ETF Resumé

SLVTicker Symbol

iShares Silver Trust ETFFund

 

16.60

  • Change 0.10 (0.6%)
  • Volume 0.70 M

10:25 AM EDT Oct 24, 2014
U.S. Markets are open

  • Assets $6,482.4M
  • Expense Ratio 0.50%
  • Yield N/A
  • Vs 50 Day EMA %
  • Vs 200 Day EMA %

Commodity Based ETF

iShares Silver Trust is a trust formed to invest in silver. The assets of the trust consist primarily of silver held by the custodian on behalf of the trust. The objective of the trust is for the shares to reflect the price of silver owned by the trust less the trust's expenses and liabilities.

Performance
TODAY 1 DAY 5 DAY 10 DAY 1 MO 3 MO 6 MO 1 YR 2 YR 5 YR
0.6% 0.2% -1.0% -0.7% -3.3% -17.8% -11.7% -24.1% -46.2% -5.2%
Last Close Volume
AVG VOL (10 D) CHANGE
5,907,164 -7.2%
Trend on Last Close
  Price EMA EMA P DATE CROSSED
50 DAY 16.50 17.43 -5.3% 07-31-2014
200 DAY 16.50 18.94 -12.9% 07-24-2014
Technical
ALPHA BETA R2 STD DEV
-0.0021 0.997 0.125 0.114
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  • Potent Inflation-Fighting ETFs

    10-06-2014 01:50 PM by Tom Lydon

    Treasury inflation protected securities have been used as a go-to hedge for rising prices. However, there are a number of other assets and exchange traded funds investors can utilize to shield against inflationary pressures. "A lot of people think TIPS are a magic bullet for t...

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  • Be Careful When Bargain Hunting With Silver ETFs

    10-03-2014 01:24 PM by Tom Lydon

    Investors looking for bargains with downtrodden silver exchange traded funds should tread carefully and note that rising holdings across physically-backed silver ETFs may not be the bullish catalyst it appears to be. In a research note out Friday, Swiss bank UBS said inflows t...

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  • Gold ETF Holdings Continue Dwindling

    10-01-2014 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Despite lingering geopolitical tensions, gold finished September in dour form with the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) sliding 4.8% for the month. Gold's September swoon coincided, not surprisingly, with increased strength for the U.S. As GLD and rival gold ETFs tumbled last ...

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  • The Daring are Buying Silver ETFs

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

    Despite significant pain inflicted upon the precious metals complex by the rising U.S. dollar, some investors are not throwing in the towel on silver exchange traded funds. In fact, they are doing just the opposite and putting new money to work with the likes of iShares Silver Tr...

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  • The Virtue of Patience With Silver ETFs

    09-23-2014 07:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    With the iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) and the ETFS Physical Silver Shares (NYSEArca: SIVR) down an average of 8.6% over the past month and both having hit new 52-week lows on Monday, a cursory glance of silver and silver exchange traded funds would seem to indicate a buyi...

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  • Investors Stuck or Sticking With Silver ETFs

    09-19-2014 09:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    In what remains an interesting phenomenon, investors are standing by physically-backed silver exchange traded funds even as gold, a metal to which silver is highly correlated, falters and the U.S. dollar strengthens. Over the past month, the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), t...

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  • Precious Metals ETFs Dull Ahead of Fed Meeting

    09-16-2014 09:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Precious metals-related exchange traded funds are under pressure ahead of the Federal Reserve's meeting this week, with speculators driving up bond yields and the U.S. dollar. "Rising yields have supported the US Dollar and, for the second consecutive week, continued to weigh ...

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  • Silver’s Slide Not Chasing Investors From ETFs

    09-16-2014 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    It is a familiar scenario with physically-backed commodities exchange traded funds. Even as gold prices and ETFs fall, often taking silver futures and funds along for the ride, investors jettison their gold holdings while sticking with and/or adding to silver positions. Over t...

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  • A Slide Awaits Silver ETFs

    09-12-2014 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    When gold falls, silver usually feels some pain. That scenario is materializing once again with gold closing Thursday at its lowest levels in seven months. The SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) and the iShares Gold Trust (NYSEArca: IAU) are each of nearly 2% this month and that...

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  • Shocker: Dollar’s Gain, Commodities’ ETFs Pain

    09-09-2014 11:15 AM by Todd Shriber

    It is not a surprise. After all, commodities are denominated in U.S. dollars and rare is the instance in which commodities and the U.S. currency rally in unison. A commodities/dollar rally is not materializing this time around, either. As the U.S. Dollar Index has recently sur...

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  • Gold ETF Holdings Fall as Traders Pare Long Bets

    09-02-2014 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Holdings of gold at bullion-backed exchange traded funds, such as the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), are declining after investors pulled cash from the ETFs last month despite an uptick in global geopolitical tensions. "Global exchange traded funds backed by physical gold s...

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  • Shorts Scamper Into Silver as ETFs Weaken

    08-26-2014 11:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    The iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) and the ETFS Physical Silver Shares (NYSEArca: SIVR) are each down more than 6% over the past month. Now the two largest U.S.-listed exchange traded funds backed by physical silver holdings are at a crossroads. Silver and the correspond...

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  • Lingering Geopolitical Tensions Keep Gold ETFs in Focus

    07-28-2014 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    With tensions still high in Eastern Europe and the Middle East, gold's status as a safe-haven investment has the yellow metal and the corresponding exchange traded funds in focus, but bullion faces a challenge from another safe-haven: A stronger U.S. dollar. The International ...

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  • ETN Spotlight: Income From Silver Covered Calls

    07-23-2014 08:15 AM by Tom Lydon

    ETN spotlight on the Credit Suisse Silver Shares Covered Call ETN (Nasdaq: SLVO), part of an ongoing series. Assets: $25.4 million Objective: The ETN is designed to reflect the performance of the Credit Suisse NASDAQ SIlver FLOWS 106 Index, which measures the return of the ...

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  • Summer Shine for Silver ETFs

    07-22-2014 08:15 AM by Tom Lydon

    Those of us old enough to have enjoyed the pop culture offerings of the 1980s may remember the Bananarama hit "Cruel Summer." It reached number eight on the charts in the U.K. in 1983 and number nine in the U.S. a year later. It has been anything but a cruel summer for silver ...

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  • Geopolitical Tensions Send Investors to Gold ETFs

    07-21-2014 12:30 PM by Tom Lydon

    A tense situation in the Gaza Strip and the tragedy of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 have combined to send investors scurrying into precious metals exchange traded funds. Despite news that pro-Russian separatists are believed to be the culprits behind the downing of Malaysia Air...

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  • Commodity ETFs in Rough Patch as World Bank Turns Bearish

    07-17-2014 02:47 PM by Tom Lydon

    Issuing a bad omen for commodity-related exchange traded funds, the World Bank believes precious metals, oil and soft commodity prices are set to drop. Broad commodity ETFs have underperformed the broader market this year, with the PowerShares DB Commodity Index Tracking Fund ...

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  • Gold/Silver Ratio Holds Clues for ETFs

    07-17-2014 07:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The gold/silver ratio, the measurement of how many ounces of the white metal needed to purchase one ounce of its yellow counterpart, can provide important clues regarding upcoming moves for both metals and the exchange traded funds that hold them. It looks like it is time to o...

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  • Uptick in Volatility Good for Gold

    07-15-2014 07:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold endured its worst one-day performance of 2014 as futures and bullion-backed exchange traded funds were hit with some profit-taking. The SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) lost 2.3% on volume that was 64% above the daily average as investors scurried into U.S. stocks and oth...

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  • Silver’s Second-Half Potential

    07-07-2014 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Silver's Second-Half Potential Silver exchange traded funds struggled through much of the second quarter, but on the back of a rally in gold and other catalysts, the iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) and the ETFS Physical Silver Shares (NYSEArca: SIVR) rallied late in the q...

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  • Gold, Silver ETFs Pleasantly Surprised in June

    06-30-2014 12:58 PM by Tom Lydon

    With June nearly in the books, it is fair to say gold and silver exchange traded funds pleasantly surprised investors this month. The SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) looks poised to close the month with a gain of 6% while the iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) and the ETFS ...

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  • Geopolitical Tensions Have Silver ETFs Shining

    06-23-2014 01:45 PM by Tom Lydon

    Geopolitical tensions are often good news for gold and bullion-backed exchange traded funds. That scenario is playing out once again as the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), the world's largest gold ETF, is trading modestly higher Monday and is now up 4.1% over the past five trad...

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  • Big Shine for Small Silver Miners ETF

    06-20-2014 09:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    Plenty of gold and silver exchange traded funds were in focus on Thursday with miners ETFs shining particularly bright. Of the top-15 ETFs in terms of percentage gains yesterday, nine were precious metals miners funds, a group that was topped by the PureFunds ISE Junior Silver...

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  • Gold, Silver ETFs are Getting Exciting

    06-20-2014 07:30 AM by Todd Shriber

    Highlighted by Thursday's action, excitement is rising for precious metals exchange traded funds, including both the physically-backed and equity-based varieties. The SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), the largest gold ETF by assets, jumped 3.5% on volume that was roughly three...

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  • Silver Miners ETFs Take Gold Medal in Mining Rally

    06-19-2014 01:15 PM by Todd Shriber

    With gold futures up 2.3% and over $1,300 per troy ounce today, gold exchange traded funds, both the physically-backed and equity-based varieties, are garnering plenty of attention. However, silver ETFs are not playing second fiddle to gold funds. The iShares Silver Trust (NYS...

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  • Silver ETFs Could Finally be Ready to Bounce

    06-09-2014 02:14 PM by Tom Lydon

    The iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) and the ETFS Physical Silver Shares (NYSEArca: SIVR) are trading modestly higher Monday on speculation the metal is nearing a bottom following a tumble of almost 9% over the past three months. Last week, silver exchange traded products ...

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  • Most Searched ETFs: Sector Surprises

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

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

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  • Silver ETFs Look to Regain Lost Luster

    05-29-2014 01:14 PM by Tom Lydon

    The iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) and the ETFS Physical Silver Shares (NYSEArca: SIVR) have posted double-digit losses over the past three months, but silver's recent struggles could give way to higher prices in the months ahead. "Often viewed by investors as a leverage...

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  • Investors Continue to Pour Money into Silver ETFs

    05-16-2014 03:55 PM by Tom Lydon

    Despite the dip in silver bullion prices, exchange traded funds that track silver prices continued to attract investment interest, revealing investors' faith in the precious metal. Since the February 24 high, the iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) has declined 12.4%. Neverth...

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  • Time is Right for Bearish Silver ETF

    05-14-2014 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) and the ETFS Physical Silver Shares (NYSEArca: SIVR) are down 2.3% in the past month, but investors may want to consider seasonal trends relevant to silver before going bargain-hunting with the white metal. Silver has a tendency to peak...

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  • Buoyant U.S. Data Could Hamper Gold ETFs

    05-05-2014 01:01 PM by Tom Lydon

    Last Friday, the Labor Department said U.S. employers added 288,000 jobs in April, the largest monthly gain in over two years, while the unemployment rate fell to 6.3%. Improving economic data, particularly on the jobs front, has stoked inflows to an array of exchange traded f...

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  • Gold, Silver ETFs Look Ready to Rally

    04-29-2014 08:15 AM by Tom Lydon

    Despite ample geopolitical risk courtesy of Russia's ongoing conflict with Ukraine, the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) is barely higher over the past month. Over the same period, the iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) has lost 1.1%, but recent price action in the precious ...

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  • Ongoing Ukraine Crisis a Boon for Gold ETFs

    04-28-2014 01:20 PM by Tom Lydon

    Shares of the Market Vectors Russia ETF (NYSEArca: RSX), the largest and most heavily traded Russia ETF, are higher by nearly 2% Monday despite news that the White House has bolstered economic sanctions against Russia by freezing assets of 17 Russian firms. OAO Rosneft, RSX's ...

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  • Platinum Metals ETFs Mean Business

    04-17-2014 02:46 PM by Tom Lydon

    The performance of the major, physically-backed precious metals exchange traded funds has been mostly impressive this year. Although the iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) has traded lower, the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) and rival physical gold ETFs have gained over 6%...

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  • Turning Sentiment Lifts Commodities ETFs

    04-09-2014 11:36 AM by Tom Lydon

    Volatile global financial markets and a shift in investor sentiment were contributing factors to the rise of commodities exchange traded products in the first quarter. After being severely punished last year, exchange traded funds backed by physical holdings of gold rebounded ...

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  • Palladium, Silver ETFs Gain Investor Favor

    03-31-2014 11:45 AM by Tom Lydon

    Stoked by expectations that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates sooner than expected, palladium and silver exchange traded funds are raking in new capital as investors bet higher rates are a sign of robust economic activity. Although silver was one of the worst-perfo...

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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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  • Precious Metals Lead Resurgence by Commodities ETFs

    03-03-2014 12:45 PM by Tom Lydon

    While equities wilt as tensions in Ukraine escalate, gold's safe-haven status is proving alluring with investors rushing to the yellow metal as a shelter-from-the-storm play. Gold futures climbed last month, helping some of the major exchange traded funds backed by holdings of...

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  • Small Silver ETF is Growing Up

    02-20-2014 07:30 AM by Todd Shriber

    These are good days for silver exchange traded funds, both the physically-backed and equity-based varieties. No, 2014 is not yet reminiscent of the early 1980s when the Hunt brothers cornered the silver market. Nor is this year yet on par with 2010 when the iShares Silver Trus...

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  • Shine on Silver Miners ETFs

    02-19-2014 09:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    Exchange traded funds holdings shares of gold miners, both large-caps and juniors, have received ample fanfare this year and deservedly so. Year-to-date, the Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSArca: GDX) is up 20%, a gain that looks paltry compared to the better than 32% retur...

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  • Pros Boost Bullish Gold Wagers

    02-18-2014 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Following a week in which the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) and rival physically backed gold exchange traded funds gained nearly 3.5%, gold futures flirted with $1,330 per troy ounce during Monday's Asian session on news professional traders and hedge funds are becoming increa...

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  • Silver ETFs Soars, Breaks Above Long-Term Trendlines

    02-14-2014 02:22 PM by Max Chen

    It is silver's time to shine as the precious metal's futures surged Friday, pushing the physically backed silver exchange traded fund over its long-term trend line. The iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) rose 4.2% Friday and crossed over its 200-day simple moving average. SL...

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  • Enjoy Silver’s Run While it Lasts

    02-11-2014 01:51 PM by Tom Lydon

    After plunging in 2013, exchange traded funds backed by physical holdings of silver have participated in the precious metals rebound in 2014. Including Tuesday's action, the iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) and the ETFS Physical Silver Shares (NYSEArca: SIVR) are up just over...

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  • Safety Bets Push Silver ETFs to Three-Week High

    02-10-2014 04:40 PM by Tom Lydon

    Volatility in the equities markets has sent investors scrambling for safe-haven assets. Silver exchange traded funds are now hovering around a three-week high, as silver futures see their best rally since August. Silver bullion-backed ETFs, iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV)...

