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  • Financials, Industrials Help U.S. Market ETFs Maintain Momentum

    01-10-2017 01:47 PM by Max Chen

    U.S. equities and stock exchange traded funds bounced higher Tuesday as financials and industrials took charge. The S&P 500 Index, along with related funds including the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: SPY), iShares Core S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: IVV) and Vanguard 500 Ind...

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  • Increased Spending Could Boost Industrial ETFs in 2017

    01-03-2017 10:43 AM by Tom Lydon

    The Industrial Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLI) surged 20% last year, underscoring the strength of cyclical sectors, but that does not mean XLI and rival industrial exchange traded funds are limited heading into 2017. The opposite may be true. Potential catalysts for aerospa...

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  • An ETF to Play Warren Buffett's Endorsement on Airlines

    12-15-2016 03:14 PM by Max Chen

    Prominent value investor Warren Buffett has taken a stake in the airline industry, and investors can also gain diversified exposure to the industry through a sector-specific exchange traded fund. On the recent webcast (available on-demand for CE Credit), Why Buffett Changed Hi...

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  • An Industrial ETF That Can Soar Some More

    12-05-2016 10:29 AM by Tom Lydon

    The Industrial Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLI) is up 20% year-to-date, making it one of 2016's best-performing non-leveraged sector ETFs. While XLI's charts indicate the ETF recently broke out, technical analysts believe more upside is coming for the largest industrial ETF....

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  • November Was a Huge Month for U.S. Stock ETFs

    12-01-2016 05:24 PM by Tom Lydon

    After diving into bonds in a year of rising uncertainty, exchange traded fund investors finally shifted gears and turned to riskier stocks over November on increasing bets that President-elect Donald Trump could fuel economic growth. Small-capitalization stock ETFs were a ...

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  • When to Use Sector ETF Investing (and What's Inside Matters)

    11-25-2016 11:00 AM by Todd Rosenbluth

    Using ETFs, investors are able to tactically over- and underweight sectors based on changing fundamentals, appealing valuations and shifting seasonality. A recently released survey conducted by SSGA, the third largest overall ETF provider but a leader in sector focused product...

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  • Post-Election Scramble: Where ETF Investors Sprinted To

    11-15-2016 04:32 PM by Max Chen

    As the markets quickly digested a Donald Trump victory, investors funneled billions into U.S. stock exchange traded funds. Alongside the usual S&P 500 plays like the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: SPY), investors also focused on small-cap stocks over the past week. ...

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  • Industrial ETF Sector Benefiting From The Trump Upset

    11-10-2016 10:43 AM by Tom Lydon

    Count industrial stocks and ETFs among the groups getting a post-election bump in the wake of Republican Donald Trump's shocking defeat of Democratic challenger Hillary Clinton. One important ETF that rallied Wednesday was the Industrial Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLI). ...

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  • Siding With Cyclical ETFs Such as Industrials and Technology

    11-07-2016 10:58 AM by Tom Lydon

    Cyclical sectors historically perform well in the fourth quarter and that could be especially true this year as the Federal Reserve could possibly raise interest rates, a move that could benefit cyclical groups such as industrials and technology. Data suggest investors hav...

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  • Emerging Market ETF Investments Were a Big Theme in August

    09-01-2016 05:43 PM by Tom Lydon

    In a month marked by flat U.S. markets, with thin and narrow trading, exchange traded fund investors sought out areas of higher return, targeting emerging market assets over August. Among the most popular ETF trades, the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: EEM) and Va...

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  • A Sector Rotation ETF Strategy Targeting Attractive Opportunities

    09-01-2016 03:12 PM by Max Chen

    When implementing a sector rotation strategy, different people may use varying guidelines to achieve their goals. Investors, though, may also utilize an exchange traded fund that does the work for them. For instance, the the actively managed SPDR SSGA Global Allocation ETF (NY...

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  • Industrial Intelligence: Industrial ETFs Could Rally Some More

    08-22-2016 12:45 PM by Tom Lydon

    The industrial sector is the sixth-largest sector weight in the S&P 500. The group and its related exchange traded funds (ETFs) have been solid though not spectacular performers this year. Within the broader industrial sector, transportation stocks have also been solid. Ju...

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  • Contrarian ETF Plays to Go Against the Grain

    05-18-2016 05:09 PM by Max Chen

    In anticipation of the summer doldrums, many have increased cash positions to sit out potential volatility ahead. However, increasing negative sentiment may signal contrarian opportunities for some areas of the market and exchange traded funds. A Bank of America Merrill Lynch ...

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  • 19 Industrial ETFs to Become a Titan

    05-13-2016 11:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    The industrial sector is the sixth-largest sector weight in the S&P 500. The group and its related exchange traded funds (ETFs) have been solid though not spectacular performers this year. Within the broader industrial sector, transportation stocks have also been solid. Ac...

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  • ETF TMI: Global ETF Assets Hit $3.137 Trillion; Equities Fight Back

    05-09-2016 01:03 PM by Brenton Garen

    Got a case of TMI (Too Much Information)? ETF Trends takes a condensed look at latest happenings Global ETF/ETP Assets Hit Record $3.137 Trillion High Assets invested in exchange traded funds (ETFs) and exchange traded products (ETPs) listed globally reached a new record high U...

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  • Transportation ETFs Rev Up Despite Industry Issues

    05-05-2016 08:55 AM by Brenton Garen

    Industrial stocks have been solid performers this year. As measured by the Industrial Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLI), the largest industrial exchange traded fund (ETF), the group is up more than 4% year-to-date. Within the broader industrial sector, transportation stocks have...

