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SPDR Consumer Staples Select Sector Fund ETFFund



  • Change -0.46 (-0.9%)
  • Volume 5.50 M

4:00 PM EDT Apr 17, 2015
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  • Assets $8,132.2M
  • Expense Ratio 0.15%
  • Yield 2.39%
  • Vs 50 Day EMA %
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US Equity ETF

Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR Fund is an exchange-traded fund incorporated in the USA. The ETF tracks The Consumer Staples Select Sector Index. The ETF holds large cap consumer staples stocks. Its holdings include cosmetic and personal care pharmaceuticals soft drinks tobacco and food products. The ETF weights the holdings using a market capitalization methodology

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  • Americans Are Dining Out, Lifting Leisure Entertainment ETF

    04-15-2015 09:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    A leisure and entertainment exchange traded fund is hitting its stride as American consumers forgo grocery shopping and spend more at restaurants. Year-to-date, the PowerShares Dynamic Leisure and Entertainment Portfolio (NYSEArca: PEJ) has increased 5.5%. PEJ targets U.S. ...

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  • Checking in on Staples ETFs

    04-07-2015 10:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    Consumers staples exchange traded funds spent significant time in the limelight in late March when Brazilian private equity firm 3G Capital and Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK-A) announced that H.J. Heinz, a company those firms acquired in 2013, will purchase Kraft...

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  • Getting Defensive With an Old ETF Friend

    03-13-2015 12:30 PM by Todd Shriber

    It may not be a sign that all the easy money the current bull market has to offer has been made, but 2015 has been a bumpy ride for investors. Including today's tumble, the Dow Jones Industrial Average has experienced seven triple-digit moves since Feb. 27. Stomach-turning act...

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  • Sumptuous Staples ETFs

    03-03-2015 09:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    It may not be the commentary on the current equity market rally that some bulls want to hear, but consumer staples exchange traded funds are more than just bystanders in said rally. On Monday, three of the nearly 140 ETFs that made all-time highs were staples funds. That on a ...

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  • Domestic Growth to Bolster U.S. Consumer ETFs

    02-10-2015 02:43 PM by Tom Lydon

    A globetrotting portfolio may help diversify away from domestic equities, but U.S. consumer staples sector and related exchange traded funds may continue to outpace foreign consumer brands. Despite slowing down over the past month, the Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR (NYSE...

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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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  • How Staples ETFs are Stacking Up

    02-04-2015 12:00 PM by Todd Shriber

    Plenty of market observers have speculated that oil's decline would be a boon for consumer sectors, including consumer staples. To some extent, that has been as the Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLP), the largest staples ETF gained 15.7% last year, outperformi...

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  • Small-Cap Consumer ETFs Could Outperform

    02-03-2015 03:29 PM by Tom Lydon

    The strong U.S. dollar has weighed on large-cap companies with overseas foreign exchange exposure, but small-cap consumer sector exchange traded funds may capitalize on improved growth at home. For instance, ETF investors can use the PowerShares S&P SmallCap Consumer Stapl...

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  • Conservative Consumers Keep Discretionary ETFs from Breaking Out

    02-02-2015 03:51 PM by Tom Lydon

    Low gasoline prices put more money back into U.S. consumers' wallets. However, the added boost to income has not translated to outsized performance in discretionary stocks and related exchange traded funds as skeptical consumers hold back. Year-to-date, the Consumer Staples Se...

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  • Listen to What Staples ETFs Have to Say

    01-23-2015 12:30 PM by Todd Shriber

    On Thursday, 37 exchange traded funds touched new all-time highs. In what may be a cautionary tale for the veracity of this week's equity market bounce, at least five of the members of Thursday's all-time high club were consumer staples ETFs. One of those ETFs Consumer Staples...

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  • Staples/Discretionary Ratio Spins a Cautionary Tale

    01-22-2015 07:30 AM by Todd Shriber

    An efficient and ideal method for gauging risk appetite is the consumer staples/discretionary ratio, which is easily applied with the large, highly liquid Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLP) and theConsumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLY). The ...

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  • Greater Demand, Lower Input Costs to Drive Consumer ETFs

    01-15-2015 02:15 PM by Tom Lydon

    Investors can capitalize on lower oil prices and the direct benefit to Americans through consumer staples exchange traded funds with heavy exposure to companies that will benefit from the improved growth outlook. The Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLP) rose 18....

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  • Consumers, Staples ETFs Win in Low Gas Environment

    01-12-2015 08:20 AM by Tom Lydon

    Lower oil and gasoline prices are putting more money into consumer wallets, which could translate to increased spending and continued strength for consumer staples exchange traded funds. Consumer staple stocks were among the better performing areas of the market. Last year, th...

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  • U.S. Equity ETFs Lead 2014 Inflows

    12-31-2014 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Earlier this month, the U.S. exchange traded products hit a major milestone when combined assets uner management across exchange traded funds and notes topped $2 trillion. "Through December 22nd, assets have increased 18% this year from $1.698 trillion to $2.007 trillion based...

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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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  • Important Signals from Discretionary, Staples ETFs

    11-20-2014 01:42 PM by Todd Shriber

    The S&P 500 is up 5.6% over the past month and has been , on what feels like an almost daily basis, hitting record highs. At the sector level, however, there are ample signs investors are eschewing risk, a scenario confirmed by the recent, overt favoritism investors have a...

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  • As Stocks Soar, Investors Pour Into Staples ETFs

    11-19-2014 09:30 AM by Todd Shriber

    After rising for the ninth time in 10 sessions Tuesday, the S&P 500 closed the day at another record high. So did the Dow Jones Industrial Average. The NASDAQ Composite is acting like its 1999 again, but that none of that means investors are taking significant risk with secto...

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  • Staples ETFs Endure Buffett’s P&G Departure

    11-14-2014 03:21 PM by Todd Shriber

    Consumer staples exchange traded funds with large allocations to Dow component Procter & Gamble (NYSE: PG) traded modestly lower Friday following news that Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK-A) is eliminating its stake in the consumer products giant. Berkshire ...

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  • Bond ETFs Dominate October Inflows

    11-06-2014 03:05 PM by Todd Shriber

    As had been previously forecast, October was a month to remember for fixed income exchange traded funds as investors allocated a record $17.7 billion to bond ETFs. That easily topped the previous record of $17 billion set in February. "Consistent with returns, investors largel...

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  • Seeking Safety With Staples ETFs

    10-27-2014 08:20 AM by Todd Shriber

    The S&P 500 enters Monday on a six-day losing streak and is coming off a 4.2% gain last week, one of its best weekly performances this year. With last week's gains, the S&P 500 comes into Monday down just 0.6% this month, putting the benchmark U.S. index to end October...

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  • Consumer Staples ETF To Even Out Portfolio Volatility

    10-23-2014 01:20 PM by Tom Lydon

    I do the "ETF of the Week" for MarketWatch every week on Chuck Jaffe's MoneyLife Show where I highlight big movers and disappointments among exchange traded funds. On Thursday, I highlighted the Staples Select Sector SPDR Fund (NYSEArca: XLP). As a defensive sector, the consum...

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  • Not Exactly an Awe-Inspiring Rally for Some ETFs

    10-21-2014 12:57 PM by Todd Shriber

    The S&P 500 is up almost 1.6% Tuesday and is heading for its fourth straight day of gains following a rocky end to September and a volatile start to October. Even with this "rally," a word that should be loosely in this instance, many marquee sector exchange traded funds r...

