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XLKTicker Symbol

SPDR Technology Select Sector Fund ETFFund



  • Change -0.37 (-0.9%)
  • Volume 11.84 M

4:00 PM EDT Apr 29, 2016
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  • Assets $12,527.3M
  • Expense Ratio 0.14%
  • Yield 1.91%
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US Equity ETF

Technology Select Sector SPDR Fund is an exchange-traded fund incorporated in the USA. The ETF tracks the performance of The Technology Select Sector Index. The ETF holds large and mid-cap technology stocks. Its largest investment allocation is in the United States. The ETF weights the holdings using a market capitalization methodology.

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  • A Word of Caution on Big Tech ETFs

    12-30-2015 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The Technology Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLK) is up 6.1% year-to-date, good for one of the better performances among the nine sector SPDR exchange traded funds. A big part of the solid performances turned in by XLK and rival technology ETFs this year is attributable to the so...

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  • The Trend That Defined November's ETF Flows

    12-04-2015 05:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    U.S.-listed exchange traded funds continued to attract billions of dollars in November as low-cost passive strategies enticed investors in a volatile market. Erik Oja, S&P Capital IQ equity analyst covering asset managers, argues that long-term trend away from active funds...

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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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  • Gift-Wrapped Rally? A Look At Tech ETFs

    11-05-2015 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The Technology Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLK) is up 7.1% year-to-date, good for one of the better performances among the nine sector SPDR exchange traded funds and encouraging enough for some market observers to see more upside ahead for technology stocks. However, the tec...

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  • The Warning Signs of Equal-Weight ETFs

    11-04-2015 12:00 PM by Gary Gordon

    I watch more football than I should. It may have something to do with the ability to see any game or any highlight on DirecTV in real time. Or perhaps there are few parenting responsibilities with my 19-year old daughter attending college 60 miles south of our Orange County home....

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  • The ETFs With Risk/Reward Ratios That Have Bulls Drooling

    10-30-2015 07:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Technology exchange traded funds have been in the spotlight this week following Apple's (NasdaqGS: AAPL) fiscal fourth-quarter earnings report on Tuesday. As usual, Apple's earnings highlighted Apple-heavy ETFs including the Technology Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLK) and the V...

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  • Tech ETFs Gaining Momentum as Apple Readies Earnings

    10-27-2015 02:27 PM by Tom Lydon

    Technology stocks and sector-related exchange traded funds are gaining momentum, with observers waiting on Apple (NasdaqGS: AAPL) earnings to potentially push the Nasdaq above its dotcom-era highs. The PowerShares QQQ (NasdaqGM: QQQ), which tracks the Nasdaq-100, gained 9.7% o...

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  • Is The October Stock ETFs' Rally A Red Herring?

    10-27-2015 10:20 AM by Tom Lydon

    U.S. equities and stock exchange traded funds have made a huge rally this month after the recent bout of volatility. However, ETF investors may have to pare expectations going toward the end of the year. The S&P 500 Index and SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: SPY) gained 8.1...

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  • Internet ETFs Brace For Netflix Trouble

    10-15-2015 02:40 PM by Tom Lydon

    Netflix (NasdaqGS: NFLX) shares plunged on disappointing subscriber additions Thursday, dragging on internet sector-related exchange traded funds. Netflix revealed that third-quarter profits fell 50% year-over-year due to worse-than-expected streaming growth in the U.S., with ...

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  • Why Tech ETF Owners Should Watch Dell Closely

    10-13-2015 02:15 PM by Remzi Gokmen

    Investors woke up to headlines on Monday of the largest takeover in the tech industries storied history. Private computer giant Dell shelled out $67 billion to acquire data storage company EMC Corp, in a move that drew attention more for its size than its motivation. Exchange tra...

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  • Can Tech ETFs Win The 4th Quarter Again?

    10-02-2015 03:54 PM by Tom Lydon

    U.S. equities have typically enjoyed a good run during the fourth quarter the year, with technology stocks and sector-related exchange traded funds usually taking the lead. Sam Stovall, U.S. equity strategist at S&P Capital IQ, calculated that since 1990, the S&P 500 i...

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  • How S&P Sector ETFs React To A Strong USD

    10-01-2015 05:29 PM by Tom Lydon

    With the U.S. dollar strengthening and the Federal Reserve looking at tightening its monetary policy, the various U.S. market sectors and related exchange traded funds could behave differently in a strong USD environment. The Trade Weighted U.S. Dollar Index has increased 15% ...

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  • How Apple's New Products Could Affect ETFs

    09-14-2015 09:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Last week, Apple (NasdaqGS: AAPL) introduced several new products, but investors' initial reaction was far from enthusiastic. However, as Apple has proven time and again to its investors and investors that own exchange traded funds heavy on the stock, many of the company's new pr...

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  • Where We Go From Here; A Little Guidance from State Street

    08-31-2015 05:21 PM by Tom Lydon

    Based on the recent bout of volatility last week, State Street reached out to advisors to help explain what happened in the market and exchange traded funds. Via conference call, David Mazza, Head of Research for SPDR ETFs and SSGA Funds, led a discussion on what occurred last...

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  • Frugal Consumers Could Keep Discretionary ETFs From Breaking Out

    07-23-2015 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    U.S. growth has been fueled by debt-driven consumption. However, consumers have trimmed down debt, potentially diminishing the outlook for consumer discretionary sector-related exchange traded funds. Year-to-date, the Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLY) r...

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  • Apple Teaches Another Lesson in ETF Weighting

    07-23-2015 08:20 AM by Todd Shriber

    Shares of Apple (NasdaqGS: AAPL) are fell 4.3% Wednesday and at one point during the session, the iPhone maker was lighter by $60 billion in market value after the company "disappointed" Wall Street by saying fiscal third-quarter profit rose "slightly" to $10.7 billion from $7.74...

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  • Ahead of Earnings, Some Apple ETFs see Outflows

    07-20-2015 03:10 PM by Todd Shriber

    Apple (NasdaqGS: AAPL), the world's largest company by market value, is slated to report fiscal third-quarter earnings after the close of U.S. markets Thursday with analysts forecasting a record $29.9 billion in iPhone sales. Analysts are expecting California-based Apple to po...

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  • Time for Some Tech With a Favored ETF

    06-24-2015 08:20 AM by Todd Shriber

    None of the nine sector SPDR exchange traded funds can hold a candle to the nearly 12% returned by the Health Care Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLV), but the Technology Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLK) has climbed an admirable 4.7. With many of XLK's marquee holdings listed...

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  • Corporate Tax Reform Could Boost Tech ETFs

    06-04-2015 02:18 PM by Tom Lydon

    Technology sector exchange traded fund investors will want to monitor Capitol Hill as Congress scrutinizes tax reforms that includes changes to the government's repatriation policy. "Investors are likely to know by the end of June whether comprehensive tax reform with repatria...

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  • Stock ETF Investors May Be Getting Cold Feet After Record Run

    05-20-2015 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    As the equities market marches toward new highs, investors have been trimming their U.S. stock exchange traded fund exposure. For instance, over the past week, the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: SPY) has lost $639.2 million in assets, according to According to Ban...

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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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  • Cyclical Sector ETFs for a Growing Economy

    05-13-2015 07:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    After a lackluster first quarter, the U.S. economy could pick up steam, and investors can capitalize on the faster growth through cyclical stocks and sector-related exchange traded funds. "As earnings move slowly higher, the market should generally rise in that direction," Dav...

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  • Getting Strategic With Sector ETFs

    05-12-2015 03:13 PM by Todd Shriber

    Advisors and investors have an expanding array of sector exchange traded funds to use to express tactical views. As advisors look ahead, they may consider using sectors in a diversified portfolio as they offer the right balance of capitalizing on potential opportunities and av...

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  • In the Tech Space, Internet ETFs Are Getting Pricey

    05-11-2015 03:34 PM by Max Chen

    Growth stocks tend to fly high, but Internet stocks and sector-related exchange traded funds may be trading at dangerously overvalued levels relative to the broader market. Year-to-date, the PowerShares NASDAQ Internet Portfolio (NasdaqGS: PNQI) gained 8.6% and First Trust Dow...

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  • Use These ETFs for the Most Cash-Rich Companies

    05-08-2015 08:20 AM by Todd Shriber

    U. S. companies continue to stockpile cash at an impressive clip. Citing Moody's Investors Service, Barron's reports that at the end of 2014 cash and equivalent securities for U.S. companies climbed 4% to $1.73 trillion. The top five U.S. corporate cash hoards combine for a qu...

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  • Ahead of Earnings, no Love for Apple ETFs

    04-27-2015 01:30 PM by Todd Shriber

    Apple (NasdaqGS: AAPL), the world's largest company by market value, reports fiscal second-quarter earnings after the close of U.S. markets Monday with analysts expecting per share earnings of $2.16 on revenue of $56.1 billion. Should the reported numbers be close to or in-lin...

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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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  • Apple Watch a Non-Event for Apple ETFs

    04-10-2015 01:07 PM by Todd Shriber

    Apple (NasdaqGS: AAPL) is taking preorders for its much ballyhooed Apple Watch. Or was taking preorders. Nearly of the models made available to U.S. consumers sold out in just six hours and it looks the April 24 availability date announced by the company at the Apple Watch unv...

