ETF Resumé

UNGTicker Symbol

USCommodity Natural Gas Fund LP ETFFund

 

21.07

  • Change -0.24 (-1.1%)
  • Volume 5.66 M

4:00 PM EDT Aug 20, 2014
U.S. Markets are closed

  • Assets $657.8M
  • Expense Ratio 0.60%
  • Yield N/A
  • Vs 50 Day EMA %
  • Vs 200 Day EMA %

Commodity Based ETF

United States Natural Gas Fund LP is a Delaware limited partnership incorporated in the USA. The Fund's objective is to have changes in percentage terms of its unit's net asset value reflect the changes of the price of Natural Gas delivered to Henry Hub Louisiana as measured by changes in percentage terms of the price of the Natural Gas futures contract on the NYMEX.

Performance
TODAY 1 DAY 5 DAY 10 DAY 1 MO 3 MO 6 MO 1 YR 2 YR 5 YR
-1.1% -1.1% 0.0% -2.9% -3.2% -16.2% -21.4% 15.6% 11.2% -77.1%
Last Close Volume
AVG VOL (10 D) CHANGE
7,798,639 -37.8%
Trend on Last Close
  Price EMA EMA P DATE CROSSED
50 DAY 21.07 22.45 -6.1% 06-20-2014
200 DAY 21.07 22.95 -8.2% 07-07-2014
Technical
ALPHA BETA R2 STD DEV
-0.0207 -0.050 0.000 0.099
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  • Natural Gas Tumble Weighs on Equity ETF

    07-23-2014 01:08 PM by Todd Shriber

    Futures-based natural gas exchange traded funds and exchange traded notes (ETNs) are trading modestly higher, but that is not enough to stop the bleeding caused by moderate summer temperatures throughout much of the U.S. Natural gas futures still hove near eight-month lows as ...

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  • Long Natural Gas ETFs Burning Out

    07-21-2014 02:07 PM by Tom Lydon

    Natural gas prices have plunged to about an eight-month low as temperate weather conditions keep Americans from reaching for the A/C. Meanwhile, related exchange traded funds that take a bearish stance on the market are surging on the falling prices. The VelocityShares Daily 3...

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  • Natural Gas ETF’s Chart Shows Weakness

    07-10-2014 07:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Natural gas exchange traded funds have enjoyed some days in the sun this year, ranking among the best ETFs earlier in 2014. However, signs are mounting that the sun may be setting on the long natural gas trade. With Wednesday's loss, the United States Natural Gas Fund (NYSEArc...

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  • Natural Gas ETF Burns Brighter After Supply Miss

    06-12-2014 01:44 PM by Max Chen

    Natural gas prices and related exchange traded funds surged Thursday, experiencing their largest one-day move in almost two months, after new gas injections failed to impress. The United States Natural Gas Fund (NYSEArca: UNG) jumped 4.8% Thursday. NYMEX natural gas futures...

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  • Natural Gas ETFs Lose Momentum on Increasing Supply Outlook

    06-02-2014 01:52 PM by Max Chen

    Natural gas exchange traded funds are losing heat, with gas speculators the least bullish on the commodity this year, as the quicker-than-expected increase in production bolsters inventories. The United States Natural Gas Fund (NYSEArca: UNG) has declined 5.1% and iPath Dow Jo...

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  • California Heat Provides Glimpse of Natgas ETF Action Over Summer

    05-14-2014 08:15 AM by Tom Lydon

    Air conditioners are running full blast in California as a heat wave grips the state, pushing up spot electricity prices to its highest seasonal level in six years and providing a litmus test for natural gas prices and related exchange traded funds for the summer months. The N...

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  • Natural Gas ETFs Find Support as EIA Raises Forecast

    05-07-2014 07:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    As a result of the diminished supply outlook, natural gas related exchange traded funds could maintain their current levels, with the Energy Information Administration outlining higher-than-anticipated average natural gas prices for 2014. The United States Natural Gas Fund (NY...

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  • This Week’s Most Searched ETFs: Boring is Beautiful

    05-03-2014 08:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    It was a tepid end to April and start to May this week as the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average eked out modestly weekly gains. The Nasdaq Composite was the leader of the trio with a gain of almost 1%. While the evidence is anecdotal and represents just one week of ...

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  • April’s Best ETFs: Commodities Cruise

    05-01-2014 10:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    It was not a memorable April for U.S. stocks, but it was not a dreadful month, either. When parsing through the best and worst exchange traded funds of the month, some obvious themes emerge. Among the worst ETFs, momentum funds suffered. April's worst non-leveraged ETFs run th...

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  • Low Production Outlook is Supporting Natural Gas ETFs

    04-30-2014 01:31 PM by Max Chen

    With U.S. energy companies focusing more on crude oil production, natural gas prices and related exchange traded funds could burn brighter. Goldman Sachs calculates that natural gas could trade between $5.75 and $6.5 per million British thermal units before enticing energy pro...

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  • Charts Say More Upside for Energy ETFs

    04-30-2014 09:30 AM by Todd Shriber

    Already the second-best sector in the S&P 500 this year and the top sector in April, energy has rebounded in a big way of being a laggard in 2013. With an array of equity-based energy exchange traded funds residing on the new all-time list on a daily basis and with the end...

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  • Natural Gas: Finally a Winning Bet

    04-21-2014 09:30 AM by Todd Shriber

    A five-year chart for the United States Natural Gas Fund (NYSEArca: UNG) is not a pretty picture. Marred by multiple reverse splits and surging supplies thanks to the fracking boom, UNG has plunged 75% over the past five years. This year has been far more kind to natural gas b...

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  • Natural Gas ETF Heats Up on Supply Concerns

    04-17-2014 01:52 PM by Tom Lydon

    Natural gas prices and related exchange traded fund surged Thursday on a lower-than-expected U.S. supply injection over the past week, fueling concerns that inventories will remain low through spring and summer. The United States Natural Gas Fund (NYSEArca: UNG) rose 3.9% Thur...

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  • Equity Nat Gas ETF Finally Topping Commodity

    04-11-2014 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    After soaring to start 2014 and ranking as one of the best exchange traded products of any type, the United States Natural Gas Fund (NYSEArca: UNG) pulled back in late February. However, UNG is still up more than 23% year-to-date and has gained 4.1% in the past week. Natural g...

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  • Summer Shortfall Could Bolster Natural Gas ETFs

    03-31-2014 03:48 PM by Max Chen

    After the the coldest winter in 32 years forced Americans to burn through almost 3 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, exchange traded funds that the commodity have retreated, but a summer shortfall could again propel these funds higher. The United States Natural Gas Fund (NYS...

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  • Tax Considerations When Trading Popular Commodity ETFs

    03-18-2014 08:15 AM by Tom Lydon

    Commodity exchange traded funds surged over the last three months after a lackluster 2013. With commodity-related ETFs and exchange traded notes (ETNs) back in the limelight, it is important for investors to understand how these products operate and how the IRS taxes these invest...

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  • Nat Gas ETF Surged on Winter Conditions, But Warmer Weather Ahead

    02-27-2014 11:46 AM 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 funds market. This week, I looked at the United States Natural Gas Fund (NYSEArca: UNG). The natural gas market...

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  • Nat Gas Stocks ETF Tries to Play Catchup

    02-25-2014 07:30 AM by Todd Shriber

    Prior to Monday, it was safe to say natural gas futures and the relevant exchange traded products were enjoying banner starts to 2014. Even with a 5.7% decline Monday, the United States Natural Gas Fund (NYSEArca: UNG) is still up more than 26% this year while the iPath Dow Jo...

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  • Some Investors are Departing Nat Gas ETFs

    02-24-2014 01:06 PM by Tom Lydon

    In what could easily be a case of simple profit-taking, some investors are departing from natural gas exchange traded products following the commodity's jaw-dropping 2014 surge. The United States Natural Gas Fund (NYSEArca: UNG) and the iPath Dow Jones-UBS Natural Gas Total Re...

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  • Nat Gas ETF has Plenty of Room to Run

    02-21-2014 02:11 PM by Tom Lydon

    The United States Natural Gas Fund (NYSEArca: UNG) is up another 2% Friday, a move that if it holds, will elevate UNG to a 30% year-to-date gain. That will be enough to easily keep UNG on the list of the 10 best non-leveraged ETFs to this point in 2014. Earlier this week, natu...

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  • Warm Up Your Natural Gas ETF; Another Polar Blast Is Coming

    02-21-2014 02:06 PM by Max Chen

    The East coast is begrudgingly bracing for another polar blast, but natural gas exchange traded fund traders are welcoming the cold as the greater demand for the heating fuel pushed up prices and reduced inventories to the lowest in a decade. The United States Natural Gas Fund...

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  • Natural Gas ETF Burning Up as Futures Climb Above $6

    02-19-2014 02:15 PM by Max Chen

    Natural gas exchange traded funds are heating up, with gas futures shooting above $6 for the first time in four years, as another cold winter front moves across the U.S. The United States Natural Gas Fund (NYSEArca: UNG) was up 4.9% Wednesday. UNG has gained 8.4% over the past...

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  • This Week’s Most Searched ETFs: Commodities Reign

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

    The S&P 500 closed the week in strong form, helping U.S. equities to the first weekly rise in four despite a less-than-impressive January jobs report. For the week, the three major U.S. indices all posted gains of at least 0.5%. Despite the gains for equities, commodities ...

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  • An ETF Left Behind; Natty Rally no Help to This ETF

    02-06-2014 01:34 PM by Todd Shriber

    The iPath Dow Jones-UBS Natural Gas Total Return Sub-Index ETN (NYSEArca: GAZ) and the United States Natural Gas Fund (NYSEArca: UNG) are each down about 2% in midday trading Thursday, but that does not change the fact that the two entered Thursday's session as second- and third-...

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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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  • As Nat Gas Rises, no Breaks for Coal ETF

    01-30-2014 09:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    No pun intended, but natural gas has been cooking with, well, gas this year. Natural gas is the best performing commodity in the S&P GSCI Commodity Index this year and the iPath Dow Jones-UBS Natural Gas Total Return Sub-Index ETN (NYSEArca: GAZ) and the United States Natu...

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  • Obama, Weather Lift UNG; More Gains Seen

    01-29-2014 03:23 PM by Tom Lydon

    The United States Natural Gas Fund (NYSEArca: UNG) is easy to spot on ETF heatmap on Wednesday. UNG is one of the few slivers of green in a sea of red. The high-flying fund, which tracks natural gas futures, is up almost 10% in late trading on volume that s nearly five times t...

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  • Indexology®: Nat Gas Is HOTTEST In 4 Years

    01-29-2014 06:30 AM by Indexology Blog By SP Dow Jones Indices

    Every conversation I've had today with people from Nashville to Toronto has started with how cold it is outside.  After the shock of the cold and when the heating bills come due, the conversation may turn to how expensive heat was in January.  That, of course, is at least for tho...

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  • Investors Temper Natural Gas Bets with Inverse ETFs

    01-27-2014 01:40 PM by Tom Lydon

    After touching a four-year high, natural gas prices are beginning to cool Monday. Investors have been hedging against the euphoria with inverse, or short, natural gas exchange traded funds. The U.S. Natural Gas Fund (NYSEArca: UNG) was down 2.8% Monday after surging 17.9% over...

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  • Indexology®: Natural Gas Is Backwardated

    01-27-2014 06:00 AM by Indexology Blog By SP Dow Jones Indices

    >When I see a forecast of freezing weather, unlike most, I don't think about how I will dress warmly or prepare for the cold.  As a commodity lady, I think about how much the price of natural gas will increase. However when I saw this on TV yesterday, I had more food for thoug...

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  • Nat Gas ETFs Surge as Futures Top $5 for First Time Since 2010

    01-24-2014 02:16 PM by Max Chen

    Natural gas exchange traded funds are burning up, with gas futures breaking to a three-and-a-half year high, as the winter freeze keeps demand for heating fuel hot. The U.S. Natural Gas Fund (NYSEArca: UNG) jumped 7.2% Friday. The ETF is up 10.3% so far this year. NYMEX nat...

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  • Bitter Cold Keeps Heating Natural Gas ETFs

    01-23-2014 02:50 PM by Max Chen

    Americans may think it's cold now, but the current wintry weather may be a preview of an even colder arctic blast ahead, fueling a surge in natural gas prices and exchange traded funds. Matt Rogers, president of Commodity Weather Group LLC., forecasts temperatures across the e...

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  • Natural Gas ETFs Look Toasty During Artic Blast

    01-22-2014 01:40 PM by Tom Lydon

    Americans are huddling next to their heaters as a winter storm rages across the Northeastern seaboard, fueling natural gas exchange traded funds and pushing futures to a two-and-half year high. The U.S. Natural Gas Fund (NYSEArca: UNG) is up 3.9% Wednesday. UNG has gained 14.4...

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  • A Big Rally Could Await Natty

    01-07-2014 02:33 PM by Tom Lydon

    The United States Natural Gas Fund (NYSEArca: UNG) is off about 1% in the past week, but plunging temperatures across the U.S. could be a sign that those that can handle the volatility ought to be patient with UNG. Additionally, natural gas futures, which have outpaced the S&a...

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  • ETF Chart of the Day: Gas Up

    01-06-2014 12:09 PM by Paul Weisbruch, Street One Financial

    Natural Gas prices have skyrocketed since early November but UNG (United States Natural Gas Fund, Expense Ratio 0.60%) has hit some resistance in recent sessions near the $22 level. This has not stopped the fund from pulling in new assets on heavier trading volume in the ETF, ...

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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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  • Natural Gas ETF Looks Hot After Winter Blast

    12-23-2013 02:25 PM by Tom Lydon

    A natural gas exchange traded fund is heating up, with hedge funds increasing long bets on the commodity, as a wintry blast hits the U.S. The U.S. Natural Gas Fund (NYSEArca: UNG) is up 1.3% Monday. UNG surged 20.2% over the past month and rose 15.3% year-to-date. NYMEX nat...

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  • 2013’s Best Commodities ETFs

    12-20-2013 07:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    With the drubbing the commodities complex has taken this year, finding a multiple commodities exchange traded products with which to build a "best of" list would appear to be a daunting task. The major physically backed gold and silver ETFs are down 27.4% and 35%, respectively...

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  • It Could be a Warm Winter for This Nat Gas ETF

    12-16-2013 12:44 PM by Todd Shriber

    The U.S. Natural Gas Fund (NYSEArca: UNG) is the natural gas exchange traded fund that commands the most attention, but the equity-based First Trust ISE-Revere Natural Gas Index Fund (NYSEArca: FCG) also merits near-term consideration. The $475.6 million FCG is over is six and...

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  • Natural Gas ETF Shakes Off Large Inventory Injection

    10-24-2013 02:04 PM by Tom Lydon

    Despite the higher-than-expected supply injection last week, natural gas exchange traded funds are still showing some fire after experiencing a large pullback earlier this week. The United States Natural Gas Fund (NYSEArca: UNG) gained 0.5% Thursday. UNG declined 4.3% over the...

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  • ETF Chart of the Day: Gas Up

    10-16-2013 01:47 PM by Paul Weisbruch, Street One Financial

    The largest ETP tracker of Natural Gas futures, UNG (United States Natural Gas Fund, Expense Ratio 0.60%) has seen an uptick in options activity lately on a steady winning streak in terms of price performance since earlier this month. The January 21 calls, which are about 6.5%...

