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Guggenheim Solar ETFFund

 

37.74

  • Change 0.68 (1.8%)
  • Volume 0.12 M

12:45 PM EDT Oct 23, 2014
U.S. Markets are open

  • Assets $351.5M
  • Expense Ratio 0.70%
  • Yield 1.18%
  • Vs 50 Day EMA %
  • Vs 200 Day EMA %

Global Equity ETF

Guggenheim Solar Energy Index ETF is an exchange-traded fund incorporated in the USA. The Fund seeks investment results that correspond to the price and yield of the MAC Global Solar Energy Index.

Performance
TODAY 1 DAY 5 DAY 10 DAY 1 MO 3 MO 6 MO 1 YR 2 YR 5 YR
1.8% -2.9% 9.2% -3.3% -12.4% -12.8% -14.5% -8.4% 170.7% -54.1%
Last Close Volume
AVG VOL (10 D) CHANGE
395,152 -100.0%
Trend on Last Close
  Price EMA EMA P DATE CROSSED
50 DAY 37.06 39.90 -7.1% 09-25-2014
200 DAY 37.06 40.00 -7.3% 10-01-2014
Technical
ALPHA BETA R2 STD DEV
-0.0277 2.214 0.398 0.142
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  • Solar, Utilities ETFs in a Power Grab

    10-10-2014 02:58 PM by Tom Lydon

    Solar sector stocks and related exchange traded funds have a lot of room to expand as the nascent industry's competitive costs help cut out a greater share of the electric grid. The residential solar market is experiencing a quick build up as homeowners increase photovoltaic s...

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  • GT Advanced Bankruptcy Produces Clouds for Solar ETFs

    10-06-2014 12:33 PM by Tom Lydon

    Shares of GT Advanced Technologies (NasdaqGS: GTAT) lost nearly all of their value Monday, tumbling more than 90% and at one point trading as low as 75 cents after the producer of crystal growth equipment for the global consumer electronics, power electronics, solar and LED indus...

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  • Volatility and Cyclical Trends in Solar Sector, ETFs

    09-02-2014 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    After a period of plunging prices and industry-wide consolidation, solar stock exchange traded funds have been basking in the market. While the sector has enjoyed its current period of strength, potential investors should be aware that the area is highly cyclical. Year-to-date...

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  • Solar ETFs: Demand Outpacing Supply for First Time Since 2006

    08-19-2014 01:52 PM by Tom Lydon

    Solar sector stocks and exchange traded funds are seeing clear skies and brighter days as photovoltaic panel makers try to keep pace with rising demand. Year-to-date, the Guggenheim Solar ETF (NYSEArca: TAN) has gained 21.9% while the Market Vectors Solar Energy ETF (NYSEArca:...

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  • Sun Rising or Setting on the Solar ETF?

    08-15-2014 11:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    The Guggenheim Solar ETF (NYSEArca: TAN) is up nearly 11% year-to-date, an impressive showing, but one that also indicates it will take multiple miracles for the largest solar ETF to even sniff last year's nearly 128% surge. Actually, TAN has a lot of work to do just to get ba...

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  • China Steps up to Lift Solar ETFs

    08-05-2014 01:30 PM by Todd Shriber

    Shares of the Guggenheim Solar ETF (NYSEArca: TAN) are up 2.4% Tuesday, making the fund the top-performing traditional ETF on the day after China again announced initiatives seen as supportive for its domestic solar industry. China could announce new policies as soon as this m...

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  • Most Searched ETFs: Going Global

    07-19-2014 08:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    Geopolitical tensions were high this week after a Malaysia Airlines jet was shot down in Ukraine and Israeli ground forces advanced toward the Gaza Strip. U.S. stocks endured to finish the week in solid form as the Dow Jones Industrial Average notched a triple-digit gain on Frida...

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  • Some Pre-Earnings Love for Solar ETF

    07-16-2014 01:00 PM by Todd Shriber

    Second-quarter earnings season is in full swing with a plethora of big-name financial services and technology companies stepping into the earnings confessional this week. Looking ahead, a tidal wave of solar industry earnings is coming, particularly during the first week of Au...

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  • Short Covering Could Stoke Another Solar ETF Rally

    07-14-2014 08:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    The Guggenheim Solar ETF (NYSEArca: TAN) is coming off a week in which it lost 5.3%, but the largest solar may not be down and out for long. At the technical level, the ETF appears to be consolidating, which could give opportunistic, patient buyers a low-risk entry. "The cu...

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  • Solar ETF’s Secret Sauce

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

    Despite an often checkered past that includes some rough years and a reverse split, the Guggenheim Solar ETF (NYSEArca: TAN) is once again piecing together an impressive performance. TAN, the largest of the two dedicated solar ETFs, is turning in another impressive showing thi...

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  • Yingli, SolarCity Outlook Help Solar ETFs Shine

    06-17-2014 01:44 PM by Tom Lydon

    Solar sector exchange traded funds are powering up on rising global demand, with Yingli Green Energy Holding (NYSE: YGE) revealing a favorable outlook for emerging market demand and SolarCity Corp. (NasdaqGS: SCTY) cutting costs and increasing supply in the U.S. The Guggenheim...

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  • Alternative Energy ETFs for Shifting Global Demand

    06-10-2014 02:41 PM by Max Chen

    While the U.S. has relied on cheap natural gas to help fuel the power grid, overseas consumers are increasingly relying on cheaper alternative energy sources, which could help support exchange traded funds that track global coal and clean energy industries. "Slower economic gr...

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  • Solar ETFs Shine...Sort Of

    06-04-2014 01:38 PM by Max Chen

    Solar exchange traded funds are caught between a trade protection tiff as U.S. companies offset losses from China's photovoltaic panel producers in response to a new anti-subsidy tariff on Chinese solar equipment. The Guggenheim Solar ETF (NYSEArca: TAN) is up 0.7% Wednesday w...

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  • Brightening Solar Sector Dulls Utilities ETF Outlook

    06-02-2014 03:35 PM by Tom Lydon

    The sustainable, alternative energy sector is experiencing a growth spurt as the world tries to go green in response to rising pollution levels. However, the shift to clean energy could threaten utility stocks and exchange traded funds. Since 2004, renewable energy sources hav...

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  • Solar ETFs Brighten as Trina Shares Surge

    05-21-2014 01:48 PM by Tom Lydon

    After briefly testing their long-term trend lines, solar sector exchange traded funds rallied Wednesday, strengthening on the surge in Trina Solar (NYSE: TSL) shares. The Guggenheim Solar ETF (NYSEArca: TAN) gained 4.8% Wednesday while the Market Vectors Solar Energy ETF (NYSE...

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  • Most Searched ETFs: Changes at the Top

    05-17-2014 08:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    Our weekly looks at the most searched exchange traded funds are usually an entertaining, instructive exercise. Still, even we will admit that the dominance of Russia ETFs among the most searched international funds was getting a little too predictable. Seeing a Russia ETF, or ...

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  • TAN Tumble: Solar ETF Flirting With Danger

    05-16-2014 02:25 PM by Todd Shriber

    Like so many exchange traded funds holding momentum stocks, the Guggenheim Solar ETF (NYSEArca: TAN) has been unable to escape the carnage that has swept the momentum landscape. Down another 2.6% Friday, TAN has tumbled more than 15% in the past 90 days. Making matters worse i...

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  • FSLR, Solar ETFs Dim As Investors Ditch Momentum Stocks

    05-07-2014 01:27 PM by Tom Lydon

    Despite First Solar's (NasdaqGS: FSLR) healthy earnings beat, solar sector and related exchange traded funds plunged Wednesday, as momentum stocks falter on Fed Chair Yellen's comments. The Guggenheim Solar ETF (NYSEArca: TAN) fell 3.8% Wednesday while the Market Vectors Solar...

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  • Coal ETF's Comeback Act

    05-06-2014 01:48 PM by Tom Lydon

    Rising natural gas prices are pushing electric utilities to coal, boosting the long downtrodden coal sector in the process. The Market Vectors Coal ETF (NYSEArca: KOL) has gained 9.1% over the past three months, trading around $18.9 per share, and is now back above its 200-day...

