ETF Resumé

USOTicker Symbol

USCommodity Oil Fund ETFFund

 

31.24

  • Change 0.10 (0.3%)
  • Volume 2.17 M

10:45 AM EDT Oct 21, 2014
U.S. Markets are open

  • Assets $734.4M
  • Expense Ratio 0.45%
  • Yield N/A
  • Vs 50 Day EMA %
  • Vs 200 Day EMA %

Commodity Based ETF

United States Oil 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 WTI Crude Oil delivered to Cushing Oklahoma as measured by changes in percentage terms of the price of the WTI Crude Oil 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
0.3% -0.4% -2.7% -8.5% -9.9% -17.4% -17.3% -14.6% -6.6% -22.9%
Last Close Volume
AVG VOL (10 D) CHANGE
9,355,594 -55.2%
Trend on Last Close
  Price EMA EMA P DATE CROSSED
50 DAY 31.14 34.11 -8.7% 07-24-2014
200 DAY 31.14 35.68 -12.7% 07-31-2014
Technical
ALPHA BETA R2 STD DEV
-0.0093 1.054 0.315 0.076
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  • Oil ETFs To Remain Depressed As Saudis Target Lower Prices

    10-13-2014 02:30 PM by Max Chen

    Dissent within the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) could help pressure on oil prices and related exchange traded fund over the short-term, with Saudi Arabia adamant on squeezing out new players in the market, such as shale and deepwater drillers. Year-...

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  • Commodity ETF Traders Have to Be Picky

    10-10-2014 01:52 PM by Max Chen

    With the U.S. dollar strengthening and global growth concerns lingering, the commodities market have stumbled. Nevertheless, traders can still find some opportunities, but they will have to target single commodity-specific exchange traded funds. The PowerShares DB Commodity In...

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  • Saudi Arabia's Ambitions Keep Pressure On Oil ETFs

    10-03-2014 09:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Oil prices and related exchange traded funds could continue to slip further as Saudi Arabia in a counter-intuitive move wants to keep pumping oil and defend its market share. Over the past three months, the United States Brent Oil Fund (NYSEArca: BNO) declined 17.0% while the ...

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  • Investors Turn Sour On Commodity ETFs

    10-02-2014 08:20 AM by Tom Lydon

    In response to the bumper crop year, rising oil output and slowing global demand for raw materials, commodity exchange traded funds experienced their largest monthly outflows this year. In September, commodity ETFs experienced $1.05 billion in outflows, the largest monthly wit...

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  • Taking A Bearish Approach to Oil ETFs

    09-29-2014 02:15 PM by Max Chen

    As oil prices and related exchange traded funds slipped, more energy traders are losing faith in black gold. Over the past three months, the United States Brent Oil Fund (NYSEArca: BNO) declined 15.3% while the United States Oil Fund (NYSEArca: USO), which tracks West Texas In...

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  • Investors Bet on Energy Despite Distress in Oil ETFs

    09-12-2014 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Despite the plunge in oil prices, with Brent crude now trading below $100 per barrel, oil-related exchange traded funds have been attracting more investment interest. Since June 19 highs, the United States Brent Oil Fund (NYSEArca: BNO) plunged 2.5% while the United States Oil...

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  • Poor Fundamentals Sap Energy From Oil ETFs

    09-02-2014 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Oil exchange traded funds slipped Tuesday, with Brent crude falling to a 14-month low, as traders weighed concerns over the global economy, notably conditions in the Eurozone and China, and a seasonal shift. The United States Brent Oil Fund (NYSEArca: BNO) decreased 2.5% Tuesd...

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  • Cheap Oil Helps Airline Stocks, Transportation ETFs Fly

    08-18-2014 03:45 PM by Max Chen

    The falling oil prices are providing airline stocks, along with related transportation sector exchange traded funds, an unexpected tailwind. While there are no airline-specific ETFs on the market, the iShares Transportation Average ETF (NYSEArca: IYT) and the SPDR S&P Tran...

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  • Poor Fundamentals Drag Down Oil ETFs

    08-14-2014 02:05 PM by Tom Lydon

    Uncertainty and geopolitical risks on the Ukrainian and Russian border, violence in the Gaza strip and Iraq's sectarian civil war should be pressuring oil's supply outlook  However, soft oil demand has dampened on oil prices and related exchange traded funds. The United States...

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  • Navigating an Uneven Market for Commodities ETFs

    07-29-2014 02:43 PM by Max Chen

    Commodity exchange traded funds help diversify an investor's portfolio, but traders can also dive into the market to pick and select potential opportunities while avoiding duds. According to the Goldman Sachs Group, nickel and palladium are set to outperform in an uneven globa...

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  • Commodity ETFs in Rough Patch as World Bank Turns Bearish

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

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

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  • Oil ETFs to Tap into the Energy Industry

    07-11-2014 02:31 PM by Tom Lydon

    Oil demand will continue to rise in an expanding global economy. However, oil and energy exchange traded fund investors will have to factor in the changing supply and demand dynamics, along with the occasional geopolitical volatility. "Supply risks in the Middle East and north...

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  • Oil Surges, but Energy ETF Still Attractively Valued

    06-23-2014 01:05 PM by Tom Lydon

    Escalating tensions in the Middle East are again serving as the catalyst behind higher oil prices, but even with rising crude prices, the energy sector is still attractively valued. "If you don't get that surge in production that many analysts were expecting in Iraq may not ha...

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  • Despite Middle East Risks, Oil ETFs Remain Relatively Stable

    06-16-2014 02:25 PM by Max Chen

    Even with short-term supply risks, such as the escalating violence in Iraq, traders using oil exchange traded products shouldn't expect large swings as crude oil prices are at their most stable since the 70s. According to Christof Rühl, BP's group chief economist, the world ha...

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  • Stock ETFs Have More Room to Run in Low Inflationary Environment

    06-16-2014 09:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The strengthening broad market moves have pushed U.S. equities to record heights, and the rally in stocks and exchange traded funds may still have legs. Year-to-date, the SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average ETF (NYSEArca: DIA) is up 2.0%, SPDR S&P 500 (NYSEArca: SPY) rose 5....

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  • Oil Services ETFs Could be Energy’s New Leaders

    06-12-2014 01:01 PM by Todd Shriber

    On another downbeat day for U.S. stocks, just 19 exchange traded funds are hitting new all-time highs on Thursday. However, in confirmation of the energy sector's ongoing strength, nine of the 19 ETFs at all-time highs today are energy funds. That group of nine includes standa...

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  • Oil ETF Tests Long-Term Trend as Speculators Turn Bearish

    05-06-2014 07:45 AM by Tom Lydon

    Oil futures and related exchange traded funds are losing energy, with speculators turning less bullish on the commodity, as the U.S. shale oil boom bolsters stockpiles and concerns on a weakening global economy deepen. The United States Oil Fund (NYSEArca: USO), which tracks W...

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  • Energy ETFs Look for February Rebound

    02-03-2014 08:15 AM by Todd Shriber

    Traditional, large-cap energy stocks and the exchange traded funds laden with those names are off to a glum start this year. This is how glum: The S&P 500 energy sector lost 6.3% last month compared to a 6.4% loss for emerging markets, according to S&P Dow Jones Indices ...

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  • Indexology®: Index Investing Did NOT Spike Price; BRENT FELL

    01-17-2014 07:00 AM by Indexology Blog By SP Dow Jones Indices

    Maybe the verdict is still undecided for some, but it is hard to look at the evidence and still be questioning the idea that index investing drives underlying commodity prices.   Now that the commodity index rebalance is over and the shift between WTI and Brent is behind, we can ...

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  • Oil ETFs Strengthen as Hedge Funds Get Bullish on WTI

    12-31-2013 02:18 PM by Tom Lydon

    Oil exchange traded funds are strengthening as the U.S. economic engine gains momentum, with hedge funds raising bullish bets on crude oil to a three-month high. The United States Oil Fund (NYSEArca: USO) has gained 6.2% over the past month and was up 6.5% over 2013. [ETF Char...

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  • Commodities Search for Strong End to Bad Year

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

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

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  • 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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  • ETF Chart of the Day: Oil Plays

    12-09-2013 11:46 AM by Paul Weisbruch, Street One Financial

    Crude Oil related ETPs have sprung to life in the past week after largely disappointing performance since September. The largest ETP that tracks Crude Oil futures, the well-known USO (United States Oil Fund, Expense Ratio 0.45%) has built an impressive asset base of north of $1.3...

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  • Hedge Funds Like ETFs, but in a Different Way

    11-25-2013 11:41 AM by Tom Lydon

    Like a lot of professional investors, hedged funds like exchange traded funds. However, the affinity for ETFs displayed by some hedge funds may come as a surprise to some. That is to say hedge funds like to short ETFs. "Hedge funds use ETFs more as a hedging tool than as a dir...

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  • 10 ETFs Still Nowhere Near Pre-Crisis Highs

    11-24-2013 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The S&P 500 (^GSPC) has nearly tripled since the March 9, 2009 market bottom. Plenty of individual stocks (obviously) and exchange traded funds have gone along for the ride. Dividend ETFs have thrived as the Federal Reserve pushed interest rates lower, forcing investors to...

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  • Oil ETFs: Brent Widens Against WTI to 8-Month High

    11-22-2013 03:40 PM by Max Chen

    The disparity between the Brent and West Texas Intermediate oil exchange traded is growing, with the spread widening to an eight month high, as stalling Iran nuclear talks bolstered Brent and the U.S. oil boom weighs on WTI. The United States Brent Oil Fund (NYSEArca: BNO), wh...

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  • Brent ETF: The Better Oil Futures Play

    11-13-2013 02:27 PM by Max Chen

    Crude oil prices are beginning to burn up in anticipation of winter demand. However, investors could consider a Brent oil exchange traded fund as the discount between West Texas Intermediate and Brent widens to the most in seven months. WTI and Brent crude oil futures both gai...

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  • This Chart Says the Gasoline ETF is in Trouble

    11-12-2013 08:45 AM by Tom Lydon

    Prices at the pump have come in recent weeks.  Average the numbers put out by the American Automobile Association and the U.S. Energy Information Administration and American drivers currently pay about $3.23 for a gallon of regular gas. Good news for drivers and consumers, but...

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  • WTI Linked ETF Slips to Four-Month Low on U.S. Oil Boom

    11-05-2013 02:03 PM by Tom Lydon

    The commodity exchange traded fund tied to West Texas Intermediate crude oil prices is hovering around a four month low. Oil traders shouldn't expect the market to tighten anytime soon as the U.S. is inundated with black gold. The U.S. Oil Fund (NYSEArca: USO) declined 1.3% Tu...

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  • In Pictures: October's 10 Worst ETFs

    11-01-2013 02:26 PM by Tom Lydon

    October was kind to the bulls. During the last month of the worst six-month period in which to own stocks, the S&P 500 rose 3.6% while the Nasdaq Composite climbed 2.66%. All that despite the first U.S. government shutdown since the 1990s and a near debt ceiling debacle. A...

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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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  • Oil ETFs Threatening to Break Out on Syria

    09-03-2013 02:40 PM by Tom Lydon

    Turmoil in the oil rich Middle East helped bolster energy prices, with an oil-related exchange traded fund moving toward a key resistance level. The United States Oil Fund (NYSEArca: USO) has gained 16.6% over the past three months. The escalating Syrian crisis has made oil...

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  • Oil ETFs Pare Weekly Gain as Syria Remains in Focus

    08-30-2013 03:29 PM by Tom Lydon

    U.S. Oil Fund (NYSEArca: USO) on Friday traded lower for the second straight day although the energy ETF is on track for a gain of more than 1% this week. USO was off 0.3% in choppy trade Friday after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry made the case for military intervention i...

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  • Energy ETFs to Capitalize on WTI and Brent Crude Oil Moves

    07-22-2013 04:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Even as West Texas Intermediate crude oil briefly traded at parity to European Brent, some anticipate the spread to widen again, which would boost energy sector exchange traded funds with international exposure. Last Friday, WTI reached parity to Brent crude oil, the first tim...

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  • Commodity ETFs Slump Amid Fed Speculation

    07-17-2013 12:15 PM by Tom Lydon

    Commodity exchange traded funds have experienced a rough first half of the year as traders anticipated an eventual end to Fed easing that has helped support commodity prices. The PowerShares DB Commodity Index Tracking Fund (NYSEArca: DBC) lost 0.8% over the past month and fel...

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  • Rising Rate Fears Keep Stock ETF Action Volatile

    06-14-2013 02:41 PM by Tom Lydon

    The equities markets and stock exchange traded funds experienced a tumultuous week on fears that central banks will cut back on their stimulus measures. The week started off quietly enough, but the lack of additional stimulus plans out of the Bank of Japan sent the Nikkie spir...

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  • Deflation Pulse: Crude Oil ETFs are Weakening

    04-17-2013 04:50 PM by Tom Lydon

    Crude oil exchange traded funds continue to weaken and traders are positioning for a slowdown, with Brent crude dipping below $100 for the first time since July, as the global economic engine slows. The United States Brent Oil Fund (NYSEArca: BNO) is down 9.1% over the past mo...

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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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  • Gasoline ETFs Edge Lower After Summer Spike

    11-14-2012 07:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gasoline ETFs have pulled back from the mutliyear high reached in October while trading volume in the products has also trailed off. Still, gasoline futures rose 3% at the close of last week, implying prices could rise again on tight demand. Exchange traded funds can help ...

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  • Four Factors To Consider When Investing in Commodity ETFs

    11-07-2012 10:20 AM by Tom Lydon

    Previously, investors who were interested in commodities had to set up a commodity brokerage account, invest in equity producers, or start prospecting, but now, the average retail investor can look for commodity exchange traded fund options. According to Liam Pleven for the Wa...

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  • Presidential Election: ETFs for an Obama or Romney Victory

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

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

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  • How to Sidestep These ETF Risks

    10-31-2012 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds were created to be user-friendly investment tools that provided instant diversification, with liquidity and transparency built in. However, ETFs do come with inherent risks and drawbacks that investors need to know about in order to avoid them "Today, the...

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  • Oil ETFs Tank -- Relief at the Pump for Consumers?

    10-29-2012 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Oil exchange traded funds slipped as the biggest drop in crude futures prices for the past three months has set in. Oil and energy shares took big losses, signaling relief at the pump possibly in time for the holidays. As for the short-term outlook on oil prices, "the selloff ...

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  • Four ETFs for an Oil Rebound

    10-25-2012 03:39 PM by Tom Lydon

    Oil prices have plunged the past week with crude futures dropping below $86 a barrel after touching $110 earlier this year. Contrarian investors, however, can consider oil ETFs for a rebound in energy prices. Physical oil exposure provide investors as an added hedge and divers...

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  • Commodity ETFs to Fight Inflation

    09-28-2012 06:02 AM by Tom Lydon

    As the Federal Reserve extends its money printing spree to stimulate the economy, the extra cash sloshing around could eventually stoke inflation. However, investors can use commodity ETFs to help protect themselves against inflation and rising prices. Inflation can diminish o...

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  • Gasoline ETF Rises 30% from June Low

    08-22-2012 09:27 AM by Tom Lydon

    The exchange traded fund that tracks gasoline prices has been on a tear over the past few months on supply disruptions and higher oil prices. However, drivers may soon see some relief as refineries switch out of the summer-grade gas. U.S. Gasoline Fund (NYSEArca: UGA) is up ab...

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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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  • Oil ETFs Slip With China's Growth

    07-03-2012 10:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    The weak growth that China is experiencing has weighed on the global economy more than anticipated. In turn, Chinese-focused exchange traded funds, along with oil and the commodity sector, have suffered. The iShares FTSE China 25 Index (NYSEArca: FXI) has seen recent outflows,...

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  • Oil ETF Down 30% from 2012 High

    06-21-2012 01:30 PM by John Spence

    The largest exchange traded fund indexed to oil futures is down 30% from its March 1 peak with crude prices tumbling under $80 a barrel on Thursday as the U.S. dollar rebounded. The $1.2 billion U.S. Oil Fund (NYSEArca: USO) fell 2.5% in afternoon trade. Since the ETF invests ...

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  • ETFs for Lower Oil Prices

    06-12-2012 07:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Falling oil prices have mauled energy ETFs but provided a lift to some sector funds tracking different areas of the economy. Crude oil prices have slumped over 20% from the 2012 high to under $82 a barrel. "Currently, crude oil stocks sit at the upward bound of their histor...

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  • ETFs to Hedge or Profit from Higher Oil Prices

    06-11-2012 02:19 PM by Tom Lydon

    Oil prices have slid on the outlook for weak economic growth on a global scale, and stagnating fundamentals in the United States. Oil focused exchange traded funds allow investors to play both the upside and downside of movements in oil prices. "Higher oil production and weakn...

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  • ETF Chart of the Day: Oil

    05-31-2012 12:01 PM by Paul Weisbruch, Street One Financial

    Crude oil based exchange traded products have taken an absolute beating lately, as recent speculation about slowing global growth, particularly in Emerging Markets such as China has rippled through almost all commodity markets. U.S. Oil Fund (NYSEArca: USO), the most well-know...

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  • ETF Chart of the Day: Energy Sector Sell-Off

    05-10-2012 12:38 PM by Paul Weisbruch, Street One Financial

    In the past several sessions, investors have begun to vacate a number of energy related equity ETFs amid both selling pressure in the equity markets as well as a steep decline in Crude Oil. PowerShares DB Oil (NYSEArca: DBO) for example has staggered nearly 10% just in the pas...

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  • Index ETFs Blamed for Rising Oil, Gas Prices

    04-09-2012 10:26 AM by John Spence

    A U.S. senator is drafting legislation that would ban commodity index funds and ETFs on concerns the passively managed vehicles are driving oil and gasoline prices higher, according to a report. Supply worries in the Middle East and lower refinery output are partly responsible...

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  • Commodity ETFs' Tax Considerations

    04-05-2012 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds provide the average retail investor with the opportunity to easily access the commodities space. As the April 15 tax deadline approaches, investors should take the time to look over some tax consequences associated with commodity funds to minimize any potent...

