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GDXTicker Symbol

Market Vectors TR Gold Miners ETFFund

 

23.80

  • Change -0.22 (-0.9%)
  • Volume 21.70 M

4:00 PM EDT Apr 16, 2014
U.S. Markets are closed

  • Assets $4,316.2M
  • Expense Ratio 0.53%
  • Yield 0.81%
  • Vs 50 Day EMA %
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Global Equity ETF

Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF is an exchange-traded fund incorporated in the USA. The Fund seeks investment results that correspond to the price and yield of the Arca Gold Miners Index.

Performance
TODAY 1 DAY 5 DAY 10 DAY 1 MO 3 MO 6 MO 1 YR 2 YR 5 YR
-0.9% -0.9% -4.3% 0.8% -14.2% 5.2% 3.2% -16.6% -48.0% -23.0%
Last Close Volume
AVG VOL (10 D) CHANGE
43,809,681 -83.3%
Trend on Last Close
  Price EMA EMA P DATE CROSSED
50 DAY 23.80 24.68 -3.6% 04-10-2014
200 DAY 23.80 26.18 -9.1% -
Technical
ALPHA BETA R2 STD DEV
-0.0088 0.465 0.034 0.102
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  • Big Miners ETF Becomes Gold Standard for Gold Stocks

    04-14-2014 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Although it has been a tumultuous few years for gold mining stocks and the exchange traded funds that hold those equities, one things is becoming clear: The Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: GDX) has become the barometer of choice for market participants looking to assess...

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  • Some ETF Second Acts are Worth Viewing

    03-26-2014 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Some investors that have been following the exchange traded funds business for a while are familiar with the term "me too ETF." That is an ETF from one issuer that is younger than but bears a striking resemblance to another issuer's product. Not to be confused with me too ETFs...

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  • ETF Inflows Finally Perking Up

    03-18-2014 12:38 PM by Todd Shriber

    Following a lethargic start to 2014, inflows to exchange traded products are finally showing signs of life, but there are still an array of ETFs that investors have not been shy about pulling cash from. "Thus far in 2014, ETF flows have been about as predictable as Alec Baldwi...

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  • Gold Mining ETFs Thump Physical Counterparts

    03-18-2014 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold's 2014 resurgence has, of course, been a boon for exchange traded funds backed by physical holdings of the yellow metal such as the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD). Bullion's bounce has been an even bigger boon for mining ETFs like the Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYS...

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  • More Upside Looms for Gold Miners ETFs

    03-07-2014 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    With four gold and silver miners exchange traded funds found on the list of this year's 10 best ETFs, envisioning further, significant upside for the group might be difficult. The task is perhaps even more difficult when realizing that the "worst" of those four ETFs, the Marke...

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  • Country Risk Explains Disconnect Between Miners, Gold ETFs

    03-06-2014 01:11 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold stocks and related exchange traded funds lagged behind bullion prices for several years, but that trend is reversing in 2014. Along with price fluctuations, gold producers have to account for other costs and factors, including risks in the host country of their mining operat...

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  • Production Cuts Not a Bad Thing for Gold Miners

    03-04-2014 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold miners and the related exchange funds have been star performers this year. The resurgence after a dismal 2013 include five gold and silver mining ETFs ranking among this year's top-11 non-leveraged ETFs. In a sign of just how strong gold miners have been this year, the Ma...

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  • Holy Health Care: This Week’s Most Searched ETFs

    02-22-2014 08:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    Let's just go ahead and eschew cheeky puns regarding feeling healthy and writing prescriptions to get down to the nitty gritty: Exchange traded funds holding health care stocks have been stellar performers this year. Those ETFs have also been quite popular, at least on ETF Tre...

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  • Most Searched ETFs: Commodities, Dividends, Europe Dominate

    02-15-2014 08:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    U.S. stocks logged a second consecutive week of gains with all three major U.S. indices gaining more than 2% on the week. Despite frigid weather across much of the U.S., some exchange traded funds remain hot according to this week's search data on ETF Trends. Of the 10 most...

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  • Mining ETF’s Chart Gains More Fans

    02-14-2014 07:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Thursday was another strong day for exchange traded funds holding shares of gold miners. The Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: GDX), the largest gold miners ETF by assets, jumped 4.4% despite earnings misses from Barrick Gold (NYSE: ABX) and Agnico-Eagle (NYSE: AEM), t...

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  • Seven Mining ETFs to Remember

    02-13-2014 02:17 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold futures are flirting with $1,300 per troy ounce Thursday. At $1,300, gold is still a long way from its 2011 highs, but the yellow metal's recovery in2011 has bolstered once downtrodden exchange traded funds such as the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSE: GLD), last year's worst ETF in t...

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  • Flows to This ETF Show Traders Prepping for Miners Pullback

    02-12-2014 01:11 PM by Todd Shriber

    Well-documented has been the resurgence of gold mining stocks and the exchange traded funds that hold those stocks. Entering Wednesday, seven of the 10 best non-leveraged ETFs this year were gold or silver mining funds. That roster includes popular funds such as the Market Vec...

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  • This is a Huge Week for Gold Miner Earnings

    02-10-2014 11:54 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold mining exchange traded funds such as the Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: GDX) will look to keep playing their redemption song this week as six of 30 stocks in the PHLX Gold/Silver Sector Index (XAU) deliver earnings updates. Novagold Resources (NYSE: NG) gets th...

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  • Bullion Base: Gold ETFs Could Rally Some More

    02-10-2014 07:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Much of the attention being paid to the rally in gold-related exchange traded funds this year has been directed to mining ETFs. That is understandable because not only ETFs such as the Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: GDX) and the Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners ETF...

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  • More Good News for Mining ETFs

    02-09-2014 08:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    Good news continues to pile up for exchange traded funds that hold shares of gold miners. Not these ETFs need it. In what has become one of the most stunning year-to-year reversals in recent memory, precious metals mining ETFs have gone from lining the list of the 10 worst ETF...

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  • Another Cheery View of Gold Miners

    02-05-2014 01:54 PM by Todd Shriber

    Even if the exchange traded funds that hold shares of gold miners trade flat for the rest of 2014, their performance will go down as one of the best Lazarus acts in recent memory. Last year's list of the worst non-leveraged ETFs was a potpourri of funds holding gold and silver...

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  • An Emerging Theme Among This Week’s Most Searched ETFs

    02-01-2014 07:30 AM by Todd Shriber

    An emerging markets chill rattled U.S. stocks as January, a month historically kind to the bulls, turned out to be the worst of any month for U.S. stocks since May 2012. It was also the worst January performance in 24 years. Blame emerging markets. Heading into the start of Fr...

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  • Gold Miners ETFs Ready to Top Bullion

    01-27-2014 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    One of 2014's most talked about trades, and rightfully so, has been the resurgence of gold miners equities and exchange traded funds. At various points last year, seven, eight or more of the 10 worst non-leveraged ETFs had some something to do with gold an silver and several o...

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  • Last Year’s ETF Laggards Rise in2014

    01-22-2014 08:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    Towards the end of every year, chatter starts about that year's laggards turning into the following leaders. Call it a dash to trash, call it a resurgence, and yes, call it comeback as five of the top-11 non-leveraged exchange traded funds to start 2014 are funds that were sav...

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  • A Generational Opportunity in Gold Miners

    01-17-2014 08:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    After being arguably overused decades for decades, the old Wall Street adage about blood in the streets being a buy signal still has practical application in today's financial markets. That could be what some eager gold bugs are hoping for. Following a brutal year for bullion ...

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  • Dueling Views on Gold Miners

    01-15-2014 08:46 AM by Todd Shriber

    Gold mining exchange traded funds, one of last year's most widely followed and worst performing segments of the ETF universe, are getting plenty of attention again this year. Fortunately for beleaguered investors, most of the news has been favorable. Helped by rising gold pric...

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  • Collection of Big ETFs Easily Trump Hedge Funds

    01-15-2014 07:30 AM by Todd Shriber

    Exchange traded funds are becoming a legitimate thorn in the side of hedge funds. First, there is the issue of size. "At the end of Q3 2013 Eurekahedge reported that there was $1.91 trillion invested in 8,500 hedge funds which they state was just 2% below their historic peak, ...

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  • As Miners Rebound, Peru ETF Goes Along for the Ride

    01-14-2014 10:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    Monday's market action was dismal to say the least as all three major U.S. indices shed more than 1%, but an interesting, almost stealth scenario was seen emerging. The interesting part of the equation being that in the sea of red that illustrated scores of non-leveraged secto...

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  • Indexology®: Getting Grim for Gold Miners?

    01-14-2014 06:00 AM by Indexology Blog By SP Dow Jones Indices

    If you are worried that gold prices are falling, the prognosis could be much worse for gold miner stocks. Although many investors believe the performance of gold miners is just like the performance of gold, this is not quite the case.  If investors look at correlations alone to d...

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  • Little Love for Gold Miners ETF

    01-13-2014 01:43 PM by Todd Shriber

    Gold mining exchange traded funds were among last year's most notorious and worst ETF performers. The largest member of the group, the Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: GDX), caught plenty of flack during its 54% 2013 plunge. Things have been better to start 2014. Head...

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  • Gold, Silver ETFs Could Languish; Moody's Slashes Forecasts

    01-09-2014 02:12 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold and silver exchange traded funds look tarnished after last year's rout, and Moody's Investors Service anticipates more pain for the precious metals ahead as central banks unwind accommodative measures and inflation remains subdued. The SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) fel...

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  • 2014 May Not be Much Better for Gold

    01-02-2014 01:33 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold prices are coming off their worst annual performance in over three decades. That sent the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) to a 2013 loss of 28.3%, but silver was much worse, a fact highlighted by a 36.3% loss for the iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV). At least bullion...

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  • Strained Gold Miners Could See Asset Writedowns

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

    Gold and gold miners likely cannot wait for 2013 to end. This was the year that bullion's 12-year bull market ended in resounding fashion. The SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) has tumbled 27.7%, but gold miners have been far worse as the Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArc...