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  • Investors Flock to Cyclical Sector ETFs

    04-06-2015 02:00 PM by Todd Shriber

    With the conversation about a Federal Reserve interest rate increase having morphed to "when" from "if," cyclical sectors should begin to prove their mettle. Data indicate some investors are already making that bet. Exchange traded funds hauled in $36.1 billion in new assets l...

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  • Sector ETFs to Overweight Ahead

    04-06-2015 09:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    As market conditions shift, exchange traded fund investors should be willing to adapt and focus on areas of the market that look more promising ahead. Goldman Sachs is advising investors to underweight the S&P 500 and look for other indices, like the Nasdaq, that have more...

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  • Big Tech ETF Becomes a Value Play

    04-02-2015 01:00 PM by Todd Shriber

    Coming into Thursday, the Technology Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLK) was up just half a percent this year, a middling performance that placed the largest technology sector fifth among the nine sector SPDR exchange traded funds on a year-to-date basis. The $12.8 billion XLK,...

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  • Look to Tech ETFs for Growth Opportunities

    04-02-2015 08:20 AM by Tom Lydon

    With the environment shifting, investors may want to focus on specific sectors and areas of the market this year, such as technology names and related exchange traded funds. Year-to-date, the iShares U.S. Technology ETF (NYSEArca: IYW) is up 0.8% and Technology Select Sector S...

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  • Apple’s Rise Doesn’t Lure Investors to Apple ETFs

    02-18-2015 08:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    Apple (NasdaqGS: AAPL) continued doing Apple things Tuesday, notching a modest rise after the stock touched another all-time high earlier in the day. Year-to-date, shares of Apple are up nearly 16%, making the stock just one of 59 S&P 500 members that are up at least 10% t...

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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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  • Charts Say Tech ETF Rally is on the Way

    02-12-2015 08:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    Buoyed by Apple's (NasdaqGS: AAPL) rise to a market valuation of over $727 billion, technology sector exchange traded funds are extending their outperformance of broader benchmarks. For example, the Technology Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLK), the largest technology sector E...

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  • Apple’s Ascent to $700B and its ETF Impact

    02-11-2015 01:30 PM by Todd Shriber

    It feels like 2012 all over again, but Apple (NasdaqGS: AAPL) shareholders will certainly take. The iPad maker's 12.6% year-to-date gain has pumped its market value to nearly $724 billion at this writing, making California-based Apple the first U.S. company to sport a market cap ...

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  • More Fee Cuts on State Street ETFs

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

    State Street's (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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  • Not Much Action for Apple ETFs Ahead of Earnings

    01-27-2015 02:00 PM by Todd Shriber

    Apple (NasdaqGS: AAPL), the largest U.S. company by market value, reports fiscal first-quarter results after the close of U.S. markets Tuesday with analysts expecting earnings of $2.59 a share on revenue of $67.7 billion. Heading into the after-hours report, shares of Apple ar...

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  • Tech ETFs with Global Footprints at Risk

    01-21-2015 02:57 PM by Max Chen

    As foreign central banks enact loose monetary policies, a strong U.S. dollar will negatively affect prominent technology stocks, along with related sector exchange traded funds, that have significant overseas exposure. The Technology Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLK) has been...

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  • Strong U.S. Dollar Could Pressure S&P 500 Earnings, ETFs

    01-21-2015 09:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    The quickly appreciating U.S. dollar could begin to weigh on corporate earnings, especially among large-cap S&P 500 stocks and related exchange traded funds with significant overseas exposure. The SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: SPY), which tries to reflect the performance...

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  • Cyclical Sector ETFs Could Shine in 2015

    01-13-2015 09:30 AM by Todd Shriber

    Cyclical sector exchange traded funds were, for the most part, laggards in 2014. For example, the Industrial Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLI) and the Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLY) posted an average of 2014 return of about 10%. Investors that stuck...

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  • Finally, Some Love for a Big Tech ETF

    01-07-2015 08:20 AM by Todd Shriber

    Thanks to impressive performances by mature technology companies, such as Dow components Intel (NasdaqGS: INTC) and Microsoft (NasdaqGS: MSFT), coupled with a stellar showing by Apple (NasdaqGS: AAPL), the Technology Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLK) climbed nearly 18% last year...

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  • Sector ETF Ideas for January

    01-02-2015 09:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    January is here and with the arrival of the first month of the year comes the third month in the best six-month period stocks. Over the past 20 years, the S&P 500 has posted an average January gain of 0.6% while rising 65% of the time, or in 13 of those 20 Januarys. Beyond...

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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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  • Technology ETFs Provide Sturdy Growth

    12-05-2014 03:23 PM by Max Chen

    Instead of scouring the markets in search of yields for extra returns, investors can turn to large-cap growth stocks, like the prominent tech names and related-sector exchange traded funds. "There is a long way to go here. People have been chasing in the search for yield divid...

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  • Getting Strategic With Sector ETFs

    12-05-2014 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The U.S. equities markets are hovering near record highs, making it harder to single out winners next year. Nevertheless, investors can utilize exchange traded funds to pick and choose broad market sectors. Thomas Lee, founder of Fundstrat Global Advisors and former chief U.S....

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  • Why Active Funds Are Underperforming Index ETFs

    11-18-2014 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Passive index-based exchange traded funds have been outpeperforming active stock pickers as actively managed mutual funds' failed to focus on strong tech names. According to S&P Capital IQ Fund Research, 80% of running large-cap mutual funds have underperformed the S&P...

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  • Sector ETFs to Play Politicos' Top Stock Picks

    11-15-2014 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Republicans and Democrats may bicker and nitpick over many policies, but the two parties can find common ground on some investments. Retail investors can also track the thematic plays through diversified sector-related exchange traded funds. Currently, members of the 113th Con...

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  • A Return to Tech ETFs

    11-13-2014 09:30 AM by Todd Shriber

    The technology sector is the S&P 500 largest sector and the third-best performer in the benchmark U.S. index this year behind utilities and health care. But even with the strength displayed by marquee U.S. tech stocks ranging from Apple (NasdaqGS: AAPL) to Microsoft (Nasda...

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  • Build a Solid Portfolio with Index ETFs

    11-07-2014 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    It's fun to bet on niche areas markets and win big, but when constructing a long-term investment portfolio, investors are better off sticking to simple and broad exchange traded funds. Financial advisors typically recommend crafting an investment portfolio with broad-based ind...

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  • Epic Fail: Passive S&P 500 ETFs Crushing Actively Managed ETFs

    11-04-2014 09:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    With Monday's modest gain, the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: SPY), the world's largest exchange traded fund, is up almost 9.3% year-to-date after touching a record high earlier in November's first trading session. That is a solid, though not jaw-dropping performance, but one...

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  • Investors Get Jittery About Tech ETFs

    10-21-2014 12:15 PM by Todd Shriber

    Exchange traded funds tracking the technology sector, the largest sector weight in the S&P 500, have not been immune from the recent pullback in U.S. stocks and with tech earnings season underway, some investors are taking a cautious approach to the sector. The PowerShares...

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  • The Best Sector ETFs for October

    10-01-2014 09:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    October is here and with the arrival of the tenth month of the year also comes one of the most volatile months for stocks. The upside of that is October also represents the last month in weakest sixth-month period in which to be long equities. Although October has a reputation...

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  • Time to Talk Tech With ETFs

    09-25-2014 09:30 AM by Todd Shriber

    A strong performance over the past several months has helped elevate the Technology Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLK) to the third spot among the nine sector SPDR exchange traded funds. Up 13.6% this year, XLK, the largest technology sector ETF, trails only the Health Care Se...

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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 investor's 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 d...

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  • Facebook Value Hits $200bn, Helps Bolster Internet ETFs

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

    Internet stocks and sector-specific exchange traded funds have powered ahead in the tech space, with Facebook (NasdaqGS: FB) valuation topping $200 billion. While still underperforming the broader tech sector for the year, the First Trust Dow Jones Internet Index Fund (NYSEArc...

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  • Time for a new iPhone, Time to Check Your ETF’s Apple Weight

    09-09-2014 08:20 AM by Todd Shriber

    It is that time of year again: Apple (NasdaqGS: AAPL), the largest U.S. company by market value, is holding a new product launch today. Along with the expected unveiling of the iPhone 6, there is some talk the company could also introduce a wearable device or a new mobile payment...

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  • Secrets of Cyclical Sector ETFs

    08-28-2014 08:20 AM by Tom Lydon

    While U.S. stocks are in a rally mode, investors are better off with cyclical stocks and sector exchange traded funds. JPMorgan Private Bank Chief Investment Strategist Kate Moore argues that cyclical stocks are the best way to capitalize on a U.S. recovery, CNBC reports. "...

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  • ETF Investors Shrug Off Volatility in Bullish Conditions

    08-20-2014 02:54 PM by Max Chen

    In an environment of extended low implied volatility as reflected by the CBOE Volatility Index, the equities market and stock exchange traded funds continue advancing as investors take advantage of pullbacks and buy the dip. Currently, the drop in implied volatility correspond...

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  • Apple’s Rise Sends Cash to Apple ETFs

    08-19-2014 12:49 PM by Tom Lydon

    Shares of Apple (NasdaqGS: AAPL), the largest U.S. company by market value, are up 1.2% today, a move that has sent the iPad maker to a fresh all-time high. On a split-adjusted basis, Apple's previous all-time high was $100.30 seen on Sept. 19, 2012. It has taken a while, but ...