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  • Sector ETFs to Watch in This Earnings Season

    04-04-2016 03:15 PM by Max Chen

    The so-called earnings recession may have extended over the first quarter. Nevertheless, exchange traded fund investors may still find opportunities in some sectors that continue to grow. Capital IQ aggregate first quarter 2016 S&P 500 earnings-per-share are estimated to b...

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  • Sector ETFs for a Weaker Dollar Outlook

    04-01-2016 03:07 PM by Max Chen

    After the U.S. dollar experienced one of its worst quarters in six years, the weaker greenback may help boost some areas of the market and sector-specific exchange traded funds. "The biggest beneficiaries of all of this are going to be the industrials, who are very export sens...

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  • As Junk Bonds Rebound, Look to These ETFs

    03-04-2016 02:30 PM by Tom Lydon

    Strengthened speculative-grade debt may continue to support junk bond-relatedETFs If fixed-income market follows historical trends, junk bonds may continue to rally over the next few weeks Financials are the best performing sector when junk bond ETFs rise, according to Ken...

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  • How ETFs May React to a Tech Rebound

    02-19-2016 04:27 PM by Tom Lydon

    The market sell-off has dragged on growth stocks. With the Nasdaq recovering, some sector exchange traded funds may surprise investors. While a rebound in growth stocks may cause investors to turn back to the PowerShares QQQ (NasdaqGM: QQQ), which tracks the tech heavy Nasdaq-...

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  • Market Sectors, ETFs That Still Look Strong

    02-11-2016 03:05 PM by Tom Lydon

    The earnings season has been disappointing and weighed on investor confidence through one of the worst starts to a new year. Nevertheless, there are some areas that may pull through the malaise, with decent growth propping up the sector-related exchange traded funds. Aggregate...

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  • A Sector ETF Taking an Indirect Hit from Low Oil

    01-27-2016 03:45 PM by Tom Lydon

    The sell-off in the oil markets has weighed on capital spending from the energy sector as producers hold off on new projects, pressuring U.S. industrial companies and sector-related exchange traded funds. Over the past year, the Industrial Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLI) de...

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  • Major ETF Trends of 2015

    12-29-2015 06:30 PM by Tom Lydon

    After a Federal Reserve-induced multi-year rally in equities, exchange traded fund investors pulled out of U.S. stocks and shifted into international markets where people may still find more attractive valuations. For instance, the WisdomTree Europe Hedged Equity Fund (NYSEArc...

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  • Don't Expect Much From This Sector ETF in 2016

    12-24-2015 09:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The Industrial Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLI) is down just 2.2% year-to-date, but that is good for one of the more middling performances among the sector SPDR exchange traded funds. XLI's 2015 also is not enough to get some analysts excited about what next year will bring for...

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  • Best and Worst Sector ETFs for December

    12-01-2015 02:30 PM by Tom Lydon

    The month of December has been one of the strongest periods of the year for equities, and some areas of market and sector-related exchange traded funds may stand out during the Santa Claus rally. Over the past month, the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: SPY), iShares Core S&...

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  • Not-So-Great Expectations for Industrial ETFs

    11-20-2015 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The Industrial Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLI) is down just 1.6% year-to-date, but that is good for one of the more middling performances among the sector SPDR exchange traded funds. With the U.S. dollar gaining strength, it is becoming harder to get excited about the industri...

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  • Sector ETFs Sensitive to Rising Rates

    11-11-2015 05:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    If the Federal Reserve moves toward interest rate normalization in December, some market segments and sector exchange traded funds could underperform during the rising rate environment. Erin Gibbs of S&P Investment Advisory Services is singling out the industrial and mater...

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  • 3 ETF Sectors Whose Earnings Could Spell Trouble This Week

    11-02-2015 02:30 PM by Remzi Gokmen

    October's rally was supported by surprising earnings-beats from across a few sectors.The exchange traded funds that track broader market segments and individual sectors enjoyed last month more than any other in recent memory but that may all get zapped away with a few troubled se...

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  • Caterpillar Bulldozing Industrial ETFs

    09-24-2015 02:37 PM by Tom Lydon

    Industrial Bellweather Caterpillar (NYSE: CAT) is dragging down the industry and sector-related exchange traded funds after revealing some belt-tightening measures and a weaker outlook in light of the depressed commodities markets. Caterpillar plunged as much as 7.9% Thursday....

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  • Do Not Blame China For Your Missed Opportunity To Reduce Risk

    08-26-2015 01:15 PM by Gary Gordon

    Some are crediting me with calling the 6-day mini-crash. On the contrary. When I wrote 15 Warning Signs Of A Market Top on August 18, the intent was to discuss micro-economic (corporate), macro-economic, fundamental and technical reasons for reducing ones overall allocation to ri...

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  • Theres Still Time To Lower Your Exposure To Riskier ETFs

    08-12-2015 03:30 PM by Gary Gordon

    A fair number of commenters, callers and perma-bulls were relatively tough on me in May when I suggested a strategic decision to raise cash levels. They were even tougher on me when I mentioned the possibility of picking up safer havens like intermediate treasuries via iShares 7-...

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  • Lingering Issues For Industrial ETFs

    08-06-2015 09:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Year-to-date, the Industrial Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLI) is the third-worst performer among the nine select sector SPDRs. Only the Utilities Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLU) and the Energy Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLE) have been worse. XLI has been stymied on mul...

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  • Ominous Signs for Industrial ETFs

    07-28-2015 09:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Saddled with a year-to-date loss of almost 7%, the Industrial Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLI) is the third-worst performer among the nine select sector SPDRs. Only the Utilities Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLU) and the Energy Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLE) have been wors...