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  • Goldman Sees More Pain Ahead for Commodities

    01-30-2014 02:31 PM by Max Chen

    Large investment banks paint a dreary picture in the commodities space  as rising supply and slowing demand depress prices this year. However, there are a couple of standout commodities and related exchange traded funds. The commodities super cycle is reversing, with the Stand...

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  • Rogers Prefers Silver Over Gold

    01-19-2014 07:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds backed by physical silver lagged their gold rivals last year and that is saying something. During 2013, the end to gold's 12-year bull market, the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) lost 28.3%, but the iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) was far worse with a ...

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  • Silver ETFs Shine With Miners Taking Charge

    01-17-2014 03:47 PM by Tom Lydon

    Silver exchange traded funds are regaining their luster, with silver miners breaking out, after a dismal year depressed the precious metals. Silver bullion-backed ETFs, iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) and ETFS Physical Silver Shares (NYSEArca: SIVR), are testing their 50-...

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  • A Breakout Looms for Palladium

    01-17-2014 09:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Of the four largest exchange traded funds backed by physical holdings of each of the four major precious metals, just one could muster a 2013 gain. Comprised of the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV), ETFS Physical Platinum Shares (NYSEArca:...

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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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  • A Technical View on Silver

    01-09-2014 12:34 PM by Tom Lydon

    After tumbling more than 36% last year, silver exchange traded funds are off to a rough start in 2014 with the iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) and the ETFS Physical Silver Shares (NYSEArca: SIVR) each down almost 3%. On the surface, it appears silver is primed for more do...

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  • ETF Chart of the Day: All That Glitters

    01-07-2014 12:23 PM by Paul Weisbruch, Street One Financial

    We mentioned the recent intraday volatility in the Precious Metals futures markets and how it has translated through ETF trading in products such as GLD (SPDR Gold Trust, Expense Ratio 0.40%), IAU (iShares Gold, Expense Ratio 0.25%) and SLV (iShares Silver Trust, Expense Ratio 0....

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  • Silver ETFs Could Shine on Seasonality

    01-07-2014 10:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    Beleaguered precious metals need more than just a change of the calendar to regain their lost mojo, but those looking to be long silver exchange traded funds would do well to consider the white metal's seasonality. After the iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) and the ETFS Ph...

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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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  • Commodities Search for Strong End to Bad Year

    12-27-2013 02:13 PM by Tom Lydon

    It is perhaps of little compensation to investors that have been on the wrong side of the trade this year, but select commodities exchange traded funds are trying to end the year on a positive note. The SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), the world's largest gold ETF, is up 1.6%...

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  • Bearish Silver ETF Showing Bullish Possibilities

    12-13-2013 09:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The largest exchange traded funds backed by physical holdings of silver are down almost 42% in 2013 following Thursday's strong volume drubbings of nearly 4%. With Thursday's close at $18.81, the iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) is just about 6% removed from its 52-week lo...

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  • Silver ETFs' Popularity Provides Stark Contrast to Gold Fallout

    12-11-2013 07:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Precious metals got clobbered this year, but investors still trickled into silver exchange traded funds while gold funds saw a record exodus. Physically backed silver ETFs held 655 million ounces of the metal as of Oct. 31, up 25 million ounces since January, reports Nat Rudar...

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  • ETF Securities: Gold Revisits $1,200 as Data Raises Tapering Risks

    12-09-2013 12:37 PM by ETF Securities

    Market expectations rise on the FOMC signalling a reduction in bond buying this month. Better-than-expected economic data from the US reignited fears of early tapering by the Fed, keeping commodity price gains in check, particularly precious metals. Despite the US government shu...

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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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  • Technical Help for Silver ETFs...Maybe

    11-29-2013 09:20 AM by Tom Lydon

    Down 35.4% apiece this year, the iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) and the ETFS Physical Silver Shares (NYSEArca: SIVR) could use any and all available help. SLV, the largest silver ETF by assets, closed at $18.96 Wednesday, just 7% above its 52-week low. Recently, Glen Rin...

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  • Enthusiasm Lacking for Commodities ETFs Heading Into 2014

    11-26-2013 12:44 PM by Tom Lydon

    With the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) down 25.7% this year and the iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) showing a far worse loss of 34.4%, it probably is not surprising enthusiasm for commodities is lacking heading into 2014. Money managers are concerned about slowing glob...

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  • Silver Slayed: ETFs Backed by the Metal Look Vulnerable

    11-22-2013 10:53 AM by Tom Lydon

    These are not good times for exchange traded funds backed by precious metals and silver ETFs are taking the brunt of that punishment. In just the past month, the iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) and the ETFS Physical Silver Shares (NYSEArca: SIVR) are down 10.1%. The metal...

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  • ETF Chart of the Day: Not So Precious Metals

    11-21-2013 12:36 PM by Paul Weisbruch, Street One Financial

    Precious metals, currencies, and fixed income were all rather volatile yesterday on heavier trading volumes, presumably predicated on the release of the FOMC minutes. We take special note of Silver, with SLV (iShares Silver Trust, Expense Ratio 0.50%) trading at its lowest levels...

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  • Silver’s Slide: Worse Before it Gets Better

    11-20-2013 03:16 PM by Tom Lydon

    With Wednesday's tumble, the iShares Silver Trust is down nearly 11% in just the past month, forcing the fund to a residence more than 15% below its 200-day moving average, a level SLV has not closed above since March. SLV, the largest silver ETF, also about 8% below its 20- a...

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  • More Declines Could be in Store for Silver ETF

    11-15-2013 02:18 PM by Todd Shriber

    The iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) has had a humbling year, losing 31.7%, a performance that is 840 basis points worse than the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD). Still, investors have stuck by SLV. While GLD is the worst ETF in terms of 2013 outflows having bled almost $...

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  • Interesting Times for GLD as it Nears Ninth Anniversary

    11-11-2013 01:17 PM by Tom Lydon

    The SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) is a week away from its ninth anniversary, one that will be marked by SPDR Gold Shares and the World Gold Council ringing the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange Tuesday. GLD, the oldest and largest ETF backed by physical holdings o...

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  • Gold ETFs Finally See Inflows

    11-11-2013 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds backed by holdings of physical gold have been under siege this year. So much so that two of the 10 worst ETFs, including the worst, in terms of year-to-date outflows are gold funds. Last week brought a departure from this year's norm as investors actually...

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  • Gold ETFs Can’t Wait for October to End

    10-31-2013 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Today is the last trading day of October and a turning of the calendar cannot arrive soon enough for gold bugs as the yellow metal's gains for the month have almost been cut in half Thursday. The SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), the largest ETF backed by physical holdings of ...

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  • Hi Ho Silver: Silver ETFs Could Rally

    10-30-2013 12:20 PM by Tom Lydon

    The iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) and the ETFS Physical Silver Shares (NYSEArca: SIVR) are down 26% this year, performances that are far worse than the dismal 19.9% lost by the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD). To its credit, silver has been outperforming gold this mont...

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  • Gold ETF Outflows Accelerate in October

    10-22-2013 08:45 AM by Tom Lydon

    August and September were stable or a little less bad in terms of outflows from exchange traded products backed by holdings of physical gold, but October is looking like another difficult month in already trying year for gold ETFs. Global holdings in exchange-traded products h...

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  • Silver ETFs Could Shine for Long-Term Investors

    10-21-2013 07:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) and the ETFS Physical Silver Shares (NYSEArca: SIVR) are both down 28% this year. Combine heavy losses for physically backed gold ETFs and the often intimate correlation shared by the yellow and white metals, and it is understandable that ...

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  • Silver ETF Slams GLD Over Past Two Months

    10-07-2013 02:11 PM by Tom Lydon

    Silver prices, along with related exchange traded funds, are outshining gold as uncertainty fuels safe-haven investments, but industrial activity could help silver keep up its momentum. The iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) rose 2.9% Friday while the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEA...

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  • Silver ETFs Post Weekly Loss as Fed Rally Erased

    09-21-2013 08:26 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold and silver exchange traded funds surged in a knee-jerk reaction after the Fed caught traders off guard, but lingering uncertainty over tapering and some profit taking weighed on precious metals. The iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) dropped 5.5% Friday while the SPDR G...

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  • Industrial Demand and Syria Crisis Help Silver ETFs Shine

    09-03-2013 04:35 PM by Tom Lydon

    Silver exchange traded funds were the best performing exchange traded funds in August, bolstered by bargain hunting speculators and escalating geopolitical tensions surrounding Syria. Silver ETFs are off to a fast start in September with a nearly 4% rally on Tuesday. [How ETFs...

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  • Stock ETFs Take Worst Monthly Loss in Over a Year

    08-30-2013 02:27 PM by Tom Lydon

    The broad equities market and stock exchange traded funds hit record highs at the start of August. However, after a series of sell-offs, notably in the last week of the month due to the escalating Syria crisis, the markets extended the worst monthly drop since May 2012. The Do...

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  • Why Silver ETFs Have Underperformed Gold

    06-11-2013 03:14 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold ETFs have corrected hard in 2013 after hitting multi-year highs. Nevertheless, gold has not had it as bad as silver and related exchange traded funds. The iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) has dropped 29.0% year-to-date, whereas the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) has...

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  • Price Comparison Shopping with ETFs

    03-14-2013 08:47 AM by Tom Lydon

    Investors are aware of investing costs more than ever due to the recent exchange traded fund provider price wars. The lower the investment costs, the more capital that is preserved, which has brought expense ratios into focus. The expense ratio is a yearly fee charged to a fun...

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  • Silver ETFs Rebound to Test Key Trend Line

    01-10-2013 02:21 PM by Tom Lydon

    After falling off over December, silver exchange traded funds are starting to pick up and are currently testing their long-term trend line. The iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) was up 1.9% Thursday and has returned back to its 200-day simple moving average. The fund is dow...

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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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  • Why Jim Rogers Favors Silver ETFs

    08-25-2012 06:33 AM by Tom Lydon

    Silver has been testing multi-month highs with investors apparently gearing up for inflation and more central bank stimulus. Some investors are favoring silver ETFs over gold prices amid the rally. "Gold investing has long dominated the precious metals space, as investors have...

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  • Gold, Silver ETFs Rise On Monetary Easing Speculation

    07-27-2012 03:30 PM by Tom Lydon

    Recent media reports focusing on the Federal Reserve and European Central Bank stated that plans for more monetary easing are on the table. Gold focused exchange traded funds have held steady as prices remain above $1,600 per ounce, but silver has inched down as economic growth r...

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  • ETF Fees: The Lower the Better

    06-05-2012 12:27 PM by Tom Lydon

    The exchange traded fund industry is in direct competition with the mutual fund business as far as fees are concerned. Another direct competitor to the ETF industry is itself, as ETF providers are contending to have the lowest fees in the business. "While many products may ...

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  • Gold, Silver ETFs in Negative Territory for 2012

    05-30-2012 11:24 AM by John Spence

    Gold and silver exchange traded funds are in the red for 2012 and have been hit by a surging U.S. dollar as investors continue to fret over Europe's seemingly endless debt crisis. Precious metal ETFs such as SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) and iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: ...

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  • Silver ETFs: Not Shining in 2012

    05-23-2012 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Physically-backed silver exchange traded funds have given back most of the gains made in 2011, and have been negative most of 2012. As many major governments have taken value from currencies, a precious metals fund can still give a portfolio protection. "Unlike equities or bon...

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  • Gold ETFs Rally to Weekly Gain

    05-18-2012 08:25 AM by John Spence

    Gold and silver exchange traded funds capped the week with a two-day bounce as the rally in the U.S. dollar slowed and precious metals gained some momentum. After trading lower the first three days of the week, gold ETFs were on track to post a weekly gain. SPDR Gold Shares...

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  • Gold ETFs in Three-Day Tailspin as $1,600 Breached

    05-09-2012 09:59 AM by John Spence

    Gold ETFs and other precious metals were down sharply for the third straight session on Wednesday as bullion slipped below $1,600 an ounce. SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) was down 1.3% at the open and iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) fell 2%. The metals ETFs have been...

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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 and Silver ETFs Drift Lower on Dollar, Physical Demand

    04-30-2012 02:26 PM by John Spence

    Gold and silver exchange traded funds have been relatively quiet in recent weeks although technically the precious metal ETFs are trending slightly downwards with a series of lower highs. For the three months ended April 27, SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) was down 4.5% while...

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  • Silver ETFs Fall on Fed, QE3 Outlook

    04-04-2012 10:16 AM by John Spence

    Silver exchange traded funds dropped 4% Wednesday in continued selling after the Federal Reserve minutes suggested the central bank likely won't engage in further quantitative easing unless the economy backslides. "What we see today is a rather broad-based sell-off in financia...

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  • Gold, Silver ETFs See Bullish Options Action

    03-28-2012 03:31 PM by John Spence

    Options traders are turning more bullish on gold and silver ETFs as the precious metal funds battle key resistance. "SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) call buyers appeared for the second straight session as the ETF met some resistance on its 200 day moving average, peaking at $...

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  • Silver ETFs Hit Resistance at 50-Day Average

    03-21-2012 10:27 AM by John Spence

    Silver exchange traded funds are off to a rocky start this week after slamming into resistance at the 50-day moving average, a key technical indicator. ETFs that invest in the precious metal have traded lower this month after the big sell-off on Feb. 29. Silver prices brief...

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  • Silver ETFs Fall Below 50-Day Average

    03-14-2012 02:49 PM by John Spence

    Silver exchange traded funds lost 4% on Wednesday to fall below the 50-day simple moving average for the first time since January. The iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) was losing ground for the third straight day. The metal ETF was up about 20% for the year heading into We...

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  • Silver ETF Decline Takes Out Key Support Levels

    03-06-2012 03:09 PM by Tom Lydon

    A silver exchange traded fund dipped below two key moving averages on Tuesday as investors fussed over the Greek debt swap and moved into cash. The iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) lost 3.7% at last check Tuesday. The fund fell below both its 50-day and 200-day exponential...

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  • Silver ETF Sees Highest Trading Volume Since September

    03-01-2012 08:11 AM by John Spence

    The largest exchange traded fund for silver saw the highest trading volume since September in Wednesday's melt-down in precious metals. The $11.7 billion iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) traded more than 91 million shares, versus a three-month daily average of about 20 mil...

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  • ETFs and the Gold/Silver Ratio

    03-01-2012 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Technical analysts continue to closely watch the gold/silver price ratio to get a feel for investor sentiment on precious metal and where the trend may be heading. Silver prices recently moved above the 200-day moving average but fell hard in Wednesday's sell-off as Federal Re...

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  • Gold, Silver ETFs Tumble on Bernanke

    02-29-2012 12:00 PM by John Spence

    Gold and silver exchange traded funds fell sharply Wednesday on heavy volume as Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke testified before Congress. Markets were under pressure with investors disappointed Bernanke didn't signal further economic stimulus from the Fed. "People want ...

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  • Silver ETFs Advance as Metal Retakes $36

    02-28-2012 08:37 AM by John Spence

    Silver exchange traded funds climbed 2% in Tuesday's premarket as the precious metal rose above $36 an ounce for the first time since September. Silver is the top-performing commodity in 2012 with a 25% rally year to date. [India, Energy, Silver ETFs Among Most Overbought] ...