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  • For the Brave, Opportunity With Mining ETFs

    12-24-2013 12:07 PM by Tom Lydon

    It is one of 2013's most prominent themes in the world of exchange traded funds. That being the epic declines experienced by precious metals mining ETFs. The Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: GDX) and the Global X Silver Miners ETF (NYSEArca: SIL) are down an average o...

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  • More Technical Pain Seen for Gold

    12-23-2013 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Limping to the end of what has been a dismal year, gold futures and exchange traded funds backed by physical holdings of bullion could face more pain if key technical levels are violated. Clinging to the $1,200 area during Monday's Asian session after last week's 2.5%, gold fu...

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  • Diamond Miners: More Bling Than Gold Rivals

    12-18-2013 06:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    If mining exchange traded funds could express emotion, those that hold shares of gold and silver miners are probably counting the days until 2013. As has been well-documented throughout this year, gold and silver mining ETFs have absorbed some brutal treatment. That is not sur...

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  • Trying to Find a Bottom for Gold

    12-17-2013 06:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Flagging a bottom in gold and gold mining exchange traded funds this year has been, well, fool's gold. Despite the fact that physically backed gold ETFs, such as the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), are lower by 26% in 2013, picking bottoms for bullion has proven to be a difficu...

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  • Gold ETFs Bleed Again in December

    12-13-2013 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold futures plunged another 2.6% Thursday as strong retail sales data stoked speculation the Federal Reserve could move to taper its $85 billion-per-month asset-buying program at its policy meeting next week. Tapering talk, as it has for all of this year, punished gold and th...

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  • Below $1,250 an Ounce, Trouble Lurks for Some Miners

    12-12-2013 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    In what has been a rocky year for gold mining stocks and the corresponding exchange traded funds, investors and industry analysts have spent plenty of time mulling at what price for gold does it become painful and unprofitable for miners to pull the yellow metal from the earth. ...

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  • Friend Fear With ETFs

    12-10-2013 09:30 AM by Todd Shriber

    Finding some of the worst non-leveraged exchange traded funds this year is not difficult. Not when the S&P 500 is up 29.3% and so many broad market, sector and industry funds are sporting gains in excess of that. In others words, the worst losers really stick out and this ...

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  • Tax-Loss Selling Could Further Plague Mining ETFs

    12-09-2013 06:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    In a year of jaw-dropping declines for gold and silver mining exchange traded funds, investors have not just stood by these funds, they have continually allocated fresh capital to the these ETFs. In particular, the inflows to gold mining ETFs not only buck the trend of price r...

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  • AdvisorShares: Gartman Gold Update

    12-07-2013 06:27 AM by AdvisorShares

    Dennis Gartman has been directly involved in the capital markets since 1974 and has been publishing his daily commentary, The Gartman Letter, since 1987.  The following is an excerpt from today's The Gartman Letter. Firstly we'll note that today is Friday and Fridays in recent m...

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  • Inflows Buck Mining ETFs' Price Declines

    12-04-2013 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    They are among this year's worst performers among non-leveraged exchange traded funds, but investors have been pouring cash into precious metals mining funds. Year-to-date, the Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: GDX), the Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca:...

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  • ETF Chart of the Day: Gold Miners

    12-03-2013 11:52 AM by Paul Weisbruch, Street One Financial

    Despite the very weak price action in the underlying ETF yesterday, GDX (Market Vectors Gold Miners, Expense Ratio 0.52%) continues to "net" pull in new assets over time (+$118 million), bringing the total year to date to about $2.5 billion added year to date via creations. T...

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  • Another Troubling Day for Mining ETFs

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

    Already reeling from some dour November performances, precious metals mining ETFs have started the last month of the year in similar fashion to how they ended the previous month: Ugly. The Global X Silver Miners ETF (NYSEArca: SIL) is off 5.4% Monday. Struggling to stay above ...

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  • Another Ominous View on a Gold Mining ETF

    11-27-2013 09:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: GDX), the largest and most heavily traded gold mining ETF, and its rivals cannot take much more bad news. In just the past week, GDX has lost almost 8%, touching a series of five-year lows in the process. Over the past month, GDX i...

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  • Gold’s Cascade to Ominous Levels Bad News for ETFs

    11-25-2013 01:25 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold futures are clinging to the $1,238 an ounce level during Monday's session, but for some gold bulls, that is not far enough away from $1,200. That is a price point at which some analysts and traders believe things can get dicey in a hurry for already downtrodden gold miner...

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  • Negative Sentiment Rising for Mining ETFs

    11-25-2013 06:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    The Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: GDX) lost 7.4% last week and the Global X Silvers Miners ETF (NYSEArca: SIL) was barely better with a 6.4% weekly tumble. Over the past month, those two ETFs have lost an average of 15.8% as gold and silver prices have continued to sl...

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  • Gold Mining ETFs: Not so Golden

    11-22-2013 06:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Things are bad for gold exchange traded funds. ETFs such as the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) just cannot seem to get out of their own way. GLD's 3.5% loss in the past week and 5.5% tumble in the past month affirm as much. That is problematic for gold mining ETFs, including...

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  • A Bottom Could be in for Downtrodden Miners ETF

    11-20-2013 09:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    With a year-to-date loss of about 50%, the Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: GDX) is one of the worst-performing non-leveraged sector ETFs. Not surprisingly, the several of the non-leveraged funds that have been even worse than GDX are also gold and/or silver mining ETFs....

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  • Checkout the Chart on the Gold Miners ETF

    11-01-2013 09:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Thursday was not a good day for the Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: GDX) as the largest gold miners ETF lost 4.3% on volume that was more than 25% above the daily average. That left GDX with a gain of 2.8% for October. Not bad considering the ETF's woes this year and...

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  • Gold Miners ETF: Catching a Falling Knife

    10-29-2013 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Despite hitting a low earlier this month, gold miner exchange traded funds have attracted greater interest among bargain hunters trying to time the bottom in the underperforming sector. The Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: GDX) dipped to $23.05 on Oct. 11, the third-l...

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  • Buyout Boosts Unheralded Mining ETF

    10-28-2013 02:17 PM by Max Chen

    A gold explorers exchange traded fund struck gold Monday as B2Gold Corp. (NYSE: BTG) agreed to acquire Volta Resources Inc. (VTR.TO). The Global X Gold Explorers ETF (NYSEArca: GLDX) rose 7.7% Monday and is now testing its short-term, 50-day moving average. Meanwhile, Volta...

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  • A Rising Rates ETF Portfolio

    10-26-2013 07:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    Ten-year Treasury yields are down more than 4% over the past month, but that decline has barely dented the 36.4% year-to-date rate spike. The reality of rising rate environment is not all bad news for stocks. However, some sectors and asset classes do struggle when rates spike...

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  • Mining ETFs Vulnerable As Costs Rise, Prices Fall

    09-30-2013 04:47 PM by Tom Lydon

    After plunging on prospects of an end to easy money, gold miner exchange traded funds have lost their luster and may continue to languish, with many mining companies just barely making ends meet. According to a Citigroup research note, global gold on mine unit costs rose 12% y...

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  • Hedge Funds' Favorite ETFs

    09-16-2013 05:20 PM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds are a popular investment tool among many types of investors, including financial advisors, average retail traders and even large hedge funds. Hedge funds are required to disclose their holdings on a quarterly 13F filing, and Meena Krishnamsetty for Market...

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  • Contrarian ETFs to Go Against the Grain

    09-11-2013 11:35 AM by Tom Lydon

    Instead of chasing after performing sectors, investors can use exchange traded funds to capitalize on market segments that might be on track to do a one-eighty. Trang Ho for Investor's Business Daily points out a couple of contrarian ETF plays that could help investors capture...

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  • Gold Miners ETF Goes Along with Index Changes

    09-05-2013 02:20 PM by Tom Lydon

    The Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: GDX), the largest gold miner exchange traded fund, will begin tracking an updated indexing methodology late September. Van Eck Global will continue to use the NYSE Arca Gold Miners Index as the underlying benchmark index for GDX, a...

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  • Investors' Shifting Appetite for Gold ETFs

    08-19-2013 02:30 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold exchange traded funds are losing their luster and the 12-year gold fever induced rally finally buckles as investors shift away from the safe-haven asset. The SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) has declined 18.7% year-to-date. The fund is the least popular ETF on the U.S. ma...

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  • Gold Rebound Fuels Upturn in Mining Stock ETFs

    08-08-2013 05:51 PM by Tom Lydon

    Embattled gold miner ETFs continue to try to dig themselves out of a deep hole. The funds rallied Thursday as gold snapped a six-session losing streak, ending the metal's longest downswing in 11 weeks. The Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: GDX) gained 8.9% Thursday whi...

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  • Gold ETFs Weaken as Fed's Fisher Hints at End to QE

    08-06-2013 04:30 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold exchange traded funds are losing ground with  gold futures dipping below $1,300 after a Federal Reserve official hinted that it is closer to tapering the bond purchasing program. The SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) was down 1.5% Tuesday. GLD has declined 22.4% year-to-da...

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  • Gold’s Bounce Inches Some Miners Back to Profitability

    07-30-2013 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds backed by physical holdings of gold, including the group's largest fund, the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), have rebounded with a vengeance. In the past month, GLD is up nearly 8%, but even that performance pales in comparison to what various equity-based...

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  • Rising Precious Metal Prices Don't Stem Gold ETF Outflow

    07-29-2013 04:45 PM by Tom Lydon

    Even as gold moves toward its largest monthly gain in 18 months, Goldman Sachs Group analyst and gold exchange traded fund traders remain pessimistic. Gold futures are trading around $1,330 per ounce or up 8.6% so far this month, heading for their biggest monthly gain since Ja...