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  • April’s Worst ETFs: Momentum Lost

    04-30-2014 04:07 PM by Tom Lydon

    With just a short time left in Wednesday's trading session, it appears likely that the S&P 500 will finish April with a modest loss. Finishing April in the red is a fate that will befall over 600 traditional exchange traded funds and data from ETFScreen.com turns up plenty...

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  • Solar ETF Enters Bear Market

    04-29-2014 07:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Somewhat quietly compared to the Global X Social Media Index ETF (NasdaqGM: SOCL), iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology ETF (NasdaqGM: IBB), Internet ETFs and other momentum offerings, the Guggenheim Solar Energy Index ETF (NYSEArca: TAN) has fallen on hard times. With Monday's tumble...

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  • Wind Stocks, ETFs Contend With Cheap Natural Gas

    04-08-2014 07:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    As the end of federal subsidies and now the shale natural gas boom begin to weigh on U.S. wind energy companies, related exchange traded funds are beginning to feel some drag. While still strengthening, the First Trust Global Wind Energy Fund (NYSEArca: FAN) is falling behind ...

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  • Improving Technology, Falling Costs Lift Clean Energy ETFs

    04-07-2014 04:06 PM by Max Chen

    As alternative energy technologies advance, companies are cutting costs and improving their bottom line, which has translated into continued strength in related green sector exchange traded funds. "The business model is getting better and better," Ulf Moslener, a professor at ...

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  • Not Just Biotech: Other Momo ETFs Taken to Task

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

    The big news in the world of momentum stocks and exchange traded funds is the ongoing retrenchment in the biotechnology sub-sector. On Monday, the iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology ETF (NasdaqGM: IBB), the largest biotech ETF, is off 2.8% on volume that is already nearly triple the...

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  • China Internet ETFs Buck Outflow Trend

    03-12-2014 12:43 PM by Todd Shriber

    Stop the presses. The iShares China Large-Cap ETF (NYSEArca: FXI) lost $87.5 million on Monday, bringing year-to-date departures from the ETF to $380.7 million, reports Elena Popina for Bloomberg. That after FXI was one of the 10 worst ETFs in terms of 2013 outflows. Do not sh...

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  • Solar ETFs Shine As Sector Shows Added Strength

    03-04-2014 01:44 PM by Tom Lydon

    Solar exchange traded funds are enjoying their moment in the sun as analyst upgrades, better-than-expected fourth quarter results and improved guidance brighten the sector. The Guggenheim Solar ETF (NYSEArca: TAN) was up 6.0% Tuesday while the Market Vectors Solar Energy ETF (...

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  • The Best of the Best: These ETFs Soared in February

    03-02-2014 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Despite a late day sell-off Friday, February was a strong month for U.S. stocks as the S&P 500 bounced back from a glum January to gain 6.7% in the second month of the year. In the world of exchange traded products, there were some forgettable performances. The worst perfo...

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  • Solar ETF Breaks Out Ahead of Earnings

    02-18-2014 01:24 PM by Tom Lydon

    After a small rough patch, solar stocks are bouncing back, and a related exchange traded fund has broken out to new highs, forming a bullish trend, technical analysts point out. The Guggenheim Solar ETF (NYSEArca: TAN) jumped 5.2% Tuesday. TAN has gained 18% year-to-date. T...

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  • China Earnings Could Shine on Solar ETFs

    02-12-2014 04:41 PM by Tom Lydon

    China is a big player in the global photovoltaic industry, and with some Chinese companies expected to reveal earnings in two weeks, solar exchange traded funds will soon be put in the spotlight. Roth Capital Partners analysts Philip Shen, Matt Koranda and Matthew Riley expect...

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  • Solar ETFs Fall as China Mulls Fighting U.S. Anti-Dumping Measures

    02-05-2014 11:56 AM by Todd Shriber

    Shares of the Guggenheim Solar ETF (NYSEArca: TAN) are off nearly 3% in midday trading Wednesday on news Chinese makers of photovoltaic products are mulling retaliation against anti-dumping measures recently enacted by the U.S. Commerce Department. The Commerce Department rece...

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  • Extended EM Decline Will Harm These Non-EM ETFs

    01-27-2014 07:30 AM by Todd Shriber

    The iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: EEM) lost nearly 4% last week and that only scrapes the surface of the miserable state of affairs for emerging markets ETFs. When the closing bell rang Friday, nine of this year's 10 worst non-leveraged ETFs were emerging market...

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  • Solar ETF Shines as India Plan’s Largest Plant

    01-15-2014 10:23 AM by Tom Lydon

    The Guggenheim Solar ETF (NYSEArca: TAN) touched a new 52-week high earlier in Wednesday's session and is currently trading higher by 2% on news that India is constructing the world's largest solar plant. Although India, Asia's third-largest economy, does not yet have an indig...

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  • Another Alternative Energy ETF in Rally Mode

    01-13-2014 07:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    The resurgence of alternative energy stocks and exchange traded funds in 2013 was one of the year's more compelling and prominent ETF themes. Predictably, some alternative energy ETFs captured investors' attention more than others. Helped in large part by allocations to Elon M...

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  • Solar ETF on the Cusp of a Major Breakout

    01-10-2014 02:10 PM by Todd Shriber

    It is still early in 2014, but the Guggenheim Solar ETF (NYSEArca: TAN) is up to its old tricks and that is good thing for those holding the ETF. "Old tricks" being that TAN was 2013's top-performing energy sector ETF AND the best non-leveraged ETF of any type. Not even halfwa...

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  • Solar ETFs Could See Clouds Later This Year

    01-07-2014 03:35 PM by Max Chen

    Solar exchange traded funds were the best performers last year and could continue their streak over the first half of the year, but the industry faces some obstacles in the later half of 2014. The Guggenheim Solar ETF (NYSEArca: TAN) jumped 112.5% over the past year while the ...

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  • This Week’s Most Popular Tickers on ETF Trends

    01-04-2014 08:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    This certainly was not the start to 2014 eager bulls were looking as the S&P 500 finished the holiday-shortened week to the downside following losses on Thursday and Friday, the first two trading days of 2014. A look at the week's most searched tickers on ETF Trends is alw...

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  • 2013 ETF Performance Report

    12-31-2013 01:39 PM by Max Chen

    As we round out 2013, the equities market and stock exchange traded funds are finishing on a high note, with the Doe Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 both touching new all-time highs in calm trading. The Dow Jones Industrial Average posted a 29.1% gain over 2013. Meanw...

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  • A Sunny Disposition for 2013’s Best Energy ETF

    12-31-2013 08:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    Yes, the alternative energy sub-industry is part of the broader energy sector and that means there is really no competition when it comes to crowning 2013's top energy exchange traded fund. The Guggenheim Solar ETF (NYSEArca: TAN) is not just this year's top energy ETF, it is ...

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  • Clean Energy ETFs Cleaned up in 2013

    12-30-2013 07:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The strength of alternative energy exchange traded funds in 2013 warrants being placed into context. Not only are four of the 10 best, including the top three, sector funds this year alternative energy plays, but those four occupy half the spots among the top eight non-leveraged ...

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  • This Week’s Most Searched Tickers on ETF Trends

    12-21-2013 08:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    In a week marked by an official tapering announcement from the Federal Reserve and Friday's surprisingly strong third-quarter U.S. GDP report, courtesy of the Commerce Department, some exchange traded funds turned heads. Some for the right reasons and others, well, not so much...

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  • Solar ETFs Look for 2014 Sequel

    12-19-2013 07:30 AM by Todd Shriber

    After several years of struggling and reverse splits in 2012, solar exchange traded funds bounced back with a vengeance in 2013. With the year almost over, the Guggenheim Solar ETF (NYSEArca: TAN) ranks as the year's top-performing non-leveraged ETF, having more than doubled. ...