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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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  • Most Searched ETFs: Tech Talk

    07-26-2014 08:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    Even with some Friday doldrums caused by marquee names such as Visa (NYSE: V), the Dow's largest component, and Amazon (NasdaqGS: AMZN), the S&P 500 managed to close little changed on the week. Amazon tumbled Friday after a downbeat second-quarter earnings report and guida...

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  • Rise of Tech Dividends a Boon for ETFs

    07-24-2014 10:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    For years, technology was the not first sector investors thought of when they thought of dividends. The largest sector weight in the S&P 500 is changing that and that change has been a boon for an array of exchange traded funds. Tech's rise as a credible dividend destinati...

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  • Rally Finally Brings Investors Back to Apple ETFs

    07-18-2014 01:24 PM by Todd Shriber

    Shares of Apple (NasdaqGS: AAPL), the largest U.S. company by market value, are up 19% this year and are flirting with all-time highs, but that has not sparked inflows to the exchange traded funds with heavy allocations to the stock. Until recently, that is. Nearly 80 ETFs fea...

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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 invest...

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  • Tech ETFs Try to Perk up Ahead of Earnings

    07-07-2014 01:50 PM by Todd Shriber

    Alcoa (NYSE: AA) is no longer a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, but that has not changed the company's status as the starter of another earnings season. The aluminum producer kicks-off second-quarter earnings season Tuesday after the close of U.S. markets. As is us...

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  • Momentum Tech ETF Rebounds in Style

    06-18-2014 03:40 PM by Max Chen

    After the broad sell-off in growth stocks, momentum trading is making a comeback, with one momo tech exchange traded fund play outpacing other broad sector options. The PowerShares DWA Technology Momentum Portfolio (NYSEArca: PTF) surged 12.5% over the past month. Meanwhile, b...

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  • Tech, Dividend ETFs to Capture Goldman's 'Pockets of Opportunity'

    06-10-2014 03:59 PM by Tom Lydon

    With the equities markets touching new highs, most U.S. stocks are hovering at or above fair value. However, exchange traded fund investors can still find opportunities in technology and dividend investments. "The valuation of the market is at the higher end of a range of fair...

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  • As Stocks Rise, so do Bearish ETF Bets

    06-10-2014 09:30 AM by Todd Shriber

    Even with the S&P 500 hitting new record highs on an almost daily basis, short sellers are not deterred and continue to load up on bearish bets on some of the largest exchange traded funds. Nearly 11% of the shares outstanding in the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: SPY), t...

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  • Old Tech Meet’s New Tech in This ETF

    06-04-2014 08:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    Broadly speaking, technology sector exchange traded funds do not long for attention. There the ETFs such as the Technology Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLK) and the iShares U.S. Technology ETF (NYSEArca: IYW) that are well-known not only for their size, but large allocations ...

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  • Most Searched ETFs: Sector Surprises

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

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

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  • Investors Tepid on Apple ETFs as Stock Soars

    05-30-2014 01:31 PM by Todd Shriber

    Shares of Apple (NasdaqGS: AAPL), the largest U.S. company by market value, are up 17.3% since the start of the second quarter, an arguably stunning move in such a short amount of time for a company with a market value of almost $550 billion. Apple's previously announced 7-for...

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  • Stock Market, ETFs Are No Longer Cheap

    05-27-2014 07:45 AM by Tom Lydon

    With seasoned stock-pickers like Warren Buffett finding it difficult to select bargains, investors may not find too many cheap investments in the U.S. stock market and exchange traded funds. In an annual shareholder letter, Warren Buffett argued that he did not repurchase shar...

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  • Use Media, Tech ETFs to Access Beloved Hedge Fund Stocks

    05-23-2014 01:30 PM by Todd Shriber

    There are a some exchange traded funds, a couple of which have been rather successful, that offer investors the opportunity to mimic hedge fund strategies or own stocks that have been widely owned by hedge funds. With the Goldman Sachs of the 50 stocks largest hedge fund follo...

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  • Tech ETF Computes a New High

    05-23-2014 11:22 AM by Todd Shriber

    For all the talk of an Internet and social media bubble and its imminent bursting, some technology sector exchange traded funds are, almost anonymously, delivering new highs to investors. In about as quiet fashion as a $12.3 billion ETF can operate, the Technology Select Secto...

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  • ETF Investors Can Take Hints from Millionaires

    05-06-2014 02:30 PM by Tom Lydon

    Investors can take cues from American millionaires, as many wealthy participants expect to put more money into the stock market. In a recent CNBC Millionaire's survey of 514 individuals with over $1 million in assets, millionaires plan to put 46% of their investment wealth int...

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  • S&P 500 Sector Weights Dispel Bubble Notions

    05-02-2014 01:47 PM by Todd Shriber

    The recent repudiation of some Internet and social media stocks has spurred speculation that the U.S. equity markets are on the cusp of a second technology bubble bursting this century. Sector weights for some marquee broad market exchange traded funds, including the SPDR S&am...

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  • Stick With High Quality Over Momo ETFs

    04-28-2014 02:10 PM by Max Chen

    Despite a short rebound last week, momentum stocks and related sector exchange traded funds may not regain their previous highs any time soon. However, some higher quality momentum stocks can still hold their ground, Goldman Sachs says. David Kostin, Goldman's chief U.S. stock...

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  • Stock ETFs: Buffett Still Believes in the Equities Market

    04-24-2014 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The equities market and stock exchange traded funds are knocking on all-time highs, but investment guru Warren Buffett rejects the notion that the market is "too frothy." Over the past year, the SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average ETF (NYSEArca: DIA) rose 15.9%, SPDR S&P 500...

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  • Tech ETF Investors Wait on Apple Earnings

    04-23-2014 03:46 PM by Max Chen

    With earnings season in full steam, tech traders are keeping an eye on Apple (NasdaqGS: AAPL), often the largest holding in a plethora of market capitalization-weighted technology sector exchange traded funds. Apple will reveal its first quarter data after the market close Wed...

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  • Try This Sector ETF Rotation Trade

    04-17-2014 12:48 PM by Tom Lydon

    Technology is often viewed as a glamorous sector. Even the Technology Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLK), which is tilted more mature tech companies, has some exposure to more exciting fare. Apple (NasdaqGS: AAPL) and both classes of Google shares combine for over 22% of the ETF'...

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  • Your Grandparents Would Like This Tech ETF

    04-15-2014 01:15 PM by Tom Lydon

    With the Nasdaq faltering again Tuesday, it might be hard for some investors to believe that things are not entirely gloom and doom in the technology sector. Most of the gloom has come courtesy of once high-flying Internet and social media stocks. The PowerShares QQQ (NasdaqGM...

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  • Strategists Get Tactical With Sector ETFs

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

    Rather than solely relying on broad market index exchange traded funds to generate returns, an increasing number of advisors, ETF strategists and investors are tactically using sector funds. Data confirm as much. In March alone, investors poured $1.5 billion into financial ser...

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  • Favorable Seasonality Beckons for Tech ETFs

    04-15-2014 07:30 AM by Todd Shriber

    April 15th is famously know as Tax Day to Americans, meaning it is a day many taxpayers wish was not on the calendar, but there is a positive reason to embrace the arrival of April's halfway point. The technology sector enters its second period of seasonal strength from April ...

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  • Buying the Tech ETF Dip

    04-07-2014 03:14 PM by Tom Lydon

    Technology stocks and related exchange traded funds have been among the worst performers since the sell-off began at the start of April. The more intrepid investor, though, is beginning to look at the sector as a bargain opportunity. Since the April 2 high, the Technology Sele...

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  • Old Dogs Propping Up Tech ETFs

    04-04-2014 12:46 PM by Todd Shriber

    Over the past month, exchange traded funds tracking new school, sexy areas of the technology sectors have been taken to the woodshed. The Global X Social Media Index ETF (NasdaqGM: SOCL) is off 16% and trading near levels not seen since late November 2013. The First Trust ISE ...

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  • Tech ETFs Become Dividend Plays

    03-17-2014 12:20 PM by Todd Shriber

    It has been one of the leading contributors to S&P 500 dividend growth since the end of the financial crisis, but the technology sector still is not thought of by investors as a dividend destination on par with the likes of consumer staples, health care and other sectors. ...

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  • High-Yield Dividend ETFs Fall Out of Favor in Rising Rate Environment

    03-14-2014 02:32 PM by Tom Lydon

    Investors may want to reduce exposure to high-yield dividend exchange traded funds in a rising interest rate environment. The Dow Jones U.S. Select Dividend Index, which includes 100 stocks screened for dividend growth and weighted by annual yield, has underperformed the S&...

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  • Talking Tech With ETFs

    03-10-2014 10:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    Health care exchange traded funds have dominated among sector funds in terms of 2014 inflows. Regarding performance, the Health Care Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLV) and the Utilities Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLU) are the best of the nine sector SPDR ETFs to this point in ...

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  • What to Look for in a Technology ETF

    02-20-2014 04:06 PM by Max Chen

    When diving into the technology sector, investors are bombarded with thousands of stocks to choose from. Nevertheless, with exchange traded funds, anyone can take a broad, diversified approach to this growth sector. There are a number of tech ETFs available, so investors shoul...

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  • Rotating Through Strong Sector ETFs

    02-13-2014 08:15 AM by Todd Shriber

    Advisors and investors still like the tactical advantages offered by sector exchange traded funds. Although U.S. equities have struggled to start 2014, sector ETFs raked in $2.9 billion last month with health care and technology combining for $2.2 billion of that total, accord...