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  • ETF Chart of the Day: Gold Miners

    07-29-2013 01:15 PM by Paul Weisbruch, Street One Financial

    Mining stocks have battled back recently, with GDX (Market Vectors Gold Miners, Expense Ratio 0.52%) for example recovering more than 25% from its late June intraday lows and pulling in more than $100 million in net asset flows via creations. It is also no secret that Gold and...

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  • Gold Miner ETFs Could Generate Profits from Lower Bullion Prices

    07-19-2013 01:24 PM by Tom Lydon

    Miner exchange traded funds have been one of the worst performers year-to-date, but with gold prices still hovering above production costs, gold miners could still turn around. According to Macquarie Group, gold prices are trading above miners' marginal costs, reports Nicholas...

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  • Gold Miner ETFs Take a Header

    06-20-2013 03:10 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold miner stocks and exchange traded funds plunged Thursday with bullion prices after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on Wednesday indicated the Fed may taper its bond purchases. Speculation the Fed could move toward a less dovish stance hammered gold and miner ETFs. Th...

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  • Traders See Gold Bargains as ETFs Shed $45 Billion

    06-07-2013 03:50 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold is attracting bargain hunters after a sharp pullback that has erased billions of value in bullion-backed ETFs. Gold traders are the most bullish since before the bear market began two months ago, Bloomberg News reports. Meanwhile, weekly sales of gold held in exchange ...

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  • Gold Miner ETFs Bouncing on Heavy Trading Volume

    05-30-2013 12:24 PM by Tom Lydon

    After years of trailing gold price movements, precious metals miner ETFs could finally be forming a base as the funds begin to outpace the underlying commodity. Market Vectors Gold Miners (NYSEArca: GDX) has gained nearly 8% over the past five days. The miner ETF jumped 5% Thu...

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  • Gold ETFs Lose Their Allure

    05-16-2013 04:50 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold fever is abating, with related exchange traded funds have taking a hit as global factors weigh on gold interest. The SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) has declined 14.9% year-to-date as the fund has shed 300 tons of gold. [Gold ETFs Could Shed Another 250 Tons of Bullion: ...

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  • Short Sellers Move on Gold Miner ETFs

    05-01-2013 10:59 AM by Tom Lydon

    A gold miner exchange traded fund issued new shares in what appeared to be a bullish turn for the beleaguered sector, but in reality, the new issuances fueled an influx in short selling. The Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: GDX) saw a surge in new shares as market mak...

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  • Gold Miner ETFs: When Will Sentiment Turn on Most-Hated Sector?

    04-22-2013 02:51 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold miner ETFs are the proverbial falling knife and a lot of fingers have been lopped off the past year. Miner stocks have fallen harder than gold prices during the recent swoon, but the hated sector may finally get its chance to shine. Gold miners are trading near multi-year...

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  • Gold Slump Weighs Heavily on Precious Metal Miner ETFs

    04-19-2013 01:21 PM by Tom Lydon

    The precious metals exchange traded fund market is taking a beating as gold prices slump and most precious metal mining companies take heavy losses. The worst performing miner exchange traded fund  is Global X Gold Explorers ETF (NYSEArca: GLDX), down 33.4% over the past month. ...

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  • CNBC's Model ETF Retirement Portfolio for the 30-Year-Old Investor

    04-17-2013 05:30 PM by Tom Lydon

    In a collaboration with exchange traded fund experts, CNBC has rolled out an all-ETF diversified portfolio for the investor looking to save toward retirement. "We wanted investors to have some exposure to most asset classes, that would be stocks, bonds, cash, commodities and e...

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  • Gold Miner ETFs: Falling Knife or Turnaround Play?

    03-07-2013 10:32 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold miner ETFs have been brutal to investors for years, sort of a falling knife and a value trap wrapped into one. The sector has trended lower since late 2011 despite some violent rallies along the way. Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: GDX) rallied more than 4% o...

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  • Why Gold Miner ETFs Have Lagged Gold Prices

    02-14-2013 11:20 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold mining stocks and exchange traded funds have consistently lagged the run-up in gold prices. Although the two seem they would be in agreement tracking the price of gold, there are a number of reasons why they tend to diverge. "Gold miners do not perfectly track the price o...

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  • Five Reasons Why Gold ETFs and Miners Could Shine in 2013

    01-21-2013 06:15 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold exchange traded funds have remained relatively flat so far this year, but S&P Capital IQ analysts expect the precious metal to strengthen this year as loose monetary policies debase global currencies and low gold supply support prices. "S&P Capital IQ Equity Resea...

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  • Tom Lydon Outlines the Case for Holding Gold ETFs

    12-20-2012 11:55 AM by John Spence

    ETF Trends Editor Tom Lydon appeared on Yahoo Finance's Breakout to discuss the rationale for holding gold ETFs as the U.S. fiscal cliff looms large. "Right now, the No. 1 thing is quantitative easing," Lydon says. It's on the table probably either way whether or not a deal is...

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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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  • Will Gold Miner Stock ETFs Slip Over the Fiscal Cliff?

    11-27-2012 07:56 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold miner stock exchange traded funds have lagged the performance of physical gold funds, however, investors with some risk tolerance have kept faith that long term performance will pay off. The fiscal cliff does include tax hikes and this could further cloud the performance of ...

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  • Obama Victory Seen Bullish for Gold ETFs

    11-07-2012 08:40 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold ETFs continued to rise Wednesday morning in the wake of President Barack Obama's election victory as traders positioned for more quantitative easing from the Federal Reserve. The precious metal's price spiked back above $1,700 an ounce on Tuesday. "If Obama is reelected, ...

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  • Eight ETFs for Gold Exposure

    10-26-2012 06:59 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold enthusiasts have found their way to the SPDR Gold Trust (NYSEArca: GLD), the largest gold exchange traded fund and second largest U.S.-listed ETF, as the unprecedented string of Fed and central bank policies have stoked fears of inflation and currency depreciation. However, ...

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  • The Outlook for Gold Miner ETFs

    09-11-2012 03:50 PM by Tom Lydon

    Current valuations for gold mining stocks and exchange traded funds are offering opportunity to investors in comparison to the metal itself. As central banks boost their gold holdings, miners will benefit as demand for the precious metal keeps rising. "It's at the point where ...

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  • Prospecting the Gold and Silver Miner ETFs

    09-10-2012 02:28 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold miner ETFs have been outperforming bullion prices since mid-July. Following several false starts, the question is whether miner shares are finally ready to lead precious metal prices. After a prolonged disparity between the performance of physical precious metals and mini...

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  • The Case for Gold Miner ETFs

    08-09-2012 09:49 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold investors have two choices when they want exposure to the metal - either the physical bullion or gold miners. Exchange traded funds that focus in on the miners have underperformed relative to the precious metal, but both are favored for the next few years by S&P Capital ...

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  • Comparing the Largest Gold Miner ETFs

    07-31-2012 03:39 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold miner exchange traded funds have become a popular tool for investors to gain exposure to gold, without investing in futures. Although gold miner funds like the Market Vectors Gold Miners (NYSEArca: GDX) do not track gold prices spot on, they do rely on the precious metals' s...

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  • Three Gold Miner ETF Options

    07-30-2012 06:12 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold traders can directly access the precious metals through exchange traded funds. But for those seeking to gain exposure to the supply side, there are a few gold miner ETFs available. Gold miner ETFs have been terrible performers versus bullion in recent years with many inve...

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  • ETF Chart of the Day: Gold Miners

    07-26-2012 11:04 AM by Paul Weisbruch, Street One Financial

    Yesterday, on a gap up in spot Gold prices (GLD and IAU up 1.40%), we saw predominantly call buying activity in a Gold Miners Equity ETF, Market Vectors TR Gold Miners (NYSEArca: GDX). GDX has amassed more than $8 billion since its inception in 2006, and has exposure to names ...

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  • Gold and Miner ETFs Losing Their Luster

    07-23-2012 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold spot prices and the exchange traded funds that track their movements are beginning to dull as traders shift to a deflationary outlook. SPDR Gold Shares ETF (NSYEArca: GLD) has been lackluster in recent weeks. Gold weakened following Federal Reserve Chairman Bernanke's ...

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  • Gold Miner ETFs Dig a Hole

    07-17-2012 07:40 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold miner stocks and exchange traded funds have continuously lagged behind physical gold prices. However, as spot gold beings to move higher, producers may see their profit margins widen. SPDR Gold Shares ETF (NSYEArca: GLD) is up 1.4% year-to-date, whereas the Market Vectors...

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  • Gold Miner ETFs Get Back on Track

    06-11-2012 07:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold miner ETFs recently reached a nine-week high thanks to a recovery after the steep sell-off. Gold producers still show positive technical and fundamental aspects that could provide further support. Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: GDX) is about 20% higher from its...

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  • Gold Miner ETF Rebound Draws Bullish Options Trade

    06-06-2012 10:19 AM by John Spence

    The $8.9 billion Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: GDX) was up 23% from its May 16 intraday low in early trading Wednesday. The recent bounce in the long-suffering ETF has attracted bullish activity in the options market, according to reports. Contracts on ETFs can be ...

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  • Central Bank Stimulus Would Rally Gold ETFs

    06-05-2012 01:10 PM by John Spence

    The big rally in gold ETFs on Friday after the bleak U.S. jobs report is a reminder that the precious metal could get back on track if central banks step in with more stimulus. Gold prices climbed back above $1,600 an ounce as the jobs disappointment raised expectations of add...

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  • Have Gold Miner ETFs Finally Reached the Turning Point?

    06-01-2012 01:56 PM by John Spence

    Gold miner ETFs have been the proverbial falling knife that has lopped off the fingers off many traders and investors who have tried to call a bottom in this beleaguered sector in recent years. After several head fakes, are we finally seeing the fabled recovery in gold miner s...

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  • Tom Lydon, Chuck Jaffe Talk ETF of the Week: Gold Miners

    05-31-2012 11:20 AM by Tom Lydon

    Click here to listen. I do the "ETF of the Week" for MarketWatch every Thursday on Chuck Jaffe's MoneyLife Show where I highlight big movers and disappointments within the exchange traded fund market. This week, I talked about Market Vectors Gold Miners (NYSEArca: GDX). G...

