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  • Spain ETFs Merit Consideration Thanks to Weakening Euro

    02-08-2017 09:04 AM by Tom Lydon

    The iShares MSCI Spain Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWP), the largest exchange traded fund tracking stocks in the Eurozones fourth-largest economy, has been steady to start 2017, no small feat as political volatility pressures some of the region's larger economies. EWP is higher by ...

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  • Politics Still an Issue for Spain ETFs

    09-29-2016 10:35 AM by Tom Lydon

    The iShares MSCI Spain Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWP), the largest exchange traded fund tracking stocks in the Eurozones fourth-largest economy, is off 4% year-to-date. That is a middling performance among the ETFs tracking the PIIGS economies, but EWP and rival Spain ETFs have other...

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  • 10 ETFs Hit the Hardest in 'Brexit' Fallout

    06-24-2016 02:08 PM by Tom Lydon

    The votes are in and the United Kingdom will dissolve its 43-year membership in the European Union, triggering mass sell-off in global markets and exchange traded funds (ETFs). Leading the plunge, United Kingdom market-related ETFs were the worst hit, with the First Trust Unit...

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  • ETF TMI: Big ETF Industry News; ETF Market Update

    05-11-2016 03:03 PM by Brenton Garen

    Got a case of TMI (Too Much Information)? ETF Trends takes a condensed look at latest happenings Big ETF Industry News:Jim Ross Named Chairman of New Global SPDR Business State Street Global Advisors (SSGA), the asset management business of State Street Corporation (NYSE: STT),...

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  • Major Market ETFs in Bear Territory

    01-20-2016 02:42 PM by Tom Lydon

    The ongoing selling pressure has dragged on global markets, with developed market country-specific exchange traded funds falling off as Japan and Europe dip into a bear market. British equities are joining other European markets like Germany, France and Spain in a bear market ...

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  • No Bueno: Election Results Harm Spain ETFs

    12-22-2015 07:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    The iShares MSCI Spain Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWP), the largest exchange traded fund tracking stocks in the Eurozone's fourth-largest economy, slumped to a new 52-week low Monday after election results there are seen as bringing the end of Spain's two-part political system. The...

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  • Spain ETFs Get a Lift From S&P Upgrade

    10-05-2015 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Spanish stocks and country-specific exchange traded funds, including the largest Spain ETF, the iShares MSCI Spain Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWP) endured what could have been a volatile week last week as Catalonia mulled independence from the rest of the country. Spanish stock obs...

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  • Catalonia Independence Resurfaces as an Issue for Spain ETF

    09-28-2015 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Catalonia is voicing its desire for an independence vote as well, potentially heightening volatility in Spanish stocks and country-specific exchange traded funds, including the largest Spain ETF, the iShares MSCI Spain Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWP). Spanish stock observers are ke...

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  • France, Italy ETFs Shine Among Eurozone Markets

    08-05-2015 03:45 PM by Tom Lydon

    Following the Greek debt crisis, France and Italy exchange traded funds quickly bounced back and are among the best performing countries in the Eurozone. Year-to-date, the iShares MSCI Italy Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWI) increased 14.7% and iShares MSCI France ETF (NYSEArca: EWQ)...

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  • ETFs to Track Europe's Two Booming Economies: Spain, Ireland

    07-30-2015 04:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Ireland and Spain are among the fastest growing economies in the Eurozone. Investors interested in gaining exposure to the strengthening markets can utilize country-specific exchange traded funds. Ireland announced a delayed first quarter results, revealing a 1.4% month-over-m...

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  • Europe Stocks, ETFs Look Cheap

    07-10-2015 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The Greece-induced sell-off has caused a correction in European stocks and related exchange traded funds, creating an opportunity for bargain hunters who want access to Eurozone markets on the cheap. Europe's multiples now look cheap compared to earnings, whereas U.S. stocks a...

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  • Greek Drama not Chasing Investors From PIIGS ETFs

    07-08-2015 02:41 PM by Todd Shriber

    It would be logical to assume that with Greek equity markets still closed and banks there maintaining a 60-euro withdrawal limit that investors would be rushing for the exits on the Global X FTSE Greece 20 ETF (NYSEArca: GREK) and maybe some of the other exchange traded funds tra...

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  • Greek Drama Brings Questions for Spain ETF

    07-06-2015 12:00 PM by Todd Shriber

    On Sunday, Greece once again set the stage for a roiling of global financial markets when voters there said "Oxi" to conditions set forth by international creditors for additional financial aid, a decision that could push the country closer to financial ruin. Greek voters rebu...

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  • Tumultuous Times for Spain ETF Devotees

    05-27-2015 01:30 PM by Tom Lydon

    The iShares MSCI Spain Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWP) is bouncing back today after tumbling nearly 4% on Tuesday, a performance that made the largest Spain exchange traded fund one of the days worst-preforming ETFs. Political instability in the Eurozones fourth-largest economy cou...

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  • Investors Plow Assets Into Plucky PIIGS ETFs

    04-29-2015 07:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Europe exchange traded funds, particularly the currency hedged variety, have been all the rage this year, but this month investors have been warming to funds tracking stocks in the PIIGS nations. None of the single-country PIIGS ETFs are currency hedged funds, but that has not...

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  • iShares Expanding Line of Currency-Hedged ETFs

    04-14-2015 09:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Expanding upon its popular currency-hedged foreign equity strategies, BlackRock (NYSE: BLK) iShares is working on a slew of currency-hedged adaptations of its global and country-specific exchange traded funds. In anticipation of a strengthening U.S. dollar in response to Feder...

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  • Dont Forget Spain ETFs

    04-08-2015 07:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Thanks to the European Central Banks accommodative monetary policy and the subsequently stumbling euro, European equity exchange traded funds have received ample adulation and attention this year. Investors put $71 billion into non-U.S. developed equities in the first three mo...

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  • Saying Hola to Spain ETFs

    03-03-2015 07:30 AM by Todd Shriber

    Once thought to be the next shoe to drop among the PIIGS nations, Spain has seen its equity market stage a remarkable recovery over the past two and a half years, providing a lift to several well-known, U.S.-listed exchange traded funds. Highlighting the recovery in the perfor...

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  • Greece ETF Drags PIIGS Lower as Standoff Intensifies

    02-09-2015 01:00 PM by Todd Shriber

    Shares of the Global X FTSE Greece 20 ETF (NYSEArca: GREK) are sinking again on Monday and Greek bond yields are surging as global markets digest news that Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras continues to challenge creditors with the end of a current funding plan for Greece looming on ...

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  • PIIGS ETFs Look to Breakout

    02-03-2015 02:13 PM by Max Chen

    After the new Greek government assuaged fears of a write-down on debt and growing instability in the region, exchange traded funds that track once troubled PIIGS - Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greece and Spain - could break out. On Tuesday, the Global X FTSE Portugal 20 ETF (NYSE...