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  • Industrial ETFs Look for Catalysts

    07-09-2015 10:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    It has been a rough year for industrial sector exchange traded funds. The Industrial Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLI) is off 5.5% year-to-date. Among the nine sector SPDRs, only the Utilities Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLU) and the Energy Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLE) h...

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  • Traders Growing Bearish on Consumer Staples Sector, ETF

    06-11-2015 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    While the markets are rebounding, a heavily shorted consumer staples sector exchange traded fund may continue to fall behind. The Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLP) was up 1.0% Wednesday. The defensive staples sector was among the worst performing areas of the...

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  • The Worst Performing Sector ETFs of June

    06-02-2015 09:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The equities market is headed into its worst month of the year, and exchange traded fund investors should take particular care with financial sector stocks. According to MKM Partners market technician Jonathan Krinsky, over the past decade, June has been the worst month of the...

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  • Customize Market Exposure with Sector ETFs

    05-14-2015 03:13 PM by Tom Lydon

    Investors can capitalize on a shifting market and changing business cycles through sector-specific exchange traded fund plays. On the recent webcast, Strategizing with Sectors, Jared Rowley, Research Strategist for State Street Global Advisors, pointed out that different secto...

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  • Sector ETFs to Capture Cyclical Trends

    04-17-2015 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Long-term exchange traded fund investors should take the time to evaluate market conditions to tap into potential opportunities and diminish rising risks. "To build a better equity portfolio, it pays to think cyclically, and to revisit sector investing," write Archan Basu, sen...

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  • Industrial ETFs Stumble on Stronger USD, Low Oil

    04-16-2015 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    A strong U.S. dollar and the decline in capital expenditure due to low oil prices could pressure the industrial sector and related exchange traded funds ahead. Year-to-date, the Industrial Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLI) was up 0.3%, Vanguard Industrials ETF (NYSEArca: VIS)...

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  • Some ETFs Like GEs Plan to Slash Financial Services Exposure

    04-10-2015 11:53 AM by Todd Shriber

    Shares of Dow component General Electric (NYSE: GE) are up 7.5% Friday to trade at the highest levels since late 2013 after the company said it is leaving the lending business to focus on industrial efforts, including manufacturing aircraft engines and parts, railroad locomotives...

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  • Sector ETF Ideas for April

    04-01-2015 09:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    Even with Wednesdays tumble, the S&P 500 was able to notch a first-quarter gain of about half a percent, extending its run of consecutive positive quarters to nine. April is here and with the arrival of the fourth month of the year comes the arrival of the last month in th...

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  • High-Beta Stock ETFs' Time to Shine

    02-12-2015 10:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Cyclical stocks and sector-related exchange traded funds are pushing ahead while safer, low-beta areas begin to fall behind. For instance, the Technology Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLK) rose 4.4%, Industrial Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLI) increased 3.3% and Materials Se...

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  • More Fee Cuts on State Street ETFs

    02-06-2015 12:30 PM by Todd Shriber

    State Streets (NYSE: STT) State Street Global Advisors (SSgA) unit, the third-largest U.S. issuer of exchange traded funds, delivered some good news for investors in popular sector ETFs, such as the Energy Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLE) and the Health Care Select Sector SPDR ...

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  • Industrial ETFs Could Still Bank on Investments, Capital Spending

    02-02-2015 08:20 AM by Tom Lydon

    Many feared that the low energy prices would have a wide effect on U.S. industries and industrial sector-related exchange traded funds, but concerns may have been overblown. The Industrial Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLI) has dipped 2.0% year-to-date, while the SPDR S&P ...

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  • Industrials, Materials ETFs Show Diverging Relative Strength

    12-30-2014 09:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded fund traders who are picking and choosing their overweight market exposures may want to stick to industrials and avoid materials. The Industrial Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLI) has held onto a long standing up-trend since the late 2011 lows, writes Julius de...

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  • Industrial ETFs Could Also Slip On Oil

    12-26-2014 11:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Industrial-sector exchange traded funds may take an indirect hit from the depressed oil prices as energy producers are forced to cut back on planned projects and spending for manufactured goods. For instance, the Industrial Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLI) holds large indust...

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  • Sector ETFs: Monitor Your Stock Exposure

    12-16-2014 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    When overweighting a specific sector, exchange traded fund investors should monitor their underlying holdings or risk becoming overexposed to a single company stock. Most ETFs try to reflect the performance of an underlying index, and many benchmarks are market capitalization-...

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  • A Bleak Outlook for Energy, Industrial ETFs

    12-11-2014 07:15 AM by Tom Lydon

    The U.S. equities are expected to strengthen next year, but energy and industrial sector-related exchange traded funds could trail the broader markets. The Energy Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLE) has already fallen behind the S&P 500, declining 8.3% year-to-date, compare...

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  • Industrial ETFs Could Get Year-End Dividend Love

    12-01-2014 01:36 PM by Todd Shriber

    The industrial sector, the fifth-largest sector weight in the S&P 500, could deliver some dividend growth to investors before the end of 2014, providing a potential lift to industrial and dividend exchange traded funds. Three of the of the largest industrial companies, Dow...

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  • Industrial ETFs Defying The Odds

    11-25-2014 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Despite calls that a strengthening dollar and a decline in oil prices would hurt the industrials sector, industrial-related exchange traded funds have been outperforming the broader market over the past month. The Industrial Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLI) is up 8.3% over t...

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  • The Best Sector ETFs for November

    11-03-2014 08:20 AM by Tom Lydon

    October, often the most volatile month of the year for stocks, delivered volatility as expected, but when all was said and done, the S&P 500 finished the tenth month of the year higher by nearly 3.8%. It was not a bad month for the two sector SPDR exchange traded funds tha...