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  • More Bad News From Staples, Discretionary ETFs

    10-14-2014 01:02 PM by Todd Shriber

    Let's quickly clear up that headline. The truly bad signs are emanating from the consumer discretionary sector and exchange traded funds such as the Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLY). The bad news comes by way of continued erosion in the comparative per...

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  • Reliable Utilities Sector ETF Leads in Market Sell-Off

    10-09-2014 02:30 PM by Tom Lydon

    In the current equities tumult, defensive utilities sector exchange traded funds have been outperforming the broader market. Since the S&P 500 index's September 18 high, the Utilities Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLU) has increased 1.2%. Meanwhile, the S&P 500 has dec...

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  • At Least Staples ETFs are Loving This Market

    10-09-2014 12:50 PM by Todd Shriber

    It probably is not what momentum chasers and risk-embracing investors want to hear, but consumer staples stocks and the relevant exchange traded funds are surviving in the currently volatile market environment. Although neither ETF is currently trading higher on the day (non-l...

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  • A Tepid View on Staples ETFs

    10-08-2014 09:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    With U.S. equities faltering and September and showing few signs of breaking out of that slump through the first few days of October, this should be the time that investors warm to consumer staples stocks and exchange traded funds. However, investors may find that faith is unw...

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  • Consumer Staples ETFs for Choppy Markets

    09-29-2014 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    As the equities market experiences larger swings and jostles about, investors can turn to consumer stock exchange traded funds, capitalizing on the sector's staying power in any economic environment. Over the past month, the Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLP) ...

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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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  • The Best Sector ETFs for September

    09-02-2014 10:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    With each turn of the calendar comes the opportunity for investors to exploit different seasonal trends, task made easier with exchange traded funds. Of course, seasonal trends are most efficacious when supported by positive price action and other key indicators. With that in ...

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  • Strength in Consumer Sector ETFs May Be Misleading

    08-29-2014 03:04 PM by Tom Lydon

    The strength in retail and consumer sector exchange traded funds belie the growing pessimism among Corporate America. Retail and consumer sector ETFs, such as the SPDR S&P Retail ETF (NYSEArca: XRT) and Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLY), along with ...

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  • Defensive Posturing Seen Amid Big Buying of Staples ETF

    08-12-2014 09:30 AM by Todd Shriber

    The consumer staples sector has not provided investors with much to write home about this year and for the month ending Aug. 8, the sector was giving investors plenty of reasons to cringe. Over that period, the Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLP), the largest s...

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  • Most Searched ETFs: More Summertime Blues

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

    It was a bad end to July for U.S. stocks and that carried over into Friday, the first trading day of August. After dropping 2.2% in July, the S&P 500 lost almost a third of a percent on Friday. Of course there is plenty of debate regarding whether the recent declines mean ...

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  • P&G Props Up Consumer Staples ETFs

    08-01-2014 01:15 PM by Todd Shriber

    Friday is shaping up to be another glum day for the Dow Jones Industrial Average and it is fair to say the blue chip index's 0.6% loss (as of midday trading) would be much worse if not for a 3.4% gain by Procter & Gamble (NYSE: PG). P&G is merely the sixteenth-largest ...

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  • Conservative Plays Top August’s Best Sector ETF Ideas

    08-01-2014 10:30 AM by Todd Shriber

    With Thursday's 2% tumble, the S&P 500 finished July with a loss of almost 2.2%. That could be enough to prompt investors to consider conservative sectors and the relevant exchange funds until U.S. stocks show the July swoon was no more than a mere bump on the road to more...

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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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  • Staples Stocks, ETFs Again Look Pricey

    07-03-2014 08:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    Considering it is allegedly a slow-moving group, the consumer staples sector has had action-packed 2014. The sector was noticeable laggard at the start of the year with the Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLP), the largest staples ETF, tumbling almost 6% before ...

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  • Defensive Consumer Staples ETFs Lead Market Rally

    05-30-2014 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The equities markets advanced to new all-time highs, but defensive consumer staples sector exchange traded funds led the charge Thursday as the Commerce Department revealed a decline in gross domestic product. Consumer staples ETFs also hit all-time highs Thursday. The First T...

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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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  • Sinful Staples ETF at All-Time Highs

    05-19-2014 08:15 AM by Todd Shriber

    Consumer staples stocks and the relevant exchange traded funds are believed to be ideal shelter from the storm plays during times of broader market tumult. That has been the case over the past month. Sort of. The S&P 500 is up half a percent over that time, but the Consume...

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  • Warning Signs in Defensive Consumer Staples ETFs

    05-12-2014 03:07 PM by Max Chen

    Defensive consumer staples sector and related exchange traded funds have outpaced the broader markets this year, but some argue that the conservative play is beginning to look a little frothy. The Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLP) has increased 4.1% year-to-d...

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  • Two Sector ETF Ideas for May

    05-02-2014 09:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    Losses for U.S. stocks on Thursday, May's first trading day, were modest but could be enough added "sell in May and go away" talk. May is in fact the start of the weakest six-month period for stocks, but at the sector level, there are some exchange traded funds that stand tall...

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  • Stupendous Staples ETFs

    04-25-2014 08:15 AM by Todd Shriber

    After a sluggish start to the year, consumer staples stocks and exchange traded funds have come roaring back amid the flight to value sectors over growth and momentum destinations. Over the past 90 days, the Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLP), the largest cons...

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  • Staples ETFs Continue Thwarting Discretionary Rivals

    04-22-2014 02:43 PM by Todd Shriber

    It is not a perfect market indicator on its own, but measuring the ratio of the consumer discretionary sector against its consumer staples counterpart can give investors some sense of broader risk appetite. At the moment, they may not like what that ratio turns up. Over the pa...

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  • Value ETF Investments Still Have Room to Run

    04-14-2014 02:54 PM by Max Chen

    As growth stocks falter, value investments and related exchange traded funds are beginning to pick up the slack, and the momentum trade-off could continue, according to  Morgan Stanley. Value stocks have significantly outperformed growth offerings since the beginning of March,...

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  • Signs of the Times: New Highs for These ETFs Say a Lot

    04-10-2014 01:00 PM by Todd Shriber

    Forgive the generalization, but it is not a stretch to say that many investors with Internet access, a television and those not living in caves are by now well aware of the startling retrenchment in momentum stocks. The most egregious offenders in the momentum repudiation trad...

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  • Get Stuck on Staples With This ETF

    04-08-2014 10:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    Following a rough January, consumer staples stocks and exchange traded funds are rebounding. Fueled by the deep pullback in high beta momentum groups such as biotechnology and Internet, investors are reevaluating the consumer staples sector. It is just one day, but on Monday w...

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  • Two ETF Sector Bets for April

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

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

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  • ETF Inflows Finally Perking Up

    03-18-2014 12:38 PM by Todd Shriber

    Following a lethargic start to 2014, inflows to exchange traded products are finally showing signs of life, but there are still an array of ETFs that investors have not been shy about pulling cash from. "Thus far in 2014, ETF flows have been about as predictable as Alec Baldwi...

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  • Rally in Staples ETFs Could be an Ominous Sign

    03-13-2014 12:01 PM by Todd Shriber

    Conventional wisdom holds that in a veracious bull market, defensive consumer staples stocks and exchange traded funds will be laggards. That was the case last year when the Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLP) offered up a market-lagging 26.2% gain, one that wa...