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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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  • Oil ETF Pullback Could Ease Gas Prices

    03-29-2012 04:05 PM by John Spence

    Rising gas prices are squeezing consumers as the summer driving season approaches. However, if oil exchange traded funds continue to pull back, it could ease the pain at the pump. U.S. Oil Fund (NYSEArca: USO) fell more than 2% on Thursday. The $1.4 billion ETF traded below it...

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  • Oil ETFs Ride Crude Prices Higher on Supply Concerns

    03-23-2012 01:47 PM by Tom Lydon

    Oil exchange traded funds are up for the year with crude prices rising above $110 a barrel at one point in February. Gas prices have surged early this year before the summer driving season, and investors are worried about tensions in the Middle East. The higher energy prices c...

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  • Oil ETFs Could Rise More on Uncertain Supply Outlook

    03-19-2012 02:30 PM by Tom Lydon

    Global supply problems could offset high production from the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, augmenting crude prices and exchange traded funds that track oil. The U.S. Oil Fund (NYSEArca: USO) is up 11.5% over the past three months. According to the Internati...

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  • Oil ETFs Rally on Supply Worries, Crude Touches $110

    03-02-2012 09:24 AM by John Spence

    Oil exchange traded funds are rallying with crude futures spiking above $110 a barrel Thursday on reports of a pipeline explosion in Saudi Arabia, which were later denied by Saudi officials. Better economic growth and continued tensions with Iran "have led to a significant inc...

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  • ETF Chart of the Day: Oil

    02-16-2012 11:32 AM by Paul Weisbruch, Street One Financial

    In Wednesday's options trading we noticed bullish call buying in U.S. Oil Fund (NYSEArca: USO) as the exchange traded fund is within shouting distance of its highest price level in nearly a year. There are many ETFs and exchange traded notes that follow oil futures. USO sti...

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  • Investors Are Coming Back to Commodity ETFs

    01-19-2012 04:28 PM by Tom Lydon

    Commodity exchange traded products were dumped in the last month of 2011 as investors returned to the equities markets. Still, with investor confidence rising, traders are beginning to pick up riskier commodity plays again, according to a report. Powershares DB Commodity Index...

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  • Oil ETFs Rise as Crude Touches $103 on Iran Tensions

    01-04-2012 07:57 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds tracking movements in crude oil prices rallied 4% on the first trading day of the year after Iran produced its first nuclear fuel rod and on speculation of a forced response from Western countries. U.S. Oil Fund (NYSEArca: USO) tracks futures based on lig...

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  • ETF Chart of the Day: Oil

    12-28-2011 12:43 PM by Paul Weisbruch, Street One Financial

    With crude oil prices on the move again this week amidst Iran's threats to disrupt supply lines, we have the opportunity to highlight a segment of the exchange traded fund market that has experienced significant growth in 2011. We highlighted the space back in early October as...

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  • Commodities Sell-Off Crushes Gold, Oil ETFs

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

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

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  • Gold ETFs Up 20% This Year Despite Big Swings

    12-06-2011 03:16 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold exchange traded funds have seen volatility pick up in the back half of 2011 due to speculation over more central bank easing, Eurozone debt worries and margin hikes on futures contracts. Yet the precious metal is above $1,700 an ounce and gold ETFs are up 20% this year to...

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  • ETF Spotlight: Oil

    12-02-2011 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    ETF Spotlight on U.S. 12 Month U.S. Oil Fund (NYSEArca: USL), part of an ongoing series. Assets: $183.19 million. Objective: The United States 12 Month Oil Fund tries to reflect the price movements of West Texas Intermediate light, sweet crude oil (WTI). Holdings: The f...

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  • Gold, Oil ETFs Surge on Weaker Dollar

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

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

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  • Oil ETFs: Tracking the WTI-Brent Spread

    11-18-2011 10:17 AM by John Spence

    In oil markets, the spread between prices of West Texas Intermediate and Brent crude has contracted on news a pipeline sold by ConocoPhillips to Enbridge will be reversed. Earlier this week, the WTI-Brent spread fell to its lowest levels since May, WSJ.com's MarketBeat reporte...

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  • Oil ETFs Rise on Supply Concerns

    11-16-2011 04:09 PM by Tom Lydon

    As crude prices cross over the $100 a barrel mark again, some market observers interpret the oil rally since early October as a signal for optimism on the global economy. However, the rise in oil prices and oil-related exchange traded funds may also be attributed to growing tensi...

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  • Oil ETFs Soar as Crude Tops $102 a Barrel

    11-16-2011 10:18 AM by John Spence

    Crude oil futures trading on the Nymex rose above $102 a barrel on Wednesday, lifting energy exchange traded funds that have rallied sharply from the October low. U.S. Oil Fund (NYSEArca: USO) climbed about 3% in afternoon action Wednesday. Crude futures are trading above $100...

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  • Oil ETFs Rise on Demand Outlook

    11-08-2011 10:33 AM by John Spence

    Oil exchange traded funds were higher Tuesday after OPEC boosted its forecast for global oil demand by 1.9 million barrels a day through 2015. However, the Eurozone debt crisis and a sluggish U.S. economy are risks to the global recovery, OPEC said in an annual report. "The...

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  • Oil ETFs Rise 3% After Europe Agreement, GDP

    10-27-2011 09:09 AM by John Spence

    Oil exchange traded funds rose 3% Thursday morning after leaders in Europe sorted out an agreement to boost the European Financial Stability Facility, the region's bailout fund. Crude futures were trading over $93 a barrel after a report estimating the U.S. economy grew 2.5% i...

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  • Oil ETFs Get Boost from Futures Backwardation Shift

    10-25-2011 02:01 PM by Tom Lydon

    Oil exchange traded funds have jumped this week as the futures curve for West Texas Intermediate moved into "backwardation" for the first time in about three years. U.S. Oil Fund (NYSEArca: USO) was up more than 2% on Tuesday. [Oil ETFs Jump] For the first time since Novemb...

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  • Oil ETFs Jump as Crude Tops $94 a Barrel

    10-25-2011 09:50 AM by John Spence

    Energy exchange traded funds have been leading the market higher over the past month. Oil prices have rallied on optimism over a solution to the Eurozone's debt woes and improving sentiment on the global economy after the summer decline. Energy Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XL...

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  • Afternoon Decline Takes Down Oil ETFs

    10-19-2011 04:33 PM by Tom Lydon

    Oil exchange traded funds reversed earlier gains Wednesday to close with losses of more than 2% thanks to a late-day pullback. Oil ETFs fell after markets digested the Federal Reserve's Beige Book report and the latest news on the Eurzone debt saga. U.S. Oil fund (NYSEArca:...

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  • Gold ETFs Gain as Dollar Weakens After EU Pact

    10-10-2011 08:46 AM by John Spence

    Gold exchange traded funds were set to open the week with a 2% rise on reports of a banking sector recapitalization in Europe, while the euro strengthened against the U.S. dollar. SDPR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) was up 2% in preopen trade Monday. German Chancellor Angela Merk...

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  • Aggressive Call Buying in Financial ETFs; Bond Fund Outflows

    10-10-2011 08:12 AM by Paul Weisbruch, Street One Financial

    With broad based equity exchange traded funds such as SPDR S&P 500 (NYSEArca: SPY) and iShares Russell 2000 (NYSEArca: IWM) finishing well off the intraday lows touched on Tuesday of last week, we did see some signs of a rotation away from Treasury ETFs and back into equities...

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  • ETF Chart of the Day: Oil

    10-06-2011 10:16 AM by Paul Weisbruch, Street One Financial

    Crude oil and related exchange traded funds and products have languished recently, with crude trading at more than a one year low on Tuesday of this week. On Wednesday, crude however was well bid throughout the day and related ETFs traded higher than average volumes. U.S. O...

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  • Oil ETFs Fall to One-Year Low on Debt Jitters

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

    Oil exchange traded funds lost more than 2% on Monday, falling to a new 52-week low as the latest European headlines continued to toss markets around. "Every day you walk in, it's more worries about Europe, more worries about the economy--and the markets are down," said Tom Be...

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  • Copper, Oil ETFs Fall on Growth Concerns

    09-28-2011 03:01 PM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds tracking oil and copper fell sharply Wednesday on worries a slowing global economy will cut demand for the key commodities. The iPath Dow Jones-UBS Copper Subindex Total Return ETN (NYSEArca: JJC) was down more than 6% at last check, while U.S. Oil Fund (...

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  • Major Asset Class ETFs See Big Moves as Volatility Persists

    09-27-2011 11:28 AM by Tom Lydon

    Buckle up, exchange traded fund investors. ETFs following various asset classes were seeing huge moves Tuesday as global stocks rallied on hopes Eurozone leaders will take additional steps to deal with the debt crisis. U.S. equities were rising after the Senate reached a deal ...

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  • Oil ETFs: Oil Markets Not Tightening, Analyst Says

    09-21-2011 04:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    A tropical storm helped boost exchange traded funds (ETFs) that follow the oil price movements earlier this month; however, oil ETFs were slightly down Wednesday. U.S. Oil Fund (NYSEArca: USO) and U.S.12 Month Oil (NYSEArca: USL) were off 0.63% and 1.09%, respectively. Benc...

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  • Greece Again Weighs on European ETFs

    09-19-2011 07:40 AM by John Spence

    Stocks in Europe fell Monday while gold exchange traded funds were set for a higher open in the U.S. as concerns over Greek debt pulled equities lower. Banks were leading the declines in Europe. Greece must cut back its public sector and improve tax collection to avoid default...

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  • Oil ETFs Follow Stocks Down on Economic Worries

    09-06-2011 03:14 PM by Tom Lydon

    Oil exchange traded funds and crude futures followed the broader equities market lower Tuesday on renewed concerns of a faltering global economy. U.S. Oil Fund (NYSEArca: USO) and U.S.12 Month Oil (NYSEArca: USL) were off 0.9% and 2.5%, respectively. Although stocks pared t...

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  • Safe-Haven ETFs Jump as 10-Year Yield Hits 2%

    09-02-2011 04:41 PM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds that invest in safe havens such as U.S. Treasury bonds rallied Friday after the dismal August nonfarm payrolls report that showed job growth stalled last month. Yields on the 10-year note briefly fell below 2% as investors flocked to U.S. government bonds...

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  • Oil ETFs Boosted By Consumer Spending

    08-29-2011 03:39 PM by Tom Lydon

    Oil exchange traded funds continued to regain ground Monday after a report showing U.S. consumer income and spending rose in July. Traders digested a more optimistic outlook on the U.S. economy while Hurricane Irene caused less damage than expected. Oil has also been suppor...

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  • Stock, Commodities ETFs Rise Following Greek Bank Merger

    08-29-2011 09:24 AM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds tracking stocks and commodities were set for another day of big gains to start the week as a bank merger in Greece and lingering expectations the Federal Reserve will announce additional stimulus at its meeting next month helped boost sentiment Monday. Tw...

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  • Stock, Oil ETFs Rise on Fed Hopes; Home Sales on Tap

    08-23-2011 07:08 AM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds tracking stocks and oil were poised to rise in the U.S. on Tuesday on hopes Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke will announce additional support for the economy in a speech Friday. SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average ETF (NYSEArca: DIA) and U.S. Oil Fund ...

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  • Stock Rally Fades, Financial ETFs Swing Negative

    08-22-2011 09:17 AM by John Spence

    A nearly 200-point Dow rally faded Monday as exchange traded funds indexed to the U.S. bank sector fell to new 52-week lows. The Dow saw nearly all its morning gains evaporate while SPDR KBW Bank ETF (NYSEArca: KBE) shed 0.5%. Key holding Bank of America (NYSE: BAC) lost over ...

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  • Oil ETFs Swing Positive After Crude Dips Below $80

    08-19-2011 07:31 AM by John Spence

    Oil exchange traded funds were higher Friday as crude futures reversed their losses after slipping below $80 a barrel on worries the global economy is weakening. U.S. Oil Fund (NYSEArca: USO) was negative in premarket trading but recovered for a 1.6% gain in late-morning deali...

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  • Oil, Precious Metals ETFs Rally on Weaker Dollar

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

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

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  • Oil ETFs Pare Premarket Gains

    08-10-2011 07:28 AM by John Spence

    Crude futures pared their gains Wednesday morning as worries over the fragile global economy sapped sentiment after the Federal Reserve promised to keep interest rates exceptionally low through at least the middle of 2013. "Brent and WTI have made strong gains this morning on ...

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  • Stock ETFs Drop on S&P Credit Downgrade; Gold Tops $1,700

    08-08-2011 07:15 AM by Tom Lydon

    Stock exchange traded funds were set for a big decline Monday after Standard & Poor's downgraded its triple-A credit rating on U.S. debt.  Dow futures slipped over 200 points before the bell while gold soared to $1,710 an ounce. SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: SPY) fell mo...

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  • Oil ETFs Tumble 6% as Traders Run from Risk

    08-04-2011 02:51 PM by Tom Lydon

    Oil exchange traded funds were suffering losses of 6% Thursday as investors sold commodities and stocks and fled to safe havens such as bonds and cash. U.S. Oil Fund (NYSEArca: USO) fell 6%. Crude oil futures dropped below $87 a barrel in Thursday's selling after touching $...

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  • Oil ETFs Down on Debt Jitters, Supply Data

    07-28-2011 08:05 AM by Tom Lydon

    Oil exchange traded funds have followed crude futures lower this week as they back away from $100 a barrel on rising supplies and worries U.S. leaders won't reach a compromise on the debt ceiling. U.S. crude stockpiles increased 2.3 million barrels to 354 million last week, re...

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  • Oil ETFs Climb as Crude Nears $100

    07-21-2011 04:50 PM by Tom Lydon

    Oil exchange traded funds are inching upward as crude futures climb back toward triple-digit territory. The price of crude oil has been rising on the appreciating euro, holds to further strategic stockpile releases and dovish talk from the Federal Reserve. Oil prices topped...

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  • Stock ETFs Rally, Crude Touches $100 as Markets Eye EU Deal

    07-21-2011 11:51 AM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds tracking risk assets rallied and the euro jumped versus the dollar Thursday on headlines European Union officials have reached a deal on a second financial bailout for Greece. SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: SPY) climbed more than 1% along with U.S. Oil F...

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  • Oil ETFs Soar on Jobs Report

    07-07-2011 11:22 AM by John Spence

    Oil exchange traded funds rallied Thursday as crude futures spiked nearly 3% to within range of $100 a barrel. Oil prices jumped after an ADP report estimated private payrolls rose much more than expected in June. U.S. Oil Fund (NYSEArca: USO) was up 2.5% in recent trading....

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  • Healthcare ETFs Lead Second Quarter as Commodities Decline

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

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

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  • Oil ETFs Climb 3% on Supply Speculation

    06-29-2011 12:08 PM by John Spence

    Oil exchange traded funds jumped 3% in midday trading Wednesday as crude futures nearly touched $96 a barrel. Oil prices rallied Wednesday amid speculation OPEC may scale back output in response to the International Energy Agency's recent decision to release oil from its strat...

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  • Oracle Set to Pressure Nasdaq ETF After Bounce

    06-23-2011 05:18 PM by Tom Lydon

    A dramatic reversal in the Nasdaq-100 on Thursday carried PowerShares QQQ (NasdaqGM: QQQ) to a gain but top holding Oracle (NasdaqGS: ORCL) fell 5% after hours following its earnings report. The Nasdaq exchange traded fund closed with a nearly 1% advance for the session thanks...

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  • Energy ETFs Hit Oil Slick

    06-23-2011 10:15 AM by Tom Lydon

    Energy exchange traded funds were the worst-performing stock sector ETFs on Thursday as crude oil prices plunged nearly 6% and the Dow fell almost 200 points. In a decidedly risk-off open Thursday, Energy Select Sector SPDR Fund (NYSEArca: XLE) fell 3% with top holdings Exxon ...

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  • Oil ETFs Down on Reports IEA to Release Stocks

    06-23-2011 09:25 AM by John Spence

    Oil exchange traded funds were down sharply Thursday morning on reports the International Energy Agency will release 60 million barrels of oil from its strategic reserve. U.S. Oil Fund (NYSEArca: USO) fell 4% in recent trading. The IEA is releasing oil stocks over the comin...

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  • Stock, Euro ETFs Fall in Risk-Off Trade

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

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

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  • Tech, Oil ETFs Trade Lower to End Week

    06-17-2011 01:50 PM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds tracking oil prices capped a dreadful week with an afternoon dive Friday, while a lackluster technology sector clipped stock ETFs. U.S. Oil Fund (NYSEArca: USO) was down about 3% on Friday and on track for a decline of roughly 7% for the week. Concerns ov...

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  • Oil ETFs Crushed on Economic Fears, Dollar Rally

    06-15-2011 02:02 PM by John Spence

    Oil exchange traded funds plunged nearly 5% on Wednesday afternoon as crude futures dropped from about $100 a barrel to $94 before bouncing somewhat. The ETFs were hit by worries over the global economy and a rush of investors seeking safety in the greenback. U.S. Oil Fund (NY...

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  • Oil ETFs Rise on OPEC Meeting Drama

    06-08-2011 09:59 AM by Tom Lydon

    Oil exchange traded funds followed crude prices higher Wednesday as traders reacted to news of a rocky OPEC meeting that ended abruptly. The member nations were unable to reach consensus to raise production, defying market expectations, according to reports. Crude futures r...

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  • Oil ETFs: Prices Above or Below $100 a Barrel?

    06-03-2011 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Oil exchange traded funds (ETFs) are digesting rising inventories, unemployment numbers and watching developments in the Middle East, pushing the price of oil above and then below $100 a barrel. After dipping below $100 a barrel on a report revealing an increase in oil and pet...

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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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  • Oil Falls as Options Traders Play for Energy ETF Rebound

    05-26-2011 11:58 AM by Tom Lydon

    Oil exchange traded funds continued their rocky ride Thursday as U.S. Oil Fund (NYSEArca: USO) slipped more than 1%, but some options traders are positioning for gains in energy sector ETFs. Energy Select Sector SPDR Fund (NYSEArca: XLE) was down 0.3% on Thursday after rallyin...

