ›...
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Muni Bond ETFs Can Find Support From Foreign Demand

Mar 23 5:32pm ETF Trends
Even if interest rates rise and pressure the fixed-income markets, municipal debt and related exchange traded funds may still find support from foreign buyers seeking higher relative yields in the U.S. “Higher yields, very low historical default rates, and the asset class’s diversification benefits (-0.10\% correlation to U.S. stocks) have all combined to create a…...
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Rebounding Russia: An ETF That Sits on Improving Fundamentals

Mar 23 4:33pm ETF Trends
Each week, ETF Trends publisher Tom Lydon sits down for “ETF of the Week” for MarketWatch on Chuck Jaffe’s MoneyLife Show where he highlights big movers and losers among exchange traded funds. This week, Lydon looked at the VanEck Vectors Russia ETF (RSX). Many expected the Trump Administration to lift sanctions against Russia, but optimism has waned under federal probes into…...
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Financial Advisors Can Look to ETF Strategists to Manage Risks

Mar 23 4:19pm ETF Trends
Looking for the right exchange traded fund among the vast number trading in the markets may be daunting, but financial advisors can look to a growing industry of ETF strategists to access customized ETF portfolios to better manage market risks. ETF Trends publisher Tom Lydon spoke with Lee Kranefuss, Founder & Co-Chairman of 55 Capital…...
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Keystone Approval Could Fuel MLP ETFs

Mar 23 3:22pm ETF Trends
While everyone is focused on President Donald Trump’s healthcare bill, the administration’s oil pipeline initiative is expected to push forward as the U.S. State Department approves the permit needed to proceed with the construction of the Canada-to-U.S. Keystone XL oil pipeline, fueling a pop in master limited partnerships and related exchange traded funds. The JPMorgan Alerian…...
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A Comprehensive International Developed Market ETF Option

Mar 23 2:38pm ETF Trends
Expanding on its suite of “Core” exchange traded funds, iShares has launched a broader international developed markets option to help investors gain more comprehensive exposure to foreign stocks. BlackRock’s iShares recently rolled out the iShares Core MSCI International Developed Markets ETF (NYSEArca: IDEV). IDEV comes with a 0.07\% expense ratio. The new international developed markets…...
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U.S. Markets, ETFs Wait on Healthcare Vote in Congress

Mar 23 2:04pm ETF Trends
U.S. equities and stock exchange traded funds rose Thursday ahead of a planned vote on a healthcare bill in Congress that could set the tone on the Donald Trump administration’s future policy changes. The S&P 500 Index, along with related funds including the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: SPY), iShares Core S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca:…...
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Lithium Suppliers Cant Keep Up with Skyrocketing Demand

Mar 23 1:34pm ETF Daily News
Near the extinct volcano known as Monte Pissis, high in the Andes on the Chile-Argentina border, the air is thin and animal life scarce. It’s also a prime location for lithium, the silvery-white metal used in the production of lithium-ion… Read more ›...
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Deutsche Bank: Time To Sell German Equities

Mar 23 1:24pm ETF Daily News
Analysts at Deutsche Bank have come out with a bearish call against their own domestic equities, noting it’s time to sell German stocks amid valuation concerns. The firm, whose analysts include Wolf von Rotberg, published a note to clients pointing… Read more ›...
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Lithium ETF Could be Ready to Power Up

Mar 23 12:27pm ETF Trends
The Global X Lithium ETF (NYSEArca: LIT) is up nearly 10\% year-to-date and after some recent consolidation on its chart, the lithium exchange traded fund could be ready to deliver more upside. LIT, the only equity-based ETF on the market dedicated to lithium miners and producers, tracks a diversified group of companies involved in the…...
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This Emerging Markets ETF Is Attracting Massive Inflows This Year

Mar 23 12:10pm ETF Daily News
As the first quarter of trading draws to a close with global equities weakening off of all-time highs, Emerging Markets continue to pull their weight with relative outperformance to the S&P 500. The two largest funds in the space in… Read more ›...
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Traders Bet On Even More Upside For Emerging Markets Funds

Mar 23 12:04pm ETF Daily News
Analyst Paul Weisbruch of Street One Financial brings us his daily fund flows update, which today looks at more outflows from the largest ETF on earth, a reversal of flows back into junk bond funds, and some upside options bets… Read more ›...
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Hartford Expands ETF Lineup With 2 New Bond Funds