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  • Are Gold ETFs a Safe Haven Again?

    05-17-2012 02:09 PM by John Spence

    Many market observers have been puzzled by the recent weakness in gold ETFs despite the latest outbreak in Europe's debt crisis. Gold has been moving lower with stocks in May while the U.S. dollar and Treasury bonds have strengthened amid speculation Greece will leave the euro...

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  • Will Miner ETFs Finally Emerge from Gold's Shadow?

    05-13-2012 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold miner stocks are underperforming bullion prices to a degree seldom seen in the past three decades. Essentially, the spread between gold miner shares and spot gold prices is near a 30-year low. Gold has been stifled over the last two months and even dropped below its $1,60...

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  • Gold Miner ETFs Bounce on Heavy Volume

    05-09-2012 12:27 PM by John Spence

    Gold miner ETFs saw a big turnaround Wednesday on heavy volume, raising hopes the long-suffering sector has finally hit bottom. Market Vectors Gold Miners (NYSEArca: GDX) rallied 3.1% in afternoon trade while its small-cap counterpart Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners (NYSEArc...

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  • Gold, Miner and Silver ETFs Fall in Risk-Off Trade

    05-08-2012 11:31 AM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds tracking gold, silver and miner stocks were among the steepest decliners Tuesday as global markets sold off on concerns the latest troubles in Greece will shatter the Eurozone. In precious metals, SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) fell 2.5% while iShares S...

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  • Gold Miner ETF Falls to New 52-Week Low

    05-03-2012 01:04 PM by John Spence

    The largest ETF that invests in gold miners dropped to a fresh 52-week low on Thursday as producers saddled with higher costs continue to lag bullion prices. Market Vectors Gold Miners (NYSEArca: GDX) was down 4% on Thursday and has shed more than 20% the past three months. ...

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  • ETFs for Gold and Miner Stocks

    05-02-2012 10:51 AM by Tom Lydon

    The weak U.S. dollar and ongoing Eurozone debt crisis are attracting investors to gold. Bullion and mining exchange traded funds are among the best tools to gain exposure to the precious metal. "In an attempt to avoid a deflationary spiral the Federal Reserve engaged in succe...

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  • Junior Gold Miners ETF Breaking Resistance, Beating Large-Caps

    05-01-2012 10:29 AM by John Spence

    A long-suffering ETF following junior gold miner stocks is outperforming its large-cap peers after breaking above a resistance trend line. Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners (NYSEArca: GDXJ) is down more than 20% the past three months to trade near its lowest levels since early...

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  • Short ETFs Rise on Gold Miner Weakness

    04-30-2012 10:29 AM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds that bet against gold miner shares rallied Monday on weakness in the downtrodden sector. Market Vectors Gold Miners (NYSEArca: GDX) was down 1.4% in recent trading after posting big gains last week. The sector has been a lackluster performer in 2012 with ...

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  • Gold ETFs: Miners vs. Bullion

    04-21-2012 06:00 AM by John Spence

    Gold miner ETFs continue to drastically underperform bullion prices. Gold producer stocks are posting their weakest relative performance to bullion in over three years. Market Vectors Gold Miners (NYSEArca: GDX) was down 9.3% year to date as of April 16, while SPDR Gold Shares...

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  • Gold Miner ETFs Eye Dividends

    04-18-2012 12:31 PM by John Spence

    The rising popularity of bullion-backed ETFs could be one reason gold miner stocks have lagged the precious metal so badly in recent years. Raising dividend payouts would attract more investors and help the sector compete with gold ETFs, says the chief executive of a gold produce...

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  • Capitulation Time for Gold Miner ETFs?

    04-05-2012 03:14 PM by John Spence

    An exchange traded fund indexed to large-cap gold miners continued its downward spiral this week with a 7% loss on falling precious metal prices. Many investors appear to be throwing in the towel on the beleaguered sector. Market Vectors Gold Miners (NYSEArca: GDX) touched a f...

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  • Gold ETFs: Bullion or Mining Stocks?

    03-20-2012 10:45 AM by John Spence

    Gold miner shares continue to lag the precious metal's price as bullion-backed exchange traded funds have made it much easier to invest in physical gold. Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: GDX) fell to a fresh 52-week low on Tuesday and is in negative territory for 2012...

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  • Gold Miner ETF Falls to 52-Week Low

    03-20-2012 09:11 AM by Tom Lydon

    An exchange traded fund that invests in gold miner stocks dropped to a new 52-week low on Tuesday, falling along with bullion prices in March. Miner stocks have trailed gold prices in recent years. Investors are walking away from gold producers and moving into bullion ETFs, pu...

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  • Gold Miner ETFs Lose Their Luster

    03-15-2012 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold miner exchange traded funds are trailing gold prices downward as the more optimistic outlook upends the safe-haven aspect of the precious metal, pushing investors to riskier areas. Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: GDX) and Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners ETF (N...

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  • The Case for Junior Gold Miner ETFs

    02-29-2012 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold miner stocks and exchange traded funds are beginning to show improvements as gold prices inch back to $1,800 an ounce once again. Investors, though, may find that small-cap or "junior" gold miners could outperform their larger counterparts. Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF ...

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  • Gold Miner ETFs Ride Bullion Toward $1,800

    02-28-2012 12:18 PM by John Spence

    Gold miner exchange traded funds were among the best-performing sector ETFs on Tuesday as the precious metal continued to march toward $1,800 an ounce. Market Vectors Gold Miners (NYSEArca: GDX) and Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners (NYSEArca: GDXJ) were up nearly 2% in recent...

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  • Gold Miner ETFs May be Near Turning Point

    02-23-2012 08:47 AM by John Spence

    Gold miner exchange traded funds may be gathering strength to finally outperform bullion on low valuations and a shift to gold-related stocks. Gold producers are heading for an "inflection point" triggering a rally, Barrick Gold Corp. (NYSE: ABX) CEO Aaron Regent told Bloomber...

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  • Gold ETFs on a Tear as Metal Pushes Toward $1,800

    02-22-2012 02:55 PM by John Spence

    A swift rise in gold prices late Wednesday carried the precious metal close to $1,800 an ounce. Traders are taking a shine to gold ETFs to play the rally. "Gold futures shook off initial weakness to settle at a three-month high on Wednesday," MarketWatch reported. "Early losse...

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  • Race to the Bottom: ETFs Cut Fees

    02-14-2012 03:21 PM by Tom Lydon

    New exchange trade fund product launches from BlackRock have instigated more price wars among the ETF providers. Product developers continue to slash fees in an effort to attract interest, which benefits investors, who get to keep more of their returns. iShares, a leading exch...

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  • List of Top Gold ETFs

    02-13-2012 01:15 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold prices are hovering above $1,700 an ounce and ETFs that invest in the precious metal could move higher in 2012 on Europe's lingering debt crisis and further monetary easing from central banks. Gold prices dropped 1.2% for the week ended Feb. 10, settling at around $1,725 ...

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  • Small-Cap Gold Miner ETF Jumps Nearly 30% in a Month

    01-30-2012 12:43 PM by Tom Lydon

    An exchange traded fund indexed to small-cap gold miner stocks is among the best unleveraged ETFs over the past month with a gain of nearly 30%. Are miner ETFs going to finally catch up to the price of gold? Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners (NYSEArca: GDXJ) is up 28.4% over t...

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  • Gold Miner ETFs Rise to Test 200-Day Average

    01-27-2012 10:57 AM by John Spence

    Gold miner exchange traded funds are among the top ETF performers this week, getting a boost from higher precious metal prices following the Federal Reserve's decision to extend its low-rate pledge out to late 2014. Market Vectors Gold Miners (NYSEArca: GDX) and Market Vectors...

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  • Chart of the Day: Short Gold ETFs

    01-27-2012 10:17 AM by Paul Weisbruch, Street One Financial

    On Thursday we saw evidence of options players looking to get short gold-related exchange traded funds, including SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) and Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: GDX). Gold, as well as silver, have had impressive rallies the past several days and...

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  • Gold Miner ETFs Soar After Fed's Low-Rate Pledge

    01-25-2012 02:50 PM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds tracking gold miners surged Wednesday on heavy trading volume after the Federal Reserve announced its commitment to maintaining low interest rates until late 2014 and the prospect of higher inflation. Market Vectors Gold Miners (NYSEArca: GDX) was up 5% a...

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  • Miner ETFs Bounce Off 52-Week Lows

    01-08-2012 07:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Hard-hit mining stocks rallied last week along with precious metals exchange traded funds after the sector suffered through a bleak 2011. Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: GDX) and Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: GDXJ) are both higher over the past fiv...

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  • Gold Miner ETFs Sink to New 52-Week Low

    12-28-2011 02:55 PM by John Spence

    Gold miner exchange traded funds stumbled Wednesday along with bullion prices, dragging the stock ETFs to fresh 52-week lows. Market Vectors Gold Miners (NYSEArca: GDX) fell 3% while Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: GDXJ) was down nearly 4%. Leveraged ETFs f...

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  • Gold Miner ETFs May Bring in Dividend Hunters

    12-28-2011 08:11 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds tracking gold miners are caught in a downdraft, along with gold prices, coming off the Christmas weekend. Miner ETFs have underperformed gold by a wide margin this year, but some companies are raising dividends, especially the junior miner category. Marke...

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  • Gold Miner ETFs Look to Catch Up to Bullion in 2012

    12-22-2011 08:14 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold miner exchange traded funds have lagged the price of bullion in 2011 and are poised to end the year with losses. Will 2012 be the year that miner stocks can finally close the performance gap with gold prices? Many gold mining companies are expecting the price of gold to ...