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  • Steady Guidance Helps Brace Industrial ETFs

    10-22-2014 10:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Large, multi-national industrial companies have issued positive forward guidance, potentially lifting the industrial sector exchange traded fund outlook for this quarter. Over the past week, the Industrial Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLI) has increased 4.2%, Vanguard Industr...

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  • Sector ETFs Hoping for Dollar Reversion

    09-26-2014 10:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    The U.S. dollar has been shining bright in recent months. A 6.6% third-quarter gain for the PowerShares DB US Dollar Index Bullish Fund (NYSEArca: UUP), the U.S. Dollar Index tracking ETF, confirms as much. On a downbeat note, periods of shine for the dollar can remove some of...

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  • State Street Pushing for More Sector, Industry ETF Dominance

    09-22-2014 10:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    Although there has been ample talk of the tussle between State Streets (NYSE: STT) State Street Global Advisors unit and Vanguard to be the second-largest U.S. ETF sponsor, a spot for now retained by SSgA, proper treatment of that battle cannot ignore some advantages held by SSgA...

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  • Winning: Sector ETFs for Rising Rates

    09-10-2014 10:30 AM by Todd Shriber

    With 10-year Treasury yields down 16% this year, the specter of higher interest rates may not be on every investors mind, but failure to prepare is preparing to fail. That said, investors can prepare for rising rates right by, at the very least, studying which sectors prove du...

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  • Industrial ETFs Search for Lost Momentum

    08-26-2014 07:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    U.S. stocks are hitting all-time highs, but conspicuous by its absence from the recent rally is the industrial sector. On Monday, nearly 30 sector exchange traded funds hit new all-time highs, running the gamut of financial services to health care to technology and several oth...

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  • Prognosis for Industrial ETFs Grows Grim

    08-06-2014 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Already fragile industrial stocks and exchange traded funds continue to flash less-than-encouraging signals. Over the past week, the Dow Jones Industrial Average is off more than 3% with some of the blue chip indexs marquee industrial names among the worst offenders. Major ind...

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  • State Street: ETFs Add $17B in Assets in July

    08-05-2014 12:30 PM by Tom Lydon

    Despite a rocky month for U.S. stocks, investors poured $17 billion into exchange traded funds last month, though that is well off the pace of roughly $25 billion seen in June. Market prognosticators will likely point to the brewing escalation in the Ukraine, ongoing tensions ...

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  • Sector ETFs Swell in Size as Investors Get Tactical

    07-29-2014 01:43 PM by Todd Shriber

    Broad market exchange traded funds, such as the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: SPY) and the Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF (NYSEArca: VTI), are good for just that: Broad market exposure. However, inflows to sector and industry ETFs suggest advisors and investors are increasi...

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  • Industrial ETFs Not Looking too Sturdy

    07-28-2014 11:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Although investors have been favoring late-cycle, value sectors for much of 2014, the industrial sector has been surprisingly weak. While not in the red, the Industrial Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLI) is the second-worst of the nine sector SPDR ETFs on a year-to-date basis....

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  • Where ETF Cash Flowed in the First Half

    07-08-2014 09:30 AM by Todd Shriber

    Helped by a strong showing in June, inflows to U.S. exchange traded funds totaled $74 billion in the first half of this year with a third, or $26 billion, of that total coming in last month. Combined assets under management at U.S.-listed exchange traded products, including ET...

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  • Cyclical Sector ETFs for an Improving Economy

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

    After a string of better-than-expected economic data, investors are rotating back into cyclical sector stocks and related exchange traded funds. The jobs report is clearly a sign of continued and accelerating strength of the economy, Jeff Korzenik, Chicago-based chief investme...

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  • Smart-Beta ETF Approach to a Reinforced Industrial Sector

    07-02-2014 08:15 AM by Tom Lydon

    New orders climbed to the highest this year, revealing a robust manufacturing sector. With the added momentum in the industrials space, investors can consider smart-beta exchange traded fund options to capture returns. The Institute for Supply Management's manufacturing index ...

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  • Industrial ETFs Feast on Value Binge

    06-12-2014 07:30 AM by Todd Shriber

    Momentum stocks and exchange traded funds are bouncing back from their March/April doldrums, but that has not put a damper on the rotation to value sectors. Industrials prove as much. In just the past week, the iShares U.S. Industrials ETF (NYSEArca: IYJ) has hauled in $666.3 ...

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  • Rising Factory Orders Support Industrials ETF Recovery

    04-25-2014 07:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    With a broad-based increase in orders on American manufactured goods, industrial sector stocks and related exchange traded funds could begin to rebound in the second quarter. Bookings for durable goods, products meant to last at least three years, rose 2.6% in March, the large...

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  • Industrial ETFs Again Catching Investors Attention

    04-07-2014 01:03 PM by Todd Shriber

    As momentum stocks from biotechnology to Internet to social media stumble, investors are committing capital to old line industrial stocks and exchange traded funds, a sector that is seen as 180 degrees removed from previously sexy biotech and social media. Entering Mondays tra...

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  • Two ETF Sector Bets for April

    04-01-2014 08:15 AM by Todd Shriber

    April is here and with the arrival of the fourth month of the year comes the opportunity for new seasonal ideas with exchange traded funds. While seasonal ideas have proven rewarding in the past, investors should remember that seasonality, be it for sector ETFs, commodities fu...