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  • 5 ETF Outperformers May Still Have Legs

    12-17-2013 02:14 PM by Max Chen

    The best performing exchange traded funds this year include some surprise moves and others adding on another stellar year. ETFs that track the solar, alternative energy, broker dealer and biotechnology sectors have outperformed this year, writes Trang Ho for Investor's Busines...

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  • Friend Fear With ETFs

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

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

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  • Solar ETF Faces Technical Risks

    12-05-2013 01:23 PM by Todd Shriber

    The Guggenheim Solar ETF (NYSEArca: TAN) still ranks as this year's best non-leveraged exchange traded fund with gain of over 130%, but investors that recently started new positions in the fund probably are not smiling. For all the attention TAN received on its way up, and tha...

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  • Seduced by Solar ETFs

    11-15-2013 09:10 AM by Todd Shriber

    It has been hard for some investors to not be smitten with the Guggenheim Solar ETF (NYSEArca: TAN) and the Market Vectors Solar Energy ETF (NYSEArca: KWT) this year. After all, TAN is the best-performing sector ETF this year. KWT is second-best. Both have more than doubled as...

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  • UN Climate Conference Puts Clean Energy ETFs in the Spotlight

    11-14-2013 07:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    As the United Nations convene to promote a universal climate agreement, investors can capitalize on the growing awareness in going green through clean energy sector exchange traded funds. Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change...

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  • 10 ETFs That More Than Doubled in Size

    11-10-2013 07:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    And by that we  mean the following slideshow will contain 10 exchange traded funds that have seen their assets under management tallies double (or more) this year. The law of large numbers might imply that as an ETF grows larger, particularly well into the $500 million in AUM ...

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  • Matrerials ETFs: Monday March Higher

    11-04-2013 04:45 PM by Todd Shriber

    It was a slow start to the week for U.S. stocks, but gains are gains and after four consecutive weeks of higher finishes, those waiting declines could be waiting a bit longer. Encouraging for the bulls is where the leadership came from on Monday: An 8.3% gain for the Guggenhei...

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  • Solar ETFs Soar Ahead of SolarCity Earnings

    11-04-2013 02:12 PM by Tom Lydon

    The broader market hobbled on in laconic trading Monday, but the solar sector, along with related exchange traded funds, is blazing forward. The Guggenheim Solar ETF (NYSEArca: TAN) gained 8.2% Friday while Market Vectors Solar Energy ETF (NYSEArca: KWT) rose 6.0%. Year-to-dat...

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  • A Surprisingly Good Year for Some China ETFs

    10-28-2013 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The iShares China Large-Cap ETF (NYSEArca: FXI), the largest China ETF, is down 7.6% this year, a loss that is more than twice as bad as the downturn for the Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: VWO). That does not mean all China ETFs have been disappointments. Severa...

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  • Solar ETF Rally: More Gas in the Tank

    10-24-2013 06:30 AM by Todd Shriber

    Put simply, the Guggenheim Solar ETF (NYSEArca: TAN) and the Market Vectors Solar Energy ETF (NYSEArca: KWT) have both more than doubled this year. That means TAN and KWT, in that order, are the two best non-leveraged sector ETFs in 2013. TAN and KWT have gotten help from a va...

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  • Solar Snippet: First Solar is ETF’s Worst Top-10 Holding

    10-21-2013 01:48 PM by Todd Shriber

    In the "it's just another day at the office" category, the Guggenheim Solar ETF (NYSEArca: TAN) is up 3.5% on volume that was more than twice the daily average less than two hours into Monday's session. Just as Elon Musk's SolarCity (NasdaqGM: SCTY) has recently served as a ca...

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  • SolarCity: A big Deal for Solar ETFs

    10-18-2013 03:01 PM by Todd Shriber

    SolarCity (NasdaqGM: SCTY), the solar company co-founded by Elon Musk of Tesla (NasdaqGM: TSLA) fame, is a story stock. The shares have more than quadrupled this year. That has helped boost the fortunes of the solar sector at large, which in turn has led to a revival of epic p...

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  • TAN: Another New High, Thanks First Solar

    10-18-2013 12:06 PM by Tom Lydon

    The Guggenheim Solar ETF's (NYSEArca: TAN) seemingly indomitable run continues Friday as the ETF is up 1.1% on volume that has already eclipsed the trailing three-month average of 297,400 shares. Nearly 351,000 shares of TAN have already changed hands. In just the past month, ...

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  • Solar ETF Shines on Installation Estimates with SolarCity Surging 22%

    10-11-2013 01:47 PM by Tom Lydon

    The rapid growth in the photovoltaic industry has put solar exchange traded funds in the limelight. The momentum does not appear to be slowing down, with Elon Musk's SolarCity (NasdaqGM: SCTY) projecting installations to expand 90%. SolarCity stocks jumped over 22% Friday afte...

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  • 10 ETF Investments That Got the Most Bang for Your Buck

    10-08-2013 01:14 PM by Tom Lydon

    Riding out tax hikes, interest rate risk and geopolitical tensions, the broad equity markets touched historic highs this year, with alternative energy, biotech and technology stock exchange traded funds leading the pack. In the technology space, social media stocks are experie...

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  • The Solar ETF Has A Bright Future

    10-03-2013 12:41 PM by Tom Lydon

    I do the "ETF of the Week" for MarketWatch every Thursday on Chuck Jaffe's MoneyLife Show where I highlight big movers and disappointments within the exchange traded fund market. This week, I looked at the Guggenheim Solar ETF (NYSEArca: TAN). The solar sector has shining this...

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  • The Five Best Sector ETF Plays of September

    10-01-2013 03:54 PM by Tom Lydon

    The market recovered in September after volatility spiked on the Syria crisis in late August. Among the best performing sector plays, clean energy, Brazil financials and lithium exchange traded funds lead the charge. In September, the Guggenheim Solar ETF (NYSEArca: TAN) rose ...

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  • September & Q3 ETF Performance Report

    09-30-2013 02:40 PM by Tom Lydon

    Despite a brief Fed policy scare, U.S. stocks and equity-based exchange traded funds raced to all-time highs as the easy money fueled rally continued through the third quarter. However, the euphoria waned near quarter's end on fears of a looming U.S. government shutdown and polit...

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  • Clean Energy ETF May Have the Perfect Combination

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

    Exchange traded funds that hold alternative energy stocks are among some this year's top-performing non-leveraged sector ETFs. So hot have been alternative energy funds that five of the 10 best non-leveraged ETFs year-to-date are play on alternative energy. In terms of ETFs of...

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  • Solar ETF's 90% Rally May Only be the Beginning

    09-06-2013 03:40 PM by Tom Lydon

    An ETF investing in solar energy companies has soared 90% in 2013 after a multiyear downdraft. There are several reasons why the solar ETF's rally could be in the early innings with plenty of room to run. The U.S. is increasing solar panel installations, supporting the fledgli...

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  • ETF Performance Report: July

    07-31-2013 02:55 PM by Tom Lydon

    The equities market, along with stock exchange traded funds, sprinted through July, reaching new record highs, after the quick correction in June. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was 4.3% higher over July. Meanwhile, the Nasdaq Composite increased 6.3% and the S&P 500 ros...

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  • Going Green Could Dim Utility Sector ETF Outlook

    07-19-2013 11:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    The push into solar and alternative energy will help reduce our reliance on fossil fuels, but as we go green, the energy-efficiency programs could weigh on utility sector stocks and exchange traded funds. According to Fitch Ratings analysts, alternative energy programs will cu...

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  • Solar ETFs Shine As China Expands Capacity

    07-15-2013 01:45 PM by Tom Lydon

    Solar sector exchange traded funds brightened Monday as China, the world's second largest economy, said it plans to quintuple its solar panel grid. The Guggenheim Solar ETF (NYSEArca: TAN) rose 8% Monday while the Market Vectors Solar Energy (NYSEArca: KWT) increased 6.3%. The...

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  • ETF Stats Reveal Market Sentment for Second Half of 2013

    07-05-2013 12:40 PM by Tom Lydon

    The first half of 2013 is behind us and the exchange traded fund industry has managed to maintain growth. The industry gathered about $73 billion over the past six months. A way to approach one's  investing strategy is to look at the basic trends that prevailed over the past f...