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  • Herbalife’s FTC Flap Highlights Advantages of ETFs

    03-13-2014 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Shares of nutrition and weight loss company Herbalife (NYSE: HLF) slid 7.4% on 4.5 times the average daily volume Wednesday on news the Federal Trade Commission has opened a formal investigation into the company. Herbalife said it will comply with the investigation, but that d...

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  • Discretionary/Staples Divergence a Positive Sign

    02-25-2014 07:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Just three of the nine sector SPDRs exchange traded funds are higher on a year-to-date basis. The Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLY) and the Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLP) are not in that group of three. However, XLY's out-performanc...

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  • Ides of March Lurking for Staples ETFs

    02-20-2014 09:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    Already off to rough starts this year, consumer staples exchange funds are less than two weeks away from confronting another harsh reality: Unfavorable seasonal trends. The Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLP), already the worst performer among the nine sector S...

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  • Health Care ETFs Face Lofty Valuations

    02-18-2014 11:19 AM by Todd Shriber

    They have been the brightest spots among sector and sub-industry exchange traded funds this year, but a valuation anomaly could be cause for concern regarding health care ETFs. For the first time since 2006, the health care sector is pricier, albeit slightly, than consumer sta...

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  • Staples ETFs Still Have Problems

    02-07-2014 08:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    Consumer staples stocks and exchange traded funds have been favorite hiding places for investors during previous periods of market tumult. That has not been the case this year. Even with Thursday's 1.1% gain, the Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLP) is down 4.4%...

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  • Staples Struggle: Normally Dependable ETFs Wilting in 2014

    01-31-2014 09:30 AM by Todd Shriber

    Just two of the nine sector SPDR exchange traded funds are in the green this year, those being the Health Care Select Sector SPDR Fund (NYSEArca: XLV) and the Utilities Select Sector SPDR Fund (NYSEArca: XLU). That could imply investors are favoring defensive, lower-beta fare....

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  • ETF Chart of the Day: Selective With Staples

    01-09-2014 11:53 AM by Paul Weisbruch, Street One Financial

    We have spoken about the imminent earnings season for equities as we head into the end of January and beginning of February, and yesterday we saw some sector activity in options that makes us want to dig deeper. XLP (SPDR Consumer Staples, Expense Ratio 0.18%) February 42 puts...

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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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  • Low Expectations for Utilities ETFs

    12-20-2013 08:15 AM by Tom Lydon

    As a defensive sector depended on for dividends and perceived value over growth and alpha, utilities is not the place for adrenaline seekers. With tapering of the Federal Reserve's bond-buying program confirmed and interest rates expected to climb again next year, utilities ex...

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  • A Look at 2013’s Top Staples ETF

    12-19-2013 09:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Consumer staples stocks are notoriously slow-moving, but the sector's reputation for dependable dividend growth and decent yields has made it a favored destination for scores of income investors. Those attributes have also compelled investors to pour billions of dollars into e...

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  • Vice ETFs are Sinfully Pricey

    12-19-2013 09:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    There is no dedicated exchange traded fund for so-called sin stocks or makers alcohol, tobacco, firearms and casino operators. Military hardware makers can also be classified as sin stocks. However, there are plenty of ETFs with which investors can build a sinful portfolio. As...

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  • More Evidence Financials are Getting no Respect

    12-16-2013 07:30 AM by Todd Shriber

    There is mounting evidence that the financial services sector really is the Rodney Dangerfield of the 10 S&P 500 sectors. Last week we noted that the Financial Select Sector SPDR Fund (NYSEArca: XLF), the largest U.S. sector ETF by assets, like so many of its big bank ETF ...

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  • Fed Forces Correlations Higher

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

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

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  • Fidelity Quickly Makes its ETF Presence Felt

    12-10-2013 10:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    Mutual fund and retirement plan giant Fidelity made waves in the exchange traded funds industry in October when it rolled out 10 sector funds. While many industry observers believe Fidelity is late to the ETF party, there is reason to believe the firm's ETF expansion was well-...

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  • Safe and Sleepy ETF Ideas for 2014

    12-09-2013 01:34 PM by Tom Lydon

    Although U.S. stocks continue to climb higher, aided in part by some high-flying growth stocks, investors have displayed a preference for more conservative, value-oriented fare over the past several years. Over the past five years, investors have poured "more than $16 billion ...

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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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  • 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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  • Investors Glossing Over Growth ETFs...Sort Of

    11-25-2013 07:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Although the S&P 500 has nearly tripled off the March 2009 lows, data indicate investors have displayed a distinct preference for value-oriented exchange traded funds over the growth equivalents. That despite the fact that growth stocks, some sporting rich valuations, have be...

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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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  • Retail ETFs Could Find Coal as Bellwether Wal-Mart Stumbles

    11-14-2013 02:29 PM by Max Chen

    Retail bellwether Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT) cut its forecast for the second time since August, revealing potential weakness in retail sector exchange traded funds ahead of the holiday rush. Wal-Mart now projects profits per share in the year ending January 2014 will be $5.11 to $5....

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  • What to Expect From Retail ETFs in the Coming Months

    11-11-2013 12:15 PM by Todd Shriber

    Conventional wisdom says that the fourth quarter is a good time to own retail stocks and exchange traded funds due primarily to the holiday shopping season.  March is also believed to be kind to retail stocks because that is when fourth-quarter earnings start rolling in. "The ...

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

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

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

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  • Mr. Market May Not Like What Staples ETFs Are Saying

    11-07-2013 06:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    The S&P 500 (^GSPC) is up about 5.5% since Sept. 30. November is the start of the best six-month cycle for stocks and a month in which it has historically been rewarding to own cyclical sectors. Those points may imply that animal spirits are high, but stodgy consumer stapl...

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  • October Charts Show Defensive Sectors Ruled

    11-01-2013 03:51 PM by Todd Shriber

    November is here and history shows that favoring cyclical, higher-beta sectors (think discretionary, industrials and materials) is a rewarding strategy at this time of year. That could again be the case this year and there is evidence to suggest investors are already allocatin...

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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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  • ETF Chart of the Day: Sticking With Staples

    10-29-2013 01:13 PM by Paul Weisbruch, Street One Financial

    The U.S. Consumer Staples space sprung to life yesterday on enormous trading volume in benchmark ETF XLP (SPDR Consumer Staples Select Sector, Expense Ratio 0.18%), which saw nearly 40 million shares change hands (ADV is 7.48 million shares). Additionally, listed options in XL...

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  • ETFs for Buy in November

    10-29-2013 07:30 AM by Todd Shriber

    Many investors are familiar with the old adage "Sell in May and go away." The other parts of that story is the going away part usually ends in October while the time to return to stocks is usually November. Investors that doubt the potency of the best and worst six-month perio...

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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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  • 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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  • Playing Defense Isn’t Cheap

    10-24-2013 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The SPDR S&P 500 (NYSEArca: SPY) has advanced 57.3% over the past three years, but bets on select defensive sector ETFs have paid off even more handsomely. For example, the Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLP) has outperformed SPY by 200 basis over the past ...

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  • Some Dividend ETFs Starting to Look Pricey

    10-22-2013 07:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    At the sector level, consumer staples, telecom and utilities are among income investors' favorite destinations. Far from being growth names, stocks residing in those sectors are usually viewed as value plays and, as a result, dividend investing is often thought to be value invest...

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  • Dividend ETFs for the Long Term

    09-08-2013 02:08 PM by Tom Lydon

    When it comes to dividend exchange traded funds, regular income payouts are an attractive feature, but the investments also provide portfolios with diversified, long-term market exposure. Investors can utilize dividend ETFs to access a diverse range of dividend-paying stocks w...

