ETF Resumé

XLYTicker Symbol

SPDR Consumer Discretionary Select Sector Fund ETFFund

 

64.83 -

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4:00 PM EDT Oct 20, 2014
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  • Assets $5,914.5M
  • Expense Ratio 0.16%
  • Yield 1.42%
  • Vs 50 Day EMA %
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US Equity ETF

Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR Fund is an exchange-traded fund incorporated in the USA. The Fund's objective is to provide investment results that correspond to the price and yield performance of the Consumer Discretionary Select Sector Index. The Index includes companies in the automobile consumer durables apparel media hotel and leisure industries.

Performance
TODAY 1 DAY 5 DAY 10 DAY 1 MO 3 MO 6 MO 1 YR 2 YR 5 YR
0.0% 1.4% 2.5% -2.6% -5.3% -3.6% 2.3% 5.9% 43.3% 145.6%
Last Close Volume
AVG VOL (10 D) CHANGE
11,587,409 -105.4%
Trend on Last Close
  Price EMA EMA P DATE CROSSED
50 DAY 64.83 66.42 -2.4% 09-22-2014
200 DAY 64.83 65.37 -0.8% 10-09-2014
Technical
ALPHA BETA R2 STD DEV
0.0056 1.118 0.822 0.050
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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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  • Improved Holiday Sales to Boost Retail, Consumer ETFs

    10-07-2014 03:00 PM by Max Chen

    Gearing up for a busy shopping season, the retail and consumer discretionary sector exchange traded funds may experience a little more holiday cheer. So far this year, the retail and consumer sectors have been underperforming the broader market. The SPDR S&P Retail ETF (NY...

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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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  • A Solid Third Quarter for ETF Inflows

    09-24-2014 12:30 PM by Todd Shriber

    After today, there are just four trading days left in the third quarter, so there is no time like the present to examine quarterly flows trends into and out of exchange traded funds. Before getting to that, it must be pointed out that on a year-to-date basis, "investors have r...

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  • Bond ETFs Lead August Flows, Says SSgA

    09-04-2014 02:50 PM by Tom Lydon

    U.S.-listed exchange traded funds added $14.8 billion in new assets last month, but despite August being the best month for U.S. stocks since February, fixed income ETFs led in terms of monthly inflows. Fixed income ETFs added $8.36 billion in new assets last month compared to...

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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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  • Retail ETFs Take It In The Shorts

    08-21-2014 09:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Investors are going short retailers as the earnings season reveals uneven growth in the sector, dragging down retail-related exchange traded funds. The SPDR S&P Retail ETF (NYSEArca: XRT) has underperformed the broader market this year, falling 0.8% year-to-date, compared ...

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  • Discretionary ETFs on the Comeback Trail

    08-20-2014 02:16 PM by Tom Lydon

    The Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLY) entered Wednesday with a meager 2.6% year-to-date gain, good (or bad) enough to highlight the discretionary sector's as the biggest laggard in the S&P 500. With some help from some of the group's most familiar n...

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  • A Return to Discretionary ETFs

    08-08-2014 11:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    The consumer discretionary sector was a leadership for U.S. stocks coming for several years after the March 2009 market bottom. This year, the discretionary group has not only ceded its leadership mantle, the sector is the worst performer in the S&P 500. Encouraged by soli...

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  • Discretionary ETFs Show Signs of Life

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

    The consumer discretionary sector is the worst-performing group in the S&P 500 this year. Reflecting the sector's laggard status, three of the 10 worst non-leveraged exchange traded funds on a year-to-date basis are explicit discretionary plays or have ample exposure to the s...

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  • Strengthening Consumer Confidence to Support Discretionary ETFs

    06-20-2014 08:10 AM by Tom Lydon

    With consumer confidence on the rise and fewer applications filed for unemployment benefits, consumer discretionary stocks and related exchange traded funds might find further support as Americans increase to spending. Over the past month, the Consumer Discretionary Select Sec...