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  • Large-Cap Equity ETFs Outperforming in 2013

    07-03-2013 02:26 PM by Tom Lydon

    U.S. equities started out the first half of 2013 with eye-catching performance, marked by the 13.82% gain in the S&P 500. Exchange traded funds that track large-cap companies have made gains as the broad market index has been on a run-up most of the year. "Among equity ETF...

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  • June and Q2 ETF Performance Report

    06-28-2013 03:09 PM by Tom Lydon

    After hitting record highs in the second quarter, stock and exchange traded funds experienced a steep correction in June, fueled by speculation that the Fed would begin tapering its quantitative easing program and a rising interest rate environment. Nevertheless, fears over an en...

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  • Solar ETFs Dazzle in the Second Quarter

    06-28-2013 11:40 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds that track the solar industry experienced another quarter of robust returns, building upon their first quarter outperformance after years of lagging behind the overall markets. The Guggenheim Solar ETF (NYSEArca: TAN) surged 44.9% since the start of April...

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  • May ETF Performance Review: Rate Surge Wipes Out Treasury Funds

    05-31-2013 06:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The stock markets and exchange traded funds continued to reach new highs over May but began to falter toward the end of the month as investors took the opportunity to take profits. Meanwhile, safe-haven Treasury prices are getting pummeled with yields on benchmark 10-year notes b...

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  • ETFs to Play Alternative Energy Resources

    05-29-2013 03:23 PM by Tom Lydon

    After years of underperforming the broader markets, alternative energy related exchange traded funds are making a turnaround. The Guggenheim Solar ETF (NYSEArca: TAN) is up 8.3% over the past week and 55.5% higher year-to-date. [Solar ETF Rallies Over 50% in a Month] The fl...

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  • Solar ETF Rallies Over 50% in a Month

    05-17-2013 03:38 PM by Tom Lydon

    Solar exchange traded funds are burning up as industry growth outshines expectations that a string of negative factors would weigh on solar stocks. The Guggenheim Solar ETF (NYSEArca: TAN) surged 55.5% between the April 5 low and Wednesday high. Meanwhile the Market Vectors So...

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  • ETF Performance Report: April

    04-30-2013 03:16 PM by Tom Lydon

    After hitting historic highs, followed by a prompt pullback in the middle of April, the equity markets and stock exchange change traded funds are making another run at the record peak. The Dow Jones Industrial Average added 1.8% over the past month. Meanwhile, the Nasdaq Compo...

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  • Why Solar ETFs are Rallying

    02-13-2013 10:45 AM by Tom Lydon

    Solar exchange traded funds are expected to perform better this year as policymakers have found some resolution for the  U.S. fiscal cliff and industry consolidation and investment takes place. The industry is evolving and is slowly finding ways to reduce costs while increasing e...

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  • Solar ETFs Making a Comeback as China Boosts Capacity

    01-10-2013 01:23 PM by Tom Lydon

    I do the "ETF of the Week" for MarketWatch every Thursday on Chuck Jaffe's MoneyLife Show where I highlight big movers and disappointments within the exchange traded fund market. This week, I looked at the Guggenheim Solar ETF (NYSEArca: TAN). The alternative energy sector wil...

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  • Alternative Energy ETFs Win in Fiscal Cliff Deal

    01-04-2013 07:56 AM by Tom Lydon

    The alternative energy sector escaped the chopping block in the U.S. fiscal cliff bill. With billions of subsidies slated to aid the sector, clean energy related exchange traded funds are positioned to capture the growth. The new budget deal includes a one-year extension on ta...

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  • A Look At The Top ETFs of 2012

    01-02-2013 03:01 PM by Tom Lydon

    Investors welcomed 2013 with a big rally on the first day of trading Wednesday after Washington managed to cobble together a deal on the U.S. fiscal cliff. Despite its ups-and-downs, especially during the choppy trading in the last month on the fiscal cliff drama, the markets and...

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  • China's Investment Heats Up Solar ETFs

    12-13-2012 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    China's announcement to spend $2.1 billion on solar energy upgrades has bolstered the Guggenheim Solar ETF (NYSEArca: TAN) along with the Market Vectors Solar Energy ETF (NYSEArca: KWT). The rally occurred just one week after a previous uptick within the sector after the China De...

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  • ETF Spotlight: Solar Energy

    12-07-2012 11:40 AM by Tom Lydon

    Investors have sought out Chinese markets to capitalize on this global engine of growth, and now solar companies are expanding into China's photovoltaic market. In the meantime, exchange traded fund investors can play the expansion through solar-related funds. First Solar (Nas...

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  • Presidential Election: ETFs for an Obama or Romney Victory

    11-01-2012 02:48 PM by Tom Lydon

    Next week, America will go to the polls to decide who will sit in the White House the next four years. Some traders have been making bets on the outcome of the presidential election with sector ETFs, liquid funds that give investors exposure to entire industries with one trade. ...

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  • Solar ETFs Retake 50-Day Moving Averages

    08-21-2012 03:11 PM by Tom Lydon

    The solar industry has been hit hard as the price of solar cells plummeted, but solar exchange traded funds have found a bright spot after leading solar firms reported strong quarterly earnings. Now, the Guggenheim Solar ETF (NYSEArca: TAN) is trading 3.0% above its 50-day exp...

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  • First Solar Earnings Lift ETFs

    08-02-2012 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Solar exchange traded funds finally found a moment's respite Thursday after a top holding reported better-than-expected earnings. Guggenheim Solar ETF (NYSEArca: TAN) gained 1.7% and Market Vectors Solar Energy ETF (NYSEArca: KWT) increased 2.8% during Thursday's trading. Neve...

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  • Solar ETFs Fade to New Lows

    07-30-2012 03:41 PM by Tom Lydon

    Solar cell producers and related exchange traded funds that track the sub-sector have been one of this year's worst performers as the lower energy prices and heavy Chinese subsidies weigh on the global solar industry. Guggenheim Solar ETF (NYSEArca: TAN) and Market Vectors Sol...

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  • Solar ETF Readies 1-for-15 Reverse Split After Long Decline

    06-29-2012 11:40 AM by John Spence

    A solar energy ETF that has shed about three-quarters of its value the past year is preparing a 1-for-15 reverse share split. Market Vectors Solar Energy ETF (NYSEArca: KWT) will undergo a reverse split on July 2., according to manager Van Eck Global. The price of a share w...

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  • ETF Chart of the Day: Solar Energy

    05-03-2012 01:20 PM by Paul Weisbruch, Street One Financial

    Last September we covered Solar Energy related ETFs which were literally getting trounced at the time, and the situation has not improved nearly eight months later. Guggenheim Solar ETF (NYSEArca: TAN) and Market Vectors Solar Energy (NYSEArca: KWT) are currently trading near ...

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  • ETF Focus: Solar Energy

    03-26-2012 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    It has been a rough few weeks for solar energy ETFs such as Guggenheim Solar ETF (NYSEArca: TAN) and Market Vectors Solar Energy ETF (NYSEArca: KWT). The sector ETFs have sold off sharply after a fast start this year. [Solar ETFs Recharging with Over 50% Rally in 2012] Yet ...

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  • Solar ETFs Recharging with Over 50% Rally in 2012

    02-09-2012 02:42 PM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds tracking solar energy stocks such as First Solar (NasdaqGS: FSLR) rallied 10% on Thursday with volume and performance picking up in the ETFs following a disastrous 2011. Shares of Guggenheim Solar ETF (NYSEArca: TAN) and Market Vectors Solar Energy (NYSEA...

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  • Solar ETFs: Brighter Days or Burning Out?

    02-06-2012 07:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Solar shares and exchange traded funds counter-rallied last month on news of Germany's healthy growth and improved sentiment for the beaten-down sector. The country is the world's largest market of solar energy related products, but the sector may need more momentum for related E...