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  • Stock ETFs Higher as Energy Leads, Consumer Staples Bleed

    05-25-2011 05:35 PM by Tom Lydon

    Stock exchange traded funds rose Wednesday as Halliburton (NYSE: HAL) paced the energy sector but consumer staples ETFs declined on weakness in Costco (NasdaqGS: COST) and Kraft (NYSE: KFT). Energy ETFs were Wednesday's top-performing sector thanks to a rally in crude prices b...

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  • Energy ETFs Rally on Oil, Halliburton

    05-25-2011 02:40 PM by John Spence

    Energy exchange traded funds were Wednesday's top-performing sector thanks to a rally in crude prices back above $101 a barrel and strength in Halliburton (NYSE: HAL) and other energy stocks. Energy Select Sector SPDR Fund (NYSEArca: XLE) was up nearly 2% while Halliburton jum...

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  • Oil ETFs Rise After Goldman, Morgan Boost Estimates

    05-24-2011 08:01 AM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds that track oil prices were set to get a lift Tuesday after analysts at Goldman Sachs (NYSE: GS) and Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) boosted their price targets on the commodity. Goldman increased its 12-month price target on Brent crude oil to $130 a barrel and...

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  • Oil ETFs Bounce at 200-Day Average

    05-19-2011 08:30 AM by John Spence

    Oil exchange traded funds have been hit by margin hikes and a rally in the dollar, but they've encountered buying interest this week at a key technical level. The $1.7 billion U.S. Oil Fund (NYSEArca: USO) is down nearly 8% over the past month. However, the ETF bounced this we...

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  • Is Oil ETF Pullback a Buying Opportunity?

    05-12-2011 08:56 AM by Tom Lydon

    Oil prices were back under pressure Thursday and an exchange traded fund tracking crude futures was down 3% before the bell. U.S. Oil Fund (NYSEArca: USO) has slipped about 9% over the past week. Crude futures were set for further losses Thursday with oil trading below $97 a b...

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  • Gasoline ETF Tumbles 7%

    05-11-2011 12:31 PM by John Spence

    U.S. Gasoline Fund (NYSEArca: UGA) was down 7% Wednesday as oil and gasoline prices fell sharply after the Energy Department said inventories rose in the latest week while demand weakened. There were also reports that CME Group and Nymex halted trading in some energy futures m...

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  • Energy ETFs Worst Sector on Exxon, Chevron

    05-11-2011 10:17 AM by John Spence

    Energy exchange traded funds were the worst-performing sector on Wednesday as top components Exxon Mobil (NYSE: XOM) and Chevron (NYSE: CVX) both slipped more than 1% in morning action. Energy Select Sector SPDR Fund (NYSEArca: XLE) was off nearly 2%. The sector ETF is outperf...

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  • Volatile Oil ETFs Bounce on Goldman Sachs Call

    05-06-2011 01:50 PM by John Spence

    Oil exchange traded funds (ETFs) have crashed this week amid the onslaught in commodity markets, but bounced somewhat Friday after influential analysts at Goldman Sachs (NYSE: GS) predicted oil prices will recover and rally to new highs. U.S. Oil Fund (NYSEArca: USO) entered F...

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  • Oil ETF Drops 8%

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

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) for oil were among the steepest decliners in Thursay's carnage in commodities markets. U.S. Oil Fund (NYSEArca: USO) was down 8% in afternoon trading. The oil-futures ETF dropped below its 50-day moving average. A stronger U.S. dollar was helpin...

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  • Oil ETFs Dive on Inventories, Jobless Claims

    05-05-2011 09:19 AM by John Spence

    The largest exchange traded fund (ETF) tracking oil futures dropped more than 3% early Thursday following a rise in U.S. weekly jobless claims and higher inventories. Applications for jobless claims rose to 474,000 in the latest week as the total came in higher than economists...

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  • Silver, Oil ETFs Fall Sharply in Commodities Rout

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

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

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  • Oil ETF Drops on Bin Laden News

    05-02-2011 04:08 AM by John Spence

    An exchange traded fund (ETF) that follows oil futures was down more than 1% before Monday's opening bell following news al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed in an operation led by the U.S. U.S. Oil Fund (NYSEArca: USO) slipped 1.6% in premarket action. Meanwhile, PowerS...

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  • Oil ETF Declines After Halliburton Earnings, Rate Boost

    04-18-2011 05:00 AM by John Spence

    U.S. Oil Fund (NYSEArca: USO) fell 1% ahead of Monday's opening bell after energy giant Halliburton (NYSE: HAL) said its first-quarter profit more than doubled and came in ahead of analyst forecasts. Crude futures were trading below $109 a barrel in morning action after China ...

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  • Oil ETFs Higher After Industrial Production Figures

    04-15-2011 09:52 AM by John Spence

    U.S. Oil Fund (NYSEArca: USO), the largest exchange traded fund (ETF) tracking oil futures, added more than 1% Friday afternoon following data on industrial production. Crude futures rose to trade around $110 a barrel after a report from the Federal Reserve that U.S. industria...

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  • Oil ETFs Higher After Supply Report, Kuwait Halt

    04-13-2011 09:23 AM by Tom Lydon

    Oil exchange traded funds (ETFs) were higher Wednesday following a weekly supply report and news that Kuwait was temporarily halting oil exports due to sandstorms. A report from the U.S. government Wednesday showed inventories of the motor fuel plunged the most in 12 years, Bl...

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  • Oil ETF Down Nearly 7% This Week

    04-12-2011 10:26 AM by John Spence

    U.S. Oil Fund (NYSEArca: USO) has dropped nearly 7% this week with Japan's nuclear crisis and bearish calls from Goldman Sachs weighing on the commodity. OPEC on Tuesday said it expects oil demand to increase this year, but said rising oil prices could negatively impact fuel c...

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  • Oil ETFs Under Pressure for Second Day

    04-12-2011 07:01 AM by John Spence

    U.S. Oil Fund (NYSEArca: USO) was down 2% in early dealings Tuesday after falling more than 3% the previous session. Oil prices declined after the International Energy Agency said it is worried high prices will cut demand and slow economic recovery as traders positioned for we...

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  • U.S. Stock ETFs Down After Alcoa Earnings, Commodities Rout

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

    The SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: SPY) was off 0.6% in premarket action Tuesday as U.S. stocks were set to open down following disappointing earnings from Alcoa and a sell-off in the commodities market. Alcoa started the first-quarter earnings season with a thud. Also, th...

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  • Oil ETF Down Over 3% as Libya, Goldman Weigh

    04-11-2011 11:48 AM by John Spence

    The largest exchange traded fund (ETF) for oil was off more than 3% in afternoon trading Monday as news of peace talks in Libya and an analyst note from Goldman Sachs hurt the commodity. Oil prices were lower early Monday following reports Muammar Gaddafi had accepted a peace ...

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  • Tom Lydon on CNBC – Commodity ETFs in a Bubble?

    04-11-2011 09:21 AM by Tom Lydon

    Tom Lydon appeared on The Call this morning to discuss commodity exchange traded funds (ETFs). Gold and silver are getting a lot of attention, but there are many more choices to help fend off inflation. Watch the CNBC video to see the full interview.

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  • Oil, Copper ETFs Lower After Report Goldman Closes Commodities Trade

    04-11-2011 08:57 AM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) tracking oil and copper moved lower Monday following a report that influential analysts at Goldman Sachs have closed out a commodities trade they recommended in late 2010. U.S. Oil Fund (NYSEArca: USO) was down 2% at last check. "We are closing ...

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  • Oil, Gold ETFs Lower as Gaddafi Accepts Peace Plan

    04-11-2011 03:38 AM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) for gold and oil, which have been rising on turmoil in the Middle East and North Africa, were set to open lower Monday following reports Muammar Gaddafi has accepted a peace plan to end the violence in Libya. The plan calls for an immediate ceasefi...

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  • Friday Market Wrap: Stocks Lower, Metals Rally Again

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

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

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  • Oil ETF Rallies Over 2% as Crude Hits $112

    04-08-2011 09:19 AM by John Spence

    U.S. Oil Fund (NYSEArca: USO) climbed over 2% in afternoon action Friday as crude futures topped $112 a barrel and notched a 30-month high. Investors continued to worry about supply problems in Libya, sending crude to its highest intraday level since September 2008, according ...

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  • Crude’s Rise Over $111/Barrel to Boost Oil ETF

    04-08-2011 03:38 AM by John Spence

    U.S. Oil Fund (NYSEArca: USO) was poised for a higher open in the U.S. on Friday as crude futures trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange rose above $111 a barrel. Investors continued to worry about supply problems in Libya, sending crude to its highest intraday level sinc...

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  • Thursday Market Wrap: Late Rally Boosts Oil ETF

    04-07-2011 01:29 PM by John Spence

    U.S. Oil Fund (NYSEArca: USO) rose 1.4% Thursday thanks to a late-day surge in crude that pushed futures prices over $110 a barrel. The oil exchange traded fund (ETF) came into Thursday's session up 15% over the past three months. In precious metals, silver ETFs are shining...

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  • Oil ETFs Jump as Crude Tops $110/Barrel

    04-07-2011 10:19 AM by John Spence

    Oil exchange traded funds (ETFs) rallied in afternoon trading Thursday as crude futures jumped over $110 a barrel. U.S. Oil Fund (NYSEArca: USO) was up 1.3% at last check as crude traded higher and investors continued to watch the conflict in Libya. The oil ETF came into Th...

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  • Oil, Metals And Corn Lead Commodity ETF Rally

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

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

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  • Stock, Gold ETFs Eye Higher Open

    04-06-2011 04:33 AM by John Spence

    Stock exchange traded funds were set for a higher open Wednesday while gold ETFs were also on track to climb as the precious metal's price rose to a new record. The SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: SPY) was up 0.6% in premarket trading. The largest gold ETF, SPDR Gold Shares (N...

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  • Oil ETFs To Open Week Higher As Crude Tops $108

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

    The largest exchange traded fund (ETF) tracking oil futures rose in premarket action Monday as crude prices advanced above $108 a barrel to a 30-month high. The $2 billion U.S. Oil Fund (NYSEArca: USO) rose Friday following a positive jobs report and as investors continued to ...

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  • Optimism Over Jobs Growth Pushes ETFs Higher

    04-01-2011 02:23 PM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) ended the first day of the second quarter with moderate gains, helped by optimism over U.S. job growth, though some caution ahead of the weekend knocked the major indexes from session highs. Builders started work on fewer homes, apartments and gov...

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  • Oil ETFs Rise As Crude Tops $107 A Barrel

    04-01-2011 03:57 AM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) indexed to oil futures were poised to open the second quarter higher as fighting in Libya between rebels and forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi flared, sending crude prices above $107 a barrel Friday morning. Aside from lingering unrest in the Middle ...

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  • ETFs End Flat As Traders Await Payroll Data

    03-31-2011 02:35 PM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) closed flat on Thursday as a modest reading on jobless claims failed to topple upbeat expectations about Friday's U.S. payrolls report for March as the quarter quietly draws to a close. The price of oil rose to a 30-month high on Thursday as fight...

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  • Commodity ETFs End Strong Quarter On High Note

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

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

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  • VIX Indexes Branch Out To Select ETFs

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

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

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  • Oil ETFs: Crude Oil Prices Hover In The Three-Digit Range

    03-25-2011 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Oil and gasoline related exchange traded funds (ETFs) have been steadily rising as energy prices are reaching ever higher levels. Oil prices are trading at the highest levels since September 2008, comments Chris Kahn for Yahoo! Finance. Prices climbed this week to $106 per bar...

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  • Euro Debt, Japan Clean Up Cost Weigh On ETFs

    03-23-2011 08:21 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) edged down at the open on Wednesday as concerns over debt issues in the Euro zone, Japan's nuclear crisis and violence in the Middle East and North Africa persisting. Japan's government said the cost of the earthquake and tsunami that devastated ...

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  • How Geopolotical Risk Is Affecting Oil ETFs

    03-17-2011 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Crude oil futures and spot prices moved higher as the Middle East remains unsettled, and as the nuclear threat in Japan hovers over markets and the performance of exchange traded funds (ETFs). Light, sweet crude rose 0.8% on Wednesday, to settle at $97.98 a barrel, reports Dan...

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  • ETFs Mixed On Rising Oil, Conflicting Jobs Reports

    03-02-2011 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) got off to a mixed start this morning as conflicting job reports coincided with crude-oil futures once again topping $100 a barrel. Private sector employers added more jobs than expected last month in a sign of steady improvement in the labor mark...

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  • Oil ETFs Retreat, But Will It Stick?

    02-28-2011 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Phew. Crude oil prices are finally cooling off as reports of increased production are emerging from the Middle East. The United States Oil Fund (NYSEArca: USO) exchange traded fund (ETF) is flat so far this morning - quite a reversal from a busy week last week that saw it gain 10...

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  • ETFs Options for Volatile Times

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

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

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  • ETFs React to Libyan Unrest

    02-22-2011 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) fell Tuesday, with Wall Street returning to action on a day of unrest for global markets as violence increased in the major oil-producing state of Libya, with sentiment also influenced by the action in Europe and Asia. Home prices in a majority of...

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  • Commodity ETFs and Contango

    02-07-2011 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Commodity exchange traded funds (ETFs) have become one of the most popular fund types with investors. They don't all work the same, however, and before you dive in, you need to understand this market in a bit of detail to avoid getting surprised, or worse, burned. Michael Iach...

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  • ETFs React to Mixed Jobs Data

    02-04-2011 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) got a slight boost at the market's open as unemployment figures dropped, but were the results enough to power the markets much higher than that? U.S. unemployment declined to 9% in January and the economy added 36,000 jobs - way below f...

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  • 5 ETFs to Watch As Egypt Protests Intensify

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

    One day after luring investors in droves, sending trading volume through the roof, the Market Vectors Egypt (NYSEArca: EGPT) exchange traded fund (ETF) is sagging under the weight of increasingly violent protests. EGPT is down more than 5% today as protests in Cairo turned vio...

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  • ETFs Nearly Erase Friday's Losses

    02-01-2011 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) were undaunted by an intensifying revolution in Egypt, emboldened by manufacturing data and a continuation of the strong fourth-quarter earnings seen in recent weeks. The U.S. manufacturing sector grew at the fastest rate in almost seve...

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  • Egypt Protests Send VIX ETFs Soaring

    01-28-2011 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold, silver, oil and VIX exchange traded funds (ETFs) went flying today as protests in Egypt grew more intense. ProShares VIX Short-Term Futures (NYSEArca: VIXY) rose a whopping 8.2% as the Egyptian government deployed tanks to break up protests, increasing investor jitters a...

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  • How to Play Rising Energy Prices With Oil ETFs

    01-27-2011 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    You've probably noticed that your energy costs are going up. Those in the know believe that the fundamentals will keep pushing them higher. Now's your chance to combat rising prices with exchange traded funds (ETFs). How crazy is it getting? Brian Hicks, co-manager of U.S....

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  • 10 ETFs to Play Byron Wien's 2011 Predictions

    01-05-2011 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    A well-known economic prognosticator has issued his 10 predictions for the New Year. If they come to fruition, you'll want these exchange traded funds (ETFs) on your radar to capitalize. Gregory White for Business Insider reports that Byron Wien, Vice Chairman of Blackstone Ad...

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  • Oil ETFs: 2008 All Over Again?

    01-05-2011 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Fueled by the global recovery and the low interest rate environment, crude oil prices have been able to steadily rise. Those rising prices are hearkening back to another time oil topped $100: 2008. Crude oil prices recently hit $92 a barrel, a 26-month high, reports Palash R. ...

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  • Oil Exploration ETFs Could Jump on Round of Spending

    12-31-2010 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Unfazed by the ecological disaster in the Gulf, oil companies will throw more money into expanding operations in the sea. Energy companies and related exchange traded funds (ETFs) could benefit from the higher sustained oil prices. According to a new survey of oil companies, s...

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  • Oil ETFs: Two Ways to Get Your Fix

    12-24-2010 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    You've probably already noticed that the pump prices are getting a little more painful. It may not help your budget, but exchange traded funds (ETFs) are certainly in line to benefit. Today oil prices are lingering around $91 per barrel, but where it goes next is a matter of d...

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  • Three New Commodity ETFs in the Works

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

    Three new commodity exchange traded funds (ETFs) are in the hopper, courtesy of United States Commodity Funds. As with the United States Commodity Index Fund (NYSEArca: USCI), the ETF will use futures with the most backwardation or least contango to mitigate contango's negativ...

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  • The Benefits of Owning Commodity ETFs

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

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

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  • Commodity ETFs That Are Beating Gold

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

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

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  • Where Oil ETFs Are Headed Next

    10-04-2010 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The price of oil is starting to creep up again as "less bad" data from the United States gives investors something to trade on. The future of oil prices and related exchange traded funds (ETFs) is based on the fundamentals of supply and demand, but it is up to the investor to int...

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  • Quantitative Easing: ETFs to Watch and Avoid

    09-28-2010 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    No doubt about it: the U.S. economy is weak. While the Federal Reserve considers taking steps to get us back on track, let's consider exchange traded funds (ETFs) that may be best poised to benefit if they do. Quantitative Easing is a monetary policy which generally involves i...

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  • M&A Activity Leaves ETFs Flat

    09-27-2010 08:24 AM by Tom Lydon

    Monday is expected to be a fairly quiet day in the absence of major market-moving economic reports. Exchange traded funds (ETFs) were mostly quiet amid a flurry of mergers and acquisition. According to the ETF Dashboard, one of the best-performing ETFs this morning was Claymor...

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  • Oil and Gas ETFs Feeling the Push-Pull

    09-23-2010 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Whatever the price of oil and gas may be, you can always count on someone being unhappy about it. The debate over supply, demand, the global economy and whether we're running out of fuel has had a push-pull effect on oil and gas exchange traded funds (ETFs). There are two comm...

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  • Inflation or Deflation? ETFs That Have You Covered

    09-15-2010 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    We're all waiting to hear what it'll be: inflation or deflation. Either way, there are exchange traded funds (ETFs) to help tame either condition. Some are calling for deflation, while other analysts are calling for inflation. Either way, you should pick a position and cater y...