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  • Silver ETFs at Five-Month High

    02-24-2012 09:29 AM by John Spence

    Silver exchange traded funds have climbed above the 200-day simple moving average to their highest levels in five months. The 3% rally Thursday carried silver ETFs over the 200-day moving average for the first time since September 2011. [List of Silver ETFs] Silver ETFs suc...

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  • Chart of the Day: Silver ETFs and Miners

    02-22-2012 10:01 AM by Paul Weisbruch, Street One Financial

    We have mentioned persistent and bullish call buying in the largest silver exchange traded fund in recent recaps throughout January and February, and yesterday was no exception as the metal continued its recent rally and call buyers were again present. The iShares Silver Trust...

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  • What Silver ETFs are Saying About Precious Metals

    02-21-2012 12:30 PM by John Spence

    Gold and silver exchange traded funds are rallying in the wake of the second bailout for Greece. Fears of additional currency debasement and more financial aid from central banks to stem Europe's debt crisis could keep a bid under precious metal ETFs this year. Gold ETFs rose ...

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  • List of Silver ETFs

    02-17-2012 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Silver exchange traded funds are up 20% this year to outperform gold prices. While often overshadowed by gold's historic rise, silver and related ETFs provide traders with an alternative, and cheaper, precious metal investment option. Silver, like most commodities, has shown r...

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  • Silver Miner ETFs Keep Pace with Metal's Price Rise

    02-08-2012 08:41 AM by Tom Lydon

    Silver-related exchange traded funds have been strong performers with silver futures increasing over 20% this year. Surprisingly, silver miners, which trailed the price movements of the physical precious metal in 2011, are keeping up with silver prices this year. The iShares S...

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  • Poor Man’s Gold: Silver ETFs Shine

    02-02-2012 04:06 PM by Tom Lydon

    Precious metals are recovering after the sell-off in late 2011, with silver and related exchange traded funds taking the lead. The iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV), PowerShares DB Silver Fund (NYSEArca: DBS) and ETFS Physical Silver Shares (NYSEArca: SIVR) are all up about...

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  • Silver ETFs Shine as 50-Day Average Recaptured

    01-20-2012 01:13 PM by John Spence

    Silver exchange traded funds are making a strong move to the upside in early 2012, reversing some of the damage inflicted by multiple sell-offs in the wake of the metal's spike to about $50 an ounce. The iShares MSCI Silver (NYSEArca: SLV), PowerShares DB Silver Fund (NYSEArca...

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  • What's in Store for Silver ETFs?

    01-18-2012 11:51 AM by Tom Lydon

    Silver prices and exchange traded funds could have a volatile year, as investors continue to fly from one safe haven to another. The fate of the euro currency will have a significant influence on the performance of the metal. "What's going on in Europe is very worrying," Ja...

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  • Gold ETFs Battle 50-Day Moving Average

    01-14-2012 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold exchange traded funds are rallying back after getting hit with several nasty sell-offs in the back half of 2011. However, the ETFs' 50-day exponential moving average looks to be a key hurdle the gold funds need to overcome before pushing even higher. Gold's foray below...

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  • ETF Espresso: Weaker Dollar Lifts Stock, Precious Metal ETFs

    01-12-2012 07:50 AM by ETF Trends

    U.S. stock and precious metal exchange traded funds were poised to open higher Thursday with a lower dollar providing a tailwind to risk assets. Small-cap ETFs are following through after breaking above the 200-day moving average as they try to catch up to outperforming blue chip...

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  • ETF Espresso: Stock, Commodity ETFs Higher

    01-10-2012 08:28 AM by John Spence

    Equity and precious metal exchange traded funds were set for big gains Tuesday as investors embraced risk and stocks continued their strong run to open the year on hopes Europe's debt problems are in check. SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average ETF (NYSEArca: DIA) rose 1.1% while ...

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  • Precious Metals, Miner ETFs Off to Strong Start

    01-03-2012 02:06 PM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds that invest in silver were the top performers among unleveraged ETFs on Tuesday as funds indexed to gold and miner stocks also burst out of the gate to start 2012. The iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV), PowerShares DB Silver Fund (NYSEArca: DBS) and ET...

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  • Gold, Silver ETFs Drop as Investors Shun Risk

    12-28-2011 10:22 AM by John Spence

    Gold and silver exchange traded funds fell along with the euro Wednesday amid a sharp bout of risk aversion heading into the end of the year. SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) fell 1.3% while iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) shed nearly 4%. The gold ETF has weakened afte...

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  • ETF Espresso: Gold, Silver Set to Recover Some Losses

    12-20-2011 06:51 AM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds indexed to gold and silver prices were poised to open higher Tuesday after trading lower in recent sessions on deflation concerns. In premarket trading, SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) added 0.9% while iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) rose 2.3%. G...

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  • Silver ETFs Give It All Back

    12-15-2011 02:18 PM by Michael A. Gayed CFA

    With the incredibly sharp decline in precious metals in just the past few days, I wanted to put a spotlight on silver relative to equities and suggest reasons for why there has been such a powerful move lower. First, consider that silver has strongly outperformed the S&P 5...

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  • Silver ETFs Tarnished by Economic Outlook, Liquidity

    12-15-2011 08:47 AM by Tom Lydon

    Silver prices and exchange traded funds fell hard on Wednesday due to Eurozone officials' inability to agree on strong treaty reforms and a debt solution. The iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) lost nearly 6% yesterday due to weak economic news from developed nations and as inv...

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  • Commodities Sell-Off Crushes Gold, Oil ETFs

    12-14-2011 11:48 AM by John Spence

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average slipped over 100 points on Wednesday but the sharpest decliners in exchange traded funds tracked gold and commodities, while the U.S. dollar continued to strengthen. Gold futures lost about $90 an ounce as the precious metal dropped below $1,60...

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  • Gold, Silver ETFs Fall After ECB Comments

    12-08-2011 12:40 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold and silver exchange traded funds were down sharply Thursday after new European Central Bank President Mario Draghi signaled the ECB wouldn't buy bonds to ease the debt crisis and help the economy. The ECB did cut interest rates by a quarter-point as expected and announced...

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  • ETFs See Big Swings on ECB News

    12-08-2011 08:54 AM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds were volatile before Thursday's opening bell as the European Central Bank cut rates and announced liquidity measures designed to help banks. ETFs pegged to U.S. stocks, the euro and precious metals jumped after the ECB lowered reserve ratio requirements f...

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  • U.S. News Names 'Best Fit' ETF Rankings

    12-04-2011 07:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The exchange traded fund industry has over 1,300 products with over $1 trillion in assets. It is no wonder that the average long-term investor may have a hard time picking out which ETFs would suit his or her investment portfolio, but more services are popping up to make the task...

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  • A Technical Look at Gold and Silver ETFs

    12-01-2011 10:23 AM by John Spence

    The surge in gold and silver exchange traded funds Wednesday following coordinated liquidity actions from central bankers has raised hopes for a year-end melt-up in precious metals However, gold and silver ETFs need to contend with important trendline resistance before any roc...

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  • ETF Chart of the Day: Silver

    12-01-2011 09:17 AM by Paul Weisbruch, Street One Financial

    With yesterday's mention of gold related exchange traded funds and with the metal continuing its recent rakkt (up an additional 1.95% yesterday), we find good reason to highlight another precious metal, silver. To a large extent the metals tend to "trend" together over time pe...

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  • Gold and Silver ETFs Rise as Fed, Central Banks Boost Liquidity

    11-30-2011 09:35 AM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds that invest in gold and silver rose Wednesday after the Federal Reserve coordinated with other central banks to lower the pricing on existing dollar liquidity swap arrangements. The move, which is designed to make more dollars available and ease funding p...

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  • Gold, Oil ETFs Surge on Weaker Dollar

    11-28-2011 08:23 AM by John Spence

    Commodity exchange traded funds tracking gold and oil jumped Monday along with global equities as risk appetite recovered following a seven-day down streak for U.S. stocks. A weaker dollar helped fuel the gains. U.S. Oil Fund (NYSEArca: USO) rallied 3.5% in premarket dealings ...

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  • Stock ETFs Rally on Europe Hopes, Retail Sales

    11-28-2011 07:44 AM by John Spence

    Equity exchange traded funds were poised to open sharply higher Monday on solid Black Friday sales and reports Eurozone leaders are working on a closer fiscal pact. SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: SPY) was up more than 2% in Monday's premarket following a seven-day losing stre...

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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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  • Silver ETFs Tarnished by Debt Worries, Stronger Dollar

    11-23-2011 11:43 AM by John Spence

    Silver exchange traded funds declined Wednesday with base metals such as copper on Eurozone debt fears and a rising U.S. dollar. The iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) was down nearly 4% in midday trading. Silver ETFs have been extremely volatile in 2011 on economic uncer...

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  • Gold ETFs Down as Metal Surrenders $1,700 an Ounce

    11-21-2011 11:19 AM by John Spence

    Precious metals exchange traded funds sold off Monday along with global equities as gold futures dropped below the key level of $1,700 an ounce. SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) fell 2% while iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) dropped nearly 5%. Metals ETFs were hurt by a...

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  • Stock, Metals ETFs Fall on Supercommittee Failure

    11-21-2011 07:13 AM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds tracking global stocks and precious metals were set for steep losses Monday on news the congressional "supercommittee" charged with cutting the U.S. deficit will announce it can't reach a deal. SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: SPY) was off 1.7% in premarke...

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  • Silver ETFs Guide Precious Metals Lower

    11-17-2011 10:27 AM by John Spence

    Gold and silver exchange traded funds fell Thursday on reports investors were taking profits in precious metals to offset losses elsewhere in their portfolios on Eurozone debt concerns. Metals ETFs were lower Thursday along with stocks while in Europe, Spanish bond yields clim...

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  • Silver ETF Bullion Holdings Down from April Record Peak

    11-12-2011 10:46 AM by John Spence

    The amount of bullion in silver exchange traded funds has declined from the record high set in April, but ETFs still control nearly 18,000 metric tons of silver, according to a report. Total holdings at the end of October stood at 577 million ounces, or 17,947 metric tons, dow...

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  • Options Traders Bullish on Gold ETF

    11-10-2011 01:46 PM by John Spence

    Traders have been snapping up bullish call options on gold and silver exchange traded funds amid a pullback in the precious metals ETFs. Calls were active in the metals ETFs on Wednesday as January $190 calls in SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) and January $35 calls in iShares...

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  • Silver ETFs Ride Metal's Climb Back to $35

    11-08-2011 08:06 AM by Tom Lydon

    Silver exchange traded funds have recovered some of the losses suffered during the September meltdown with the metal trading around $35 an ounce and getting a lift from fresh uncertainty in Europe. The region's debt crisis is now shaking Italy, while Greece has yet to name a n...

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  • Gold and Silver ETFs Higher After Fed, Bernanke

    11-02-2011 03:31 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold and silver exchange traded funds were higher Wednesday after the Federal Reserve stood pat on interest rates and cut its economic outlook. Growing uncertainty over the Greek bailout and Europe's debt crisis also provided a tailwind for precious metals ETFs. SPDR Gold S...

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  • Silver ETFs Lead Declines in Precious Metals for Second Day

    11-01-2011 08:02 AM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds that follow the price of gold and silver were on track for a second day of losses Tuesday as precious metals followed global stocks lower. In a surprise move, Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou called a referendum and confidence vote, a development th...

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  • Dollar Rally Dings Gold, Silver ETFs

    10-31-2011 10:06 AM by John Spence

    A rising U.S. dollar following Japan's latest currency intervention Monday acted as a headwind for gold and silver exchange traded funds. SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) and iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) were down 1.4% and 2.8%, respectively, in the first hour of U.S. ...

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  • Silver ETFs Gain 5% on EU Deal, Economy

    10-27-2011 04:58 PM by Tom Lydon

    Silver exchange traded funds rose 5% to outperform gold prices Thursday after the European Union cobbled together a deal designed to buy more time to sort out its debt logjam. Silver ETFs have also received a boost lately from better economic data, as the metal has industrial ...

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  • Silver ETFs Climb 5% on Waning Sentiment, Fed Talk

    10-25-2011 03:04 PM by John Spence

    Silver exchange traded funds were outperforming gold in Tuesday's precious metals rally as investors awaited news from the European summit and after a report showing consumer confidence posted an unexpected decline in October. ETFs tracking silver prices such as iShares Silver...

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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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  • Silver ETFs Lead Bounce in Precious Metals

    10-21-2011 09:37 AM by Tom Lydon

    Silver exchange traded funds were leading the charge in precious metals on Friday although the ETFs remained on track for a weekly loss. The iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) was up nearly 3% in early trading Friday after falling the previous two sessions. As investors s...

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  • Copper and Silver ETFs Hit By Economy, Position Limits

    10-19-2011 04:48 PM by Tom Lydon

    Slowing global economic growth and the passage of a new rule designed to curb speculation in commodities futures were pressuring exchange traded products that follow the price movements of copper and silver, two key industrial metals, on Wednesday. Silver and copper funds led ...

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  • Silver ETFs Hit Hardest in Precious Metals Pullback

    10-18-2011 11:14 AM by John Spence

    Silver exchange traded funds were posting some of the largest percentage declines in ETF trading Tuesday after China reported disappointing economic growth and following Moody's warning on France's credit rating. The iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) was down over 2% but pa...

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  • Gold, Silver ETFs Higher After Jobs Report

    10-07-2011 07:57 AM by John Spence

    Gold and silver exchange traded funds were higher Friday after the Labor Department said September nonfarm payrolls rose more than economists had expected. The largest gold ETF, SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), is up 1.5% so far this week. Gold was on track for its largest...

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  • Stock ETF Sell-Off Attracts Value Investors

    10-05-2011 08:21 AM by Tom Lydon

    The sell-off in equities exchange traded funds has hacked stock valuations down to levels that has caught the interest of value investors and bargain hunters. Bloomberg reports the rout in stocks has pushed S&P 500 valuations 25% below the average level from the last nine ...

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  • Volatility-Linked ETFs Rise to 2011 High

    10-03-2011 08:28 AM by Paul Weisbruch, Street One Financial

    Volatility-linked exchange traded products have rallied to a new high for 2011 as markets weigh the odds and potential consequences of a Greek default. Meanwhile, the equity markets closed on a low note last week on roughly average trading volumes. Of particular interest were ...

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  • Gold ETFs Rise on Greek Default Worries

    10-03-2011 07:34 AM by John Spence

    Gold and silver exchange traded funds opened the week with a rally after Greece missed goals on cutting its deficit. The Greek government passed austerity measures over the weekend. Eurozone finance ministers were meeting later Monday to hold talks on the next steps to address...

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  • Gold ETFs Look for Seasonal Bounce in Q4

    09-30-2011 12:53 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold exchange traded funds posted respectable gains in the third quarter despite a miserable September. Technical analysts are talking about a potential "double top" in gold, but ETFs could get a seasonal bounce in the fourth quarter. The precious metal is on track for its wor...