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  • Why Retail ETFs Could Continue to Outperform

    09-05-2013 01:30 PM by Tom Lydon

    The outlook for retail giants is looking positive based on various fundamentals, according to S&P Capital IQ. Three select exchange traded funds that track a handful of mega-retailers have an "Overweight" ranking from the ratings company. "We see (certain) factors position...

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  • S&P Flags Favorite ETFs

    09-03-2013 02:20 PM by Tom Lydon

    The recent slip in the S&P 500 has investors indecisive about equity markets and exchange traded funds that track them. S&P Capital recently reviewed low beta equity focused ETFs and found 13 that are worthy of "Overweight" rankings. "This group of 13 ETFs includes a d...

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  • Dividend ETFs Under Pressure as Interest Rates Rise

    08-26-2013 06:23 PM by Tom Lydon

    Investors turned to non-cyclical, defensive sector exchange traded funds with high dividend yields during uncertain market conditions, but these sectors are starting to fall behind as riskier picks outperform in the bull rally and interest rates inch higher. Telecom, utilities...

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  • Stick to Staples ETFs in August

    08-02-2013 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    On a historical basis, August is not the best month to be long stocks. Once upon a time, the eighth month of the year was actually the best stock market month due to the important role agriculture played in the U.S. economy. The world's largest economy has obviously evolved an...

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  • Consumer ETFs Strong on Rising Sentiment

    07-22-2013 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Investors seeking exposure to the rising U.S. consumer sentiment can pick up spending related exchange traded funds, which have been outperforming the broader markets so far this year. The Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLY) has gained 26.5% year-to-date ...

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  • Consumer ETFs: Staples vs. Discretionary

    07-12-2013 04:15 PM by Tom Lydon

    While the consumer staples and consumer staple sectors both rely on spending habits, consumer related exchange traded funds act differently in a shifting economy. Typically, investors can look at the two consumer sectors as discretionary "wants" and staple "needs." Discreti...

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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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  • Consumer Staples ETFs For Exposure to Drug Retailers

    05-31-2013 04:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Drug retailers are a new sub-industry poised to benefit from the Affordable Care Act as 30 million more Americans are projected to gain health insurance coverage beginning January 2014. Consumer staples exchange traded funds are anticipated to gain more momentum as the drug retai...

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  • Retail ETFs Hold Steady

    05-01-2013 08:48 AM by Tom Lydon

    The retail exchange traded fund SPDR S&P Retail ETF (NYSEArca: XRT) is up 16% year-to-date but analysts warn a consumer spending slowdown could be in the works. Investors who want to take a more defensive posture can consider a shift into consumer staples ETFs to capture any ...

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  • Defensive Consumer Staples ETFs for Yield

    04-15-2013 02:10 PM by Tom Lydon

    With above-average dividend yields and low risk exposure, defensive consumer staple sector exchange traded funds could be a safer way to play the markets. "We think some higher-yielding Consumer Staples stocks are seen as an alternative to bonds, with opportunity for dividend ...

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  • ETFs to Mimic Warren Buffett's Portfolio

    04-02-2013 06:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Investment aficionado Warren Buffett is known for his ability to pick out individual stocks, but if he were to take on broad market strokes with exchange traded funds, then large blue-chips, consumer staples and financials would likely top the list. Buffett has a penchant for ...

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  • Wal-Mart Puts a Damper on Retail, Consumer ETFs

    02-20-2013 08:33 AM by Tom Lydon

    Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT) reports quarterly earnings later this week, but analysts are not upbeat after an internal email warned of slowing sales. February has been one of the most unimpressive months for sales with this retailer and focused exchange traded funds could fall out of fav...

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  • The Warren Buffett ETF Portfolio

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

    Investors want to emulate successful market navigators like Warren Buffett, but combing through thousands of stocks for that diamond in the rough is a daunting task. Buffett is the consummate stock picker but ETF investors can still roughly approximate his Berkshire Hathaway p...

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  • Defensive ETFs to Shield Against the Fiscal Cliff

    12-14-2012 04:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The economy and markets are humming along, but potential risks still loom, namely the so-called fiscal cliff. For the more pessimistic investors, it could be time to look over some defensive exchange traded fund options. While Mohamed El-Erian, chief executive officer at Pacif...

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  • Going International with a Consumer Staples ETF

    11-29-2012 08:37 AM by Tom Lydon

    The U.S. equity market seems to be on pause as investors await the outcome of the fiscal cliff and are uncertain if the economy can withstand the monetary drag. Consumer staples exchange traded funds such as the Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLP) are a defensive ...

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  • Thanksgiving Dinner More Expensive This Year as Food ETFs Rise

    11-22-2012 06:45 AM by Tom Lydon

    The Thanksgiving feast usually adds a few more pounds to the scale but this year it will also leave your wallet a bit lighter than usual. The cost of your Thanksgiving meal will rise this year following this summer's historic drought, which has pushed agriculture and food pric...

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  • Investors Get Defensive with Consumer Staples ETFs

    11-13-2012 11:15 AM by Tom Lydon

    Investors worried about the U.S. fiscal cliff and another flareup in Europe's debt crisis are shifting into defensive sectors such as consumer staples ETFs. "Investors should probably expect a great deal of volatility as we close out the year as more is known about the impendi...

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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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  • Five ETF Sectors to Watch After Hurricane Sandy

    10-30-2012 02:58 PM by Tom Lydon

    Hurricane Sandy, the perfect storm or "Frankenstorm," is expected to leave billions in damages along its wake as it ravages through the Northeast. When the markets start trading again, sector exchange traded funds investors will have to keep an eye on a couple of key areas. Tr...

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  • Retail ETFs at Lifetime Highs as Holiday Shopping Season Nears

    09-24-2012 07:50 AM by Tom Lydon

    Retail focused ETFs are trading around all-time highs as the sector gears up for the make-or-break holiday shopping season. Retail sales increased in August, the most in half a year, buoyed by auto sales and higher demand. A gain of 0.9% beat expectations of 0.6% by the Commer...

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  • S&P's Favorite Consumer Staples ETFs

    08-24-2012 01:47 PM by Tom Lydon

    Consumer staples exchange traded funds have offered investors a safe place to park their capital amid the market volatility over the past year. S&P Capital IQ recently weighted the three largest consumer staples ETFs "Overweight" in a recent note. "Within the Risk Consider...

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  • Quality and Defense with Consumer Staples ETFs

    07-16-2012 07:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Consumer staples exchange traded funds are rated overweight by S&P Capital IQ, based on their defensive nature in volatile markets. The Eurozone debt crisis continues to loom and global growth is stagnating, which has led to stock markets that are uncertain at best. "The S...

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  • Five ETFs Hitting 2012 Highs

    07-02-2012 07:01 AM by Tom Lydon

    Various exchange traded fund categories have flirted with 52-week highs as the latest news out of the Eurozone looks positive on re-capitalizing certain EU banks. The ETFs that have managed upward movement are all from defensive or income yielding segments, on trend with what inv...

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  • Why Consumer Staples ETFs are Holding Their Own

    06-27-2012 09:59 AM by Tom Lydon

    Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLP) is one of the best-performing sector ETFs over the past few months. Over the past three months the S&P 500 has lost 3.6%, while XLP returned about 0.7%, according to Morningstar data. Consumer stocks are steady performers...