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  • Oil ETFs Hit By Supply Glut

    09-02-2010 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Depending on the day and who you're talking to, the oil supply is either waning down to nothing or it's doing just fine, thank you. Supply glut or not, oil exchange traded funds (ETFs) have been hit in recent months. Mark Shenk for Bloomberg reports that oil supplies may hit o...

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  • Oil ETFs: Foreign Growth a Main Driver for Demand

    08-18-2010 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    We may still require oil to run our economy but less of that oil is coming from major oil-producing countries. Fast-growing emerging markets are expected to continue to consume more basic commodities, driving oil prices and related exchange traded funds (ETFs). The U.S. is imp...

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  • Thin Trading Moves ETFs Lower

    08-18-2010 09:05 AM by Tom Lydon

    The summer travel season is in its waning weeks, which spells light volume and little market-moving news that would keep yesterday's exchange traded fund (ETF) rally moving in the right direction. According to the ETF Analyzer, the top funds moving today are those taking a bea...

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  • Are ETFs Distorting the Marketplace?

    08-10-2010 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) are cheap, easily accessible, transparent and provide access to a wide range of asset classes. However, one analyst opines that the popularity of commodity and emerging market ETFs may have diminished the overall diversification value. Is it true? ...

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  • Jobs Report Sends ETFs Tumbling

    08-06-2010 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    The jobless rate held steady at 9.5% in July, heightening fears that the recovery has all but stalled. Exchange traded funds (ETFs) turned south on the news, with the exception of those that target safe havens. The ETF Dashboard shows that the major indexes are all trading low...

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  • Why Oil ETFs Are Rising

    08-05-2010 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    U.S. energy demand may be lukewarm, but demand in emerging markets is handily making up for it while driving oil exchange traded funds (ETFs) up. Unsurprisingly, pricier barrels of oil also means pricier gas prices at our local pumps. June consumer spending remained flat - pur...

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  • Mixed Economic Reports Result in Mixed ETFs

    07-29-2010 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Mixed economic reports sent stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) mixed in early trading this morning. The Dashboard shows a mix of top ETF winners and losers; among the top movers are oil ETFs and the euro. While jobless claims stayed high this week, they did decline for th...

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  • How Not to Get Burned By Commodity ETFs

    07-23-2010 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    With any investment, you need to know the details of what you're investing in. Just because a commodity exchange traded fund (ETF) is supposed to track the spot price of, say, oil doesn't mean it will follow it. Over the past few years, many main street investors had to learn tha...

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  • Upbeat Earnings Propel Oil ETFs

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

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

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  • Global Rally Sends ETFs Upward

    07-06-2010 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Maybe what the markets needed was a long weekend. In early trading today, stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) have been up as much as 150 points, led primarily by global funds. While the U.S. markets were closed on Monday, global markets rose, contributing to the optimism ...

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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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  • ETFs See-Saw as Euro Resumes Decline

    06-07-2010 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) are on the hunt for direction this morning as the euro sank to a four-year low and the jobs report continued to disappoint traders who expected more. After falling below 10,000 for the first time in in three months, the Dow Jones industr...

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  • The Long and Short of Oil ETFs

    06-05-2010 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Oil-related exchange traded funds (ETFs) have come and some have gone, with interest and popularity backing the ones still around while setbacks or disappointments struck others. Desipite the lack of physically-backed oil ETFs, investors may still choose from several futures-bac...

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  • Jobs Data Disappoints, Sending ETFs Lower

    06-04-2010 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    The unemployment numbers out today had been widely anticipated to be positive, but they didn't exactly deliver. That sent stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) down swiftly in early trading. The headline number for payrolls released early Friday was disappointing due to slo...

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  • ETFs Surge As China Gives Europe a Vote of Confidence

    05-27-2010 09:29 AM by Tom Lydon

    Stocks and exchange-traded funds (ETFs) jumped early Thursday after China showed confidence in Europe and said it had no plans to sell the debt it holds for the continent. Stocks surged in early Thursday trading after China reassured investors it would not be selling off any ...

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  • ETF Plays for Both Inflation and Deflation

    05-27-2010 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The markets are so crossed up right now many investors don't know what angle to play. Inflation was the prevailing concern, but now indicators are signaling potential deflation. Whatever eventually happens, exchange traded funds (ETFs) will be there to help you play it. As rec...

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  • Oil ETFs: Down Now, But What About the Future?

    05-26-2010 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Uh-oh. While the decline in oil prices to $70 a barrel has been good for drivers, if prices head any lower, it may attract the attention of OPEC. On the other hand, if OPEC tightens supplies, it could attract the attention of exchange traded fund (ETF) investors.  Analysts sa...

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  • Dow and ETFs Tumble As Europe and Korea Worries Mount

    05-25-2010 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average sank below 10,000 and exchange traded funds (ETFs) turned south in early trading this morning as fears about another round of global economic slowdown persist and tensions on the Korean peninsula increase. After a rough end to Monday saw the Dow...

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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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  • ETFs Fall Flat as European Woes Persist

    05-19-2010 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Concerns about the European economy just refuse to go away. U. S. prices also  unexpectedly dropped for the first time in more than a year, taking major stock indexes and exchange traded funds (ETFs) on a wild ride Wednesday. Inflation was hardly a problem for the Fed in April...

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  • Oil ETFs Look Shaky In Light Of Futures

    05-17-2010 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Oil exchange traded funds (ETFs) are looking shaky as the price of crude futures hit a five-month low Monday. Oil traded below $71 today over concern of debt troubles in Europe might cause another economic crisis, thus impeding on industrial demand.  Oil is heavily ied to glo...

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  • Markets, ETFs React To Retail Numbers

    05-14-2010 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    The American consumer has been shopping this year, reflected again in the April retail sales report released early Friday. Related shares and exchange traded funds(ETFs) are reacting to this news. Following a 0.3% gain in January, 0.6% gain in February, and a 2.1% gain in Mar...

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  • Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling Put Oil-Related ETFs in Focus

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

    The oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico threatens to wreak environmental havoc, disrupt the local fishing industry and lead to yet more fallout. While this is a situation that needs to be resolved quickly, it may present an exchange traded fund (ETF) opportunity as oil trades ever hig...

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  • Job Market Improves in April, But ETFs Still Tumble

    05-07-2010 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    The markets and exchange traded funds (ETFs) are searching for direction this morning. All signs are there that the economy is indeed improving, but nerves are still frayed by yesterday's activity. Private employers stepped up job creation in April, expanding payrolls by 231,0...

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  • ETFs Turn South as Jobs and Retail Improve, But Euro Slides

    05-06-2010 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    The market appears to be headed for its third consecutive day of losses as the crisis in Greece intensifies. Not even the good news can turn exchange traded funds (ETFs) in a more positive direction. Despite lower-than-expected sales figures for April, the increase in revenue...

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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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  • ETFs Yawn Despite Q1 GDP Growth Reports

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

    Stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) turned sour despite a report showing consumer-led GDP growth in the first quarter, the third consecutive quarterly gain and yet another sign that the economy's free-fall is becoming a memory. The economy's 3.2% growth rate in the first ...

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  • ETFs Turn Higher as Markets Await Fed Announcement

    04-28-2010 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) are up this morning despite a spate of unanswered questions in the markets: will Greece get a bailout? Will Goldman Sachs get a slap on the wrist, or something worse? And what's the Fed going to do this afternoon? The Federal Reserve is meeting th...

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  • How to Use ETFs to Hedge 3 Inflationary Risks

    04-28-2010 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    All the government spending and record-low interest rates have certainly helped right our listing economy. But as the stimulus winds down and interest rates go back up, you'll want to have some exchange traded funds (ETFs) at the ready to protect your portfolio. The bulls are...

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  • New Home Sales Report Gives Homebuilder ETFs a Helping Hand

    04-23-2010 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Homebuilder exchange traded funds (ETFs) are riding high this morning after it was reported that new home sales rebounded from a record low to surge by double digits in March. The markets, however, are trading in a narrow range. New home sales surged 27% in March, beating all...

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  • Better Earnings and Higher Energy Prices Push ETFs Up

    04-20-2010 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Well, this shouldn't help with the populist anger: embattled Goldman Sachs (NYSE: GS) reported earnings of $3.3 billion in the first quarter. But exchange traded funds (ETFs) are finding reasons to gain as energy prices rise and stronger earnings results come in. Goldman's fir...

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  • ETFs to Hedge Rising Oil and Gas Prices - If It Happens

    04-14-2010 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Oil prices have given us a break lately, but it may not last. Analysts warn that they may be on the rise sooner than we think, but exchange traded funds (ETFs) could give you the edge. The International Energy Agency (IEA) has warned that rising oil prices are looming, and an...

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  • The Next Move for Oil and Gas ETFs

    04-08-2010 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    You might have noticed that oil and gas prices have been a little unpredictable lately. One day, they're up on better economic news; the next, they're down on fears of a still-struggling economy. Up, down, sideways...where are these exchange traded funds (ETFs) going? Mark Wi...

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  • Pending Home Sales Lift ETFs and Send Dow Toward 11,000

    04-05-2010 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    It wasn't long ago that we were excited about the Dow topping 10,000; now it's within spitting distance of 11,000. Exchange traded funds (ETFs) are on a tear, thanks to improvements in pending home sales and the service sector. Pending home sales surged 8.2% from January to Fe...

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  • April ETF Markets: What's In The Air?

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

    Spring is upon us and April is typically a month of market bloomers that lays the groundwork for the spring performers, but the markets and exchange traded funds (ETFs) may be hindered by some economically constraining factors. The government has taken up another round of exub...

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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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  • ETFs Rise as Consumers' Wallets Loosen

    03-29-2010 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The money isn't exactly flying around yet, but consumers opened their wallets a little wider last month. The news, which is what economists had anticipated, is sending exchange traded funds (ETFs) higher this morning. With consumer spending being two-thirds of the economy, yo...

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  • Oil ETFs: Where Are Prices Heading?

    03-22-2010 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Oil exchange traded funds (ETFs) are at a crossroads. The crisis in Greece and a strengthening dollar are pushing prices lower, but OPEC has made moves to keep prices where they are for now. Meanwhile, summer driving season isn't far off. Where oil prices stop, nobody knows....

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  • Health Care Reform Gives ETFs a Shot in the Arm

    03-22-2010 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The sweeping health care reform bill that passed last night is having a rejuvenating effect on the markets and exchange traded funds (ETFs). Many had feared that the opposite would happen, but so far it hasn't materialized. The landmark legislation passed in the House. It wou...

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  • Oil and Gas ETF Plays for Rising Energy Prices

    03-09-2010 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Uh-oh...you've probably noticed that gas prices are once again creeping higher, just in time for the driving season. As a motorist, it might have you cringing; but as an exchange traded fund (ETF) investor, it might have you looking for an opening. Gas has already crept up 5 c...

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  • Stocks, ETFs Waver as Markets Mark Anniversary

    03-09-2010 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Happy Anniversary! One year ago today, the markets hit their low. Stocks, exchange traded funds (ETFs) and the economy in general all look a lot different today than they did then. Wall Street seems to be taking a break to pause and reflect this morning in the absence of mark...

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  • Interest Rate Hikes Are Coming; How to Get Your ETFs Ready

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

    Sometime in the next 12 to 20 months (or even sooner), we're looking at the very real possibility of interest rate hikes. If you're caught off guard and holding the wrong exchange traded funds (ETFs), it could wind up being costly. What goes down must eventually come back up,...

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  • 9 ETFs for Dollar Bears and Bulls

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

    What a difference just a few months makes. The euro has fallen out of favor in recent month, weighed down by PIIG concerns, naturally benefiting the dollar. Not everyone is bullish on greenback exchange traded funds (ETFs) in the long-term, though. The dollar is at a crossro...

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  • Fed's Rate Hike Sends Stocks, ETFs Mixed

    02-19-2010 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The Federal Reserve raised the rate it charges banks for emergency loans, stating more confidence in the financial system's recovery. The result this morning is mixed markets and exchange traded funds (ETFs). The Federal Reserve's move yesterday is having ripple effects throu...

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  • How to Harness Energy By Using ETFs

    02-18-2010 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Energy powers our lives. You're using energy to read this right now, you probably used energy to get to work this morning and you'll use energy to heat your home at night. Exchange traded funds (ETFs) offer a simple and efficient way to capitalize on the world's energy appetite. ...

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  • Earnings and Manufacturing Send ETFs Soaring

    02-16-2010 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    A positive batch of corporate earnings and improvements in manufacturing have markets and exchange traded funds (ETFs) moving higher this morning. Commodities are also benefiting, thanks to a softened dollar and a stronger euro. The Greek government has one month to prove the...

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  • China's Buying Spree: A Boon for Commodity ETFs?

    02-10-2010 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    China's lust for raw materials seems rather insatiable these days as the country buys and invests in them at every opportunity. But the increased demand for raw materials may be a boon for commodities-related exchange traded funds (ETFs). China Investment Corp., the country's ...

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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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  • Coping Strategies for These 4 Possible ETF Bubbles

    01-29-2010 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Investment bubbles have been a fact of life for centuries, and the 21st century is no different. There are potential bubbles forming in several areas, and exchange traded fund (ETF) investors need to be on the alert and ready with a coping strategy. Gold, oil, stocks and gove...

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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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  • Goldman's Earnings Up, But Markets and ETFs Aren't Appeased

    01-21-2010 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Mixed economic reports, including strong earnings from Goldman Sachs, the job market and leading indicators had the net effect of sending stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) firmly negative. The markets were losing steam this morning as President Barack Obama proposed toug...

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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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  • Oil Prices and ETFs Step Back, But Will It Stick?

    01-15-2010 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Oil and gas prices have plunged to their lowest levels of 2010 this week after the government reported a glut of supplies. The hoped-for demand spike never materialized, which may ding energy exchange traded funds (ETFs). The oil rally in recent weeks was underpinned by the as...

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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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  • Investing in Energy ETFs As Winter Heats Up

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

    Last year was a boon for energy-focused exchange traded funds (ETFs), attracting billions in investor dollars, despite "wildly uneven" returns. Some funds were up by double digits for the year, others down by as much. The rapid growth and extreme popularity of energy-focused ...

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  • Disappointing Jobs Report Turns Stocks and ETFs Sour

    01-08-2010 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The United States lost more jobs than anticipated last month, putting the unemployment rate at a steady 10%. The news tempered hopes for a quick and smooth economic recovery. One surprise emerging from the report is that 4,000 jobs were actually created in November, instead o...

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  • Manufacturing and Service Sector Numbers Have ETFs Mixed

    01-06-2010 10:00 AM by cecilpendicamp21

    Stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) are higher this morning after two pieces of mixed economic data. According to the ADP National Employment Report, employment decreased 84,000 from November to December. However, data did show that the services sector in the US did expand in...

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  • Stocks, ETFs Kick Off 2010 With a Rally

    01-04-2010 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) were strongly higher this morning, getting the new year started off on the right foot. Sentiment was boosted by an upbeat report on the manufacturing sector and a deal in the energy sector. There were a pair of economic reports out this...

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  • Stocks, ETFs Fall Slightly in Light Trading

    12-30-2009 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) see-sawed around break-even this morning as any decline was limited by a higher-than-expected reading on Chicago-area manufacturing. Business activity in the Chicago region expanded far more than expected in December. The Institute for ...

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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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  • Economic Data Leaves Stocks, ETFs Little Changed

    12-23-2009 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) were little changed this morning as weak new home sales in November put a damper on enthusiasm. Even positive figures about personal incomes and spending weren't enough to turn the markets positive. Personal incomes rose in November at t...

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  • Positive Tech Earnings Give ETFs a Lift

    12-18-2009 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Better-than-expected third-quarter results from a few technology companies gave exchange traded funds (ETFs) a little life before the markets went into the weekend. Software maker Oracle (NASDAQ: ORCL) and BlackBerry maker Research in Motion (NASDAQ: RIMM) beat expectations i...

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  • Gold, Oil, Copper ETFs Soar as Dollar Bulls Emerge

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

    It was only a few weeks ago that the U.S. dollar was hitting 15-month lows. Now, for the first time since March, the dollar bulls are out in force and giving a boost to gold, oil and copper exchange traded funds (ETFs). Investors are putting their bets on the recovery of the ...

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  • Stocks, ETFs Await the Fed's Decision

    12-16-2009 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) are being pushed higher this morning by positive news on the inflation and housing frons, while they await the statement to be released at the end of the Federal Reserve's two-day meeting this afternoon. Government data released this m...

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  • Oil ETFs: Supply of Oil Can't Keep Up With Demand

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

    The global appetite for oil seems insatiable, and it's growing. However, the supply of oil is not coming out as fast as it's being used. Oil exchange traded funds (ETFs) may start reflecting the rise in oil prices as the disparity between supply and demand widens. Eating away ...

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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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  • Why Oil ETFs Are Stirring from Their Slumber

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

    Despite 2009 being the first year since 1981 that global energy use fell, the future of crude oil exchange traded funds (ETFs) may look promising as the industry sees a flurry of renewed activity. According to this year's 2009 volume of the International Energy Agency's (IEA) ...

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  • Midday Market Update: Consumers Worries Go On

    11-13-2009 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Despite gloomy news about consumers, stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) are trading higher. Perhaps it has something to do with a better report about the U.S. trade deficit. Consumer sentiment fell in the early part of this month to the weakest in three months. Concerns a...

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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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  • Oil ETFs: Play the World's Hunger for Energy

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

    Forecasts about the world's demand for energy are getting dire. We've got a big appetite now, but it's about to get much, much bigger. The increased pressure could be good news for energy-related exchange traded funds (ETFs). Worldwide energy demand is forecast to rise by ab...

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  • Why Oil ETFs Are Lagging Oil Prices

    11-10-2009 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Earlier this year, oil exchange traded funds (ETFs) were lagging oil prices by a wide margin thanks to contango. Although the situation has improved, it brings to light a situation that futures-based commodity funds can experience. In the last month, United States Oil Fund (N...

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  • Midday Market Update: Dow Hits a Yearly High

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

    Stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) are being cheered this morning after the Dow Jones Industrial Average soared to hits highest level in a year. Materials and financials are surging, while gold is also touching on new highs. The markets were mainly lifted by a pledge fro...