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  • Gold ETFs Down Slightly to End Tough Month

    09-30-2011 09:40 AM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds that follow gold prices were down slightly Friday as the dollar rose and precious metals ETFs prepared to close the books on a difficult September. ETFS Physical Swiss Gold Shares (NYSEArca: SGOL), iShares Gold Trust (NYSEArca: IAU) and SPDR Gold Shares (...

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  • Gold, Silver ETFs Trade Higher with Focus on Data, Europe

    09-29-2011 09:45 AM by John Spence

    Gold and silver exchange traded funds rose Thursday and continued to trade in a range for the week as markets focused on U.S. economic data and the latest news from Europe on the debt crisis. SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) rose 1% in early trading while iShares Silver Trust ...

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  • Gold, Silver ETFs Drop Along with Stocks

    09-28-2011 02:37 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold and silver exchange traded funds moved to the downside on Wednesday along with U.S. stocks as precious metals ETFs continue to endure volatile swings. Gold ETFs were losing ground after snapping a multiday losing streak on Tuesday. [Metals Surge Ends Losing Streak] "Af...

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  • Gold, Silver ETF Surge Ends Losing Streak

    09-27-2011 08:05 AM by John Spence

    Gold and silver exchange traded funds rebounded Tuesday to snap their losing streak as a weaker dollar and bargain hunters pushed the precious metals higher. SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) was up 3% in premarket, while iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) added 9%. The me...

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  • Silver Leads Pullback in Precious Metal ETFs

    09-26-2011 07:45 AM by John Spence

    Gold and silver exchange traded funds were set for additional losses Monday as investors sold precious metals to cover losses elsewhere in their portfolios amid the volatility in global stocks. SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) was down 0.5% in premarket trading while iShares S...

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  • Gold, Silver ETFs Break Support Lines

    09-15-2011 01:17 PM by John Spence

    Gold and silver exchange traded funds were suffering losses of more than 2% on Thursday, breaking support trend lines from the summer rally in the process. SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) was down 2.2% in afternoon trading while iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) dropped 2....

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  • Gold and Silver ETFs Lower on Europe, Data

    09-15-2011 09:19 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold and silver exchange traded funds lost ground on Thursday due to improved sentiment over Europe's sovereign debt crisis and as markets digested several U.S. economic reports. SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) and iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) were down 2% in premarke...

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  • Investors Sell Gold, Silver ETFs to Cover Losses Elsewhere

    09-13-2011 07:40 AM by Tom Lydon

    Precious metals exchange traded funds dropped Monday as investors dumped gold to cover losses in the equities market, analysts said. SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) was down 2.2% in late trading Monday, and iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) was down 3.3%. Gold futures f...

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  • Miner ETF Shakes Off Decline in Silver Prices

    09-07-2011 05:35 PM by Tom Lydon

    An exchange traded fund that invests in silver miners rose Wednesday in the face of weaker metal prices as low valuations in the stocks attracted investors. Global X Silver Miners ETF (NYSEArca: SIL) rose 1.3% on Wednesday while iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV), which hold...

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  • Silver ETFs Pause for Breath Along with Gold

    09-07-2011 02:58 PM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds that track the price movements of silver were brought down along with gold on Wednesday as precious metals suffered while stock ETFs enjoyed a bounce. "Equities are sharply higher today, and Obama is coming on with his jobs address," commented Matt Zeman...

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  • ETF Chart of the Day: Inverse Gold ETFs

    08-24-2011 10:47 AM by Paul Weisbruch, Street One Financial

    Gold prices fell below $1,780 an ounce on Wednesday morning in the wake of the previous day's nearly 4% decline after the recent spike to record highs. Related exchange traded funds such as GLD (SPDR Gold), IAU (iShares Gold), SGOL (ETFS Gold), DGL (PowerShares Gold), SLV (iSh...

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  • Gold, Silver ETFs Tumble in Stock Rally

    08-23-2011 04:54 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold and silver exchange traded funds fell sharply Tuesday as a rebound in global risk appetite helped push the Dow Jones Industrial Average to a 322-point gain. SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) declined 3.8% while iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) dropped 4.7%. [Silver ETF...

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  • Silver ETFs Size Up Another Run at $50

    08-22-2011 07:07 PM by John Spence

    Poor man's gold appears to be gearing up for another run at all-time highs even though the yellow metal has been stealing all the headlines lately. Silver traded over $44 an ounce on Monday. A spike earlier this year fizzled shy of $50 an ounce while higher margin requirements...

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  • Oil, Precious Metals ETFs Rally on Weaker Dollar

    08-15-2011 02:52 PM by Tom Lydon

    Commodities exchange traded funds started the week strong as gold, silver and oil prices rose while the U.S. dollar weakened against most rivals on Monday. SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) was up 1% in afternoon trade as gold prices were trying to retrace their recent pullback...

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  • Gold ETFs Add 3% as Metal Touches $1,800 an Ounce

    08-10-2011 12:31 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold exchange traded funds showed no signs of stopping their recent climb on Wednesday as ETFs tracking the metal climbed 3% and futures touched $1,800 an ounce. Gold prices were rising after the Federal Reserve on Tuesday afternoon said it would keep interest rates at rock-bo...

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  • Why Silver ETFs Have Lagged Gold Prices

    08-10-2011 11:25 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold prices rose to a new record high above $1,780 an ounce on Wednesday on lingering debt worries, but silver exchange traded funds haven't been keeping pace lately with gold. What gives? One possible reason for the disparity is that silver has industrial applications, and in...

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  • Gold, Silver ETFs Diverge Before Fed

    08-09-2011 09:49 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold and silver exchange traded funds were moving in opposite directions Tuesday morning as markets awaited the Federal Reserve statement on the economy and interest rates. SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) rose 1.7% while iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) declined 2.5%. ...

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  • Gold and Silver ETFs Jump After U.S. Downgrade; Euro Falls

    08-08-2011 08:45 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold and silver prices soared Monday, pulling precious metals exchange traded funds higher, after Standard & Poor's cut its triple-A rating on U.S. government debt. SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) was up 2.3% in premarket trading, while iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV...

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  • Silver ETFs Fall 5%

    08-04-2011 01:16 PM by John Spence

    Silver exchange traded funds fell more than 5% and dropped along with stocks on reports investors were unloading winning investments to raise cash to meet margin calls on Thursday. The iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) was down 5.5% in afternoon trading. Gold ETFs were a...

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  • Gold, Silver ETFs Back on the March

    08-04-2011 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds that follow gold and silver prices continued their drive higher Thursday as the Eurozone debt crisis continued to dominate the news flow. SPDR Gold Trust (NYSEArca: GLD) climbed 1.3% in early U.S. trading while iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) added 1...

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  • Silver, Miner ETFs on a Roll; Poor Man's Gold Tops $41

    08-03-2011 07:51 AM by Tom Lydon

    Silver and silver miner exchange traded funds are off to a fast start this month after a huge July. They're being bid higher in part by worries over the global recovery and governments saddled with large debt burdens. The $12.5 billion iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) gain...

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  • Gold, Silver ETFs Higher as Situation Worsens in Italy

    08-02-2011 08:56 AM by John Spence

    Italy's debt crisis continues to escalate amid soaring yields on its government bonds and reports that authorities will meet Tuesday to try and address the disorder in markets. Yields on Spanish and Italian 5-year bonds reached parity on Tuesday for the first time in over a ye...

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  • Gold, Silver ETFs Pare Gains After Debt Agreement

    08-01-2011 08:44 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds were consolidating some of their recent gains on Monday as markets breathed a sigh of relief after the White House and U.S. lawmakers reached a deal over the weekend to boost the debt ceiling again. SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) declined 0.4% in premar...

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  • Poor Manufacturing Report Knocks Stock ETFs

    08-01-2011 08:13 AM by John Spence

    U.S. stock exchange traded funds saw an early rally fade Monday after a weak manufacturing report for July raised concerns the economy is stuck in a soft patch. Equity ETFs opened sharply higher Monday after the Obama administration and congressional leaders reached a deal to ...

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  • July ETF Performance Report

    07-29-2011 05:47 PM by Tom Lydon

    Greek bailout plans, the deteriorating eurozone finances and the U.S. debt ceiling dominated headline news this month. Consequently, safe-haven assets and exchange traded funds (ETFs), such as those that provide exposure to precious metals, more notably silver, experienced robust...

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  • Silver ETFs Outperforming Gold in 2011

    07-25-2011 08:19 AM by Tom Lydon

    Silver exchange traded funds have more than doubled the return of gold prices so far this year. Smaller investors are turning to silver, which is cheaper than gold per ounce, to hedge against inflation and market volatility. The largest silver ETF, iShares Silver Trust (NYSEAr...

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  • Will Silver ETFs Continue to Shine?

    07-20-2011 09:18 AM by Tom Lydon

    Precious metals investors are trying to figure out if silver prices are next heading to $50 an ounce or $30 as the metal falls 4% on Wednesday morning amid news of progress on the U.S. debt ceiling. Silver exchange traded funds crashed this spring partly on tougher margin requ...

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  • Precious Metals ETFs Rise on Debt Woes; Gold Tops $1,600

    07-18-2011 07:58 AM by John Spence

    Gold exchange traded funds rose Monday morning as the precious metal's price rose above $1,600 an ounce for the first time on worries over the sovereign bond crisis in Europe and a lack of clarity on the U.S. debt limit. Silver ETFs were the big gainers in Monday's premarket d...

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  • Silver ETFs Jump After Moody’s Warning on U.S. Debt

    07-14-2011 09:26 AM by John Spence

    Silver exchange traded funds were up nearly 3% Thursday morning after Moody's said it has placed its triple-A rating on U.S. government bonds under review for possible downgrade. Silver futures hit a fresh two-month high and traded over $39 an ounce on Thursday. "The price ...

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  • Stock, Metals ETFs Surge as Bernanke Hints at Further Stimulus

    07-13-2011 11:06 AM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds that invest in U.S. stocks and precious metals jumped Wednesday after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said the central bank stands ready to provide more support to financial markets if the economy worsens. Bernanke's comments in testimony before Con...

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  • Gold and Silver ETFs Rally as Moody's Warns on China, Portugal

    07-05-2011 01:10 PM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds tracking gold and silver jumped Tuesday on lingering Eurozone concerns while Moody's warned on Chinese banks' exposure to local debt. SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) climbed nearly 2% as gold futures reclaimed $1,500 an ounce, while iShares Silver Trust ...

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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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  • Will Silver ETFs Regain Shine in Second Half?

    07-01-2011 01:21 PM by Tom Lydon

    Silver exchange traded funds have been stuck in a relatively narrow range after the big spring sell-off. Higher margin requirements and signs of life from the dollar have weakened the metals ETFs. Still, the second half of the year has historically offered a good showing in pr...

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  • Gold, Silver ETFs Rise with Focus on Greek Vote

    06-29-2011 07:38 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold and silver exchange traded funds have been rising this week with Europe's debt debacle in the spotlight. Greek legislators were expected to vote in favor of austerity measures on Wednesday morning. Precious metals ETFs traded higher in Wednesday's premarket, while Currenc...

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  • Silver ETF Rises as Markets Focus on Greece, Nike

    06-28-2011 07:34 AM by Tom Lydon

    The iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) was the primary mover in exchange traded funds before the bell Tuesday with a 1.5% gain. Investors will be watching protests and strikes in Greece ahead of votes on austerity measures Prime Minister George Papandreou is trying to implement...

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  • Stock, Euro ETFs Fall in Risk-Off Trade

    06-23-2011 08:44 AM by John Spence

    U.S. stock exchange traded funds fell Thursday morning after the previous session's late-day slide as a lower economic outlook from the Federal Reserve and European debt rumblings darkened the mood. SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: SPY) was down 1% in premarket trading Thursday...

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  • Germany ETF Falls as Focus Shifts After Vote

    06-22-2011 08:14 AM by John Spence

    An exchange traded fund indexed to Germany was among the steepest decliners in Wednesday's premarket trading after Greece's prime minister survived a vote of confidence. The iShares MSCI Germany (NYSEArca: EWG) was down 2% before the bell. [Germany ETF Profiled] The vote of...

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  • Dollar Rally Tarnishes Gold, Silver ETFs

    06-15-2011 09:08 AM by John Spence

    An exchange traded fund tracking the dollar's movements against a basket of currencies jumped on Wednesday as investors were back in "risk-off" mode after the previous session's stock rally. The greenback's move higher also took the shine from ETFs that invest in gold and silv...

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  • Merger Monday, Lower Dollar Not Enough to Lift Stock ETFs

    06-13-2011 07:15 PM by Tom Lydon

    Major stock exchange traded funds finished Monday's session little changed despite a spate of merger news and a weaker dollar. SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: SPY) closed flat, while PowerShares DB US Dollar Bullish (NYSEArca: UUP), an ETF tracking the greenback's movement aga...

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  • Silver, Gold ETFs Eye Lower Start to Week

    06-13-2011 06:59 AM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds tracking gold and silver slipped in Monday's premarket trading while the euro also weakened on worries over the Eurozone debt fracas. Metals ETFs were on track for a lower start to the week as credit default swaps on Greek, Irish, and Portuguese debt sign...

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  • Gold, Silver ETFs Follow Stocks Into Red

    06-10-2011 10:20 AM by Tom Lydon

    Silver exchange traded funds were down 3% Friday morning as metals ETFs slipped along with global stocks as investors moved into the safety of the U.S. dollar and Treasury bonds. The iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) slid more than 3% at last check while SPDR Gold Shares (N...

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  • Metals ETFs Driven by Eurozone Debt, Economic Data

    06-07-2011 07:31 AM by Tom Lydon

    Silver exchange traded funds rose 2% in premarket trading Tuesday but have lagged gold ETFs lately on weak manufacturing and employment numbers. Silver ETFs have recovered somewhat after falling about 7% last week. "Poor manufacturing data in the U.S. and the Eurozone and d...

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  • Are Silver ETFs Building a Bottom?

    06-06-2011 01:27 PM by John Spence

    Silver exchange traded funds gained nearly 2% on Monday, raising hopes that the metals ETFs are forming a short-term foundation after last month's sell-off. The $11.2 billion iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) was up 1.7% at last check. The silver ETF is "outperforming to...

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  • Silver ETFs Rise Despite Investor Outflows

    06-06-2011 08:19 AM by Tom Lydon

    Silver exchange traded funds were set to rise Monday even though investors have been pulling money from the metal ETFs recently. The iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) climbed more than 1% in premarket action Monday. Yet exchange traded products that invest in silver saw ...

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  • Silver ETF Continues Bounce from $32 a Share

    05-27-2011 10:25 AM by Tom Lydon

    The largest exchange traded fund for silver rose nearly 2% Friday to cap a strong week. Traders are wondering if the ETF's recent bounce at about $32 a share indicates a short-term floor. The iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) is also rising to test its 50-day moving average...

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  • Silver ETFs Slip 2%

    05-26-2011 08:28 AM by Tom Lydon

    Silver exchange traded funds were down about 2% on Thursday morning after rising the previous three days. The iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) slid 2% in premarket trade. The silver ETF ended Wednesday down 19.4% over the past month and with a 22.3% year-to-date gain, a...