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  • Waiting on a Discretionary Rebound

    05-27-2014 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    It was one of last year's top-performing sectors, but consumer discretionary stocks and the relevant exchange traded funds have been tepid at best in 2014. Year-to-date, the Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLY) is the only one of the nine sector SPDRs to h...

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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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  • Discretionary ETFs: Attractive on Valuation

    04-02-2014 02:53 PM by Max Chen

    Following a weak holiday shopping season, coupled with winter snow storms, weighed on retail names, the consumer discretionary sector, along with related exchange traded funds, is one of the most attractively priced U.S. equity sectors. "With its recent pullback, the consumer ...

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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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  • The Discreet Decline of Discretionary ETFs

    03-26-2014 12:10 PM by Todd Shriber

    Among traditional market capitalization-weighted sector exchange traded funds, utilities funds are leading the way this year. Looking at the nine sector SPDRs, investors will see the Utilities Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLU) is running away from rival sector ETFs in a sign ...

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  • ETFs for Earnings Growth

    03-14-2014 08:15 AM by Todd Shriber

    Fourth-quarter earnings season is essentially in the books and the results, though mixed from sector to sector, were solid overall. Expectations are in place for solid, but weaker profit reports for the first quarter, meaning now is a good time to evaluate exchange traded funds t...

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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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  • Consumer Discretionary ETFs Rebound, Gain Cash

    03-07-2014 12:48 PM by Tom Lydon

    The Labor Department said the U.S. economy added 175,000 jobs last month, easily topping the consensus estimate calling for a gain of 149,000 new jobs.  Consumer discretionary stocks and exchange traded funds may have told investors weeks ago that the jobs report would be better ...

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  • In and Out Like Lions: Sector ETF Ideas for March

    03-04-2014 10:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    March did not start off on a positive note due to the conflict in Ukraine, but there is still time for it to live up to its billing as one of the best months of the year for stocks. As we noted last week, March and April are two of the best months of the year for U.S. stocks. ...

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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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  • A Mixed View of Discretionary ETFs

    02-18-2014 10:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    After ranking at or near the top on the list of top-performing sector and industry exchange traded funds last year, consumer discretionary ETFs have struggled out of the gate in 2014. Even with the benefit of impressive bounces off their Feb. 3 lows, some well-known discretionary...

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  • Eastern Chills: Blizzard Bowls Over Some Sector ETFs

    02-13-2014 02:58 PM by Max Chen

    Winter storms across the U.S. are having a crippling effect on the economy, with some sector exchange traded funds slowing down as businesses come to a standstill. The unruly weather system has closed schools and business, made driving treacherous and cancelled thousands of fl...

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  • Don't Generalize and Get to Know Your ETFs

    01-17-2014 04:38 PM by Max Chen

    As the exchange traded fund universe expands, investors can now choose among multiple offerings for any given market or sector. Nevertheless, investors should look beyond an ETF's appellation and delve into the strategy and holdings. For instance, investors shouldn't solely re...

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  • Sector ETFs to Consider as Earnings Season Looms

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

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

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  • Cyclical Sectors Could Lead Again in 2014

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

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

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  • A Look Back at Our 2013 ETF Predictions

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

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

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  • ETF Chart of the Day: Diners, Donuts Discretionary

    12-13-2013 11:54 AM by Paul Weisbruch, Street One Financial

    With Dow Jones Industrials component MCD (it carries a 5.09% weighting in the index and related ETF DIA (SPDR Dow Jones Industrials Average, Expense Ratio 0.16%) off considerably since the end of November, and on extremely heavy volume in a short period of time, this presents an ...

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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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  • 8 Consumer Sector ETFs for Black Friday, Cyber Monday

    11-29-2013 01:25 PM by Tom Lydon

    Black Friday and Cyber Monday are two of the biggest days for the retail sector in the year, and investors can gain exposure to the start of America's holiday shopping spree through consumer sector-related exchange traded funds. When it comes to ETFs, investors can choose betw...