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  • Solar Energy ETFs Jump Over 12%

    01-11-2012 04:12 PM by Tom Lydon

    Solar exchange traded funds are shining brightly Wednesday on improved demand and inventory levels. After ending 2011 as one of the worst performing sectors, solar stocks and ETFs may now be undervalued, Deutsche Bank says. Guggenheim Solar ETF (NYSEArca: TAN) gained 12.7% at ...

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  • Alternative Energy ETFs Trounced in 2011

    12-19-2011 01:08 PM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds that invest in alternative energy sectors such as solar and natural gas were among the worst ETF performers in 2011. Agriculture funds also had a tough year as economic uncertainty, decreased demand, falling production costs and a strong U.S. dollar were amo...

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  • Solar ETFs Thumped by First Solar Guidance

    12-14-2011 04:20 PM by Tom Lydon

    First Solar (NasdaqGS: FSLR), a major component in exchange traded funds tracking the solar energy industry, reduced its yearly sales and profit projection and cut its 2012 guidance after a drop in solar panel prices and diminished government subsidies. Guggenheim Solar (NYSEA...

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  • Solar ETFs are Worst Performers in 2011

    11-23-2011 02:13 PM by Tom Lydon

    Solar energy exchange traded funds are the worst stock ETF performers this year, suffering declines of more than 60% on weak prices as more firms go out of business. Struggling economies are putting solar energy investment on hold while many utility companies are putting off ...

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  • Solar ETFs Wilt on First Solar CEO Departure

    10-25-2011 04:22 PM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds tracking solar energy stocks fell over 7% on Tuesday after First Solar (NasdaqGS: FSLR) surprised the market with an announcement that its chief executive is leaving. Guggenheim Solar ETF (NYSEArca: TAN) and Vectors Solar Energy (NYSEArca: KWT) have 12.3%...

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  • Solar ETFs Pummeled in Third Quarter

    09-30-2011 03:54 PM by Tom Lydon

    Solar exchange traded funds were among the worst performers in the third quarter as a string of cash-strapped solar manufacturers filed for bankruptcy. Last Friday, Stirling Energy filed for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, The Wall Street Journal reports. Stirling joins others lik...

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  • ETF Chart of the Day: Solar Energy

    09-19-2011 11:11 AM by Paul Weisbruch, Street One Financial

    Despite a promising start to 2011, an equity sub-sector that has absolutely languished this year is solar energy, which falls in the broader category of alternative energy. Even with the broad equity markets rallying last week, solar based ETFs, Guggenheim Solar Energy (NYSEAr...

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  • Solar ETFs Clouded by Another Bankruptcy

    09-07-2011 06:01 PM by Tom Lydon

    Solar exchange traded funds have been on the decline as greater competition among industry participants sends prices lower and small manufacturers out of business. Guggenheim Solar ETF (NYSEArca: TAN) is down 33.7% year to date, while Market Vectors Solar Energy (NYSEArca: KWT...

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  • Solar ETFs Down Over 20% Amid Industry Shakeout

    08-31-2011 07:42 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds that track the solar industry are down more than 20% this year and the industry's weakness is resulting in bankruptcies and consolidation. Solar-cell prices have tumbled 42% in 2011 and have forced some firms to team up with competitors, report Ehren Goos...

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  • Evergreen Bankruptcy Rattles Solar ETFs

    08-19-2011 07:22 AM by Tom Lydon

    Evergreen Solar recently filing for bankruptcy protection has unnerved investors and doesn't bode well for exchange traded funds that track the solar energy sector. "Solar industry observers have been watching this train coming for months. As prices fall and margins are squee...

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  • Solar ETF Points to Lower Oil Prices

    08-18-2011 02:04 PM by Michael A. Gayed CFA

    I believe the market is vastly underestimating the possibility of oil prices declining in a fashion similar to the latter half of 2008. My reasoning for this has absolutely nothing to do with looking at inventory levels, or really any other kind of fundamental data. Rather, in...

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  • Will SunPower, Ford Deal Lift Solar ETFs?

    08-15-2011 09:17 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds that invest in the solar energy sector could get some mileage out of a new deal in which electric car makers are teaming up with solar manufacturers to appeal to their common client base. SunPower Corp. (Nasdaq GM: SPWRA) is taking a shot at driving solar...

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  • Healthcare ETFs Lead Second Quarter as Commodities Decline

    07-01-2011 11:11 AM by Tom Lydon

    Stock exchange traded funds have surged this week on relief over Greece accepting further austerity, but the S&P 500 ended the second quarter essentially where it started. Healthcare ETFs were the top sector performers in the second quarter, with pharmaceuticals and biotec...

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  • First Solar Boosts Sector ETFs on Loan Guarantees

    06-30-2011 10:49 AM by Tom Lydon

    First Solar (NasdaqGS: FSLR) shares were enjoying an 8% rally Thursday after the U.S. Energy Department announced offers of conditional commitments for loan guaranties of $4.5 billion. "These projects will bring immediate jobs to California in addition to hundreds more across ...

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  • Will Google Plan Put Solar ETFs Back on Track?

    06-25-2011 01:48 PM by Tom Lydon

    The recent market pullback has been cruel to clean energy and solar exchange traded funds. Solar ETFs have seen losses totaling around 20% over the past three months. Now technology giant Google (NasdaqGS: GOOG) is taking part in an alternative energy investment plan designed ...

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  • Green ETFs: Governments Focus on Renewables

    06-20-2011 12:44 PM by Tom Lydon

    Alternative energy exchange traded funds are getting a closer look from investors as governments around the world focus more efforts on clean and renewable sources of power. Within the group, solar ETFs have been volatile this year but are in negative territory for 2011. Br...

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  • SunPower Clouds Solar ETFs

    06-15-2011 11:28 AM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds that invest in the solar sector fell Wednesday along with SunPower Corp. (NasdaqGS: SPWRA) after French energy company Total SA completed a deal for 60% of the company. Market Vectors Solar Energy (NYSEArca: KWT), iShares S&P Global Clean Energy (Nasd...

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  • GT Solar Heats Up Clean Energy ETFs

    06-14-2011 10:22 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds tracking solar and clean energy stocks rallied more than 3% Tuesday after GT Solar International (NasdaqGS: SOLR) boosted its fiscal first-quarter outlook and raised its backlog expectations for the full year. GT Solar shares were up more than 4%. The sto...

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  • LDK, Trina Rain on Solar Energy ETFs

    06-08-2011 12:33 PM by Tom Lydon

    Solar energy exchange traded funds were sharply lower Wednesday as a disappointing forecast from LDK Solar (NYSE: LDK) and pricing worries clouded the volatile sector. Weakness in prices for solar products will eat into profit margins for SunPower Corp (NasdaqGS: SPWRA) and LD...

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  • Solar Energy ETFs Move on LDK Results

    06-08-2011 07:21 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds that invest in solar energy could see action Wednesday following quarterly results from LDK Solar (NYSE: LDK). The stock weakened after the Chinese company, which produces solar panels, offered a second-quarter sales forecast that fell short of analyst estim...

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  • First Solar and ETF Reactions to German Energy Move

    06-01-2011 04:30 PM by Tom Lydon

    First Solar (NYSE: FSLR) was a top performing stock on initial news of the German government's decision to shy away from nuclear energy and focus efforts on alternative energy dominated markets. Alternative energy exchange traded funds (ETFs), including solar, could benefit if th...

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  • GT Solar Lifts Clean Energy ETFs

    05-24-2011 09:33 AM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds that invest in solar energy stocks benefitted from a more than 10% rally in GT Solar (NasdaqGS: SOLR) shares Tuesday after the company reported solid quarterly results. GT Solar's fiscal fourth-quarter profit beat Wall Street estimates. However, solar ETF...

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  • JA Solar Earnings Beat Lifts Green Energy ETFs

    05-10-2011 10:48 AM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds that invest in clean energy rose Tuesday, helped by a rally in JA Solar (NasdaqGS: JASO) following upbeat quarterly results. JA Solar shares rose more than 5% on Tuesday. The firm was out with first-quarter earnings that topped Wall Street estimates. T...