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  • Cold Snap Strengthens Natural Gas ETFs Before EIA Shutdown

    10-11-2013 02:14 PM by Tom Lydon

    An early chill stoked demand for heating fuel and warmed up natural gas exchange traded funds, with gas futures moving toward their largest weekly gain in 11 months. The United States Natural Gas Fund (NYSEArca: UNG) gained 7.3% over the past week, and the ProShares Ultra DJ-U...

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  • Natural Gas ETF Jumps as Winter Looms

    10-07-2013 01:42 PM by Tom Lydon

    With rigs in the Gulf of Mexico operating againg after a hurricane disrupted operations, the natural gas exchange traded fund is strengthening in anticipation to winter weather. The United States Natural Gas Fund (NYSEArca: UNG) surged over 4% Monday. UNG, though, is still dow...

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  • A Hurricane and Wintry Weather Help Support Natural Gas ETF

    10-03-2013 01:40 PM by Tom Lydon

    Rising inventory levels are weighing on natural gas exchange traded funds, but a growing tropical system in the Gulf and colder weather over central U.S. helped curb losses. The United States Natural Gas Fund (NYSEArca: UNG) was 0.4% lower Thursday. UNG is down 3.6% year-to-da...

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  • Temperate Weather Stifles Natural Gas ETF

    09-26-2013 01:51 PM by Tom Lydon

    A higher-than-expected supply injection cooled natural gas related exchange traded funds, with gas futures touching a five-week low on Thursday. The United States Natural Gas Fund (NYSEArca: UNG) was 0.5% lower Thursday. UNG is down 3.3% year-to-date. The U.S. Energy Inform...

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  • Oil ETFs Lower as Syria Tensions Subside

    09-24-2013 12:10 PM by Tom Lydon

    Oil prices and ETFs have lost momentum as Middle East geopolitical tensions subside. "We expect global prices to trend lower through 2014 as Libya's production comes back online after labor strike threats and the likelihood of military action likely subsides in Syria," Michael...

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  • Natural Gas ETF Cools After Inventory Data

    09-19-2013 04:20 PM by Tom Lydon

    Natural gas exchange traded funds weakened Thursday on mild temperature forecasts, brushing off an unexpectedly low natural gas supply increase. The United States Natural Gas Fund (NYSEArca: UNG) was down 0.2% Thursday. UNG is up 3.2% year-to-date. NYMEX natural gas futures...

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  • Natural Gas ETF Tests Long-Term Trend Ahead of Supply Data

    09-18-2013 12:15 PM by Tom Lydon

    A natural gas exchange traded fund has found support at its short-term trend and is now testing its long-term trend line ahead of Thursday's inventory data, with gas prices hitting an eight-week high on the late-summer heat. The United States Natural Gas Fund (NYSEArca: UNG) w...

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  • Natural Gas ETF Turns Down the Heat

    09-05-2013 02:45 PM by Tom Lydon

    The rally in the natural gas exchange traded fund is burning out on a higher-than-expected supply increase, but losses were tempered by growing Atlantic hurricane activity. The United States Natural Gas Fund (NYSEArca: UNG) declined 2.2% in mid-day trading Thursday. UNG gained...

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  • Natural Gas ETFs Extend Rally After Supply Data

    08-22-2013 04:11 PM by Tom Lydon

    Natural gas exchange traded funds brightened Thursday as the U.S. Energy Information Administration revealed unexpectedly lower gas inventories. The United States Natural Gas Fund (NYSEArca: UNG) rose 2.2% late trading Thursday. UNG has gaind 3.7% over the past week, but it is...

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  • Natural Gas ETF Bounces Back

    08-15-2013 03:30 PM by Tom Lydon

    Natural gas exchange traded funds have been burning hotter over the past week and saw a slight jump Thursday on lower-than-expected inventory levels. The United States Natural Gas Fund (NYSEArca: UNG) gained 2.3% in mid-day trading Thursday. UNG has gained 2.8% over the past w...

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  • Natural Gas ETF Snapback Rally May Be Start of Something Bigger

    08-08-2013 05:20 PM by Tom Lydon

    Natural gas exchange traded funds experienced a dramatic turnaround Thursday following weekly supply data. The rally at a key support level had technical analysts wondering if the commodity ETFs have put in a short-term bottom. United States Natural Gas Fund (NYSEArca: UNG) de...

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  • Natural Gas ETFs Fire Up on Supply Data

    07-18-2013 02:38 PM by Tom Lydon

    Natural gas exchange traded funds rallied Thursday on an unexpectedly small increase in U.S. inventories. The United States Natural Gas Fund (NYSEArca: UNG) jumped 5.1% during trading Thursday. The fund has plunged 15.9% over the past three months, but it is up 1.7% year-to-da...

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  • Staying Cool Helps Natural Gas ETFs Turn Up the Heat

    06-19-2013 04:44 PM by Tom Lydon

    Natural gas exchange traded funds are on a three-day hot streak as traders anticipate that scorching weather will fuel electricity and air conditioning usage as Americans try to keep cool. The United States Natural Gas Fund (NYSEArca: UNG) is up 1.2% in afternoon trading Wedne...

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  • A Cool Summer Could Pressure Natural Gas ETFs

    06-05-2013 07:05 AM by Tom Lydon

    Natural gas exchange traded fund traders are keeping a close watch over summer weather conditions, with initial readings pointing to a cooler month ahead. Commodity Weather Group LLC projects weather in the eastern half of the U.S. "looks rather benign with seasonable to even ...

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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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  • Natural Gas ETF Tumbles on Supply Surge

    05-02-2013 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    After months of favorable trading conditions, natural gas exchange traded funds experienced their sharpest decline in nine months on an unexpectedly high inventory level, which has some wondering if this is just the beginning of more to come. The United States Natural Gas Fund...

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  • Natural Gas ETF Pauses After Big Rally

    04-26-2013 03:29 PM by Tom Lydon

    United States Natural Gas Fund (NYSEArca: UNG) is cooling a bit after rallying for nine straight weeks. The ETF, which tracks natural gas futures, is down nearly 5% for the week. Unlike other commodities, natural gas has been supported by strong domestic U.S. demand. Meanwhile...

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  • Natural Gas ETF Jumps Over 5%

    04-18-2013 06:06 PM by Tom Lydon

    Natural gas prices have hit a 21-month high and related exchange traded funds have been on a tear as American households keep the heat on during the stubbornly cold weather. The United States Natural Gas Fund (NYSEArca: UNG) surged 5.1% in late afternoon trading Thursday. [Nat...

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  • Natural Gas ETF Captures Only Half of 120% Rally

    04-17-2013 03:49 PM by Tom Lydon

    An ETF designed to track natural gas futures has rallied 60% from its April 2012 low. That seems like a great performance but it's less than half of what the commodity's spot price has returned the past year. Since the April 2012 lows of around $1.85 per million British therma...

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  • March ETF Performance Report: S&P 500 Eyes Record High

    03-29-2013 06:34 AM by Tom Lydon

    Despite some close calls over March, especially with new rumblings out of Europe and Cyprus, the equities markets and stock exchange traded funds steered back into a bullish streak, closing the month and first quarter on historical highs. The Dow Jones Industrial Average poste...

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  • Natural Gas ETFs to Play the Rally

    03-22-2013 04:30 PM by Tom Lydon

    Natural gas traders are finally getting a break as lower inventories and rising demand helped supported a price rally. Investors can also capture the upside in the energy commodity through a number of exchange traded fund options. The largest natural gas ETF, United States nat...

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  • Natural Gas ETF Gains Momentum after Breaking 200-Day Average

    03-15-2013 02:42 PM by Tom Lydon

    With the fundamental supply and demand conditions on their side, natural gas related exchange traded funds are breaking out from a rut that extended over much of the winter months. For instance, the U.S. Natural Gas Fund (NYSEArca: UNG) was up again Friday, gaining 1.3% in tra...

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  • Natural Gas ETFs Rally on Inventories, Weather

    03-15-2013 11:50 AM by Tom Lydon

    Natural gas exchange traded funds are heating up on speculation of an unseasonably cold spring and lower-than-expected U.S. supplies. The U.S. Natural Gas Fund (NYSEArca: UNG) was up 2.8% during trading Thursday. The fund has increased 9.4% over the past month. The natural gas...

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  • How Contango Can Affect Your Commodity ETF

    03-01-2013 02:16 PM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds have helped retail investors easily access various commodities assets. However, investors should know the risks associated with commodities investments that use futures contracts, which could lead to underperformance and even losses if you are not careful. ...

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  • 2013 Could Finally Be The Year for Natural Gas ETFs

    01-12-2013 06:24 AM by Tom Lydon

    U.S. Natural Gas Fund (NYSEArca: UNG) was launched in April 2007 and has lost money in every calendar year since then as the commodity's price has stayed depressed on a supply glut. However, 2013 could finally be the year that UNG and other natural gas ETFs end the rut. UNG ca...

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  • Ups and Downs for ETFs in 2012

    12-31-2012 01:32 PM by Tom Lydon

    The end of 2012 is here and certain exchange traded funds will close out the year with a bang, while others have hit the market with a thud. Homebuilders rebounded in 2012 beautifully, while commodities just plain underperformed. "This year has proven to be a rather successful...

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  • Natural Gas ETF Cooling Off on Inventories, Weather

    11-29-2012 03:10 PM by Tom Lydon

    Natural gas exchange traded funds strengthened late summer on electricity demand amid the sweltering heat, but it now looks like the warmer weather could persist and dampen demand for heat over winter. The United States Natural Gas Fund (NYSEArca: UNG) was down 3.7% Thursday. ...

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  • Natural Gas ETF Warms Ahead of Colder Winter

    11-15-2012 05:53 AM by Tom Lydon

    A cold winter bite has helped investors warm up to natural gas exchange traded funds on expectations that the industry's stockpiles are starting to fall. The United States Natural Gas Fund (NYSEArca: UNG) was 0.6% higher Wednesday and increased 3.8% over the past week. Natu...

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  • Natural Gas ETF at 2012 High

    10-12-2012 07:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    After the sweltering summer heat, natural gas prices are hovering around this year's highs on lower-than-expected U.S. stockpiles. Now, natural gas exchange traded funds investors are waiting on the winter chill. The United States Natural Gas Fund (NYSEArca: UNG) was up 4.0% T...

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  • Gold and Silver Miner ETFs Lead the Way in September, Q3

    09-28-2012 11:17 AM by Tom Lydon

    Stock ETFs enjoyed decent gains in September to cap off a solid third quarter as gold and silver miner funds paced the advance for both periods. The major equity indices tested 2007 highs in the third quarter although the market stumbled into the end of the month and quarter. ...

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  • Natural Gas ETFs Heat Up as Market Moves into Backwardation

    07-24-2012 04:10 PM by Tom Lydon

    Natural gas exchange traded funds are firing up as increased electricity usage to combat the scorching heatwave across the U.S. has pushed the natural gas futures market into backwardation. The United States Natural Gas Fund (NYSEArca: UNG) rose 10.8% over the last week and ju...

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  • China's Rising Energy Needs Could Support Oil ETFs

    07-23-2012 03:34 PM by Tom Lydon

    Despite ongoing worries of a slowing global market, China, the world's second largest economy, has been increasing its energy imports to fuel domestic growth, supporting energy prices and oil related exchange traded funds. China imported 5.6 million barrels of oil per day in t...

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  • Natural Gas ETF May Heat Up with Weather

    07-06-2012 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    As record high temperatures stifle the U.S., natural gas exchange traded funds may finally break out of their rut on increasing electricity needs. The first five months of the year have been the hottest on record across the contiguous U.S., reports Douglas Main for LiveScience...

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  • Natural Gas ETF Rally Fizzles at Commodity’s Five-Month High

    06-27-2012 03:47 PM by John Spence

    An early rally in a natural gas ETF faded Wednesday on heavy volume after the commodity touched a five-month high on warm-weather forecasts. U.S. Natural Gas Fund (NYSEArca: UNG) fell into negative territory Wednesday afternoon on trading volume that was more than twice the da...

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  • ETFs for a Natural Gas Rebound

    06-19-2012 11:01 AM by John Spence

    Natural gas prices have staged an impressive bounce the past few days after hitting a decade low earlier this year. The commodity is down about 80% from its peak in 2008 with new advances in extraction leading to a supply glut. However, exchange traded products are seeing trad...

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  • Natural Gas ETF Spikes 15% on Supply Report

    06-14-2012 03:06 PM by John Spence

    An exchange traded fund designed to follow natural gas futures climbed 15% on Thursday after a report that supply rose less than expected in the latest week. The Energy Department's Energy Information Administration said natural gas in storage grew by 67 billion cubic feet to ...

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  • Is the Natural Gas ETF Rally Fizzling Out?

    05-30-2012 03:21 PM by Tom Lydon

    After producing double digit returns, natural gas prices, along with related exchange traded funds, have begun to pull back on the weaker near-term demand outlook. However, as U.S. companies reduce production and energy companies switch over from coal, natural gas traders may fin...

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  • Natural Gas ETF Rally: Hot Air or the Real Thing?

    05-22-2012 07:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    U.S. Natural Gas Fund (NYSEArca: UNG) has appreciated by almost 30% from its bottom near the $14.24 a share level. This trend can sustain if supply continues to wane and demand holds steady. "Recent years have seen the expansion and refinement of new natural gas collection t...

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  • Natural Gas ETF Rebound Continues with 9% Weekly Advance

    05-12-2012 08:45 AM by Tom Lydon

    The largest exchange traded fund following natural gas futures was the top gainer in ETFs this week with a 9% rally, stirring hopes that the recovery in natural gas prices is real. Natural Gas. The U.S. Energy Information Administration revealed a smaller-than-expected increas...

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  • Tom Lydon, Chuck Jaffe Talk ETF of the Week: Natural Gas Equities

    05-10-2012 12:45 PM by Tom Lydon

    Click here to listen. I am scheduled to do "ETF of the Week" for MarketWatch. The new segment is every Thursday on Chuck Jaffe's MoneyLife Show where I will highlight big movers and disappointments within the exchange traded fund market. This week, I focus on the First T...

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  • Natural Gas ETF Clears 50-Day Average; First Time Since July 2011

    05-08-2012 03:26 PM by John Spence

    An exchange traded fund that invests in natural gas futures rallied to break through its 50-day simple moving average on Tuesday for the first time in nearly a year. The last time U.S. Natural Gas Fund (NYSEArca: UNG) traded above this technical indicator was in July 2011. ...

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  • Natural Gas Rallies but ETN Sees Weekly Loss

    05-04-2012 02:47 PM by Tom Lydon

    Natural gas prices rallied this week but an exchange traded note designed to track futures contracts actually ended the week with a steep loss. The iPath Dow Jones-UBS Natural Gas ETN (NYSEArca: GAZ) was on track for a weekly loss of 5.8% in afternoon trading Friday, according...

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  • Natural Gas ETF Rallies Nearly 20% from Low

    05-03-2012 11:48 AM by John Spence

    A natural gas ETF has bounced almost 20% from its 52-week low with trading volume ramping up on speculation the commodity will recover after dropping below $2 per 1,000 cubic feet for the first time in over a decade. U.S. Natural Gas Fund (NYSEArca: UNG) rose nearly 5% on Thur...

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  • Best ETFs to Watch for Market Insight

    05-01-2012 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    As new exchange traded funds launch daily, picking the right funds for a portfolio can be difficult. By watching specific ETFs, investors can gain insight into the market and focus on trends that are worthwhile. "Fortunately, out of all those ETFs, only a few really warrant a ...