Mar 23 11:45am ETFs
Hartford Funds, the fund-issuing arm of Hartford Financial Services Group Inc. (NYSE: HIG), expanded its exchange-traded funds lineup Wednesday with the launches of two actively managed fixed income funds. 2 New Bond ETFs The new ETFs are the Hartford Quality Bond ETF (NYSE: HQBD) and the Hartford Corporate Bond ETF (NYSE: HCOR). Both are sub-advised by Wellington Management Company LLP. “Hartford Quality Bond ETF seeks to maximize total return while providing a high level of current income consistent with prudent investment risk,” said Hartford Funds in a statement. “The ...Full story available on Benzinga.com...
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Turkey ETF Rebound is Credible Its Up 12% Year-to-Date

Mar 23 10:48am ETF Trends
The often controversial and volatile iShares MSCI Turkey ETF (NYSEArca: TUR) is up nearly 12\% year-to-date and some market observers believe Turkish equities can continue climbing even as the country’s currency, the lira, declines. Still, Turkey can be one of the most politically volatile emerging markets, a trait that has previously weighed on TUR and…...
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Saudi Arabia ETF Falters Following Credit Downgrade

Mar 23 10:39am ETF Trends
The iShares MSCI Saudi Arabia Capped ETF (NYSEArca: KSA) fell Wednesday after Fitch Ratings lowered the kingdom’s credit rating by one level, citing concerns about falling oil prices and the ability of Saudi Arabia to bolster the non-oil sectors of its economy. “Fitch lowered the kingdom’s long-term foreign and local currency ratings to A+ from…...
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Oil ETFs: Its Not All About OPEC

Mar 23 10:32am ETF Trends
The price fluctuations of the United States Oil Fund (NYSEArca: USO), which tracks West Texas Intermediate crude oil futures, and the United States Brent Oil Fund (NYSEArca: BNO), which tracks Brent crude oil futures, and other oil exchange traded products are often tied to the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). However, some oil market…...
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Semiconductor ETFs Cool Off As Motherboard Vendors See Q1 Shipments Drop

Mar 23 10:00am ETF Daily News
Semiconductor stocks and ETFs are in focus today, after motherboard vendors reported a big drop in shipments for the first quarter. The downturn was even more unexpected, given the recent release of new processors and graphics cards released by major… Read more ›...
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Get Ahead Of Golds Price Recovery With Gold Mining ETFs

Mar 23 9:46am ETF Daily News
From Sean Brodrick: Lawyer Clarence Darrow was famously a religious skeptic. Someone asked him: “Suppose you die and go to heaven. And it turns out the conventional story is true?” Darrow replied that he would walk up to the divine… Read more ›...
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Volume Soars In Rapidly Weakening Bank ETF

Mar 23 9:02am ETF Daily News
From Zacks: In the last trading session, U.S. stocks were slightly positive after a bloodbath the day earlier as investors await the outcome of Trump’s Health Care plan voting. Among the top ETFs, investors saw SPY gain over 0.2\%, and… Read more ›...
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How TD Put the Managed in ETF Portfolios

Mar 23 8:59am Canadian Couch Potato
What Canadian bank was first to launch a line of ETFs? You might think it was BMO, which is by far the biggest bank in the industry today, with more than 70 ETFs and some $37 billion in assets. But in fact it was TD, who were ahead of the curve when they created a small family of ETFs way back in 2001. Five years later, with truly terrible timing, they shuttered those ETFs because of lack of interest. Of course, the industry exploded in popularity almost immediately afterwards. TD re-entered the ETF marketplace in 2016 with six funds covering the core asset classes: Canadian, US and international stocks (the latter two available with or without currency hedging) and Canadian bonds. The ETFs were copycats of what’s long been available from iShares, BMO and Vanguard, and the launch had almost no fanfare: one suspects TD just wanted to provide another option for their advisors who had been fielding questions about ETFs from clients. But this week TD launched something innovative: a lineup of five mutual funds that use the bank’s ETFs as their underlying holdings. Each has a different target asset allocation: Fund name Bonds Stocks TD Managed Income ETF Portfolio 70\% 30\% TD Managed Income &...
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Feel The Squeeze With The New Short Squeeze ETF