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  • Traders See More Declines for Greece ETF

    01-15-2015 03:15 PM by Todd Shriber

    Amid rising political uncertainty, Global X FTSE Greece 20 ETF (NYSEArca: GREK) is off 4.1% to start 2015 after shedding 40% last year. Ahead of Greek elections on Jan. 25, traders are positioning for more declines in GREK, the lone Greece ETF. In just the last two weeks, dail...

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  • Greece Slide Infects Italy, Spain ETFs

    01-12-2015 01:30 PM by Todd Shriber

    It is 2015, but some traders are treating exchanging traded funds tracking PIIGS nations as if it is 2010 as renewed fears about Greece potentially leaving the Eurozone are prompting increased bets against other Europe single-country ETFs. In 2010, the iShares MSCI Italy Cappe...

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  • Banco Santander Could Shake Up Spain ETF

    01-09-2015 09:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    The Spain-specific exchange traded fund could see more pain before turning around as the country's largest bank raises capital to hedge against any turns and cuts dividends to shareholders. The iShares MSCI Spain Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWP) has declined 10.9% over the past year...

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  • Spain ETF: Catalonia's Call For Independece Could Ignite Volatility

    10-03-2014 07:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    After the Scotland referendum, Catalonia is voicing its desire for an independence vote as well, potentially heightening volatility in Spanish stocks and country-specific exchange traded funds. The iShares MSCI Spain Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWP) has declined 10.3% over the past ...

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  • Growing Confidence Supports Spain ETF

    07-28-2014 02:07 PM by Max Chen

    Investors could be gaining confidence in Spanish markets and related exchange traded fund as the country's financial sector rebounds and yields on benchmark Treasuries dip to a two-century low. The iShares MSCI Spain Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWP) has increased 10.8% year-to-date....

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  • Spain ETF Stands Out in the Eurozone... For Now

    07-24-2014 09:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Spanish stocks and related country-specific exchange traded fund have been outperforming other core Eurozone markets as the economy picks up at its fastest clip in six years over the second quarter. However, growth could begin to slow. The iShares MSCI Spain Capped ETF (NYSEAr...

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  • Europe Bank ETF has its Own Problems

    07-11-2014 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The recent bout of weakness faced by financial services stocks and exchange traded funds is not confined to U.S. offerings. With Portuguese stocks weakening on concerns over Espirito Santo Financial Group, the countrys largest bank, bond yields in peripheral European nations h...

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  • France ETF Could Lag Rival Europe Funds

    07-08-2014 09:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    While the Eurozone walks down the road to recovery, the French economy, the second largest in the European Union, along with related country-specific exchange traded fund, could get left behind. Economists warn that France's economy remains in stagnation and could threaten to ...

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  • World Cup ETFs: The Contenders

    06-12-2014 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The 2014 World Cup starts today with host nation Brazil taking on Croatia. Although volume will likely be light, a victory by Brazil today could lift Brazilian equities and the corresponding exchange traded funds on Friday. On that note, it is time to look at the ETFs tied to ...

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  • Buy Brazil ETFs as World Cup Bets

    05-28-2014 11:49 AM by Todd Shriber

    The 2014 World Cup kicks off on Thursday, June 12 when host nation Brazil takes on Croatia. Investors may want to consider the iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWZ) and related Brazil ETFs as World Cup wagers rather than placing bets online or with their local bookmaker....

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  • Investors Pour Cash Into Peripheral Europe ETFs

    05-13-2014 03:07 PM by Tom Lydon

    While the equities markets are hovering around record highs, with the S&P 500 breaking above 1900 for the first time Tuesday, investors are increasing their hoard of cash and those who are in the markets are favoring overseas stock and related exchange traded fund exposure. ...

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  • Saying Oui to the France ETF

    04-02-2014 09:30 AM by Todd Shriber

    It might seem implausible that the lone ETF devoted exclusively to one of Europes largest economies could go overlooked, but a case can be made that is exactly what is happening to the iShares MSCI France ETF (NYSEArca: EWQ). Investors glossing over EWQ comes at a time when th...

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  • Prodigious PIIGS: These ETFs Soar, Gain Assets

    03-28-2014 12:14 PM by Todd Shriber

    Exchange traded funds tracking European equities have endured a modest pullback in recent weeks, but data support the notion that investors still see opportunity with these funds. For example, the Vanguard FTSE Europe ETF (NYSEArca: VGK) has taken in more than $2 billion in ne...

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  • More Reasons to Like the Spain ETF

    02-12-2014 07:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    While emerging markets exchange traded funds have wilted, particularly single-country funds, Europe ETFs have stood tall in 2014. Granted, that is a broad statement and not all Europe ETFs have set the world on fire this year, but there have been obvious pockets of strength, i...

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  • Where Some of That Lost EM Cash is Going

    02-07-2014 11:14 AM by Todd Shriber

    Investors have not been shy about pulling cash from emerging markets exchange traded funds this year. To be precise, investors pulled $10 billion from equity-based emerging markets ETFs in January, making January 2014 the worst start to a year for ETF flows since 2014, accordi...

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  • Spain ETF Putting Old Worries to Rest

    01-22-2014 02:22 PM by Max Chen

    Investors are feeling more confident in Spanish assets and related exchange traded fund as Spain sold off a record amount of debt, pushing borrowing costs to a seven-year low. The iShares MSCI Spain ETF (NYSEArca: EWP) has gained 3.5% so far this year and is up 28.5% over the ...

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  • Strengthening PIIGS Puts Spotlight on Spain ETF

    01-06-2014 02:36 PM by Max Chen

    Spanish stocks and related exchange traded fund is outpacing the broader European equities market as traders capitalize on cheap valuations and the peripheral state rebounds from the Eurozone debt crisis. The iShares MSCI Spain ETF (NYSEArca: EWP) rose 1.7% Monday. EWP has gai...

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  • Shorting the Euro: Not 2013s Best Idea

    12-12-2013 09:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    At the start of 2013, if one surveyed a group currency strategists and traders and asked that group to pick a developed market currency most likely to decline, after the yen, chances are the euro would have been the pick. Looking back, it is easy to understand. The Eurozone wa...

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  • 10 ETFs for Possible World Cup Winners

    12-08-2013 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The draw for the 2014 World Cup, which will be hosted by Brazil, Latin Americas largest economy, was unveiled Friday and that had football fans (or soccer in the U.S.) all over the world breathless with anticipation. With the 2014 field believed to be the best ever, there are ...

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  • Pricey Markets led to Glum ETF Performances in 2013

    12-08-2013 07:30 AM by Todd Shriber

    There are examples, primarily in the technology and Internet spaces, of stocks sporting lofty valuations for extended periods of time. For example, some market observers believed Amazon (NasdaqGM: AMZN) was expensive at $180, $200 and $250 a share. The stock closed near $387 F...

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  • Inexpensive Global Markets Delivered This Year

    12-06-2013 07:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    It is often said that stocks or other securities that appear inexpensive are that way for a reason and the reason is rarely positive. At the end of last year, a decent amount of global equity markets accessible via single-country exchange traded funds were cheap as measured by...