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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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  • Hedge Funds Like ETFs, but in a Different Way

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

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

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  • Health Care ETFs Prescribe New Highs

    11-21-2013 01:26 PM by Todd Shriber

    Price appreciation just keeps on coming for health care exchange traded funds. Twenty ETFs have hit new all-time highs in Thursday's session and eight are health care-related. There are two leveraged ETFs on the list of Thursday's new all-time highs and one is the Direxion Dai...

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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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  • Tudor Investments Buys Two ETFs, Dumps Three Others

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

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

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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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  • Rising ETF Correlations Could be a Negative for Rally’s Integrity

    11-12-2013 11:50 AM by Todd Shriber

    From the outside, a rally is a rally and upside is to be enjoyed by all but those that insist on going against the trend. However, a deeper look should turn up a rally based on falling sector correlations and that is not the current state of affairs with U.S. equities. "The av...

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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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  • 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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  • Time to Warm to Discretionary ETFs

    10-30-2013 11:49 AM by Todd Shriber

    As if it has not been for most of the past three years. Over that time, the Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLY) has been the best performer among the nine sector SPDRs by a wide margin. Since October 2010, XLY has bested the Health Care Select Sector SPDR...

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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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  • 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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  • Fidelity Sector ETFs Could Impact ETF Landscape

    10-25-2013 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Fidelity, the financial services firm most known for its actively managed mutual funds and dominating presence in the 401(k) arena, launched 10 sector exchange traded funds on Thursday. Although Fidelity previously sponsored one ETF, Thursday's launches mark the firm's first deep...

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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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  • Advisors May be Under-Allocated to These ETFs

    10-17-2013 03:01 PM by Todd Shriber

    Investors are constantly hearing about remaining diversified and not putting all of their investment eggs into a single basket. However, data suggest some fund managers are woefully under-allocated to several previously popular sectors and themes that are easily accessed via ETFs...

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  • Consumer Discretionary ETF Could Have Room to Run

    10-15-2013 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLY) is already up 29.3% this year, making it the second-best of the nine sector SPDR ETFs, trailing only the Health Care Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLV). Over the past 90 days, XLY, the largest discretionary sector E...

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  • Consumer Discretionary ETFs Slipping

    08-28-2013 01:15 PM by Tom Lydon

    Investors are turning against the consumer discretionary exchange traded funds. Still, the excessively bearish outlook can be an opportunity to step in as the sector bounces around its short-term trend line. In a mid-August report, Bank of America outlined a bearish outlook on...

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  • Retail ETFs May Ring Up Gains on Sales

    08-12-2013 05:50 PM by Tom Lydon

    Retail sector exchange traded funds have been one of the better performing areas this year so investors will be focused on retail sales data later this week for continued strength in the sector. The SPDR S&P Retail ETF (NYSEArca: XRT) has gained 31.0% year-to-date, Consume...

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  • Equal-Weight ETFs Outperform Broad Market Counterparts

    07-30-2013 12:57 PM by Tom Lydon

    Equal weight exchange traded funds have outperformed the broader markets while providing investors with a diversified exposure that reduces risk of overconcentration to a single holding. An equal weight strategy gives each stock in the index the same allocation - a mega giant ...

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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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  • Retail ETFs Tick Up on Higher Sales

    03-18-2013 08:13 AM by Tom Lydon

    Retail sales reports for the past month have surprised analysts as data came in higher than expected. Sales rose 1.1%, higher than the 0.5% that was expected due to stronger employment reports and solid domestic data. "Morningstar director of economic analysis Robert Johnson f...

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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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  • ETF Opportunities as Budget Deal Affects U.S. Growth

    01-18-2013 11:19 AM by Tom Lydon

    Despite a resolution to the fiscal cliff, the consequences of the budget deal will still negatively affect the markets and exchange traded funds. One iShares analyst points out some potential pitfalls and opportunities in the months ahead. "The fiscal drag left in place by the...

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  • Top Performing Sector ETFs in 2012

    12-12-2012 05:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    As the end of 2012 approaches, the S&P 500 sectors and related exchange traded funds that are performing the best deserve a second look. Here is a run-down of the top three. "Of the nine sectors in the S&P 500, the two underperforming sectors year-to-date are energy an...