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  • Tom Lydon, Chuck Jaffe Talk ETF of the Week: Consumer Staples

    06-21-2012 11:50 AM by Tom Lydon

    Click here to listen. I do the "ETF of the Week" for MarketWatch every Thursday on Chuck Jaffe's MoneyLife Show where I highlight big movers and disappointments within the exchange traded fund market. This week, I focused on the Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR (NYSEAr...

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  • Defend Your Portfolio with Consumer Staples ETFs

    06-21-2012 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Bullish traders are already eschewing safe-haven assets in favor of risky equity plays, but for those who are still wary of a market pullback, consumer staples exchange traded funds are a low-risk way to dip one's toes into stocks. For example, Consumer Staples Select Sector S...

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  • Consumer Staples ETFs Play Defense Against Euro

    06-08-2012 10:29 AM by John Spence

    Defensive sector ETFs such as consumer staples funds have outperformed the S&P 500 since April in a market dominated by European debt fears and the possibility of a Greek exit from the euro. Consumer staples ETFs also offer decent yields as investors ride out a volatile and r...

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  • Consumer Staples ETFs Offer Defense and Yield

    05-14-2012 04:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Consumer staples are a defensive sector in uncertain markets, and focused exchange traded funds can hedge the latest global volatility. The S&P Capital IQ Strategy Team not only sees focused ETFs as a protective stance, but also one with dividend yield and growth potential. ...

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  • What Consumer ETFs are Saying About the Market’s Strength

    05-04-2012 10:45 AM by John Spence

    An exchange traded fund indexed to the consumer discretionary sector is lingering near an all-time high and outperforming the S&P 500, which are good technical signs for the overall market. Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLY) is up 17.7% year to date,...

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  • Retail ETFs Higher After March Shopping Spree

    04-17-2012 07:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The U.S. economy may be doing better than we think as the improving jobs market is translating to higher consumer confidence. The government released better-than-expected retail sales numbers Monday, lifting retail stocks and sector-related exchange traded funds. SPDR S&P ...

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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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  • Sector Rotation Favors Riskier ETFs

    02-07-2012 12:15 PM by John Spence

    Buying and selling patterns in sector exchange traded funds provide more evidence that investors are taking on more risk and chasing the stock rally in 2012. For example, investors are shying away from ETFs tracking more conservative sectors such as utilities and healthcare, a...

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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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  • Worst to First: Financial, Materials ETFs Lead Market

    01-26-2012 09:16 AM by Tom Lydon

    An analysis of exchange traded fund performance so far this year reveals that investors are piling into riskier sectors and moving away from conservative, dividend-paying ETFs that were the top performers in 2011. Some experts think defensive plays like utilities and consumer ...

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  • Defensive ETFs for a Volatile Market

    01-19-2012 08:24 AM by Tom Lydon

    Market volatility scared investors into high-quality, defensive asset classes and exchange traded funds in 2011. As investors fork over a premium for the added safety, some defensive plays have become quite expensive. Last year, defensive plays like utilities, consumer staples...

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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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  • Utilities, Consumer and Pharma ETFs Lead 2011

    12-19-2011 07:31 AM by Tom Lydon

    Disruptions in the global economy have kept international equities suppressed, with a devastating Japanese earthquake crippling the normal supply chain between the Asia economies and escalating concerns over the Eurozone financial debt crisis. However, investors who opted to stic...

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  • Dividends, Safety Drive 2011 Sector ETF Winners

    12-05-2011 10:27 AM by Tom Lydon

    With less than a month left in 2011, the best performers in sector exchange traded funds this year track industries known for dividends and some insulation from economic cycles. They include ETFs tracking utilities, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, and consumer staples. Util...

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  • Consumer Staples, Utilities ETFs Reward Defensive Investors

    11-08-2011 11:19 AM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds that track consumer staples and utilities stocks are among the best sellers in ETFs this year, and their outperformance has rewarded investors who looked for safety in the defensive sectors. Utilities Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLU) and Consumer Staple...

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  • Fall Melt-Up Arrives

    10-27-2011 11:33 AM by Michael A. Gayed CFA

    At the end of last month I penned an article here about how exchange traded funds indexed to the consumer sector were broadcasting a melt-up in equities this fall. A move higher was a high-probability scenario for the same reasons I called a summer sell-off in June. The Sept. ...

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  • Consumer Staples, Discretionary ETFs Suggest Fall Melt-Up

    09-30-2011 02:25 PM by Michael A. Gayed CFA

    In June I started writing about the possibility of a summer crash and it was obviously a tough season for stocks. Now, however, I see a fall melt-up in equity prices. My reasoning for this has nothing to do with gut feeling, but rather has to do with listening to the messag...

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  • Defensive Sector ETFs, Dividend Payers Guard Against Volatility

    09-26-2011 08:59 AM by Tom Lydon

    Many investors are turning to traditional defensive sectors and dividend exchange traded funds to weather the volatility in the stock market. SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: SPY) fell 6.6% last week on worries Greece will default and accelerate the European debt crisis. The...

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  • ETF Flows Suggest Defensive Sector Rotation

    09-14-2011 05:09 PM by John Spence

    Recent buying patterns in exchange traded funds show investors are pulling money from stock ETFs while committing new funds to defensive areas of the market. "Defensive flows kept receiving healthy inflows during last week as investors sail choppy seas," Deutsche Bank said in ...

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  • Consumer Staples ETFs Forecast More Pain for Stocks: Analyst

    08-19-2011 01:23 PM by John Spence

    The outperformance of traditionally defensive sectors including consumer staples exchange traded funds this year suggests more potential downside for equities. ETFs tracking sectors that investors use to play defense in uncertain markets have been the top performers in 2011. [...

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  • Kraft Helps Buoy Consumer Staples ETFs in Sell-Off

    08-04-2011 10:21 AM by John Spence

    Trader screens were a sea of red Thursday but exchange traded funds tracking the consumer staples sector help up relatively well as Kraft (NYSE: KFT) shares advanced after the company said it plans to split into two entities. Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR Fund (NYSEArca:...

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  • Lower-Risk Stock ETFs to Consider

    07-25-2011 02:17 PM by Tom Lydon

    Investors worried about choppy global economic growth and debt turmoil on both sides of Atlantic have been favoring exchange traded funds tracking traditionally defensive sectors such as healthcare, consumer staples and utilities. Standard & Poor's equity analyst Tom Grave...

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  • Consumer Staples ETFs Mixed on Pepsi, Philip Morris

    07-21-2011 12:25 PM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds that track consumer staples stocks were higher Thursday but lagged the overall market as top holding PepsiCo (NYSE: PEP) shares fell nearly 5% after the company cut its outlook. "PepsiCo delivered quite solid results in the second quarter, increasing int...

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  • Consumer Staples ETFs Weather Sell-Off

    06-16-2011 05:24 PM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds tracking consumer staples stocks are living up to their reputation as defensive investments in the latest market pullback. Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLP) was up 6.2% for the three months ended June 15, while the S&P 500 was slight...

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  • Investors Shift Into Defensive ETFs

    06-13-2011 09:28 AM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds that track traditionally defensive industries such as healthcare, consumer staples and utilities have held up better than riskier sectors this year with investors expressing a cautious view on the economy. Every U.S. sector is down over the past month, bu...

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  • Are Consumer Staples ETFs Getting Mixed Signals?

    06-03-2011 07:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    As consumer confidence is flagging, the fact remains that the consumer staples sector is one that can be a defensive back-up, as few will go without their necessities. Exchange traded funds (ETFs) such as the SPDR Consumer Staples Select Sector Fund (NYSEArca: XLP) is down about ...