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  • Ten Best Europe Country ETFs

    12-01-2013 07:45 AM by Tom Lydon

    Investors have taken note of the plethora of diversified Europe exchange traded funds that are soaring this year. That is a good idea as improving economic data and valuations that are still seen as cheap compared to U.S. stocks have some market observers, including major glob...

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  • Europe ETFs Look to Keep Rolling

    11-22-2013 11:46 AM by Todd Shriber

    By most accounts, diversified and single-country exchange traded funds offering exposure to Europe have been pleasant surprises this year. ETFs tracking Europes largest economies, such as the U.K., Germany and France, have been stout performers. Investors have also been reward...

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  • Spain ETF Presents a Buying Opportunity

    11-12-2013 07:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Few single-country Europe ETFs can match the 2013 returns accrued by the iShares MSCI Spain ETF (NYSEArca: EWP). EWP, the lone Spain ETF, is higher by nearly 25% while the comparable France and Italy ETFs are up just 19.7% and 15.3%, respectively. The equivalent Germany and Ne...

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  • Month of the PIIGS

    11-03-2013 07:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    On the Chinese Zodiac calendar, it will not be the year of the pig again until 2020. That is alright because in what is becoming more rule than exception, October was arguably the month of the PIIGS ETFs. So strong were the single-country PIIGS ETFs last month that two points ...

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  • European ETFs Hold Up Despite Spain, Italy Drama

    02-07-2013 09:40 AM by Tom Lydon

    European stocks and exchange traded funds have been rallying over the past six months, however, new trouble is brewing in Italy and Spain. Political issues are arising in these countries just as the debt worries have subsided. "ETFs in Europe continued to gain traction in 2013...

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  • Spain, Greece ETFs Backpedal on Protests

    09-27-2012 02:22 PM by Tom Lydon

    The unresolved Eurozone debt crisis has been compounded by the violent protests this week in Greece and Spain, although ETFs tracking the two countries rebounded somewhat Thursday after sliding earlier in the week. "Protests against austerity turned violent in Spain and Greece...

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  • Spain ETF at Summer High on Bailout Hopes

    08-16-2012 04:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Spanish equities, along with the country-specific exchange traded fund, jumped Thursday as investors anticipate the European Central Bank will make good on its promise to shore up the country's ailing banking sector. The iShares MSCI Spain Index (NYSEArca: EWP) rose 5.4% Thurs...

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  • Spain's Financial Distress Drags on Stock ETFs

    07-23-2012 01:06 PM by Tom Lydon

    The fiscal health of Spain's economy came into question Monday after several regions asked for aid, sending the broad equities market and stock exchange traded funds into risk-off mode. The iShares S&P 500 Index (NYSEArca: IVV) was down 1.3% and the SPDR Dow Jones Industri...

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  • ETF Spotlight: Single-Country Funds

    06-18-2012 07:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Income seekers have delved into the markets in search of attractive payouts during this low-yield environment. Some have found enticing yields in country-specific exchange traded funds; however, potential investors should not let yields blind them and consider the underlying risk...

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  • ETF Chart of the Day: Spain

    05-15-2012 09:42 AM by Paul Weisbruch, Street One Financial

    Amid the recent Eurozone tensions, a single country ETF that has seen trading activity that is off the chart is iShares MSCI Spain (NYSEArca: EWP). Unique in its class as being the only listed ETF to grant country specific equity exposure to Spain and averaging about 327,000 shar...

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  • Bleak Jobs, Manufacturing Data Knock Europe ETFs

    05-02-2012 02:22 PM by Tom Lydon

    The Eurozone was hit with a double whammy Wednesday as both employment and manufacturing data worsened, dragging on European stocks and exchange traded funds. The sell-off in ETFs tracking Spain and Italy was a reminder that Europe's debt crisis refuses to go away. The iShares...

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  • Spain ETF Falls on Recession, Bank Downgrades

    04-30-2012 11:10 AM by John Spence

    The iShares MSCI Spain Index Fund (NYSEArca: EWP) slipped 2% on Monday as the ETF was hit by fresh economic fears and a Standard & Poors downgrade of several Spanish banks. The fund sold off on news that Spain fell into recession in the first quarter for the second time in...

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  • Spain, Europe ETFs Shrug Off Credit Downgrade

    04-27-2012 08:27 AM by John Spence

    ETFs that invest in major European equity benchmarks were set for a green open Friday despite Standard & Poors hacking its credit rating on Spain down by two notches. Yields on Spanish 10-year government bonds did spike up close to the critical 6% level, however. European ...

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  • Spain ETF Shakes Off 6% Bond Yields

    04-16-2012 09:51 AM by John Spence

    The iShares MSCI Spain Index Fund (NYSEArca: EWP) rose 1% in early U.S. trading Monday along with European stock indices after last weeks drubbing amid reports European officials will seek more funds to fight the reemerging debt crisis. The Spain ETF is on a four-week losing s...

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  • Spain ETF Falls to Lowest Since March 2009 on Debt Woes

    04-10-2012 01:08 PM by John Spence

    An exchange traded fund indexed to Spains equity market dropped to the lowest level in three years on Tuesday as the countrys bond yields spiked on renewed European debt fears. The iShares MSCI Spain Index Fund (NYSEArca: EWP) fell 2.2% in afternoon trading while in the U.S., ...

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  • Spain and Italy ETFs Under Pressure

    01-07-2012 07:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The Eurozone crisis never really abated, and it looks like Spain and Italy are in trouble, again. Exchange traded funds following the two countries' markets have been depressed as poor economic data and the higher cost of issuing sovereign debts weigh on the economies. The iSh...

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  • European ETFs Rebound

    11-04-2011 08:26 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds have bounced late this week on signs Greece will shelve a planned referendum on the financial rescue. A interest-rate cut by the European Central Bank has also helped fuel the rally. The Stoxx Europe 600 Index ended up 2.1% Thursday, with all major Europe...

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  • Spain, Italy ETFs Look for Bounce After Short-Selling Ban Extension

    09-29-2011 08:41 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds that invest in Spain and Italy are looking for some relief from the recent selling as bans on short selling in the two countries have been extended. The temporary ban on short-selling financial shares in Italian and Spanish markets has been extended as th...

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  • European ETFs Rise on Greece, Fed Hopes

    09-20-2011 11:47 AM by Tom Lydon

    European stocks rose Tuesday on optimism Greece will receive another tranche of aid funding ahead of a second call between Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos and officials from the European Union and International Monetary Fund. Equities exchange traded funds were also getti...

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  • European ETFs Higher After Spain, France Sell Bonds

    09-16-2011 09:29 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds indexed to European stocks rose Friday in early U.S. trading after Spain and France sold bonds and markets focused on a meeting of European Union finance ministers. However, euro currency ETFs were lower Friday as U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner ...