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  • Natural Gas ETN Premium Tops 100%

    04-30-2012 10:03 AM by John Spence

    An exchange traded note indexed to natural gas futures is trading at a premium of more than 100% to indicative value, setting investors up for potential losses unrelated to the movement of the commodity's price. Last month's meltdown in VelocityShares Daily 2x VIX Short-Term E...

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  • Natural Gas ETF Bounces from Decade Low, Nears 50-Day Average

    04-26-2012 11:55 AM by John Spence

    An exchange traded fund indexed to natural-gas futures has bounced in recent days along with the beaten-down commodity from 10-year lows. U.S. Natural Gas Fund (NYSEArca: UNG) is approaching its 50-day moving average, a level it hasn't traded above since the summer of 2011. Th...

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  • Natural Gas ETF is Heating Up As Opportunists Jump On Prices

    04-23-2012 05:25 PM by Tom Lydon

    Traders capitalized on the the decade low prices, which helped boost natural gas prices, along with the related exchange traded funds. The U.S. Natural Gas Fund (NYSEArca: UNG) was up 4.8% Monday. U.S. natural gas futures increased for the second straight day as traders spe...

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  • A Natural Gas ETF Strategy To Capitalize On Contango

    04-19-2012 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Natural gas prices are hovering around a decade low as the gas market lies in a persistent supply glut. Exchange traded fund investors, though, may still hedge against natural gas, but they will have to be smart about it. Over the last couple of years, new technology and refin...

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  • Natural Gas ETF Losing Its Heat; Futures Dip Below $2

    04-12-2012 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Unseasonably warm weather coupled with higher output from shale fracking operations have created a glut in U.S. natural gas, sending commodity futures and natural gas exchange traded funds on a steady decline. The trend is continuing, with natural gas prices hitting a new decade ...

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  • Natural Gas ETN Premium: Don’t Get Stepped on by GAZ

    04-02-2012 03:37 PM by John Spence

    The premium in a natural gas exchange traded note is rising again, putting investors in the ETN at risk to potential losses unrelated to the movement of natural gas prices. The iPath Dow Jones-UBS Natural Gas ETN (NYSEArca: GAZ) was trading at a premium of about 92% to indicat...

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  • Don't Get Fooled by an ETF's Name

    04-01-2012 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Investors should never be fooled into trading an exchange traded fund based solely on its moniker, lest they discover some nasty surprises down the line. While their moniker may give a sense of the what the investment covers, individuals will still need to do some homework on the...

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  • Natural Gas ETN Tumbles as Premium Unwinds

    03-26-2012 03:14 PM by John Spence

    An exchange traded note designed to follow natural gas futures fell much harder than the commodity on Monday as the ETN's premium continues to erode. The iPath Dow Jones-UBS Natural Gas ETN (NYSEArca: GAZ) was off 15% in afternoon trading Monday. Traders have been zeroing i...

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  • Focus Turns to Natural Gas ETN Premium After TVIX Crash

    03-23-2012 11:27 AM by John Spence

    The iPath Dow Jones-UBS Natural Gas ETN (NYSEArca: GAZ) is getting some unwanted attention after the wipeout in VelocityShares Daily 2x VIX Short-Term ETN (NYSEArca: TVIX) because the natural gas exchange traded note trades at a premium. TVIX was down an additional 20% Friday ...

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  • Why the Natural Gas ETN is Trading at a Huge Premium

    03-19-2012 01:50 PM by John Spence

    A small exchange traded note for natural gas is trading at a premium of more than 100% because the ETN has suspended the creation of new shares. The iPath Dow Jones-UBS Natural Gas ETN (NYSEArca: GAZ) had a daily indicative value of $2.51 a share on Friday, while the share pri...

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  • A Stock ETF Approach to Natural Gas

    03-15-2012 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Unseasonably warm weather across the U.S. has kept natural gas futures-based exchange traded funds firmly depressed. ETF investors, though, may opt to gain exposure to the natural gas equities side as a less risky play on the natural gas market. With oversupply concerns still ...

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  • Warm Weather Saps Natural Gas ETFs

    03-02-2012 01:30 PM by Tom Lydon

    Natural gas prices and exchange traded funds are back under pressure after perking up somewhat in January. Unfavorable fundamentals from both the demand and supply side are hurting natural gas and the ETFs. U.S. Natural Gas Fund (NYSEArca: UNG) is down more than 20% year to...

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  • ETFs for Natural Gas

    02-21-2012 04:08 PM by Tom Lydon

    Natural gas exchange traded funds have been on a four-year losing streak as improvements in extraction techniques helped create a glut in supply. However, natural gas prices may finally reverse as companies are beginning to cut back. EnCana (NYSE: ECA), a large natural gas pro...

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  • ETF Spotlight: Natural Gas

    02-08-2012 09:35 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds that track natural gas price movements are stuck in volatile back-and-forth trading and still remain one of the worst ETF sectors as wary investors weigh colder weather against the abundant supply. U.S. Natural Gas Fund (NYSEArca: UNG) is down 17.5% year-...

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  • Is Natural Gas ETF Rally for Real?

    01-26-2012 11:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    The natural gas exchange traded fund has made an impressive rebound off its recent lows. However, with the U.S. pledging to nurture the nascent shale fracking industry, coupled with warmer weather conditions, natural gas prices could tumble to a 10-year low, analyst say. U.S. ...

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  • Natural Gas ETFs: Rebound or Another Head Fake?

    01-23-2012 11:56 AM by John Spence

    An exchange traded fund that follows natural gas futures rose about 5% on Monday on heavy volume but traders are wondering whether the bounce is sustainable or simply a pause before another move lower. U.S. Natural Gas Fund (UNG) has been pushed to new all-time lows in early 2...

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  • Natural Gas ETF Tumbles 4% After Supply Report

    01-05-2012 03:48 PM by Tom Lydon

    Natural gas was one of the worst performing sectors in 2011, and the start of 2012 does not look all too promising as exchange traded funds tracking commodity languish at all-time lows. On Thursday, the government announced a small drop in inventories due to unseasonably mild wea...

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  • Natural Gas ETF Falls to New Low on Heavy Volume

    01-03-2012 10:45 AM by John Spence

    An exchange traded fund that invests in natural gas futures fell to a new all-time low on Tuesday as trading volume in the ETF has picked up lately. U.S. Natural Gas Fund (NYSEArca: UNG) was fractionally negative on Tuesday but pared its loss after touching a low of $6.36 a sh...

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  • Natural Gas ETF Tumbles 4% to New Low

    12-05-2011 01:22 PM by Tom Lydon

    Natural gas exchange traded funds saw their recent gains vanish on Monday as the largest ETF for the sector fell 4% to a new record low. The $1.3 billion United States Natural Gas Fund (NYSEArca: UNG) dropped to a 52-week low to start the week. The ETF was down 34% year to dat...

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  • Natural Gas ETFs Rise on Inventories; Hedge Funds Cut Shorts

    12-02-2011 06:34 AM by Tom Lydon

    A natural gas exchange traded fund rallied Thursday on a surprise drop in inventories but has lost about a third of its value this year on falling prices and contango in futures markets. Prices have firmed a bit recently as hedge funds reportedly cut their bearish bets on the com...

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  • ETF Chart of the Day: Natural Gas

    11-22-2011 11:49 AM by Paul Weisbruch, Street One Financial

    This time of year, as we approach colder weather in much of the United States, natural gas exchange traded funds and notes often become more active than usual as traders posture themselves for potential moves in the gas futures markets, which are historically highly related to we...

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  • Natural Gas ETFs Punished on Warm Weather, Supply

    11-14-2011 01:30 PM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds tracking natural gas futures fell to new all-time lows on Monday as prices have been hurt by warm weather in the U.S. The $1.3 billion U.S. Natural Gas Fund (NYSEArca: UNG) was down 2.5% on Monday and traded below $8 a share for the first time. Other e...

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  • Natural Gas ETF Falls 3% to New 52-Week Low

    11-07-2011 10:59 AM by John Spence

    An exchange traded fund that invests in natural gas futures was down about 3% on Monday, falling to a new 52-week low on mild weather forecasts. The $1.3 billion U.S. Natural Gas Fund (NYSEArca: UNG) fell 2.9% to a low of $8.43 a share for the session.  The ETF is down about 3...

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  • Natural Gas ETFs Rise on Inventories, Weather

    10-31-2011 04:20 PM by Tom Lydon

    A rebound in exchange traded funds tracking natural gas has raised hopes the exchange traded funds are finally picking themselves off the mat after years of negative returns worsened by contango in futures markets. Natural gas ETFs rallied Friday and held on to those gains des...

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  • ETF Chart of the Day: Natural Gas

    07-22-2011 10:36 AM by Paul Weisbruch, Street One Financial

    This week we have seen a significant price spike in "long" natural gas related ETFs. For instance, First Trust ISE Natural Gas (NYSEArca: FCG) has rallied nearly 10% this week alone on the heels of the announcement that BHP Billiton (NYSE: BHP) would purchase Petrohawk Energy ...

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  • Natural Gas ETF Falls to 50-Day After Inventories Report

    06-16-2011 11:26 AM by John Spence

    Natural gas exchange traded funds often see big swings on Thursdays following the release of the latest report on weekly inventories. This week, the move was to the downside as the sector ETFs fell after the Energy Information Adminstration said natural gas supplies rose. U...

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  • ‘Golden Age’ for Natural Gas ETFs?

    06-06-2011 10:13 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds that follow natural gas prices rallied more than 2% on Monday after the International Energy Agency said natural gas could be entering a "golden age." "The factors that drive natural gas demand and supply increasingly point to a future in which natural ga...

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  • Energy ETFs: Oil and Gasoline Prices Dip, While Natural Gas Jumps

    06-02-2011 02:22 PM by Tom Lydon

    Oil prices and related exchange traded funds (ETFs) slid as crude oil falls below the three-digit mark. However, higher consumption of electricity pushed natural gas prices higher. Benchmark West Texas Intermediate for July delivery dipped below $100 a barrel during trading, r...

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  • Stock ETFs Move Higher on Greek Debt Deal

    05-31-2011 05:20 PM by Tom Lydon

    The bulls took over on Tuesday as the major stock exchange traded funds (ETFs) moved higher based on hopes for a new plan to deal with Greece's debt crisis addressed some investor worry, but more grim economic data suggested there were more hurdles ahead. Greece appears to hav...

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  • Stock ETFs End Flat on Economic News

    05-02-2011 02:29 PM by Tom Lydon

    The major index exchange traded funds (ETFs) lost some of their early gains and ended slightly lower on Monday despite the death of Osama bin Laden, the news only resulted in brief gains for the market, as traders shifted their focus back to earnings results and economic news. ...

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  • Natural Gas ETFs Rally on Inventory Report

    04-28-2011 11:37 AM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds that invest in natural gas rallied Thursday following a report estimating U.S. stockpiles rose less than expected in the latest week. Natural gas futures climbed to a three-month high, Dow Jones Newswires reported. "This is a market that is just starvi...

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  • Natural Gas ETFs Cap Solid Week After Inventory Report

    04-21-2011 01:18 PM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) that track natural-gas futures rallied Thursday after a weekly supply report showed inventories rose less than expected. The report on natural-gas stockpiles reflects "a tighter than expected supply [and] demand balance" than the market had expecte...

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  • Natural Gas ETFs Rally on Inventories Report

    04-14-2011 09:53 AM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) tracking natural-gas futures jumped Thursday after a report showed inventories rose less than expected in the latest week. U.S. Natural Gas Fund (NYSEArca: UNG) and iPath Dow Jones-UBS Natural Gas Subindex Total Return ETN (NYSEArca: GAZ) both rose...

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  • Natural Gas ETFs Bounce After Pullback

    04-11-2011 07:29 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) following natural-gas futures were up more than 2% in early trading Monday, making up for at least some of their recent declines. However, temperate weather forecasts have dissuaded investors from betting on natural gas, which has sapped the heat f...

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  • Natural Gas ETFs See Performance Diverge Friday

    04-08-2011 01:07 PM by John Spence

    Exchange traded products designed to reflect the performance of natural-gas futures were showing a disparity in daily returns Friday. The iPath Dow Jones-UBS Natural Gas Total Return Subindex ETN (NYSEArca: GAZ) was up more than 4% at Friday's closing bell. Meanwhile, U.S. ...

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  • Natural-Gas ETFs Extend Losing Streak After Inventory Report

    04-07-2011 06:02 AM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) and notes that provide exposure to the movement of natural-gas futures saw their fifth straight day of losses Thursday with forecasts of milder weather hitting the commodity this week. U.S. Natural Gas Fund (NYSEArca: UNG) lost more than 2% after d...

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  • Silver Leads Commodity ETFs In 2011

    04-06-2011 02:30 PM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) that invest in silver are leading the pack in commodities this year as the metal hits 31-year highs. Bespoke Investment Group reports the year-to-date performance of ten key commodities. Silver is up the most so far in 2011 with a gain of 26.9%....

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  • Natural Gas ETFs Decline On Warmer Weather Forecasts

    04-06-2011 08:34 AM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) tracking natural-gas futures fell Wednesday afternoon on forecasts of milder weather. Natural-gas futures were down for the fourth day in a row, Dow Jones Newswires reported. "The weather is not supportive of increasing prices, much less sustain...

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  • Alternative-Energy ETFs Continue Rise

    04-04-2011 11:46 AM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) that invest in alternative-energy sectors continue to climb as investors remain focused on Japan's nuclear disaster. The iPath Dow Jones-UBS Natural Gas Subindex Total Return ETN (NYSEArca: GAZ) was up 26.7% for the month ended April 1, according t...

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  • Economic Growth, Earnings Push ETFs Higher

    03-25-2011 02:39 PM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) ended higher Friday after the government said the economy grew at a faster pace than expected at the end of last year. Also, investors were able to set aside a long list of worries including high oil prices, problems with Japan's nuclear reactors and ...

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  • Inflation: ETF Sectors That May Have Beat The Odds...For Now

    03-21-2011 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The debate is on as to whether or not inflation is here. As prices on consumer products increased 0.4% in January and by 1.6% since the beginning of 2010, the "I" word is real. But there are some areas that are fighting off inflation and could affect investments and exchange trad...

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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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  • ETFs Respond To Uncertainty In Japan

    03-14-2011 08:49 AM by Tom Lydon

    Markets and exchange traded funds (ETFs) dropped Monday as investors continued to assess the financial impact of Friday's devastating earthquake in Japan. The Tokyo stock market plunged Monday, its first business day after an earthquake and tsunami of epic proportions laid wa...

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  • ETFs Mixed with Japan Quake and Economic Data

    03-11-2011 08:53 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) wavered in morning trading after a massive earthquake hit Japan.  Many are predicting the impact will be minimal on the global economy. Japanese stocks fell sharply in late trading on Friday after a powerful earthquake rocked the country's northe...

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  • Natural Gas ETFs Have a Tough Week

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

    Futures-based natural gas exchange traded funds (ETFs) had a rough go of it last week. Is there any hope for a turnaround? Maybe not anytime soon. Natural gas last week closed below $4, the lowest level in almost three months. That sank United States Natural Gas (NYSEArca: UNG...

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  • What's In Store for Natural Gas ETFs?