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  • Consumer Discretionary ETFs in Focus for Holiday Shopping Season

    11-21-2012 11:03 AM by Tom Lydon

    Consumer confidence is at a five-year high this November with prospects of stronger spending possible going into the holiday retail season. Consumer discretionary stocks and ETFs such as the Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR Fund (NYSEArca: XLY) give investors targeted ex...

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  • Tom Lydon on FOX Business: How to Play Black Friday

    11-20-2012 05:29 PM by John Spence

    Retailers are kicking off holiday sales earlier this year on Thanksgiving day. Tom Lydon appeared on FOX Business today to discuss which ETFs are poised to capitalize on a blockbuster holiday shopping season. Watch the FOX Business video to see the full interview.  

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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 Gear Up for Holiday Shopping Season

    10-19-2012 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The consumer discretionary sector is sensitive to economic cycles, but despite the sluggish U.S. economy, consumer strength has been prevalent in 2012. Should the economic climate become favorable and the current uptrend continue, focused stocks and exchange traded funds will ent...

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  • Retail Sector ETFs Rated Overweight by S&P

    10-08-2012 04:24 PM by Tom Lydon

    After a better-than-expected jobs report, consumer spending is a key indicator investors will watch as the holiday season nears and retail and consumer discretionary ETFs will be sensitive to the data. "With the beleaguered housing market finally showing some signs of helping ...

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  • Amazon Helps Lift Retail, Internet ETFs

    09-12-2012 03:11 PM by Tom Lydon

    The e-commerce giant Amazon (NasdaqGS: AMZN) has been one of this year's top performers as the retailer expands beyond household goods. For those interested in Amazon as a part of a diversified portfolio, investors may take a look at either retail or Internet sector exchange trad...

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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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  • Why Retail ETFs Need to Get Back on Track

    05-23-2012 02:50 PM by John Spence

    ETFs following retail and consumer discretionary stocks have been among the top sector performers in 2012 but have faltered along with the S&P 500 in May. The sector regaining its footing would be a positive sign for the overall market and sentiment on consumer spending, whic...

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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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  • Retail ETFs Strengthen as Sales Hit Five-Month High

    03-19-2012 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Consumer discretionary and retail-related exchange traded funds are making a robust rebound as the improving labor market helped bring retail sales to a five month high. SPDR Consumer Discretionary Select Sector Fund (NYSEArca: XLY) is up 14.4% year-to-date and SPDR S&P Re...

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  • ETFs for a Rebound in Consumer Spending

    03-13-2012 06:00 AM by John Spence

    Specialized ETFs that focus on discretionary sectors are poised to benefit from higher consumer spending if U.S. employment data continues to improve, analysts say. "With the economy appearing to be in recovery as stronger than expected jobs numbers keep coming in each month, ...

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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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  • 'January Barometer' Bodes Well for Stock ETFs

    01-31-2012 10:02 AM by Tom Lydon

    The S&P 500 is off to its best start in many years, a bullish technical signal since the so-called January Barometer has a decent track record for predicting full-year gains for stock exchange traded funds. Furthermore, cyclical sectors and related ETFs are leading the mar...

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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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  • High Energy Prices Drag on Consumer Discretionary ETFs

    01-04-2012 12:54 PM by Michael A. Gayed CFA

    With escalating tensions over Iran and the threat of an oil disruption occurring this year gradually getting priced into oil, it's worth entertaining the idea that consumers may face some serious headwinds as energy costs rise due to factors completely outside their control. O...

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  • S&P's Retail ETF Picks for the Holiday Season

    12-02-2011 01:49 PM by Tom Lydon

    Black Friday kicked off the holiday shopping season and shoppers will be on the hunt for more deals throughout the holidays. Investors interested in capitalizing on greater consumer activity may start shopping for exchange traded funds that track the retail sector. According t...

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  • Tom Lydon on CNBC Discusses Fed, Market Outlook

    11-02-2011 04:44 PM by John Spence

    Tom Lydon appeared on CNBC's Closing Bell on Wednesday afternoon at Schwab's IMPACT Conference to offer his thoughts on the Federal Reserve announcement and what to expect in the markets the rest of the year. Watch the CNBC video to see the full interview.