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  • Silver ETFs Rise, Eye 50-Day Moving Average

    05-25-2011 07:58 AM by John Spence

    Silver exchange traded funds were poised to rise in the U.S. on Wednesday after rallying more than 4% the previous session. Silver ETFs may climb to test their 50-day moving average following the big sell-off earlier this month. The iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) was ...

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  • Silver ETFs Rally 4% as Dollar Slides

    05-24-2011 04:03 PM by Tom Lydon

    Silver exchange traded funds rode a strong finish to the session for a 4% gain Tuesday as the dollar weakened against major rivals. The iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) was up more than 4% heading into Tuesday's closing bell. Conversely, PowerShares DB US Dollar Bullish Fu...

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  • Silver ETFs Rise 2% as Dollar Slips

    05-24-2011 09:15 AM by Tom Lydon

    The largest exchange traded fund for silver rose 2% in early trading Tuesday while the dollar weakened a bit following its recent bounce. The $11.3 billion iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) climbed 2.3% in premarket trade. Other ETFs for silver include ETFS Physical Silver ...

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  • Gold, Silver ETFs Follow Risk Assets Lower

    05-23-2011 08:50 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds that invest in gold and silver followed equities lower on Monday as markets turned their attention to Europe's debt crisis following credit downgrades of Greece and Italy. The iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) fell 1.4% while SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca...

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  • Mapping Out Silver ETFs' Next Possible Moves

    05-18-2011 03:37 PM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds that invest in silver have traded in a range recently after falling nearly 30% from their peak in late April. Some technical analysts are marking out the key levels to watch now that silver ETFs appear to have found support in the short-term. The iShares ...

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  • Investors Pull Money From Silver, Gold ETFs

    05-18-2011 08:48 AM by John Spence

    Metals exchange traded funds for silver and gold were set to rise Wednesday, but investors have been yanking money from these ETFs amid their recent decline. The iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) was up nearly 2% before the bell. "With the volatility in commodities, it s...

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  • Silver ETFs Fall as Dollar Strengthens

    05-16-2011 07:59 AM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds tracking silver were down more than 2% in premarket action Monday as the dollar continued to strengthen against the euro. The $12.3 billion iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) slipped 2.6% before the bell. The ETF has dropped 13% over the past month amid...

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  • What ETF Investors are Buying and Dumping

    05-14-2011 10:54 AM by Tom Lydon

    As April transitioned to May, market volatility has experienced a spike. Nevertheless, equities-based exchange traded funds (ETFs) are still attracting heavy investment while precious metals were the biggest losers. In the period between April 27 and May 4, iShares Silver Trus...

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  • Silver ETFs Rise 4% Before the Bell

    05-13-2011 07:47 AM by John Spence

    Silver exchange traded funds were up 4% in premarket trading Friday but the ETFs remain well below their 50-day moving averages after the big sell-off. Precious metals ETFs were getting a boost from a weaker dollar. The iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) rose 4% before th...

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  • What's Next for Volatile Silver ETFs?

    05-12-2011 04:49 PM by John Spence

    Volatile exchange traded funds tracking silver have fallen sharply along with the metal from $50 an ounce. Now the question is whether beaten-down silver ETFs offer a buying opportunity or if it's time to get out of the way. "The iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) has been t...

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  • Silver ETFs Turn Positive on Afternoon Rally

    05-12-2011 01:47 PM by John Spence

    An afternoon rally in silver prices propelled silver exchange traded funds into the green as the dollar faded. The iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) was up 0.5% in recent trading to $34.52 a share. The ETF had dropped as low as $32 earlier in the session. Meanwhile, Powe...

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  • Silver ETF Drops 7% in Premarket

    05-12-2011 07:12 AM by Tom Lydon

    Silver exchange traded funds (ETFs) were set to absorb further losses Thursday as the dollar continued to strengthen. The largest ETF for silver was down 7% in premarket. Yet after the recent massive sell-off in physical silver, some believe that silver ETFs are now relatively...

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  • Silver ETFs Drop 7% in Commodities Sell-Off

    05-11-2011 12:47 PM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds that invest in silver were down 7% Wednesday amid the smackdown in commodities markets while dollar ETFs rallied. The iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) was down 7.4% in recent trading. In the commodities complex, oil and gasoline prices dropped sharply...

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  • Silver ETFs Fall 3%

    05-11-2011 09:48 AM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds tracking silver dropped more than 3% Wednesday morning as the dollar continued to plow higher. The iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) was down 3.5% in early trade. The iShares fund and other silver ETFs such as ETFS Physical Silver (NYSEArca: SIVR) have...

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  • ETF Manager Likes Silver, Barring Further Margin Increases

    05-10-2011 03:38 PM by John Spence

    The manager of a nearly $700 million exchange traded fund that holds silver says it is bullish on the metal despite last week's sell-off, although there is a catch. William Rhind, manager director at ETF Securities U.S., says silver prices should mend "barring further Comex ma...

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  • Silver ETF Volume Explodes on Margin Hikes, Volatility

    05-10-2011 09:39 AM by John Spence

    Activity in the largest exchange traded fund for silver has spiked the past two weeks along with volatility as traders look for alternate ways to play the precious metal following a series of futures margin hikes. Daily trading volume in the $13 billion iShares Silver Trust (N...

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  • Silver ETFs Set for 6% Bounce After Big Drop

    05-09-2011 07:32 AM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds tracking silver jumped in premarket trading Monday and were set to open the week higher after dropping 26% in last week's crash. The iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV), the largest silver ETF by assets, rose 6% before the bell. Other ETFs that follow si...

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  • Silver ETF Saw Nearly 100% Turnover on Thursday

    05-06-2011 02:37 PM by John Spence

    The iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) has been the most highly traded security on the planet this week as traders use the ETF to play the wild swings in the metal. The $12.5 billion silver exchange traded fund has replaced SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: SPY) recently as th...

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  • Beaten-Down Silver ETFs Try to End Losing Streak

    05-06-2011 10:12 AM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds for silver bounced Friday morning after losing nearly 30% over the past week as the metal was thumped by higher margin requirements and profit taking. The $12.5 billion iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) was up more than 2% in morning trade. Other ETFs ...

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  • Silver ETF Lower After Jobs Report

    05-06-2011 08:41 AM by John Spence

    The largest exchange traded fund (ETF) for silver was set to open lower again Friday after the April nonfarm payrolls report came in better than expected as the unemployment rate stood at 9%. The iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) was off more than 1% before the opening bell...

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  • Leveraged Silver ETFs See 17% Moves in Sell-Off

    05-05-2011 01:59 PM by John Spence

    Leveraged exchange traded funds (ETFs) for silver saw moves of 17% on Thursday as the metal's price continued to plunge and the U.S. dollar rallied. ProShares Ultra Silver (NYSEArca: AGQ) was down nearly 17% in afternoon trading as silver crashed below $36 an ounce. The ETF sh...

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  • Bears Continue to Maul Silver ETFs

    05-05-2011 08:55 AM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) for silver saw their fifth straight day of losses on Thursday as the metal continues to correct hard following its historic rally. The largest ETF for silver, iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV), was down 3% in premarket trading Thursday. The silv...

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  • Leveraged Silver ETF Plunges Nearly 40% from Peak

    05-04-2011 02:14 PM by John Spence

    A leveraged exchange traded fund (ETF) for silver has fallen nearly 40% from its record high last week amid the historic sell-off in the metal. ProShares Ultra Silver ETF (NYSEArca: AGQ) was down about 10% on Wednesday and has fallen sharply this week with silver correcting ha...

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  • Gold, Silver ETFs Higher on Weak Dollar

    05-04-2011 09:06 AM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) tracking gold and silver were fractionally higher before Wednesday's opening bell as the dollar continued to weaken against currency rivals. PowerShares DB US Dollar Bullish Fund (NYSEArca: UUP) was down 0.5% in premarket, close to its 52-week low ...

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  • Silver, Oil ETFs Fall Sharply in Commodities Rout

    05-03-2011 11:34 AM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds tracking silver and oil were among the steepest decliners in the commodity complex Tuesday as higher margin requirements and lingering questions about the Federal Reserve's bond buying program rocked the ETFs. The iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) was ...

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  • Silver ETF Rises 1% After Sell-Off

    05-03-2011 03:44 AM by John Spence

    The iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) was up more than 1% before Tuesday's opening bell despite a stronger dollar as the precious metal exchange traded fund (ETF) recovered somewhat after the previous session's drubbing. The $17.2 billion ETF lost nearly 9% on Monday amid t...

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  • Silver ETFs Plunge 8% in Sell-Off

    05-02-2011 01:00 PM by John Spence

    The bears were able to turn the tables in silver markets Monday as exchange traded funds (ETFs) that invest in the metal sold off by nearly 9% in late-day action. The largest silver ETF by assets, iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV), was down more than 8% heading into the clo...

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  • More Volume and Volatility for Silver ETFs on Bin Laden, Margin Hike

    05-02-2011 08:13 AM by John Spence

    Silver exchange traded funds (ETFs) bounced in late-morning trade, paring some of their earlier losses as investors weighed the impact of the death of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and a margin hike for silver futures. Still, iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) was down mor...

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  • Silver ETF Plunges on Bin Laden, Margin Hike

    05-02-2011 03:42 AM by John Spence

    An exchange traded fund (ETF) tracking silver was down more than 5% in preopen trading Monday after the U.S. announced the death of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in Pakistan and Comex operator CME Group raised margin requirements for silver futures. The iShares Silver Trust ...

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  • April ETF Performance Report

    04-29-2011 03:08 PM by Tom Lydon

    Markets were in full bloom in April, as corporate earnings helped push markets and exchange traded funds (ETFs) higher.  The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained nearly 4% this month and had its highest close since May 2008.  The S&P 500 rose about 3% and the Nasdaq gained 3.5...

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  • Silver ETFs Left Flat, Lagging 2% Gold Rally

    04-29-2011 12:02 PM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) tracking silver were flat Friday afternoon despite the 2% rally in their gold counterparts to fresh record highs. The iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) was little changed late in the session as it again topped the daily volume list in terms of s...

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  • Silver ETF Rises 1% Before the Bell

    04-29-2011 04:56 AM by John Spence

    The largest exchange traded fund (ETF) for silver rose 1% in preopen trading Friday as the fund was set to wrap up a volatile week on a high note. The iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) was up about 1% before the bell. The silver ETF is poised to end the week in positive ter...

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  • Long-Term Gains on Gold, Silver ETFs Taxed at Higher Rate

    04-28-2011 11:20 AM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) give individuals a handy, liquid way to invest in precious metals such as gold and silver. Yet what may get lost amid the historic rally in metals is that these ETFs can be taxed at a higher rate than funds that invest in stocks. The prospectus for...

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  • Silver Pushes Aside S&P 500 in ETF Trading Volume

    04-28-2011 08:59 AM by John Spence

    The iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) has been leading the daily trading volume charts lately for exchange traded funds, muscling aside a stock ETF that tracks the venerable S&P 500. Silver ETFs hit new record highs Thursday as metals continued to rally after the Federa...

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  • Silver ETF Jumps 2% in Early Trading Thursday

    04-28-2011 07:06 AM by John Spence

    Silver exchange traded funds (ETFs) continued to rally Thursday after the Federal Reserve and Ben Bernanke signaled the central bank intends to keep interest rates low and monetary policy loose to stimulate the economy. The iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) rallied more tha...

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  • Metals ETFs Set for Higher Open as Gold Touches New Record

    04-28-2011 04:35 AM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) were poised to open higher in the U.S. on Thursday, one day after they rallied as the Federal Reserve signaled it will stick to an easy monetary policy. Gold futures were trading above $1,530 an ounce in morning action to a new record high. SPDR...

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  • Metals Surge After Fed, Bernanke; Silver ETF Rallies 7%

    04-27-2011 01:21 PM by John Spence

    The largest exchange traded fund (ETF) for silver jumped nearly 7% on Wednesday after the Federal Reserve raised its inflation forecast and Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke's much-hyped press conference. The iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) rose almost 7% in late-day trading afte...

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  • Gold, Silver ETFs Surge Before Bernanke Speaks

    04-27-2011 10:57 AM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) tracking gold and silver rallied in afternoon trading Wednesday following the Federal Reserve's statement promising to hold its key interest rate close to zero. The metals ETFs soared as investors awaited the start of a news conference with Fed Cha...

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  • Gold, Silver ETFs Higher After Fed Statement

    04-27-2011 10:01 AM by John Spence

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

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  • ‘Speculative Binge’ in Gold, Silver: Bogle

    04-27-2011 07:34 AM by John Spence

    Vanguard doesn't have an exchange traded fund (ETF) for gold or silver, which apparently suits founder John Bogle just fine. "There's a speculative binge going on in gold and certainly in silver," Bogle told Fox Business earlier this week. Precious metals ETFs such as SPDR ...

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  • Gold, Silver ETFs Quiet Before Fed

    04-27-2011 04:28 AM by John Spence

    Gold and silver exchange traded funds (ETFs) were little changed Wednesday morning as markets awaited the Federal Reserve's announcement on interest rates. SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) and iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) were flat in premarket trading. They are the tw...

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  • Silver ETF Drops Nearly 4% as Traders Take Profits

    04-26-2011 01:49 PM by John Spence

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

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  • These ETFs Bet Against Silver, Miners

    04-26-2011 10:47 AM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) that bet against silver have been steamrolled by the rally in "poor man's gold." However, they rose sharply on Tuesday as silver appears to have failed its first attempt to break through $50 an ounce, a level last seen more than three decades ago. ...

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  • Traders Mob Silver ETFs Again

    04-26-2011 08:46 AM by John Spence

    Trading in silver exchange traded funds (ETFs) again dominated the action Tuesday as silver cooled from its recent rally and prices fell about 4%. The iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) was the most active ETF by share volume after topping the list Monday. A leveraged ETF...

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  • Why are Silver Miner ETFs Lagging Silver Prices?

    04-26-2011 07:44 AM by John Spence

    Silver prices have been in an amazing upward trajectory even though the market corrected Tuesday, but exchange traded funds (ETFs) that invest in silver miners have been stuck in a range. The disparity is a reminder that ETFs that hold miner stocks don't always trade in lockst...

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  • Sprott Physical Silver Trust Still Trades at Nearly 20% Premium

    04-26-2011 07:05 AM by John Spence

    Sprott Physical Silver Trust (NYSEArca: PSLV), a closed-end fund that lets investors redeem large blocks of shares in exchange for delivery of silver bullion, is trading at a nearly 20% premium. The $1 billion silver trust closed lower on Monday while trading volume jumped. It...

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  • Silver ETF Traders Brace for Wild Ride as Fed Meets

    04-26-2011 05:48 AM by John Spence

    Volume in iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) has exploded along with activity in options contracts based on the exchange traded fund (ETF) as silver prices flirt with record highs and the Federal Reserve meets this week. The silver ETF saw wild swings in heavy trading Monday...

