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  • 21 Consumer Discretionary ETFs for Economy Growth

    05-24-2016 04:40 PM by Max Chen

    As the economy improves and consumers begin to spend again, investors can capitalize on the growth through consumer discretionary exchange traded funds. Consumer stocks have benefited from stronger household finances, rising employment and slowly expanding wages. Additionally,...

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  • State Street Slashes Fees on 41 ETFs

    02-03-2015 11:37 AM by Tom Lydon

    State Streets (NYSE: STT) State Street Global Advisors unit, the third-largest U.S. issuer of exchange traded funds, fired the first shot in the 2015 ETF fee wars Tuesday when it announced it has trimmed fees on 41 of its ETFs. In some cases, the fee reductions are dramatic. F...

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  • Best ETFs for Sectors in 2012

    04-03-2012 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The S&P 500 had its best first quarter since 1998, gaining 12% over the past three months. Is this a sign that investor confidence is back as analysts are raising earnings profits, and various sector exchange traded funds are rallying? "The generally positive results from ...

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  • 5 ETFs to Play the Auto Industry's Comeback

    01-06-2011 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The U.S. auto industry returned to profitability last year and sales are expected to surge higher this year. Though there is currently no automobile exchange traded fund (ETF) available, that won't stop you if you want to get exposure to this comeback story. U.S. auto sales co...

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  • ETF Strategies for July's Retail Report

    08-13-2010 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    You might expect retail exchange traded funds (ETFs) to get a boost from the numbers. But here's the thing: the growth in consumer spending in July wasn't uniform. Generally, retail sales in July rose 0.4%. Tepid, but it was about as expected. And hey - it was growth, so we'll...

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  • ETFs Hold Off on Big Moves

    08-04-2010 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    While exchange traded funds (ETFs) digested the improved labor market news this morning, the markets held off on making any bold moves in either direction. According to the ETF Dashboard, some of the top-moving funds this morning are gold miner ETFs, which is on the backs of s...

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  • Consumer ETFs: Going Global to Find Strength

    07-31-2010 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    U.S. consumers just aren't consuming as much as they used to. While unemployment remains high, you can't count on spenders here to lift the economy out of its slump anytime soon. That's why it might be time to consider some consumer-related exchange traded funds (ETFs) with a mor...

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  • 6 ETFs for Rising Imports

    07-13-2010 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Every cloud has a silver lining. While imports are outpacing exports right now, that doesn't mean that opportunities to play this imbalance with exchange traded funds (ETFs) don't exist. The U.S. trade deficit unexpectedly widened in May for the second month as imports outpace...

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  • Upbeat Earnings Propel Oil ETFs

    07-13-2010 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Positive earnings from Alcoa (NYSE: AA) and CSX (NYSE: CSX) have given investors a reason to believe in the economic recovery and oil exchange traded funds (ETFs) a reason to surge in early trading. Both Alcoa and CSX notched better-than-expected second-quarter profits, sendin...

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  • The Top ETFs to Play International Consumers

    03-26-2010 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    For as long as anyone can remember, the power consumers have been domiciled in the United States and it was our spending powering retail exchange traded funds (ETFs). That's no longer. Emerging markets are now taking the lead in consuming goods, so that's where those hawking thei...

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  • Global Markets and ETFs Turn Positive

    03-02-2010 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    It's all about global markets and exchange traded funds (ETFs) today. The deficit crisis in Greece may finally have found some resolution, if rumors of a deal prove to be true. Australia hiked rates in a vote of confidence for its economy and the jobs picture brightened in Japan....

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  • As Auto Sales Improve, Play It With This ETF

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

    The auto industry and sector-related exchange traded funds (ETFs) have shown significant gains as a result of higher sales numbers. However, American consumers aren't buying like they used to, and some don't think sales numbers of yesteryear will return anytime soon. U.S. auto...

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  • Jobless Rate Slips as Markets, ETFs Seesaw

    02-05-2010 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    U.S. joblessness sank to five-month lows, to the surprise of economists, but the markets couldn't rally enough to keep the Dow Jones Industrial Average above the 10,000 mark. Most exchange traded funds (ETFs) are lower, but those focused on natural gas and regional banks are fari...

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  • Electronics Making a Comeback? 5 ETFs to Play It

    11-02-2009 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Although major electronics makers have reported less than stellar earnings for the third quarter, they're feeling positive enough to raise their full-year forecasts. Exchange traded funds (ETFs) can give you exposure to the entire sector. Many electronic makers have come to t...

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  • Retail ETFs Could Get a Lump Of Coal

    11-26-2008 01:37 PM by Tom Lydon

    Retailers feel like they've gotten a lump of coal in their stockings, even before the totals are in and exchange traded funds (ETFs) have had a chance to soak in any possible gains. Christina Cheddar Berk for CNBC says it will be inevitable that retailers are going to see lowe...

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  • SPDRs Weave An International Web With Sector ETFs

    07-24-2008 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The options for international sector exchange traded funds (ETFs) doubled overnight as State Street Global Advisors announced the addition of ten such funds to their SPDR lineup. This brings the Spider line to include 80 ETFs, with 31 of those focused on global access to inter...

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