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  • Will Retail And Consumer ETFs Feel The Pressure of Inflation?

    06-01-2011 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Indications that economic growth might be stalling is revealing itself in the stutter of commodity and equity markets, giving way to the concern of inflationary pressure. Retailers such as Costco Wholesale Corp. (NasdqGS: COST) are still seeing strong demand for their merchandise...

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  • Defensive ETF Plays

    05-31-2011 04:16 PM by Tom Lydon

    Markets tend to slow down in the summer months and conservative investors may look to put their money to work in defensive sector exchange traded funds (ETFs). Utilities, health care and consumer staples sectors tend to be good defensive plays for a slowing market due to their...

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  • Retail, Consumer Staples ETFs Down After Costco Miss

    05-25-2011 03:18 PM by John Spence

    Retail exchange traded funds were in the red Wednesday along with Costco (NasdaqGS: COST) after the warehouse club operator reported quarterly net income that fell short of analyst estimates after a charge. Costco shares "have had a good run of late and are enjoying a healthy ...

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  • Investors Play Defense with Consumer Staples ETFs

    05-19-2011 03:58 PM by John Spence

    Investors have been shifting money to consumer staples exchange traded funds that invest in Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT) and other defensive stocks to provide stability and income to their portfolios. Standard & Poor's Equity Strategy recently boosted its opinion on the consumer s...

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  • Retail ETFs Eye JC Penney, Wal-Mart

    05-16-2011 09:05 AM by Tom Lydon

    Retail exchange traded funds got a boost Monday from JC Penney (NYSE: JCP), which saw its shares rise 5% after the company reported upbeat quarterly results. Sector bellwether Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT) will report first-quarter earnings on Tuesday. Analysts are calling for a 1% dro...

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  • Food, Staples ETFs on Menu After Kraft Results

    05-06-2011 07:35 AM by John Spence

    Quarterly results from Kraft (NYSE: KFT) may boost traders' appetite for exchange traded funds that invest in food stocks and consumer staples on Friday. "Although core Kraft is performing a bit better than expected, our concern regarding Cadbury was reinforced in the first qu...

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  • Coca-Cola Results Leave Consumer ETFs Flat

    04-26-2011 12:34 PM by John Spence

    Coca-Cola (NYSE: KO) shares weighed on consumer goods exchange traded funds (ETFs) on Tuesday after the company reported quarterly results that disappointed Wall Street. "The quarter didn't have the 'Coke Side of Life' feeling," said analysts at Wall Street Strategies in a res...

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  • Kimberly-Clark Inflation Worries Dent Consumer ETFs

    04-25-2011 11:12 AM by John Spence

    Kimberly-Clark (NYSE: KMB) shares were off 3% Monday after the company cut the lower end of its full-year outlook as rising commodities costs hurt the maker of Huggies and Kleenex. The stock is a holding in Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR Fund (NYSEArca: XLP), which was do...

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  • Altria Results Put Consumer Staples ETFs in Focus

    04-20-2011 06:08 AM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) for the consumer-staples sector could see elevated volume Wednesday after quarterly results from Altria Group (NYSE: MO). Altria said earnings climbed 15% even though cigarette sales continued to decline, the Associated Press reported. Altria share...

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  • ETFs Shrug Off Economic Concerns, Close Higher

    03-29-2011 02:46 PM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) closed broadly higher Tuesday after consumer confidence fell less than some analysts had feared, shaking off concerns about stagnant home prices. Shoppers' worries about juggling rising gas and food prices and other household costs flared up in Ma...

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  • ETFs to Avoid If Wal-Mart's Fortunes Turn

    02-15-2011 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    For years, Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT) could seemingly do no wrong. Now it's been hit with downgrade number three. Some exchange traded funds (ETFs) are pretty heavy in the retailer, so you'll want to be on the alert. JPMorgan recently downgraded Wal-Mart from neutral to overweight, ...

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  • White House Budget Questions Stall ETFs

    02-14-2011 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) are mixed in early trading as investors await the White House's budget details and express concern about inflation fears in Europe. The Obama administration's budget proposal for fiscal 2012 carries a price tag of $3.7 trillion, down from the $3.8...

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  • The Case for Consumer Staples ETFs

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

    Exchange traded fund (ETFs) have made getting your exposure to various sectors easier than ever. It's an especially big advantage when you consider the strength of the consumer staples sector these days. Stocks in the consumer staples category have the most market value alloca...

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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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  • 4 ETFs to Play the Coming 'Food Price Shock'

    01-07-2011 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Food prices are on the rise and primed to rise further. We can't do anything about what you're paying at the grocery story, but we can point you to some exchange traded funds (ETFs) that will help you benefit. Here's how crazy it's getting: Trader Mark for International B...

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  • How Mind Games Could Boost Retail ETFs

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

    Holiday shopping and sales account for about 40-50% of revenue profit for retailers. Strategies are complicated this season, as retailers look for ways to lure consumers and move retail exchange traded funds (ETFs). Retailers want your cash now more than ever, and they've got ...

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  • Thanksgiving and Food ETFs: A Natural Fit

    11-25-2010 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    This Thanksgiving, about 90% of American households will have a turkey dinner. If you are not feeling like basting most of the day, plenty of restaurants are throwing their doors open. The urge to fill our bellies with comfort food could be a boon for food and beverage exchange t...

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  • Global Concerns Hold Back ETFs

    11-16-2010 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Global concerns about possible Chinese government austerity measures and debt problems in Europe are overriding positive corporate earnings reports and driving down equity exchange traded funds (ETFs) in early morning trading. ETFs are down even though the U.S. government repo...

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  • Questions About Fed's Plan Sinks ETFs Early

    10-27-2010 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) are headed down in early trading, driven by a published report that is raising questions concerning scope of the proposed new monetary stimulus program expected to be unveiled by the Federal Reserve next week. The Wall Street Journal is reporting t...

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  • Commodity ETFs Lead the Charge After G-20 Meeting

    10-25-2010 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Commodity exchange traded funds (ETFs) are surging higher driven by the commitment by the financial administrators from the Group of 20 Nations to stabilize the currency markets by avoiding competitive currency devaluations. In a statement released at the conclusion of their t...

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  • Emerging Markets Boost Consumer Staples ETFs

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

    With growth coming to a crawl in the developed markets, consumer-goods companies are setting their eyes on the relatively untapped market share of the emerging markets. One may invest in consumer-staples exchange traded funds (ETFs) to gain exposure to a basket of well-known cons...

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  • ETFs Start New Quarter Off on Right Foot

    10-01-2010 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Manufacturing growth in China and rising consumer spending and incomes in the United States have stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) moving upward on the first day of the fourth quarter. The other economic reports aside, what's really moving this morning are India ETFs, ac...

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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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  • Retail ETFs: Is It Time to Shop?

    09-14-2010 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Retail sales actually increased in August for the second month in a row, giving related retail shares and exchange traded funds (ETFs) a lift. But is there really cause to be that optimistic about the American consumer? Merchants are luring shoppers with deep discounts, a key ...

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  • Obama Press Conference Pauses ETFs

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

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

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  • 4 ETFs for the Fall Season

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

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

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  • ETF Strategies for July's Retail Report

    08-13-2010 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    You might expect retail exchange traded funds (ETFs) to get a boost from the numbers. But here's the thing: the growth in consumer spending in July wasn't uniform. Generally, retail sales in July rose 0.4%. Tepid, but it was about as expected. And hey - it was growth, so we'll...