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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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  • Leadership Shift in Sector ETFs

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

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

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  • Consumer Discretionary ETFs Shake Off Marriott Outlook

    07-14-2011 10:28 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds that invest in consumer discretionary stocks shook off a 6% decline in Marriott International (NYSE: MAR) shares Thursday after the sector ETFs recently hit an all-time high. Marriott shares were under pressure following quarterly earnings in line with ex...

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  • Consumer Discretionary ETFs, Apple Send Bullish Signals

    07-08-2011 01:41 PM by John Spence

    Although U.S. stocks fell Friday after a disappointing June employment report, one technical analyst sees encouraging signs for the market in leader Apple (NasdaqGS: AAPL) and exchange traded funds indexed to the consumer discretionary sector. SPDR Consumer Discretionary Selec...

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  • Family Dollar Pressures Consumer Discretionary ETFs

    06-29-2011 10:06 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds tracking the consumer discretionary sector lagged the market Wednesday after Family Dollar's (NYSE: FDO) earnings missed expectations and the firm scaled back its full-year outlook. The deep discount retailer reported higher quarterly profit but the r...

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  • Energy ETFs Lead Rally After Consumer, Housing Data

    06-28-2011 12:27 PM by Tom Lydon

    Energy exchange traded funds were the top-performing sector ETFs in Tuesday's stock rally as top holdings Exxon Mobil (NYSE: XOM) and Chevron (NYSE: CVX) added more than 1%. U.S. stock ETFs shook off a report estimating consumer confidence fell in June to the lowest level in n...

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  • ETF Spotlight: Consumer Discretionary SPDR (XLY)

    06-23-2011 04:39 PM by Tom Lydon

    ETF Spotlight on Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR Fund (NYSEArca: XLY), part of an ongoing series. Assets: $2.6 billion. Objective: The Consumer Discretionary Select Sector Index includes companies from retail (specialty, multi-line, internet and catalog); media; h...

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  • Greece Bailout Catapults Stock ETFs Higher

    05-31-2011 10:49 AM by Tom Lydon

    Stock exchange traded funds (ETFs) jumped at the opening of trading on the prospect of Greece getting help resolving its debt crisis as investors overlooked the negative S&P/Case Shiller home price index. European stocks rose Tuesday on hopes that a new aid deal for Greece...

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  • Resilience of Consumer ETFs Encouraging For Market: Analyst

    05-18-2011 04:25 PM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds that invest in the consumer discretionary sector posted gains Wednesday despite the carnage in Staples (NasdaqGS: SPLS) shares and disappointing earnings from Target (NYSE: TGT). Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR Fund (NYSEArca: XLY) gained 1.2% o...

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  • Consumer Discretionary ETFs Fight Weakness in Target, Staples

    05-18-2011 01:05 PM by John Spence

    Consumer discretionary exchange traded funds managed to post gains Wednesday despite heavy selling in Target (NYSE: TGT) and Staples (NasdaqGS: SPLS) after disappointing quarterly results. Consumer Discretionary  Select Sector SPDR Fund (NYSEArca: XLY) was up 0.6%, while Retai...

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  • Staples Pullback to Ring Up Retail ETFs

    05-18-2011 08:23 AM by John Spence

    A 12% premarket sell-off in Staples (NasdaqGS: SPLS) on Wednesday was set to rain on the parade in retail exchange traded funds, which have rallied this year. The office-supplies company reported lower-than-expected quarterly profit and cut its full-year view. "Our first-quart...

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  • Retail ETFs Higher After Kohl’s Results

    05-12-2011 12:49 PM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds that invest in retail stocks rose Thursday after Kohl's (NYSE: KSS) reported higher quarterly net income and boosted its full-year outlook. Kohl's shares added 2% in the wake the department store operator's quarterly update. Sector ETFs that hold the stoc...