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  • Options Traders Zero In on Silver ETF

    04-26-2011 04:35 AM by John Spence

    Options trading in iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) jumped on Monday as silver rallied close to its nominal high from 1980, according to reports. Monday's trading was tilted toward bullish call options to buy the silver exchange traded fund (ETF), The Wall Street Journal r...

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  • Gold, Silver ETFs Set for Lower Open After Rally

    04-26-2011 04:04 AM by John Spence

    Gold and silver exchange traded funds (ETFs) were set for a lower open Tuesday following the previous session's rally as traders positioned for options expiration. The iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) was down 2% in premarket trading Tuesday, while SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEAr...

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  • Silver ETFs Dominate Monday’s Trading

    04-25-2011 01:12 PM by John Spence

    Trading in silver-themed exchange traded funds (ETFs) ruled the action Monday in a volatile session that saw the metal's price back away from a run at $50 an ounce. The iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) was flat for the session heading into the closing bell after an up-and-...

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  • Gold, Silver Miner ETFs Fall Despite Metals’ Climb

    04-25-2011 12:49 PM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) that invest in gold and silver miner stocks were down more than 2% on Monday despite higher prices for the precious metals. Global X Silver Miners ETF (NYSEArca: SIL), Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: GDX) and Market Vectors Junior Gold Mi...

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  • Silver ETF Eyes Record Volume in Volatile Trading

    04-25-2011 10:06 AM by John Spence

    The iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) was up more than 1% in volatile trading Monday as the metal exchange traded fund (ETF) was on track to break its one-day volume record. More than 125 million shares of the silver ETF had traded in early-afternoon dealings Monday. Its vo...

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  • Trading Volume Explodes in ProShares UltraShort Silver

    04-25-2011 08:16 AM by John Spence

    Trading volume in an exchange traded fund (ETF) that bets against silver surged to a record on Monday amid volatile action in the metal's price. More than 14 million shares of ProShares UltraShort Silver (NYSEArca: ZSL) traded Monday morning as the ETF was poised to break its ...

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  • Silver Still Well Short of Inflation-Adjusted High

    04-25-2011 08:02 AM by John Spence

    Silver futures are pulling back after soaring to nearly $50 an ounce in a record-breaking run earlier Monday. Still, silver remains well below its inflation-adjusted high, according to a report. Silver prices climbed as much as 5.4% Monday to $49.79 an ounce to a nominal all-t...

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  • Silver ETF Turns Lower in Heavy Trading

    04-25-2011 07:30 AM by John Spence

    The largest exchange traded fund (ETF) for silver turned lower in morning action Monday, erasing its earlier gains after a report estimating new-home sales rose about 11% in March. The iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) was lower by 1% at last check after rising more than 5%...

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  • BlackRock Responds to Speculation on Silver ETF Holdings

    04-25-2011 06:42 AM by John Spence

    The manager of the largest exchange traded fund for silver has issued a rebuttal of speculation the ETF doesn't actually hold physical bullion. The iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) rose more than 2% in early trading Monday as metal prices rallied again. Kevin Feldman, a...

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  • Bearish Silver ETF Tumbles Nearly 8%

    04-25-2011 04:33 AM by John Spence

    A leveraged exchange traded fund (ETF) that lets investors short silver was down nearly 8% in premarket action Monday as the metal's price soared to almost $50 an ounce. ProShares UltraShort Silver (NYSEArca: ZSL) slipped 7.6% before Monday's opening bell. The so-called levera...

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  • Silver ETF Up Over 5% Before the Bell

    04-25-2011 04:17 AM by John Spence

    The iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) was up more than 5% in premarket trading Monday as prices for the metal climbed above $49 an ounce. The silver exchange traded fund (ETF) was trading around $48 a share to a new record high in preopen action. The $16.6 billion fund h...

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  • Precious Metals ETFs Surge as Silver Eyes $50 an Ounce

    04-25-2011 03:59 AM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) that invest in precious metals were set to open sharply higher Monday as silver prices jumped more than 6% to almost $50 an ounce. Silver was trading near levels not seen since 1980 when the Hunt brothers tried to corner the market. "Everyone is...

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  • ‘We Would Avoid Silver ETF with a Barge Pole,’ Newsletter Says

    04-21-2011 11:44 AM by John Spence

    A silver exchange traded fund (ETF) jumped more than 2% Thursday afternoon to a new record high, but some analysts continue to warn that when the metal does correct, the move could be swift and painful. The rally in iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) is "relentless," the ETF...

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  • Silver ETF Rises 2% as Metal Tops $46 an Ounce

    04-21-2011 04:35 AM by John Spence

    An exchange traded fund (ETF) for silver was up 2% in premarket trading Thursday as the metal's rally shows no signs of slowing this week. The iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) rose more than 2% in preopen action. The ETF holds $16 billion in assets and nearly 360 million o...

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  • Silver ETF Gains Nearly 3% Despite Afternoon Slide

    04-20-2011 11:16 AM by John Spence

    The iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) closed up nearly 3% in a volatile day of trading Wednesday following reports that the exchange traded fund (ETF) has moved to so-called hard to borrow status as Goldman Sachs. CNBC pointed out the move lower in the silver ETF on Wednesd...

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  • Silver ETFs Rally 2% as Metal Tops $45 an Ounce

    04-20-2011 07:58 AM by John Spence

    The latest surge in silver prices to fresh 31-year highs pushed exchange traded funds (ETFs) that invest the metal to a 2% gain in early U.S. trading Wednesday. Silver rose above $45 an ounce in morning action. The metal has seen only four down days in the past month, accordin...

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  • Gold, Silver ETFs Rise on Weaker Dollar

    04-20-2011 04:08 AM by John Spence

    Gold and silver exchange traded funds (ETFs) were poised to open higher Wednesday in U.S. trading as the dollar continued to weaken and gold rose above $1,500 an ounce. SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) and iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) were up fractionally in premarket ...

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  • Silver ETF Gains Over 1% on Afternoon Rally

    04-19-2011 12:41 PM by John Spence

    A late-session push by iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) carried the exchange traded fund (ETF) over $43 a share for the first time while gold prices homed in on $1,500 an ounce. The iShares Silver Trust was up more than 1% in afternoon trading Tuesday, rising again in the ...

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  • Silver ETFs See Performance Diverge on Premium

    04-19-2011 11:47 AM by John Spence

    A closed-end fund for silver managed by Sprott Asset Management LP of Canada that trades at a premium has outperformed a rival exchange traded fund (ETF) in 2011. Sprott Physical Silver Trust (NYSEArca: PSLV) is up 47.6% so far this year through April 18, according to Mornings...

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  • Gold ETFs Flat as Price Lingers Near $1,500; Dollar Weakens

    04-19-2011 05:21 AM by John Spence

    Gold exchange traded funds (ETFs) were on tap for a flat open Tuesday while prices for the precious metal drifted near $1,500 an ounce. The dollar weakened in premarket action after rising Monday following the U.S. credit-outlook downgrade from Standard & Poor's. SPDR Gold...

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  • Gold ETFs Rise Following S&P Downgrade as Metal Nears $1,500

    04-18-2011 11:26 AM by John Spence

    SPDR Gold Shares (NYSE: GLD), the largest exchange traded fund (ETF) for gold, rose to a new record high above $146 a share Monday while prices for the precious metal approached $1,500 an ounce after Standard & Poor's lowered its credit outlook on the U.S. The gold ETF ros...

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  • Gold, Silver ETFs Rally on U.S. Debt Outlook; Treasuries Fall

    04-18-2011 06:54 AM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) that invest in gold and silver jumped Monday morning after Standard & Poor's cut its outlook on U.S. debt to negative, while Treasury ETFs fell in the wake of the downgrade. The iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) rose more than 1% in early tr...

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  • Silver Rally Crushes Bearish ETF Bets

    04-15-2011 11:12 AM by John Spence

    A seemingly unstoppable rally in silver prices this week has burned traders who bet against the metal with exchange traded funds (ETFs). The recent spike in trading volume in ProShares UltraShort Silver (NYSEArca: ZSL) suggests some traders had been positioning for a pullback ...

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  • Silver ETF Sets Another Record; Climbs Nearly 2%

    04-15-2011 07:44 AM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) for silver rose again Friday after the U.S. said consumer inflation increased 0.5% in March and investors worried about European debt. The iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) notched another record high of almost $42 a share in midday action Frida...

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  • Gold, Silver ETFs Rise; Investors Eye Inflation Data

    04-15-2011 04:32 AM by John Spence

    Gold and silver exchange traded funds (ETFs) were higher Friday afternoon as markets focused on consumer inflation figures in China and the U.S. Gold futures climbed to a new record while silver prices hit a fresh 31-year high. "Commodities, including gold, will continue to...

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  • Silver ETF At New High With Nearly 4% Advance

    04-14-2011 05:33 AM by John Spence

    The $14.2 billion iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) surged nearly 4% on Thursday to a new record high as the silver exchange traded fund (ETF) closed above $41 a share for the first time. Silver prices rallied after weekly jobless claims rose more than expected, while the d...

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  • Silver ETFs Rise as Metal Holds at $40/Ounce

    04-13-2011 08:37 AM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) for silver were rising Wednesday as a test of $40 an ounce for the metal appears to have held for now after a pullback earlier this week. The iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) was up more than 1% in midday trading. The silver ETF's bullion ho...

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  • Gold, Silver ETFs See Outflows

    04-13-2011 05:42 AM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) that give investors exposure to gold and silver saw their bullion holdings decrease Tuesday along with prices for precious metals, according to reports. The iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) saw its largest one-day outflow in about a month, Reut...

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  • Options Traders Step Up Bearish Bets on Silver ETF

    04-13-2011 04:39 AM by John Spence

    Options traders have been betting heavily against a silver exchange traded fund this week as the metal ETF has followed the commodities sector lower. Trading of bearish options contracts Tuesday on iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) surged to nearly four times the average ov...

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  • Silver ETF Up 30% in 2011

    04-11-2011 07:53 PM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) that invest in silver and silver miners fell sharply Monday. Still, the $15 billion iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) remains up 30% year to date. ProShares Ultra Silver (NYSEArca: AGQ) has gained more than 60% so far this year according to Morn...

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  • Silver Miner ETF Falls Nearly 5% Amid Bearish Bets

    04-11-2011 12:05 PM by John Spence

    Global X Silver Miners ETF (NYSEArca: SIL) was among the sharpest decliners in exchange traded funds (ETFs) Monday afternoon as silver prices pulled back from 31-year highs. The silver-miners ETF was down nearly 5% at last check. Meanwhile, iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: S...

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  • Silver ETF Clears $40/Share For First Time

    04-11-2011 08:16 AM by John Spence

    The iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) changed hands above $40 a share for the first time in its history Monday while its bullion holdings exceeded 370 million ounces. The silver ETF was up 0.5% in afternoon trading to start the week while futures prices traded above $41 a s...

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  • Silver ETFs Set for Higher Open as Futures Top $41/Ounce

    04-11-2011 05:13 AM by John Spence

    The iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) was set to extend its eight-day winning streak Monday as silver futures traded over $41 an ounce. The $14.5 billion silver ETF was up more than 1% in premarket trading Monday. Through April 7, the ETF gained 41.9% over the prior three m...

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  • Silver ETF Pullback Could Be 'Harsh and Swift,' Newsletter Warns

    04-08-2011 03:33 PM by Tom Lydon

    Silver prices surged above $40 an ounce Friday and the iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) closed with a nearly 3% gain. However, some analysts are cautioning investors not to jump in blindly. Bullion holdings in the silver exchange traded fund (ETF) rose to a record this wee...

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  • Friday Market Wrap: Stocks Lower, Metals Rally Again

    04-08-2011 01:54 PM by John Spence

    A late bounce in the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: SPY) wasn't enough to salvage Friday as the exchange traded fund (ETF) closed with a 0.4% loss. A government shutdown appeared likely as lawmakers in Washington seemed unable to reach a compromise over the U.S. budget late Frid...

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  • Silver ETF Rises 2% as Gold Tops $1,470/Ounce

    04-08-2011 09:01 AM by John Spence

    The iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) was up nearly 2% as metals prices continued their seemingly unstoppable rise Friday. The bullion held by the silver exchange traded fund (ETF) has surged to a record this week with nearly 360 million ounces in its vaults. Silver futures...

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  • Silver ETF Bullion Holdings Rise to Record: Report

    04-08-2011 07:59 AM by John Spence

    The amount of silver bullion held by iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) rose to a record this week as the metal's price climbed above $40 an ounce to a fresh 31-year high. "While the rebound in economic activity has been behind the move, much of the driving force behind silv...

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  • Metals ETFs On Tap For More Gains as Silver Tops $40/Ounce

    04-08-2011 03:22 AM by John Spence

    Precious-metals exchange traded funds (ETFs) were set to finish the week strong as gold climbed to a new record high while silver rose above $40 an ounce before Friday's opening bell. Gold was trading above $1,470 an ounce on Friday morning and SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD)...

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  • Gold ETF Logs Another Record High, Nears $143

    04-07-2011 11:49 AM by John Spence

    The $56.6 billion SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) recorded a fresh record high of nearly $143 a share Thursday although the exchange traded fund (ETF) was flat for the session. Gold prices were buoyed by Portugal and sovereign-debt fears but an interest-rate hike by the Europ...

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  • Silver ETFs Take Flight as Metal Eyes $40/Ounce

    04-07-2011 09:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Silver exchange traded funds (ETFs) are shining ever brighter as silver prices are pushing towards $40 an ounce. Silver is the top-performing precious metal so far this year with a 29% rise to 31-year highs, Reuters reports. Back in 1973, the Hunt family bought precious met...

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  • Copper ETFs Take Point On Metals Charge

    04-06-2011 07:11 AM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) in the copper sector gained ground Wednesday as base metals jumped and silver rallied to new 31-year highs. The iPath Dow Jones-UBS Copper Subindex Total Return ETN (NYSEArca: JJC) opened higher by nearly 3% while PowerShares DB Base Metals Fund (N...

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  • Oil, Metals And Corn Lead Commodity ETF Rally

    04-06-2011 05:31 AM by Tom Lydon

    Commodity exchange traded funds (ETFs) are enjoying a run as investors position for inflation and with Portugal's recent downgrade and poor bond auction stoking sovereign-debt fears. Reuters reports that gold jumped to an all-time high above $1,450 an ounce on Tuesday, giving ...

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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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  • Sprott Physical Gold Trust Announces Follow-On Offering

    04-04-2011 04:25 PM by John Spence

    Sprott Physical Gold Trust (NYSEArca: PHYS) after Monday's closing bell said it has launched a follow-on offering of up to $340 million. The net proceeds from the offering will be used to acquire physical gold bullion, according to a press release. Sprott Physical Gold Trus...

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  • ETFs Closed Mixed On Mergers, Higher Commodity Prices

    04-04-2011 03:01 PM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) closed flat on corporate mergers and higher commodity prices. Gold futures edged higher and silver soared 2% Monday as oil prices at 30-month highs stoked fears of inflation and helped fuel investment demand for the precious metals. Gold for June ...