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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 Street's (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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  • Of Google and ETFs

    01-31-2014 08:15 AM by Todd Shriber

    Shares of Google (NasdaqGM: GOOG) raced to a new all-time high during Thursday's after-hours session  after the Internet search giant reported fourth-quarter EPS of $12.01 on revenue of $16.86 billion. Analyst expected a profit of $12.21 a share on revenue of $16.75 billion. T...

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  • Big Earnings Week for Tech ETFs

    01-27-2014 03:43 PM by Max Chen

    Investors will be watching technology exchange traded funds as four tech giants report earnings this week, with Apple (NasdaqGS: AAPL) set to reveal fourth-quarter results after Monday's close. Apple shares were up Monday ahead of the earnings report, trading around its $550 p...

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  • Netflix Really Doesn’t Mean Much to ETFs

    01-24-2014 09:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    It is not an uncommon scenario. A story stock, often of technology or Internet sector membership and of a Nasdaq listing, rockets deep into triple-digit territory (or further). The result is a sexy stock that gets ample media attention, but along the way has become unobtainabl...

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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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  • Tech Sector P/E Creeps Higher

    12-26-2013 02:54 PM by Tom Lydon

    The technology sector has had its share of star performances this year.  Shares of Dow component Microsoft (NasdaqGM: MSFT) are up 35.3% while Internet search giant Google (NasdaqGM : GOOG) has surged 54%. Still, the Technology Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLK) and comparable...

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  • Heavyweight Tech ETFs vs. Mutual Funds

    12-13-2013 07:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    As the exchange traded funds industry has grown into a larger, more legitimate threat to mutual funds, comparisons are often made between specific ETFs and mutual funds. A worthy endeavor to be sure, particularly for investors that are new to ETFs. S&P Capital IQ evaluated...

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  • ETFs for 2013’s Best Tech Stocks

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

    With a few exceptions, such as old-guard companies like International Business Machines (NYSE: IBM) and Cisco Systems (NasdaqGM: CSCO), 2013 has been good to investors in the technology sector. Although the Nasdaq Comoposite and the Nasdaq 100, which is tracked by the PowerSha...

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  • Financials: The Rodney Dangerfield Sector

    12-09-2013 09:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    It is one of this year's top-performing sectors. Add to that, it has been one of the most reliable growers of earnings in otherwise mediocre year for S&P 500 profit growth and over the past several years, it has been one of the leading sources of dividend growth in the benchm...

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  • Some Sector ETFs Enduring Earnings Warnings

    12-09-2013 08:15 AM by Tom Lydon

    Stocks have performed well since the start of the fourth quarter with the S&P 500 posting a gain of nearly 7%. However, an ominous trend has emerged. "The 11.4 to 1 negative-to-positive ratio of earnings forecasts sets the fourth quarter up as the most negative on record. ...

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  • With December Here, Embrace These Cyclical ETFs

    12-02-2013 08:15 AM by Tom Lydon

    U.S. stocks performed well in November, ensuring the eleventh month of the year lived up to its billing as the start of the best six-month cycle in which to be long equities. With December here, several important seasonal trends could come into play. At the sector level, the o...

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  • Leading Sectors Gain Ground in S&P 500

    11-26-2013 07:30 AM by Todd Shriber

    As a market capitalization weighted index, the S&P 500 (^GSPC) has undergone some noteworthy sector shifts over the years. For example, financial services spent significant time as the S&P 500's largest sector weight. Then financial crisis struck, punishing bank stocks...

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  • Sector ETF Investing: A Long-Term Perspective

    11-17-2013 07:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    This is how strong U.S. stocks have been this year: The worst performer among the nine sector SPDR ETFs is the Utilities Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLU) with a year-to-date gain of 14.4%. That is not surprising as XLU is not only the highest-yielding SPDR, but also the one ...

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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 IQ's senior index analyst Howard Silverblatt. If there is cau...

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  • ETFs Show Dubious Cyclical Rotation

    11-10-2013 07:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    For several months, there has been increased talk of a cyclical rotation and even some evidence to suggest the scenario was playing out. Fast-forward to November, and the cyclical rotation theme should be entering its sweet spot. After all, November is the start of the best si...

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  • Another Tech ETF Showdown

    11-08-2013 02:33 PM by Todd Shriber

    Broadly speaking, the technology sector has performed well this year. Quite well, actually, with a  year-to-date gain of 47% as of Nov. 1, but the issue faced by some large technology exchange traded funds is significant allocations to the sector 's dogs. That roster includes ...

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  • Amid Rising Competition, SPDRs Still Flourish

    11-07-2013 03:01 PM by Todd Shriber

    From the outside, it would appear State Street's (NYSE: STT) State Street Global Advisors, the second-largest U.S. ETF issuer, has its hands full. One of the firm's marquee products, the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), has lost $22.2 billion in assets this year, nearly three...

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  • Some Usual Suspects Haven’t Helped Tech ETFs Much

    11-05-2013 01:02 PM by Todd Shriber

    Statistics do not lie and the truth is, 2013 has been kind to the technology sector. However, some of the sector's most familiar names have not enjoyed the tech party much this year. As Josh Brown of Reformed Broker fame notes, the tech sector was up 47% year-to-date as of Nov...

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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 o...

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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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  • These Sectors Are Defying Earnings Disappointments

    10-25-2013 09:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Third-quarter earnings season is nearly three weeks in the books and "tepid" is an apt descriptor at this point. A little less than two-thirds of the S&P 500 components that have reported thus far have topped EPS estimates and a disappointing 52% have beaten revenue estimates...

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  • These ETFs Could Shine in Q4

    10-25-2013 07:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    October marks the start of the fourth quarter and the end of the worst six-month time frame in which to own stocks. That implies November and December are usually kind to the bulls. With the S&P 500 up 3.3% so far in October, stocks could be poised to rally into year-end. ...

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  • Sector Trends Reveal ETF Investors Are Turning Defensive

    10-24-2013 03:37 PM by Max Chen

    Signaling a shift from growth-oriented bets to safer plays for troubled times, defensive sector exchange traded funds led the market over the past month. "It may be troubling, but it's indicative of what's happening in the market," Vadim Zlotnikov, chief market strategist at A...

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  • In Pictures: The Icahn Effect on Apple ETFs

    10-24-2013 02:50 PM by Todd Shriber

    Shares of Apple (NasdaqGM: AAPL), the largest U.S. company by market value, are up almost 1.1% Thursday on the not exactly new news that legendary investor Carl Icahn wants the California-based company to repurchase $150 billion, or nearly a third of its current market cap, worth...

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  • Apple Winning Streak: Double-Edged Sword for Tech ETFs

    10-22-2013 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Shares of Apple (NasdaqGM: AAPL), the largest U.S. company by market value, gained 2.5% Monday on above average volume, extending the iPhone maker's winning streak to nine days. Since its June 27 bottom, the stock has surged almost 32%. Apple getting back to its bullish ways i...

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  • Triple-Digit Divas Reside in These ETFs

    10-18-2013 11:37 AM by Todd Shriber

    Or, in the case of Google (NasdaqGM: GOOG), a quadruple-digit diva. The Internet search giant made it to $1,000, or roughly double the share price of rival Apple (NasdaqGM: AAPL), on the back of a strong third-quarter earnings report. Trading at or around $1,000 is a nice feat...

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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, the Technology Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLK) is up 10% this year, whereas the First Trust DJ Internet Inde...

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  • Tech ETFs Surging on Apple

    08-13-2013 04:54 PM by Tom Lydon

    Technology sector exchange traded funds are primed to break out from multi-year highs as tech giants like Apple (NasdaqGS: AAPL) lead the pack. Technical analysts point out that the iShares U.S. Technology ETF (NYSEArca: IYW), which is up 1.0% Tuesday and 11.8% year-to-date, i...

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  • ETFs to Play Summertime Gaming

    07-30-2013 02:02 PM by Paul Weisbruch, Street One Financial

    This summer has been a boon for the Video Gaming industry, and related stocks have been on the move with leading names ATVI and TTWO both rising on a pick-up in trading volume in the options (predominantly calls) on both companies. ATVI for example is trading at a multi-year h...

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  • Some Tech ETFs for a Slice of Apple

    07-25-2013 03:24 PM by Tom Lydon

    The better-than-expected quarterly results out of Apple (NasdaqGS: AAPL) helped lift the technology sector this week, along with related exchange traded funds. Apple, a major component in tech sector ETFs, gained over $23 billion in market value Wednesday on the latest earning...

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  • Technology Focused ETF with a Dividend Twist

    06-13-2013 03:01 PM by Tom Lydon

    Dividend payouts are becoming more commonplace with information technology stocks according to S&P Capital. There has been an 18.9% increase in the amount of dividend paying companies within the particular sector, making a case for investing in technology exchange traded fund...

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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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  • iShares: Tech ETFs to Access Overseas Growth

    11-19-2012 04:09 PM by Tom Lydon

    Considering the lower economic growth rates in the U.S., stock exchange traded funds that hold companies with overseas exposure, such as the technology sector, will be in the best position to grow in the coming years, according to iShares analysts. While the U.S. will eke out ...

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  • How Diversified Are Your ETFs?