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  • First Solar Results Cloud Energy ETFs

    05-04-2011 08:28 AM by John Spence

    A 7% decline in First Solar (NasdaqGS: FSLR) shares will rain on exchange traded funds (ETFs) that invest in solar energy on Wednesday after the top holding reported earnings and released a disappointing outlook. First Solar is the largest holding in Guggenheim Solar ETF (NYSE...

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  • Volatile Solar Energy ETFs Rise and Shine on Deal Optimism

    04-29-2011 07:44 AM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds that invest in global solar energy stocks were among the top percentage gainers Friday as the volatile ETFs rose on optimism surrounding the deal for SunPower. French energy giant Total (TOTF.PA) said it will purchase up to 60% of SunPower (NasdaqGS: SPWR...

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  • Solar Energy ETFs Rally on SunPower Deal

    04-29-2011 06:28 AM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) that provide exposure to the global solar energy sector rallied at Friday's open after French energy giant Total (TOTF.PA) said it will purchase up to 60% of SunPower (NasdaqGS: SPWRA) for about $1.4 billion. The offer at a big premium "is a valida...

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  • Solar ETFs Shine on Total's SunPower Deal

    04-29-2011 03:46 AM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds that invest in solar energy were set to get a boost Friday after French energy company Total (TOTF.PA) said it will purchase up to 60% of SunPower (NasdaqGS: SPWRA) for about $1.4 billion. SunPower shares surged 40% on the news. The stock is a top hold...

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  • Will Solar ETFs Emerge from the Shadows?

    04-08-2011 05:37 AM by Tom Lydon

    Solar panel installations are ready to rival the price points on electrical generation with coal fueled plants, and have a leg up on nuclear energy. Are solar energy exchange traded funds (ETFs) able to emerge from the long shadows? Cost reduction is the main driver in the ene...

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  • Uranium ETF Lower After Bounce

    03-28-2011 09:30 AM by John Spence

    The nearly $250 million Global X Uranium ETF (NYSEArca: URA) was back under pressure to start the week as Japan's unfolding disaster raised more questions around the globe about the future of nuclear energy. Low-level radiation was discovered in Massachusetts rainwater linked ...

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  • Japan's Impact on Energy ETFs

    03-24-2011 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The estimated cost of the disaster in Japan was raised to about $309 billion, making it the world's most expensive natural disaster.  Re-insurers are not expected to take as big a hit as was initially expected.  But the impact from the nuclear reactors could have an impact on ren...

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  • All Eyes Are On Energy ETFs

    03-18-2011 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    After a breakout of unrest in the Middle East and now the widespread media coverage of the nuclear power plant saga in Japan, people are focusing on the energy sector and energy related exchange traded funds (ETFs), such as basic crude oil to alternative energy. Oil. Crude sup...

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  • Looking at Alternative Energy with ETFs

    03-15-2011 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Renewed fear and scrutiny over the nuclear power sector have investors looking to alternative-energy sector exchange traded funds (ETFs). As nuclear-power stocks experience a sell-off, the alternative-energy sector saw increased inflows, which experts believe will continue in ...

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  • Green ETFs: In the Eye of the Beholder?

    03-01-2011 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    In the absence of any real legislation when it comes to labeling something "green," exchange traded fund (ETF) investors may need to do their own due diligence when it comes to owning the companies that make up those funds. Currently there are no strict rules regarding which c...

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  • Solar ETFs Are Seeing Sunny Days

    02-17-2011 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    President Obama's budget proposal includes a 12% bump for the Energy Department and it could translate into even more of a kick for solar energy exchange traded funds (ETFs). Murray Coleman for Barron's reports that the plan would include $457 million for solar energy research...

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  • Solar ETFs Flying High on Analysts' Boost

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

    Solar exchange traded funds (ETFs) led the charts today thanks to a buy recommendation for one of the sector's largest players. Goldman Sachs just added First Solar (NASDAQ: FSLR) to its buy list, citing the company's efforts at cuttings costs and reducing its exposure to debt...

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  • Solar ETFs Get a Boost From Goldman

    01-24-2011 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Solar exchange traded funds (ETFs) are up as much as 3% today after a major holding got a nod of approval from Goldman Sachs. First Solar (NASDAQ: FSLR) was added to Goldman's conviction buy list. The bank also estimated that the company would earn $9.40 this year, but that th...

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  • ETF Spotlight: Guggenheim Solar (TAN)

    01-19-2011 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    ETF Spotlight on Guggenheim Solar (NYSEArca: TAN), part of a weekly series. Assets: $149.3 million Objective: Tracks the MAC Global Solar Energy Index, which owns 30 securities in the solar energy industry. Holdings: Top names in the fund include First Solar (NASDAQ: FSL...

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  • Clean Energy ETFs Building Momentum

    01-16-2011 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    A winter of insane weather, from tons of snow to raging flood waters, has climate change in the crosshairs. The new urgency for alternative energy could be what solar and wind exchange traded funds (ETFs) need to get in gear. Wyatt Investment Research reports that interest in ...

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  • Solar ETFs: Time to Shine

    01-07-2011 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Solar exchange traded funds (ETFs) have been whacked in the last year - both Market Vectors Solar Energy (NYSEArca: KWT) and Guggenheim Global Solar Index (NYSEArca: TAN) have lost more than 30% in that time. Some say the solar energy industry will have a chance to come into i...

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  • Solar ETFs Lag As U.S. Becomes Net Exporter

    12-18-2010 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    President Obama has pledged to increase U.S. exports to boost the economy. Solar energy is apparently pulling its weight in that regard, yet solar exchange traded funds (ETFs) are putting up painful numbers. The domestic solar power industry is helping the Obama administration...

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  • Investing In Socially-Responsible Themed ETFs

    12-11-2010 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Corporations are all about making that buck. But, can companies found in socially responsible exchange traded funds (ETFs) adhere to their ethics and values and still maintain their profit goals? Socially responsible investing is a term that has come to mean many things. It ca...

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  • Solar ETFs May Shine As Law Fails to Pass

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

    California's Proposition 23, which would have suspended the state's greenhouse gas law, was roundly defeated. Margot Roosevelt for The Los Angeles Times reports that this was the largest public referendum in history on climate and clean energy policy. Wealthy Californian phil...

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  • Why Solar ETFs Are Getting Warmer

    10-18-2010 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    About five months ago, a major push was given to the solar industry by the Asian Development Bank. Can this initiative put some force behind solar exchange traded funds (ETFs)? Under the plan, the bank will implement a variety of solar power projects that will push capacity to...

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  • 7 Top ETFs in the Third Quarter

    10-04-2010 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) were stuck in a lull at the beginning of the quarter. The markets soon struck a more positive note to wrap up the third quarter in a strong way. Let's take a look at what ETFs investors were focusing on in the third quarter. Sugar. Speculation on r...

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  • The Powerful Force Behind Solar ETFs

    08-20-2010 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    While the United States hems and haws on crafting a firm energy policy, China is already there and it's giving a boost to solar exchange traded funds (ETFs). The sun and its energy are on many investor's minds, and China may be the driving force behind these funds. China's Nat...

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  • The Solar ETFs Keep On Shining

    08-16-2010 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The concept of solar energy sounds like a free and easy answer, but one of the major roadblocks is the high cost of converting the energy. Can related exchange traded funds (ETFs) assist in the proliferation of this alternative energy? Materials handling and manufacturing, pro...

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  • The Best and Worst ETFs of July

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

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

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  • Utility ETFs for Growing Energy Demands

    07-29-2010 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    No matter what you do in today's world, you are using the goods and services provided by your local utility provider. As the country grows, greater demand for energy will likely provide a great opportunity for growth in utility exchange traded funds (ETFs), too. Powered by coa...

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  • The Bright Future of Solar ETFs

    07-14-2010 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Despite the drop-off in oil prices, governments and research facilities are clamoring to make solar energy a viable source of power. The progress is promising, and if solar manufacturing and applications continue to develop, you can bet that related exchange-traded funds (ETFs) w...