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  • Consumer Discretionary ETFs on Menu After McDonald’s Results

    04-21-2011 06:15 AM by John Spence

    Shares of McDonald's (NYSE: MCD) were fractionally lower Thursday after the Golden Arches said its quarterly profit rose 11%. The restaurant operator is a bellwether for the consumer-discretionary sector and a top holding among exchange traded funds (ETFs) tracking that portio...

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  • ETFs React to Consumer and Housing Reports

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

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) had a weak start today on news of consumer confidence and housing prices, but turned positive as the morning continued. The Consumer Confidence Index declined sharply in March, reversing five straight months of improvement.  Consumers were worried...

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  • Consumer Discretionary ETFs: Poised For The Next Uptrend?

    03-11-2011 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Are you thinking this recent correction is a buying opportunity? If so, you may want to take a look at the consumer discretionary sector, along with sector related exchange traded funds (ETFs). While many are affected by unemployment and the housing market, most Americans have...

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  • ETFs Make Gains as Oil Prices Cool

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

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) seized an opportunity to turn higher as oil prices paused for a breath in early trading. Middle East ETFs are leading the charge today. Both Market Vectors Gulf States (NYSEArca: MES) and PowerShares MENA Frontier Countries (NYSEArca: PMNA) are up...

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  • ETFs That Could Be Spiked By Super Bowl Sunday

    02-06-2011 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    If you're looking for evidence that consumers aren't spending, you won't find it at the Super Bowl. Ticket prices are sky high: scalpers were asking for as much as $1,300 before last year's game. There will be no such bargains this year - the lowest price you'll find is $2,000...

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  • Food ETF Benefits As Industry Cuts Dead Weight

    01-25-2011 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Fast food may not be the most lean and mean cuisine, but the operations of its purveyors are becoming that way. Smarter use of money and casting off dead weight could be a gain for exchange traded funds (ETFs) that own these companies. As the economy recovers, fast food corpor...

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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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  • 5 ETFs to Play the Auto Industry's Comeback

    01-06-2011 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The U.S. auto industry returned to profitability last year and sales are expected to surge higher this year. Though there is currently no automobile exchange traded fund (ETF) available, that won't stop you if you want to get exposure to this comeback story. U.S. auto sales co...

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  • 4 ETFs to Watch If Tax Breaks Pass

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

    The government is all about the helping hands these days: the Fed and its $600 billion Treasury buying program, the ongoing Bush-era tax cuts debate. All this assistance has to benefit some exchange traded funds (ETFs), right? The Obama administration stated that the "framewor...

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  • Food and Beverage ETFs Serve Up Returns

    10-28-2010 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    As Americans on Main Street hunt for signs of health in the U.S. economy, one place such health may be appearing is in exchange traded funds (ETFs) that hold restaurant stock. In a tight job market, the restaurant business has bucked the no-hiring trend. In September, restaura...

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  • Consumer Spending Powers Consumer Discretionary ETFs

    10-27-2010 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The U.S. economic numbers for the third quarter came in, and it looks like consumers are starting to spend again, though still not quite as much as before the financial crisis. Hopeful investors who believe in the power of the American consumer may want to take a look at some con...

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  • Consumer Discretionary ETFs: What Happened?

    08-17-2010 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    It was a heady year-and-a-half for consumer discretionary exchange traded funds (ETFs). And then came a series of left hooks that sent the ETFs down as much as 8% in the last three months. What's it going to take for a comeback? These knocks are no surprise. Jonathan Bernstein...

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  • ETFs Hold Off on Big Moves

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

    While exchange traded funds (ETFs) digested the improved labor market news this morning, the markets held off on making any bold moves in either direction. According to the ETF Dashboard, some of the top-moving funds this morning are gold miner ETFs, which is on the backs of s...

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  • Better-Than-Expected Jobs Data Boosts ETFs

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

    Encouraging signals about the economic recovery propelled exchange traded funds (ETFs) higher in early trading, including those focused on oil and the euro. First-time jobless claims fell more than economists expected last week, to 454,000. No one can claim the job market is h...