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  • Europe ETFs Sink on Debt Fears

    09-09-2011 04:41 PM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds pegged to European stocks tanked Friday as whispers of a Greek default sent investors running and Jeurgen Stark's resignation from the European Central Bank further sapped confidence. Credit default swaps on Greek debt jumped to record highs, which signal...

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  • European ETFs Fall 2% on Debt, Economic Concerns

    09-08-2011 02:51 PM by Tom Lydon

    European exchange traded funds were back under pressure Thursday after a brief respite as the sovereign debt crisis refuses to exit the financial headlines. The regional and single-country ETFs were losing ground in U.S. trading Thursday after the European Central Bank held st...

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  • Spain ETF in Focus After Bond Auction

    09-02-2011 08:09 AM by Tom Lydon

    Spain has followed Italy into the bond market again in an effort to obtain financing and help save the country from default. The iShares MSCI Spain (NYSEArca: EWP) has many challenges ahead as the government gets creative in the credit crisis. A Spanish bond sales saw weak dem...

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  • Europe ETFs Fall as Short-Selling Ban Extended

    08-26-2011 07:40 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds that invest in Europe were lower Friday after several Eurozone countries extended their ban on short selling, or betting against, financial stocks. In particular, German stocks have been volatile this week on whispers the country may see its triple-A cred...

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  • European ETFs Stabilize After Big Drop

    08-25-2011 08:11 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds that follow European stock indexes have steadied after a large decline as concerns over the debt crisis have calmed somewhat. Still, interest rates on Greek 10-year bonds surged to new records on Thursday as yields climbed above 18%, the Associated Press ...

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  • The Contrarian: Single-Country ETFs

    08-23-2011 03:52 PM by Tom Lydon

    Many exchange traded funds that track individual countries have been beaten to a pulp in 2011. Some bargain hunters see cheap valuations in these hard-hit ETFs despite global debt and economic tensions. Last week, we took a look at some of the most oversold ETFs measured by di...

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  • Italy, Spain ETFs Back in Debt Vise

    08-19-2011 11:42 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds tracking Italy, Spain and other European countries have taken a beating this week with the region plagued by worries over banks and the growing debt crisis. The iShares MSCI Italy Index (NYSEArca: EWI) and the iShares MSCI Spain Index (NYSEArca: EWP) were...

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  • European Stock ETFs Pressured by Banks

    08-18-2011 04:04 PM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds that invest in Europe suffered heavy losses Thursday as the region's debt crisis spiraled further. Renewed worries over the global economy added to the selling. The European financial sector ETF reflected the heavy declines experienced by Eurozone banks o...

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  • Spain ETFs and the Debt Crisis

    08-05-2011 03:57 PM by Tom Lydon

    Investors are watching European single-country exchange traded funds tracking the periphery for signs of improvement or deterioration in the debt crisis. One indicator is the nearly $200 million iShares MSCI Spain (NYSEArca: EWP), which rebounded somewhat Friday after Thursday...

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  • European Financial ETF Plunges on Debt Crisis

    08-04-2011 04:15 PM by John Spence

    More rumblings from Europes debt crisis have taken a toll on an exchange traded funds that invests in the regions troubled financial sector. The iShares MSCI Europe Financials Sector (NasdaqGM: EUFN) shed nearly 8% in Thursdays sell-off. Investors are worried the sovereign ...

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  • Italy ETF Feeling Heat of Debt Crisis

    08-04-2011 07:23 AM by Tom Lydon

    An exchange traded fund tracking Italy was set for a lower open in the U.S. on Thursday as the country's FTSE MIB Index fell over 2% after Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi tried to calm markets. In Spain, the Treasury sold bonds at higher yields but there was solid demand, the...

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  • Italy, Spain ETFs Fall Over 15% in a Month

    08-02-2011 04:14 PM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds that invest in Europe are the worst performers in ETFs over the past month with little respite from the credit crisis despite the recent second bailout of Greece. Several single-country ETFs in the region have been hit hard on worries the debt contagion i...

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  • Debt Fears Rattle Italy, Spain ETFs

    07-20-2011 04:39 PM by Tom Lydon

    The European sovereign debt crisis is reaching a potential turning point as leaders meet to discuss how to stop the problems from spreading from Greece to other embattled markets such as Italy and Spain. "As another D-day looms on Thursday, we have few soothing words," Suki M...

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  • Italy ETF Sells Off with Stocks, Bonds on Credit Fears

    07-11-2011 12:19 PM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds that invest in Italian stocks and government debt were under heavy selling pressure again Monday after steep declines late last week. The iShares MSCI Italy (NYSEArca: EWI) was down nearly 6% in midday trading as the so-called bond vigilantes trained thei...

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  • ETF Spotlight: iShares MSCI Spain (EWP)

    07-07-2011 11:44 AM by Tom Lydon

    ETF Spotlight on iShares MSCI Spain (NYSEArca: EWP), part of an ongoing series. Assets: $219.9 million Objective: The iShares MSCI Spain Index Fund tries to reflect the performance of a broad index tracking Spanish stocks. Holdings: Top holdings include: Banco Santander ...

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  • Spain, Italy ETFs Down 3% on Debt Jitters

    06-24-2011 11:39 AM by Tom Lydon

    Investors were nervous about Europes debt logjam heading into the weekend as exchange traded funds that track Italy and Spain fell by 3% in U.S. trading Friday. Italian banks plunged Friday following a warning from Moodys that it may downgrade the lenders credit ratings. Share...

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  • Spain's ETF Decouples From the Pain

    06-05-2011 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    While the focus in the European Union has been on Greece lately, Spain has been trending up. The iShares MSCI Spain Index Fund (NYSEArca: EWP) is up over 11% over the past six months. This week the country passed a key test as they managed to sell $5.67 million in short term g...

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  • Country ETFs To Play The European Recovery

    06-02-2011 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The European Central Bank may keep borrowing costs on hold, as inflation in the EU was surprisingly lower in May. It dropped to 2.7% from April's 2.8%. Exchange traded funds (ETFs) give investors the opportunity to participate in economic growth as they give broad-based exposure ...

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  • Spain ETF Affected by Moody's Downgrade

    03-11-2011 03:30 PM by Tom Lydon

    Further woes are resting upon the euro, as Spain was downgraded by Moody's and given a negative outlook. This may mean more of a struggle for Spain's banking system and the related exchange traded fund (ETF). [Pain In Spain ETF Starting To Heal.] Although sovereign demand and ...

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  • Rising Oil Prices Leave ETFs Mixed

    03-07-2011 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) showed modest gains at the open, but rising oil prices quickly turned the markets south. Crude-oil futures climbed toward $107 a barrel as fighting in Libya raged on, adding to concern that popular unrest will spread to other oil-producing states ...

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  • PIIGS ETFs: Are They Flying Yet?

    02-11-2011 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Hey, whatever happened to the PIIGS? Are we still worried about them? The goings-on in Egypt have all but eclipsed news about the five economies that dominated the headlines for the latter half of 2010. Well, the bad news is that the PIIGS are not out of the woods just yet. Th...