    11-14-2012 07:50 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds are touted for the diversification benefits they provide but specialized or targeted sector funds may not be as well-rounded as one may think. While some ETFs do provide cost efficient diversification benefits, the reward comes at the price of individual res...

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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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  • Tips for Choosing the Best ETFs for Sectors

    10-24-2012 07:11 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds were designed to help investors by lowering fees, allowing intraday trading, and by providing instant diversification in one investment. The business has since evolved into a trillion dollar industry that has sliced and diced the stock market in every way im...

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  • Equal-Weight Tech ETFs if You're Shy About Apple

    10-12-2012 03:03 PM by Tom Lydon

    Apple (NasdaqGS: AAPL), a major holding in technology exchange traded funds, is down more than 3% this week. If you're shy about Apple's dominant effect on an investment portfolio, equal-weight tech ETFs provide a more balanced approach to the sector. Apple shares were down 1....

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  • Nasdaq, Tech ETFs Capitalize on Apple Brand

    10-05-2012 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The rapid growth in Apple (NasdaqGS: AAPL) value has helped pull technology exchange traded funds higher as the single security is the largest holding in most tech-oriented funds. The Apple brand is now the second most recognizable in the world. Apple is now worth about $76 bi...

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  • Google Rally Lifts Tech, Nasdaq ETFs

    10-01-2012 04:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Google's (NasdaqGS: GOOG) 30% rally in the third quarter has provided a lift to technology and Nasdaq ETFs. The search giant has grown to the fifth-largest U.S. company by market capitalization. Google's market cap surged by over $60 billion since July 14 to about $247 billion...

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  • Nasdaq ETFs Key on Apple, iPhone 5

    09-10-2012 02:50 PM by Tom Lydon

    Never mind what the Federal Reserve has in store for the economy -- techies and technology exchange traded fund observers are waiting on the next big Apple (NasdaqGS: AAPL) iPhone launch. Apple dominates many ETFs tracking Nasdaq-listed stocks and the tech sector. The stock is...

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  • Some of S&P's Favorite Equity ETFs

    08-03-2012 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Equity exchange traded funds have proven that they are worth investors assets amid the flight into safe havens such as bonds. The S&P 500 returned 11% throughout 2012, according to S&P Capital. "Over long periods of time, stocks tend to outperform bonds but with greate...

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  • Tech ETFs Wait on Apple Earnings

    07-24-2012 04:05 PM by Tom Lydon

    Update: Apple Earnings miss expectations, $9.32 earnings per share versus $10.37 per share; revenue is $35 billion versus the expected $37.22 billion. With earnings season in full swing, technology sector exchange traded funds are waiting on the after hours earnings report fro...

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  • ETF Spotlight: Tech Sector

    06-22-2012 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Major information technology stocks and exchange traded funds have weakened after their March highs. Much of this is due to the negative sentiment coming out of prospective major IT purchasing regions worldwide, but the near future outlook is positive. "Spending on computing h...

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  • Tech ETFs and the Apple Effect

    05-24-2012 08:02 AM by Tom Lydon

    The recent correction in Apple (NasdaqGS: AAPL) has led many investors to wonder if the top has been set at $644 per share as of April 10. Technology exchange traded funds are a useful tool to gain diversified exposure to the sector and capture any rally in Apple. "Tech firms ...

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  • Tech ETFs and the Apple (AAPL) Factor

    05-07-2012 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Apple (NasdaqGS: AAPL) shares have played a major role in affecting movements within major indices and exchange traded funds. Technology ETF traders may want to consider the individual stock's weighting before taking on more sector exposure. For instance, Apple stocks are the ...

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  • Higher Earnings Could Propel Stock ETFs

    05-04-2012 07:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    With the majority of stock components revealing better-than-expected earnings results, major indices, along with the exchange traded funds that track them, could be in for a record breaking year. Of course, Europe's debt crisis is the wildcard. According to a poll of 10,000 an...

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  • How Apple's Huge Market Cap Impacts ETFs

    04-10-2012 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Technology sector exchange traded funds have all benefited from the lift in Apple (NasdaqGS: AAPL) as this stock has become the biggest by market capitalization on the globe. Every tech ETFs holds Apple to some degree, giving an example of how important it is to know what stocks ...

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  • Best ETFs for Sectors in 2012

    04-03-2012 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The S&P 500 had its best first quarter since 1998, gaining 12% over the past three months. Is this a sign that investor confidence is back as analysts are raising earnings profits, and various sector exchange traded funds are rallying? "The generally positive results from ...

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  • ETFs That Access High-Price Stocks

    03-16-2012 09:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Triple-digit stock prices can limit the amount of exposure an investor would like when constructing a well-rounded portfolio. However, with exchange traded funds, investors can take on a basket of expensive, yet favorably positioned large-cap companies. There are a number of E...

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  • Defensive ETFs for a Market Pullback

    03-15-2012 09:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The equities market and stock exchange traded funds are in the midst of a robust rebound, and the bears are growing louder in their predictions of another correction. With the major broad market indices returning to pre-financial crisis levels, it may be safer to keep some defens...

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  • Technology ETFs with Big Positions in Apple

    03-12-2012 10:37 AM by John Spence

    Apple's (NasdaqGS: AAPL) market cap has grown so large that the stock accounts for more than 20% of some exchange traded funds tracking the technology sector. For example, Apple alone represents 20.1% of iShares Dow Jones US Technology (NYSEArca: IYW), which holds about $1.6 b...

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  • Tech ETFs to Consider as Apple Breaks $500

    02-13-2012 12:30 PM by Tom Lydon

    Technology exchange traded funds are once again receiving a boost from Apple (NasdaqGS: AAPL) shares, which broke through $500 on Monday. The technology sector represents innovation and economic growth for investors, and has been able to outpace the S&P 500 in 2012. As the...

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  • Nasdaq-100 ETF at Highest Level Since Internet Bubble

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

    The Nasdaq-100 exchange traded fund is up 11% year to date to outperform the S&P 500. The technology-heavy ETF has rallied to the highest levels since the dot-com wreck. The index is comprised of 100 tech stocks listed on the Nasdaq. Many small tech stocks are getting a bo...

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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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  • Nasdaq-100 ETF Breakout Hampered by Google

    01-20-2012 10:27 AM by Tom Lydon

    The closely watched Nasdaq-100 index is trying hard to break free of strong resistance that has been in place since the beginning of 2011. PowerShares QQQ (QQQ), which follows the Nasdaq-100, is aiming for new highs from the subprime meltdown but disappointing results from top...

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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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  • ETF Chart of the Day: Technology

    12-19-2011 10:12 AM by Paul Weisbruch, Street One Financial

    Last week we saw huge trading volume in a technology exchange traded fund, XLK (Technology Select Sector SPDR), before the ETF lost some luster to finish the week from a performance standpoint. Approximately 60 million shares traded in XLK last Monday, versus average daily tradin...

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  • Technology ETFs and Black Friday

    11-24-2011 07:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Technology exchange traded funds may get a boost from digital sales, but this year technology may also be doing the shopping. Smartbook, Facebook, and Apple apps may turn out to be a shopper's best friend. "It's no longer "Black Friday, it's going to be Black Thanksgiving fr...

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  • Relative Strength: Technology ETFs Lead Market Higher

    11-15-2011 02:39 PM by John Spence

    Technology exchange traded funds were outperforming the broader stock indexes in Tuesday's move higher, and recent strength against the overall market may point to more gains for the sector. Technology Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLK) rallied 1.4% in afternoon trading. The $...

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  • ETF Chart of the Day: Technology Sector

    11-09-2011 09:55 AM by Paul Weisbruch, Street One Financial

    We have spent some time speaking about the SPX (S&P 500 Index) challenging its 200-day moving average recently as well as approaching near term highs (1292.66 was briefly touched 9 trading sessions ago). [S&P 500 ETFs Testing 200-Day Average] However, even with this re...

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  • Nasdaq ETF Leads Stock Bounce; Major Players Size Up Yahoo

    10-26-2011 07:54 AM by Tom Lydon

    Microsoft (NasdaqGS: MSFT) and Google (NasdaqGS: GOOG) are reportedly in a bidding war for Yahoo (NasdaqGS: YHOO), joining a pool of technology companies. Yahoo has rallied in October and is one of the tech stocks driving PowerShares QQQ (NasdaqGM: QQQ) higher. The Nasdaq-100...

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  • A Tech ETF with a Decent Dividend

    10-21-2011 01:17 PM by Tom Lydon

    Some exchange traded funds that offer dividend payouts are not always an obvious choice for yield-seeking investors. In a research note, Todd Rosenbluth for S&P Capital IQ's Equity Strategy Group recently highlighted Technology Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLK), an establ...

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  • Sector ETFs: Navigating the Stock Sell-Off

    08-08-2011 01:15 PM by Tom Lydon

    The sell-off in equities has some investors drawing up lists of sector exchange traded funds to buy in industries that are offering fundamental value at these prices. Some investors are hoping to buy market sector with ETFs at bargain prices. "This correction was so broad t...

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  • Tech ETFs Flat with Hewlett-Packard, Yahoo in Focus

    07-29-2011 02:36 PM by Tom Lydon

    Tech sector stocks and related exchange traded funds (ETFs) were weighed down by losses from Hewlett-Packard Co. (NYSE: HPQ) and Yahoo Inc. (NasdaqGS: YHOO). Technology Select Sector SPDR Fund (NYSEArca: XLK) was down 0.38%, PowerShares QQQ (NasdaqGM: QQQ) was up 0.05% and iSh...