Mar 23 8:27am ETFs
New exchange-traded funds are addressing increasingly focused, refined and perhaps niche investing concepts. The Active Alts Contrarian ETF (NASDAQ: SQZZ) certainly addresses a focused corner of the trading universe. SQZZ, which debuted Wednesday, is the first ETF to focus on stocks in which traders have amassed large bearish positions, which can in turn result in those stocks being subject to short squeezes. The new ETF is managed by Brad Lamensdorf, who also manages the AdvisorShares Ranger Equity Bear ETF (NYSE: HDGE). Introducing NASDAQ's New Squeeze SQZZ “seeks capital appreciation by investing in companies with solid fundamentals that have very large short positions and are subject to a short squeeze. Also, as a secondary investment strategy, Lamensdorf ...Full story available on Benzinga.com...
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Near-Term Pressure On Dow Jones Industrial Average Continues

Mar 23 8:18am ETF Daily News
Market technician Dave Chojnacki of Street One Financial updates the important technical levels to key on for the major U.S. averages, as investors await the all-important healthcare bill vote result this evening. Equities opened flat on Wednesday, as the major indices… Read more ›...
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The Single Biggest Long-Term Catalyst For Gold? Peak Production

Mar 23 8:09am ETF Daily News
From Mark O’Byrne: What happens when the unstoppable force of robust global demand for gold meets the immovable object of a small, finite, rare and dwinding supply of physical gold? South Africa Gold Production We have written about ‘peak gold’… Read more ›...
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BlackRock: Stocks Arent Cheap, But Value Plays Are Still Attractive

Mar 23 8:01am ETF Daily News
From BlackRock: Heidi Richardson discusses whether optimism or sober assessment of valuations and political realities can prevail in the markets. Play ball! Spring training is underway, bringing baseball players back for another season. It is a time of unbridled confidence,… Read more ›...
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RiverFront: We See Momentum Shifting Overseas

Mar 23 7:00am ETF Trends
By Rod Smyth and Kevin Nicholson, RiverFront Investment Group When President Trump made his speech to Congress on February 27th, he appeared to have a gift for (almost) everyone in the audience. It was Trump’s last chance to give his campaign speech before the reality of governing begins. US stocks rallied in the immediate aftermath…...
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Oils Renewed Bear Market Doesnt Bode Well For Stocks

Mar 23 6:54am ETF Daily News
From Sean Brodrick: Most investors hope this market correction ends sooner rather than later. I hope that, too. Now brace yourself for some bad news: Oil price action is telling us not to get our hopes up. Not at all.… Read more ›...
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Near-Record Oil Inventories Remain A Persistent Headwind For Crude Prices

Mar 23 6:42am ETF Daily News
From Matt Smith: Crude headed lower on Wednesday after a solid build to crude inventories from the weekly EIA inventory report. As U.S. inventories climb to a new record high, crude is having a tough time believing that the market… Read more ›...
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Mike Khouw Sees Unusual Options Activity In The Construction ETF

Mar 23 6:38am ETFs
On CNBC's Options Action, Mike Khouw said call options volume in iShares Dow Jones US Home Const. (ETF) (NYSE: ITB) on Wednesday was 6 times higher than its ...Full story available on Benzinga.com...
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Financial ETF In Danger Of Making A Very Bearish Double Top

Mar 23 6:30am ETF Daily News
From Taki Tsaklanos: Investors are taking patterns on the very long term charts very serious. If a very obvious and important pattern unfolds on a +10 year chart, it is wise not to ignore it. In the case of the… Read more ›...
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These Sector ETFs Are Looking Pretty Bearish Right Now

Mar 23 6:26am ETF Daily News
From David Fabian: I’m normally an optimistic, “glass-half-full” kind of guy. I roll my eyes every time I see a headline decrying the next market crash or cataclysmic event that will cripple the global economy. I’m quick to discern speculation… Read more ›...
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Bond Yields Are Actually Down Since The Fed Hiked Rates

Mar 23 6:18am ETF Daily News
From Jill Mislinski: Let’s take a closer look at US Treasuries since the Fed’s rate hike last week. The yield on the 10-year note ended today at 2.40\%, a drop of 11 basis points since the Fed’s rate hike and… Read more ›...
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Canadian Banks Could Be In Deep Trouble