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  • Oil ETFs: Reasons the Run May Not Be Over

    11-09-2009 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The price of crude oil and its exchange traded funds (ETFs) have been creeping up and there are signs that indicate the commodity could very well continue to rise. Most recently, crude has soared north of $80/barrel and Lee Loweel of Investment U states that the price could ...

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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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  • October ETF Performance Report

    10-30-2009 12:40 PM by Tom Lydon

    October was largely a mixed month for stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs), marked by both encouraging high points and gloomy low ones. The Dow Jones Industrial Average finally crossed a milestone 10,000 points this month. Though the mark was greeted with cheers on the tra...

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  • 5 Factors Benefiting Oil ETFs and How to Play It

    10-29-2009 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Global economies are growing fast and monetary policy in the United States is loose. These and other factors are fueling the rise of exchange traded funds (ETFs) related to the oil industry. Low interest rates. The great increase in global money supply has fueled oil-intensiv...

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  • Midday Market Update: New Week, New Hopes

    10-19-2009 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Traders on Wall Street greeted the markets this morning with fresh optimism, thanks to a host of earnings reports that are sending positive signals about the economy, stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs). Among the key earnings news today: Gannett (NYSE: GCI), the publ...

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  • Midday Market Update: Earnings Season and Oil Have Markets Hopping

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

    Wall Street is looking to continue its winning streak this morning as another busy week of earnings reports looms on the horizon. The Dow Jones Industrial Average is also within spitting distance of 10,000. A slew of big names and bellwether companies are reporting third-quar...

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  • How to Protect Your Gains In the ETF and Market Rally

    10-08-2009 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    So, you took some positions in exchange traded funds (ETFs) when the S&P 500 moved above its 200-day moving average, and perhaps you've made some gains. How can you go about protect your profits? While investors aren't heading for the exits, talk of a potential correction ...

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  • Oil Trading Without the Dollar; What It Could Mean for ETFs

    10-07-2009 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    As the dollar and its exchange traded funds (ETFs) continue to decline, some have thrown around the idea of shifting oil trade away from of the dollar, but is this actually possible? Advocates want to want to shift oil trade to a basket of currencies as opposed to just the d...

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  • Midday Market Update: Gold, Oil ETFs Get a Push from the Greenback

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

    The market is continuing its rally this morning as more signs emerge that the global economy is taking steps toward a recovery. A weakening U.S. dollar is also giving support to commodities prices. The weaker dollar is giving oil prices a lift. The commodity has surged above $...

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  • Midday Market Update: Unemployment Socks Wall Street

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

    Stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) are dipping into negative territory on a worse-than-expected jobs report that has dampened hopes for a strong recovery by year-end. The national unemployment rate has jumped to 9.8%. The rising numbers are putting pressure on Congress t...

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  • As Oil Retreats, Capture the Short Side with New ETF

    09-29-2009 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Popular interest in energy exchange traded funds (ETFs) is on the rise and an ETF provider has responded by launching a new fund in order to capture the short side of oil. Oil today is trading above the $67 a barrel mark on a resumption of weakness in the U.S. dollar, reports ...

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  • Midday Market Update: Markets Slip on Consumer Confidence

    09-29-2009 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    U.S. stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) edged lower in morning trading as reports indicate that consumers are still wary of the overall health of the economy. The Conference Board said that its index of consumer confidence fell to 53.1 in September, down from a 54.5 in A...

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  • Midday Market Update: Wall Street Braces for Economic Reports

    09-28-2009 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    U.S. stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) got a boost this morning as mergers and acquisitions activity encouraged investors. A busy week of economic data is expected on Wall Street this morning, and it could soon sharpen the picture for investors. One of the major reports...

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  • Midday Market Update: Housing Data Hinders Markets

    09-24-2009 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    U.S.stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) took a dip into negative territory this morning as investors tried to assess the overall health of the economy on a not-so-upbeat housing report. A day after the Federal Reserve announced that economic activity is improving, the Nat...

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  • What the Fed Meeting Could Mean for Gold and Oil ETFs

    09-22-2009 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    A two-day meeting of the Federal Reserve kicks off today behind closed doors so officials can discuss the state of the economy. The markets and exchange traded funds (ETFs) are poised in wait until Wednesday, when an announcement will be made. The Federal Reserve Officials a...

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  • How to Invest In Oil Using ETFs

    09-21-2009 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Oil demand waxes and wanes, but it never completely disappears. That's why this market is so appealing to investors who can stomach volatility and risk. How can you profit from oil using exchange traded funds (ETFs)? Tony Daltorio for Investment U says that when it comes to c...

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  • Midday Market Update: Wall Street Wavers Despite Positives

    09-21-2009 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The markets  and exchange traded funds (ETFs) were sent lower this morning, then clawed their way back to even even though a private sector group's report that said economic activity rose for the fifth consecutive month in August. It was slightly short of what economist expected....

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  • Midday Market Update: Financials Go Under the Microscope

    09-18-2009 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) advanced in morning trading as investors sought to resume the two-week rally, which has witnessed stocks rising eight out of the past 10 days. The financial sector seems to be coming under more scrutiny as pay policies for bank employe...

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  • Midday Market Update: Markets Flat As Investors Assess Economy

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

    After a five-day rally, stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) are trading relatively flat as investors search for further signals indicating the health of the economy.  Upbeat corporate earnings  are drawing the attention of some investors as shipping giant FedEx (NYSEArca: ...

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  • Which Commodity ETFs Could Heat Up As the Weather Cools?

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

    While many believe that we're in the midst of an atypical market environment, that doesn't mean there aren't opportunities with exchange traded funds (ETFs) to be had. In fact, some have been taking an interest in commodities in particular. Could we be in a trough until the ne...

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  • Midday Market Update: Mixed News Puts Trading in a Narrow Range

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

    U.S. stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) fluctuated this morning as the economy showed signs of stabilization and a better-than expected jobless report encouraged investors. The Labor Department reported that new jobless claims fell more than expected to 550,000 last week ...

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  • Midday Market Update: Markets Extend on Real Estate and Fast Food

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

    U.S. stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) fluctuated this morning as commodity prices continue to rally and the U.S. dollar flirts with recent lows. Crude oil sustained its levels trading north of $71/barrel as some used the volatile commodity as protection against a falli...

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  • Midday Market Update: Mergers Enliven Wall Street

    09-08-2009 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) started the week off in positive territory, following the lead of markets around the world as merger news raised investors' optimism on an economic recovery. Foodmaker Kraft (NYSE: KFT) offered a bid for Britain's Cadbury, which include...

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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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  • Midday Market Update: Employment Data Lifts Markets

    09-04-2009 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    A mixed report on job cuts and employment numbers sent stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) higher in morning trading. U.S. employers cut a fewer-than-expected 216,000 jobs in August, confirming that the pace of layoffs is easing.  In fact, the labor force as a whole incre...

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  • Midday Market Update: Positive Economic Indicators Abound

    09-02-2009 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    U.S. stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) are fluctuating in morning trading as investors continued to remain concerned about unemployment. Other positive economic indicators blossomed, however.  The ADP Employer Services Report indicated that the private sector shed 298,00...

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  • Midday Market Update: Markets Shrug Off Encouraging GDP

    08-27-2009 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Despite more signs that the economy is stabilizing, investor concern sent stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) down in early morning trading. By midday, Wall Street was trading nearly flat. The latest report from the Labor Department stating first-time jobless claims fell ...

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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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  • Midday Market Update: Markets Extend Rally On Optimism

    08-24-2009 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    U.S. stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) are kicking the week off in positive territory as investors become increasingly more confident of a healthy economic recovery.  Comments from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and encouraging real estate reports indicating that...

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  • Midday Market Update: Markets Rally On Fed Comments

    08-21-2009 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    U.S. stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) ignited a spark after Chairman of the Federal Reserve Ben Bernanke announced that the economy is on the verge of a recovery, although it isn't expected to be an easy one. Bernanke said that the nation is on the road to recovery afte...

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  • Midday Market Update: Stocks and ETFs Look for Direction

    08-19-2009 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Pessimism about the global economy and concerns about consumer spending are pushing stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) back and forth between positive and negative territory this morning. Major retailers reported that consumers are still reluctant to shop, hindering the e...

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  • As Oil Supply Dwindles, What It Means for ETFs

    08-17-2009 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    It is no secret that the world's oil supply is finite and could be depleted within a matter of decades, but what does this mean for shares and related exchange traded funds (ETFs)? The "peak oil theory" states that the world will be in need of new energy sources within the n...

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  • Midday Market Update: Markets Dip On Consumer Concerns

    08-17-2009 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    U.S. stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) plunged this morning as investors remain worried that consumers are still to anxious about the economy to start shopping again. A couple of signs of concern: The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) jumped more than 15%.  This index is ...

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  • Why Trading Oil With ETFs Is Better and Easier

    08-14-2009 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The wild price swings in oil and its related exchange traded funds (ETFs) has many investors going to sleep at night having dreams about being a speculator and making mounds of money. But what does it really take to be one? Trading oil futures is not like trading stocks or bo...

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  • Midday Market Update: Markets Retreat on Consumer Concerns

    08-14-2009 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    U.S. stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) fell in morning trading as worries about how consumers are feeling pervade the markets. The Reuters/University of Michigan index of consumer sentiment fell sharply in the first part of the month indicating that consumers may put the...

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  • Oil ETFs: Too Much Supply, Not Enough Consumption

    08-12-2009 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The global economic engine is not what it used to be, and as a result, most people aren't consuming like they used to. This translates into lower oil demand and related exchange traded funds (ETFs) may suffer a period of withdrawal as economies recover. The Labor Department re...

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  • Midday Market Update: Wholesale Inventories Bum Wall Street

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

    U.S. stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) continued to slide into negative territory this morning as traders became cautious following a wholesale inventory report. The Commerce Department reported that businesses cut inventories at the wholesale level for the 10th consecu...

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  • China's Growth Has an ETF Ripple Effect

    08-10-2009 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The resumption of economic activity in China appears to be having a galvanizing effect on oil prices, oil-related exchange traded funds (ETFs) and oil futures. China's growth is having a ripple effect in other areas, as well. U.S. economic activity has been slow to recover, b...

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  • Midday Market Update: Consumer Spending Has Markets Slumping

    08-06-2009 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    U.S. stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) are in negative territory this morning as new reports indicate that American consumers are still clinging tightly to their wallets. Job security, a decline in income and simply an overall attraction to saving cash led to sluggish ...

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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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  • Midday Market Update: Manufacturing Extends Wall Street's Summer Rally

    08-03-2009 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) and the broader markets are having a positive reaction to good readings on manufacturing and construction spending this morning. A private sector measure of U.S. manufacturing activity declined last month at the slowest pace since August, while pr...

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  • Volatility, Speculators, CFTC: The Future of Oil and Gas ETFs

    07-28-2009 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Oil and gas prices and the related exchange traded funds (ETFs) have seen unprecedented volatility in the last year. It's led to all kinds of speculation: that speculators are to blame, that the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) may clamp down on such speculation and t...

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  • Midday Market Update: Wall Street Wavers on Earnings, Real Estate

    07-27-2009 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    A positive reading from the housing sector didn't do much to invigorate stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) this morning, possibly because of a series of mixed earnings reports. A government report indicated that sales of new homes rose by 11% last month, the largest amoun...

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  • Before You Blame Speculators for Oil ETF Moves...Could You Be One?

    07-17-2009 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Oil prices are nowhere near steady, and investors are perplexed as they try to figure out why. Analysts believe that there is one thing that is creating these gyrations in shares prices and exchange traded funds (ETFs): the dreaded speculator. But before you get out your torches...

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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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  • Midday Market Update: Earnings Reports Give Hope

    07-15-2009 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    U.S. stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) are in positive territory this morning as better than expected earnings reports boosting investor confidence and send them pouring back into the markets. Chipmaker giant Intel (INTC) earnings report boosted investor confidence, th...

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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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  • Midday Market Update: Wall Street Searches for Direction

    07-10-2009 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) have been seesawing all week as unease about corporate profits and falling oil prices further increase concerns that the economy is plagued. Earnings reports will continue next week and many are worried that the recent rally in stock p...

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  • How to Ease Pain at the Pump With Gas ETF

    07-06-2009 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Perhaps while you took that family drive this past weekend, you thought about gas prices and wondered what you could do about it. With exchange traded funds (ETFs), you're not powerless against the zigs and zags of gas prices. Oil and gas prices have been all over the map the...

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  • Midday Market Update: Wall Street Fails to Spark After Long Weekend

    07-06-2009 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    U.S. stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) are starting the week off in negative territory as investors are pessimistic on the health of the economy and the strength of an economic recovery. Positive news came out of the service sector this morning as the Institute for Supp...

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  • Midday Maket Update: Real Estate Can't Fuel Wall Street Rally

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

    Despite a little bit of optimism coming out of the real estate sector, U.S. stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) are still trading lower this morning after some gloomy news about how consumers are feeling these days. The Standard & Poor's Case-Shiller Index, which tra...

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  • Midday Market Update: Savings Rate Hinders Wall Street

    06-26-2009 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    U.S. stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) are in negative territory this morning on discouraging consumer spending news and a rising savings rate that could delay a recovery. The Commerce Department reported that personal spending, incomes and savings all rose in May. This i...

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  • How to Deal With Commodity ETF Volatility

    06-23-2009 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Food prices are affected by the daily movements within markets and related exchange traded funds (ETFs) as the international commodity prices are driven by supply and demand, meaning extra volatility. Commodities have been enjoying a recent run-up that has many consumers feari...

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  • Midday Market Update: Real Estate Fails to Ignite Spark

    06-23-2009 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    U.S. stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) continue to oscillate after encouraging real estate news and anticipation of the Federal Reserve's two-day monetary policy meeting. The National Association of Realtors said that May sales of existing homes rose by 2.4%. This is t...

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  • Midday Market Update: Weak Global Economic News Takes Its Toll

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

    U.S. stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) start the week off on a sour note, as investors are worried about lower expectations for the global economy. The World Bank has cut its 2009 global growth forecast, stating that the global economy will shrink by 2.9%, with global t...

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  • Not All Commodity ETFs Are Created Equal

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

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

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  • How to Use ETFs As Market Indicators

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

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

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  • Midday Market Update: Rally Continues on Optimistic Economic Outlook

    06-19-2009 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    U.S. stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) extended their rally so far today, suggesting that the economy might be in better shape than previously anticipated and that the recession may be coming to an end. In an attempt to ignite a much-needed spark in a battered automoti...

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  • 5 Ways to Fight Inflation With ETFs

    06-15-2009 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Inflation seems to be on the mind of all American citizens as the economy takes its first steps toward a recovery. With exchange traded funds (ETFs), there are a number of ways you can hedge the inflationary climate. After enormous government spending and  constant money prin...

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  • The Consumer, Economic Cost for High Commodity Prices and ETFs

    06-15-2009 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    It's always something, isn't it? As the dollar is on a general downtrend, oil, gas and related exchange traded funds (ETFs) are moving higher as new fears about consumer spending are ignited. Any slowdown could drag out a full economic recovery. Oil prices fell more than $100...

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  • Midday Market Update: Strong Dollar Pushes Down Commodity Demand

    06-15-2009 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    U.S. stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) are in sharply negative territory this morning as the U.S. dollar strengthens and materials prices are pushed lower. The U.S. dollar gained ground on most major currencies despite expectations that massive U.S. fiscal and monetary...

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  • Midday Market Update: Consumer Confidence Fails To Extend Rally

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

    As seen throughout the week, U.S. stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) have see-sawed in morning trading as investors try to figure out where the economy is heading once and for all. On a positive note, consumer confidence rose to a nine-month high. The Reuters/University o...

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  • Midday Market Update: Jobless Claims and Retail Data Ignite a Spark

    06-11-2009 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    U.S. stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) snapped their losing streak to jump more firmly into positive territory on positive economic news about retail and the latest unemployment figures. Investors are optimistic that the unemployment woes of the nation are finally being ...

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  • ETF Spotlight: United States Oil Fund (USO)

    06-10-2009 02:30 PM by Tom Lydon

    ETF Spotlight on United States Oil Fund (USO), part of a recurring series. Assets: $2.8 billion Objective USO seeks to reflect the performance of West Texas Intermediate light, sweet crude oil. It invests in futures contracts. How It Works USO holds long posit...

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  • Midday Market Update: Safety Surges as Housing Remains Mixed

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

    Just as they have all week, U.S. stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) are fluctuating between positive and negative territory on optimistic news from the housing sector and a push from commodities. A positive announcement from the nation's largest home improvement retailer...

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  • Midday Market Update: Why Investors are Shunning Away

    06-08-2009 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    U.S. stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) retreated into negative territory this morning as investors shunned away from stocks waiting for more reports from the government on bank stress tests. The federal government is expected to release a report which will outline which ...

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  • Midday Market Update: Wall Street Takes It All In

    06-05-2009 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    U.S. stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) fluctuated in morning trading as many investors are still just unsure where the economy is heading after some reports. The Labor Department had some promising news reporting that payrolls fell by 345,000, the lowest decline in the p...

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  • Midday Market Update: What's Causing the Market's Fluctuations?

    06-04-2009 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    U.S. stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) are fluctuating this morning as investors are looking for stronger and more convincing indicators that the economy is improving. On the positive side, the number of jobless claims fell last week to 621,000 from 625,000, marking th...

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  • Are Oil and Gas ETFs At the Top?

    06-03-2009 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Consumers have seen relief at the gas pump since last summer, but the price of a gallon of gas and a barrel of oil have been steadily creeping north. Is this the top for exchange traded funds (ETFs), or will we see a repeat of last year's market frenzy? Since January 2009, the...

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  • Midday Market Update: Can Wall Street Keep It Going?

    06-02-2009 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    It's still up in the air whether U.S. stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) can continue their rally and extend their gains on more good economic news. Optimism that the worst in the housing slump may be over boosted investor confidence as the real estate industry saw the b...

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  • Midday Market Update: Wall Street Processes Jobs, Housing News

    05-28-2009 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    A range of news this morning - General Motors, unemployment data, housing numbers and more - have the markets and exchange traded funds (ETFs) wavering from positive to negative territory. General Motors (GM), which is on the verge of filing for bankruptcy, said that a commit...