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  • Silver ETF Leads Monday’s Precious-Metals Rally

    04-04-2011 05:33 AM by John Spence

    The iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) jumped nearly 2% in early action Monday with silver prices setting a fresh 31-year high. Silver was trading north of $38 an ounce, driving the gold/silver ratio to another low since 1983. Silver exchange traded funds (ETFs) have been...

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  • Commodity ETFs End Strong Quarter On High Note

    03-31-2011 11:47 AM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) that target energy stocks and commodities topped the performance charts in the first quarter as escalating tensions in the Middle East pushed oil prices higher. Commodity ETFs added to their quarterly gains Thursday as corn and grains rallied in th...

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  • Silver ETFs Outshine Gold

    03-31-2011 05:33 AM by John Spence

    Silver exchange traded funds (ETFs) have been outshining gold lately as the precious metals' price ratio has fallen to the lowest level in 27 years, according to an industry report. The gold-to-silver price ratio has dropped below 40 to its lowest reading since the 1980s. "...

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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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  • Are Silver ETFs Shining Too Brightly?

    03-24-2011 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Precious metals have been on a streak, especially silver. Silver exchange traded funds (ETFs) have been steadily appreciating alongside the precious metal, but some observers are concerned that silver may be outpacing the golden ratio. In the past 15 months, silver has appreci...

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  • The Silver ETFs Go Head-to-Head

    03-09-2011 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold may be what millions of investors are talking about, but silver exchange traded funds (ETFs) are the dark horse in this race. But how do the two physically-backed silver ETF options compare? Like physically-backed gold ETFs, silver ETFs have one basic thing in common: the...

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  • Silver Miners ETF: The Belle of the Ball

    03-07-2011 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Silver prices these days seem to be unstoppable. But it's not just the physically-backed silver exchange traded funds (ETFs) leading the charge higher. No, Global X Silver Miners (NYSEArca: SIL) is up 19% in the last month, and it's more than holding its own against the physic...

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  • Behind the Surge in Gold and Silver ETFs

    03-02-2011 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Here we go again. Gold and silver exchange traded funds (ETFs) are at all-time highs, but are the fundamentals driving them as clear-cut as you might think? For gold, the answer is pretty much "yes." Sterling Smith, market analyst at Country Hedging remarked that "continu...

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  • February's Top-Performing ETFs

    03-01-2011 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    February was a good month for commodities exchange traded funds (ETFs) and exchange traded notes (ETNs). Precious metals were used as a hedge against the volatility in the Middle East. Disruptions in supply pushed oil prices higher while severe weather hit the crops of soft commo...

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  • ETFs Options for Volatile Times

    02-26-2011 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The problems in the Middle East have riled the markets, and anxious investors have been rushing into safer bets. While safe-have investments continue to draw attention, there are other exchange traded fund (ETFs) options that could be used to capitalize on the situation. Libya...

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  • 4 Silver ETFs for Bullish Sentiment

    02-25-2011 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Strong investment is running into silver exchange traded funds (ETFs) especially since the physically backed funds are so readily available. The world's largest silver-backed ETF iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) said its holdings are soaring as investor appetite for the me...

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  • Points On Metals ETF Investing, From a Pro

    02-22-2011 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    ETF Securities is a fast-growing provider of specialized metals exchange traded funds (ETFs), so when the company proffers its thoughts on the metals market, investors tend to sit up and listen closely. Olivier Ludwig for Index Universe recently sat down for a chat with ETFS C...

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  • How to Play Jim Roger's Picks With ETFs

    02-18-2011 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Are you an exchange traded fund (ETF) investor worried about how our country's loose monetary policy could affect the economy? Then you may want to listen to the advice of investment guru Jim Rogers. Sitting down with Judge Andrew Napolitano on Investment Postcards, venture ca...

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  • Why Cotton and Silver ETFs Are Leading the Way

    02-17-2011 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    While some commodity exchange traded funds (ETFs) are taking a breather from their phenomenal gains, others are continuing to climb as though nothing can stop them. While shoppers might not be liking the rising prices, farmers are sure enjoying them. The rising cost of corn, s...

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  • Gold ETFs: Three Metals Doing Better

    02-15-2011 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Last year, gold was the hot topic investors couldn't stop talking about. And then, gold's rally petered out. Should you hold your breath waiting for a comeback or look at other exchange traded funds (ETFs) that may do you better? People are having a hard time letting go. Even ...

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  • Silver ETFs: Catch 'Em on the Rebound

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

    For three straight trading days, silver prices have closed above $30 and it's got some analysts thinking that the metal and silver exchange traded funds (ETFs) could be gearing up to gain big again. Here's the case: Silver is less than $1 away from its recent nominal highs...

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  • Silver ETFs Bounce Off Lows

    01-28-2011 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Bucking what had until today been a downtrend, silver exchange traded funds (ETFs) of all varieties have suddenly become upwardly mobile. What gives? In the last month, silver ETFs have lost anywhere from 8%, in the case of physically-backed funds like iShares Silver Trust (NY...

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  • Silver ETFs: Are the Good Times Over?

    01-20-2011 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Silver exchange traded funds (ETFs) have felt more pain than most this week. It the metal that gained a whopping 82% last year finally seeing the hot streak cool? Well, it all depends on who you ask. One expert has forecast that silver prices will fall 20% this year, based...

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  • The Top-Performing ETFs of 2010

    12-31-2010 02:37 PM by Tom Lydon

    This year, commodity-focused exchange traded funds (ETFs) were the stars of the show. In fact, they were so strong that their performance helped lift economies dependent on them. But they weren't the only asset classes that did well. The Top ETFs of 2010 1. iShares Silver T...

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  • Commodity ETFs: Coping With a Possible Bubble

    12-31-2010 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The old adage goes that if your cab driver starts giving you investment tips, there may be a bubble. Unfortunately, bubbles aren't recognized until well after they've popped. What's an investor to do? Commodity prices have soared this year, but we don't have to tell you that. ...

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  • Silver ETFs Soar to All-Time Highs

    12-29-2010 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Amid a rising precious metals environment, silver exchange traded funds (ETFs) are perhaps among the brightest stars. Don't get us wrong; nearly all precious and base metals are hot at the moment, and have been taking their rally on an extended duration. [4 Reasons to Take a S...

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  • Weak Dollar Gives Gold ETFs a Kick

    12-28-2010 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The blizzard that socked the East Coast certainly hasn't socked gold prices or their exchanged traded funds (ETFs). In fact, they're bucking the trend. It's been a big day for the yellow metal, which surged past $1,400 an ounce thanks to a down-trending dollar. The dollar's we...

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  • Why Precious Metals ETFs Are the Best Way to Go

    12-20-2010 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Precious metals are more popular than ever these days. Not convinced? The country's first gold ATM just started dispensing bullion today. If you want to be a part of this run, forget buying your own coins or bars. Exchange traded funds (ETFs) are one of the easiest ways to get yo...

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  • Silver ETFs Gain After China's Moves

    12-13-2010 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Most silver exchange traded funds (ETFs) up are up 3% or more today on the heels of China's decision to not boost borrowing costs. The decision put silver at its highest price in more than 30 years. According to Commodity Online, the uptick in physical buying by the Chinese an...

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  • 4 Reasons to Take a Shine to Silver ETFs

    12-06-2010 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    With gold prices skyrocketing to new heights, it may be cheaper and even more profitable to look at silver exchange traded funds (ETFs) instead. You might believe, like many, that gold is inching toward a top. If that's so, here are some reasons you might consider silver: ...

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  • November’s Top-Performing ETFs

    12-02-2010 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    While the stock markets were stuck in sideways trading for most of November, commodities picked up the slack. Silver rallied on the strength of gold and the energy sector reported higher profits. Silver. Global holdings in silver-backed ETFs stand at more than 448,887,000 mil...

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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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  • Silver ETFs May Have Life Left In Them

    11-19-2010 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Silver corrected itself about 8% during the recent commodities downturn. It begs the question now whether that correction was part of a larger downtrend or whether there's still cause to be bullish on silver exchange traded funds (ETFs). Although silver saw a price drop this w...

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  • The Benefits of Owning Commodity ETFs

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

    At one time, long before exchange traded funds (ETFs) came into the picture, commodities were for institutions and others with the time and monetary resources to play the futures markets. Today, you (yes, you) can have commodities in your portfolio, too. These days, commoditie...

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  • Why SLV Traded At a Discount

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

    If you ask most investors what the hottest metal is right now, gold might be the first answer, but it's not quite right. Silver exchange traded funds (ETFs) are ruling in their own quiet way, though the metal had a couple hiccups this week. The woes started late Tuesday, when ...

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  • Demand Propels Silver ETFs to Records

    11-03-2010 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Forget gold. Silver investment demand has soared this year, pushing physically-backed silver exchange traded funds (ETFs) to record highs. According to MarketWatch, silver investment is growing and demand is higher than ever now as the physically backed ETFs have taken cente...

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  • Commodity ETFs That Are Beating Gold

    11-01-2010 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    We have all heard about how gold is hitting record highs, but other commodities, along with their exchange traded funds (ETFs), are posting higher gains so far this year. Year-to-date, gold is up 21.91% while coffee is up 48.29%, silver is up 42.14% and corn is up 28.93%, acco...

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  • 4 ETFs to Play Silver's Shine

    10-20-2010 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Now that silver prices have brushed 30-year highs and silver exchange traded funds (ETFs) surge past all-time highs, it's time for a gut check. Silver prices could be poised to go even higher than they are. Primarily driving the price now is safe-haven buying, driven by belief...

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  • 5 ETFs to Play Manufacturing Growth

    10-13-2010 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    U.S. manufacturing continued to grow through September, although at a slower pace. Regardless of that, industrial exchange traded funds (ETFs) have kept their appeal for investors thanks to decent dividends. Two words: "less bad." That's what the manufacturing numbers were las...

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  • Get Ready for Onslaught of Physical Metal ETFs

    10-07-2010 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    One look at gold exchange traded funds (ETFs) will tell you this much: investors love their physically-backed metal funds. If certain providers have their way, there could be a lot more to love soon. Now that precious metal ETFs have been covered by such funds as SPDR Gold Sha...

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  • Behind Silver ETFs' Meteoric Rise

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

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) that deal in "poor man's gold" have embarked on a seemingly unstoppable climb amid rising gold prices and quantitative easing in overseas economies. The Bank of Japan's moves early today were the most recent impetus driving silver prices higher, af...

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  • Silver ETFs: Poor Man's Gold Gets Rich

    09-24-2010 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold might be a record-breaker, but silver exchange traded funds (ETFs) are ones to watch. While gold is up nearly 18% year-to-date, silver is up nearly 25%. Take that. Not only is silver outperforming gold right now, the metal is at 30-year highs, says  Pham Duy Nguyen and Ni...

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  • Tom Lydon Makes His ETF Picks on CNBC

    09-22-2010 09:31 AM by Heather Hayes

    Tom Lydon appeared on CNBC this morning to talk about some hot trends he's noticing in the exchange traded funds (ETFs) space. Watch the video now to find out what he likes!

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  • ETFs and Markets Digest Fed’s Moves

    09-22-2010 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) are flat in early trading as the markets consider what the Federal Reserve said and did yesterday. The big early mover is commodities, which are showing considerable strength as the dollar weakens. One of the early gainers, according to ...

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  • Why Investors Want Gold and Silver ETFs

    09-15-2010 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    As gold and silver prices continue to rise, precious metals related exchange traded funds (ETFs) are becoming the go-to investment many trying to capitalize on their surging prices and safe-haven attributes. The price of gold touched on a record before settling at a price just...

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  • Physical Silver ETFs Go Gangbusters

    08-30-2010 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The price of gold has been hovering around record highs in recent months. In gold's long shadow are silver exchange traded funds (ETFs), which have been no slouches themselves. Holdings in ETFs that own physical silver reached a record high this month, surging to 13,027 tons. ...

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  • Treasury, Gold ETFs Soar After Real Estate News

    08-25-2010 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Troubling signs abound in the real estate market. News about new home sales has sent the Dow Jones Industrial Average below 10,000 and safe-haven exchange traded funds (ETFs) higher. According to the ETF Dashboard, the leading ETFs this morning are those focused on gold, silve...

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  • Gold ETFs: Protecting Yourself from a Sell-Off

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

    Everyone loves gold these days. Investor fear, market uncertainty and general safe-haven seeking has sent people scurrying to gold exchange traded funds (ETFs). But like most trends, this won't last forever. For now, though, the trend is there. Gold moved higher today after it...

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  • Silver ETFs: More Than Just Poor Man's Gold

    08-19-2010 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    One of the largest exchange traded funds (ETFs) in the world holds gold. But if you take a look at all the advantages that silver has to offer, you might find yourself wondering why gold gets all the attention. It was around one year ago that ETF Securities launched the U.S. i...

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  • Why the Bulls Are Out on Silver ETFs

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

    After outperforming the stock market over the past few years, is silver still worth buying? There are plenty of reasons to consider silver exchange traded funds (ETFs). According to Kevin Grewal of Minyanville, although gold continues to grab more headlines, silver may be the ...

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  • 7 Commodity ETFs You Should Know More About

    06-15-2010 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    It wasn't too long ago that the average retail investor wouldn't have thought of investing in commodities. These days, commodity investing is easier than ever, thanks to the advent of commodity exchange traded funds (ETFs). Before ETFs, traders would buy and sell futures contr...

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  • 5 Reasons for Silver ETFs' Special Glow

    06-07-2010 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Silver may be in gold's shadow much of the time, but the investment world has certainly taken to this "poor man's" metal. A variety of silver exchange traded funds (ETFs) can give you the exposure you want according to your tastes. Last year, silver prices gained 53% in value,...

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  • Silver ETFs: Always a Bridesmaid

    05-13-2010 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Silver: always a bridesmaid, never a bride. While gold exchange traded funds (ETFs) soar to all-time highs, silver ETFs take a backseat even though they're doing slightly better than the yellow metal. In the last two weeks, silver ETFs are up about 8% while gold is up about 6%...

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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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  • Commodity ETFs: Strategies to Play the Jim Rogers Bull

    05-03-2010 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The commodities markets and exchange traded funds (ETFs) have rallied hard in the past year, but now Jim Rogers, natural-resource investment guru, is even more bullish on raw materials as supply slowly lags behind growing demand. Speaking with Olivier Ludwig for IndexUniverse,...

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  • The Bullish Case for Silver ETFs

    04-23-2010 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Silver has long lingered in gold's more gleaming shadow, yet it's been outperforming the yellow metal year-to-date. After the jump, find out why silver presents a more bullish case than gold and which exchange traded funds (ETFs) can help you take advantage. J. Edwards for Min...

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  • Silver ETFs: 5 Reasons It May Be Their Time

    04-13-2010 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    It's not hard to make a case for silver exchange traded funds (ETFs). The metal holds its own against gold quite well, outperforming it year-to-date. Silver is also well-positioned to benefit during the length of the global economic recovery. Why is it time to consider silver?...