    01-24-2011 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Natural gas exchange traded funds (ETFs) have seen mixed performance over the last year, but they could be heading into a protracted downtrend if the producers of the fuel are on the money. Producers have increased their bearish bets on the fuel to the highest levels in nearly...

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  • Traders Bet On a Natural Gas ETF Comeback

    01-10-2011 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Though natural gas exchange traded funds (ETFs) are down today, the markets are betting that it won't be the case for long. Hedge funds and other large speculators raised their net-long positions, or wagers on rising prices, in four gas contracts by 94% in the seven days ended...

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  • Cold Weather Heats Up Natural Gas ETFs

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

    The cold snap sweeping the nation has been met with mixed reviews, but one area it has undoubtedly benefited is natural gas exchange traded funds (ETFs). Natural gas futures recently hit a two-week high on a mix of factors: Colder-than-normal weather forecasts A slightly...

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  • Which Asset Classes Are Active ETFs Fit For?

    11-23-2010 12:00 PM by Shishir Nigam

    This is a special guest post from Shishir Nigam, author of Active ETFs in Focus. That's the question that Lee Conrad, blogging at the onwallstreet.com, asked last week in this post – where do actively-managed ETFs fit in? Conrad holds that one basic area where active manage...

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  • Drilling Bans Could Boost Natural Gas ETFs

    11-19-2010 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Drilling in the large reserves of trapped natural gas in the east coast has kept gas prices, along with related exchange traded funds (ETFs), suppressed, but the cheap gas may mean a cleaner source for power generation. However, amid health and environmental concerns, one city is...

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  • Which Way Is Up for Natural Gas ETFs?

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

    Natural gas exchange traded funds (ETFs) took a hit yesterday after the supply glut that has pressured prices all year showed few signs of easing. Can it be called a bottom? It's easy to question the true direction of natural gas. After all, prices have been sinking for much o...

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  • Cool Weather Could Heat Up Natural Gas ETFs

    10-29-2010 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Natural gas exchange traded funds (ETFs) have had their share of challenges this year. Could cool weather on the East Coast break the funds' cold snap? ThirdAge  News Staff reports that high natural gas and oil prices have helped some of the largest energy suppliers in the wor...

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  • Behind Natural Gas ETF's Rough Week

    10-10-2010 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    United States Natural Gas (NYSEArca: UNG) sank 4% last week, which has many wondering if the fuel is in for a quiet winter. U.S. energy producers have come out and said it: natural gas prices are so low now that it's almost not worth continuing production at such levels, says ...

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  • Investing in the Future With Natural Gas ETFs

    10-01-2010 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Because it's cleaner burning than coal and more plentiful than oil, some have called natural gas the fuel of the future. Here's what you should know before jumping into natural gas exchange traded funds (ETFs). Like other fuels, natural gas prices are heavily influenced by a v...

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  • Obama Press Conference Pauses ETFs

    09-10-2010 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    President Obama is delivering a press conference this morning at which he's expected to challenge the GOP on tax cuts and the broader economy. In anticipation of the conference and what might be said, the markets and exchange traded funds (ETFs) paused. Few ETFs are making big...

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  • 4 ETFs for the Fall Season

    09-08-2010 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    It's sad, but summer time is coming to end. Consumers trends often change with the seasons and we should see some changes that may translate into movement in either direction for some exchange traded funds (ETFs). Here are some areas to watch this fall. Airlines. Airline fares...

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  • Why Investors are Shunning the Natural Gas ETF

    08-30-2010 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The natural gas-related exchange traded fund (ETF) has hit a new low, trading downward as a result of rolling futures contracts. Pessimistic traders are dumping the commodity in favor of shorting natural gas. United States Natural Gas (NYSEArca: UNG) has been trading lower and...

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  • Natural Gas ETFs Hit By Supply Glut

    08-20-2010 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Natural gas exchange traded funds (ETFs) have struggled in recent months, thanks to an embarrassment of riches for the fuel. Will a frigid winter be enough to bring prices back into balance? A heat wave that swept the country this summer briefly caused prices to spike, but the...

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  • An Unusual ETF to Play Natural Gas

    08-06-2010 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Natural gas exchange traded funds (ETFs) have been swaying on mixed reports of higher supplies, lower demand a busy hurricane season and torrid weather across the United States. What's the story? Natural gas inventories crept up last week, but they're still 4.3% below year-ago...

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  • EIA: Natural Gas ETFs to Get a Late-Summer Boost

    07-28-2010 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Natural gas exchange traded funds (ETFs), down and out for a good part of this year, may soon put their troubled days behind them - if the experts' prognostications prove to be right on. What's in the forecast? Hotter-than-usual weather is on the horizon and natural gas de...

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  • ETFs Tripped Up By Weak Order Numbers

    07-28-2010 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Orders for big-ticket items fell last month on falling demand for commercial aircraft, sending stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) slightly lower in early trading. According to the ETF Analyzer, one of the top-moving funds early today is United States Natural Gas (NYSEArca...

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  • Summer Heat: Bad for Hair, Good for Natural Gas ETFs

    07-20-2010 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    We're in the thick of summer and millions of Americans are cranking up the A/C (or taking refuge wherever they can find it). This has in turn sparked interest in the natural gas exchange traded funds (ETFs). Sandy Shore for Associated  Press says that the uptick in the number ...

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  • Natural Gas ETFs Unfazed By the Summer Heat

    07-12-2010 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Despite record highs and greater demand for electricity during the summer heat, natural gas futures, along with related exchange traded funds (ETFs) that track them, may begin to drop as the hot weather turns cooler. A well-supplied natural gas market could keep the price outlook...

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  • Why Natural Gas ETFs Are Winners in BP Disaster

    06-17-2010 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Few are coming out ahead in the BP (NYSE: BP) oil disaster, but natural gas has emerged as one. As a result, the United States Natural Gas ETF (NYSEArca:UNG) has seen heavy upward momentum in the last two weeks. UNG is up more than 12% in the last two weeks. ETF Daily News rep...

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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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  • Commodity ETFs: Understanding Contango

    06-08-2010 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Commodities have been slumping lately as a slowdown in China's growth and the looming debt crisis in Europe have investors worried. Exchange traded funds and notes (ETFs and ETNs) have made commodity investing easier than ever. So, is this the time to invest before a possible tur...

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  • A New Trend for Natural Gas ETFs?

    06-04-2010 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Natural gas prices and exchange traded funds (ETFs) have languished as supply far outstripped demand - until now. In the last two weeks alone, the largest natural gas ETF is up more than 12%. The United States Natural Gas Fund (NYSEArca: UNG) has been trading higher nearly ev...

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  • The Top 5 ETFs of May

    06-02-2010 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Another month has come and gone, and what a tumultuous one it was for the markets and exchange traded funds (ETFs). The Greece debt woes touched upon almost all facets of the markets, and investors ran for safety and comfort of the U.S. dollar. In the end, these five ETFs came ou...

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  • ETFs Retreat Ahead of Memorial Day Weekend

    05-28-2010 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) retreated early Friday ahead of the market's three-day holiday weekend, with the end of a volatile May putting the Dow Jones down 7% for the month. The modest dip in major indexes Friday morning is a stark contrast to the turbulent month f...

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  • What Hurricane Season Forecast Means for Natural Gas ETFs

    05-27-2010 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The numbers are out: an active storm season is predicted for the Atlantic, and natural gas-related exchange traded funds (ETFs) are already gearing up and moving on the news. More storms than "normal" - about 16 - are anticipated to hit the Atlantic coast of the United State...

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  • Following the Gyrations of Oil and Natural Gas ETFs

    05-25-2010 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    As worries about the economy and consumer confidence ebb and flow and supply reports fluctuate, oil and natural gas exchange traded funds (ETFs) are being taken for a similarly wild ride. These commodities sure are sensitive these days. In the past six months, oil has plung...

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  • Commodity ETFs Take It on the Chin

    05-20-2010 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Commodity-focused exchange traded funds (ETFs) are getting kicked around today, led by a 9%+ drop-off in ETF Securities Physical Palladium (NYSEArca: PALL). What's going on here? Commodities have tumbled to an eight-month low, thanks to several factors: The sovereign debt...

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  • Signs of Life in the Steel ETF

    05-13-2010 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Things are looking up for steel exchange traded funds (ETFs). The possibility of a rebound within global economies and the U.S. has steelmakers expanding operations and re-hiring in hopes of getting an early jump on resurgent demand. The steel ETF might be flat year-to-date, ...

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  • ETF Strategies for a Natural Gas Rebound

    05-04-2010 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Natural gas prices and exchange traded funds (ETFs) have taken some hits in the last few years. But can increasing demand from a robust economic recovery provide the needed stimulus to push gas prices back to profitable levels? According to Don Dion of the Street, the natural ...

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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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  • Natural Gas ETFs: Ready to Rumble?

    04-27-2010 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    As fossil fuels become more scarce and global warming fears increase, the stage may very well be set for natural gas exchange traded funds (ETFs). Get acquainted with the options to play this increasingly popular fuel now. Natural gas has a lot going for it - it's not only us...

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  • March ETF Performance Report

    03-31-2010 01:45 PM by Tom Lydon

    A gloomier-than-expected jobs report for March had an otherwise strong quarter and month ending on a down note. But let's not dwell on that. There were many positive strides made by the markets and in exchange traded funds (ETFs) this quarter. The major indexes ended positive...

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  • Natural Gas ETF Poised for Gain?

    03-31-2010 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The ratio of oil to natural gas prices has been steadily increasing despite positive economic data and speculation about potential inflation and pricing pressure on energy. The largest natural gas exchange traded fund (ETF) has been reflecting this odd pattern by losing more than...

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  • 4 Reasons It May Be Time to Look at Utility ETFs

    03-30-2010 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    There are a gazillion ways to play the energy sector with exchange traded funds (ETFs), but you're not just limited to oil, natural gas or solar power. Utilities might be an off-the-beaten path way to invest in the nation's changing energy picture. Here are a few reasons utili...

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  • The Top 10 ETFs Investors Are Trading

    03-17-2010 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    It's often been said that the top 10 exchange traded funds (ETFs) make up more than 50% of all ETF trading volume. Here are the 10 most actively traded long-only ETFs trading right now. SDPR S&P 500 (NYSEArca: SPY). SPY is one of the go-to ETFs for exposure to the broader...

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  • The Ins and Outs of Physically Backed Commodity ETFs

    03-15-2010 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Commodity exchange traded funds (ETFs) have attracted a rabid investor following in a relatively short period of time. To play in the commodity sandbox before ETFs came along, you needed risk tolerance and capital. Today, you just need desire. Last week, we discussed physical...

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  • Contango and ETFs: What It Is, What You Can Do About It

    03-12-2010 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Investors love commodity exchange traded funds (ETFs), and with good reason. Aside from the usual benefits that ETFs offer, commodity funds deliver the kind of exposure to commodities that would otherwise be very challenging, very expensive or both. But not all commodity funds ar...

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  • Obama's Proposal Could Be a Win for Natural Gas ETFs

    02-24-2010 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    In some circles, there's no such thing as "clean coal." That's why President Barack Obama is going to give power plants a little incentive to use natural gas. If they bite, it could be a win for big oil and natural gas exchange traded funds (ETFs). John Dimsdale for Marketplac...

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  • Commodity ETFs: What You Should Know

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

    Commodity exchange traded funds (ETFs) have been enjoying a good run in the past year. But some ETFs haven't been performing as well as their underlying commodities. For most precious metals ETFs, the ETF will likely hold the physical commodity, but in many cases, a commodity ...

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  • Energy ETFs: Oil Industry Expands Its Horizons

    02-05-2010 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Oil and related exchange traded funds (ETFs) have experienced huge gains off its last year's low,  and energy companies have pocketed most of the change. However, the oil industry is expanding its options into other energy fields as it anticipates the eventual depletion of oil re...

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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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  • What CFTC's Proposal for Commodity ETFs May Mean

    01-20-2010 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has been prodding and poking at commodities exchange traded funds (ETFs) for the last year, and the commission has finally made a decision and released a few proposals. The CFTC cited United States Natural Gas (NYSEArca: UNG) and...

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  • Why Commodity ETFs Underperformed Spot Markets in 2009

    01-13-2010 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Investors who are interested in commodities may consider trading in straight commodity exchange traded funds (ETFs) or equity-based commodity ETFs. The current market conditions seems to be favoring the equity-based investments for the time being. According to Paul Justice, a ...

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  • It's What Makes Up Your ETF That Counts

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

    As the world of exchange traded funds (ETFs) expands, more products become available, but not all of them are as simple as you'd think. ETFs are becoming more sophisticated and complex, and every investor needs to know how they work for more efficient investing. Every investor...

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  • Natural Gas ETFs In the Spotlight as Nation Gets Chilly

    01-05-2010 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The United States is chilling out - literally. The cold snap is pushing natural gas demand up, which has some exchange traded fund (ETF) investors wondering if this presents an opportunity in funds focused on the fuel. A higher-than-expected supply of natural gas could get us...

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  • Oil, Natural Gas ETFs: A Comeback in 2010?

    12-29-2009 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The anticipated rebound in natural gas and other energy prices and exchange traded funds (ETFs) this year never really arrived, but analysts are keeping their optimism high heading into the new year. Optimism that the oil and gas industry will bounce back in 2010 remains elev...

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  • Brrr: 3 Reasons to Be Bullish On Natural Gas ETFs

    12-23-2009 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Natural gas futures and exchange traded funds (ETFs) faced headwinds earlier this year as regulatory hurdles and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) scrutinized providers after rapid price fluctuations. Now the tide has changed, and the natural gas bulls are out in f...

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  • Will Mergers and Acquisitions Stoke Natural Gas ETFs?

    12-15-2009 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The planned buyout of an independent natural gas producer by a major energy company underscores the belief that natural gas is the fuel of the future. The deal widens the scope of exchange traded funds (ETFs) that could benefit. Exxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE: XOM) is planning on acq...

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  • Will the Cold Snap Heat Up Natural Gas ETFs?

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

    Natural gas, along with related exchange traded funds (ETFs), finally saw an infusion of lifeblood. The price of natural gas surged this week as the supply of the commodity dropped and money from other areas of the market found its way into natural gas. On Thursday, natural ga...

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  • Regulators and Commodity ETFs: Why They're Evolving

    11-18-2009 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Commodity-related exchange traded funds (ETFs) have been put through the gauntlet by regulators, but the rules and restrictions may ease if the industry is being too restricted. Lara Crigger for IndexUniverse caught up with John T. Hyland, chief investment officer and portfoli...

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  • New Natural Gas ETF Expected to Begin Trading Tomorrow

    11-17-2009 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    United States Commodity Funds recently won regulatory approval for its newest addition: a 12-month natural gas exchange traded fund (ETF). The fund is expected to begin trading tomorrow. The U.S. 12 Month Natural Gas Fund (NYSEArca: UNL) has gotten the green light from regula...

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  • Futures-Based ETFs: Understanding the Risks

    11-16-2009 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    After a year of robust trading in the commodities market, regulatory action has been threatened on select exchange traded funds (ETFs) that are seen as problematic. The scrutiny has highlighted the differences between certain types of funds, giving investors an education. The ...

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  • Bullish Dollar ETF Granted New Shares

    11-13-2009 06:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    PowerShares DB U.S. Dollar Bullish (NYSEArca: UUP) has been granted new shares by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Issuance will resume beginning this morning. Last week, trading in PowerShares DB U.S. Dollar Bullish (NYSEArca: UUP) was halted after it ran out of...