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  • Gold Miner ETFs Fall 4% as Stocks, Metal Weaken

    12-12-2011 12:23 PM by John Spence

    Gold miner exchange traded funds were hit with a double whammy on Monday as stocks and precious metals weakened on concerns Europe will slip into recession despite last week's ECB moves. Market Vectors Gold Miners (NYSEArca: GDX) and Market Vectors Gold Miners (NYSEArca: GDX) ...

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  • Miner ETFs Fall Harder Than Gold in Metals Sell-Off

    12-08-2011 02:06 PM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds that invest in gold miner stocks fell more than bullion-backed ETFs during Thursday's sell-off in precious metals in what has become a familiar pattern this year. Market Vectors Gold Miners (NYSEArca: GDX) fell 2.5% at last check Thursday while iShares Go...

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  • ETF Chart of the Day: Gold vs. Miners

    12-07-2011 10:04 AM by Paul Weisbruch, Street One Financial

    Yesterday we pointed out exchange traded funds in the metals and mining sector, and last week we highlighted ETFs that are based on the price of gold bullion. This presents a timely opportunity to discuss the correlation between the miners and spot gold itself, and how to potenti...

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  • ETF Chart of the Day: Miners

    12-06-2011 09:11 AM by Paul Weisbruch, Street One Financial

    Late last week we saw the emergence of put buyers in XME (SPDR S&P Metals and Mining) as the exchange traded fund failed to close at recent highs after mid morning Friday strength, and finished down 0.61%. XME had a strong showing last week, rising over 15% from the previo...

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  • Are Gold Miner ETFs Undervalued?

    11-30-2011 12:04 PM by John Spence

    Is hedge fund manager David Einhorn correct when he says a "substantial disconnect has developed between the price of gold and the mining companies" that makes gold miner exchange traded funds a screaming buy? Valuations on gold mining stocks have fallen to their cheapest leve...

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  • Short Gold ETFs Boosted by Precious Metals Weakness

    11-25-2011 08:55 AM by Tom Lydon

    Inverse exchange traded funds that profit from falling gold prices have received a boost the past two weeks as precious metal prices slide with global equities. Short gold ETFs include PowerShares DB Gold Double Short ETN (NYSEArca: DZZ), ProShares Ultrashort Gold ETF (NYSEArc...

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  • Miner ETFs Pause for Breath, Follow Metals Lower

    11-10-2011 04:15 PM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds that invest in gold and silver mining stocks followed precious metal prices lower on Thursday. Yet some portfolio managers are betting miner stocks may be ready to take the leadership role after trailing metal prices for years. Market Vectors Gold Mine...

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  • Gold Miner ETF Aims for 2011 High; Einhorn Buys

    11-07-2011 09:33 AM by John Spence

    Gold miner stocks have bounced about 9% over the past month to outperform gold prices, raising hopes that miner exchange traded funds can make up ground after lagging bullion for years. "The gains in the mining sector are outpacing the gains in the broader equity markets whil...

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  • These ETFs Have Doubled in Price the Past Three Years

    10-23-2011 07:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Market volatility has been ratcheting up on economic uncertainty, and many investors are heading for the safety of the sidelines in cash. Choppy markets can be frustrating for investors, who are hearing calls that buy-and-hold investing is dead. With triple-digit gains and ...

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  • Gold, Silver Miner ETFs Suffer Tough Week

    10-22-2011 07:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold and silver miner exchange traded funds took a small respite Friday from a week of heavy losses, bolstered by the glimmer of hope that European leaders will come to a solution on their troubled finances. Market Vectors Gold Miners (NYSEArca: GDX) lost nearly 7% last week, ...

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  • Gold Miner ETF Tumbles 6%

    10-19-2011 01:42 PM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds indexed to gold miner stocks were among the weakest ETF performers on Wednesday. Agnico-Eagle Mines (NYSE: AEM) fell nearly 20% after the company suspended operations at its Goldex mine in Quebec due to water inflows and ground instability. Market Vectors...

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  • ETF Spotlight: Direxion Daily Gold Miners Bear 2x (DUST)

    10-17-2011 04:27 PM by Tom Lydon

    ETF spotlight on Direxion Daily Gold Miners Bear 2x Shares (NYSEArca: DUST), part of an ongoing series. Assets: $9.4 million. Objective: The Daily Gold Miners Bear 2x shares tries to reflect the 200% of the daily inverse, or opposite, performance of the NYSE Arca Gold Miner...

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  • Gold Miner ETF Hits Resistance; Volume Declines

    10-17-2011 01:19 PM by Tom Lydon

    An exchange traded fund indexed to gold miner stocks was down 2% on Monday. The miner ETF has run into resistance at its 200-day moving average, while trading volume has been declining during the October rally. Yet some investors think valuations in gold miners are compelling,...

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  • Investors Weigh Gold Miner ETFs, Dividends

    09-23-2011 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    While gold prices have skyrocketed over the last couple of years, gold miner stocks and exchange traded funds have been lagging behind. Gold producers, though, are beginning to entice investors with higher dividend payouts. Market Vectors Gold Miners (NYSEArca: GDX) has a 12-m...

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  • Investors Shift Into Gold Miner ETFs

    09-21-2011 08:29 AM by John Spence

    Gold miner stocks have outperformed bullion over the past month and caught the attention of investors, who have channeled money into exchange traded funds tracking the shares. "Gold mining stocks have lagged the performance of the yellow metal so badly in 2011 that one of Wall...

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  • Gold Miners ETF Pares Gains After Breakout

    09-06-2011 10:00 AM by John Spence

    An exchange traded fund that invests in gold miners pared its gains Tuesday after an early rally, following the fund's recent breakout. Market Vectors Gold Miners (NYSEArca: GDX) was fractionally positive after rallying as much as 3%. Last week, the miners ETF rose to a new 52...

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  • Tom Lydon on CNBC: Gold as a Momentum Play

    09-01-2011 01:16 PM by John Spence

    Tom Lydon appeared on CNBC's "The Call" this morning to discuss gold as a momentum play, as well as gold miner exchange traded funds. Tom offers his thoughts on ways to invest in gold and miner stocks. Watch the CNBC video to see the full interview.

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  • Gold, Miner ETFs Among Top Performers in August

    08-31-2011 02:46 PM by Tom Lydon

    Despite a mid-month correction, exchange traded funds that invest in gold were among the best performers in August, backed by safe-haven demand and a tumultuous market. Gold miner ETFs were also top performers this month as they benefited from the precious metal's rise. SPDR G...

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  • Gold Miners ETF Near All-Time High

    08-31-2011 10:53 AM by John Spence

    An exchange traded fund tracking gold miners is back near the top of the range it has been stuck in for over a year, and some technical analysts think the ETF is poised to break out to a new record high. "When these sort of consolidations take place, I like to give the benefit...

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  • Inverse Gold Miners ETF Rises 7%

    08-24-2011 03:41 PM by Tom Lydon

    A volatile exchange traded fund that profits from weakness in gold miner shares vaulted nearly 7% on Wednesday as the stocks mirrored steep losses in precious metals. Gold prices fell by about $100 an ounce in Wednesday's sell-off, while stock ETFs were higher after strong dur...

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  • Gold Miners ETF Turned Back at 52-Week High

    08-23-2011 01:53 PM by Tom Lydon

    An exchange traded fund that invests in gold miner stocks was down more than 3% on Tuesday as an attempt to break through its 52-week moving average was turned away. Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: GDX) followed gold prices lower while stock ETFs enjoyed a 200-point ...

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  • Gold ETF Holdings Climb to Record on Debt Uncertainty

    08-01-2011 05:37 PM by Tom Lydon

    Assets in exchange traded funds that follow gold prices are at an all-time high as more investors tap the liquid vehicles to get exposure to the precious metal. Holdings in exchange traded products backed by gold climbed a record $113 billion on July 29, according to data from...

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  • Gold Miner ETFs Rally Back Near Lifetime Highs

    07-25-2011 02:49 PM by John Spence

    A rally in exchange traded funds that invest in gold miners has carried the sector ETFs close to their all-time highs from late 2010. Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: GDX) is reasserting its relative uptrend against the S&P 500 as the fund eyes a new record relati...

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  • Gold, Silver Miner ETFs Follow Metals Prices Higher

    07-07-2011 04:21 PM by Tom Lydon

    Investors in exchange traded funds that track gold and silver miners are hoping their recent bounce along with precious metals prices signals a reversal from the downtrend since April. Europe's debt crisis heating up has helped push gold and silver prices higher, and miner sto...

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  • Bank of America Saps Financial ETFs; Nasdaq-100 Steady on Apple

    07-05-2011 11:15 AM by Tom Lydon

    Financial exchange traded funds were the biggest sector decliners in Tuesday's down market after a five-day rally. Financial Select Sector SPDR Fund (NYSEArca: XLF) was off more than 1% along with top holding Bank of America (NYSE: BAC). In the tech sector, the Nasdaq-100 Powe...

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  • Riskier Sector ETFs Lead Stock Bounce

    06-22-2011 01:10 PM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds that invest in some of the market's riskier sectors have seen the sharpest rallies in the bounce in stocks over the past week. The list includes ETFs for precious metals miners, real estate, small-caps, financials, homebuilders and sugar. The strong re...

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  • Gold Miner ETFs Continue Divergence from Bullion

    06-17-2011 07:43 AM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds that invest in gold miner stocks are down for the year amid volatile action even though bullion ETFs have advanced and remain near record highs. Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: GDX) is off 15.8% so far in 2011, according to Morningstar. The $6.3...

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  • Gold Miners Boost Dividends in Battle with Bullion ETFs

    06-13-2011 08:31 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold miners are hiking their dividends in a bid to lure investors who have instead flooded into exchange traded funds that follow the price of bullion, according to a report Monday. ETFs that track gold bullion and miner stocks have been trending in different directions lately...