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  • Will Gas ETFs Go on a Road Trip This Memorial Day?

    05-25-2009 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Do you think this Memorial Day weekend will be similar to last year's? Although gas and oil prices are somewhat more reasonable this year, many are wondering if gas prices are still high enough to keep exchange traded funds (ETFs) moving while consumers stay put. Perhaps, acc...

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  • Midday Market Update: Economic Concerns Don't Drown Markets

    05-22-2009 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    U.S. stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) are barely in the black this morning, despite concerns on the outlook of the nation's economy. U.S. Treasuries fell and the dollar weakened against the euro as investors got more concerned of the effects that high interest rates t...

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  • How to Use Commodities in Your ETF Portfolio

    05-21-2009 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    As oil prices and exchange traded funds (ETFs) continue to rise despite some fundamentals, some have found that it's a good time for retail investors to start thinking about what commodities might mean to their portfolios.The market is looking like it may be nursing itself back t...

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  • Which ETFs Could Be Affected By Obama's Auto Plan?

    05-19-2009 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Now that President Barack Obama has outlined his plan to increase fuel efficiency in vehicles, clean up the environment and reduce America's dependence on oil, what exchange traded funds (ETFs) might be affected?As of Tuesday, Obama announced the first-ever emissions limit plan ...

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  • Midday Market Update: Housing Market Optimism Lifts Wall Street

    05-18-2009 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    U.S. stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) are in positive territory this morning as optimism about the housing market has returned. The nation's second-largest home improvement chain, Lowe's (LOW), posted a 22% decline in first-quarter earnings, but still beat Wall Street's...

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  • Midday Market Update: Jobs and Inflation Don't Keep Markets Down

    05-14-2009 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Despite weaker-than-expected job numbers, stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) are in slightly positive territory this morning as Wall Street sorts everything out. The Labor Department reported the number of individuals filing new unemployment claims jumped to 637,000, mu...

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  • What Is Causing Oil Prices and ETFs To Surge?

    05-08-2009 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Oil prices, along with related exchange traded funds (ETFs), are steadily climbing up and oil-producing countries are left baffled. The price of oil is at around $58 a barrel, but the underlying data does not really warrant the higher prices, writes Jay Yarow for The  Business...

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  • How to Get Over ETF Pitfalls

    05-04-2009 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) are a great versatile tool for all types of investors and offer many advantages that no other investment tool does, but there are things to be mindful of. Those who advocate the use of ETFs note that they offer low expense ratios, diversification,...

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  • Midday Market Update: Consumer Confidence Sends Markets Wavering

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

    U.S. stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) opened the month in the red despite news that consumer confidence is on the rise. The Reuters/University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers said its final index of consumer confidence climbed to 65.1 in April from 57.3 in March, postin...

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  • Why Oil Prices and ETFs Are Bucking the Recession Trend

    04-24-2009 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Over the past few months, oil prices have dropped because of lower global demand as consumers have pulled back and production has slowed. Many are stumped as to why recent oil prices have remained the same and what it means for exchange traded funds (ETFs). The harsh economic...

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  • Midday Market Update: Markets Seesaw On Upbeat Earnings

    04-22-2009 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    U.S. stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) showed scant signs of life at the opening bell as a slew of mixed earnings reports overshadowed Wall Street. The following earnings reports affected the markets: McDonalds (MCD) outperformed analysts' expectations reporting a f...

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  • Why Oil Refinery Closings Can Make ETFs Attractive

    04-17-2009 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    U.S. oil refineries are suffering from the simple outcome of supply versus demand, and numbers indicate that certain refineries will be forced to shut down soon, possibly leading to the streamlining of related exchange traded funds (ETFs). Many analysts are making their picks...

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  • Midday Market Update: Markets Unsure of Earnings Reports

    04-17-2009 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    U.S. stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) fluctuated making modest moves and then dabbling in the red on better-than-expected earnings by Citigroup (C) and a better-than-expected consumer confidence report. Citi, considered to be one of the most troubled banks, posted a qu...

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  • Two Things Fueling Commodity ETFs

    04-15-2009 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    As with other parts of the market, certain commodities and their exchange traded funds (ETFs) have shown some signs of life and have started to recover. Part of this recovery can be attributed to President Barack Obama's $787 billion stimulus package, which is aimed to target...

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  • 5 Areas That Could Help Balance An ETF Portfolio

    04-08-2009 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Well-rounded portfolios should have some variety. So what are some ways exchange traded funds (ETFs) can help? While investors should always meticulously research a stock, ETFs do allow an individual to hedge his or her market position and give some balance to a portfolio, rem...

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  • Midday Market Update: Markets Retreat on Financial Concerns

    04-06-2009 09:59 AM by Tom Lydon

    U.S. stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) were in the red for the first time in five days on concerns of conditions in the financial system and the ambiguity of first quarter earnings. Many banks were downgraded and shares declined in large amounts on news that the federa...

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  • Why Oil ETFs Can Lose As Prices Increase

    04-01-2009 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Understanding why the oil exchange traded fund (ETF) occasionally lags behind jumps in oil prices is a simple matter of knowing how it works. United States Oil (USO) is the largest ETF that tracks the commodity. It followed the 77% drop of crude prices between July and Decemb...

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  • Midday Market Update: Financials and Autos Slam Markets

    03-30-2009 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) are getting slammed in morning trading on news that some banks may need more government aid and the best option for two auto giants is bankruptcy. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner appeared on the ABC News program "This Week" early Su...

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  • Is Today's Oil and ETF Lag Tomorrow's Aftershock?

    03-30-2009 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Oil production could be cut by as much as 8 million barrels per day within the next five years, and that could be priming consumers and exchange traded funds (ETFs) with a jolt when the economy recovers. Jad Mouawad for The New York Times reports that the global recession has...

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  • Midday Market Update: Housing and Durable Goods Spark Market

    03-25-2009 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    U.S. stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) rose, sending the Dow Jones Industrial Average to a five-week high in morning trading as new home sales and an unexpected growth in orders for durable goods spurred speculation of an economic recovery. Plummeting home prices and chea...

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  • Can Alternative Energy ETFs Overcome Low Oil Prices?

    03-24-2009 02:39 PM by Tom Lydon

    Alternative energy, and related exchange traded funds (ETFs), are a mainstay within the investment scope, however, in a pragmatic light the case for supporting these investments at the moment is becoming more difficult. "Traditional" energy, or your basic oil and gas, is keep...

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  • Midday Market Update: Geithner Speaks While Markets and ETFs Wait

    03-24-2009 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner is speaking in front of Congress today while markets and exchange traded funds (ETFs) hover in negative territory. Geithner has told Congress he'd like broad new powers to regulate non-bank financial companies such as AIG (AIG), whose collapse...

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  • What's Driving Oil and ETF to New Heights?

    03-20-2009 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The markets have been watching oil and related exchange traded funds (ETFs) closely lately for a sign, any sign, of what direction it's going to take. The $50 per barrel mark was technically crossed on Wednesday, as the new front month contract for May settled at $50.04. ...

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  • Midday Market Update: Markets and ETFs Hit the Pause Button

    03-19-2009 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The Federal Reserve's decision to pump another $1 trillion into the U.S. economy has caused The Dow Jones Industrial Average to oscillate between positive and negative territory this morning and has had an impact on certain sectors and their exchange traded funds (ETFs). Despit...

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  • Midday Market Update: Housing and Pricing Numbers Boost Markets

    03-17-2009 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) and the broader markets don't seem to know which way is up after a round of mixed economic reports. There were some better-than-expected numbers on both housing and inflation, for starters. But dampening the mood were reports of a dividend cut at ...

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  • Do Oil and Gas ETFs Have a Future?

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

    Oil and gas demand has fallen of a cliff. As chants of "drill, baby, drill" fall away and the frenzy to find new oil fields recedes, many wonder what's in store for these commodities and their exchange traded funds (ETFs). Yes, reports Clifford Krause for The New York Times, t...

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  • Why Mutual Fund Assets Are Slithering Away to ETFs

    03-14-2009 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Net redemptions in the mutual fund world are slithering out of control and exchange traded funds (ETFs) could one of the reasons. Over the past few years, one of the strongest mutual fund companies, American Funds (AIVSX), has seen a loss of $14.4 billion in net redemptions. ...

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  • Why Oil Prices and ETFs Could Be Heading Lower

    03-11-2009 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Have the inflated oil prices of last summer become a distant memory, or will prices creep up again this season and return to haunt consumers and lead related exchange traded funds (ETFs) on a new uptrend? Many assumed that during this global recession, one saving grace was tha...

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  • Midday Market Update: ETFs React to Merck Merger

    03-09-2009 10:15 AM by Tom Lydon

    Markets and exchange traded funds (ETFs) are responding to the news that Merck & Co. (MRK) is buying Schering-Plough Corp. (SGP) for $41.1 billion in a deal that gives Merck key new businesses, which will also help them trim costs, leading to more job losses. The deal ann...

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  • 17 ETFs In the Billion Dollar Club

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

    One of the defining attributes of exchange traded funds (ETFs) is their high liquidity, but which of them are among the most liquid of all? Investors have a cornucopia of ETFs to choose from with 843 exchange-traded products currently available, writes Ron Rowland for Seeking ...

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  • Midday Market Update: Financial ETFs Feel the Sector's Pain

    03-02-2009 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The bank woes of the United States are taking over many aspects of markets and exchange traded funds (ETFs), as the Dow Jones Industrial Average took a dive below 7,000 points today. American International Group (AIG) has set off a another wave of pessimism about the health of...

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  • Is Oil ETF Being Investigated by the CFTC?

    02-27-2009 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    As oil prices top the $40 per barrel mark, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) is said to be launching a probe into the workings of the largest oil exchange traded fund (ETF). The issue with the United States Oil Fund (USO), reports Matthew Leising for Bloomber...

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  • Midday Market Update: U.S. Banks Leaving ETFs In Need

    02-23-2009 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    A new capital assessment program will be launched on Wednesday, helping banks in need of capital to receive funding, and keeping larger institutions viable; markets and exchange traded funds (ETFs) could stand to benefit if the plan sticks. U.S. banking regulators are going t...

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  • Why Oil and Gas ETFs Don't Always Move Together

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

    It seems like oil and gas prices are toying with us and our emotions: oil falls off a cliff, related exchange traded funds (ETFs) take a spill, and yet each time we drive by the local gas station, the prices seem to be a few cents higher. What the h-e-double hockey sticks is goin...

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  • Before You Buy an ETN...

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

    Some believe that the introduction of exchange traded funds (ETFs) and exchange traded notes (ETNs) are the best thing since sliced bread, while others disagree. Some don't even know what they are.  One thing is for sure though: all investors who do play this market should know t...

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  • Midday Market Update: Will Bank Scrutiny Help ETFs?

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

    Certain U.S. bank bosses faced a congressional hearing, where they were on trial for accountability and transparency regarding the  direction of where public fund injections have been spent; the conclusion may not be enough to restore markets and exchange traded funds (ETFs) for...

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  • Is the Largest Oil ETF Moving Prices?

    02-09-2009 11:12 AM by Tom Lydon

    Has the mother of all oil exchange traded funds (ETFs), the United States Oil Fund(USO), morphed into a size that is too big for the average investors to incorporate into their portfolios? USO is a $3.3 billion ETF and as of Friday, the fund rolled all of its positions ove...

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  • What’s It Going to Take for Oil ETFs to Move Up?

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

    Oil has been trading around $40 a barrel now for about two weeks, which has some analysts making predictions about where the commodity and its related exchange traded funds (ETFs) are headed next. Oil hit a four-year low of $32.40 a barrel on Dec. 19, and has since rebounded ...

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  • ETF Performance Report - January 2009

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

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

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  • Which Oil ETF Is Right for You?

    01-30-2009 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The price of oil has seen some sporadic oscillations that have left investors vexed, but there are some exchange traded funds (ETFs) for those seeking to bet on the future. It seemed like it was just yesterday when oil was around 150 bucks with predictions of $200 per barrel f...

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  • What Contango Means for Oil ETFs

    01-29-2009 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Yesterday, we covered the issue of whether oil exchange traded fund (ETF) investors knew what they were doing when it came to these funds. (You do). But how does the issue of contago impact oil-related ETFs? Market Folly has an explanation on Seeking Alpha that investors migh...

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  • Midday Market Update: Economic Numbers Flash Back; Will ETFs?

    01-29-2009 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    There is no good news on the homebuilder front for related stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs), as the sales of new homes plunged to the slowest pace in more than two decades. The downward pressure on builders is weighing on the sector as whole. The Commerce Department rep...

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  • Two Things Every ETF Investor Should Know

    01-28-2009 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) are similar to a single stock in the way that investors trade them, but after that they are not all the same. But there are some things about ETFs that investors should know that aren't always readily obvious. An ETF By Any Other Name... The most ...

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  • Midday Market Update: Why Tech, ETFs Can't Dodge Slowdown

    01-22-2009 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Microsoft (MSFT) is attempting their first round of layoffs, cutting 5% of their workforce, in an effort to rebound their shares and related exchange traded funds(ETF) in the coming year. This is a first for this computer and software powerhouse, proving the economy is affecting ...

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  • Midday Market Update: All Eyes on Washington to Fix Economy, ETFs

    01-21-2009 10:10 AM by Tom Lydon

    Earnings reports are on most investors' minds this week, as they are continuing to unveil, and help project some type of market sentiment for stocks and exchange traded funds(ETFs) to follow. Heavies Apple (APPL) and EBay (EBAY) are anticipated later today, while BlackRock, I...

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  • How Bubbles Form and How ETF Investors Can Avoid Them

    01-20-2009 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Bubbles are a fact of life within stock markets and exchanges, so is there a way to analyze what is happening within stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) to recognize one? Anyone who watched the runup in the price of oil and the oil exchange traded fund (ETF) last summer mi...

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  • 10 Potential ETF Surprises In 2009

    01-18-2009 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Now that 2009 is off and rolling, many strategists have thrown in their two cents on what is going to happen with the markets, stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs). Byron R. Wien, Chief Investment Strategist of Pequot Capital Management offers the following 10 surprises we cou...

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  • Oil Prices, ETFs in the Future: Rock Bottom or Sky High?

    01-16-2009 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The recent volatility in crude oil has lead the commodity and its exchange traded funds (ETFs) to suffer from whiplash, but what does the future look like for black gold? Supply and inventory numbers are staggering, oil producers and refiners are sitting on roughly 327 million ...

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  • Midday Market Update: What's Bumming Out Retail ETFs?

    01-14-2009 10:15 AM by Tom Lydon

    Retail sales have fallen straight down, signaling that the economic hardships, markets and related exchange traded funds (ETFs) are still going to plague the United States. The Commerce Department reported that sales had plunged for the sixth consecutive month by 2.7%, around ...

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  • What Commodity ETF Asset Gains Mean

    01-13-2009 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Long commodity exchange traded funds (ETFs) have experienced an influx of billion of dollars, which is an exact opposite of the selloff seen at the end of 2008. What Does It Mean? Investors are showing confidence in energy prices as most of the inflow has been geared toward long...

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  • How to Choose and Trade an ETF

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

    As an investor, you might know what exchange traded funds (ETFs) are and the many benefits they offer. But do you know what to look for when investing in them? There are a number of things to consider before diving in when you see an ETF above its trend line. Assets. How ...

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  • 2008's ETF Dogs Could Be 2009's Opportunities

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

    While most sectors of the market meandered off the upward climb with a steep plunge in 2008, there were a few exchange traded funds (ETFs) that persevered and rose to new heights. Investors are always on the lookout for that new money-making deal that would help fill their lo...

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  • Midday Market Update: Oil, Unemployment Take ETFs For a Ride

    01-07-2009 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Job losses mounted in December and basic materials suppliers have added to the bleak unemployment picture created in the United States, giving far off hope for markets and exchange traded funds(ETFs). Businesses from Alcoa (AA) to Intel Corp. (INTC) have suffered losses up to ...

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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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  • Midday Market Update: World Exchanges, ETFs Say Goodbye To 2008

    12-31-2008 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    World markets are leaving 2008 deflated and disappointed after a year of volatility and uncertainty, leaving stock markets and exchange traded funds (ETFs) around the world ending on a flat note. As of Wednesday, stocks in Europe and Asia have changed very slightly as the New ...

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  • What Does Future Hold for Oil ETFs?

    12-30-2008 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The burst of a speculative bubble in crude oil has lead to diverse opinions on the commodity and the exchange traded funds (ETFs) that track it. A 73% decline in value from peak prices of $147 per barrel has enabled both the bears and bulls to come out in full force. The bear...

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  • 14 ETFs to Keep in Mind for 2009

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

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

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  • Midday Market Update: Middle East Conflict’s Impact on Oil ETFs

    12-29-2008 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Despite crude oil output cuts from OPEC and a growing conflict between Israel and Palestinian militants, oil prices and exchange traded funds (ETFs) are fluctuating, but ultimately flat so far today. So far, analysts were expecting light trading volume for the years' close an...

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  • Why Oil ETFs Could Be a Long-Term Play

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

    Oil, and the price per barrel, has slipped deeper into the abyss that is the United States recession, taking futures and exchange traded funds (ETFs) with it. Oil prices have dropped to levels not seen in several years, taking the countries that rely on this commodity down for th...

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  • Midday Market Update: How Auto Bailout Spares Markets and ETFs

    12-19-2008 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Billions are now slated to head to Detroit as of this morning, narrowly averting an even deeper economic crisis than the one that has already left the markets and exchange traded funds (ETFs) battered and wounded this year. President Bush will give $13.4 billion in emergency ...

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  • 2 Reasons Oil Cuts Can't Stem the Price Drop

    12-18-2008 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Despite OPEC's production cut yesterday, oil prices keep plummeting and oil-related exchange traded funds (ETFs) are reaching new lows. What's going on? One reason is skepticism that OPEC actually will cut production, based on how large it is and past history. These...

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  • Do Retail, Oil ETFs Reflect Plummeting Prices?