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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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  • 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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  • Gold, Silver, Copper ETFs: Play the Olympic Medals

    02-22-2010 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The cost of various metals has risen so much that the Vancouver Olympic's gold medals are the highest they've been in recent years. One thing that doesn't change: it's easier to get metals exposure in exchange traded funds (ETFs) instead. This year's Olympic medals are some of...

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  • Gold and Silver ETFs Pause: Permanent Vacation, or Just a Break?

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

    Gold and silver prices and exchange traded funds (ETFs) soared into the stratosphere last year before pausing for breath. Watchers of the metals are now wondering: are there more price spikes in the offing or does the pause signify a rally that's run out of steam? Analysts are...

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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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  • Metal ETFs: Opportunities to Be Had

    11-25-2009 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold and its exchange traded funds (ETFs) have been making headlines on a daily basis and are drawing attention, but there are opportunities to be had in many other metal funds, as well. Gold has soared to a historic $1,174 per ounce as investors gobble it up to hedge agains...

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  • ETFs to Take Shelter from a Depreciating Dollar

    11-24-2009 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    This year hasn't been good for the U.S. dollar. But a depreciating dollar does provide opportunities and an investor may capitalize on the benefits with some choice exchange traded funds (ETFs). In the past eight months, the U.S. Dollar Index, a measure of the dollar against a...

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  • Silver ETFs: More to Come?

    11-23-2009 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Yes, yes. By now we're all familiar with gold exchange traded funds (ETFs). But silver has been far outpacing the yellow metal this year, and there's prediction for more growth in the short-term. Everyone is talking about gold prices breaking records and rising up charts, but ...

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  • Other Metals Get a Lift from Gold; ETFs to Play Them

    11-16-2009 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold prices have only continued to gain as investors look to hedge possible inflation and a weak dollar. The run has had a nice side effect, too: it's boosted the prices of other metals and given their related exchange traded funds (ETFs) a lift. Reasons for gold's climb to re...

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  • 6 Benefits of Investing in Silver ETFs

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

    Showing impressive gains since the recent slump, silver prices and related exchange traded funds (ETFs) may continue to rocket higher as demand from a number of different areas of the market increases. According to market analysts, silver prices have jumped 109% from their 200...

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  • 3 Commodity ETFs That Could Be Poised to Bounce

    10-30-2009 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Commodities are all the rage right now, to the point where there's been talk of a bubble. But some feel that not only is there no bubble, but that commodity exchange traded funds (ETFs) are poised to move even higher. As the commodity market sets up to appeal to investors, th...

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  • Gold ETFs Shine, But Silver Is Blinding

    10-22-2009 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    As the dollar remains weak and inflationary worries storm into investors heads, gold and its exchange traded funds (ETFs) remain a hot ticket. That doesn't mean you should discount other precious metals, though. It's not just a weak dollar and inflationary concerns that are d...

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  • The 4 Types of Commodity ETFs and Why You Should Know the Difference

    10-13-2009 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Are you looking into commodities exchange traded fund (ETF)? Commodity-based ETF investors have a few distinct choices when considering commodity investments. According to David Nadiq for IndexUniverse, investors who are more inclined to invest in commodity ETFs have a choice ...

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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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  • Silver ETFs: 5 Reasons It's the Metal With Two Faces

    10-09-2009 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Silver is gaining appeal with exchange traded fund (ETF) investors, thanks to its incredible versatility. It's used in everything from photography to jewelry, it's a safe-haven investment and it's an efficient water purifier. This week, precious metals did well because of a de...

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  • Gold Hits Records, But Silver ETFs Are Shining, Too

    10-06-2009 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold prices have surged to a record high. Silver, however, has flashed brightly behind the scenes, as evidenced by the performance of related shares and exchange traded funds (ETFs). Silver has experienced a bull market of its own, standing in the shadow of the $1,038 per oun...

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  • ETF Spotlight: iShares Silver Trust (SLV)

    09-16-2009 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    ETF Spotlight on iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV), part of a weekly series. Assets: $3.9 billion Holdings: SLV holds silver bullion. The trust accepts silver that meets the London Good Delivery Standards. Each bar must contain between 750 ounces and 1,100 ounces Objecti...

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  • How to Invest in Silver ETFs

    09-02-2009 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    A positive report indicating that manufacturing in the United States is in expansion mode helped give a boost to silver and its related exchange traded funds (ETFs), kicking off the month of September for the metal with a bang. Silver, like any other commodity, is volatile a...

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  • Will Silver ETFs Be Hit By Commodity Regulations?

    08-26-2009 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Many of the precious metals are heating up  at the prospects that the economy is in recovery mode, and silver is no exception. Silver is up 26%, which gives the gold related exchange traded funds (ETFs) a run for their market share. The idea that industrial demand will pick ...

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  • 5 Reasons Silver ETF Is Staying Strong

    07-26-2009 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold exchange traded funds (ETFs) been gobbling up most of the headlines as inflation concerns refuse to abate, but silver ETFs are worth a mention in this recovery climate, too. But first, the ETF industry has a new player in ETF Securities. They've launched the ETFS Silver ...

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  • Will Silver ETFs See A Renaissance?

    07-12-2009 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Some say that the price of silver could be ready for a renaissance. If that's true, it may be time to keep a close eye on silver exchange traded funds (ETFs). Are we nearing the end of the great silver depression? Theodore Butler for SilverSeek thinks that the days of the silv...

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  • 4 Reasons to Take a Look at Silver ETFs

    07-01-2009 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    As commodities continue to remain attractive, what is driving the increased demand of silver and its exchange traded funds (ETFs)? Devangi Josji for the Economic Times states that rising industrial usage and a rebound in investment is what is making silver attractive. S...

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  • Reasons Gold and Silver Could Be Scorching This Summer

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

    Traditionally, summer months are weak for precious metals and the exchange traded funds (ETFs) that track them, but why might this summer be different? Przemyslaw Radomski of Sunsine Profits, in an article appearing on Minyanville, gives the following reasons why gold and silv...

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  • Despite Lower Prices, Gold and Silver ETFs Stay Appealing

    06-29-2009 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The demand for precious metals is still healthy among investors, especially with exchange traded funds (ETFs). Both related ETFs have had record highs this month alone. In June, both silver and gold consolidated, however, this has not hindered the popularity of either of the ...

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  • The 10 Hottest Commodities and ETFs of 2009

    06-26-2009 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    We all know that commodities and the exchange traded funds (ETFs) and exchange traded notes (ETNs) that represent them have performed fairly well for the year, but are all commodities created equal? Some commodities have performed a bit better than others in recent months.  ...

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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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  • Platinum, Silver and How to Play Them With ETFs

    06-02-2009 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Silver exchange traded funds (ETFs) are on the rise, thanks to a weakening dollar. Platinum, dinged by the auto industry, could be getting a new lease on life. How can you take advantage? The fact that silver prices are moving in an upward direction are positive signs that t...

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  • How To Use ETFs To Diversify Away From The Dollar

    05-29-2009 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    As the U.S. dollar depreciates because of  increased government spending, investors may turn to exchange traded funds (ETFs) to defend their wealth. Here's how. The U.S. dollar is under attack and there are several factors that are eating away at the dollar's strength, remarks...

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  • 5 Areas and ETFs to Watch In A Global Recovery

    05-26-2009 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Many sectors are on the rise and the use of exchange traded funds (ETFs) is a good way to capitalize on a global recovery. The world economy is predicted to expand modestly in the fourth quarter of this year, followed by "subpar growth" in 2010, according to the Organization f...

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  • Why Silver ETF Has Been Sterling

    05-20-2009 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The commodity market is showing signs of strength, and many consider gold as the best haven, however, silver is beginning to gain the spotlight, and the related exchange traded fund(ETF) is rallying.Many investors consider gold an inflation hedge, but don't count out other metal...

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  • Why It Could Be Silver ETF's Time to Shine

    05-07-2009 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    In March 2008, silver hit a peak before falling nearly 60%. In 2009, the metal and its related exchange traded fund (ETF) appear to have been focusing on polishing up.Lara Crigger for Hard Assets Investor reports that the metal has earned back 24% in the first quarter alone this...

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  • Why You Should Keep An Eye on Gold ETFs

    04-21-2009 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold exchange traded funds (ETFs) are continuing to appeal to investors, and this attraction appears to be growing as we get deeper into earnings season and more economic numbers are poised to be released. What's the connection? As of Tuesday, gold is up because of a light sp...

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  • How ETFs and ETNs Are Taxed

    03-19-2009 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    April 15th is right around the corner and many of us are biting are nails trying to figure out just exactly how our exchange traded notes (ETNs) and exchange traded funds (ETFs) will be taxed. It is actually fairly simple.  For those of us who own ETNs, they are only taxed upon...

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  • 8 Things You Should Know About Precious Metals and ETFs

    03-13-2009 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Interest in gold from battered and confused investors is evident in the performance and popularity of gold- and silver-focused exchange traded funds (ETFs). Financial Times explains that gold broke the $1,000 per troy ounce last month, driven by the credit crunch and volatile...

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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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  • Dow Falls to 2002 Levels - Where Do Investors Go?

    02-19-2009 02:16 PM by Tom Lydon

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average has fallen to its lowest close in more than six years, leaving exchange traded fund (ETF) investors to wonder where they can go now. It's a setback for investors who hoped that Nov. 20 was going to mark the market's low point, say Stephen Bern...

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  • Tom Lydon Talks U.S. Dollar and Silver on Fox Business

    02-19-2009 05:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Tom Lydon appeared on Fox Business on Wednesday morning to discuss the economic stimulus plan and how silver and dollar exchange traded funds (ETFs) have been doing in the current economy. For full disclosure, some of Tom Lydon's clients own shares of SLV.

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  • What Gold and Silver ETFs' Relationship Means to You

    02-18-2009 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Precious metals and their related exchange traded funds (ETFs) are being bought up as worried investors fear the consequences of government spending sprees and looming inflation. Silver has enjoyed a renaissance of its own, as the price has rallied for the past four weeks. Thi...

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  • Is Silver ETF Signaling a Bull Around the Corner?

    02-13-2009 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Bullion and the exchange traded funds (ETFs) that track these shiny desireables have seen excitement over the last few months. What does this mean for us? Signs of a Bull? Generally, this is indicative of a bull market. Overall, bullion has not made major moves, but gold, on the...

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  • Commodity ETFs: When Will the Trend Come Back?

    02-10-2009 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    In May 2008, commodities and their related exchange traded funds (ETFs) were booming. Oil and gold seemed unstoppable; food prices were causing people to hoard rice and it wasn't unusual to see someone softly crying while they filled up their gas tank. We wrote a report back ...

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  • ETF Performance Report - January 2009

    01-30-2009 02:43 PM by Tom Lydon

    Economic news and corporate earnings from fourth quarter were reported through the month, affecting markets and exchange traded funds (ETFs). The Dow Jones industrial average lost nearly 9% for the month, the S&P 500 was down 8.6% and the Nasdaq 6.4%. iShares MSCI Chile...

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  • Gold, Platinum and Silver ETFs: What's the Outlook?

    01-27-2009 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Are exchange traded fund (ETF) investors still interested in gold, silver and platinum? Has volatility tamped down demand? Slipping Prices. Gold has slipped under the $900 per ounce mark, giving up some gains, and easing risk aversion. The recent questions surrounding the ...

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  • 9 ETFs and Sectors to Watch in 2009

    01-06-2009 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The last year has been hectic one for stocks, exchange traded funds (ETFs), other securities and the overall market. We can only hope that 2009 will be a lot shinier. Where can we look for some potential surprises - good or bad? Brett Arends of The Wall Street Journal gives us ...

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  • London ETF Provider Plans to Enter U.S. Market With Silver

    12-30-2008 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    A major exchange traded fund (ETF) player in Europe is planning a British Invasion of its own in the United States. ETF Securities will enter the U.S. market with a silver ETF, as noted in a filing on Dec. 19. The fund will hold silver bullion as its sole asset, similar to th...

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  • Gold ETF Hits Record Holdings

    09-25-2008 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The world's largest gold exchange traded fund (ETF) hit a record number of holdings on Tuesday. The SPDR Gold Shares (GLD) jumped 2% to a high of 724.94 tons, an uptrend that gathered steam when Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy last week, reports Lewa Pardomuan for Reuters...

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  • Safe Haven Buying Sends Gold and ETFs On a Two-Day High

    09-19-2008 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold and the metal's exchange traded funds (ETFs) jumped for a second straight day yesterday on a rush of safe-haven buying. The metal closed above $900 an ounce after a rush of save-haven buying took place on economic fears, reports Pham-Duy Nguyen for Bloomberg. This means t...

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  • Stronger Dollar Trounces Gold, Silver, Platinum ETFs

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

    The rising value of the U.S. dollar is making precious metal exchange traded funds (ETFs) look a little less appealing. Gold has now slumped to its lowest price in more than a year, following the government's takeover of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, reports Feiwen Rong for Bloo...

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  • Precious Metals ETFs Melt In the August Heat

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

    The double-digit losses in one month for precious metals exchange traded funds (ETFs) is yet another example of how jumping into hot markets can leave you burned when you don't stick to the plan. Over the summer, these ETFs were the "safe havens" during market turmoil, but as ...

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  • August ETF Performance Report

    08-29-2008 01:48 PM by Tom Lydon

    Market volatility continued in August, which led to mixed performance for major indexes and exchange traded funds (ETFs).  The Dow Jones industrial average ended the month down slightly by 0.3%, the S&P 500 was basically flat, but the Nasdaq gained 1.6%. Foreign markets an...

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  • Silver Takes Home the Gold When It Comes to Medals, But Not ETFs

    08-25-2008 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    We know who took home medals at the Olympics, but did exchange traded funds (ETFs) come out a winner? The final tally for U.S. medals is 36 gold, 38 silver and 36 bronze. Not bad! Sorry Michael Phelps, but those gold medals aren't solid gold: the last ones that were were aw...

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  • Just Because Agriculture Prices Are Lower Doesn't Mean Demand Is Gone

    08-18-2008 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Grain prices have been falling along with exchange traded funds (ETFs), but that could soon change if demand keeps ticking up. There has been a commodities selloff in recent weeks, but analysts say that this may not be the case for much longer, reports Sarah McFarlane for the ...

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  • Precious Metal Holdings and ETFs Decline Amid Selloff

    08-11-2008 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    As the commodities pullback continues, investors are pulling their money out of precious metals and sending related exchange traded funds (ETFs) lower. ETF Securities says the amount of metal it holds to back its physical platinum exchange traded commodity (ETC) dropped 11.5% ...

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  • ETF's Silver Holdings Dust Off a Record

    07-20-2008 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The largest silver-backed exchange traded fund (ETF) isn't a cloud, but it sure has a silver lining anyway. Holdings in the iShares COMEX Gold Trust (SLV) rose to a record 6,092.31 tons on July 16, a 0.5% rise from the previous day's level, reports Jan Harvey for Reuters. The ...

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  • Some iShares ETFs Are Calling It Splits

    07-16-2008 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Barclays Global Investors has announced they are splitting shares amongst 10% of their exchange traded fund (ETF) line, iShares. There are more than 160 U.S.-based products within this fund family, and they represent $327 billion in assets as of early May, reports Hannah Glove...

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