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  • Pain in Spain ETF Is Starting to Heal

    02-05-2011 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Last summer, the Spain exchange traded fund (ETF) sank alongside the troubled PIIGS economy mired in debt. While it's hardly back to health, a key economic agency recently pointed out the progress made up to this point. The OECD said Spain's funding conditions have improved, d...

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  • January's Top 5 ETFs and ETNs

    02-01-2011 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    January was one of the best months for the markets in awhile. So good, in fact, that some of the top-performing exchange traded funds (ETFs) and exchange traded notes (ETNs) at the top of the charts might not be the ones you'd expect. Spain. Recent stress tests imposed on the ...

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  • Spain ETF: Why the Banks Matter

    01-18-2011 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    In just five short days, the iShares MSCI Spain (NYSEArca: EWP) exchange traded fund (ETF) has surged 13.2%. Is it too soon to believe that it's a new beginning for the economy? Spain has proved that it can still raise money, getting solid demand for five-year bonds at an auct...

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  • ETFs Move As Portugal Bond Sale Restores Confidence

    01-12-2011 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) rose on Wednesday, tracking a rally in European equities, as investors digested the results from a Portuguese government debt auction and awaited the Federal Reserves report on current economic conditions. European stocks are way up after he Portu...

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  • Deal-Making Drives ETFs Higher

    12-21-2010 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) are moving up on Tuesday, lifted by premarket gains for Adobe Systems Inc. after upbeat earnings as well as deal news involving Martek Biosciences Corp. and Chrysler Financial. Shares of Adobe (NYSE: ADBE) are flying high up over 6% today after th...

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  • 4 Things to Watch as E.U. Summit Kicks Off

    12-16-2010 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    European leaders have convened for a two-day summit to address Europe's growing debt problem. While the outcome is uncertain at this point, exchange traded funds (ETFs) could give clues about how it's going. Thing to Watch 1: Spain. The PIIGS are widely acknowledged to be the ...

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  • Spain ETF Emerging from Pain...But Will It Stick?

    12-06-2010 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The Spain exchange traded fund (ETF) staged a comeback last week, rallying 6.3%. It's no small feat for a country frequently fingered as one weighed down by troublesome debt. To be sure, Spain is facing real trouble. Gregory White for The Business Insider reports that right no...

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  • Europe ETFs: Are They a Buying Opportunity?

    12-02-2010 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    It's official: the European Central Bank has opted to hold interest rates steady while at the same time extending its lending to banks for another three months. While it's what Europe needs, does it necessarily make Europe exchange traded funds (ETFs) an attractive buying opportu...

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  • PIIGS ETFs Not Out of the Woods Yet

    11-05-2010 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The so-called PIIGS may not be making headlines the way they did this summer, but signs about that trouble still reigns in these debt-riddled nations. Their exchange traded funds (ETFs) could feel the pain. The leaders of the PIIGS - Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greece and Spain ...

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  • Europe ETFs Lead Markets Higher

    10-05-2010 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Strong economic data from Europe helped push Europe exchange traded funds (ETFs) and the broader U.S. markets higher this morning. ETFs that track economies in Europe have moved to the front of the pack this morning, led by iShares MSCI Spain (NYSEArca: EWP) and iShares MSCI I...

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  • Europe ETFs Fall As Riots Take Hold

    09-29-2010 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    It seems as though there's pandemonium all over Europe this morning as rioters protest austerity measures some countries will need to enact. Europe exchange traded funds (ETFs) are falling under the strain. According to the ETF Dashboard, iShares MSCI Spain (NYSEArca: EWP) is ...

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  • Durable Goods Report Powers ETFs

    09-24-2010 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    A mostly positive durable goods orders report sent stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) surging, led by base metal ETFs and Europe ETFs. The top ETFs this morning, according to the ETF Dashboard, included iShares MSCI Spain (NYSEArca: EWP) and First Trust ISE Global Copper ...

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  • Europe ETFs: Who's Hot, Who's Not

    09-01-2010 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Europe exchange traded funds (ETFs) are a mixed bag these days. On the one hand is a booming Germany; on the other are a host of nearby nations still treading water, at best. In Germany, borrowing costs are a record lows and exports - aided by a weak euro - have soared. Elsewh...

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  • Spain ETF Struggles with Unemployment and Slow Growth

    08-24-2010 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    After the financial crisis and the eurozone deficit tussle, Spain's economy has been left in tatters. Spain's exchange traded fund (ETF) has been hit hard and it may stay that way for awhile as Spain's economy stagnates as high unemployment reins and more people depart the countr...

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  • The Best and Worst ETFs of July

    08-02-2010 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    July was a better month for the markets, especially in Europe, where a bank stress test allayed most fears about the continent's finances. However, back in the United States, deflation seems to be the fear of the moment. As a result, gold traders, who were betting on an inflation...

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  • Spain ETF: The World Cup and a Bull Run

    07-09-2010 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The International Monetary Fund says Spain's economy isn't too shabby. Economists caution that the European debt crisis could prolong the rut in the country's economy, and by extension, Spain's related exchange traded fund (ETF). Still, some Spaniards are more worried about poten...

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  • Spain ETF: Was Last Week's Surge a Recovery Signal?

    06-14-2010 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Spains exchange traded fund (ETF) shot up 11% last week week despite rumors that it had asked the European Union for economic aid. Could this reflect a fundamental shift in the Spain ETF or was it just a good run? Paul Day of Reuters reports that Spains official response to th...

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  • Bernanke's Testimony Reassures Markets, Lifts ETFs

    06-09-2010 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke addressed Congress this morning to give his opinion on the U.S. recovery, the European debt crisis and more. His words struck a reassuring tone in the markets and sent exchange traded funds (ETFs) higher. Overall, Bernanke's comments were...

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  • Europe ETFs: Crisis Sends Them to the Bargain Basement

    06-08-2010 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Europe is tightening its belt and enforcing austerity measures in an attempt to assuage jittery investors unnerved by the fiscal problems in Greece. Some worry that the Europe's recently adopted frugal attitude may impede the global recovery in the markets and exchange traded fun...

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  • European Debt Woes Create ETF Winners and Losers

    05-26-2010 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    This week, Spain decided to bail out a small savings bank called CajaSur for around $750 million. The head of the European Commission knocked Germany's proposals for the debt crisis as naive. There have been winning and losing exchange traded funds (ETFs) as a result. First of...

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  • Spain ETF Gets Hit After Bank Failure

    05-24-2010 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Chalk it up to another round of worries about the European economy: a bank failure in Spain, while small, has fanned the flames of concern about Europe and the broader economic recovery. Although analysts feel that the takeover of a small bank in Spain isn't a signal of a lar...

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  • Bank Bailout in Spain Sends Markets, ETFs South

    05-24-2010 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) have opened lower this morning as investors remain unsettled about the financial strength of Europe. Even a jump in existing home sales wasn't enough to turn things around. Existing home sales rose 6.8% in March to an annual rate of 5.35...