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  • Tech ETFs Weak as Juniper, Amazon in Focus

    07-27-2011 10:33 AM by John Spence

    Technology exchange traded funds were lower Wednesday as Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR) shares fell 20% after the network infrastructure provider reported soft quarterly earnings and offered a disappointing outlook. "We continue to see headwinds in switching, routing and securi...

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  • Stock ETFs Lower as Traders Eye Greece, Pandora IPO

    06-15-2011 09:35 AM by Tom Lydon

    Stock exchange traded funds fell sharply Wednesday morning after the previous day's rally as investors focused their attention on violent protests in Greece and Pandora Media's (NYSE: P) initial public offering. The dollar jumped Wednesday while the Dow shed over 100 points as...

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  • Tech ETFs: Cisco And Research In Motion Are Put On Hold

    06-03-2011 05:15 PM by Tom Lydon

    Analysts put stagnant outlook on major technology stocks as the overall tech sector exchange traded funds (ETFs) remain depressed. The PowerShares QQQ Trust (NasdaqGM: QQQ) and SPDR Technology Select Sector Fund (NYSEArca: XLK) were down 1.5% today. UBS analyst Amitabh Pass...

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  • Nasdaq ETF Gains as Investors Fixate on Dell, Apple

    05-17-2011 04:56 PM by John Spence

    An exchange traded fund following large tech stocks listed on the Nasdaq closed slightly positive Tuesday while the major indicators slipped and traders keyed on Dell (NasdaqGS: DELL) earnings and slowing momentum in Apple (NasdaqGS: AAPL) shares. Dell shares rose nearly 5% in...

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  • Options Traders Stalk Tech ETFs as Cisco Weakens

    05-12-2011 04:08 PM by John Spence

    Traders are using options contracts on exchange traded funds to bet on strength in technology stocks and the U.S. dollar, Street One Financial said Thursday. Tech ETFs were pressured by weakness in Cisco (NasdaqGS: CSCO) as the company's outlook left Wall Street disappointed. ...

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  • Microsoft Earnings to Guide Tech ETFs

    04-28-2011 01:24 PM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds following the tech sector could see traffic on Friday after Microsoft (NasdaqGS: MSFT) reported quarterly results. The stock dropped 2% in after-hours trade Thursday immediately following the earnings announcement. The Redmond, Wash.-based tech giant said...

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  • Apple Casts Huge Shadow in Tech ETFs

    04-24-2011 04:36 PM by John Spence

    Apple (NasdaqGS: AAPL) helped fuel the rally in technology exchange traded funds (ETFs) last week with glittering quarterly results, but the company's shortfall in sales targets on the iPad could lead some investors and analysts to scale back their high expectations, according to...

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  • Microsoft to Key Tech Earnings in Week

    04-24-2011 07:02 AM by Tom Lydon

    Technology exchange traded funds (ETFs) will try to follow up on recent strength as Microsoft (NasdaqGS: MSFT) anchors the tech earnings calendar this week. Tech ETFs such as Technology Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLK) jumped last week following blowout earnings from Apple (...

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  • Google to Drag on Tech ETFs

    04-15-2011 03:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Google (NasdaqGS: GOOG) shares were set to weigh on technology and Internet exchange traded funds (ETFs) on Friday. The stock was down more than 5% before the bell after the company reported weaker-than-expected quarterly results. Google's profit and revenue increased, but inv...

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  • Tech ETFs: Are Valuations Running Out Of Hand?

    03-29-2011 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Technology exchange traded funds (ETFs) are trading higher as market optimism over up-and-coming social networking sites help lift valuations, but some observers think the hyped-up values are becoming a cause for concern. Evelyn M. Rusli and Verne G. Kopytoff for The New York ...

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  • Cloud Computing: Will It Provoke Industry And ETFs?

    03-21-2011 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Personal computer makers have a lot of aspects to consider in order to keep up with their competition and to stay current with the latest trends. Investors who focus on technology should consider exchange traded funds (ETFs) to cover the wide array of tech trends provoking the in...

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  • Will Verizon's iPhone Matter to These ETFs?

    02-10-2011 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    After much salivating and speculation and anticipation, Verizon's long-awaited version of the iPhone is finally here. But will it matter to telecom exchange traded funds (ETFs)? Unlike when AT&T (NASDAQ: T) launched the iPhone under its then-exclusive deal with Apple (NASD...

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  • Sector ETFs to Play the State of the Union Address

    01-26-2011 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    In his State of the Union address Tuesday, President Barack Obama touched upon the major problems that have crippled our nation and offered an essential directive to invest in our future. If Obama's proposals become actualities, something that's not necessarily a certainty, then ...

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  • ETFs and Apple: Why It Matters

    01-22-2011 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Whether you own technology exchange traded funds (ETFs) or not, what happens to Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) in all likelihood affects you. Many investors are "secret owners" of Apple stock. That is, it's so ubiquitous you may not even realize you not only own it, but own a significan...

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  • Tech ETFs Poised to Power Up

    01-11-2011 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The technology sector is getting warmer as we write. This notoriously fickle sector might be best accessed in exchange traded fund (ETF) form as it grows. After a lull, tech is hot once again. Here are just a few of the reasons: Companies simply haven't been spending...unt...

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  • 5 Sector ETFs to Consider for 2011

    01-10-2011 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Equities have gained ground after being pummeled in the market crash, and valuations are still cheap. If you're still sitting in the sidelines, don't let the recovery in the markets and exchange traded funds (ETFs) pass you by. Large, well-established companies are trading, on...

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  • Tech ETFs and the Google vs. Apple Showdown

    11-21-2010 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The technology industry is full of household-name giants, but the two that seem to loom largest are Apple and Google. There's no need to figure out who will win; you can play them both with technology exchange traded funds (ETFs). The battle for dominance often leads both comp...

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  • Tech ETFs: 4 Reasons They're Going Gangbusters

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

    The markets are hot right now, but that may mean that tech is white-hot. Many of the sector's exchange traded funds (ETFs) are closing in on highs not seen in more than three years. The tech-heavy NASDAQ gained 18.6% during September and October, the biggest two-month rally si...

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  • Why Tech ETFs Deserve Another Look

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

    After hitting the brakes in the early part of the year, technology exchange traded funds (ETFs) are now riding a wave of momentum that has them on pace to end the year on a solid note. Since bouncing off their August lows, tech ETFs have wavered. That's thanks to a lack of uni...

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  • Tech ETF Clues in IBM's Earnings Report

    10-20-2010 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    For the tech sector and exchange traded funds (ETFs), earnings season has been a solid one so far. Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) is not the only company that posted strong earnings growth based on the massive popularity of the iPhone. Yahoo (NASDAQ: YHOO) chipped in with earnings in li...

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  • ETFs Turn South on China, Tech Concerns

    10-19-2010 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    The U.S. stock market and exchange traded funds (ETFs) turned south early Tuesday following Apple's (NASDAQ: AAPL) tepid pronouncement about future earnings and profits and China's interest rate hike. Apple did blow away estimates for its fourth-quarter results based on soarin...

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  • Tech ETFs Get An Early Boost from Yahoo

    10-14-2010 08:48 AM by Tom Lydon

    Technology exchange traded funds (ETFs) got a boost in early morning trading, apparently motivated by various reports about Yahoo (NASDAQ: YHOO) as a potential takeover target. Shares of Yahoo's main search market competitor - Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) - are also going up in antic...

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  • Finding Values in Tech ETFs

    10-13-2010 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Technology exchange traded funds (ETFs) are in positive territory year-to-date, but there may be an opportunity lurking. Some of them are still off their 2007 highs by double digits. Lee Ainslie of Maverick Capital Management sees tech stocks as cheap. Ainslie believes that a ...

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  • Telecom and Tech ETFs Work As a Team

    10-11-2010 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    If you've been viewing telecommunications and technology exchange traded funds (ETFs) as separate investments, it might be time to consider how they can work together. Telecom is a dividend play, making it appealing for investors looking for an alternative to the bond stampede...

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  • Tech ETFs Power Up

    09-30-2010 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    After some hiccups not too long ago, technology exchange traded funds (ETFs) appear to have shaken off the fever and are once again ready for action. When it comes to smaller tech players, however, use caution. Sentiment can be fickle, especially when it comes to some of the le...

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  • Tom Lydon Talks FinReg, Tech ETFs on CNBC

    09-30-2010 09:50 AM by Heather Hayes

    Tom Lydon appeared on CNBC this morning talk about the impact of financial regulatory reform on brokers and advisors, as well as why he likes technology exchange traded funds (ETFs) and small-caps in emerging markets. Watch now!

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  • 5 ETFs to Play the World's Best Brands

    09-21-2010 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    A consulting firm has released its annual ranking of the world's top brands. You can own the companies deemed well-positioned to withstand global challenges in exchange traded funds (ETFs). According to a survey by consulting firm Interbrand, Coca-Cola (NYSE: KO) is the world'...

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  • Deflation Warning Sounded: Protect Yourself With ETFs

    09-18-2010 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The Consumer Price Index figures came out on Friday. While we can rest easy the inflation is no imminent threat, the deflationary red flags are going up. Here's why and how to cope with exchange traded funds (ETFs). Consumer prices were pretty much flat in August, says Robert ...