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  • Despite Scrutiny, Natural Gas and Oil ETFs Remain Popular

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

    Despite scrutiny by the as the Commodity  Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), which was investigating possible causes of the wild volatility and surge in oil and gas prices last year, commodity exchange traded funds (ETFs) continue to grow in number and assets. One of the mos...

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  • The Commodity ETF Hot Streak: Can It Last?

    11-04-2009 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    This year has been a good one for commodities and related exchange traded funds (ETFs), though some say that the rise of commodity prices may have been a little too fast. Copper started the week with a new year high and brokers are uncertain as to the cause, reports Andrea Ho...

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  • Oil ETFs Brace for Regulatory Restrictions

    11-03-2009 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Futures-based commodity exchange traded funds (ETFs) have caught the eyes of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). Many anticipate regulatory restrictions being placed on these ETFs. What will it mean for investors? New regulatory actions in the futures-backed commo...

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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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  • Commodity ETFs: A Few Ways to Get Exposure

    10-28-2009 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Commodities and their exchange traded funds (ETFs) have become exceptionally popular with investors and for good reason, they provide protection as well as diversification. As economies around the globe start to recover, the demand for commodities, such as crude oil, gasolin...

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  • A Tale of Two Natural Gas ETFs

    10-20-2009 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The commodity futures markets have been affected and in turn, may be affecting the broader commodity market. A look at two exchange traded funds (ETFs) that track the same commodity may give more insight. Although there are two ETFs that track natural gas, they are going in tw...

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  • Natural Gas ETFs: The Fuel of the Future?

    10-16-2009 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Is natural gas the answer to the United States' energy woes? Sure, it has a lot going for it, but some still aren't buying the idea. If it does catch on with full force, exchange traded funds (ETFs) that track futures and producers could be well-placed to benefit. Natural gas ...

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  • Commodity and Currency ETFs: Cause of Rare Premiums Differ

    10-15-2009 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    As exchange traded funds (ETFs) become increasingly sophisticated and target new and interesting markets with unique strategies, it's growing more and more important to understand the differences between them. A case in point: while both WisdomTree Dreyfus Chinese Yuan Fund (...

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  • Natural Gas ETF Outlines Its Strategy Shifts

    10-14-2009 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The fund managers of a the largest natural gas-related exchange traded fund (ETF) are being forced to change the makeup of their fund in order to manage the size of the fund while ensuring that it tracks the price of natural gas, as well. United States Natural Gas (NYSEArca: U...

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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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  • Why Natural Gas ETFs Are Rising

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

    Colder weather is here, in varying degrees around the country. Just as crude oil prices are rising, so are natural gas futures, giving a lift to the commodity's related exchange traded funds (ETFs). Higher prices for crude oil this morning are pushing the price of natural gas...

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  • Natural Gas ETFs Look to the Future

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

    The overextended supply of natural gas is weighing on the price and sentiment of drillers in the United States, leaving it to be anyone's guess which way its related exchange traded funds (ETFs) are going to go. As the prices to burn natural gas are falling, coal burners are ...

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  • How Times Are Changing for Commodity ETFs

    10-05-2009 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The scramble for commodity-related exchange traded funds (ETFs) is in full swing. Precious metal ETFs are enticing investors as a way to hedge against possible dollar and inflationary worries, but the CFTC could change how these funds look in the coming months. In the short-te...

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  • Why Natural Gas ETF Has Resumed Its Climb

    10-02-2009 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Despite plentiful supplies, natural gas futures are on the rise and it's giving a hefty lift to natural gas exchange traded funds. Will it be enough to erase yesterday's losses? Yesterday, natural gas prices tumbled almost 8% after the government reported that consumption had fal...

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  • Natural Gas ETF Gets Innovative

    09-30-2009 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Thanks to commodity exchange traded funds (ETFs), access to this asset class has been greatly simplified for investors. So much so, that the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) is examining the funds with a fine-toothed comb. This has already had implications, one of whic...

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  • What Will Change For Natural Gas ETFs?

    09-25-2009 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Regulation as a result of speculation in energy exchange traded funds (ETFs) has forced fund providers to change the make up of the natural gas ETF portfolio. What has changed? United States Commodity Funds (USCF) will be restructuring United States Natural Gas (NYSEArca: UNG)...

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  • Natural Gas ETFs: Will Mother Nature Give an Assist?

    09-23-2009 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Natural gas-related exchange traded funds (ETFs) are now at the mercy of the weather gods. In the long-term, however, the economic recovery will play a greater role in the direction of prices. Natural gas prices hit a seven-year low earlier this month as a result of high produ...

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  • Can You Escape Winter's Chill With Natural Gas ETFs?

    09-21-2009 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Natural gas prices and exchange traded funds (ETFs) have staged a nice rally since the price of the fuel hit a seven-year low earlier this month. How can investors capitalize? David Bogoslaw for BusinessWeek notes a few things investors looking to play natural gas should look...

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  • Natural Gas ETF's Roll Has Consequences for Speculators

    09-17-2009 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Speculators who got into the natural gas exchange traded fund (ETF) in the hopes of capitalizing on its rolling of futures contracts got hit instead. The speculators thought that the roll would send prices down, so they shorted October gas. United States Natural Gas (NYSEA...

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  • 'Tis the Season for Natural Gas ETF to Catch Fire

    09-16-2009 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    A new season of the year is around the corner and natural gas is coming back into investors' minds. The coming winter may be just the force needed to help goad natural gas prices and related exchange traded fund (ETF) upward. On Sept. 4, natural gas prices dropped to $2.409 pe...

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  • Natural Gas ETF to Create More Shares; What It Means

    09-14-2009 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The managers behind the United States Natural Gas (NYSEArca: UNG) exchange traded fund (ETF) have filed to resume the creation of new shares. But the move could have a big impact on the fund's price. In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the notice ack...

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  • Midday Market Update: Markets Flat on China Trade Concerns

    09-14-2009 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Fears about a brewing trade dispute between the U.S. and China worry investors and send stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) on a roller coaster ride. The U.S. government has imposed trade penalties on tires coming into the country from China and the Chinese responded by ...

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  • Implications for Investors As Commodity ETF Probe Heats Up

    09-04-2009 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    As commodity exchange traded funds (ETFs) continue to be examined by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), there are certain implications for investors in these funds ahead of an official decision. The PowerShares DB Crude Oil Double Long ETN (DXO) will be liqui...

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  • Commodity ETFs Brace for CFTC Regulations

    08-31-2009 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Increased regulation has been proposed for the commodity markets for the protection of individual investors and the stability of the markets. But could  exchange traded fund (ETF) investors actually pay a higher price in the end? ETFs and exchange traded notes (ETNs) have lon...

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  • Where Energy ETF Prices May Be Headed

    08-25-2009 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The Energy Information Administration (EIA) recently released its short-term energy outlook for a variety of energy sources. Their forecasts could impact a wide range of energy-focused exchange traded funds (ETFs). Remember, though, that while forecasts are informative, unfore...

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  • Natural Gas ETN Temporarily Stops Issuing Shares

    08-21-2009 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Continuing concerns about regulations from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has led to yet another exchange traded product putting a temporary stop to issuing new shares. iPath Dow Jones AIG Natural Gas ETN (GAZ) is the third commodity-focused exchange traded pr...

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  • CFTC's Commodity ETF Limits Put Future In Question

    08-20-2009 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Two commodity-based Deutsche Bank exchange traded funds (ETFs) have seen their position limit exemptions repealed by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). This brings up a number of questions about the fate of these and other commodity ETFs. Two funds issued by Powe...

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  • 4 Exotic ETF Types and How They Work

    08-20-2009 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) have gotten so popular that they're increasingly appearing in more and more exotic incarnations. Investors should understand how they work before diving in sight unseen, though. ETFs have morphed into several exotic forms, covering a number of mar...

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  • Natural Gas ETF Turns to Swaps, But What Does That Mean?

    08-18-2009 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    United States Commodity Funds, the provider of the United States Natural Gas Fund (UNG) exchange traded fund (ETF), has been given the go-ahead for more shares. But the fund is now considering going further into the over-the-counter swaps markets. What does that mean for investo...

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  • What's Next for the Natural Gas ETF?

    08-16-2009 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The provider of the United States Natural Gas (UNG) exchange traded fund (ETF), in anticipation of a regulatory crackdown, is now exploring ways to get around it. What are the options for the popular ETF? UNG received the Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC)  go-ahead to...

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  • Natural Gas ETF Gets Go-Ahead for New Shares, But Will They Use Them?

    08-13-2009 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    United States Natural Gas (UNG) exchange traded fund (ETF) has gotten the long-awaited approval to issue new shares, but the providers behind it have decided they won't do so. After a controversial round with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), the ETF that track...

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  • Natural Gas ETF Rakes In Assets In July

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

    The natural gas exchange traded fund (ETF) had most inflows of any other ETF during the month of July, despite the fact that the creation of additional shares was suspended on July 7. UNG, which tracks a basket of natural gas futures and swaps, saw inflows of more than $1 billi...

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  • Natural Gas ETF Awaits CFTC Decision

    08-07-2009 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) held hearings this week that could determine the fate of futures-based exchange traded funds (ETFs), but the final word is still up in the air. Over the last two weeks, the CFTC has heard from a total of 23 players in the commodi...

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  • CFTC and Commodity ETF Provider Face Off In Washington

    08-05-2009 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Ever since oil prices came withing spitting distance of $150 a barrel, commodity exchange traded funds (ETFs) have been the subject of bogeyman suspicions. Will the CFTC hearings in Washington answer the question once and for all? ETFs are fairly simple index-tracking investme...

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  • Natural Gas, Oil ETFs In the Hot Seat This Week

    08-03-2009 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The two major oil and natural gas-tracking exchange traded funds (ETFs) remain under the microscope this week as the CFTC resumes its investigation about their role in the commodities markets run-up and the role speculators had, if any. On Wednesday, the chief investment off...

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  • Natural Gas ETF Provider Takes On Critics

    07-27-2009 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The largest natural gas-focused exchange traded fund (ETF) provider has filed a statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in order to refute what it sees as erroneous claims about the fund's impact on the marketplace. United States Natural Gas (UNG) is the la...

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  • Natural Gas ETF Awaits New Shares As Prices Fall

    07-21-2009 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The natural gas exchange traded fund (ETF) is so popular that it has sold off all shares available, and it's still waiting for the go-ahead for more. But this has not changed the fact that natural gas has been steadily decreasing in price in the meantime. United States Natural...

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  • Natural Gas ETF Waiting In the Wings

    07-16-2009 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The natural gas focused exchange traded fund (ETF) is still awaiting regulatory approval to issue new shares, which is creating a bit of a domino effect with natural gas prices. Since the United States Natural Gas (UNG) fund hasn't been able to buy new futures contracts, it's...

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  • What Lies Ahead for Commodity ETFs

    07-15-2009 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) announced that it will be holding hearings to determine if limits on speculative positions in energy futures markets should be imposed. What could be the impact on commodity exchange traded funds (ETFs)? Of the energy futures in...

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  • Coal vs. Natural Gas: Which ETFs Will Win the Fight?

    07-14-2009 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Aside from Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor, climate legislation is in the topic du jour in Congress. The battle has pit two heavyweights against one another, and the winner could determine the fate of related exchange traded funds (ETFs). The Waxman-Markey bill rode thr...

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  • Oil ETF Provider Defends the Fund In Face of Criticism

    07-13-2009 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Over the past few months, many have criticized large index funds of having a hand in manipulating and controlling crude oil prices.  The largest oil ETF has been cited as an example, but the fund's provider has spoken out against this notion. The chart below, included in a fi...

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  • Natural Gas ETF's Size Highlights Issues Facing Commodity Funds

    07-08-2009 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The increasingly large natural gas exchange traded fund (ETF) finally became so large that it was forced to stop issuing shares in trading on Tuesday when it didn't win approval for more shares in time. Some wonder if these and other commodity funds are getting too large and weig...

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  • What Regulatory Overhaul Means for Some Commodity ETFs

    06-30-2009 01:14 PM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded fund (ETF) providers and investors are anticipating overhaul within the financial industry, and the changes could greatly impact how commodity ETFs operate in particular. The financial industry has been abuzz about regulation overhaul for some time now, with t...

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  • New Natural Gas ETF Could Help Battle Contango

    06-25-2009 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    United States Commodity Funds has plans to bring another natural gas-focused commodity exchange traded fund (ETF) to the market, as pending approval. If the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) grants approval, it will be the provider's second 12-month commodity fund. Th...

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  • As Investors Bet On Rising Natural Gas, ETF In Flux

    06-16-2009 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gas prices are on the rise, which has led investors to pour money into the natural gas exchange traded fund (ETF), as well. This could have some consequences if it keeps up. United States Natural Gas (UNG) has seen its assets balloon from $670 million in February to $3.7 b...

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  • Natural Gas ETFs: Time to Get Excited?

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

    Natural gas has a lot of factors in favor of the success of this commodity; the related exchange traded funds(ETFs) have made it easier to access it.Natural gas could someday be a hot commodity, especially since it can act as a hedge against the de-valuation of the U.S. dollar, ...

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  • Why Natural Gas ETF Is the Center of Attention

    05-15-2009 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The natural gas related exchange traded fund (ETF) has been criticized for driving up the prices of this commodity unnaturally, but industry analysts are beginning to realize this is not the case.Growth within the related natural gas ETF has been scrutinized that it is the prima...

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  • Why Some Think Natural Gas ETF Could Be Seeing a Spike

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

    Natural gas prices are low, but one CEO is predicting a big rebound that could benefit related exchange traded funds (ETFs). Chesapeake Energy Corp.'s CEO Aubrey K. McClendon said that the current price levels aren't strong enough to support a North American rig count, which is s...

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  • April's ETF Winners and Losers

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

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

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  • Why, Despite Low Prices, Natural Gas ETF Outlook Is Good

    04-13-2009 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Natural gas prices are falling, thanks to U.S. inventories being perched at their second-highest levels ever. What does this mean for exchange traded funds (ETFs)? Forecasts for natural gas is down, or lowered, as the supply-and-demand ratio is well supplied and U.S. invento...

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  • 4 Factors Affecting Natural Gas ETFs

    03-26-2009 04:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Natural gas is a great alternative energy source, and the form of energy and its exchange traded funds (ETFs) are at seven-year lows. Could this mean an uptrend is in the offing? What makes natural gas so attractive?  Gregory Davis for Investopedia states the following reasons: ...

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  • How Natural Gas Dispute Affects ETFs

    01-07-2009 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The recent dispute over natural gas between Russia and Ukraine has many considering whether the role of natural gas and related exchange traded funds (ETFs) needs to be revised. Some view the trouble as a wake-up call for the European Union to boost energy efficiency. The Worl...

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  • Morning Market Update: What's Causing Oil ETF's Swings?

    01-05-2009 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The dispute between Gaza-Israel and troubles between Russia and Ukraine have sent commodities on a rally, giving oil and natural gas exchange traded funds (ETFs) a boost. Oil prices have pushed $47 per barrel as of Monday, as political unrest continues between Gaza and Israel...

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  • What Russia's Natural Gas Play Means for ETFs and Prices

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

    Russia's deepening economic woes have lead the emerging market to play gas politics with neighboring Ukraine, cutting off all natural gas deliveries.  What impact will this have on the exchange traded funds that track this energy market? With the tumble in oil prices and the dr...

