Monthly Archive: April 2011

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Exchange traded funds (ETFs) that invest in semiconductor stocks managed to hold about even for the session Wednesday despite the shellacking in bellwether Broadcom (NasdaqGM: BRCM). Investors were not satisfied with Broadcom’s second-quarter revenue outlook and sent the shares lower by more than 11% in afternoon trading. Still, ETFs tracking the semiconductor sector were around […]

Upbeat quarterly results from Amazon (NasdaqGS: AMZN) juiced the stock Wednesday and some Internet and retail sector exchange traded funds (ETFs) were along for the ride. Amazon shares rallied more than 6% Wednesday afternoon to a new 52-week high. The company’s quarterly results “reflected strength on the top line combined with enormous invsetments,” said McAdams […]

CB Richard Ellis (NYSE: CBG) was down more than 6% Wednesday after the company reported first-quarter results, crimping exchange traded funds (ETFs) that invest in real estate stocks and financials. Investors were disappointed by the quarterly results posed by CB Richard Ellis even though the commercial real estate services provider said it swung to a […]

Exchange traded funds (ETFs) that hold gold and silver rose Wednesday after the Federal Reserve said it would keep its benchmark interest rate near zero, adding its bond-buying program would end on June 30 as planned. SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) and iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) moved higher after the Fed statement. However, the […]

The PowerShares QQQ (NasdaqGM: QQQ) managed to tread water Wednesday afternoon despite weakness in components Broadcom (NasdaqGS: BRCM) and Cisco Systems (NasdaqGS: CSCO). Broadcom and Cisco were among the most actively traded stocks on the Nasdaq. Broadcom shares dropped more than 10% after the semiconductor firm was out with a second-quarter revenue outlook that disappointed […]

Financial exchange traded funds (ETFs) that focus on some of the market’s most active stocks such as Citigroup (NYSE: C) and Bank of America (NYSE: BAC) just can’t get into gear. Financial-sector ETFs are trading below where they stood in February as the bank earnings season has not gone well. Still, Deutsche Bank analysts said […]

Stock exchange traded funds (ETFs) edged slightly higher in morning trading Wednesday as markets worldwide remain cautious ahead of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke’s first news conference. New orders for long-lasting U.S. manufactured goods rose solidly in March and bookings for the prior month were much stronger than initially thought, pointing to strength in the […]

Exchange traded funds (ETFs) that invest in copper futures and miners were in negative territory Wednesday as investors awaited the Federal Reserve announcement and Ben Bernanke press conference for more color on interest rates, the economy and the Fed’s bond-buying program. Copper is a closely watched commodity because rising prices and demand are signals of […]

A sell-off in Broadcom (NasdaqGS: BRCM) was a headwind for technology and semiconductor exchange traded funds (ETFs) Wednesday as investors punished the stock after the company announced a weak second-quarter revenue forecast. Broadcom shares were down more than 10% Wednesday morning in active trade. “Broadcom reported first-quarter results that were in line with our expectations, […]

Exchange traded funds (ETFs) that invest in Treasury bonds were lower Wednesday morning as investors marked time before the Federal Reserve interest rate decision and press conference with Chairman Ben Bernanke. Separately, bond giant PIMCO fired another salvo at U.S. debt, comparing the Fed’s purchase of bonds to a Ponzi scheme. The Fed’s quantitative easing […]

Vanguard doesn’t have an exchange traded fund (ETF) for gold or silver, which apparently suits founder John Bogle just fine. “There’s a speculative binge going on in gold and certainly in silver,” Bogle told Fox Business earlier this week. Precious metals ETFs such as SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) and iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) […]

An early rally in Corning (NYSE: GLW) shares Wednesday after upbeat earnings from the company helped steady exchange traded funds (ETFs) for the technology sector. Corning shares were up more than 4% in early trading Wednesday following results that surpassed Wall Street expectations. The stock is a top holding in tech ETFs such as Technology […]

Semiconductor exchange traded funds (ETFs) were on Wednesday’s agenda following quarterly results from and chip makers Broadcom (NasdaqGS: BRCM) and Altera (NasdaqGS: ALTR). Broadcom shares were down nearly 8% in premarket trading Wednesday after the company reported first-quarter earnings that missed expectations. The growth in the mobile and wireless segment of the business “has slowed, […]

A popular exchange traded fund for technology stocks, PowerShares QQQ (NasdaqGM: QQQ), rose fractionally in preopen trading Wednesday after first-quarter results from Amazon (NasdaqGS: AMZN). The highly traded ETF rose 0.2% before the bell. Amazon results were mixed as the company’s revenue beat consensus but it missed on profit and investors worried about lower margins. […]