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  • Green ETFs Get a Boost from Washington

    07-10-2010 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    With the country's attention focused on the ecological catastrophe in the Gulf, the U.S. Senate has finally started to once again address major energy legislation. Green-energy exchange traded fund (ETFs) may get a chance to shine as Congress tries to entice the sector with some...

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  • Alternative Energy ETFs: The Key to Recovery?

    07-06-2010 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    When 48 states have a combined budget shortfall of $200 billion, you know there is something terribly wrong with their economics. But, according to one reporter, if the United States could focus on building out its alternative energy infrastructure, it could organically address i...

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  • The Fate of Green ETFs as Legislation Moves Through Congress

    06-22-2010 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Congress has yet to pass a comprehensive new energy bill, but Senate Democrats are meeting behind closed doors to itemize a list of proposals that could breathe new life into alternative-energy exchange traded funds (ETFs). Still, the road to an all-encompassing energy bill will ...

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  • Solar ETFs: Is Now the Time?

    06-02-2010 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    So it goes: oil and gas prices have fallen off, which means that interest in alternative energy has declined in kind. Solar exchange traded funds (ETFs) are down significantly for the year, but will it always be so? Last week, SunPower (NASDAQ: SPWRA) gained 22% on decent firs...

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  • Know Which ETFs Come With Euro Exposure

    05-19-2010 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The euro has fallen mightily against the U.S. dollar, and some believe it will weaken even more. Regardless of whether the euro further weakens or makes a strong rally, it is prudent to know how much your exchange traded fund (ETF) portfolio is exposed to the euro. Don Dion fo...

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  • It's Earth Day: Your Guide to Green ETFs

    04-22-2010 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Happy Earth Day! Of course, every day should be Earth Day. Around the world, people are working to fix climate change and reverse the damage that's been done to our planet over the years. You can give yourself the opportunity to profit from this movement by using these exchange t...

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  • Solar and Wind ETFs: Looking at the Big Picture

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

    Whether you believe that global warming is a reality or not, the fact is that there are growing industries dedicated to finding sources of cleaner energy and you can access them by using green energy exchange traded funds (ETFs). Two of the major alternative energy sectors are...

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  • Solar Energy ETFs May Start To Pick Up After A Rocky Start

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

    The lights went out on solar-energy exchange traded funds (ETFs) in February, which dropped by double digits for the month. The good news? Incentive programs and government financing are revitalizing the ailing sector. Claymore/MAC Global Solar Energy (NYSEArca: TAN) and Marke...

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  • 16 ETFs to Play Obama's State of the Union Speech

    01-28-2010 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    President Barack Obama addressed some of the major issues facing our economy today and expressed his desire to work toward resolving them. Here are a few exchange traded funds (ETFs) that could be opportunities as the nation's problems remain in the spotlight. Health Care. The...

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  • Finding Green ETF Opportunities In Bleak Jobs Report

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

    Clean energy may get the attention it craves, as PresidentBarack Obama unveiled a substantial tax credit for green causes, giving related shares and exchange traded funds (ETF) a chance to rally. In an effort to boost jobs and tackle climate change in one decision, Obama unve...

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  • Solar ETFs Soar As Energy Embraced by U.S.

    01-07-2010 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    While solar energy might be employed more in other countries (think Germany and China), many states on our own turf have been pushing  to use the energy source more. Even if you don't install your own panels, you can play the growth with solar exchange traded funds (ETFs). Ava...

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  • Solar ETFs Primed to Heat Up in 2010

    12-15-2009 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    It's been a tough year for solar energy sector and related exchange traded funds (ETFs), and many analysts don't look favorably upon the sector for the short-term. But some are stepping out in support of the sector's growth in 2010 and beyond. Wall Street analysts have been ex...

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  • Solar ETFs: Lighting Up the Green Energy Sector

    11-16-2009 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The solar energy sector might not be at full strength just yet, but its prospects are looking much better than they were last year. Now may be the time to consider the sector's exchange traded funds (ETFs) as an opportunity. Last year, financing seized up and demand went off ...

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  • ETFs to Play Obama's New Policies

    11-13-2009 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Each administration brings its own set of policies to the White House. Investing in exchange traded funds (ETFs) may be a prudent way to experience a potential windfall from the country's new direction without the high volatility inherent in individual stocks. ETFs are a good ...

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  • The Basics of Building an ETF Portfolio

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

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) are intended for creating a low-cost and diverse portfolio regardless of which type of investor you may be. Here's a breakdown of the various categories you can consider. For every portfolio need, there is an ETF to fill it. Whether you're looking...

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  • The Surprising Source of Green Energy ETF Growth

    10-14-2009 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The green energy sector, along with related exchange traded funds (ETFs), has seen one of the largest influx of new money as governments worldwide acknowledge the importance of green technology and its effect on their economies. All over the world, governments have set aside m...

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  • A Brighter Light Shines Upon Solar ETFs

    09-11-2009 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    A bright spot is appearing in the alternative energy industry and solar exchange traded funds (ETFs) could be the ones benefiting from all the light. Why? Solar energy is becoming cheaper and more efficient to make through advances in solar panel technology. The industry i...

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  • Why Solar ETFs Could Soon Shine Brighter

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

    The price of solar panels is coming down so much that they're becoming affordable to some consumers. This could ultimately benefit solar exchange traded funds (ETFs) as more people take their homes into the era of green. The cost to install solar panels as a source of energy ...

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  • Why Wind and Solar ETFs Are Worth a Look

    08-25-2009 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Energy costs are on the rise, and some forms of energy are eventually going to be gone forever. This could be a boon to alternative energy exchange traded funds (ETFs), especially if the United States plays its cards right. Why hasn't renewable or sustainable energy been util...

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  • ETF Provider Claymore and Guggenheim Strike a Deal

    07-31-2009 09:39 AM by Tom Lydon

    Popular and innovative exchange traded fund (ETF) provider Claymore has struck a deal with globally diversified institutional manager Guggenheim Partners. Guggenheim Partners and Claymore Group have announced that they've entered into an agreement and plan to merge. As part o...

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  • Why China Could Be the Guiding Light for Solar ETFs

    07-29-2009 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    China's heavy investment in solar energy projects could not only make the country a world leader when it comes to solar power, but it could also deliver some sunshine to exchange traded funds (ETFs) that track the sector. When it comes to alternative energy, China has strateg...

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  • Alternative Energy ETFs: Not So 'Alternative' Anymore

    07-21-2009 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Alternative energy and the sector's related exchange traded funds (ETFs) are at a pivotal point from going "alternative" to becoming commercialized and ready-to-use as a staple source on which the United States can run. And it's not just here. The efforts span across borders,...

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  • 5 Best-Performing ETFs from March Lows

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

    While the markets rode on an upward trend from March lows, some exchange traded funds (ETFs) surprised and elated many with their huge rallies. Let's take a look at some of the best showings. The alternative energy industry is readying itself for a brighter future, especially ...

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  • Solar ETFs: Why They're Moving Higher Today

    06-19-2009 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The utilization of renewable power and energy sources are going to expand nationwide, especially as President Barack Obama works to boost the amount of solar power that we use in as little as three years. Both U.S and global solar stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) stand to...

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  • Why Solar Energy, ETFs, Are Glowing

    06-11-2009 03:32 PM by Tom Lydon

    Solar energy stocks and related exchange traded funds (ETFs) are basking in the glow of an alternative energy rally, as crude prices have crept upward. Solar power may be looking at the sunny side of things as crude oil has gone past $71 per barrel, giving more cause to the c...

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  • Why Solar ETFs Are On a Path to Growth

    06-05-2009 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The United States has been known as a bit of a laggard when it comes to green technologies, which makes it a good thing that the solar exchange traded funds (ETFs) have global exposure. It also means that there's room for growth here, too. While the United States is increasing...

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  • Why Solar, ETFs Are Gaining More Power

    05-09-2009 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Solar panels are one of the easiest modern conveniences for hose who prefer green energy, particularly solar power. A plan to have utilities purchase power from homeowners could jump-start the industry and related exchange traded funds (ETFs).Installing small solar panels in you...