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  • What Natural Gas Producers Will Do To Augment Prices, ETFs

    12-29-2008 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Think about OPEC and all the good times the group has brought us oil consumers. Now Russia and another dozen or so members are in the nascent stages of forming a global natural gas price-setting organization that will be an additional benefit for energy-exporting countries and na...

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  • 2 ETFs That Could Burn Brighter in Clean Coal Push

    12-17-2008 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Does the term "clean coal" project sound like an oxymoron of sorts, leaving related investments such as exchange traded funds(ETFs) to linger in the confusion? Turning coal into natural gas is an age-old technique, however, it is not practiced because natural gas has been chea...

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  • Natural Gas ETF's Future Could Burn Bright

    11-25-2008 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    With the diminishing importance of oil and and coal as energy sources, North America's natural gas producers and the exchange traded funds (ETFs) that track them may have great potential. Coal and oil occupy 60% of North America's energy market, while the remaining 40% is divi...

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  • Gas, Housing ETFs Spill With Economy

    11-19-2008 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The United States economy remains in a state of uncertainty and this apathy is reflected in the actions of investors and their stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs). The state of the nation's Big Three automakers has turned more economic data negative, while investors are wa...

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  • Gas Prices, ETFs Tumble, Consumers Resume Leisurely Drives

    10-31-2008 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The falling prices of gasoline have lead to some consumers to return to their gas-thirsty habits, but what effect has it had on exchange traded funds (ETFs)? Consumers have started to shun conservation and have started to enjoy a comfortable lifestyle which includes discretiona...

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  • Natural Gas and ETF Could Rise This Winter

    10-16-2008 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Natural gas has been the choice among exchange traded fund (ETF) investors, as call options have been put into place in anticipation of the prices going up. Doris Frankel for Reuters reports that shares of United States Natural Gas (UNG) saw option investors betting that natur...

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  • Decision to Go for More Natural Gas Could Weigh on ETF

    09-15-2008 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The Department of Energy met last week to discuss whether it's worth going after more natural gas, and the answer to their question will have implications for the related exchange traded fund (ETF). The Department estimates that there is at least 10 year's worth of natural gas...

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  • Breaking Up With ETFs Is Hard To Do

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

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

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  • Natural Gas Rundown Has ETF Set To Benefit

    09-05-2008 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Take that, oil: natural gas and its exchange traded fund (ETF) can grab its own headlines. Turkey is concerned about the customs procedures between itself and Russia, which threaten gas and petroleum trades and sales. Turkey relies on around 60% of its natural gas and 50% of i...

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  • Fuel Prices, ETFs Look Different In Second Half of Year

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

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) that consistently found themselves at the head of the class with double-digit returns in the first half of the year are suddenly having a different view of things as fuel prices continue their descent. The price of gas has dropped for 25 consecutiv...

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  • When It Comes to ETFs, Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves

    08-07-2008 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    When Bev Sutton and her husband were splitting up in the mid-1970s, she did something that some might see as a little unconventional. "I said, 'I'll take the stock if you want to keep the house.' That was fine with him, and that's what I did." If you tend to think most wome...

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  • Emerging Markets ETFs Locked In a Race

    08-06-2008 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    One of the most efficient ways to access emerging market countries is through exchange traded funds (ETFs). The ETF that reigns supreme in assets is iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (EEM) which has garnered $20 billion in assets, and has heavy trading volume. The expense rati...

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  • Larger Than Expected Fuel Inventories Have ETFs Hesitating

    08-06-2008 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The inventory numbers are in, sending fuel prices lower and energy-related exchange traded funds (ETFs) sputtering while they figure out where to go next. The supplies were larger than expected, an indicator that high prices are still cutting into demand, reports Stevenson Jac...

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  • Investor Pullout of Bond Sale Hits Australia's ETFs Down Under

    07-29-2008 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Australia's exchange traded funds (ETFs) might have felt some heat from the barbie yesterday. National Australia Bank Ltd., the country's biggest bank by assets, said that most investors in its $812 million bond sale pulled out after the company raised provisions for mortgage-...

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  • Bears And Short ETFs Out Roaming For The Summer

    07-29-2008 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Despite the appearances of the last few weeks that included some strong days, there are still some hungry bears roaming in the marketplace and looking for some exchange traded funds (ETFs) to snack on. ETFGuide reports that in general, the accepted definition of a bear market ...

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  • Will Russia's ETF Suffer Collateral Damage In Wake of Allegations?

    07-25-2008 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Russia's exchange traded fund (ETF) is trading down early today after the country's RTS index plunged headlong into a bear market. The index went into turmoil after Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said OAO Mechel, a metals and mining company, would be investigated for overcharg...

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  • Black Gold in Them Thar Hills Could Affect Fuel ETFs

    07-24-2008 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    There are vast, untapped reserves of oil and natural gas in the Arctic, and if those resources are tapped, it could impact related exchange traded funds (ETFs) down the line. An estimated 90 billion barrels of oil and one-third of the world's undiscovered natural gas are benea...

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  • Rydex Adds More Currencies To Their ETF Family

    07-19-2008 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    It seems like it won't be long before there's an exchange traded fund (ETF) for the most far-flung currency you can think of. Rydex is bringing us a step closer to that with the creation of four more currency-focused funds to join their growing CurrencyShares family. Th...

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  • WisdomTree ETF Travels To The Middle East

    07-17-2008 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    WisdomTree has edged their way into the Middle East exchange traded fund (ETF) lineup with the launch of a new fund. The WisdomTree Middle East Dividend Fund (GULF) covers the same region as S&P's GCC40 Index, which has no ETF yet associated with it, reports ETF Guide. ...

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  • Natural Gas and ETFs Are Subject to Weather's Whims

    07-17-2008 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The natural gas industry is gearing up for a spike in prices that could benefit the line of exchange traded funds (ETFs) for the commodity. Break out the blankets. Some experts are predicting that customers could very well pay as much as 40% more than last year when the winter...

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  • Biotechnology ETFs Growing...Like Genetically Modified Crops?

    07-16-2008 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Biotechnology is the non-commodity exchange traded fund (ETF) area du jour, it seems. In a time where the markets seem bleak, the sector is delivering a ray of light. Genentech (DNA) this week upped its 2008 forecast, and also said its second-quarter profit rose 4.7%, thanks t...

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  • Oil ETFs Socked As Consumer Spending Power Weakens

    07-15-2008 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Oil exchange traded funds (ETFs) are spilling today as prices plummeted by as much as $9.26 a barrel. The price plunge was the hardest in 17 years, reports Adam Schreck for the Associated Press. It lost $6.44 and settled at $138.74 a barrel. At one point, it was down more than...

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  • Retail ETFs Might Be About to Rock On Gas, Food Strength

    07-15-2008 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Retail sales and related exchange traded funds (ETFs) took a hit today as the June numbers came in. The 0.1% increase was weaker than analysts had expected, mostly because auto sales have plunged, reports Martin Crutsinger for the Associated Press. The 4.6% jump in sales at ga...

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  • Jim Rogers Creates Commodities Index for ETF; Sounds Off on Economy

    07-10-2008 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Investing legend Jim Rogers has put together a new index targeting commodity producers, which will soon underly an exchange traded fund (ETF). The Rogers Van Eck Hard Assets Producers Index (RVEI) gives investors a chance to ride the commodities bull by accessing a universe of...

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  • Commodity ETFs' Growth Stunted After Supply Concerns Ease

    07-08-2008 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Commodities exchange traded funds (ETFs) took a wallop yesterday after news about the U.S.'s crop outlook was improved. They plunged by the most since March, as grain futures fell, while rain from Colorado to Pennsylvania brought fresh hopes for crops, reports Millie Munshi f...

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  • Oil ETFs Step Back, But They Still Offer Opportunities

    07-07-2008 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Oil exchange traded funds (ETFs) might be taking a breather today, but that doesn't mean black gold's relentless rise is over just yet. The price has more than doubled in the last year, and David Landis for Kiplinger's says another 44% rise is not exactly unthinkable. One ana...

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  • Can Biofuels And ETFs Weather The Elements?

    07-02-2008 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Biofuel production may be getting flooded out, as harsh weather in the Midwest threatens the well-being of crops, alarming Wall Street investors and related exchange traded funds (ETFs). The recent record storms and floods have drowned out the possibility of a bumper crop o...

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  • Dollar Up, Dollar Down: There's An ETF for That

    07-01-2008 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Morgan Stanley has made a bold prediction that, if true, could help the bullish dollar exchange traded fund (ETF). The strategist said that we're in the waning period of the dollar's decline against most of the major currencies around the world, CNBC reports. But temper that ex...

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  • Fed Takes It Easy for Now, Financial ETFs Trading Higher

    06-25-2008 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) and the markets waited with bated breath for the Federal Reserve's decision, and it's here: they're doing nothing. The short-term interest rate will, for the time being, remain at 2%, reports Chris Isidore for CNNMoney. Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke has...

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  • While Squeaky Wheel Gets Oil, Natural Gas ETFs Quietly Outperform

    06-25-2008 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The outlook toward natural gas and the related exchange traded funds (ETFs) that track it is looking good. As the hype over oil drowns out the noise in other commodity ETFs, natural gas funds have been quietly generating returns of their own that far outpace those of gasolin...

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  • Energy ETFs Play the Waiting Game While Congress Mulls Action

    06-24-2008 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Oil prices and related exchange traded funds (ETFs) continued the see-saw, wavering a little today. Gas dropped below $4.07 a gallon (hooray!), while oil rose by a scant 8 cents to $136.82 a barrel, reports John Wilen for the Associated Press. But any gains that might have be...

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  • No Hanging Chad Here: Presidential Campaign Could Help Internet ETFs

    06-19-2008 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    There is already one winner in the presidential elections: the internet, and this could help download returns for some of the internet and technology related exchange traded funds (ETFs). Between the increasing views of online political videos and the use of social networks ...

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  • Corn Helps ETFs, But It Might Be Missing From the Grill This Summer

    06-16-2008 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    When it comes to the weather, crops just can't seem to win, but exchange traded funds (ETFs) do. If you're hungry, the flooding in the Midwest is probably just making a bad situation worse. But if you're holding an ETF that tracks futures, such as the PowerShares DB Agriculture...

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  • Commodity ETFs Were a Bunch of Bull In May, and Remain So In June

    06-11-2008 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Commodity exchange traded funds (ETFs) were among the strongest performers for May, and if things keep going the way they are, June might be another decent month. In fact, it might be a good time for those of you who missed our special report on commodities to have a look, bec...

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  • Survey Has Surprises On How ETFs Are Used In Europe

    06-10-2008 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    A recent survey has found that exchange traded funds (ETFs) aren't being used to their full potential. Of course, the survey was of more than 110 European institutional investors, but we still wonder if the figures would look similar in the United States. After all, while Euro...

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  • Hedge Higher Gas Prices With ETFs

    06-06-2008 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Energy exchange traded funds (ETFs) have been abuzz for 2008, thanks to the price of light, sweet crude oil reaching historic highs, today over $139 a barrel. This week, we've seen the the biggest two-day spike in oil prices ever. The question is, have commodity prices peaked o...

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  • What's Going On With South Korea And It's ETF?

    06-06-2008 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    South Korea and its related exchange traded fund (ETF) have been juggling with the current global economic conditions, just as any other country. The South Korean economy grew faster than expected for the first quarter, due to factory production in overdrive for cell phones and...

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  • Almost Halftime For ETFs In 2008

    06-04-2008 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    We are almost at the half-way mark for 2008, an interesting year for the market and exchange traded funds (ETFs). As the first five months are over, ETF Guide points out the top leaders for the year and some of the laggers, with potential in the future. Leaders year-to-date (as...

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  • China's ETF Falls; Will It Rebound Today?

    06-04-2008 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Can China's stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) recover today after falling sharply yesterday? The iShares FTSE/Xinhua China 25 (FXI) lost 3.7% after some finance companies were downgraded, reports Rob Wherry for Smart Money. The fund is still up 34.8% in the last year, bu...

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  • Energy ETFs: Up, Up and Away, But Oil Retreats Some

    06-03-2008 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    After Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's comments this morning, oil prices retreated along with their related exchange traded funds (ETFs). The price for a barrel fell to $125.76. The record price now stands at $135.09, reached on May 22, reports John Wilen for the Assoc...

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  • Natural Gas ETFs Could Burn Bright In Growing Shortage

    05-31-2008 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Natural gas exchange traded funds (ETFs) certainly haven't been shouting as loud as those for other commodities (hello, oil), but they've been delivering the returns. The commodity has been a standout in what has been a rough and volatile market so far this year. The one-...

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  • China and Taiwan's Historic Meeting Could Impact ETFs

    05-28-2008 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    A historic meeting between China and Taiwan to discuss cross-strait transport links may have big implications for the countries and their exchange traded funds (ETFs). It's the highest-level meeting since the countries split in 1949, reports the BBC. Taiwan's new president, Ma ...

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  • 17 Commodity ETFs to Help Hedge Your Portfolio

    05-28-2008 09:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    You are viewing an older ETF Trends article from 2008. You may be interested in reading our more current articles on commodity ETFs and ETNs. UPDATE: Since we ran this report, much has changed in the world of commodities. You can find an updated article here. Americans ...

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  • Good Morning! A Vietnam ETF Is In Registration

    05-15-2008 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    There seems to be great interest in a Vietnam exchange traded fund (ETF), if the search engines are any indication. Week after week, "Vietnam" turns up as one of our top ten search words. Market Vectors has gotten in line to meet the demand, it seems. Last week, the E...

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  • Oil Futures ETFs Aren't the Only Ones Affected As the Price Moves

    05-13-2008 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The retreat of oil service-focused exchange traded funds (ETFs) yesterday was a reminder for investors to not get so hung up on the price of oil that they ignore all else. While funds such as United States Oil (USO) undoubtedly benefit from the rising prices, other funds feel t...

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  • Sprint Dials a Loss and Telecom ETFs Sit On Hold

    05-13-2008 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Sprint (S) seems to be hurting if the numbers are any indication - what could the number three wireless carrier's woes mean to the telecom exchange traded funds (ETFs)? In short, the carrier needs more customers, reports Laura M. Holson for the New York Times. In the first qu...

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  • More Costly Natural Gas and Electricity Could Burn Cash, But Help ETFs

    05-13-2008 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Get ready for a spike in electricity costs - it might hurt wallets more, but it could at least benefit exchange traded funds (ETFs). California State Assemblyman Chuck DeVore says in Red County that if you think gas is eating up your disposable income, wait until you see your el...

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  • Using Energy ETFs To Offset Gas and Oil Prices

    05-09-2008 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Frenzy in the energy sector has reached a fever pitch, but are exchange traded funds (ETFs) that allow investors to hedge those prices necessarily a great idea? The summer driving season is going to kick off soon, but with the way things are going, who can afford it? Oil passe...

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  • Power Shift Seems to Agree With Russia ETF

    05-09-2008 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    On May 7, Vladimir Putin stepped down and Russia's new president became Dmitry Medvedev - is it any coincidence that in one day, the Russia exchange traded fund (ETF) rose 4.4%? Market Vectors Russia (RSX) seems to be a beneficiary of the surge in energy prices in particular, a...

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  • Energy-Focused ETFs Capitalize on a Booming Sector

    04-30-2008 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Commodity exchange traded funds (ETFs) and exchange traded notes (ETNs) have come a long way since Nov. 18, 2004. That's when the first single-commodity ETF - streetTRACKS Gold Shares (GLD) - was launched. Of the 30 or so physical commodities traded in the United States, 12 of...