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  • Gold and Miner ETFs Part Ways

    06-08-2011 01:40 PM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds that track gold bullion and miner stocks have been moving in different directions lately with the shares following equity markets lower. Market Vectors Gold Miners (NYSEArca: GDX) was down nearly 3% in afternoon trading Wednesday. It entered the session w...

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  • Technical Analyst Likes S&P 500, Gold Miner ETFs

    05-27-2011 02:09 PM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds tracking the S&P 500 and gold miner stocks are at critical junctures and a bit more momentum could propel the ETFs to further gains, a market analyst said Friday. "Today the S&P 500 has risen above its 50-day exponential moving average following a...

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  • Why Miner ETFs Are Lagging Behind Metal Prices

    05-03-2011 02:26 PM by Tom Lydon

    Even before the steep correction in gold and silver exchange traded funds this week, ETFs for miner stocks were trailing precious-metals prices. When we see commodity prices shoot higher, we naturally expect commodity-producer ETFs to reap the benefits. However, as precious me...

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  • Miner ETFs Follow Gold, Silver Higher

    04-27-2011 01:46 PM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) for gold and silver miners tracked precious-metals prices higher on Wednesday while the dollar weakened after the Federal Reserve stood pat on interest rates but boosted its inflation outlook. Global X Silver Miners ETF (NYSEArca: SIL) soared more ...

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  • Gold, Silver Miner ETFs Follow Stock Market Lower

    04-18-2011 08:05 AM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds that invest in miner shares were down along with U.S. stock indexes Monday, lagging ETFs that hold gold and silver bullion. Global X Silver Miners (NYSEArca: SIL) slipped more than 4% in morning trades while Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: GDX) ...

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  • Miner ETFs Follow Gold Higher

    04-14-2011 11:03 AM by John Spence

    An exchange traded fund (ETF) that holds small-cap gold miner stocks was up more than 2% Thursday afternoon, tracking the move higher in gold and other metals. Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners (NYSEArca: GDXJ) added 2.6% in recent trades. Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSEA...

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  • Digging For Profits: Miner ETFs Jump Again

    04-08-2011 07:29 AM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) investing in miner stocks capped a solid week Friday as gold and silver prices continued to rise. Market Vectors Gold Miners (NYSEArca: GDX) and Global X Silver Miners (NYSEArca: SIL) were both up more than 2% in early trading Friday. The miner ...

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  • Gold And Silver Miner ETFs Break Out

    04-07-2011 04:12 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold and silver miner exchange traded funds (ETFs) are breaking out as precious-metals prices are rising fast. Gold futures hit a new high Wednesday, and silver prices are up over 27% this year alone. [Gold, Silver ETFs Sparkle As Metals Hit New Highs.] Market Vectors Gold Min...

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  • Tom Lydon Talks Gold ETFs on CNBC

    04-06-2011 11:37 AM by Tom Lydon

    Today on Power Lunch, Tom discusses reasons to be bullish on gold and exchange traded funds (ETFs) to play gold. Watch the full interview here.

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  • Miner, Coffee And Semiconductor ETFs Lead Rally

    04-05-2011 12:30 PM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) tracking miners, coffee futures and semiconductor stocks paced Tuesday's gainers as the commodity markets again stole the spotlight. Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: GDX) and Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: GDXJ) were both...

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  • Gold, Silver ETFs Sparkle As Metals Hit Fresh Highs

    04-05-2011 11:31 AM by John Spence

    Gold and silver exchange traded funds (ETFs) were up more than 1% Tuesday afternoon as silver prices set a fresh multi-decade high and gold notched new records. Prices rose as high as $1,455.50 an ounce, an intraday record for gold, MarketWatch reported. Meanwhile, iShares ...

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  • VIX Indexes Branch Out To Select ETFs

    03-29-2011 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The latest method to measure portfolio risk and get a feel for what's going on in the stock market is with specific exchange traded funds (ETFs). The Chicago Board Options Exchange is launching volatility indexes, says John Spence of MarketWatch, based on the VIX, or CBOE Volatil...

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  • ETFs End Flat Ahead Of Economic Reports

    03-28-2011 02:52 PM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) slipped Monday after a late tumble undercut advances from earlier in the day, and investors cautiously retreated ahead of key data reports later this week. Gold futures dipped below $1,420 an ounce Monday, as investors lacked a fresh reason on the...

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  • Earnings Optimism Boost ETFs

    03-24-2011 02:50 PM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) advanced on Thursday as optimism about upcoming earnings and investor buying of the quarter's top performers lifted the S&P 500 above a key technical level. Oracle Corp. and Research In Motion Ltd. will be in the late-trading spotlight Thursda...

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  • ETFs Ended Flat On Profit Taking, Rising Oil Prices

    03-22-2011 02:42 PM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) ended flat on Tuesday as investors took advantage of three days of gains to take some profits and rising oil prices reawakened worries about fuel costs cutting into consumer spending. Oil prices pushed above $105 per barrel Tuesday, as traders foc...

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  • Crisis In Japan, Economic Data Move ETFs

    03-16-2011 02:30 PM by Tom Lydon

    The crisis in Japan along with disappointing economic data drove markets and exchange traded funds (ETFs) lower. Fears over Japan's nuclear crisis sent U.S. stocks tumbling, as evacuation warnings spurred investor worries of meltdowns and a radiation catastrophe. As the crisi...

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  • What Gold to Own With ETFs

    03-12-2011 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold prices rose after the earthquake in Japan renewed interest in safe-haven investing of the metal and related-exchange traded funds (ETFs).  Matt Whitaker for The Wall Street Journal reports the most actively traded contract for April delivery, rose $9.30, to settle at $1,421....

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  • ETFs React To Saudi Unrest

    03-10-2011 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    ETFs closed with broad, steep losses Thursday after rumblings of unrest in Saudi Arabia compounded economic worries abroad and in the U.S. Crude-oil futures settled below $103 a barrel Thursday in their third straight losing session as a steep drop in U.S. stocks, a stronger ...

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  • Alternative Ways to Play Gold With ETFs

    02-28-2011 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold exchange traded funds (ETFs) are all the rage these days, and some of the most popular funds are the most successful. However, there are some lesser-known funds that can give you access to gold, as well. [Gold ETFs Show Their Safe Haven Mettle.] Gold miner funds are a ...

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  • Gold ETFs Show Their Safe-Haven Mettle

    02-22-2011 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Some investors were caught by surprise when gold prices stepped back from their highs, but today's moves shows that gold exchange traded funds (ETFs) still have appeal. John Spence for MarketWatch reports that major gold ETFs are seeing net redemptions of around $2.5 billion ...

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  • How Gold Miner ETFs Stay Strong, Even As Prices Cool

    02-18-2011 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Although gold prices have retreated from their highs, gold miner exchange traded funds (ETFs) are still a viable way to profit from the still-elevated prices. Gold miners are on a tear these days. Here's why: Gold prices may not be at records anymore, but they are still hi...

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  • What's Got Gold Miner ETFs Down?

    01-09-2011 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Despite sky-high gold prices, even after this most recent pullback, gold miner exchange traded funds (ETFs) are suddenly feeling some pain. What gives? Gold prices gained 25% last year and gold miner ETFs did even better; Market Vectors Gold Miners (NYSEArca: GDX) finished the...

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  • Gold ETFs: Is There Life Left?

    12-10-2010 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold prices have skyrocketed almost fivefold in the last nine years, and pessimists are voicing concerns about a possible bubble forming in gold assets and related exchange traded funds (ETFs) as prices stall out. However, market fundamentals are still backing gold's claim to fam...

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  • Have Commodity ETFs Topped Out?

    11-26-2010 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    For the larger part of this year, commodity exchange traded funds (ETFs) were soaring. Then recently, they had their wings clipped. Was the correction the beginning of the end, or a pause for breath for more? In the recent correction, commodities fell an average of about 8%. W...

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  • Why Junior Gold Miners ETF Shines

    11-22-2010 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    This year has been all about gold, gold, gold. In an asset class that's booming, what has set the junior gold miners exchange traded fund (ETF) apart from the pack? It's been a great year for gold miners. Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: GDXJ) is the ETF for...

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  • ETF Spotlight: Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners (GDXJ)

    11-10-2010 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    ETF Spotlight on Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners (NYSEArca: GDXJ), part of a weekly series. Assets: $2 billion Objective: Tracks the Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners Index, which holds small- and mid-cap companies that generate at least 50% of their revenues from gold or...

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  • 4 Ways to Get Gold ETF Exposure

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

    Gold exchange traded funds (ETFs) are apparently this season's must-have portfolio item. Market watchers, however, are divided about how much steam the metal has left. The idea of gold prices hitting $10,000 per ounce sounds ludicrous to some – perhaps as ludicrous as gold r...

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  • 4 Reasons Gold ETFs Are Still A Popular Bet

    10-26-2010 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold shares and exchange traded funds (ETFs) are raking in the assets, as the metal is up 21% this year. But many traders are beginning to wonder whether market conditions are in place to continue gold's momentum. Analysts and market watchers say that the fundamentals driving ...

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  • ETF Spotlight: Market Vectors Gold Miners (GDX)

    09-29-2010 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    ETF Spotlight on Market Vectors Gold Miners (NYSEArca: GDX), part of a weekly series. Assets: $6.9 billion Objective: Tracks the NYSE Arca Gold Miners Index Holdings: Some of the top companies in the fund are the world's largest gold mining corporations, including Barric...

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  • Metals ETFs May Face CFTC Scrutiny

    09-23-2010 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Over the last few years, commodity exchange traded funds (ETFs) have been watched and scrutinized by regulators. In the wake of an onslaught of new ETFs that give exposure to precious metals, the CFTC might now start taking a look at miners. There have been a number of new ETF...

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  • Gold ETF Soars to Record Highs

    09-08-2010 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    A slowing economic recovery, falling equities, trouble in Europe and a general feeling of concern pervading the markets have converged to send investors rushing to the safe-haven of gold exchange traded funds (ETFs). Gold prices are responding in kind. Gold traded near a recor...