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  • State Street's Stealthy Slash of Sector ETF Fees

    02-11-2014 02:38 PM by Todd Shriber

    In what may qualify as the quietest exchange traded funds fee reduction in recent memory, State Streets (NYSE: STT) State Street Global Advisors (SSgA) unit lowered the expense ratios on its nine sector SPDR ETFs to 0.16% per year from 0.18%. SSgA, the second-largest U.S. ETF ...

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  • Extended EM Decline Will Harm These Non-EM ETFs

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

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

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  • Aerospace ETF Showdown: So Good, Its Hard to Go Wrong

    01-15-2014 01:52 PM by Todd Shriber

    Twenty-seven of the 30 stocks in the Dow Jones Industrial Average are higher Wednesday. Stocks with aerospace exposure, including Boeing (NYSE: BA) and General Electric (NYSE: GE), are contributing to the blue chip indexs upside, a familiar theme over the past year. And while ...

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  • Sector ETFs to Consider as Earnings Season Looms

    01-08-2014 06:30 AM by Todd Shriber

    Fourth-quarter earnings season kicks-off Thursday when former Dow component Alcoa (NYSE: AA) delivers results after the close of U.S. markets. While the fourth-quarter reports and guidance offered by companies have the potential to be exciting, investors may not want to hold t...

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  • Cyclical Sectors Could Lead Again in 2014

    01-06-2014 07:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    The 2013 gains generated by the Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLY) and the Industrial Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLI) should leave little doubt that cyclical stocks were in style last year. XLY and XLI returned 42.7% and 40.5%, respectively, in 2013 m...

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  • Two Sector ETFs That Should Work in January

    01-03-2014 09:30 AM by Todd Shriber

    With January finally here, fans of seasonal trends have plenty of options to choose from, particularly among sector exchange traded funds. Stocks got off to an inauspicious start to 2014 on Thursday when all three major indices lost at least 0.8%. That could be taken as a sign...

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  • Industrial ETFs Race Into 2014

    01-02-2014 08:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    Some exchange traded funds, gold-related fare being prime examples, cannot wait for 2013 to end. Others will be looking to keep momentum established in 2013 going in the new year. Industrial ETFs were on a roll in the latter half of 2013 with the Industrial Select Sector SPDR ...

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  • Meet and Greet: 2013s Best Industrial ETF

    12-29-2013 07:30 AM by Todd Shriber

    Speculation of a cyclical rotation was confirmed this year with industrial sector exchange traded funds proving to be a stomping ground of sorts for investors looking to bet on an improving U.S. economy. The Vanguard Industrials ETF (NYSEArca: VIS) is up more than 41% this yea...

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  • A Look Back at Our 2013 ETF Predictions

    12-27-2013 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    It is end-of-the-year scorecard review and reflection time. Including paid dividends, the S&P 500is up more than 31% this and has raced to a series of record highs. In other words, 2013 was very kind to the bulls, but that does not mean anyone batted 1.000. Early this year...

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  • Fed Forces Correlations Higher

    12-10-2013 02:05 PM by Todd Shriber

    One knock, as overused and inaccurate as it may be, on exchange traded funds is that these instruments have led to increased equity market correlations. Some market observers point to falling correlations as signs of a health market rally and the long-term sector correlation a...

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  • November ETF Flows Ebb, But Still Solid

    12-02-2013 11:58 AM by Tom Lydon

    Global exchange traded products saw November inflows of $15.8 billion, well below the $32.9 billion seen in October. Speculation that the Federal Reserve could taper its quantitative easing program sooner than some market participants would like to see tempered inflows last month...

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  • Health Care SPDR Moves Into Third Place for Sector ETF Heft

    12-02-2013 09:30 AM by Todd Shriber

    It has happened. The Health Care Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLV) has usurped the Energy Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLE) for the title of third-largest U.S. sector ETF. In early November, ETF Trends called attention to the scenario, noting on Nov. 4 that XLE was home to a...

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  • Tudor Investments Buys Two ETFs, Dumps Three Others

    11-15-2013 01:47 PM by Tom Lydon

    Tudor Investment Corp., Paul Tudor Joness $13 billion hedge fund, purchased stakes in two major exchange traded funds during the third quarter a regulatory filing shows. The hedge fund also liquidated stakes in a pair of sector ETFs. Tudor Investment significantly increased it...

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  • These Charts Illustrate Sector ETF Strength

    11-14-2013 08:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    The S&P 500 (^GSPC) hit another record high on Wednesday, the 34th this year. Market history buffs will enjoy this nugget: The S&P 500 has hit 1,020 new closing highs since 1928, according to S&P Capital IQs senior index analyst Howard Silverblatt. If there is caus...

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  • S&P Capital IQ Raises S&P 500 Target; Likes These Sectors

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

    S&P Capital IQs Investment Policy Committee has boosted its 12-month price target on the S&P 500 (^GSPC) to 1,895 from 1,845, implying 7% upside from the Nov. 6 close. Our asset allocation remains unchanged, with a recommended overweighting of equities, and a cyclical ...

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  • Industrial ETFs: November Strong

    10-31-2013 03:19 PM by Tom Lydon

    Year-to-date, the Industrial Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLI) is the third-best performer among the nine sector SPDR ETFs trailing only the consumer discretionary and health care equivalents. A simple turn of the calendar could position XLI to end the year as the best SPDR. ...

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  • Industrial, Tech ETFs See Strong October Inflows

    10-31-2013 02:30 PM by Todd Shriber

    Exchange traded funds inflows data for the month of October highlights that investors love stocks and their preference continues to lean toward higher-beta sectors. Investors have been pumping huge sums into equities in October. Although global equity funds have only about one...