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  • Oil Prices May Get Worse; Steel and Natural Gas ETFs Are Keeping Pace

    04-24-2008 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The price of oil has slipped some over the last few days, but it's projected to soar even higher - what will it mean for its exchange traded funds (ETFs)? The reports on fuel got more dismal this morning, as many wonder just how much worse it's going to get. According to an ene...

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  • ETNs Picking Up Where ETFs Left Off?

    04-23-2008 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Are exchange traded notes (ETNs) the new exchange traded fund (ETF)? Lauren Young for Business Week points out that new ETF issues are down so far this year, but filings for ETNs are gathering steam. They've accounted for about one in every two launches in 2008. At the end ...

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  • Menu of Agriculture ETFs and ETNs Expands

    04-17-2008 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Some crops might not be growing, but lots of agriculture-focused exchange traded funds (ETFs) and exchange traded notes (ETNs) are sprouting up. Deutsche Bank launched a smörgåsbord of ETNs this week, just in time for the agriculture craze. These new products maximize the poten...

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  • South Korea's ETF Hit By Samsung Head's Troubles

    04-17-2008 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Samsung's chairman is in hot water, and it's weighing on South Korea's exchange traded fund (ETF), which counts the company as a major component. Chairman Lee Jun-hee was indicted on tax evasion and breach of trust charges, reports Jae-Soon Chang for the Associated Press. Howe...

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  • Agriculture ETFs Are Hungry For Higher Food Prices

    04-15-2008 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The United States is dealing with the gnarliest food inflation seen in 17 years, and Wall Street and exchange traded fund (ETF) investors may be the only side winning out. New data to be released tomorrow may show that it's only going to get worse. U.S. food prices rose 4% i...

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  • Retail Numbers Rise, ETFs Yawn

    04-14-2008 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Retail numbers were up slightly in March, which gave mixed results to related exchange traded funds (ETFs), but it's not what you think. The 0.2% gain in sales primarily is the result of the higher cost of gas. Retail sales would have been flat, had it not been for a big 1.1% j...

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  • Recent Oil Prices Make Up, Down ETFs Tricky

    04-10-2008 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The inverse/down oil exchange traded fund (ETF) from MacroShares appears to have a mind of its own. There are actually two funds designed to move along in a given direction according to what oil is doing: MacroShares Oil Down (DCR) and MacroShares Oil Up (UCR). A quick explan...

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  • New Heating Oil ETF Captures White-Hot Energy Sector

    04-09-2008 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    There's another entry in the category of energy commodities-focused exchange traded funds (ETFs), this one covering heating oil. The United States Heating Oil Fund (UHN) holds futures contracts for the commodity, reports Murray Coleman for Index Universe. It's made up of near-...

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  • ETFs Hold Steady While Earnings Reports Are Awaited

    04-08-2008 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    There was no rally in the first day of trading this week for stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) like the one last week, in which the Dow Jones industrial average skyrocketed nearly 400 points. At the start of the day yesterday, stocks went higher, then shifted to flat and ...

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  • Bernanke Says Recession is Possible; Stocks and ETFs Hesitate

    04-02-2008 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) shuddered slightly when Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said the "R" word in Congressional testimony this morning. Bernanke said the economy could weaken in the first half of this year, meaning the United States is final...

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  • Commodities and Short ETFs Tell the First-Quarter Tale

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

    The challenging first quarter has come to a close, and by taking a look at the top performing exchange traded funds (ETFs) for the period, one can get a sense of what the story was. Short ETFs and commodities were the strongest performers, signaling that the markets were tough...

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  • Taiwan Had a Busy Week, Sending Its ETF Lower

    03-31-2008 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The Taiwan exchange traded fund (ETF), iShares MSCI Taiwan Index (EWT), fell 7.8% this week after the central bank raised its benchmark interest rate for the 15th consecutive quarter. It also signaled that yet more increases are likely, report James Peng and Chinmei Sung fo...

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  • Motorola to Split In Two - Technology ETFs Are Mum For Now

    03-26-2008 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Motorola (MOT) announced today that it was going to split itself in two, but so far the impact on technology and networking exchange traded funds (ETFs) doesn't seem apparent. The company's stock has fallen 45% in the last year, reports the Dealbook in the New York Times, and t...

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  • ETF Tracking Error Is Sometimes a Necessary Evil

    03-26-2008 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Logically, exchange traded funds (ETFs) should have minimal tracking error. That's because they track an index, and in theory, if the index zigs, so does the ETF - and vice versa. It's not always the case, though, and tracking error does occur. Tracking error is defined as the...

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  • Financial and Real Estate Numbers Keep Markets, ETFs Busy

    03-25-2008 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    A flurry of activity and reports on Wall Street today sent exchange traded funds (ETFs) moving in every direction. Financials took a hit on the news that Merrill Lynch & Co. Inc. (MER) had its earnings forecasts cut by JPMorgan Chase (JPM) and UBS AG, reports Kevin Plumbe...

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  • Chinese ETFs - Yin Yang For The Market

    03-24-2008 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The China bubble is continuing to correct itself if its exchange traded funds (ETFs) are any indication. With the Olympics just around the corner, many felt that the growing country's performance would stay solid through the summer. But the iShares FTSE/Xinhua China 25 Index (...

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  • Foreign Worker Program Could Lift Austrian Economy and Maybe Its ETF

    03-18-2008 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    An Austrian program that brings unpaid, experienced foreign workers to the country could spur its economy and, in turn, its exchange traded fund (ETF). The program, called Amadeus, brings bright, young things to work in Austria's top businesses each year, and in place of pay ...

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  • Gold ETFs Lie At the End of the Rainbow

    03-17-2008 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Aye, laddie. Lookin' for a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow via an exchange traded fund (ETF) this St. Patrick's Day, are ye? Okay, we'll stop with the accent. It turns out that although gold futures briefly hit a new record this morning, at $1,033 an ounce, reports Pha...

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  • Follow the Yellow Brick Road With ETFs

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

    The futures price of gold soared to a record $1,009 an ounce, but related exchange traded funds (ETFs) appeared unmoved by the news. A dollar that plunged to record lows against the euro in response to news of troubles at Bear Stearns (BSC) is the main culprit here. The new hi...

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  • Will a Vietnam ETF Ever See the Light of Day?

    03-07-2008 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    A Vietnam-focused exchange traded fund (ETF) may not be so far off. The country continues to post strong economic growth despite the U.S. economic slowdown. Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said the country's government was committed to a target of 8-9% for annual GDP growth. ...

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  • ETF and Investing Advice for the Young

    03-05-2008 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

      If you're a young investor, whether your investment of choice is stocks, exchange traded funds (ETFs) or, like a lot of young'ns, nothing, there's someone out there with a message for you. Two charities, Citizens Advice and YouthNet, are on a financial investment crusade ...

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  • Taiwan and ETF Are Going Through a Growth Spurt; Will It Keep It Up?

    03-05-2008 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The iShares MSCI Taiwan Index (EWT) exchange traded fund (ETF) is up 3.8% year-to-date, leaving us wondering what is happening over there? The greater Taipei region's real estate market beat the odds of a normally slow February, so says the latest realtor company statistics....

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  • Oil and Related ETFs Higher; Service Sector Numbers Are In

    03-05-2008 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Oil and its exchange traded funds (ETFs) just won't quit. A surprise drop in the supply caused prices to hit yet another record, hitting $104.31 a barrel. John Wilen for the Associated Press says that analysts had expected the opposite, that supplies would rise for the eighth st...

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  • Construction, Manufacturing Numbers and ETFs Head Lower

    03-03-2008 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Manufacturing and construction numbers came in, giving related exchange traded funds (ETFs) a punch to the gut in intraday trading. U.S. manufacturing activity dropped in February to its lowest point in nearly five years, reports Madlen Read for the Associated Press. Modest grow...

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  • Visa's Close to Going Public, and It Could Land In IPO ETF

    02-27-2008 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Visa is readying to take the plunge and go public - does this mean it could be making an appearance in the IPO exchange traded fund (ETF)? This IPO is coming at an interesting time for the financial markets, says Eric Dash for the New York Times. The nation's largest credit c...

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  • First Gas ETF Launches, Just In Time for Record Prices at Pump

    02-27-2008 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    It's better late than never for a new exchange traded fund (ETF) that tracks the price of gas. The United States Gasoline Fund (UGA), from provider Victoria Bay Asset Management, began trading yesterday. It's the first ETF that directly follows the price of gas by tracking futu...

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  • South Korean ETF Positioned To Benefit From Capital Act

    02-17-2008 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    South Korea and its related exchange traded fund (ETF) are constrained by an over-regulated financial sector. This may be causing the iShares MSCI South Korea (EWY) ETF to have a trading pattern that looks a lot like Japan's, reports Carl Delfeld for Forbes. The ETF's top th...

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  • Five ETF Sectors To Recession-Proof Your Portfolio

    02-14-2008 02:07 PM by Tom Lydon

    The signs are all there that we're in a recession: many exchange traded fund (ETF) sectors have taken a hit, Congress is calling hearings, the Federal Reserve is talking about more rate cuts, housing, retail and unemployment numbers are unimpressive at best. When will the gov...

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  • Natural Gas-Related ETFs Are In Oil's Shadow

    02-14-2008 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Natural gas is an energy play that appears undervalued as oil and its related exchange traded funds (ETFs) have taken center stage. But natural gas is still dirt cheap, and it climbed 6% during the past year. Oil surged 56%, casting a shadow over natural gas. The price hikes h...

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  • ETFs Hot in Chilly Scandinavia

    02-12-2008 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) are taking off in some far-flung places. Pension funds in Scandinavia are among the top investors in ETFs, Deutsche Bank says. Large pension funds in the region have been seen investing medium-term asset allocations in a number of Deustche Bank, par...

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  • Coal ETF Mines the Opportunities

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

    Last week, a new exchange traded fund (ETF) covering a commodity that had many asking, "Wait, wasn't there one for that already?" began trading on the American Stock Exchange. Market Vectors Coal (KOL), as you might guess from the name, tracks an index made up of 60 c...

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  • ETFs Not Immune From Further World Market Declines

    01-21-2008 01:40 PM by Tom Lydon

    ETF investors brace themselves for more pain this week. World stocks plummeted Monday as fears gripped investors that a deteriorating U.S. economy would drag others down with it. Toby Anderson from the Associated Press Reports: The U.K. benchmark FTSE-100 dropped 4.7 percent to...

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  • WisdomTree Could Launch Money Market ETFs

    01-19-2008 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    WisdomTree filed for 12 new money market exchange traded funds (ETFs) to cover 17 different foreign and emerging markets. The new funds are similar to the Rydex CurrencyShares funds with two major differences:  (1) They cover many new global markets, and (2) They are money...

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  • Magellan Fund Keeps Up With ETF Competition

    01-17-2008 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Times are different for Fidelity as exchange traded funds (ETFs) have gained popularity. Fidelity's performance has lagged, and now the Magellan Fund is re-opening after 10 years of being closed to new investors. Jennifer Levitz for the Wall Street Journal reports that while t...

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  • What's Your ETF Sell Strategy?

    01-15-2008 03:30 PM by Tom Lydon

    The S&P has not had a 10% correction in many months....until today. Joe Bel Bruno for the Associated Press reports that persistent fears of a recession, weak retail sales figures and disappointing results from Citigroup sent the markets plunging. What's an investor to do...

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  • Survival of the Fittest ETF

    01-08-2008 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The exchange traded fund (ETF) industry is buzzing with talk about "second-generation ETFs." These are funds that are actively managed by a money manager instead of the original passive ETFs.  Diya Gullapalli for The Wall Street Journal explains that 2007 had ple...

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  • Accessing Oil and Natural Gas With ETFs

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

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) are a cushion against the volatility of natural gas and oil, since holding single stocks of those commodities is enough to give an investor the shakes. The movement of these stocks are tied more to the underlying commodity than to the broader market...

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  • Eastern Europe ETF a Dark Horse in Emerging Markets Sector

    01-04-2008 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    When talk turns to the "emerging markets" exchange traded funds (ETFs), it often centers around a few economies in particular: Latin America, India and China. In the fourth quarter of 2007, however, there was one region that flourished: Eastern Europe. Gary Gordon of ...

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  • Newbie ETFs Have Their Work Cut Out

    01-03-2008 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    During the past few years, a number of young start-up companies set up shop to sell exchange traded funds (ETFs). But the turbulent stock market of late is making a mess of these small companies, who would eventually sell their product to a larger company. Because of the volati...

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  • The Energy Bill Could Increase Hunger for Agriculture ETFs

    12-24-2007 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Food is always in style, and exchange traded funds (ETF) that track agriculture can help capitalize on that fact. Bush's signing of the energy bill could push demand (and prices) even higher. The signing of the energy bill calls for an increased use of biofuels, which means that...

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  • Samsung Investigated, South Korea ETF Could Be Affected

    12-21-2007 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    South Korea's Samsung Group is under the microscope, and an exchange traded fund (ETF) with its electronics division as one of its top holdings could feel the impact. The Associated Press says that South Korea's president appointed an independent counsel to take a look at slush ...

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  • South Korea ETF Riding On Upcoming Presidential Election

    12-18-2007 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The South Korean economy and exchange traded fund (ETF) are at the mercy of the upcoming presidential election. Mr.Lee Myung-bak, the former mayor of Seoul, Korea, is most likely to win the upcoming South Korean election on December 19. Carl Delfeld for ETFXRAY reports that his ...

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  • 2007 Coal Awards for Fund Industry

    12-14-2007 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The 12th annual Lump of Coal Awards are under way, finger-pointing at the bad boys and girls within the exchange traded fund (ETF) and mutual fund community. These awards recognize managers, executives, firm watchdogs, and other fund-world participants for action, attitude, beha...

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  • Congressman Leads Charge to Get ETFs Into 401(k) Plans

    12-12-2007 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    A fired-up congressman could be leading the charge to get exchange traded funds (ETFs) and other index funds into all 401(k)s, reports Sara Hansard at InvestmentNews. House Education and Labor Committee Chairman George Miller, D-Calif., was sufficiently alarmed by the Government...

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  • ETFs Are a Great Tool for the Lone-Wolf Investor

    12-08-2007 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    In response to a column on do-it-yourself investing, John Heinzl of the Toronto Globe and Mail,  received criticisms and a few questions, one of them concerning exchange traded funds (ETFs). Since his previous column focused primarily on stocks, a reader wanted to know abou...

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  • Will There Be A Vietnam ETF Soon?

    12-07-2007 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    In Vietnam the ingredients are in place for burgeoning prosperity, so the question investors may pose is when will we see a Vietnam exchange traded fund (ETF)? Andy Mukherjee for Bloomberg says 4 million motorcycles on the streets of Vietnam offers testimony to the opportunity...

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  • ETFs and Guidance Help Growth in Retirment 401(k) Plans

    12-04-2007 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Saving for retirement is a goal for many investors, whether using exchange traded funds (ETFs), stocks, mutual funds or bonds.  Many companies offer 401(k) plans, where employees can make contributions as well as participate in employer match.  Watching these funds gro...

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  • French Unions Back Down to President: Vive l'ETF

    11-26-2007 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    This month the transportation and energy union workers went on strike in France, making many across the globe wonder about the future of the country and its related exchange traded fund (ETF). The strike was a test for the political future of President Nicolas Sarkozy and his ab...