    12-16-2008 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    While consumer prices are falling at the fastest rate on record, it doesn't seem to be delivering an equal boost to retail exchange traded funds (ETFs). While some of the larger retail funds are up slightly in the last month, it's hardly reflective of the rapid drop in prices...

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  • Can Low Oil Prices Continue, and What Does It Mean for ETFs?

    12-12-2008 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The broken-down auto bailout plan in the United States has caused oil prices and the exchange traded funds (ETFs) that track them to drop to indicative numbers. The $14 billion plan fell through in the Senate and in response, oil fell under $45 per barrel, causing a need for O...

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  • The Bailout's Meaning for ETFs and Economy

    12-10-2008 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Rumors of a bailout deal between the White House and Democrats are spreading, and if the deal goes through, a crisis that could have further sent the economy and exchange traded funds (ETFs) into another downward spiral may have be averted. The deal is not official yet, however. ...

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  • Five ETFs to Keep An Eye On

    12-06-2008 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The last few months have been characterized by insane market volatility and rallies leaving many investors with upset stomachs and frustrated, however, there are some stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) that can be picked up at a discount. Simon Maierhofer of ETF Guide re...

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  • Oil Prices, ETFs Hit Low. Now What?

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

    As oil prices drop to their lowest levels in three years, with subsequent lows in oil exchange traded funds (ETFs), the masses may be rejoicing now. But the long-term prospects may not look so welcoming. Oil prices are floating just below $50 a barrel, nearly $100 per barr...

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  • Signs to Buy Oil ETFs

    12-01-2008 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    In a market where nobody seems to want to hold commodities, oil and its exchange traded funds (ETFs) have been hard hit by an brutal sell-off of oil futures. Last week, price of crude oil dipped below $50 a barrel since its record of US$147 a barrel in July, writes Billy Fishe...

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  • Consumers Love Low Oil, Gas Prices But ETFs Smarting

    11-24-2008 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Consumers are cheering at the pump, as gas prices are below $2 per gallon in some areas of the nation, leaving stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) sparse. Over the past two weeks prices in gas have come down 33 cents, with the average price of self-serve, unleaded gasoline...

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  • Oil, Employment In the Tank, Taking ETFs With Them

    11-20-2008 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Oil has fallen below $50 per barrel on Thursday as the global contraction has gone deeper and fuel demand has waned, causing stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) to plummet. The tattered financial markets have lowered confidence in the world economy and fuel demand has beco...

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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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  • Eurozone Recession Undermines Oil's Slip, ETFs

    11-14-2008 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    October was a record month for sagging retail sales, proving further that consumers are tightening up their wallets, and not adding to a domestic economic boost for Wall Street or exchange traded funds(ETFs). The decline in auto sales led the drop, but clothing and furniture was...

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  • Bad Assets Bum Out ETFs

    11-12-2008 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson announced the government will not buy bank's toxic mortgage assets after all, sending dismay to investors and Wall Street, which negatively affected exchange traded funds (ETFs). Much of Wall Street was excited about the prospect of having the ...

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  • China's Plan Stimulates Global, Oil ETFs

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

    The world's fourth-largest economy is delivering a shot to its own arm as a global slowdown continues to hurt its exchange traded funds (ETFs). China's ETFs were among the top performers in 2007, before they began a downhill slide earlier this year that has left them more than...

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  • Umemployment Rate Vibrates Through Economy, ETFs

    11-06-2008 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The amount of unemployed Americans is rising, and unemployment benefits are being drawn from at record highs, possibly leaving a scar for the economy in the long run and stressing out Wall Street and exchange traded funds (ETFs). The Labor Department reported Thursday that the...

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  • ETFs Give Sigh of Relief As Election Day Finally Arrives

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

    It's finally Election Day, and the markets and exchange traded funds (ETF) are hopping on investor optimism and eagerness to have the elections over with. The Dow Jones Industrial Average has surged by as much as 300 points at points as the markets brushed aside downbeat econo...

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  • ETF Investors Seem Cool to Positive Reports

    10-27-2008 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) are see-sawing this morning as investors weigh the economy in the wake of mixed news. New home sales in September posted a surprise increase of 2.7% while prices fall, reports Martin Crutsinger for the Associated Press. The median price ...

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  • Few Markets, ETFs Spared As Recession Fears Spread

    10-24-2008 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The morning's troubles began before even a single exchange traded fund (ETF) could trade: losses in Asia and Europe combined with fears of a deep global recession led to the Dow Jones Industrial Average's plunge 400 points at the opening. Major indexes across Europe lost big: ...

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  • Congress May Consider Stimulus for Economy, ETFs

    10-21-2008 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The idea of another economic stimulus bill is gaining traction, but what it will mean for the economy and exchange traded funds (ETFs) down the road is still a question market. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke suggested a second round, and President Bush seems open to the...

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  • Dow, ETFs Recover, But VIX Says This Isn't Over

    10-16-2008 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    It was an impressive finish for Wall Street and exchange traded funds (ETFs) after the way things were looking this morning. After falling 380 points at the open, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed more than 400 points higher. This was in defiance of several negative econ...

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  • Government Considers Plan B to Jump-Start Markets, ETFs

    10-13-2008 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The markets and exchange traded funds (ETFs) rocketed higher at the opening today on optimism over the government's latest plan to prop up the crumbling economy. Central banks around the world are opening their wallets to flood the system with liquidity, reports Michael M. Gry...

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  • Rate Cut Doesn't Spur ETFs or Ease Recession Fears

    10-08-2008 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The Federal Reserve met this morning to deliver a surprise half-point rate cut, but so far, recession fears still rule over exchange traded funds (ETFs). The cut is part of a coordinated global effort to make rate cuts, reports Glenn Somerville for Reuters. The European Centra...

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  • Federal Reserve Takes First Steps to Revive Markets, ETFs

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

    A plan to address the many issues our economy is having right now is taking shape, much to the liking of the markets and exchange traded funds (ETFs). The Federal Reserve has announced a plan to buy massive amounts of short-term debt after invoking Depression-era emergency pow...

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  • Twists and Turns In Banking Saga Impacts ETFs

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

    In a twist that could affect regional bank exchange traded funds (ETFs), Wachovia (WB) has agreed to be snatched up by Wells Fargo (WFC) in a $15.1 billion all-stock deal. But Citibank (C) is insisting that Wachovia abide by the terms of their deal, in which Citibank would buy...

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  • Retail ETFs Rose In August Despite Flat Spending

    09-29-2008 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Consumer spending became even weaker in August as back-to-school shopping failed to deliver a boost to the sector, even though retail exchange traded funds (ETFs) managed small gains for the month. Spending was the weakest it's been in six months as the boost from the economic...

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  • Reports: Rescue Plan for Economy, ETFs, Markets Is Near

    09-25-2008 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Lawmakers are working fast and furious to craft a rescue plan that will save the economy, our beat-up stock markets and exchange traded funds (ETFs) - at least, that's the hope. Reports are that a deal is close, but there is still haggling taking place over a few of the larger...

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  • Oil Price Jump Shows Inner Workings Of ETF

    09-23-2008 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The price of oil rose 15.7% yesterday, so why didn't the related exchange traded fund (ETF) shoot up accordingly? John Hyland, chief investment officer at the U.S. Commodity Fund, the firm behind the United States Oil Fund (USO), says that some commodity funds that deal in fut...

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  • Oil, ETFs Spike As Investors' Nerves Frayed By Fed's Plan

    09-22-2008 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Bailout anxiety today led to the biggest one-day spike in the price of oil as the dollar weakened and crude futures contracts expired. Oil jumped by $25 a barrel, which more than shattered the previous record one-day price jump of $10.75, reports the Associated Press. As a res...

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  • Oil Prices, ETFs Are Down; Gas Is Up on Ike's Approach

    09-11-2008 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) and the general markets are off slightly after the trade deficit rose to a 16-month high and oil continued to head south. Oil imports hit an all-time high this summer, which offset strong growth among exports, reports Martin Crutsinger for the Asso...

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  • ETFs Tumble After Pending Home Sales Fall, Lehman Solvency Questioned

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

    Wall Street and exchange traded funds (ETFs) took a step back early this morning after a few worrying developments. The stability of Lehman Brothers (LEH) came into question, sending their shares as much as 40% lower. Concerns arose over whether the fourth-largest investment b...

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  • Oil ETFs Are Up, Down, And All-Around The News

    09-08-2008 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Energy and oil are slippery topics right now, as analysts are trying to call a direction with natural disasters and economic factors to weigh in on the health of related exchange traded funds (ETFs). Hurricane Gustav threatened to be a major disruption in oil and gas productio...

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  • When It Comes to Taxes, Commodity ETFs Are a Different Breed

    08-22-2008 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Now that commodities have come down from their recent highs, are you tempted to go in on a market dip with a focused exchange traded fund (ETF)? Commodity ETFs are popular, no doubt, especially given the bull run they've had this year, garnering nearly $20 billion in net inflo...

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  • Contrarian Markets Can Be Tamed With ETFs

    08-20-2008 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    As seen in the exchange traded fund (ETF) market, the U.S. stock market seems to be defying traditional elements of savvy investing. Gary Gordon for ETF Expert points out that risk or risky investments are often associated with NASDAQ, tech, or small stocks. However, these ty...

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  • Oil and Gas ETFs Will Likely Continue to Fluctuate

    08-18-2008 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Oil and oil-related exchange traded funds (ETFs), like Jimmy Stewart in "Vertigo," look up. Then they look down. They look up. Then they look down. What's going on? Early this morning, the situation was no different. The price of a barrel crept back up to $115 on the threat of...

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  • When A Bear Is On The Loose, Don't Give Up On Your ETFs

    08-09-2008 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Many stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) have taken a mauling from the bear market, and commodities ETFs are doing their best to fight it off, but they may stumble just from sheer exhaustion. Financials were the first to be attacked, then U.S. companies that sold consumer ...

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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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  • Oil Prices Put Pinch on Consumers, ETFs in June

    08-04-2008 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Rising prices in June smacked down consumer spending and related exchange traded funds (ETFs). Spending, after adjusted for inflation, fell as shoppers were hit by the biggest price increases in nearly three decades. Those prices are reflected mostly by the big jump in gasolin...

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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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  • Some Wonder: Is Bubble Bursting for Oil, ETFs? Not So Fast...

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

    An 11.2% drop-off in oil prices last week, coupled with big one-week losses in some oil-related exchange traded funds (ETFs) has suddenly got analysts wondering if the bubble is bursting. We know consumers are eager to spend a little less on gas and other fuels, but is it real...

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  • Oil Price Volatility Index Tied to Options On Oil ETF

    07-16-2008 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Oil and related exchange traded funds (ETFs) have been volatile lately, so it stands to reason that there's now an index that allows investors to track just that: the price volatility. The Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) unveiled the Crude Oil Volatility Index (VIX) yest...

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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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  • Oil Manipulation Is Off The Table; ETFs Remain Successful

    07-11-2008 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The recent gush on high crude oil prices had many pondering if there was a conspiracy that was conspiring to send prices, shares and exchange traded funds (ETFs) off the charts. Speculators, in particular, were suspected of being the real market bogeyman. The head of the Commo...

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  • An ETF Trend-Following Plan For All Seasons

    07-09-2008 08:00 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 Trend Following and ETF Performance. It's hard to believe that the S&P 500 Index has been flatter than a pancake for the past nine years. It's had its u...

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  • Oil and ETFs Losing for Consecutive Days; Home Sales Slide

    07-08-2008 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    While one sector and its exchange traded funds (ETFs) continues to see more of the downside, another sector is falling after more than a year of seeing nothing but the upside. Real estate continued to take hits, with pending home sales sliding 4.7% in May, CNN Money reports. T...

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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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  • Looking for the ETF Silver Lining Amid the Clouds?

    06-30-2008 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    With the markets and exchange traded funds (ETFs) getting socked by near-daily bad news, you might be wondering how Pollyanna did it. Wasn't she exhausted? How can you stay optimistic when: Oil keeps hitting new records, past $143 a barrel this morning. U.S. automakers repor...

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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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  • ETFs for a Rainy Season

    06-17-2008 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Everybody knows that when it rains, it pours, and exchange traded funds (ETFs) are no exception. The uncertainty is pouring in all around us, with a looming presidential election, a Dow Jones industrial average that swings wildly from one day to the next and spiking commodi...

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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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  • Fathers, ETFs and Sports - What Could Be Better?

    06-15-2008 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Happy Father's Day to all you dads, who are anticipating a day of leisure while your exchange traded funds (ETFs) do the work. There isn't a sports-related ETF, but there are other ETFs that might be on the radar due to the Sunday line-up.  Perhaps PowerShares Dynamic Leisu...

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  • Trade Gap Widens on Surging Oil and ETFs Gain

    06-10-2008 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) are all mixed up this morning as the trade deficit rose to its highest point in more than a year, thanks to oil prices. The gap between what the nation imports and what it sells overseas rose by 7.8%, to $60.9 billion. It's the largest im...

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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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  • 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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  • Market Movements and Numbers Sending ETFs in Mixed Directions

    05-29-2008 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The revised first quarter GDP numbers are out, and the markets and certain exchange traded funds (ETFs) mostly seem to be reacting positively. The initial GDP numbers were up 0.6%, but the revised number is 0.9%, reports Tim Paradis for the Associated Press. The Labor Departm...

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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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  • Memorial Day, the Travel Season and Your ETFs

    05-26-2008 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    It's the unofficial start of summer, so what are your plans this Memorial Day? If you are focused on your investments and exchange traded funds (ETFs), you are probably within the minority. For those of you heading out on the road, consider where your money is going when you p...

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  • Oil, Gas ETFs Keep Ticking Up Along With Prices

    05-23-2008 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Unless you've been living in a cave, you know gas and oil prices are higher than ever and that one of the few ways to take the sting away (aside from hoofing it everywhere) is with exchange traded funds (ETFs). It's getting more expensive to fill up even a mid-sized vehicle,...

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  • Oil Prices, ETFs Resume Their Flight After Breather

    05-16-2008 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    One day, oil prices and related exchange traded funds (ETFs) are down, the next day, they soar again. Today is no exception: oil jumped more than $3 a barrel and set a new record: $127.82. Not only is the summer travel season impacting prices, but concerns over China's demand ...

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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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  • 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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  • It's Anybody's Guess Which Way Oil Will Go and Which ETFs Will Benefit

    05-08-2008 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    If you believe oil is in an increasingly fragile bubble that's fixin' to burst, there is an exchange traded funds (ETFs) out there for you. On Wednesday, oil nearly hit a record $124 a barrel, reports Madlen Read for the Associated Press. Just when it seems the prices couldn't ...

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  • Oil Prices, ETFs Rise On $200 Barrel Predictions

    05-06-2008 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Oil exchange traded funds (ETFs) rose higher after futures (yawn) hit yet another record. What else is new? Investors were snapping them up because Goldman Sachs predicted that oil prices rise to anywhere from $150 to $200 a barrel. The grim report sent futures past $122, but t...

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  • Energy ETFs Can Be Equal Parts Brutal and Rewarding

    05-06-2008 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Admit it - you're tempted to invest in some energy exchange traded funds (ETFs). After all, gas and oil are hitting record highs and rising. It's only natural that you would be, because investors tend to buy what they know. The United States, McDonald's, Disney, Target and so o...

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  • A View of ETFs In An Obama White House

    05-04-2008 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    If Barack Obama were to win the election for presidency this November, what would happen to the investment world, particularly exchange traded fund (ETF) investors? Awhile back, we talked about funds that could benefit in a McCain win, as well as an overall Democratic win. ...

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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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  • Your Rebate Check Could Stimulate ETFs

    04-28-2008 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Will exchange traded funds (ETFs) find the stimulus package stimulating? Tax rebates will start going out today, even earlier than reported, in the hopes that they will inject a shot in the arm into our stumbling economy. Since consumer spending is 70% of the economy, the h...

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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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  • Gas Tax Holiday Could Be Boon to ETFs

    04-21-2008 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    If a plan to eliminate the gas tax this summer goes through, what could it mean for exchange traded funds (ETFs)? Sen. John McCain proposed ditching the tax, which would shave 18 cents per gallon off the price of gasoline between Memorial Day and Labor Day. But not everyone is c...

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  • Oil Tops $111 for Three Days; Two Oil ETFs Terminate

    04-16-2008 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    It's "termination day" for a couple of oil exchange traded funds (ETFs). Last week, we reported that the MacroShares Oil Down (DCR) and MacroShares Oil Up (UCR) would terminate if the price of oil reached or passed the price of $111 for three straight days. We're he...

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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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  • Oil Has IYE ETF Slipping All Over The Place

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

    It seems like the skyrocketing cost of energy is getting more headlines than Britney Spears, and the related exchange traded funds (ETFs) can't seem to decide what they want to do about it. The iShares Dow Jones US Energy (IYE) has long benefited from the price of oil. But late...

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  • Oil Concern Eases, But Which Way It and ETFs Will Go, Nobody Knows

    03-28-2008 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The oil services exchange traded fund (ETF) pulled back slightly yesterday after rising for four consecutive sessions. Oil Service HOLDRs (OIH) finished the session down 0.6%. Earlier in the day, it had moved higher on concerns about the bombing of a major pipeline in Iraq. T...

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  • Markets Went Down Yesterday, But Oil and ETFs Went Their Own Way

    03-27-2008 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Yesterday, the Department of Energy reported flat inventories of crude oil, along with a large drawdown in gasoline, which led to a solid jump in related exchange traded funds (ETFs). The price of oil shot up to $106 with that news, reports Rob Wherry for Smart Money. Today, it...

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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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  • Are Oil Prices and ETFs On a Slippery Slope?

    03-17-2008 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The price of oil took a step back on Monday, causing its related exchange traded funds (ETFs) to head south along with it. John Wilen for the Associated Press reports that oil dropped $4.17 to $106.04 a barrel after hitting a high of $111.80. The price of diesel fuel rose to a n...

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  • Ugly Prices for Gold and the Dollar Are Pretty for ETFs

    03-13-2008 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold-related exchange traded funds (ETFs) were higher in intraday trading as gold futures seemed to be trying out for high jumping in the Olympics. April futures reached a record $1,001.50 an ounce, continuing its steady climb that's been going on since 2001, reports Allen Syko...