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  • What's In That There ETF You're Buying?

    05-17-2010 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Investors have come to love exchange traded funds (ETFs) for its ability to diversify a portfolio. However, some ETFs are more heavily weighted in sectors or companies than you might be comfortable with. Broad-based ETFs that track major indexes, asset classes and subclasses w...

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  • ETFs to Watch in the Wake of European Deal

    05-10-2010 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    At long last, there's a deal in place to help contain the debt crisis in Europe and keep the euro currency in action. Exchange traded funds (ETFs) are soaring on the news in keeping with the adage that the most beaten-down areas perform the best in recoveries. Looking at the ...

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  • Spain ETF: Big Troubles In a Big Country

    04-01-2010 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Spain's economy and exchange traded fund (ETF) are sinking. The problems keep piling on and they're weighing down growth. What's it going to take to get this nation back on the prosperity track? Spain's problems are only accumulating, with rising unemployment, low productivit...

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  • Spain ETF: In a Delicate Position

    02-22-2010 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Spain might not be as hard-hit as its Grecian neighbors, but the country is grappling with problems of its own that could drag its exchange traded fund (ETF) down further if the country doesn't push through structural reforms. Spain may have been unfairly lumped in with other ...

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  • Greece, Spain, Portugal: Hope In Sight for ETFs?

    02-09-2010 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The markets and exchange traded funds (ETFs) reacted well to news that European officials could be moving to save Greece from its increasingly disconcerting debt crisis. But the crisis is far from over - we've still got Spain to contend with. European leaders are reportedly plann...

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  • Spain ETF: Issues to Tackle

    02-03-2010 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Spain, Europe's fifth-largest economy, is stuck in a deepening recession. The large deficit, high unemployment rate and a collapsed housing market have been keeping the economy and related exchange traded fund (ETF) depressed. Spain's government stated that it would reduce spe...

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  • ETFs Hit By a Weakening Euro

    12-17-2009 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The euro has seen better days. The currency and its related exchange traded funds (ETFs) are slipping as debt piles up and assurances of self-restraint and fiscal prudence fail to stem investor sentiments of a possible turn in the eurzone's economic fortunes. Huge budget defic...

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  • Midday Update: Stocks, ETFs Mixed After Government Extends TARP Program

    12-09-2009 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    There is a decidedly mixed tone to stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) this morning. A rise in energy stocks has offset negative sentiment after Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner told Congress the Obama administration is extending the financial rescue (TARP) program until n...

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  • Spain's Economy Limps Along, But Will Its ETF?

    12-03-2009 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Spain still has a long way to go before experiencing economic well-being. Will the country-specific exchange traded fund (ETF) come to a slow crawl as poor manufacturing rates and high unemployment plague Spain's economy? As many eurozone countries pulled out of the recession ...

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  • Why Brazil's ETFs Are Among the Emerging Market Leaders

    11-20-2009 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Brazil is a country on the rebound. The country's related shares and exchange traded funds (ETFs) have reflected this with stellar performance so far this year. Why is Brazil a leader among emerging and developed markets? Brazil's policymakers' fiscal and monetary actions enab...

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  • Country ETFs: Imports Vs. Exports

    10-26-2009 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) performance that correspond with a country's growth are tied to many different factors. One major factor to consider is the billions marked down on a country's trade balance sheet. According to Gary Gordon for ETF Expert, there is a slight discerni...

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  • Why Is Spain's ETF Up While Its Economic Data Is Down?

    10-12-2009 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Spain's economic problems stemming from the housing collapse may not improve anytime soon, but the banking industry is propping up the country-related exchange traded fund (ETF). The International Monetary Fund (IMF) projects Spain's unemployment rate to top off at 20.2% in 20...

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  • Can Spain Spend Its Way Back to Economic and ETF Health?

    08-30-2009 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    With unemployment skyrocketing and gross domestic product still on the decline, Spain and its related exchange traded fund (ETF) may not be reaping the benefits some other European countries are enjoying. Spain's GDP declined 1% from the previous quarter and contracted 4.1% ye...

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  • 5 Of the Best ETFs In the Last Month

    07-21-2009 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Every so often, it's helpful to take stock of the markets and see what's been happening in the big picture. With that, here are five exchange traded funds (ETFs) that have moved impressively in the last month. When Gary Gordon wrote about the three most impressive ETF movers i...

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  • How Spain's Economy and ETF Work to Awaken the Bull

    06-25-2009 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Spain may have already seen the worst part of the economic crisis within the borders of their country, giving more chance for investments and exchange traded funds (ETFs) to grow.If Spain's economy minister if right, the country's economy may be bottoming out. However, the emplo...

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  • While Economy Hurts, There's One Light for Spain's ETF

    05-28-2009 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Spain's economy and related exchange traded fund (ETF) may likely be dampened by diminished domestic spending and an increasing number of unemployed. Spanish Economy Minister Elena Salgado stated that unemployment was higher in Spain than in other European countries as a resul...

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  • Can Spain's ETF Emerge From Deflationary Cycle?

    04-23-2009 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    High unemployment coupled with dropping prices could prove detrimental to Spain's economy and related exchange traded fund (ETF). Businesses and merchants across Spain are cutting retail prices to lure in more buyers, but this has only pushed other merchants to further undercu...

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  • Will Unemployment Continue To Burden Spain's Economy, ETF?

    04-06-2009 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Spain is mired by a collapse in the construction sector and anincrease in joblessness could reduce the growth of its economy and subsequent exchange traded fund (ETF). As the Spanish Central Bank calculates its economy, the 4th largest in the euro zone, predictions say it will...

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  • What Low Inflation in Spain Means for ETF

    02-21-2009 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Spain is experiencing a deep and intense recession, so is a dip toward deflation following a 40-year low in inflation good news for markets and exchange traded funds (ETFs)? Not so fast... The year-on-year inflation for this European country is down to 0.8% for January, and is...

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  • Why the Euro Isn't Such a Good Thing for Some ETFs

    01-26-2009 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The countries within the European Union are all contemplating economic hardships, as the citizens learned to live beyond their means, giving way to possible bankruptcy and losing gains within markets and exchange traded funds (ETFs). A Plan That Isn't Working. The inhabitants...

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  • What Wall Street Fraud Means for ETFs

    12-15-2008 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Theimpact of Wall Street'salleged "pyramidscheme" of$50 billionis slowly unveiling, and could even impact some exchange traded funds (ETFs).ETFs could join a long list of those hurt by the fraud, including pensions, charities, hedge funds and large banking institutions. Joe Be...

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  • Spain's Economy, ETF Stagnate

    11-16-2008 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    With the end of an extraordinary growth spurt a recession in Spain is inevitable. But to what extent will it affect Spain and its exchange traded fund (ETF)? It seemed like it was just yesterday that Spain's improvements in living standards and employment knew no bounds. In th...