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  • Slideshow Comparison of Major Sector ETFs

    10-25-2013 03:14 PM by Tom Lydon

    One of the biggest news items in the exchange trade products business this week was the debut of 10 sector ETFs from financial services giant Fidelity. And part of the big story there is that Fidelity is now the low-cost leader when it comes to sector ETFs. Not only can Fideli...

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  • Know Your ETF Holdings Before You Commit

    10-09-2013 02:52 PM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds provide investors with broad market exposure, but investors should still look under the hood or risk finding unwelcome surprises. For instance, theTechnology Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLK) is up 10% this year, whereas the First Trust DJ Internet Index...

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  • Cyclical Sector ETFs Can Perform in a Rising Rate Environment

    06-12-2013 05:40 PM by Tom Lydon

    The equities market is pulling back on speculation of the eventual Fed "tapering." However, the withdrawal from quantitative easing will go hand-in-hand with an improving economy, and Schwab analysts say cyclical sectors, along with related exchange traded funds, should behave "q...

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  • Cyclical Sector Shifts Could Put Industrial ETFs in the Lead

    05-13-2013 09:04 AM by Tom Lydon

    Defensive sectors had been leading the rally in 2013 but the winds changed in recent weeks. If the shift to cyclical sectors continues, manufacturing and industrials exchange traded funds could move into high gear. Currently, the Industrial Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLI) h...

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  • Industrial, Transportation ETFs Get Upgrades from S&P

    12-14-2012 10:45 AM by Tom Lydon

    The industrial sector has been upgraded from "Marketweight" to "Overweight" by S&P Capital IQ. Factors supporting an investment in related sector exchange traded funds include improved global GDP anticipated in 2013 along with economic stability in China verified by positive ...

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  • These ETFs May Rally if Fiscal Cliff Deal is Reached

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

    New money continues to flow into U.S. equity exchange traded funds during the final month of 2012. With the impending fiscal cliff less than one month away, investors are prepared to put more capital into certain sectors should a deal be reached. "With the outcomes of the US e...

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  • Stock ETF Investors Could Win No Matter Who is President

    11-06-2012 04:19 PM by Tom Lydon

    While both Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama claim the other will drag the U.S. economy down, stocks and exchange traded funds will likely continue to expand as the markets gain momentum. Consumer spending is rising, employment numbers are improving, home prices are recov...

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  • ETF Spotlight: Industrial Sector

    10-12-2012 02:30 PM by Tom Lydon

    The industrial sector has declined in response to several dull manufacturing reports last month and dim prospects for emerging markets growth. The Industrial Select Sector SPDR Fund (NYSEArca: XLI) is a proxy for the U.S. industrial sector and despite the slowdown, S&P Capita...

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  • ETF Buying Patterns Highlight Safety Trade

    05-31-2012 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Over the past year, fixed income exchange traded funds have gathered about $53 billion, an indication that most investors have lost faith in the equity market. However, there are reasons to stick to the right allocation of stocks and bonds despite the fear factor. "In the ETF ...

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  • ETF Chart of the Day: Industrials Sector

    04-18-2012 10:17 AM by Paul Weisbruch, Street One Financial

    Industrials have logged a solid week thus far, with SPDR Industrials (NYSEArca: XLI) rising nearly 2% and closing at $37.03 a share on Tuesday, just a shade under its 50 day moving average. We have seen notable inflows as well in XLI, with more than $350 million entering the f...

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  • State Street Lowers Expenses on Sector ETFs

    02-02-2012 03:37 PM by Tom Lydon

    As the exchange traded fund industry continues to expand and attract more assets, fund providers have been able to lower expenses, often undercutting the competition. State Street Global Advisors recently lowered its fees by 1 basis point on all its sector ETFs in what appears to...

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  • AdvisorShares Launches Active ETF

    01-17-2012 03:45 PM by Tom Lydon

    AdvisorShares, an exchange traded fund provider of actively managed strategies, recently launched a long/short, fund-of-funds ETF that tries to provide investors with stable and consistent returns. The AdvisorShares Rockledge SectorSam ETF (NYSEArca: SSAM) began trading last w...

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  • Industrial ETFs Outperforming in Early 2012

    01-16-2012 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    When constructing a well-diversified portfolio, exchange traded fund investors should consider including various sectors to enhance their market exposure. For instance, the industrial sector may provide individuals with exposure to strong earnings growth, according to S&P ana...

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  • ETF Spotlight: AdvisorShares Active Bear (HDGE)

    08-25-2011 12:37 PM by Tom Lydon

    ETF Spotlight on AdvisorShares Active Bear ETF (NYSEArca: HDGE), part of an ongoing series. Assets: $64.6 million. Objective: The Active Bear ETF is an actively managed fund that tries to reflect the inverse performance of domestically traded equity securities through short...

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  • ETF Analyst: I See Death Crosses

    08-12-2011 01:44 PM by John Spence

    Technical analysts are warning about impending death crosses in the major stock averages, even though this bearish signal gave a false alarm last summer when it actually marked the bottom in equity exchange traded funds for 2010. A death cross is nearing on the S&P 500, a ...

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  • Leadership Shift in Sector ETFs

    08-11-2011 04:41 PM by Michael A. Gayed CFA

    A couple months ago I started noticing significant distortions between and among sectors and various asset classes. As a result, in early June I started penning articles warning that a stock crash was in the cards this summer. [Summer Crash of 2011?] Make no mistake -- we h...

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  • Industrial ETFs Fall After Weak Manufacturing Data

    08-01-2011 09:48 AM by John Spence

    An early rally in exchange traded funds that track the industrial sector fizzled Monday after a manufacturing index came in much weaker than expected. The ETFs bounced at Monday's open on enthusiasm over the U.S. debt deal after selling off hard last week. However, it fell int...