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  • Even In These Markets, You Can Still Find ETF Movers and Shakers

    03-12-2008 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Yesterday, the markets delivered outstanding performance and some exchange traded funds (ETFs) finished up in the double digits. But one good day doesn't mean we're out of the slump yet. It's still time to take a defensive stance with your portfolio and make sure you've got tha...

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  • Investors Go Bearish On Oil and Snap Up Puts on ETF

    03-12-2008 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Investors are feeling bearish on oil and are snapping up puts on the related exchange traded funds (ETFs) as a result. Apparently, investors believe that yesterday's record $108.75 a barrel is the top, reports Reuters. Boy, we hope they're right. In the United States Oil Fund (...

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  • Oil ETF Isn't Necessarily Raking In the Assets As Prices Rise

    03-11-2008 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    One would think with the ever-rising cost of a barrel of oil, the related exchange traded funds (ETFs) would be hitting new heights, too. But one would be wrong. This isn't to say the funds are doing poorly, exactly, but they're hardly soaring in tune with the prices. For exampl...

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  • Commodities ETFs Could Make for a Delicious Portfolio Recipe

    03-11-2008 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    When you think of your exchange traded fund (ETF) portfolio as a recipe that calls for various ingredients, things can take on a new meaning. To give a recipe a twist, sometimes there's the "secret ingredient." With ETFs, commodities are it. They have a low-to-negativ...

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  • Sorting Out Oil ETFs; What To Buy With Oil North of $100 a Barrel

    03-07-2008 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The worst-performing oil exchange traded fund (ETF) might be tops when distributions are factored in. Hard Assets Investor for Seeking Alpha took a look at oil-focused ETFs and ETNs and noticed that the PowerShares DB Oil Fund (DBO) underperformed competing funds, as well as spo...

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  • Get In The Commodities Super Cycle With ETFs

    03-06-2008 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The commodity super-cycle is in full force, and exchange traded funds (ETFs) can help you enter the market smoothly. In 2007, gold prices were up 36.6%, crude oil prices surged 70.8%, and agriculture commodities such as corn, wheat and soybeans posted their own records. Sean...

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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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  • ETFs Reap Rewards of Continuing Oil Price Records

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

    Oil came within inches of the $104 mark, pushing exchange traded funds (ETFs) that hold oil futures and companies to new heights. If you were crying at the pump this morning, you weren't alone. The rising price of oil is pushing up prices at gas stations, too: the average pri...

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  • Oil Briefly Tops $103, Markets and ETFs Drop

    02-29-2008 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The price of oil briefly surpassed $103 overnight, sending stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) all over the place. Suddenly, $100 a barrel is looking like a real bargain. The price jump retreated, but many analysts believe that oil is set to rise above $103.76 - the infla...

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  • Oil-Related ETFs Pumped Up By Record Prices

    02-28-2008 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Crude futures are breathing down the neck of an all-time high, giving oil-service stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) some upward momentum. Oil's surge owes much to the weakness in the U.S. dollar and worries over a new supply outage in Nigeria, which is Africa's largest p...

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  • Financial News Has Domino Effect on Markets and ETFs

    02-27-2008 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Wall Street hardly waited for its coffee to kick in before a slew of news began sending stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) this way and that in a series of chain reactions. The dollar weakened to $1.50 against the euro, setting yet another record and crossing what's cons...

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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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  • Bad Economic News Doesn't Dampen Oil and Energy ETFs

    02-26-2008 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    There's one sector and its exchange traded funds (ETFs) that doesn't appear to be cracking under the weight of U.S. economic worries: oil. Futures went back above $100 a barrel today, once again setting a record high, reports Adam Schreck for the Associated Press. The fact th...

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  • High Oil Prices Are Great for ETFs, Not For Consumer

    02-25-2008 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The recent triple-digit crude oil prices have impacted a certain type of exchange traded fund (ETF) and has pleased many investors. Rob Wherry for Smart Money explains that a new breed of investor is buying ETFs that follow the price movements of crude oil, or ones that own ...

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  • Oil Settles Above $100 a Barrel. Which ETFs Are the Best Hedge?

    02-19-2008 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The price of oil hit a new record, and investors might be wondering which oil-focused exchange traded funds (ETFs) they should be looking at: oil services, oil companies or oil futures? Brian Baskin for the Wall Street Journal says crude oil futures settled at $100.01. Just b...

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  • Oil Service ETF Slips on Recession Fears

    02-06-2008 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Oil service stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) slipped Tuesday after recession fears deepened. Yesterday's report showing a slowdown in the service sector ignited fears of a definite economic slowdown in the U.S. The Institute for Supply Management reported that the index...

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  • Oil Futures Top $90; Oil ETF Follows Accordingly

    01-25-2008 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The price of oil and related exchange traded funds (ETFs) is on the climb again. Today, futures jumped back over the $90 line, based on the view that recession fears might have been overblown. Energy investors seem to be feeling good about the recent action taken by Congress an...

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  • Title of 'Worst' ETF is Up for Debate

    01-10-2008 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Uh-oh. There appears to be some fallout over a story about the worst exchange traded funds (ETFs) of 2007. Jeffrey Ptak of Morningstar took a look at his picks for the worst performers, singling out a few funds that were victims of bad timing, launched as certain sectors were...

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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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  • Oil Tops $100 a Barrel and Gives a Lift to ETFs

    01-02-2008 09:58 AM by Tom Lydon

    It's finally happened: oil reached a record $100 a barrel, sending exchange traded funds (ETFs) for the commodity upward, as well. That old law of supply and demand is what's driving the high prices. The Associated Press reports that demand has particularly been driven by ...

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  • Energy Bill's Reach Could Go Beyond Related ETFs

    12-20-2007 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    President Bush's signing of an energy bill will have implications beyond our fuel consumption and oil-related exchange traded funds (ETFs). The law calls for an increase in vehicle fuel efficiency standards, more use of biofuels, such as ethanol, and more energy-efficient ho...

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  • Take the Sting Out of Rising Energy Prices with ETFs

    12-17-2007 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Do you cry whenever you fill up your car? Do you cringe as you slide the letter opener through your gas bill and wonder what the damage is this month? Buck up -- it doesn't have to be this way, you know: you can easily hedge rising energy prices with exchange traded funds (ETFs)...

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  • Here We Go Again With Oil Prices and ETFs

    12-14-2007 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Depending on who you're listening to, oil demand is either going to go up or down; and these conflicting reports are sending oil prices and exchange traded funds (ETFs) that track the commodity going back and forth like a lie detector test. John Wilen of the Associated Press say...

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  • ETF Tackles Oil Spot Price Instead of Futures - Will It Work?

    12-13-2007 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Victoria Bay Asset Management is betting that an exchange traded fund (ETF) that tracks the spot price of oil instead of futures might be the way to go. That's why they've launched their third ETF, the United States 12 Month Oil Fund (USL). It began trading on Wednesday. Matthe...

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  • Getting Exposure With Commodity ETFs

    12-11-2007 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Commodities exchange traded funds (ETFs) are being recognized by investors as the convenient way to get exposure to these necessities. Before ETFs, one had to open an account just for trading commodities, and then they had to make a decision as to which one. Now, ETFs offer a va...

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  • Oil Prices Go to Infinity and Beyond, and ETFs Follow Behind Them

    11-23-2007 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Skyrocketing oil prices might hurt the pocketbook, but they could certainly be a boon for exchange traded funds (ETFs). The price of oil is tip-toeing around $100 a barrel, and shares of some oil companies are rising right alongside it. The milestone might be staved off for no...

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  • Playing With Oil Through ETFs

    11-15-2007 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    There are now five different exchange traded funds (ETFs) or products that track oil. Investors are plenty bullish about oil right now so is it a good time to start shorting it? Lawrence Carrel for TheStreet.com remarks that oil is almost at $100 a barrel and the price of crude...

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  • Oil Hits $98 - Affects Energy And Commodity Related ETFs

    11-07-2007 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Commodity and oil-related exchange traded funds (ETFs) should get a boost today as oil rose to a new record of $98 a barrel in Tuesday trading. Concern about declining supplies and OPEC's lack of motivation to increase production is the latest issue according to the AP. Bombings...

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  • Commodities ETFs and Markets Lower as Everyone Awaits Fed's Decision

    10-30-2007 11:10 AM by Tom Lydon

    Commodities-related exchange traded funds (ETFs) and the markets in general are lower so far today as both gold and crude-oil futures consolidated after their recent strong gains. Crude oil for December delivery traded down, amid fading concerns about production disruption in ...

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  • High Oil Prices Help Oil Services and Equipment ETFs

    10-30-2007 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    As oil prices hit new highs, oil-related exchange traded funds (ETFs) benefit. Besides the  obvious futures-based oil ETFs United States Oil (USO) and iPath S&P GSCI Crude Oil Total Return Index ETN (OIL) another ETF that is happy to see oil prices climbing is the iShar...

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  • Gold and Oil ETFs Hit Record Highs

    10-28-2007 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold futures exchange traded funds (ETFs) closed at their highest level in nearly 28 years on Friday, as gains in the metal were fueled by record-high crude prices as well as the tumbling of the dollar to a new all-time low against the euro. Gold for December delivery rallied $1...

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  • Oil Closes at New High Above $90; Oil ETFs Jump Up

    10-25-2007 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Oil exchange traded funds (ETFs) are up as oil futures settled at a new record of $90.46 a barrel on news that OPEC production increases aren't coming as fast as expected. Also pushing up oil futures is the fact that the cartel won't announce new output quotas when it meets next...

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  • Oil ETFs Start to Trickle Down

    10-23-2007 03:12 PM by Tom Lydon

    Oil-related exchange traded funds have been down recently as the price of oil fell more than $1 today. It retreated further from record highs set last week in response to concerns about the health of the U.S. economy and further indications OPEC has already substantially raise...

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  • Oil ETFs Overflow with Joy as Oil Prices Approach $90 a Barrel

    10-17-2007 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Oil exchange traded funds (ETFs) rose as oil prices soared to a new record of $89 a barrel today after Turkey's parliament authorized an incursion into northern Iraq in search of Kurdish rebels. Traders are worried that any escalation in the conflict between the Kurds and Turkey...

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  • Oil ETFs Rise as Oil Prices Hit Record $86

    10-15-2007 03:30 PM by Tom Lydon

    As oil prices rose to $86.13 a barrel today for the first time, oil-related exchange traded funds (ETFs) increased as well. Oil prices were supported by concerns Turkish forces will pursue Kurdish rebels into Iraq, disrupting oil supplies, reports John Wilen for the Associated P...

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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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  • Portfolio Inflation Protection with ETFs

    10-01-2007 11:01 AM by Tom Lydon

    How will the Federal Reserve's recent rate cut affect exchange traded funds (ETFs) in the near future? In general, the stock market has fared well recently; however, many analysts believe the rate cut will temporarily add cash to the economy to fuel companies' flexibility to r...

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  • ETFs and the Falling Dollar

    09-27-2007 10:50 AM by Tom Lydon

    No matter how "American" you live your life, the declining dollar will have some affect on your daily purchases and investments, including exchange traded funds (ETFs). This week, the  dollar dropped to another all-time low against the euro and hit multi-year lows...

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  • The Relationship Between the Dollar and Oil ETFs

    09-19-2007 02:55 PM by Tom Lydon

    As the dollar declines, we know a few types of exchange traded funds (ETFs) benefit: commodities, foreign currencies, gold and oil. Even with the Federal Reserve's rate cut, the dollar ended yesterday down half a percentage point at a record low, says James Picerno for The Capit...

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  • An ETF Connection

    09-14-2007 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Have you noticed a possible correlation to the slowing of the economy and the rise of commodity and exchange traded funds (ETFs)? It's an interesting point that Dave Fry for ETF Digest makes, and as we dig a little deeper, seems to have some validity. Gold and futures-based oi...

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  • Oil Hits $80 a Barrel; Oil ETFs on Fire

    09-12-2007 01:49 PM by Tom Lydon

    Futures-based oil exchange traded funds (ETFs) United States Oil (USO) and PowerShares DB Oil (DBO) are up on the news that crude oil stockpiles fell more than analysts had expected, worries about OPEC supplies and a tropical storm brewing in the U.S. Gulf. In fact, USO rose to ...

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  • Natural Resources and Commodities ETFs on the Rise

    09-04-2007 11:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Natural resources and commodities exchange traded funds (ETFs) have been showing strong recoveries since the market low on Aug. 15. Below are a few examples: Market Vectors Steel ETF (SLX)SLX is up the most at 16.7%. Although this ETF has fluctuated greatly, it's still a top pe...

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  • Will the Future Sparkle with Diamond Futures and ETFs?

    08-22-2007 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    If diamond expert/broker Martin Rapaport had his way, diamond exchange traded funds (ETFs) would be available now. However, his goal has a way to go before that happens. Rapaport's first mission is to make diamonds investable, like gold or other precious metals. When Rapaport n...

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  • 10 ETFs That Have Dropped During the Recent Market Decline

    08-17-2007 10:32 AM by Tom Lydon

    As of market close yesterday, the S&P was 9.1% off its recent high, but some exchange traded funds (ETFs) have given back two or three times as much. Having an exit strategy helps protect investors from going down with ETFs when they plummet. Below are some ETFs that have lo...

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  • Storms Could Affect Energy ETFs

    08-15-2007 12:40 PM by Tom Lydon

    Energy futures exchange traded funds (ETFs) are a flurry of activity today. Investors' increased trade activity comes from the concern that Tropical Storm Dean could hit and damage the Gulf of Mexico, which has many oil and gas installations, according to John Wilen for the Asso...

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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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  • July ETF Performance

    07-31-2007 02:56 PM by Tom Lydon

    What a month it's been for exchange traded funds (ETFs)! Most ETFs reached new highs by mid-month only to fall as much as 10% off those high. Large-cap ETFs outperformed mid- and small-caps and small-caps dipped below their trend lines. Asian and emerging market ETFs outperform...

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  • Could the ETF Contango Dance be Over?

    07-23-2007 12:44 PM by Tom Lydon

    Finally, there seems to be light at the end of the tunnel for oil exchange traded funds (ETFs) caught in the recent contango mess. Take for example, the iShares S&P GSCI Commodity Index (GSG) and the United States Oil Fund (USO). Both have had varied performance because of c...

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  • Oil ETF Making a Comeback

    07-18-2007 05:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Although the exchange traded fund (ETF) U.S. Oil Fund (USO) has been down most of the year, it's climbing back up as the price of oil continues to rise. USO invests in oil futures and is up 7.8% year-to-date. However, USO has received criticism because it hasn't reflected the pr...

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  • Equipment and Service ETFs Beat ETFs Priced to Barrel of Oil

    06-02-2007 01:37 PM by Tom Lydon

    Historically, the best stocks show huge price and volume strength and feature fundamental growth along with a leading spot in the marketplace, which is also true for exchange traded funds(ETFs). The Oil and Gas Machinery/Equipment groups run-up began in 2004 after recovering fro...

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  • Oil ETFs and Contango Issues

    04-25-2007 01:18 PM by Tom Lydon

    Industry observers have raised questions over the pricing and performance of exchange traded fund (ETF) -like instruments designed to give investors exposure to crude oil. John Spence for MarketWatch.com reports United States Oil Fund (USO) is a commodity pool whose objective is...

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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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  • Commodity ETFs Add Shine

    12-16-2006 01:49 AM by Tom Lydon

    Commodity exchange traded funds (ETFs) are making some portfolios shine. Gold, silver and oil have had successful histories and unique cycles. The streetTracks Gold Shares Fund (GLD) was the first ETF to track a commodity and it has been golden, reports Zoe Van Schyndel of the M...

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  • Commodities An ETF Option

    11-22-2006 08:33 AM by Tom Lydon

      Interest in commodities exchange traded funds (ETFs) are stealthily on the rise. Guy Lerner of The Street.com shows us three ways to get exposure to commodities. The most well-rounded way is with the PowerShares DB Commodity Index Tracking Fund (DBC).This exchange traded f...

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  • Telecom ETFs Ringing Higher

    10-27-2006 08:33 AM by Tom Lydon

    One area that has been moving lately is the telecommunication sector.  There are several exchange traded funds (ETFs) that cover this sector.  Forbes looks at Vanguard Telecom Services (VOX).  The ETF holds companies that include communication services through fix...

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  • Oil ETF (USO) - What's Behind the ETF

    09-19-2006 01:33 AM by Tom Lydon

    Chuck Jaffe of Market Watch reviews the exchange traded fund, United States Oil Fund (USO) and calls it the "Stupid Investment of the Week".  Although oil prices have been dropping over the last month, Jaffe points out other problems he sees in USO. USO is the fi...

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  • More ETFs to Focus on Fixed Income

    08-30-2006 07:47 AM by Tom Lydon

    Mutual fund firm Ameristock Funds has filed to launch five fixed income exchange traded funds.  The ETFs will be based on Ryan indexes and follow one-, two-, five- 10- and 20-year Treasuries.  Barclays is the only other ETF provider offering fixed income ETFs and they ...

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  • Oil ETF (USO) as Oil Aproaches $70 a Barrel

    04-13-2006 01:21 AM by Tom Lydon

    Political turmoil in Iran and Nigeria along with news of a drop in the gasoline inventory, has helped keep oil and gas prices up.  Oil is trading in the $68 - $70/barrel range and the average price for gasoline is $2.695/gallon.  On Monday, the first oil exchange trade...

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  • Oil ETF (USO) -Will It Really Launch Monday?

    04-10-2006 01:02 AM by Tom Lydon

    Brad Foss (AP) points out that the new Oil ETf (USO) is aimed at those pining to profit from the multiyear surge in oil prices is distressing energy and stock-market experts because of the allure and risks it presents to average investors. The United States Oil Fund, an exc...

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  • New ETF Tracks Crude Oil Prices

    03-28-2006 09:21 AM by Tom Lydon

    Next Monday, a new exchange traded fund will launch on the American Stock Exchange.  The ETF will track crude oil prices, allow individual investors the opportunity to bet on the commodity and trade under the symbol USO.  There is still one last OK needed from the SEC ...

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