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  • Most Popular & Most Hated ETFs of 2016

    12-29-2016 05:12 PM by Tom Lydon

    The year 2016 has been filled with great oscillations as investors were taken on a wild ride, with some markets and exchange traded fund standing out from the rest. There are now 1,960 U.S.-listed exchange traded products with $2.550 trillion in net assets under management aft...

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  • Consumer Staples ETFs Pop on Hershey Takeover Bid

    06-30-2016 01:50 PM by Max Chen

    Consumer staples exchange traded funds led U.S. sectors Thursday after Mondelez International (NasdaqGS: MDLZ), the company behind Oreo cookies and Cadbury chocolates, made a takeover bid for confectionery firm Hershey Co. (NYSE: HSY). Leading the charge on Thursday, Guggenhei...

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  • Caution Call on Consumer Staples ETFs

    06-27-2016 10:40 AM by Tom Lydon

    Up nearly 5.2% this year, the Consumer Staples Select SPDR (NYSEArca: XLP) is one of this years best-performing sector exchange traded funds. Additionally, the Guggenheim S&P Equal Weight Consumer Staples ETF (NYSEArca: RHS) and First Trust Consumer Staples AlphaDEX Fund (...

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  • Best Consumer Staples ETFs of 2016

    06-01-2016 02:14 PM by Max Chen

    In an year of uncertainty, the consumer staples sector has acted as a defensive play for more conservative investors, with an equal-weight consumer staples exchange traded fund standing out from the rest. The defensive consumer staples sector has been one of the years best per...

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  • 15 Most Read ETF Articles of the Week (May 9-13)

    05-13-2016 06:44 PM by Brenton Garen

    Each publishes news, strategy and commentary on ETFs in the realms of Commodities, Currency, Equities and Smart-Beta to name a few. Heres a look at the Top 15 Most Viewed Articles of the Week on ETF Trends, May 9-13, 2016. Click the headline to read the ful...

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  • 13 Tasty Consumer Staples ETFs to Feast On

    05-09-2016 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    The consumer staples sector has a reputation for being boring and stodgy, but boring has been beautiful this year as the fifth-largest sector weight in the S&P 500 has been one of 2016's best-performing groups. Consumer staples stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) can b...

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  • Stuck on Staples ETFs Because They're Working

    04-07-2016 08:15 AM by Brenton Garen

    The Consumer Staples Select SPDR (NYSEArca: XLP) is up nearly 7% year-to-date and was found flirting with all-time highs Wednesday. That is just one example, but leadership from XLP and other consumer staples exchange traded funds confirms investors have been partial to defensive...

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  • Sticking With Staples ETFs: Is it a Good Idea?

    03-28-2016 06:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Low beta, defensive assets have all the rage this year and at the sector level, that means investors have been flocking to groups such as the consumer staples and utilities. That trend has boosted the Consumer Staples Select SPDR (NYSEArca: XLP) by more than 4% this year, making ...

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  • Consumer Staples ETFs Find Allure as Investors Play Defense

    03-02-2016 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    XLP is one of best-performing consumer staples ETFs on a year-to-date basis with gain of nearly 2% Overall,consumer staples space - notably food companies - are experiencing slower growth With investors playing defense, XLP and rival ETFs have new found allure In a year...

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  • A Popular Momentum ETF Undergoes Major Sector Rotation

    02-09-2016 02:26 PM by Tom Lydon

    The $3.5 billion First Trust Dorsey Wright Focus 5 ETF (NasdaqGM: FV) has helped exchange traded fund investors target some high-flying sectors, but the momentum strategy recently cut its biotech position for a defensive play. The First Trust Dorsey Wright Focus 5 ETF follows ...

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  • ETF Investors Should Play Defense in Down Markets

    02-03-2016 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    As volatility spikes and markets gyrate, some investors have turned to more conservative stocks and defensive sector exchange traded funds to ride out the storm. For instance, many have traditionally turned to defensive sectors like utilities, consumer staples and health care ...

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  • Defensive Consumer Sector ETFs for a Volatile Year

    01-15-2016 04:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    In a volatile market environment, investors may stick to defensive sector-related exchange traded funds that could do well in most economic conditions. However, HSBC recently argued that investors should stick to consumer staple stocks due to potential uncertainty in the pharm...

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  • Where To Look For Walgreens' ETF Impact

    10-28-2015 02:30 PM by Tom Lydon

    Consumer staples and sector-related exchange traded funds were weaker Wednesday after a major consolidation in the industry. On Wednesday, the Consumer Staples Select SPDR (NYSEArca: XLP) was 1.5% lower, First Trust Consumer Staples AlphaDEX Fund (NYSEArca: FXG) was down 1.3% ...