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  • The Top 5 ETFs of August

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

    Volatility and uncertainty in the markets have driven investors to safer bets in exchange traded funds (ETFs). Take a look at the top five ETFs for August and you'll see a trend emerge... Treasury Bonds. Yields on Treasury bonds are sinking faster than a lead balloon. The yie...

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  • Tom Lydon Looks Forward on CNBC

    08-16-2010 09:20 AM by Heather Hayes

    Tom Lydon appeared on CNBC this morning to talk about what lies ahead for the troubled markets in coming months and what his current exchange traded fund (ETF) picks are in this environment. Will we see any signs of a recovery soon? Watch the video to find out what he thinks.

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  • Gold Miner ETFs Riding High After Earnings

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

    Gold exchange traded fund (ETF) investors aren't the only ones on the market benefiting from higher gold prices. It's also translated into a satisfying earnings season for miners. The second quarter was kind to gold miners: According to Forbes, Goldcorp. (NYSE: GG) said th...

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  • How to Play China's Move With Gold ETFs

    08-04-2010 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold has a new heavyweight in the market, and it could move gold exchange traded funds (ETFs). China, the world's largest producer and consumer of gold, is striking out for a greater stake in gold, even as sideways markets keep the metal trading in a tight range. The People's ...

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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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  • Gold Miner ETFs: A Better Option?

    07-23-2010 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    For investors who don't want to deal with the tax implications of futures-backed gold exchange traded funds (ETFs) or those that hold the physical metal, gold miner funds may be an appealing option. Almost 70 respected economists, academics, gold analysts and market commentato...

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  • How to Choose the Right Gold ETF for You

    07-09-2010 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold has been on a torrid upswing over the past few years, reflecting investors' fears of inflation and recession. Accompanying that rise has been the increasing popularity of gold exchange traded funds (ETFs). When it comes to knowing which one you should own, though, it's a mat...

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  • ETFs and Markets Look to Earnings Season

    07-09-2010 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    In early trading on Friday, exchange traded funds (ETFs) are staying mostly flat as the markets wonder two things: can the Dow turn a three-day rally into a fourth and what kind of news will earnings season bring? Earnings season officially kicks off on Monday, with perennial ...

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  • Gold ETFs: Ready to Explode?

    07-08-2010 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    It's hard to tell where the market and exchange traded funds (ETFs) are headed these days. The bears are clamoring for safe havens in U.S. Treasuries and commodities, while the bulls are clinging onto any positive economic news they can lay their hands on. The S&P 500 is up a...

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  • Why Investors Have Gold ETFs on the Brain

    07-05-2010 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The markets are bearing down on investors, and many are searching for a place to hide. Can gold exchange traded funds (ETFs) offer the safe haven that investors are craving? In recent days, gold has continued its long-term advance to record high levels even as the U.S. dollar ...

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  • Top 6 ETFs of the Second Quarter

    07-01-2010 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Economic uncertainty, lingering debt problems in Europe, tepid employment numbers and high volatility are just some of the reasons why the markets and exchange traded funds (ETFs) have see-sawed in the part quarter. Still, investors found some safe havens and heavily traded in tw...

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  • The Virtues of Gold ETFs

    06-25-2010 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Investors have gold on the brain, and it's little wonder why. GDP has been revised downward and even Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke softened his bullish view of the U.S. economy this week. But when it comes to getting gold exposure, are you better off with an exchange traded fund (ETF...

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  • The Case for Investing In Gold ETFs

    06-13-2010 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold exchange traded funds (ETFs) serve several functions in both good times and bad. These days, we're seeing it primarily working as a safe haven for investors. If you're among the worried, you have a number of options when it comes to getting exposure. Gold has been on a ho...

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  • Gold Prices Give Gold Miner ETFs a Charge

    06-10-2010 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Even though gold prices pulled back today, gold miners should still reap the rewards of bigger profit margins as long as the price remains at its elevated levels. And there lies one of the benefits of gold miner exchange traded funds (ETFs). Gold for August delivery settled do...

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  • Are Pure-Play ETFs Worth the Risk?

    05-24-2010 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The exchange traded fund (ETF) universe offers a breathtaking array of options to choose from. The latest addition to this universe is the pure-play ETF, which gives investors very focused exposure to a sector. With that focused exposure, though, comes more risk. ETFs were ini...

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  • 5 Things to Consider Before You Buy That Gold ETF

    05-20-2010 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Ongoing concerns about the direction of both the U.S. and global economies has once again thrust gold exchange traded funds (ETFs) into the spotlight. But before you take on this popular save-haven tool, there are five things you should know. Gold has a lot of appeal in a lot ...

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  • ETFs That Could Benefit as BRICs Get Stronger

    05-17-2010 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Last year, leaders from Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRIC) floated the idea of conducting trade without relying on the U.S. dollar as a reserve currency. At the group's second summit in Brazil last month, BRIC countries voiced the need for big changes that could add to the st...

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  • 4 Reasons Gold ETFs Are Surging Again

    05-12-2010 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    It feels like 2008 all over again. Fear about continued market volatility coupled with a wave of bullish sentiment for gold has pushed prices for the yellow metal and its largest physically-backed exchange traded fund (ETF) to record highs. Despite Europe's $1 trillion bailout...

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  • As a Haven or a Hedge, Gold and Silver ETFs Have Appeal

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

    Gold and silver exchange traded funds (ETFs) might move up and down with the whims of the broader market, but make no mistake: these investments have wide range of appeal and applications for any investors. The most recent swings in the prices of gold and silver were a direct...

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  • How Gold ETFs Got Their Groove Back

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

    As the uncertainty of Europe continues to spill over into the markets, gold exchange traded funds (ETFs) are reacting to all the swerves and bumps by inching higher. The yellow metal, which has been sitting at stage right lately, is finally getting another chance in the spotligh...

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  • Possible Mining Tax Smacks Gold Miner, Australia ETFs

    05-04-2010 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    A hefty tax could be in the offing for Australia's miner's and other natural resource companies. Although it's not official yet, it has many pondering what the impact would be for related exchange traded funds (ETFs) as well as one of the world's largest mining sectors.  Can...

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  • Gold Miners Report Strong Earnings; Own Them In This ETF

    04-29-2010 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    A bevy of gold miners reported first-quarter earnings this week, and the results were nothing short of stellar. If you're looking to ride the current gold rush, you may want to consider gaining exposure through gold-miner related exchange traded funds (ETFs). Newmont Mining (N...

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  • Why Gold Miner ETFs Are Striking While the Iron Is Hot

    04-21-2010 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The elevated price of gold has gold miners and exchange traded funds (ETFs) holding their shares salivating. If gold's price remains as high as it is now, deals and investments could shift the gold mining landscape for good. These days, gold is trading above $1,100 an ounce co...

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  • Why Gold Miner ETFs Are Outperforming Gold

    04-08-2010 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold miner exchange traded funds (ETFs) have been outperforming gold ETFs for the last month. Gold certainly hasn't been a slouch this year, at least managing to grip tight to its current price levels. But why are gold miners leaving them in the dust? Market Vectors Gold Mine...

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  • Gold ETFs May Be a Golden Opportunity

    04-05-2010 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    John Paulson, the famed investor who scored about $20 billion on a bet against subprime mortgages, has recently been placing a huge wager on gold. Interested investors can look to exchange traded funds (ETFs) as a cost-effective way to invest in gold, as well; especially if the d...

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  • The Top ETFs to Capture Gold's Allure

    03-29-2010 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold has been a reliable store of value for centuries and today it's no different. Investors looking to help keep their wealth intact during troubled times should consider a 21st century option in investing in gold: exchange traded funds (ETFs). When the economy looks shaky, j...

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  • The Benefits of Equity Commodity ETFs

    03-25-2010 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The beauty of commodity exchange traded funds (ETFs) is that you have multiple ways to get your exposure. You can buy funds that hold futures contracts, funds that are physically backed or funds that hold the stock of commodity producers. Each type has its benefits and drawbacks....

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  • How Metals ETFs Changed Investing

    03-23-2010 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    It once was all about the Benjamins, but now it seems to be all about the metals. Access to the metals market is expanding at a phenomenal rate with the aid of exchange traded funds (ETFs). The popularity of the ETFs reveals the growing acceptance of commodities as a useful portf...

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  • Gold Miner ETFs Quiet, But Maybe Not for Long

    03-18-2010 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold exchange traded funds (ETFs) haven't been shining quite the way they did last year; year-to-date, they're up a scant 2% or so. But those who extract and produce the gold aren't letting that get them down. Gold may not have a banner year this year, but a recovery that lurc...

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  • Your Guide to Investing in Metals ETFs

    03-02-2010 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Fashion Week in New York just wrapped up, but one white-hot trend probably didn't come up: metals exchange traded fund (ETF) investing. Thanks to deficits and continuing concerns about the global economy, these ETFs have become more popular than ever. An increasing federal de...

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  • Europe ETFs: Sidestepping the Ailing Countries

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

    Europe's economy is in a shambles: Greece is dealing with a massive deficit, but not far behind are countries like Portugal, Spain and Ireland. There are still ways to get exposure in Europe via exchange traded funds (ETFs) while sidestepping these landmines. Greece may have a...

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  • Gold ETFs: Junior Miners, Bullion Get a Boost

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

    Gold prices and exchange traded funds (ETFs) are adding to their gains on improved confidence about debt in the Eurozone and Washington's moves to assist small businesses. Gold has also been given some support by a better-than-expected fourth-quarter GDP of 5.7% and an increas...

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  • 5 Reasons Gold ETFs May Still Have Life

    01-26-2010 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold prices have been more than doubling over the past few years, giving related shares and exchange traded funds(ETFs) a glimmer. Can the metal break the $5,000 per ounce threshold?Are there fundamental indicators that prove gold is going to hit $5,000 per ounce anytime soon? P...