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  • Industrials ETFs in Focus on Caterpillar, GE Earnings

    07-22-2011 07:59 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds following the industrial sector got mixed results from two key holdings on Friday: Caterpillar (NYSE: CAT) and General Electric (NYSE: GE). Caterpillar shares slipped nearly 7% in premarket trading after the company reported second-quarter profit of $1.52...

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  • Industrials ETFs Turn Lower Before GE, Caterpillar Results

    07-19-2011 09:10 AM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds tracking the industrial sector have pulled back sharply ahead of quarterly earnings from bellwethers General Electric (NYSE: GE), Caterpillar (NYSE: CAT) and United Technologies (NYSE: UTX) expected later this week. The stocks are the top three holdings i...

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  • Durable Goods, Industrial ETFs in Focus

    05-25-2011 07:44 AM by Tom Lydon

    The April report on durable goods orders will be in the spotlight Wednesday as the release is a measure for the health of overall economic activity. Industrial sector exchange traded funds could move on the news, as this report is also a measure of business investment. April d...

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  • Deere Earnings Drive Agribusiness and Industrial ETFs

    05-18-2011 09:12 AM by Tom Lydon

    Quarterly earnings Wednesday from Deere (NYSE: DE) were set to influence exchange traded funds that invest in agribusiness and industrial stocks. ETFs such as the $4 billion Market Vectors Agribusiness (NYSEArca: MOO), which holds 8% in Deere, could see weakness after the quar...

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  • Stock ETFs End Flat on Economic News

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

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

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  • Traders See Downside in Industrial Sector ETFs

    04-25-2011 07:12 AM by John Spence

    Options traders have been using industrial exchange traded funds (ETFs) to bet against the sector following quarterly earnings from bellwether and Dow component General Electric (NYSE: GE). Street One Financial analysts in a note said they saw put activity in Industrial Select...

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  • General Electric Weighs on Dow, Industrial ETFs

    04-21-2011 11:20 AM by John Spence

    Shares of General Electric (NYSE: GE) weighed on industrial-sector exchange traded funds (ETFs) on Thursday even though the companys earnings beat expectations and the firm again boosted its dividend. GE shares were down more than 2% in afternoon trading Thursday following the...

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  • Jobless Claims Leave ETFs Flat

    03-31-2011 07:42 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) are mixed Thursday after the government reported jobless claims totaled 388,000 last week, leaving investors on the fence ahead of Fridays payrolls data. U.S. initial jobless claims fell last week for the third straight week, the government said T...

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  • Jobless Claims Spark ETFs

    03-24-2011 08:19 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) are posting gains on Thursday after economic data showed a decline in jobless claims last week and an unexpected 0.9% drop in durable-goods orders in February. Also drawing investors' attention were oil, the price of which topped $106 a barrel and the...

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  • ETFs Drift Lower After Jobs Report

    03-04-2011 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    ETFs are flat on Friday after the government reported the addition of 192,000 jobs in February and a decline in the unemployment rate to 8.9%, an almost two-year low. Employers hired more workers in February than in any month since May last year and the unemployment rate fell...

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  • ETFs Move On Jobless Claims, Productivity Gains

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

    ETFs are showing strong gains Thursday after jobless claims unexpectedly fell to an almost three-year low, signaling an improving labor market. The number of people requesting unemployment benefits last week plunged to a nearly three-year low, bolstering the likelihood that c...

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  • ETFs React to Inflation, Jobs Data

    02-17-2011 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    At the open, exchange traded funds (ETFs) were mostly flat after economic data had both the cost of living and the count of weekly filings for unemployment benefits rising more than anticipated. U.S. core consumer prices rose at their quickest pace in more than a year in Janu...

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  • Mubarak Steps Down and Egypt ETF Surges

    02-11-2011 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    President Hosni Mubarak finally announced that he would step down this morning, sending Egyptians into wild cheers and sending the Egypt exchange traded fund (ETF) surging. Mubarak has ceded all power to the Egyptian military and left Cairo, sending tens of thousands of prote...

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  • Consumers Upbeat (ETFs) Amid Mixed Economic News

    12-23-2010 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    ETFs are somewhat restrained Thursday after a batch of mixed economic reports led to a flat opening for Wall Street Thursday. Confidence among consumers rose in December to its highest level since June, on improved job prospects and larger discounts from retailers, a survey r...

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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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  • Europe's Industrial Numbers Give ETFs a Lift

    06-14-2010 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Strong industrial numbers coming from Europe gave investors the comfort they needed to come out and invest, giving stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) an early-morning boost. Industrial companies that have strong overseas exposure are getting a lift this morning on reports th...

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  • Industrial ETFs Rise On Trade Deficit Data

    05-14-2010 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Sometimes, a rising trade deficit is a good thing, and in March the U.S. economy hit a 15-month trade deficit high. That may be one reason why investors pushed stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) up over 1 percent in Wednesdays trading. Typically, a large trade deficit is ...

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  • Euro and ETFs Slump as Greek Uprising Intensifies

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

    Public workers in Greece marched on Parliament in protest of their government's bailout-for-austerity deal with the European Union (EU) and International Monetary Fund (IMF) as the euro exchange traded fund (ETF) sank to a one-year low. Worries that the bailout deal and aid pa...

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  • 5 ETFs to Play the Recovering U.S. Economy

    04-30-2010 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The signs are all there. U.S. GDP in the first quarter rose, the joblessness situation is slowly improving, consumers are coming out to spend more and homebuilders are feeling more bullish than they have in awhile. That just leaves one thing: which exchange traded funds (ETFs) wi...