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  • A Popular, Expensive ETF Plays The Hot Hand

    10-24-2015 01:36 PM by Tom Lydon

    Large investors are flocking to a popular Dorsey, Wright & Associates sector-rotation exchange traded fund strategy, betting on hot areas of the market to push higher. The First Trust Dorsey Wright Focus 5 ETF (NasdaqGM: FV) has gathered $4.2 billion in assets under manage...

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  • Diversify Your Consumer Staples ETF Diet

    09-23-2015 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds weighted by market capitalization, such as the Consumer Staples Select SPDR (NYSEArca: XLP), remain the most popular ways for investors to access the consumer staples sector, but there are other compelling avenues to the sector worth considering. Sectors ...

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  • Checking in on Staples ETFs

    04-07-2015 10:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    Consumers staples exchange traded funds spent significant time in the limelight in late March when Brazilian private equity firm 3G Capital and Warren Buffetts Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK-A) announced that H.J. Heinz, a company those firms acquired in 2013, will purchase Kraft ...

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  • Sumptuous Staples ETFs

    03-03-2015 09:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    It may not be the commentary on the current equity market rally that some bulls want to hear, but consumer staples exchange traded funds are more than just bystanders in said rally. On Monday, three of the nearly 140 ETFs that made all-time highs were staples funds. That on a ...

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  • Earnings Tests Loom for Suddenly Hot Nat Gas ETFs

    02-11-2015 11:30 AM by Todd Shriber

    The United States Natural Gas Fund (NYSEArca: UNG) has not been anything to write home about this year. Even with the nightly news telling America about frigid temperatures in the Midwest and Northeast on a regular basis, UNG is lower by 3.2% over the past month. Natural gas e...

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  • Meet This Years Top Consumer Staples ETF

    12-08-2014 09:30 AM by Todd Shriber

    As measured by the Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLP), 2014 has been another decent year for the consumer staples sector, the sixth-largest sector weight in the S&P 500. XLP, the larges consumer staples ETF by assets, is up 15.7% year-to-date, placing it f...

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  • Winning: Smart Beta ETFs Keep Gaining Traction

    12-02-2014 11:30 AM by Todd Shriber

    Even with the ongoing debate surrounding the term smart beta, exchange traded funds with the smart or strategic beta classification continue gaining traction among institutional investors and registered investment advisors. As of late August, assets under managements across sm...

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  • As Stocks Soar, Investors Pour Into Staples ETFs

    11-19-2014 09:30 AM by Todd Shriber

    After rising for the ninth time in 10 sessions Tuesday, the S&P 500 closed the day at another record high. So did the Dow Jones Industrial Average. The NASDAQ Composite is acting like its 1999 again, but that none of that means investors are taking significant risk with secto...

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  • Some Strategic Beta ETFs Shine Bright

    09-05-2014 12:08 PM by Todd Shriber

    As adaptation and proliferation of alternatively-indexed or strategic beta exchange traded funds increases, advisors and investors are scouring for new ways to evaluate these ETFs. One evaluation tool for strategic beta ETFs, though it should be the sole determinant of a funds...

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  • Stupendous Staples ETF Performance

    09-05-2014 08:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    It has not been a bad year for the low-growth consumer staples sector, particularly when considering the groups lethargy early in 2014. Popular market capitalization-weighted consumer staples exchange traded funds are boasting year-to-date returns north of 7% or close to 8%. H...

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  • Sector ETFs Swell in Size as Investors Get Tactical

    07-29-2014 01:43 PM by Todd Shriber

    Broad market exchange traded funds, such as the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: SPY) and the Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF (NYSEArca: VTI), are good for just that: Broad market exposure. However, inflows to sector and industry ETFs suggest advisors and investors are increasi...

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  • Ackman Effect Hinders a Consumer Staples ETF

    07-21-2014 03:59 PM by Todd Shriber

    Shares of nutritional supplements distributor Herbalife (NYSE: HLF) were spotted lower by 11.3% in late trading Monday on volume that was more than seven times the daily average after the stocks most notorious bear made some choice comments about the controversial company. Per...

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  • Alternative Indexing, AlphaDEX Drive First Trusts ETF Growth

    07-21-2014 10:30 AM by Todd Shriber

    For all the criticism of alternative indexing and smart beta exchange traded funds, most of which revolves around semantics, one thing is impossible to deny: Whether the critics like it or not, these ETFs are fostering massive asset growth for the issuers behind these products. ...

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  • Momentous Momentum Rebound Carries This ETF

    07-03-2014 10:30 AM by Todd Shriber

    Remember the momentum sell-off that tripped previously high-flying sectors? You know the one that occurred late in the first quarter and lasted into the early part of the second quarter? The one that wrought havoc on biotechnology, Internet and social media stocks and exchange tr...