Mar 23 6:15am ETF Daily News
From Peter Diekmeyer: The World Economic Forum consistently ranks Canada’s banks among the world’s safest. Competent regulators have overseen stress tests, tightened lending standards and delinquency rates are low. Demographics are good and the country’s diversified economy is backed by… Read more ›...
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International Stocks Could Finally Be Taking The Reins From U.S. Equities

Mar 23 6:11am ETF Daily News
From Dana Lyons: U.S. stocks have been on a decade-long run of dominance versus international markets; that could be ending. For eight years, U.S. stock investors have had it good – at least, the bulls have. While there have been… Read more ›...
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An Alternative ETF Play for Rising Interest Rate Risks

Mar 22 5:56pm ETF Trends
Many investors are looking for ways to hedge their fixed-income portfolios in a rising interest rate environment. Consequently, more are turning to alternative assets and exchange traded funds as a way to diminish portfolio volatility while still maintaining some upside potential. ETF Trends publisher Tom Lydon spoke with Eric Ervin, Founder & CEO of RealityShares,…...
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World Market ETFs Thrive at the Expense of the U.S.

Mar 22 4:39pm Invest With An Edge
Despite financial headlines proclaiming the largest market drop since the U.S. presidential election, many market segments posted improved momentum scores and price gains over the past week. World market ETFs made significant relative-strength advances by taking advantage of weakness in the U.S. dollar and domestic stock price declines. Sectors: A slight majority of the Sector […] The post World Market ETFs Thrive at the Expense of the U.S. appeared first on Invest With An Edge.
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700 ETF Closures

Mar 22 4:36pm Invest With An Edge
Many things require regular pruning to remain healthy, and the U.S. ETF industry is no exception. Today (March 22, 2017) is the last day of trading for seven WisdomTree (WETF) ETFs. Their impending delisting and liquidation pushes the tally to 700 ETF closures. Much like the 500-closure and 600-closure milestones, this one was both needed […] The post 700 ETF Closures appeared first on Invest With An Edge.
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Scott Bauer's Healthcare ETF Trade

Mar 22 4:25pm ETFs
Scott Bauer of Trading Advantage suggested on Bloomberg Markets that traders should consider a bullish options strategy in Health Care SPDR (ETF) (NYSE: XLV). He believes that ...Full story available on Benzinga.com...
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A Quality Developed Market ETF Strategy for Income Investors

Mar 22 4:14pm ETF Trends
Expanding on its line of quality dividend exchange traded fund strategies, O’Shares has launched a new ETF to help investors track strong developed market companies outside the U.S. On Wednesday, O’Shares ETF Investments rolled out the O’Shares FTSE Russell International Quality Dividend ETF (NYSEArca: ONTL). ONTL has a 0.48\% total expense ratio. The new international…...
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3 ETF Charts Showing Red Flags

Mar 22 3:54pm Blog – FMD Capital Management
I’m normally an optimistic, “glass-half-full” kind of guy.  I roll my eyes every time I see a headline decrying the next market crash or cataclysmic event that will cripple the global economy.  I’m quick to discern speculation from truths and prefer taking the opposite side of most mainstream assumptions. It’s... Read more » The post 3 ETF Charts Showing Red Flags appeared first on FMD Capital Management.
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The First Short Squeeze ETF Strategy Hits the Market

Mar 22 3:15pm ETF Trends
Investors can now capitalize on a potential quick turnaround in a heavily shorted segment of the market through a new actively managed contrarian exchange traded fund play that bets on companies with heavily shorted positions. On Wednesday, StrategyShares launched the Active Alts Contrarian ETF (NasdaqGM: SQZZ). SQZZ has a total expense ratio of 1.95\%. Brad…...
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History Comes Full Circle with Hartford and Wellington ETF Partnership

Mar 22 2:45pm ETF Trends
Hartford Funds is expanding its lineup with two actively managed exchange traded funds backed by strategies from Wellington Management Company to help fixed-income investors navigate a changing market environment. Wellington is where John Bogle, the Vanguard founder cut his teeth on money management. It seems like investment management is coming full circle with this partnership as…...
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Investors Look for Bargains in U.S. Stock ETFs