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  • Tech ETFs: Sentiment Turns on a Microchip

    09-17-2010 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    It wasn't long ago (as recently as a few days ago, in fact) that analysts and the markets were feeling mighty bearish about tech exchange traded funds (ETFs). This morning, sentiment has seemingly turned on a microchip. Take a look: Oracle (NASDAQ: ORCL), a huge business s...

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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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  • Why Tech ETFs Are Down...But Not Out

    09-14-2010 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Once the darling of the global economy, technology exchange traded funds (ETFs) and the sector at large have fallen out of favor. The tech sector is more unpopular than it's been in years. So unpopular, in fact, that one analysts noted that tech shares have dropped to their lo...

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  • Bernanke’s Assurances Lift ETFs After GDP

    08-27-2010 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Second-quarter GDP was revised sharply downward this morning. But before the markets could worry too much, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke stepped in with some reassuring words that were enough to sustain exchange traded funds (ETFs) and turn the markets positive in early t...

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  • Corporate Deals Send ETFs Higher

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

    Stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) wavered from positive to negative amid a wave of corporate wheeling and dealing. The ETF Dashboard shows that while the markets vacillate between positive and negative, investors are out making plays for emerging markets. Market Vectors ...

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  • Apple, IBM: Mixed News for Tech ETFs

    07-20-2010 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Monday kicked off earnings week for a slew of tech companies. Despite the tech sector's generally poor market performance this year, some experts think technology will be a bright spot in these tough times. If so, it will be important to keep an eye out for related exchange trade...

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  • 6 Reasons to Consider Technology ETFs

    07-14-2010 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Global economies may be faltering on their way to recovery, but the technology sector has kept its pace, showing high sales numbers on increased demand. As companies unveil their quarterly financial results this week, tech stocks and related exchange traded funds (ETFs) may start...

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  • Technology ETFs: Can the New iPhone Save Them?

    06-09-2010 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The markets and exchange traded funds (ETFs) wobbled early this week as investors refrained from investing in riskier technology stocks on fears of possibly weaker global economic growth. Maybe the new shiny smartphone may distract investors from all the bleak news? On Tuesday...

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  • 5 Tech ETFs for the Intensifying Apple-Microsoft Battle

    05-27-2010 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Microsoft has been the face of technology since the computer became personal. But today, Apple overthrew Microsoft's throne as the most valuable technology company in the entire world. Good thing is, you don't have to choose sides: you can own both in one exchange traded fund (ET...

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  • Markets, ETFs Sluggish as Jobless Claims Miss Expectations

    05-13-2010 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Initial jobless claims decreased by 4,000 to 444,000 in the report released Thursday, nearly 4,000 less than expected. While claims improved over the four-week average with sizable payroll growth, the lack of any significant improvement will limit confidence and expectations for...

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  • Technology ETFs: Over, Equal or Underweight?

    05-10-2010 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Technology stocks took a beating last week as investors took profits and sought safety from the turmoil in global markets. What we'd all like to know now is whether the sell-off has made technology exchange traded funds (ETFs) a bargain. The Nasdaq - one of the best-performing...

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  • Technology ETFs Riding on Robust Earnings Results

    04-20-2010 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    It's time for the tech sector to put its money where its mouth is. Many have pointed to this sector as a post-recession leader, and while exchange traded funds (ETFs) have outperformed, the real proof will be in earnings season. This week, a number of big names will be revealing ...

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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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  • Can Telecom ETFs Tweet Their Way to Success?

    04-13-2010 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Boy, do we love sending text messages, telling the world where we are on FourSquare and Tweeting what we had for breakfast. A recent report conducted by comScore Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR) might have some clues about what's next for telecom exchange traded funds (ETFs). The comScore...

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  • ETFs Weighed Down By Disappointing Alcoa Earnings

    04-13-2010 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Despite a positive trade report, the Dow isn't giving the kind of follow-up to its milestone day that investors were expecting. The Dow is negative this morning after crossing the 11,000 mark for the first time in 18 months, sending exchange traded funds (ETFs) lower. The U.S...

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  • 4 Reasons Tech Could Go Boom and the Best ETF Strategies to Play It

    03-26-2010 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The technology sector not only powers our lives, but it also seems poised to power the domestic rally. To play along, there are a number of technology sector and sub-sector exchange traded funds (ETFs) at your disposal, and many of them are above their long-term trend lines. ...

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  • ETFs to Access the Technology Sector Boom

    03-18-2010 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The technology sector, along with related exchange traded funds (ETFs), plowed through the economic recovery with force. Tech companies are showing strong fundamentals and investors who were dramatized by the last tech bust shouldn't be too cautious of this new tech sector boom. ...

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  • Why Tech ETFs May Keep Leading in 2010

    03-11-2010 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The technology sector has been viewed in recent months as one that will lead the way out of the recession. The performance of tech exchange traded funds (ETFs) and the sentiment of analysts puts an exclamation point on the sentiment. Dr. Ed Yardeni of Yardeni Research believes...

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  • Technology ETFs: A Way to Avoid the Guesswork

    02-19-2010 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The technology sector is blurring the lines: Apple is getting into the e-reader business, Google has phones and Microsoft is charging ahead in its quest for search engine dominance. Just try to pick a winner. Or save yourself a headache and own them all in a technology exchange ...

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  • Indicators, Jobs Reports Mixed; Stocks and ETFs Follow Suit

    02-18-2010 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Producer price levels have been affected by higher energy costs, and the latest U.S. jobs report is still on the bleak side. Despite the mixed reports, stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) are managing to eke out gains this morning. Wholesale price  levels are on the rise,...

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  • What's Stirring Bullish Feelings Toward the Tech Sector's ETFs?

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

    Technology giants are bullish about the future outlook of the technology sector. A growing market for technology goods may power technology-related exchange traded funds (ETFs). U.K. bluetooth specialist CSR PLC remains bullish on prospects for the wireless technology market; ...

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  • 4 Ways You Can Put ETFs to Use

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

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) are a great alternative to mutual funds. They offer full transparency, intraday liquidity and flexibility, plus lower fees. There are also ways to target specific areas of the market and create a strategy with them, too. ETFs are mutual funds that...

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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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  • How to Play Apple and Other Tech Earnings With ETFs

    01-25-2010 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    It's official: We love our iPhones and MacBooks. That love helped propel Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) to its most profitable quarter ever last year as big sales led to an almost 50% jump in net income. As other tech giants line up to announce earnings, watch those related exchange trade...

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  • Technology ETFs Getting Power from Consumer Spending

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

    Worldwide, the number of computers per person is predicted to rise. While it's nice to get a shiny, new computer, the news is of greater interest to technology exchange traded fund (ETF) investors. North America forecast set to have the highest rate of personal computers per ...

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  • Looking Back: 2009's Standout ETF Sectors

    12-30-2009 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Another year is just about gone. It's been a year marked mostly by recovery, and exchange traded funds (ETFs) have made a good turnaround from the events of 2008. In a year of growth, which sectors and ETFs were among the standouts? This year's markets were topped by emerging ...

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  • Play Christmas Commercialization With ETFs

    12-25-2009 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    It's the season of old Kris Kringle, and whether you like it or not, along with it comes the commercialization of Christmas. While this is great for retailers and related exchange traded funds (ETFs), it really bums out good old Charlie Brown. Commercialization is a far larger...

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  • 6 Technology ETFs and Companies to Watch in 2010

    12-14-2009 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Now that we're in the homestretch of 2009, it's time to look ahead to 2010. The technology sector was a standout during the recession and exchange traded funds (ETFs) could offer a wealth of opportunities in the coming year. The technology sector is expected to rise above man...

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  • Retail ETFs: Capitalize on What Holiday Shoppers Are Buying

    12-07-2009 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Everyone wished for a Black Friday and a Cyber Monday successful enough to lift retailers out of the red and push retail exchange traded funds (ETFs) into the black. A little more than a week later, how's the holiday shopping season looking for those retailers and how can you cap...

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  • Murdoch's Gamble: Will It Benefit Media ETFs?

    11-24-2009 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Free daily news on the Internet is a luxury that many Americans have become comfortable with. Some feel that they've gotten a little too comfortable. That's why Rupert Murdoch is taking aim at the old model with a new one. Will exchange traded funds (ETFs) benefit, or is this id...

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  • Midday Market Update: Stocks Weaker After Third Quarter GDP Report

    11-24-2009 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Data showing that the U.S. economy grew at a slower rate than previously reported sent both stocks and exchange-traded funds (ETFs) moderately lower this morning. This morning's report muddied the waters a bit for those investors looking for a strong V-shaped recovery. T...

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  • Midday Market Update: Stocks Edge Lower as Treasuries Move Higher

    11-20-2009 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Stocks and many exchange-traded funds (ETFs) lost ground for a third straight day as investors grew increasingly uneasy about a recent move away from riskier assets and into U.S. Treasuries. As investors moved money out of stocks, they moved money into safer investments ...

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  • 4 ETFs to Play the Battle of the Smartphones

    11-02-2009 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The smartphone industry is facing a round of stiff competition. While individual companies fight it out, technology exchange traded funds (ETFs) could be poised to benefit from the battle. Apple's (NasdaqGS: AAPL) iPhone may be threatened by Motorola's (NYSE: MOT) Droid, a sma...