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  • Most Searched ETFs: Sector Surprises

    05-31-2014 08:30 AM by Todd Shriber

    Perhaps it is not surprising that during a week when the S&P 500 climbed to a record high, investors hunted for specific pockets of strength. That much was seen in the most searched exchange traded funds on ETF Trends this week. For the first time in many weeks, this weeks...

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  • Defensive Consumer Staples ETFs Lead Market Rally

    05-30-2014 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The equities markets advanced to new all-time highs, but defensive consumer staples sector exchange traded funds led the charge Thursday as the Commerce Department revealed a decline in gross domestic product. Consumer staples ETFs also hit all-time highs Thursday. The First T...

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  • These ETFs are Loaded With Nasdaq Bear Market Stocks

    04-16-2014 11:42 AM by Todd Shriber

    On Tuesday, CNBC posted a list of 29 Nasdaq stocks that are at least 20% below their 52-week highs, enough to qualify for bear market territory. Yahoo (NasdaqGS: YHOO) was the best performer on the list with a decline from its 52-week high of exactly 20%, but shares of the Int...

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  • First Trust Focus 5 ETF Quick to $100M in Assets

    04-15-2014 11:34 AM by Tom Lydon

    The First Trust Dorsey Wright Focus 5 ETF (NasdaqGM: FV) is off to a fast start, at least terms of gathering assets. FV, which is not yet six weeks old, has already accumulated $134.3 million in assets under management. Such asset-gathering proficiency is impressive under any ...

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  • Herbalifes FTC Flap Highlights Advantages of ETFs

    03-13-2014 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Shares of nutrition and weight loss company Herbalife (NYSE: HLF) slid 7.4% on 4.5 times the average daily volume Wednesday on news the Federal Trade Commission has opened a formal investigation into the company. Herbalife said it will comply with the investigation, but that d...

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  • Get Five on it With This ETF of ETFs

    03-07-2014 02:36 PM by Todd Shriber

    The fund of funds approach that is often associated with the hedge fund universe has a presence in the exchange traded products industry with the newest addition being the First Trust Dorsey Wright Focus 5 ETF (NasdaqGM: FV). The First Trust Dorsey Wright Focus 5 ETF debuted T...

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  • ETF Chart of the Day: AlphaDEX Analysis

    02-04-2014 12:45 PM by Paul Weisbruch, Street One Financial

    Yesterday we saw a giant uptick in trading activity throughout the ETF landscape as a result of several ETF institutional sized model changes hitting the marketplace. Accelerated turnover was evident in the First Trust AlphaDEX sector ETFs, which we have highlighted from time ...

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  • ETF Chart of the Day: Selective With Staples

    01-09-2014 11:53 AM by Paul Weisbruch, Street One Financial

    We have spoken about the imminent earnings season for equities as we head into the end of January and beginning of February, and yesterday we saw some sector activity in options that makes us want to dig deeper. XLP (SPDR Consumer Staples, Expense Ratio 0.18%) February 42 puts...

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  • Discretionary ETF Investors Could Find Coal This Holiday

    12-03-2013 02:19 PM by Tom Lydon

    Diverging performances in domestic small-cap consumer sectors reveal investors' darkening outlook on holiday sales and could point to further weakness in broader discretionary exchange traded funds. The Russell 2000 Consumer Discretionary Index has fallen behind the Russell 20...

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  • How 'Smart-Beta' ETFs Stack Up to Traditional Benchmarks

    11-11-2013 01:37 PM by Tom Lydon

    Fundamental or "smart-beta" index-based exchange traded funds are quickly becoming an attractive alternative to traditional market-capitalization funds as investors diversify and become more accustomed to the ETF vehicle. The new breed of passive smart-beta ETFs select stocks ...

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  • Mr. Market May Not Like What Staples ETFs Are Saying

    11-07-2013 06:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    The S&P 500 (^GSPC) is up about 5.5% since Sept. 30. November is the start of the best six-month cycle for stocks and a month in which it has historically been rewarding to own cyclical sectors. Those points may imply that animal spirits are high, but stodgy consumer stapl...

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  • Defensive ETFs to Shield Against the Fiscal Cliff

    12-14-2012 04:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The economy and markets are humming along, but potential risks still loom, namely the so-called fiscal cliff. For the more pessimistic investors, it could be time to look over some defensive exchange traded fund options. While Mohamed El-Erian, chief executive officer at Pacif...

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  • Consumer Staples ETF Sees Volume Spike

    03-05-2012 09:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    The stock market continues its steady climb on low volatility, but a recent spike of trading activity in a defensive, consumer staples ETF is catching the attention of some analysts. First Trust Consumer Staples AlaphaDEX ETF (NYSEArca: FXG)? normally trades with an average vo...