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  • Spain's Economy, ETF Back-Pedal

    11-02-2008 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Spain's economy is bordering on a recession as the country experienced its first quarterly decline since 1993, leaving exchange traded funds (ETFs) hanging. The estimate from the Bank of Spain on Friday showed gross domestic product (GDP) expanded in annual terms in the third ...

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  • Global ETFs Pulled Down By Faltering U.S. Economy

    10-03-2008 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    All signs point toward the fact that the United States and our exchange traded funds (ETFs) are getting jostled around in this weakened economy. Some countries could face recession as the global economy tumbles toward a bottom. In Singapore, predictions are that the country wi...

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  • Euro Isn't Winning Popularity Contests With Spain and ETFs

    08-25-2008 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The euro is having a bit of a PR crisis in Spain, where most Spaniards believe it has damaged their economy and, in turn, its exchange traded fund (ETF). On the other hand, not many people seem to be in favor of ditching it, either. Jason Webb for Reuters explains that Spain h...

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  • Spain's Economy And ETF Feel The Pains

    08-08-2008 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    There might be rain in Spain, but it could just be tears over how the economy is faltering and, in turn, affecting its exchange traded fund (ETF). iShares MSCI Spain Index (EWP) may begin to see dreary days, as the country's finance minister said that the economy could slip to...

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  • Passing the Torch to China's ETFs

    08-05-2008 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    As the torch is lit during the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics, will it light a fire under the Chinese exchange traded funds (ETFs), too? Many investors are pondering whether they should get back into the Chinese market now and what impact, if any, the Olympics will h...

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  • Telecommunications ETFs Phoning It In On AT&T Earnings

    07-23-2008 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Growth in the wireless sector has telecommunications exchange traded funds (ETFs) ringing up good numbers today. AT&T (T) announced today that its quarterly profit had gone up even more than expected, reports Ritsuko Ando for Reuters. The growth among its wireless subscrib...

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  • Spain's Water Shortage May Trickle Into Its ETF

    06-09-2008 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    For Murcia, Spain, the water crisis has been sped up by developers and farmers who are fighting over this resource, impacting exchange traded funds (ETFs) from both sides. Murcia was once a forgotten, poor farm town that has been built up to a booming resort destination, com...

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  • Natural Gas ETFs Could Burn Bright In Growing Shortage

    05-31-2008 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Natural gas exchange traded funds (ETFs) certainly haven't been shouting as loud as those for other commodities (hello, oil), but they've been delivering the returns. The commodity has been a standout in what has been a rough and volatile market so far this year. The one-...

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  • Spain's Economy And ETF Slow, Mirroring The U.S.

    05-16-2008 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Spain's economy is still growing, but at a slower pace, and it could reflect in the country's exchange traded fund (ETF). Ben Sills for Bloomberg reports that the Spanish economy grew only 0.3% in the first quarter, the slowest since the third quarter of 2000, and less than h...

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  • International Markets, ETFs Catching U.S. Housing Disease

    04-15-2008 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The U.S. housing crisis is taking its toll on other countries, and it could hit their exchange traded funds (ETFs) if it persists for long. Real estate prices are plummeting in the Irish countryside, the Spanish coast and even parts of Northern India, reports Mark Landler for t...

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  • March ETF Performance Report

    03-31-2008 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The adage that March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb certainly held true for the markets this month. Several days this month saw wild movement in the markets, sometimes by hundreds of points in either direction. On the last day of the month, though, the markets sta...

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  • Playing the Waiting Game With ETFs

    03-28-2008 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

      Some believe we're in a full-blown recession, but no matter what they believe, exchange traded fund (ETF) investors shouldn't panic. Chris Fichera for Consumer Reports suggests staying put and weathering the storm, while making some tweaks to your portfolio: While he d...

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  • You Can't Always Judge an ETF By Its Name

    01-29-2008 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    In December, Barclays added another international exchange traded fund (ETF) to its lineup: the iShares MSCI Kokusai Index Fund (TOK).  TOK covers 1,203 holdings in 22 developed markets, minus Japan, with the United States taking the most holdings at 50%. The second-la...

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  • Why Invest with International ETFs?

    12-25-2007 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Regional exchange traded funds (ETFs) are a lucrative tool for many investors, however, before jumping onto the overseas bandwagon, Mark Fightmaster for Schaffers Research has three points to give you more knowledge: What is an ETF? First off, an ETF is a basket of securities t...

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  • Spain's Economy And ETF Mirroring The US?

    12-24-2007 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The Spanish economy is still healthy and full of potential, however, signs that the economic landscape is shifting have emerged, effecting related exchange traded funds (ETFs). During recent years Spain has undergone an intense economic modernization, thus expanding the economy ...

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  • Which Infrastructure ETF Builds A Better Portfolio?

    12-18-2007 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    There is a global trend with infrastructure investments, so which exchange traded fund (ETF) gives a better play? Last week iShares S&P Global Infrastructure ETF (IGF) debuted, giving investors another option besides the SPDR FTSE Macquarie Global Infrastructure 100 ETF (GII...

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  • 3 New Global iShares Debut

    12-13-2007 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Three new iShares exchange traded funds (ETFs) began trading this week on NYSE Arca. The three new funds from Barclays offer exposure to the developing global marketplace, including places such as Japan, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Singapore and Spain. The three new ETFs are: i...

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  • Single-Country ETFs...And The Winner Is....

    11-27-2007 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Single-country exchange traded funds (ETFs) can be a good investment for portfolios, however, picking which country is a hard decision. There are many factors to consider like reward-to-risk, performance comparison, pullbacks and time frames, as well as local politics and econ...

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  • ETFs Try Their Cut At Timber

    11-23-2007 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The latest from Claymore's exchange traded fund (ETF) family is the Claymore/Clear Global Timber (CUT), which tracks the Clear Global Timber Index. This includes 27 companies that produce wood and paper products. Companies are based in 11 countries and the index weights the...

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  • Spain ETF - Being a Gallant Instead Of a Goofus Could Pay Off

    11-18-2007 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    How can better manners be an asset to the Spain-focused exchange traded fund (ETF)? Spain is seeking to end a dispute with Venezuela that began when Venezuela's president Hugo Chavez repeatedly interrupted Spanish King Juan Carlos, who in turn told Chavez to "shut up.&quo...

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  • Two Telecommunication ETFs That Are So Similar but So Different

    10-30-2007 12:03 PM by Tom Lydon

    It's interesting to see how different two exchange traded funds (ETFs) that cover the same sector, one domestically and one internationally, can perform. A strong example of this is shown in the telecommunications arena. The U.S-based iShares Dow Jones U.S. Telecommunications Fu...

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  • All Is Sunny for Spain's ETF...for Now

    10-23-2007 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    When the markets were down last week, Spain's exchange traded fund (ETF) iShares MSCI Spain Index (EWP) was the only country specific ETF with positive returns. Currently, EWP is up 19.4% year-to-date. According to Prime Minister Jose Luis Zapatero, the solvency of Spain's fi...