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  • Midday Market Update: Stocks, ETFs Dip Despite Good Signs

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

    Despite strong corporate earnings from some tech-sector leaders and a stellar report regarding the housing sector, stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) fell into negative territory this morning. Positive earnings from the tech sector lifted some spirits: Amazon (Nasdaq...

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  • 5 Ways to Play Earnings Season's Winners With ETFs

    10-20-2009 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The third-quarter earnings season has, overall, been going better than many analysts have expected. As luck would have it, there are a multitude of ways to get exposure to this season's winners via exchange traded funds (ETFs). Although several sectors have notched strong thi...

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  • What Gives Technology ETFs Their Power?

    10-15-2009 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Strong third-quarter earnings reports given by leading technology companies this far may prove to be a strong sign of recovery in technology-related exchange traded funds (ETFs) and the economy as a whole. Recent gains in the technology sector are attributed to improved result...

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  • How 'Smart Grid' Plans Could Power Up Technology ETFs

    10-03-2009 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The nation's ambitious "Smart Grid" program is in its incipient stages but the potential windfall for technology giants, along with technology exchange traded funds (ETFs), could be great. Cisco Systems (Nasdaq: CSCO), IBM (NYSE: IBM), AT&T (NYSE: T), Intel (Nasdaq: INTC) ...

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  • Technology ETFs Are Hot; Will They Stay That Way?

    09-17-2009 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Technology has always been a way for consumers to simplify and improve their lives through new innovation, and investing in the sector through exchange traded funds (ETFs) is a great way to gain exposure to these changes.  Technology continues to be a hot topic with investors...

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  • Why The Technology Sector Is On The Up And Up

    08-28-2009 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    As the pace of innovation quickens each year, the technology sector becomes increasingly appealing to investors. But how do you choose the best of the best? Exchange traded funds (ETFs) can help alleviate some of the risks of single-company investing. The technology sector is ...

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  • Midday Morning Update: Markets Fall Despite Technology Boost

    08-28-2009 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) fluctuated this morning even as the technology sector got a boost from some industry leaders. Consumer confidence, however, remains weak. The Reuters/University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers reported that its final index of confidenc...

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  • What Yahoo, Microsoft Alliance Means for Tech ETFs

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

    One of the most potentially significant deals in internet history has gone down between Yahoo and Microsoft. But what it will mean for exchange traded funds (ETFs) and shares in those companies is up in the air. Microsoft (MSFT) and Yahoo (YHOO) have reached a 10-year web se...

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  • Midday Market Update: Durable Goods Weigh On Wall Street

    07-29-2009 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    U.S. stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) are in negative territory this morning as weak economic news has investors growing increasingly wary of an economic recovery. The Commerce Department reported that orders to U.S. factories for big-ticket manufactured goods, or dura...

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  • Midday Market Update: Lackluster Earnings Pause Wall Street

    07-24-2009 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    This morning, stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) beat a retreat from a weeklong rally that sent the Dow Jones Industrial Average north of 9,000 for the first time since January. Weak earnings reports were a partial driving force for the pullback in the markets.  Softwar...

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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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  • Why ETFs Are the Best Way to Play the Google/Microsoft Rivalry

    07-09-2009 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Google and Microsoft have long been at each others' throats in the fight for dominance. As investors look for a way to play the face-off, here's a reason why exchange traded funds (ETFs) may be the way to go. Although the official lifting of "beta" off of Google's (GOOG) Gmail...

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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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  • Can You Believe In the Technology ETF Rally?

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

    Ten years after the dot com bubble burst, it appears that the technology sector and the exchange traded funds (ETFs) that track it are making a comeback. But can you really buy it? Technology is appealing for several reasons.  On one hand, many of the technology behemoths are...

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  • 3 ETF Sectors That Could Help Your Portfolio

    06-11-2009 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The stock market's recovery has been a bit friendlier to certain industry sectors and its exchange traded funds (ETFs) than others.  In fact, five out of the nine S&P 500 sectors are in positive territory.  So which ones are the top dogs of them all? The first sector that...

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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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  • Is the Worst Over for Technology ETFs and IT Budgets?

    05-17-2009 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    In response to the global recession and in an attempt to curb spending, many corporations cut their technology budgets, to the detriment of exchange traded funds (ETFs). But now it looks like this trend could be coming to a halt. Forrester Research indicates that spending on ...

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  • Midday Market Update: Markets Drop on Weak Retail News

    05-13-2009 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    U.S. stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) are in the red this morning on weaker than expected retail sales, a good indicator of consumer confidence. The markets two month rally has been put on hold as the Commerce Department released data indicating that retail sales 0.4% ...

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  • Why Earnings Season Is Being Kind to Technology ETFs

    04-23-2009 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    As the global economic downturn continues to chug along, the technology industry and its exchange traded funds (ETFs) continue to be wow Wall Street, but will it continue? Apple (AAPL) smashed Wall Street's expectations by posting earnings of $1.33/share as compared to foreca...

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  • Is It Time to Look at Technology ETFs?

    04-17-2009 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The technology sector, along with related exchange traded funds (ETFs), have also been hit hard in this recession. But has it dipped low enough to entice investors back into this sector? There are proclamations from Intel (INTC) that the PC market has "bottomed out," according...

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  • What's Giving the Tech ETFs a Spark?

    04-13-2009 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    As the global recession has hurt every aspect of the economy, some sectors are thinking outside of the box to gain a competitive advantage and boost the market value of their stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs). Sony (SNE) has recently been in talks with Google (GOOG) to ...

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  • Why Tech Companies Are Passing Out Dividends and Powering ETFs

    03-27-2009 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Good news flooded the week for the markets, with the dividend news adding positive results to stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) within the technology sector. The tech industry is now ripe with large-cap companies that are well-established from the dot-com boom. Many are ...

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  • Why You Should Be Diversified, and How to Do It With ETFs

    02-25-2009 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    No matter how old or young you are, the adage about not putting all your eggs in one basket applies across the board from exchange traded funds (ETFs), to stocks and to just about anything in life. Matt Krantz for USA Today had a question from a couple around retirement age w...

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  • 7 ETFs That Hold Forward-Thinking Companies

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

    While a majority of companies are languishing in this economy, a select few are adapting and using the situation to their advantage, which has translated nicely to the shareholders of these company's stocks and eventually could lift related exchange traded funds (ETFs). The re...

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  • 8 Things We're Still Buying That Could Benefit ETFs

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

    Consumer confidence is at all-time lows, retail sales are slumping, and stores are slashing prices up to 90% off, so what goods and services are still selling amid the hold up, and which exchange traded funds(ETFs) are set to profit? For December 2008, retail sales were do...

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  • How Obama's Plan Can Stimulate Tech ETFs

    01-26-2009 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    President Barack Obama is constructing a new stimulus plan, extracting the old-fashioned method of creating jobs through public works, but another sector and its related exchange traded funds (ETFs) could benefit, too. New Twist on Old-Fashioned Projects. The new package will...

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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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  • 7 Ways You Can Use ETFs

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

    How can you use exchange traded funds(ETFs)? When you get ready for a market turnaround, here are some ways to prepare when there's a rebound and you're in cash. 1. Use them for diversification. You don't have to choose one stock. Google (GOOG) or Yahoo (YHOO)? Instead of choo...

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  • Obama's Plan: 5 Sectors, 5 ETFs

    12-23-2008 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    As the economy worsens, President-elect Barack Obama is stepping up with a more expanded economic recovery plan and a way to help Wall street and exchange traded funds (ETFs). The soon-to-be President of the United States is seeking to create 3 million more jobs within 2 years...

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  • Two Key Points for Oil ETFs After Production Cuts

    12-17-2008 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

     OPEC has cut production of a record 2.2 million barrels of oil from their daily volume, hoping to raise demand and support related shares and exchange traded funds (ETFs). But will it even work? Saudi Arabia is cutting production as of Jan. 1, while Russia and Azerbaijan are ...

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  • Auto Company Bailout, ETFs: What's Next?

    12-02-2008 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    After yesterday's discouraging one for the markets and exchange traded funds (ETFs), things are suddenly looking up again. The Dow Jones Industrial Average is trading higher as U.S. automakers turn in their plans for Congress. The lawmakers will debate now whether the industry...

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  • Sluggish Growth Leaves Tech ETFs Listless

    11-18-2008 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The impact of global slowdown resulted in businesses cutting back, which ultimately resulted in a decline in technology stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs). Within the past few weeks, orders for business and consumer tech products have crumbled away, which led technology c...

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  • Tech ETFs Begin To Hear The Crunch Of Credit

    10-14-2008 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The technology companies have so far come out relatively unscathed during the financial crisis, however, sales could catch up to them in the following year, leaving exchange traded funds (ETFs) vulnerable. The latest numbers show that technology industry leaders Intel Corp. (I...

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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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  • Tech ETFs Offer No Shelter In Volatility

    09-22-2008 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Technology has not gotten any breaks from the Wall Street meltdown, and it appears there will be no shelter here from any crisis. Technology stocks were once considered  a safe haven from the financial sector, but this time around, the credit crisis is taking no prisoners. Aar...

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  • The U.S. Is Not Where It's At When It Comes to Tech ETFs

    07-18-2008 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The Cubes exchange traded fund (ETF) is getting socked by downbeat news from the technology sector. Maybe it just needs two turntables and a microphone. First, Google (GOOG) came out with earnings that were lower than expected. Then Microsoft (MSFT) missed earnings forecasts b...

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