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  • Dean Foods Boosts Consumer Staples ETFs

    05-10-2011 11:19 AM by John Spence

    Consumer staples exchange traded funds followed the market higher Tuesday and received a lift from Dean Foods (NYSE: DF), which rallied over 10% after the dairy company raised its full-year outlook. This could be the first quarter that Dean has exceeded EPS expectations in clo...

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  • Whole Foods Results Create Appetite for Food, Staples ETFs

    05-05-2011 07:49 AM by John Spence

    A 5% rise in Whole Foods (NasdaqGS: WFMI) in Thursdays premarket could have investors hungering for exchange traded funds (ETFs) that track consumer staples, as well as the food and beverage sector. Whole Foods after Wednesday closing bell reported quarterly earnings and lifte...

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  • Herbalife Results Energize Consumer Staples ETFs

    05-03-2011 04:27 AM by John Spence

    Consumer staples exchange traded funds (ETFs) could get a boost Tuesday from Herbalife (NYSE: HLF), which reported better-than-expected earnings and boosted its full-year outlook. The company continued to provide strong growth to both the top and bottom line growth in the firs...

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  • ETFs Respond As Mubarak Steps Down

    02-10-2011 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    ETFs are down after the government reported weekly jobless claims fell to a two-year low, with disappointing earnings from companies including Cisco Systems Inc. weighing on sentiment. Market Vectors Egypt (NYSEArca: EGPT) popped up nearly 3% in early trading after Egypt Pres...

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  • The Case for Consumer Staples ETFs

    02-07-2011 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded fund (ETFs) have made getting your exposure to various sectors easier than ever. It's an especially big advantage when you consider the strength of the consumer staples sector these days. Stocks in the consumer staples category have the most market value alloca...

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  • Inflation, Job Woes Weigh On ETFs

    01-13-2011 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) turned flat on Thursday after mixed economic data raised concerns about the labor market and higher inflation. The Labor Department report said the number of U.S. workers who filed new applications for jobless benefits surged by 35,000 last week t...

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  • What ETFs Are Doing Ahead of Fed Meeting

    12-14-2010 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Most exchange traded funds (ETFs) are keeping gains tempered this morning as the markets await word about what the Federal Reserve will do about interest rates. While they wait, investors seem to be taking comfort in a solid retail report. The Commerce Department reported U.S...

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  • ETFs Fall Despite Ireland's Bailout

    11-22-2010 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    ETFs are flat early Monday, as investors are questioning whether an international bailout for Ireland will be enough to stabilize the European financial system. On Sunday, debt-laden Ireland formally applied for financial assistance from its European partners. The move was wel...

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  • 4 Consumer Staples ETFs for Tight Wallets

    09-07-2010 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    First, the good news: consumer spending rose in July. Next, the not-so-good news: they're not frivolously throwing their cash around. And finally, more good news: you can still play consumer spending trends with exchange traded funds (ETFs). A modest uptick in consumer spendin...

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  • Labor Day Matchup: Retail ETFs vs. the Beach

    09-06-2010 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Retailers of all sorts are lowering their prices across the board, in an attempt to lure the late Summer or back-to-school spender. Is it enough to rally related exchange traded funds (ETFs)? Retailers are sure hoping so. Many of them are offering consumers deep discounts and ...

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  • Consumer Staples ETFs: Investing in Safe Companies

    09-02-2010 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The markets and exchange traded funds (ETFs) aren't as stable as they used to be, and people are starting to invest for a worst-case scenario. Investors are buying into a type of "ultimate bunker portfolio," with all the basic essentials to weather out the storm. A recent tren...

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  • ETFs to Cope With Slow Consumer Spending

    08-19-2010 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    In terms of consumer spending, it feels like 2009 all over again as shoppers clamp down on their wallets. But retail exchange traded funds (ETFs) have managed to cope with the ever-changing tides. How's this for a bad omen? The Deloitte Consumer Spending Index tanked its hard...

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  • Retail ETFs: Pockets of Strength

    07-22-2010 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    It's no secret: the retail sector and its exchange traded funds (ETFs) are hurting. Blame high unemployment, a low vote of confidence in the economy and generally tepid consumer spending. But there's still hope to be had. There are two areas of consumer spending that are holdi...

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  • Europe ETFs Surge as Economy Shows Life

    07-22-2010 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    The markets and exchange traded funds (ETFs) powered ahead in early trading, with the Dow rising more than 200 points. But that's not on the back of much positive news about the American economy. We've perused the ETF Trends Dashboard to find the early-morning winners and lose...

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  • 3 ETFs to Fight the Battle of the Bulge

    03-13-2010 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The health care bill has caused quite a stir in the United States. Despite the inter-party bickering, the fact remains that Americans are generally unhealthy. They're going to eventually have to follow doctor's orders, and you can play it with exchange traded funds (ETFs). Our...

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