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  • Mixed Consumer News Mixes Up ETFs

    06-11-2010 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Mixed news about the state of mind of the American consumer has markets and exchange traded funds (ETFs) similarly mixed up. Wall Street is mostly flat this morning while it digests the reports. The news about retail was not great. Sales slowed slightly in May, declining 1.2%,...

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  • It's Unofficially Summertime: Which ETFs Should You Watch?

    06-03-2010 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Summer is unofficially upon us if you go by the Memorial Day kick-off definition. Plans are being made to travel, stay home, drive, eat, drink and generally just have fun. All this leisure time could well pay off for certain exchange traded funds (ETFs). A recent study by USA...

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  • Retail ETFs Sitting Near Three-Year Highs

    04-28-2010 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    One of the largest retail exchange traded funds (ETFs) is at highs not seen in nearly three years, and some of the others aren't far off from hitting their own new highs. But the new highs don't entirely gibe with the still-tenuous consumer picture. Perhaps the truth lies somewhe...

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  • ETF Strategies for the Retail Rebound

    04-08-2010 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    March was good. Very good. Consumers shopped more than they have in several years. Sure, they're not flinging Benjamins with abandon, but the signs of a turnaround are there. Retail exchange traded funds (ETFs) come in several varieties for you to play along at home. SPDR...

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  • Retail ETFs Have Their Work Cut Out

    03-25-2010 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The retail sector is not exactly in recovery mode, however, there are strategies that smart retailers are using to goad shoppers into, well, shopping. Related exchange traded funds (ETFs) may benefit if these tactics help bring back consumers. One thing consumers don't believe...

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  • Food ETFs: Another Way to Play Emerging Markets

    03-16-2010 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The name brands we grew up with may soon become brands recognized by people around the world. Packaged-food companies are targeting emerging markets for their wares and food-related exchange traded funds (ETFs) could hop aboard the gravy train. Packaged-food companies like Kra...

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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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  • 4 ETFs for an Uncertain Future

    12-31-2009 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    After some decent rallies in the markets and exchange traded funds (ETFs), investors have regained a fraction of their former wealth. But investors are still gripped with uncertainty and safe haven investments still have appeal. Health care and consumer staples are traditional...

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  • Forget Inflation? How to Use ETFs to Hedge Deflation

    11-18-2009 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Although many are worried about inflation and its effects on exchange traded funds (ETFs), deflation should be on investors minds as well. In an interview with Gary Shilling, Heesun Wee of Tech Ticker states that Shilling believes deflation is inevitable because of technolog...

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  • Midday Market Update: Indexes Hit Intraday Highs

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

    Stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) are hitting intraday highs this morning on an extremely positive report about October retail sales. The numbers could be just what investors needed to gain confidence about the upcoming holiday season. All three major indexes - the Dow ...

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  • How Name Brands Are Boosting Consumer Staples ETFs

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

    Retailers everywhere are locked in a battle for consumer dollars, and the fight may be most heated in the consumer staples sector as shoppers go generic. As brand names fight back, exchange traded funds (ETFs) can win. The multibillion dollar consumer staples companies are sl...

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  • How to Play Food Producers' Rising Profits With ETFs

    09-29-2009 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Major food and beverage producers have been releasing earnings and early forecasts signal positive results. Have food and beverage exchange traded funds (ETFs) benefited, though? General Mills (NYSE: GIS) and ConAgra (NYSE: CAG) both reported higher-than-expected quarterly pr...

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  • How to Play the Battle for Cadbury With ETFs

    09-15-2009 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    An all-out bidding war may be brewing for the rights to Cadbury as major names in the food industry line up for a piece of the Creme Egg purveyor. There are several ways interested investors can capitalize on the battle via food- and consumer staples-focused exchange traded funds...

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  • Consumer Staples ETFs: How Name Brands Are Fighting Back

    09-14-2009 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Mega-giant packaged food companies usually attract investors with the lure of moderate but stable growth, but related consumer staples exchange traded funds (ETFs) have been telling another story about these market players. Food producers were usually threatened only by rising...

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  • 4 Sector ETFs for an Overextended Market

    09-03-2009 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    For most investors, the typical rules of investing have been shattered. You may be astonished at the rise of stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) since the market's March 9 low. If you believe the market may be overextended, there are some ways to play it. The stock market...

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  • How Going Generic Has Affected Consumer Staples ETFs

    08-27-2009 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Consumer staples used to be seen as a recession-proof sector that could withstand any downturn. But the consumer staples sector has lagged in this recession. How have the related exchange traded funds (ETFs) managed to stay afloat? Shoppers might not be able to afford Rolex wa...

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  • Retail ETFs to Represent All Shopping Habits

    08-11-2009 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    There is some good news that consumers are beginning to spend again, but how much and is it enough to heal markets and exchange traded funds (ETFs) is yet to be seen. The rapid recovery in stock prices has consumers and U.S. companies hopeful that a "wealthy" feeling will ret...

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  • How to Play the Consumer Spending Slump With ETFs

    08-06-2009 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Consumer spending, or the lack thereof, continues to be a thorn in the side of the economic recovery effort. Shoppers kept their wallets shut in July, but that doesn't mean you have to avoid retail exchange traded funds (ETFs) altogether. Consumer spending is a huge indicator...

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  • What Retail Sales Trends Signal About ETF's Direction

    07-19-2009 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Consumption. It's what drives the American economy. Retail trends are likely to recover but at a more slower pace, and exchange traded funds (ETFs) could be one way to trace the recovery of consumer habits and retail. Recent retail trends are likely to continue for awhile. Tha...

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  • Consumer Spending and ETFs: What's a Comeback Going to Take?

    06-18-2009 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Positive news regarding inflation is indicating that those worries should start to ease, thanks to a lower-than-expected rise in producer prices.  This is great news, but how will it affect consumer spending and the exchange traded funds (ETFs) that follow this economic indicator...

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  • Midday Market Update: Consumers Are Feeling Better

    05-15-2009 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    As investors place small bets on the markets in morning trading, stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) are floating in mixed waters, despite upbeat economic news about U.S. consumers. One positive economic indicator was the result of  a report which indicated that New-York ...

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

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

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

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  • Why Value Still Rules With Retail ETFs

    05-12-2009 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Retail sales are still not back to where they were, but retailers and the sector's exchange traded funds (ETFs) are seeing signs of easing, much to the relief of many. But will it continue?Retail sales overall were up 1.2% from one year earlier, however, in general the sentiment...

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  • Midday Market Update: Markets Waver on Bank Worries

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

    U.S. stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) are in negative territory this morning giving back some of the gains seen in yesterday's rally. More than half of the banks that underwent federal government stress tests will be required to raise more capital to meet buffer requirem...

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  • How Higher Product Prices Can Signal ETF Strength

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

    When it seems like everyone is being affected by the global economic meltdown, there are a few sectors, and exchange traded funds (ETFs) that track these sectors, that seem to be immune from having to slash prices to attract consumers. In a time of a recession and depressed con...

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  • 4 Reasons Decline in Commodity Prices, ETFs Hasn't Hit Groceries

    03-05-2009 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Commodities and the exchange traded funds (ETFs) that track the sector have taken a bath, so why hasn't the price of a box of cereal at your grocery store gotten any cheaper? Jerry Hirsch of The Los Angeles Times states the following reasons: There is a tug-of-war between ...