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  • Looking To Friday's Markets and ETF Activity

    11-22-2007 12:29 PM by Tom Lydon

    Thanksgiving gives a much needed break to investors who have been stuffed with market indigestion this week. Tomorrow we're back at again with one more trading day before a much needed weekend break. A quick peek at global markets via a recent AP report indicates more volatility...

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  • ETFs Flow Clean Water For The Future

    11-21-2007 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Jonathon Greenblatt wants to change the world and help exchange traded funds (ETFs), one bottled water at a time. He is the co-founder of Ethos water, a business whose mission is to provide the world's children with clean drinking water. This local enterprise started in health c...

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  • All Eyes Are On South Korea Election and the ETF

    11-20-2007 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The effects of the upcoming presidential elections in South Korea on the country's exchange traded fund (ETF) remains to be seen. iShares MSCI South Korea Index (EWY) is up 37.8% year to date -- will it be able to continue the climb? The front-runner in the contest is already ...

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  • South Korea ETF Affected By Samsung's Shadiness?

    11-14-2007 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    iShares MSCI South Korea Index (EWY), the South Korean-focused exchange traded fund (ETF), may fall victim to allegation of bribery at Samsung. A broad coalition of liberal lawmakers are calling on individual counsel to investigate snowballing allegations of bribery at Samsung...

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  • Stunted Stalwart Growth For German ETF?

    11-14-2007 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Strong exports have been key in Germany's latest economic growth, sending focused stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) upward. A stronger euro is a worry that exports from the euro zone will be less desirable and competitive in overseas markets. As a result, German investors ...

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  • Dow Theory Flashes A Bear For Diamonds Trust (DIA)

    11-13-2007 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The Dow Theory, one of Wall Street's oldest tools used to decipher the longer-term direction of stock prices, is flashing a warning sign about stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs). The Dow Theory is a market-trend forecasting system developed in the late 19th century by Wall ...

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  • Currency ETFs Rise On Weak Dollar

    11-08-2007 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Foreign currency-focused exchange traded funds (ETFs) rose this week as the U.S. dollar continues to fall to record lows. The dollar plunged after Chi Siwei, vice president of the Chinese National People's Congress, commented that China may diversify its $1.4 trillion foreign ex...

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  • ETFs - Pay Attention to That Man Behind the Curtain

    11-06-2007 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Never judge a book by its cover, and the same goes for an exchange traded fund (ETF). Matt Hougan for Seeking Alpha gives five examples. iShares MSCI Pacific ex-Japan Index (EPP) $4.5 billion in assets and Asian exposure? Sounds great. But there isn't a whole lot of Asia in the...

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  • Investing in South Korea with ETFs

    11-01-2007 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    When investing in exchange traded funds (ETFs), especially country-specific ETFs, it is important to know what is going on in that country. While iShares MSCI South Korea Fund (EWY) gives one of the lowest price-to-earnings growth ratios around, there are other things to take in...

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  • Global IPOs Enhance BRIC ETFs Offerings

    10-23-2007 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) that track the markets of Brazil, Russia India and China  (known as the "BRIC" block) and other emerging-market countries received some good news recently.  For one, seven out of the top 10 IPOs in the third quarter were from eme...

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  • Planning for the Future with ETFs

    10-19-2007 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    For those of you in your twenties blessed with the notion to think about your retirement, exchange traded funds (ETFs) can help. Whether you are a college student or have recently entered the career world, the good news is, time is on your side as far as your retirement savings ...

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  • As Seed Money Dries Up, New ETFs Might Wither

    10-17-2007 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Hundreds of exchange traded funds (ETFs) might not get a chance to sprout because seed capital for these investments is scarce. Unlike traditional stocks that raise money through initial public offerings (IPOs), ETFs have grown because of the trading floor specialist firms that ...

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  • Keep an Eye on Financial ETFs such as PFF

    10-16-2007 11:17 AM by Tom Lydon

    One exchange traded fund (ETF) that hasn't received much attention lately is Barclays' iShares S&P U.S. Preferred Stock Index Fund (PFF). One of the reasons for its lack of coverage could be that it's down 2.0% for the last three months, having launched in March. However, wh...

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  • Will Lifecycle ETFs Be the Key to the 401(k) Market?

    10-16-2007 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) have enjoyed success with more than $500 billion in assets, so will lifecycle ETFs be their best ticket into the retirement market dominated by mutual funds? At the end of 2006, 401(k) plan assets grew to about $2.7 trillion, according to Investmen...

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  • What's Going on with South Korea's ETF?

    10-13-2007 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    South Korea's exchange traded fund (ETF) iShares MSCI South Korea Index (EWY) has been a superstar this year. Currently, it's up 45.8% year-to-date. Although EWY is still doing well, its largest holding Samsung reported that its quarterly profits were down compared to last yea...

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  • Holiday Cell Phones Could Be a Good Luck Charm for Semiconductor ETFs

    10-10-2007 04:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Semiconductor exchange traded funds (ETFs) seem likely to benefit from Broadcom's (BRCM) chips and software that will be in new cell phones launched for the holidays by Samsung Electronics. Broadcom is the No. 2 cell phone maker and is selling the phones with Broadcom's advanced...

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  • Oil ETFs Tumble as Dollar Gains Strength

    10-05-2007 02:36 PM by Tom Lydon

    Oil futures, and exchange traded funds (ETFs) that invest in them, fell today upon news that an uplifting employment report lifted the dollar. Investors sold their oil futures likely because they thought a stronger dollar will curb foreign investors' demand for crude oil, report...

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  • The World, According to FTSE

    09-27-2007 12:45 PM by Tom Lydon

    Recently, the Financial Times and the London Stock Exchange (FTSE)announced the results of its annual review of country classifications. As the countries' status changes, the holdings of emerging-market exchange traded funds (ETFs) could also change. The major indexes have diffe...

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  • South Korea's ETF Unlikely to Suffer from U.S. Subprime Problems

    09-22-2007 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    South Korea's exchange traded fund (ETF) iShares MSCI South Korea Index (EWY) continues to thrive when many other markets are worried about a credit crunch. Currently, EWY is up 36.5% year-to-date. Earlier this week, South Korea's vice finance minister said the U.S. subprim...

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  • ETF Downswings Aren't Always Doom and Gloom

    09-15-2007 01:27 PM by Tom Lydon

    Is there opportunity in housing exchange traded funds (ETFs) in the current market?  After reading our post in August about housing ETFs falling on home sales news, Selena Maranjian for The Motley Fool went looking to see if it all spells trouble.  Maranjian uses some ...

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  • Rethinking Emerging-market ETFs

    09-05-2007 12:13 PM by Tom Lydon

    Typically when we think of emerging-market countries for exchange traded fund (ETF) investing, the ones that come to mind are China, Brazil and India. However David Frum, a former speechwriter for President Bush, would like to remind us Central Europe is an emerging-market area ...

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  • Natural Gas vs. Oil ETFs

    08-30-2007 12:24 PM by Tom Lydon

    Crude oil and natural gas are two forms of energy that exchange traded funds (ETFs) track. But what's the difference between the two? Natural gas is not a renewable energy source, but there's lots of it, and it's environmentally-friendly. Natural gas is also a popular energy su...

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  • Hungry for a Food & Beverage ETF

    08-27-2007 12:11 PM by Tom Lydon

    The PowerShares Dynamic Food & Beverage (PBJ) exchange traded fund (ETF) seems to be turning around. It broke above its 200-day trend line and is up 5.7% year-to-date. One possible factor in PBJ's performance could be that its top holding Monsanto (MON), which makes up 5.6% ...

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  • Keeping an Eye on REIT ETFs

    08-10-2007 04:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    As the market plunged yesterday and today, some exchange traded funds (ETFs) have managed to tread water, including a few surprises such as REITs. Since the market lows last Friday, REITs have held up better than most other ETF sectors. They've come back about 3.5%, even with to...

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  • ETFs Now More Important Than Ever for Retirement Plans

    08-08-2007 11:13 AM by Tom Lydon

    As baby boomers and younger generations prepare for retirement, exchange traded funds (ETFs) might be needed now more than ever. ETFs would bring benefits such as transparency and low expenses to retirement plans that are attractive to many investors. Unfortunately, there are so...

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  • Oil Sector Starts Over with New ETF

    08-02-2007 01:16 AM by Tom Lydon

    When Victoria Bay Asset Management launched the exchange traded fund (ETF) United States Oil Fund (USO) in April 2006, it was supposed to reflect the percentage changes of the spot price of light sweet crude oil. To do this, USO would buy near-term oil futures contracts and roll...

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  • I Sold My ETF, What Do I Do Now?

    07-31-2007 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Last week's market plunge and subsequent exchange traded fund (ETF) decline unsettled many investors. However, if you had an exit strategy with specific stop-loss points, then the drop was hopefully less stressful for you as it prevents small loses from turning into there-goes-m...

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  • Get an ETF Portfolio Bargain: Only 15 Basis Points

    07-30-2007 05:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    An exchange traded fund (ETF) portfolio with a total expense ratio of 0.15%? While such a dream might seem to good to be true, it's real, and it's practically a steal. Matt Hougan for Index Universe created an ETF portfolio that can be purchased for 0.148%, which is 16 basis po...

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  • ETFs on the Rise Despite Recent Giant Market Drop

    07-30-2007 01:41 PM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded fund (ETF) investors are still a little nervous after last week's plunge sent the Dow Jones industrial average and the S&P 500 on their largest drop in five years. The Dow is down about 4.6% from its July 19 record close of 14,000.41, collapsing under the pre...

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  • You're Never Too Young to Start Investing in ETFs

    07-28-2007 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) are excellent starter vehicles for young investors because of their simplicity and diversification. Kids and younger adults can easily track ETF performance on financial websites such as Yahoo! Finance or Morningstar. The trick though, is getting kid...

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  • European ETFs: Get One Whole or Take Them by the Slice

    07-27-2007 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Investing in Europe via exchange traded funds (ETFs) is another way to diversify your portfolio. In a way, it's kind of like ordering pizza. When you invest in a European ETF that has different holdings in various countries, it's like you get a whole pizza with different topping...

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  • Why Not ETF Company-based Indexing?

    07-19-2007 12:30 PM by Tom Lydon

    For exchange traded funds (ETFs) that contain securities based in multiple countries that are at different stages in their economic growth, it can be difficult to accurately label the ETF. The result is an oversimplification where some index providers label a country as "em...

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  • South Korean ETF Catching Up

    06-18-2007 01:07 PM by Tom Lydon

    After trailing other Asian markets over the past few years, the South Korean exchange traded fund (ETF) has been gaining ground thanks to Samsung Electronics.  Samsung has become Asia's largest tech company (by market cap) and makes up 15% of iShares MSCI South Korean (EWY)...

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  • Is 70 the New 50? ETFs Can Help

    06-05-2007 01:11 AM by Tom Lydon

    Living longer will require more money and exchange traded funds (ETFs) can help get you where you want to be. If 30 is the new 20, then is 70 the new 50? Actual research, and people, show things aren't predisposed to get worse as you age, they can get better. Andrea Combes for M...

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  • Natural Gas ETF Hits Market

    04-18-2007 01:09 PM by Tom Lydon

    Another commodity is now available to investors, with the first natural gas exchange traded fund (ETF), launched by Victoria Bay Asset Management.  According to the press release, the objective of U.S. Natural Gas Fund (UNG) is to have the changes in percentage terms of the...

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  • Baby Boomers And ETFs

    04-04-2007 01:12 AM by Tom Lydon

    This year the oldest baby boomer will turn 61, just around the corner from collecting social security and questioning how far investments and exchange traded funds (ETFs) will take them. Pat Regnier of CNN Money.com remarks yuppies and hippies alike have lives that coincided wit...

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  • PowerShares-ETF Trendsetter

    03-20-2007 01:27 AM by Tom Lydon

    PowerShares is one of the leaders behind the growth of exchange traded funds (ETFs). Diya Gullapalli and Tom Lauricella for The Wall Street Journal describe PowerShares as one of the most aggressive and controversial companies cashing in on the ETF frenzy. In fact, CEO Bruce Bon...

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  • What To Do With Your Declining ETFs

    03-01-2007 09:51 AM by Tom Lydon

                         U.S. stock-index futures plunged at the opening by more than 2%. As an investor, what do you do? Having a sell discipline is very important to portfolio protection and mental sanity. Our simple ru...

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  • Despite Political Problems, Korea (EWY) ETF Hits High

    02-25-2007 12:41 PM by Tom Lydon

    The South Korean exchange traded fund (ETF) hit a year-to-date high as political conflicts get worked out. A December presidential election has left some time to get political wrinkles ironed out and South Korean president Roh Moo Hyun has left the Uri party to help members sett...

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  • South Korean ETF-What Is It Holding?

    12-31-2006 01:26 AM by Tom Lydon

    With Samsung (21%) as the biggest holding in the iShares MSCI South Korea Index (EWY) exchange traded fund (ETF), shareholders will be amazed to know that not only is Samsung one of the biggest employers, they could win the humanitarian award this year, too! The update from Re...

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  • Utility ETFs Moving

    10-25-2006 08:19 AM by Tom Lydon

    Why have utilities been moving and nobody is paying attention?  The utilities have been one of the best performing exchange traded funds.  As this sector tends to be overlooked, "our utilities are unsung but reliable constants in practically every daily action,&qu...

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  • ETF Flows in Emerging Markets

    10-03-2006 09:14 AM by Tom Lydon

    The Wall Street Journal reported on the bounce back of emerging markets over the third quarter.  After the sell off in May the markets came back, as did the exchange traded funds.  The Journal article looked at mutual funds, but the same can be said for ETFs.  Due...

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  • Country ETFs Capitalize On Eastern Europe

    04-24-2006 05:58 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gross National Product (GDP) in Eastern Europe will run 1-2% ahead of Western Europe while interest rates remain low, reports Murray Coleman at Investors Business Daily. Although there are no specific Eastern European ETFs available, the next best thing is buying ETFs represen...

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  • Big Increases in South Korea Production and ETF

    12-28-2005 04:12 PM by Tom Lydon

    Good news came out of South Korea.  Factory output in November saw its biggest gain in six years, along with record exports and increased consumer spending.  "A third straight increase in production shows the economic environment is improving."  And the ...

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  • Is it time to take chips off the table in South Korea (EWY)?

    10-27-2005 02:11 PM by Tom Lydon

    Samsung, POSCO, Korea Electric Power and SK Telecom - these  4 companies make up 50% of the market capitalization of the South Korean stock market.  These same companies make up 40% of the iShares MSCI South Korea Index (EWY) exchange traded fund.  Although the ...

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  • Overseas Markets Are on a Roll These Days

    09-19-2005 11:35 AM by Tom Lydon

    Overseas Markets Are on a Roll These Days NEW YORK, September 18, 2005 (AP) While U.S. indexes dully waver within a minuscule range, overseas markets are on fire. Japan's Nikkei average hit its highest point since 2001 earlier this month. Britain's FTSE 100 Index on Friday had...

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  • Best way to invest in Eastern Europe

    09-07-2005 01:08 PM by Tom Lydon

    Austria continues to be a great way to invest in Eastern Europe.  Austrian banks are financing the boom in Eastern Europe and iShares Austria (EWO - News) is about the only way to get in on the uptrend without buying foreign stocks on overseas exchanges or ADRs (American De...

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