Disappointing quarterly results from Amazon (NasdaqGS: AMZN) will weigh on retail exchange traded funds (ETFs) on Wednesday as the stock lost 1% in premarket trading. “Results well exceeded [on the] top line but disappointed on margins,” said Evercore Partners analysts. Amazon also missed on earnings in the latest quarter. At Deutsche Bank, analysts said they […]

Investors will be watching the action in exchange traded funds (ETFs) tracking the dollar and U.S. Treasury bonds Wednesday as Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke faces off against a room of reporters. An ETF investing in long-term bonds, iShares Barclays 20+ Year Treasury Bond Fund (NYSEArca: TLT), is essentially flat for the year. However, the […]

Boeing (NYSE: BA) will drive the action Wednesday in exchange traded funds (ETFs) that invest in the aerospace and defense sectors following quarterly results from the Dow component. The company before Wednesday’s opening bell reported first-quarter earnings of 78 cents a share on revenue of nearly $15 billion. Boeing reiterated its full-year outlook on revenue, […]

Gold and silver exchange traded funds (ETFs) were little changed Wednesday morning as markets awaited the Federal Reserve’s announcement on interest rates. SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) and iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) were flat in premarket trading. They are the two largest ETFs for the precious metals by assets. Aside from the Fed announcement […]

Exchange traded funds (ETFs) that invest in Japanese stocks could see action Wednesday following Standard & Poor’s downgrade of is outlook on Japan’s sovereign credit rating. “Standard & Poor’s expects costs related to the March 11, 2011, earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear power plant disaster will increase Japan’s fiscal deficits above prior estimates by a cumulative […]

First Trust has revealed a continuation of its AlphaDEX exchange traded fund (ETF) line up. There are a total of 13 new funds, nine international funds and four domestic equity funds, rounding out the total ETF family to 29. The AlphaDEX line up was strictly domestic until this launch. The AlphaDEX ETFs have more than […]

Millennium is leading a $70 million secondary share purchase in the equity of ETF Securities Limited (ETFS), an innovative provider of exchange traded funds (ETFs). A spokesman for Millennium stated the move is an attempt to capture three long term trends that are driving the asset management industry: The secular shift of institutional and retail […]

Amazon (NasdaqGS: AMZN) will likely guide the action in retail exchange traded funds (ETFs) on Wednesday after the company reported quarterly earnings that missed expectations. Amazon shares weakened in after-hours trading Tuesday following the earnings release as investors worried about the company’s lower operating margin in the first quarter. Profit margin has been a concern […]

A technical analyst is recommending a so-called relative value strategy that calls for a short position in silver exchange traded funds and a long position in gold ETFs. The recent outperformance of silver against gold has pushed the gold-to-silver price ratio to a multi-decade low of roughly 30 to 1, according to However, Chris […]

A centuries-old adage seems to hold true for a seasonal trend in the stock market. Sam Stovall, chief investment strategist at Standard & Poor’s Equity Research, uses the old quote to best describe the next few months: “Sell in May and go away. Do not return until St. Leger’s Day.” As it turns out, historic […]

The major stock index exchange traded funds (ETFs) rallied Tuesday as a spate of positive reported earnings and improved consumer confidence moved stocks higher across the board. Wall Street rallied and the S&P 500 hit its highest level since June 2008 on Tuesday as a flood of positive corporate results added to increasing optimism about […]

The largest exchange traded fund for silver fell about 4% Tuesday as options sentiment was mixed in the ETF, according to a report. Trading in iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) was brisk again Tuesday as volume exceeded 100 million shares. Reuters on Tuesday afternoon reported speculators were viewing call options on the ETF as an […]

Amazon’s (NasdaqGS: AMZN) earnings miss after Tuesday’s closing bell is set to weigh on exchange traded funds (ETFs) for the retail and Internet sectors that count the stock as a top position. Amazon shares fell in after-hours trade Tuesday after it reported first-quarter profit of 44 cents a share, while Wall Street was looking for […]

An exchange traded fund (ETF) indexed to the S&P 500 rose to a new recovery high Tuesday as investors awaited the Federal Reserve’s announcement on interest rates and outlook on the U.S. economy. SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: SPY), the largest ETF by assets with about $91 billion, rose above $135 a share at one […]

Exchange traded funds (ETFs) that invest in the Internet and retail sectors could see action Wednesday following quarterly results from Amazon (NasdaqGS: AMZN). Wall Street is looking for profit of 61 cents a share from Amazon, which reports after Tuesday’s close. Investors will be focused on Amazon’s expense management during the quarter, said McAdams Wright […]

Coca-Cola (NYSE: KO) shares weighed on consumer goods exchange traded funds (ETFs) on Tuesday after the company reported quarterly results that disappointed Wall Street. “The quarter didn’t have the ‘Coke Side of Life’ feeling,” said analysts at Wall Street Strategies in a research note. “The results came in slightly below expectations as volume growth overseas […]