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  • Industrial ETFs Gaining on Sales to Emerging Markets

    04-29-2010 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Emerging economies are developing at a prodigious rate, and they are demanding more goods as a result. The strong demand for industrial goods has helped U.S. manufacturers produce better-than-expected earnings results and some are even raising profit forecasts. The idea that e...

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  • The Top ETFs to Play Growing Industrial Activity

    04-15-2010 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The United States is going to report industrial numbers this morning, and the early sentiment is positive. The world is powered on strong industrial production, and with exchange traded funds (ETFs), you can get in and reap the benefits as they come. What will the numbers br...

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  • Industrial ETFs: Hot and Getting Hotter

    04-06-2010 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Industries that bear the bruises of the recession are best positioned to perform when a recovery emerges. That's why exchange traded funds (ETFs) that focus on industrial businesses may be worth some exploring. Industrials - a sector that includes farm equipment, railroads, he...

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  • Manufacturing Numbers Have ETF Ripple Effect

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

    It's the first day of the rest of the quarter, and so far it's going well. The markets and exchange traded funds (ETFs) have surged ahead on good manufacturing data and weekly unemployment figures. Ahead of tomorrow's Labor Department report, a government report showed the cl...

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  • Domestic ETFs: The Outlook in 2010

    01-26-2010 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Domestic equity exchange traded funds (ETFs) have been off to a lackluster start so far this year, but we're only a few weeks into 2010. What's the outlook for the other 49 weeks to come? This year looks like a good year for more merger & acquisition transactions and corpo...

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  • Midday Market Update: ETFs Get a Lift From Economic Reports

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

    Positive news from both the real estate and manufacturing sectors had the combined effect of sending the markets and exchange traded funds (ETFs) higher. Will it make last week all but a distant memory? September pending home sales jumped 6.1% as homebuyers rushed to take adv...

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  • Midday Market Update: Markets Flat Despite Positive Earnings

    07-17-2009 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Better-than-expected second quarter earnings from the financial and technology sectors somehow can't keep stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) afloat in morning trading. Bank of America (BAC) and Citigroup (C) are the latest financial giants to report earnings and beat Wa...

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  • Midday Market Update: Weak Job Report Puts the Brakes on Wall Street

    07-02-2009 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    U.S. stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) retreated in morning trading on a weak jobs report, which underscored that the economy is still very much struggling. The Labor Department reported that employers cut a 467,000 jobs in June, a larger-than expected number, sending t...

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  • 10 Dividend-Yielding ETFs

    05-08-2009 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Dividend-paying stocks are an investor favorite, and many of the dividend focused exchange traded funds (ETFs) give investors better coverage with less risk than found in single stocks. Some of the dividend-focused ETFs are so diversified that they could stand in as core hold...

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  • Who's Dragging Down the S&P and Its ETF?

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

    On Monday, the S&P 500 broke through its November lows, giving the broad index a bad two-month start for 2009, and many, including exchange traded fund (ETF) investors, say there are 10 companies that led the index down to despair. Kate Gibson for Yahoo Finance explains th...

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  • How Industrial ETFs Could Win With Obama

    01-05-2009 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Obama's plan is unveiling itself slowly and the latest news on tax cuts have many optimistic and hoping that the anticipated tax cuts could boost spending and help related exchange traded funds(ETFs). American citizens and a number of sectors are salivating at the opportunities s...

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  • Midday Market Update: Bad News Can't Dampen World Optimism

    01-02-2009 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    A slew of domestic and international manufacturing reports came out today, underscording the depth of the slowdown and how it has impacted exchange traded funds (ETFs) in particular. Everywhere, from Australia and Asia to Europe and the United States, the drop in manufacturin...

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  • How Emerging Market Pain Slows Industrial ETFs

    12-23-2008 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Employment within mining and construction equipment making will be hit hard, as weakening global demand has forced companies in this sector to downsize, further weakening related investments such as exchange traded funds (ETFs). Caterpillar Inc. (CAT) reported they are cutting...

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  • We're In a Recession. Now What?

    12-01-2008 10:15 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded fund (ETF) and other investors won't like this: the National Bureau of Economic Research confirmed today that the United States entered a recession one year ago. Most Americans have already believed this about the economy, but it's still unwelcome news. Declari...

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  • Manufacturing Contracts, Has ETFs Fluctuating

    11-03-2008 11:08 AM by Tom Lydon

    Stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) are back-and-forth following a weak manufacturing reading this morning. The Institute for Supply Management said that its index fell to 38.9, the lowest reading in 26 years, says Ellen Simon for the Associated Press. Any reading below 50 ...

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  • Surprise Factory Order Drop Hurts Industrial ETFs

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

    A sharper-than-expected drop in factory activity had markets and exchange traded funds (ETFs) sinking lower this morning. The Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank said business activity unexpectedly fell to -37.5 in October, from 3.8 in September, reports Ellis Mnyandu for Reuter...

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  • Shift to Internet Advertising Could Be Hurting Media ETFs

    09-26-2008 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    There seem to be few sectors and exchange traded funds (ETFs) that have managed to remain immune from the economic downturn. The latest is your local NBC affiliate. NBC Universal CEO Jeff Zucker says the downturn has had a "profound" effect on local television stations, but th...

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  • Caterpillar's Earnings Give an Assist to Industrials ETFs

    07-22-2008 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    It's a win-win-win for the global building boom, Caterpillar and exchange traded funds (ETFs) that hold the heavy-equipment manufacturer. Caterpillar's (CAT) second-quarter profit jumped 34%, handily dusting expectations, reports Daniel Lovering for the Associated Press. Much ...

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