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  • 3 ETF Sectors That Are Earnings Season Winners

    02-23-2009 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    If you were remotely tuned into the events of our economy, you may have noticed that the fourth quarter was not our heyday. But there were sectors in the S&P 500 with corresponding exchange traded funds (ETFs) that managed to demonstrate might. The unofficial fourth quarte...

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  • History Not on Side of Consumer Staples ETFs

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

    Exchange traded fund (ETF) investors have had small fortunes ravaged by the bear, sometimes seemingly overnight. The fear that surfaces in volatile markets usually drives an investor to make an emotionally charged decision, selling stocks or ETFs at a loss, rather than bargain-hu...

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  • Consumer Staples ETFs Outperform, But Still Are Down

    11-04-2008 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Despite a recession, financial pros are touting the consumer staples portfolios and exchange traded funds (ETFs) as good performers during the next few months. This year so far, some of the better performers are those funds that zero in on toothpaste, food and paper towels. So...

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  • ETFs Give Investors Choices In Any Climate

    11-01-2008 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded fund (ETF) investors can play defense with their fund choices by focusing on areas of the market that hold up better in a downturn than other sectors. Many market analysts believe we are in a recession, defined as two consecutive quarters of a decline in gross ...

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  • Consumer Staples ETF Could Be Hit By Slower Food Spending

    10-28-2008 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The consumer staples sector has typically been considered a defensive play in a down economy, but what's an exchange traded fund (ETF) to do when families start cutting back on food, of all things? According to a recent study, more American families are going to depend on food...

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  • A 'Poor' Feeling Hits Retail ETFs

    10-07-2008 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    During tough economic times consumers usually pull back on their spending, and this market is no exception, as exchange traded funds (ETFs) that track consumerism have pulled back, leaving room only for necessities. Falling home values, higher gas prices and more expensive foo...

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  • Food Industry's Value Approach Could Feed ETFs

    10-01-2008 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    As food prices soar, food companies are trying to steer consumers toward cheaper, high-margin products, in hopes of raising profits and delivering a nice side effect to related exchange traded funds (ETFs). The latest advertising strategy comes from three companies, Kellogg Co...

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  • Retail ETFs Rose In August Despite Flat Spending

    09-29-2008 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Consumer spending became even weaker in August as back-to-school shopping failed to deliver a boost to the sector, even though retail exchange traded funds (ETFs) managed small gains for the month. Spending was the weakest it's been in six months as the boost from the economic...

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  • Holiday Season May Not Be Merry for Retail ETFs

    09-24-2008 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    This holiday season may not have retailers decking the halls, as most consumers are facing a thinning wallet, leaving exchange traded funds (ETFs) to follow. U.S. retailers are expected to post the smallest holiday gains in six years, as consumers are tackling unemployment, mi...

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  • Consumer Mood Lifts ETFs, Retail Numbers Take Them Lower

    09-12-2008 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The mood of consumers has risen to an eight-month high this month, and the performance of retail exchange traded funds (ETFs) are reflecting the lighter mood. The jump in the confidence index was unexpected, and it was the biggest monthly jump since January 2004, reports Steve...

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  • There Are ETFs You Can Use to Hide From the Bear

    09-11-2008 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The markets are ugly, and many exchange traded funds (ETFs) are reflecting that. But as we always say, even as some areas are down, there are other areas that are performing well. You just have to take the time to look. Jim Wiandt for Index Universe gets started with some ETFs...

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  • Falling Gas Prices Make Consumers and Retail ETFs Happy

    08-26-2008 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    What do you know? Falling gas prices this month lifted the collective mood of consumers and exchange traded funds (ETFs). It's had quite an effect, too: the increase in confidence is the biggest in two years, reports Anne D'Innocenzio for the Associated Press. It's also the seco...

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  • Inflation, Housing Numbers Show ETFs, Markets Still In the Thick Of It

    08-19-2008 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Life is getting more expensive these days, and exchange traded funds (ETFs) could reflect it. Wholesale prices are shooting up at their fastest clip since 1981. Inflation surged 1.2% in July, more than twice what had been expected, reports Martin Crutsinger for the Associated ...

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  • Weak Auto Sales Weigh Down Retail Sector and ETFs

    08-13-2008 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The retail sector and exchange traded funds (ETFs) are a little down in the dumps today after reports show that consumers are still getting squeezed by high fuel prices. Sales fell in July, and it was the weakest performance in five months, reports Martin Crutsinger for the As...

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  • Consumers, Real Estate ETFs Looking Up

    07-29-2008 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Home prices are down and exchange traded funds (ETFs) are up. The Case-Shiller index of 20 cities in the United States fell 15.8% in May compared with a year ago, a record decline since its 2000 inception, reports J.W. Elphinstone for the Associated Press. Not one city in the ...

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  • Kraft's Earnings Could Fuel Consumer Staples ETFs

    07-28-2008 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The fond memories you have for your college diet might deliver an energy boost to consumer staples exchange traded funds (ETFs). Kraft Foods (KFT) reported its second-quarter earnings, which rose 4%, reports Emily Fredrix for the Associated Press. Could higher food prices bein...

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  • Earnings Around the Markets Boost Energy, Food ETFs

    07-23-2008 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Glug, glug, glug. That's the sound of Pepsi's second-quarter profit rising, which has bubbled up the food and beverage exchange traded fund (ETF). PepsiCo (PEP) reported a 9% jump in profits in the most recent quarter, thanks to strong international sales and a weak U.S. dolla...

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  • Wal-Mart Supplier ETF Getting Boost From Slow Economy?

    07-21-2008 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    One of the areas that has demonstrated strength during this economic downturn is consumer spending on necessities, which might be benefiting the Wal-Mart supplier exchange traded fund (ETF). Any strength shown among consumer spending in recent months has mostly been attributed...

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  • Retail Sales Lift ETFs In June, But It's Not Frivolous Spending

    07-10-2008 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    If you took that rebate check and went shopping, give yourself a hearty pat on the back, because you just might have helped some retail exchange traded funds (ETFs) in June. Retail sales overall rose 4.3%, reports Anne D'Innocenzio for the Associated Press. Wal-Mart (WMT) and ...

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Number of Holdings: 39

Consumer Staples 100%
Household Products 21.8%
Beverages 20.8%
Tobacco 15%
Packaged Food 13.8%
Food & Drug Stores 12.7%
Mass Merchants 10.7%
Agricultural Producers 3.6%
Food Products Wholesalers 1.5%
Unknown 0.1%
United States 99.7%
Unknown 0.3%
Large-cap 98.4%
Mid-cap 1.3%
Unknown 0.3%

Number of Holdings: 39





Market Cap


12.5% PG Procter & Gamble Co/... US Stocks 222603030000 United States
8.8% KO Coca-Cola Co/The Real Estate 177710290000 United States
7.0% WMT Wal-Mart Stores Inc Real Estate 260440040000 United States
6.7% PM Philip Morris Intern... Real Estate 119682910000 United States
6.5% CVS CVS Health Corp Real Estate 116603190000 United States
5.1% MO Altria Group Inc Real Estate 100809330000 United States
4.7% WBA Walgreens Boots Alli... Real Estate 93702340000 United States
4.5% PEP PepsiCo Inc Real Estate 141846640000 United States
3.8% COST Costco Wholesale Cor... Real Estate 66713300000 United States
3.4% CL Colgate-Palmolive Co Real Estate 62871000000 United States

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