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  • Luxury ETF Could Benefit from More Millionaires in the World

    10-22-2007 11:59 AM by Tom Lydon

    While the average exchange traded fund (ETF) investor might have cut down on his or her consumer spending, the same can't be said for the ultra rich. Household wealth is hitting record heights, and it's not happening just in the U.S. There are more millionaire households in the ...

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  • U.K. Gets a Timber and Forestry ETF, Where's Ours?

    10-15-2007 04:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Although the U.S. still does not have a timber and forestry exchange traded fund (ETF), one recently launched in the U.K., hopefully indicating that ours is coming soon. Barclays Global Investors, launched the first iShares Global Timber and Forestry ETF on the sector on the Lon...

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  • Foreign Bond ETFs Play the Dollar

    10-13-2007 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Foreign bond exchange traded funds (ETFs) have hit the market, and the timing is perfect. SPDR Lehman International Treasury Bond Fund (BWX) is a broad-based ETF that gives exposure to 17 counties: 13 of which are developed, and four that are emerging. The largest allocations ar...

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  • Spain and Its ETF Rides the Bull

    10-01-2007 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded fund (ETF) investors might be shocked if there were to go abroad to Madrid and see what a business hub it is becoming. In the center of the city are four large office buildings being constructed. The structures will comprise the Four Towers enterprise park, and t...

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  • Europe ETF Rises Despite Fears of Economic Slowdown

    09-21-2007 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The iShares MSCI EMU Index (EZU) is an exchange traded fund (ETF) that invests in countries that are members of the European Monetary Union (EMU). France makes up 28.6% of EZU, followed by Germany at 23.2%, Spain at 11.7%, Italy at 10.5% and the Netherlands at 9.8%. Currently, i...

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  • Stylish Phones Keep Up Telecommunications ETF

    09-18-2007 11:06 AM by Tom Lydon

    The iShares S&P Global Telecommunications (IXP) exchange traded fund (ETF) has weathered volatile market storms better than many other ETFs, thanks to its trendy phones. It hasn't dropped below its long-term trend line all year and is up 15.9% year-to-date. It's largest ho...

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  • Low Inflation and High Demand Helps Sweden's ETF

    08-09-2007 04:03 PM by Tom Lydon

    Besides Spain, iShares MSCI Sweden Index (EWD) is another country-based exchange traded fund (ETF) that has withstood market volatility fairly well so far this year. It's up 10.7% year-to-date. It also holds well-known, worldwide companies such as Volvo (VOLV) and H&M (HMRZF...

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  • An ETF Spanish Style

    08-09-2007 03:09 PM by Tom Lydon

    As the market rides the waves, a few exchange traded funds (ETFs) stand out against the rest. One such ETF is the iShares MSCI Spain Index (EWP). It's up 13.6% year-to-date and is above its trend line. One of the reasons for EWP's success comes from its neighbors' prosperity. Al...

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  • Around the ETF World

    08-06-2007 01:13 AM by Tom Lydon

    As the international exchange traded fund (ETF) market expands, it's becoming a more popular area in which to invest. Asian country-based ETFs have been doing especially well because of strong labor markets. China's economy has been growing so fast and performing so well that it...

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  • European ETFs: Get One Whole or Take Them by the Slice

    07-27-2007 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Investing in Europe via exchange traded funds (ETFs) is another way to diversify your portfolio. In a way, it's kind of like ordering pizza. When you invest in a European ETF that has different holdings in various countries, it's like you get a whole pizza with different topping...

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  • Spain ETF Gets a Little Help from Its Friends

    07-09-2007 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Spain's exchange traded fund (ETF) is enjoying a fresh boost thanks to its European neighbors. iShares MSCI Spain (EWP) comprises 35 stocks that trade on the Madrid Stock Exchange. It has returned 10.5% for the year-to-date. Spain has experienced a consecutively growing economy ...

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  • Hello! Telecom ETFs Ringing

    05-27-2007 01:10 AM by Tom Lydon

    Telecom companies are asking exchange traded funds (ETFs), "can you hear me know?"  Big European telecom companies are moving on news of mergers and higher dividend payments reports Trang Ho of Investor's Business Daily.  This news can have some affect on U.S...

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  • ETFs Rebound in First Quarter

    04-21-2007 01:26 PM by Tom Lydon

    When you think of spring, one may conjure images of flowers growing, but what about the growth of your exchange traded funds (ETFs)?  As companies are reporting first quarter earnings, Rudy Martin of reviews ETFs for the first quarter.  Although there w...

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  • Spain ETF-Don't Fight the Bull

    04-13-2007 01:13 PM by Tom Lydon

    Don't fight the bull market in Spain-instead look at the investment opportunity there may be in a Spain exchange traded fund (ETF). iShares MSCI Spain (EWP) is up 9% year to date and was one of the top ETF performers for 2006, up 48%.  EWP has holdings in finance and teleco...

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  • ETFs And Demographics

    04-11-2007 07:56 AM by Tom Lydon

    Demographics is(n't) Destiny but it can play a role in the rise and fall of civilizations and may influence where you invest, including exchange traded funds (ETFs).  Michael Krause for compares populations of the international ETFs against the U.S. in terms o...

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  • Top Performing ETFs for 2006

    12-29-2006 04:18 PM by Tom Lydon

    Once again, global exchange traded funds (ETFs) were the top performers for 2006.  Booming economic growth in China helped push the China ETFs to the number one and two spots for the year.  iShares FTSE/Xinhua China 25 Index (FXI) and PowerShares Golden Dragon Halter...

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  • Spain ETF on a Bull Run

    12-20-2006 07:53 AM by Tom Lydon

    The iShares MSCI Spain Index Fund (EWP) has been one of the top exchange traded fund (ETF) performers of 2006. Economic growth in Europe and Spain is helping the Madrid stock market and the fund. With returns close to 50% and a moderate expense ratio, this fund gives good exposu...

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  • Spanish Economy Effects ETF

    11-13-2006 01:49 AM by Tom Lydon

    Spain's high economic growth is of interest to investors in the Spanish exchange traded fund (ETF). iShares MCSI Spain (EWP) is up 44% year-to-date and up 9% for the month.  Spain's stock market is booming with Madrid's Ibex 35 Index up 30% this year, and a total economic g...

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  • European ETFs Growing Performance

    10-24-2006 01:22 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds with an international focus have enjoyed better returns than their U.S. counterparts.  European ETFs have been performing well and reaching new highs this month.  The top country performers are iShares MSCI Spain (EWP) up 9% for the month, iShar...

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  • Spain ETF (EWP) Boosted by Housing

    10-10-2006 09:36 AM by Tom Lydon

    iShares MSCI Spain (EWP) is one of the top performing exchange traded funds year-to-date.  This ETF is up 32%; 12% in the last three months.  Banks make up 39% of the holdings in EWP. Murray Coleman of Investor's Business Daily reports that a housing boom in Spain is ...

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