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  • Challenges Facing Metals & Mining ETFs

    01-24-2010 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Countries all over the world have long relied on China's insatiable appetite for raw materials and other commodities. But China is tightening its lending, which could have an adverse effect on metals and mining exchange traded funds (ETFs). Among the potential challenges meta...

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  • How Precious Metal ETFs Have Changed Investing

    01-18-2010 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The rules of supply and demand are the  biggest factor in determining the price of a commodity. That said, the introduction of precious metal exchange traded funds (ETFs) could be just the beginning of big changes. Jeffrey Lewis for GoldSeek has reasons why the metals craze i...

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  • Two Reasons Metals ETFs Are On a Joyride

    01-11-2010 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The U.S. dollar is continuing on the path toward weakness today and the latest numbers from China show that its appetite for raw materials has only grown. Both factors are contributing to gains in commodity-focused exchange traded funds (ETFs). Is it sustainable? A weaker U.S...

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  • Gold Report: Gold Prices, ETFs May Continue Upward

    01-08-2010 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold prices and exchange traded funds (ETFs) have risen to such a point that it's almost inevitable that someone will ask the question: "Am I too late to the party?" According to the analysts at Thomas Weisel Partners Group Inc. (NASDAQ: TWPG), gold prices exhibited strength f...

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  • Mining ETFs: Their Time to Shine?

    12-24-2009 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold prices have dropped off and miners associated with the precious metal have been dragged along with them. However,  mining exchange traded funds (ETFs) have felt these steep declines before, and each decline has only made them stronger. Will this time be any different? Aft...

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  • Experts Weigh In: Where Gold ETFs Are Going In 2010

    12-17-2009 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold and gold exchange traded funds (ETFs) shattered records this year. With two weeks to go, investors are now thinking about what 2010 has in store for the popular precious metal. Gold's amazing advance this year could be marked by high volatility and corrections along the w...

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  • Junior Gold Miner ETF Luring Investors As Gold Tops Records

    12-01-2009 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    An exchange traded fund (ETF) aimed at the small- and mid-cap gold mining companies has already been greeted with some solid, impressive interest among investors. Market Vectors Gold Miners Juniors (NYSEArca: GDXJ) is up 7% since its Nov. 11 launch, piquing the interest of inv...

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  • The Gold ETF Rally: Is It Here to Stay?

    11-24-2009 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    This year gold has experienced a surge in price as the U.S. dollar has weakened and investors have flocked to safety. But does this rally in exchange traded funds (ETFs) have legs, or is it gearing up to wind down? National Public Radio noted that gold prices hit a fresh reco...

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  • New Van Eck ETF Tracks Gold Mining Juniors

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

    Van Eck, the provider of one of the top-performing gold-focused exchange traded funds (ETFs) this year, has launched a new fund today targeting the small- and mid-cap gold mining companies. Junior Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: GDXJ) is the latest fund from Van Eck. The index giv...

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  • Van Eck Finds Its Niche With Market Vectors ETFs

    11-04-2009 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Van Eck seems to have found its space in the exchange traded fund (ETF) industry. The roughly 50-year-old firm offers a lineup of ETFs that give exposure to unique segments of the marketplace. Van Eck now manages about $9.7 billion in assets. Their varied lineup includes abou...

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  • The Benefits of Hard Asset Equity ETFs

    10-22-2009 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Commodity exchange traded funds (ETFs) are turning some investors' heads. But there are ways to gain exposure to commodities without investing in the physical asset. There are various ways to invest in the commodities market, each with its pros and cons, and one way to invest ...

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  • Platinum, Gold, Silver: How to Play Precious Metals With ETFs

    10-12-2009 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The interest in precious metals of all types as an investment tool is growing, and exchange traded funds (ETFs) that track these particular metals make exposure and diversification easier for the average investor. There are many reasons to buy into a precious metals investmen...

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  • Gold Tops $1,000; Your Many ETF Options

    09-08-2009 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold prices have once again surged past the $1,000-per-ounce mark on worries about inflation and a weakening dollar. Fortunately for investors, there's more than one way to play the metal's move with exchange traded funds (ETFs). Investors are worried about the prospect of inf...

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  • 3 Sectors That Beat the Global Meltdown

    08-10-2009 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The past few months have been exceptional for stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs), as  many have made up lost ground. However, three sectors in particular have been able to withstand the global financial crisis and are boasting higher prices than they did a year ago. Gar...

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  • How to Capitalize on Golden Outlook for Gold Miners ETF

    07-05-2009 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The interest put toward gold and the mining companies that extract the metal are great, as inflation fears loom and investors seek havens. There is a related exchange traded fund (ETF) that tracks the exploratory aspect of this commodity. Although the equities market has rall...

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  • Not All Commodity ETFs Are Created Equal

    06-19-2009 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The invention of commodity-focused exchange traded funds (ETFs) and exchange traded notes (ETNs) have been a boon to investors. But they're not all the same. Do you know the differences? One of the more common misunderstandings of investing in the commodity world is what comm...

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  • How to Use ETFs As Market Indicators

    06-19-2009 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Is there a better way to understand market trends and inter-related events in an effort to be a more keen exchange traded fund (ETF) investor? Trang Ho for Investor's Business Daily talked to Chartered Market Technician Brandon Wendell to get a better understanding of how stu...

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  • 5 Ways to Play Gold With ETFs

    06-08-2009 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Analysts are closely watching the performance of gold, as many are anticipating the $1,000 mark, so which exchange traded fund (ETF) should investors be ready to play? From April 17 through May 26, gold bullion jumped from $ 867.90 to $953.90 an ounce - a 10% gain in less than...

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  • April's ETF Winners and Losers

    04-30-2009 02:07 PM by Tom Lydon

    We're starting to see some exchange traded funds (ETFs) on the move. In fact, several have crossed above their long-term trend lines, and the major indexes all ended in positive territory for the month of April. Among the top-performing ETFs for the month include: DJ Wils...

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  • What's the Difference Between Gold and Gold Mining ETFs?

    04-24-2009 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Just because you hold gold or precious metals in your exchange traded fund (ETF) portfolio does not mean that you have exposure to the actual metal or mining shares, which are two completely different investments. Owning physical bullion is the lowest-risk way to invest in pr...

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  • Watch Out for These ETF Rally Killers

    03-06-2009 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    As the stock market has proved that there is much recovery time needed until things start operating within normal parameters, the exchange traded fund (ETF) rallies that occur every so can be discouraging when they peter out. There are certain ways that ETF investors can benef...

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  • What ETF Has Been the Top Performer Post-Election?

    01-26-2009 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Not only was election day a glorious time for President Barack Obama, but certain sectors and exchange traded funds (ETFs) that track these sectors have been winners as well. Sectors That Blossomed. In a research study conducted by Bespoke Investment Group, there were only tw...

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  • Several Ways Investors Can Access Gold Through ETFs

    01-21-2009 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold has a long and storied history as a safe haven, and now that there's an exchange traded fund (ETF) to track the movements in price, investors have taken even more interest in the commodity. Gold's Movements. In general, gold moves in the opposite direction of the U.S....

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  • 14 ETFs to Keep in Mind for 2009

    12-29-2008 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    It is just about that time of year where we reflect upon the year and resolve to improve upon our quality of life in a fresh new year. Let's just hope that exchange traded funds (ETFs) have not forgotten this tradition and will resolve to undertake some new years resolutions for ...

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  • Which ETFs Were Golden In November?

    12-04-2008 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Bears continued to rage through the markets, and the leading exchange traded funds (ETFs) for the month of November only further illustrate that point. November's top funds focused on gold, Treasuries and leveraged inverse oil. This makes a strong case that the turmoil isn...

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  • Breaking Up With ETFs Is Hard To Do

    09-05-2008 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    After a rough day for the markets like Thursday, many investors might wonder when it's time to let go of their exchange traded funds (ETFs). Breaking up is hard to do, as the old song so wisely proclaimed, and it's no less true when it comes to investing. In fact, it might eve...

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  • Commodities Continue To Fare Well In South Africa And ETFs

    08-04-2008 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The pressure is on for the South African central bank to raise interest rates as the cost of exports leaving the country rose the fastest pace in 19 years, changing the dynamic of exchange traded funds (ETFs). Producer price inflation (PPI) rose to 16.8% as prices rose 2.6% in...

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  • Investors Run for Cover Under Gold and ETFs

    07-11-2008 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The price of gold jumped to a four-month high, sending gold exchange traded funds (ETFs) higher. A dash of record oil (now more than $147 a barrel), a heaping teaspoon of mortgage-company concerns and a pinch of a falling dollar stirred together combined to leave a bitter tast...

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Number of Holdings: 40

Materials 69.6%
Unknown 13.75%
Real Estate 10.8%
Metal 3.5%
Materials and Processing 1.8%
Other 0.55%
Precious Metal Mining 99.6%
Unknown 0.4%
United States 87.5%
Australia 5%
Canada 4.6%
China 1.8%
England 0.6%
Unknown 0.5%
Large-cap 64.4%
Mid-cap 26.8%
Small-cap 8.3%
Unknown 0.5%

Number of Holdings: 40

%

Ticker

Name

Sector

Market Cap

Country

14.3% ABXUS Barrick Gold Corp Materials 21522780000 United States
12.8% GGUS Goldcorp Inc Materials 20225190000 United States
7.9% NEMUS Newmont Mining Corp Real Estate 12004980000 United States
5.3% SLWUS Silver Wheaton Corp Materials 8141500000 United States
5.0% NCMAU Newcrest Mining Ltd Materials 7603790000 Australia
4.9% GOLDUS Randgold Resources L... Materials 7098520000 United States
4.8% AUUS AngloGold Ashanti Lt... Materials 6992790000 United States
4.5% FNVUS Franco-Nevada Corp Materials 6904080000 United States
4.2% AUYUS Yamana Gold Inc Materials 6523610000 United States
3.5% AEMUS Agnico Eagle Mines L... Metal 5382200000 United States

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