Mar 22 1:53pm ETF Trends
U.S. equities and stock exchange traded funds rebounded Wednesday, with growth technology names leading the charge, as traders tried to capitalize on the biggest one-day pullback since the election. The S&P 500 Index, along with related funds including the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: SPY), iShares Core S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: IVV) and Vanguard 500…...
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Schwab: Fed Decision Was Already Fully Priced Into The Bond Markets

Mar 22 1:12pm ETF Daily News
From Omar Aguilar, Ph.D.: Global equity markets had fully priced in the Fed’s quarter-point rate hike, so the decision last week came as no surprise. Of far greater interest was the rationale behind the decision, as well as Fed forecasts… Read more ›...
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Dollar Bulls Dont Have Much to Cheer About

Mar 22 1:06pm ETF Trends
The PowerShares DB U.S. Dollar Index Bullish Fund (NYSEArca: UUP) is off 2.1\% year-to-date and perhaps making matters more concerning for the greenback is that UUP is lower by more than 1\% since the Federal Reserve unveiled its first interest rate hike of 2017 last week. UUP tracks the price movement of the U.S. dollar…...
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Investors Renew Enthusiasm For Emerging Market Bond ETFs

Mar 22 12:29pm ETFs
The Federal Reserve raised interest rates for the first time in 2017 last week and expectations are in place for a couple of more rate hikes before the end of this year. In theory, the specter of higher U.S. interest rates should dampen investors' enthusiasm for rate-sensitive, income-generating assets such as emerging markets debt. Reality is showing a different trend, as investors are putting money to work with exchange traded funds such as the iShares J.P. Morgan USD Emerging Markets Bond ETF (NYSE: EMB). “Emerging market bonds have regained favor with investors in 2017 and are on track to register the second largest quarterly inflow on record,” said Markit in a recent note. “The closing three months of last year had seen investors’ faith ...Full story available on Benzinga.com...
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Homebuilder ETFs Reach Important Junctures

Mar 22 12:15pm ETF Trends
The SPDR S&P Homebuilders ETF (NYSEArca: XHB) and the iShares U.S. Home Construction ETF (NYSEArca: ITB) have retreated a bit in recent days alongside the broader market, but the two marquee homebuilders exchange traded funds are still up more than 13\%, on average, year-to-date. The equal-weight XHB mixes stocks such as Tempur Sealy (NYSE: TPX),…...
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Sudden Market Pullback Puts Leveraged Bear Funds In Focus

Mar 22 11:55am ETF Daily News
We are seeing what looks like a “Sell The Dip” effect in equity markets in early trading on Wednesday, as the DJIA violated its 20 day SMA throughout the day, and most importantly on the close (by nearly 200 points).… Read more ›...
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Big Outflows Continue To Hit Japan-Focused Funds

Mar 22 11:48am ETF Daily News
Analyst Paul Weisbruch of Street One Financial brings us his daily fund flows update, which today looks at major outflows in U.S. large cap equity funds following yesterday’s sharp pullback, dip buying in small caps, and a continued flight from… Read more ›...
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Smart Beta ETFs/ETPs Reach Record $559.78 Billion Global High

Mar 22 11:20am ETF Trends
Assets invested in Smart Beta equity exchange traded funds (ETFs) and exchange traded products (ETPs) listed globally reached a new record high US$559.78 billion at the end of February surpassing the prior record of US$534 billion at the end of January 2017. That’s according to data from research firm ETFGI’s January 2017 global smart beta equity…...
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Bullish Oil Funds Hammered As Crude Suffers Another Big Loss

Mar 22 11:13am ETF Daily News
From Tyler Durden: After a sizable build in crude and draw in gasoline overnight from API, WTI and RBOB are lower (legged down on Libya production news). DOE data confirmed the API data with a sizable crude build and gasoline… Read more ›...
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Mexico ETF Joins Emerging Markets Surge Party

Mar 22 11:03am ETF Trends
By now, many investors know that the iShares MSCI Mexico Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWW) is sensitive to rhetoric from new U.S. President Donald Trump, but give the largest Mexico exchange traded fund some credit. After ranking as one of last year’s worst-performing single-country emerging markets ETFs at a time when emerging equities rebounded, EWW has…...
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