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  • How to Capitalize on Electrical Grid Upgrades With ETFs

    05-04-2009 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    No question: the U.S. electrical grid needs a serious upgrade, and exchange traded fund (ETF) investors could stand to benefit as the changes take place. The task of quantifying savings is almost, if not completely, impossible. The price tag of a new grid is elusive, and esti...

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  • How You Can Celebrate Earth Day With ETFs

    04-22-2009 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Earth Day is every day and more people are becoming aware of this as we face mounting problems such as global warming, overflowing waste and serious drought conditions. Can the advent of clean/green energy exchange traded funds (ETFs) help fund the projects that will take us to ...

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  • The Top Five ETFs in March

    04-01-2009 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) had their ups and downs in March. Who were the real standouts, and which area dominated? Global markets captured four of the top five positions for the month of March. Does this mean a turnaround is in the works? The only way to answer that questi...

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  • Why Are Solar ETFs Red Hot?

    03-31-2009 02:45 PM by Tom Lydon

    Tom Lydon's latest blog post for CNBC is up and running. This time, he's talking about recent events in the solar exchange traded fund (ETF) area. This post is part of a regular series written by Tom for CNBC's Stock Blog....

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  • Why Solar ETFs Are Shining Today

    03-26-2009 11:06 AM by Tom Lydon

    Solar exchange traded funds (ETFs) are up about 18% today, and some solar stocks are up close to 50%. What's driving the sharp move upward? Among the possible reasons: China's efforts to step up its support for solar power is apparently driving the move, says Jay Yarow fo...

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  • What's Driving Growth in Solar Industry and ETFs?

    03-25-2009 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Provisions in last year's bailout bill and this year's stimulus gave the solar industry and its exchange traded funds (ETFs) an enormous boost. In 2008, solar energy capacity grew an astonishing 17%. Of the four types of solar power, the growth leader of the pack was photovolta...

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  • What Does Alternative Energy ETF Need for Success?

    02-28-2009 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Our leaders are spouting the slogan "alternative energy is the future," but what's it going to take for alternative energy exchange traded funds (ETFs) to really power up (cleanly, that is)? A top priority for President Barack Obama is the reduction of dependence on foreign oi...

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  • How Utilities May Boost Solar Energy ETFs

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

    In a time where green startups are having difficulty raising money, utilities companies are turning to solar-powered alternatives and may bail out the sector and its exchange traded funds (ETFs). On Tuesday, Pacific Gas & Electric recently announced that it will spend $1.5 ...

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  • One Thing Clean Energy ETFs Need to Grow

    02-12-2009 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Clean energy may not be seeing the sunnier side of the pasture, as the one-time rally from the introduction of the Obama administration isn't enough to sustain the sector, planned projects and related exchange traded funds (ETFs). Development Halted. The plummeting economy and...

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  • How Bright Is the Future for Solar ETFs?

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

    During a time of global meltdown, very few people would keep an eye out on solar stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs), but a market lingering around its lows may just be the incentive to keep solar energy for the long haul. Solar technologies can be deployed either through ...

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  • 14 ETFs to Keep in Mind for 2009

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

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

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  • What Will It Take For Solar ETFs to Shine?

    12-05-2008 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Southern California Edison is on the cusp of the alternative energy movement, and their push could help warm up solar exchange traded funds (ETFs). The newest power plant from Edison consists of 33,700 solar panels atop a warehouse in Fontana, CA. The panels are set to fee...

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  • Obama's Plan Has Many ETF Implications

    11-24-2008 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    President-elect Barack Obama plans for a grand entrance into the Oval Office with an economic recovery effort that will touch upon many different sectors and exchange traded funds (ETFs). Obama has directed his economic team to create a two-year stimulus plan that he hopes to ...

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  • Creaky Power Grid Could Black Out Solar, Wind ETFs

    11-10-2008 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    A new industry report claims sun and wind energy may interrupt the power grid, creating a new set of obstacles for inventors, investors and exchange traded funds (ETFs) within the industry. By adding electricity generated by the sun and the wind to the nation's power grid, the...

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  • Jury Still Out on Obama's Effect on Solar ETFs

    11-10-2008 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    It's eagerly anticipated that solar exchange traded funds (ETFs) and the industry at large will get a boost from Obama's election last week as president. However, some are cautioning that while there might be euphoria over the prospects for alternative energy, it could be shor...

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  • ETFs Could Shine As Colleges Catch Solar Waves

    10-25-2008 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    If the steps California's colleges are taking to incorporate solar power become the hot new trend, solar exchange traded funds (ETFs) could begin to heat up. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced a public-private partnership to bring solar power to 15 California State Universit...

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  • ETF Alternatives That Respond to Energy Needs

    10-15-2008 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The need for change is in the air, and exchange traded funds (ETFs) are reflecting this as alternative energy creeps into the consciousness of the mainstream. Many investors are betting on which alternative energy funds and stocks are going to get pushed around by the swings i...

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  • Solar ETFs Pushed Along By Changing Energy Landscape

    09-26-2008 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The solar power industry is booming right now, and perhaps it will soon translate into success for related exchange traded funds (ETFs.) A surge in energy prices, combined with generous incentives and tax credits, has given rise to hundreds of small businesses. Most of these a...

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  • Oil and Gas Exploration ETFs: The Wave of the Future?

    09-24-2008 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The market is down, no doubt, and exchange traded fund(ETFs) have followed, but one thing is for certain that the market will turn around and financial markets will recover. Stocks all recover from bear markets, and they will recover from recent conditions. Gary Gordon for ETF...

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  • Solar ETFs Drop Sharply After Reports of Panel Glut

    09-09-2008 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Solar stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) plummeted after oil prices fell lower and investors worried about an oversupply of solar panels. One analyst at Lehman says the sell-off could be because of a misinterpretation of statements made by a solar executive, reports Dirk ...

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  • August Had Alternative Energy ETFs Seeing Green

    09-04-2008 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Anyone on the fence about green and alternative energy exchange traded funds (ETFs) might find themselves converted by gains in August. Advances within the alternative energy sector symbolized major reversals from previous setbacks that were suffered before, reports Richard Wi...

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  • Like the Beatles, Solar ETFs Will Follow the Sun

    08-14-2008 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The surge in alternative energy interest has shed some light on two solar stocks, both of which are assets in solar exchange traded funds (ETFs). LDK Solar (LDK) gave quarterly results that were so hot, they burned analysts' low expectations. A sequential leap of 50% in wafer ...

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  • Alternative Energy and ETFs: The Next Bubble?

    08-11-2008 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    In the last decade, the spotlight has gone from tech, to real estate and then to oil, so will alternative energy the next hot spot for exchange traded fund (ETF) investors to flock to? Chris Farrell, the economics correspondent for Marketplace, says that it's indeed going to b...

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Number of Holdings: 27

Unknown 54.4%
Technology 45.6%
Renewable Energy Equipment 55.4%
Unknown 29.8%
Renewable Energy Project Dev 11%
Electrical Power Equipment 2.6%
Base Metals 1.2%
United States 42.9%
Unknown 29.9%
China 20.8%
Germany 2.6%
Switzerland 2.6%
Canada 1.2%
Unknown 29.9%
Large-cap 23.6%
Mid-cap 19.7%
Small-cap 14.5%
Micro-cap 12.3%

Number of Holdings: 27

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Ticker

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Country

9.8% SUNE SUNEDISON INC 0
9.4% HANERGY THIN FILM PO... 0
8.9% GCL-Poly Energy Hold... Energy 43984760000 China
8.8% FSLR First Solar Inc Technology 6422380000 United States
6.8% SCTY SolarCity Corp Technology 5468810000 United States
5.1% SPWR SunPower Corp Technology 4394240000 United States
4.8% Xinyi Solar Holdings... Energy 15686400000 China
3.7% MBTN Meyer Burger Technol... Industrials 849490000 Switzerland
3.6% CSIQ Canadian Solar Inc Technology 1848260000 United States
3.3% SHUNFENG PHOTOVOLTAI... 0

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