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  • Craving Fast Food? Here Are 4 ETFs

    07-01-2010 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    No matter what the markets are doing in the United States and abroad, it doesn't seem to kill a craving for a burger and fries. Here are four exchange traded funds (ETFs) that will give you exposure to these thriving multinational corporations. Kevin Grewal for Daily Markets s...

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  • Retail ETFs: Improving Sales Numbers And Optimistic Consumers

    05-14-2010 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The U.S. economy is chugging along and retail sales numbers are in a three month uptrend. The rise in consumer discretionary spending, along with related exchange traded funds (ETFs), may be the beginnings of a sustainable U.S. recovery. The drop in auto sales, which fell ...

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

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

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

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  • ETFs Yawn Despite Q1 GDP Growth Reports

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

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

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  • ETFs 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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  • ETFs Rise as Consumers' Wallets Loosen

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

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

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  • Retail ETFs: Spending Picks Up, But One Area Lags

    03-12-2010 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Word on the street is that the spending trend is once again resuming, but don't necessarily believe everything you hear. Consumer discretionary spending is still at low levels, even among the high-income set, leaving targeted exchange traded funds (ETFs) lagging slightly. Dis...

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  • Domestic ETFs: The Outlook in 2010

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

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

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  • Midday Market Update: Dubai Worries Continue to Weigh on Stocks

    11-30-2009 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Concerns about a possible debt default in the Middle East made investors nervous and weighed on stock and exchange traded fund (ETF) prices this morning. Investors were also concerned about the strength of the holiday shopping season. Investors continued to fret abo...

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  • How to Play Black Friday With ETFs

    11-27-2009 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The competition is fierce for holiday sales this year. So much so, that when it comes to some retailers, Black Friday has already begun. There are myriad ways you can play the bargain-hunting with exchange traded funds (ETFs). Black Friday is the traditional kick-off for the ...

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  • Retail ETFs: Is a Fresh Approach All It Takes?

    10-20-2009 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    U.S. consumers have retreated, and many are not buying anything but what's necessary leaving retailers to rethink their selling approach as the holidays near. Can exchange traded funds (ETFs) prevail in this tight-fisted climate? The picture of the U.S. consumer has shifted f...

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  • Retail ETFs: Are September Numbers Foreshadowing the Holidays?

    10-08-2009 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The September retail sales figures are in, and it's better than expected. But can these results be turned around into a holiday "win" for retail exchange traded funds (ETFs)? Why analysts predicted a 1% decline, sales actually rose 0.6%. Discounts and bargains have helped lur...

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  • Midday Market Update: Service Sector Lends a Hand

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

    The markets and exchange traded funds (ETFs) are trading higher this morning in an attempt to reverse two consecutive weeks of losses. A report from the service sector has contributed to the early lift. The U.S. service sector grew for the first time in 13 months in September...

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

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

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

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  • In Barnes & Noble/Amazon Fight, ETFs May Be the Winners

    07-23-2009 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Barnes & Noble bookseller is starting its own e-bookstore, giving access to more than 700,ooo books online which can be read on a number of technical  devices. It would have them going head-to-head with rival Amazon, meaning exchange traded funds (ETFs) could benefit. Boo...

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  • How to Use ETFs As Market Indicators

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

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

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  • 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: Revised GDP Has Market On Pause

    05-29-2009 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The markets and exchange traded funds (ETFs) have been operating much like they have all week, in the early hours at least, wavering between positive and negative territory.  Revised first quarter GDP numbers were issued on Friday, and the latest figures show that our economy dec...

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  • Where You Can Find ETF Opportunities in This Market

    04-28-2009 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Although many investors are awaiting the big rebound, there are plenty of market opportunities for exchange traded fund (ETF) investors to get in on small daily dips. In reality, two of the three major averages have not moved much over the month of April.  According to Yahoo...

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  • Is Fast Food Enough Fuel for Consumer ETFs?

    01-12-2009 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    McDonald's Corp. (MCD) has somehow managed to keep their momentum and post strong sales during a tough time for the U.S. economy, Wall Street and exchange traded funds (ETFs). In this day and age, people really love a bargain. As of November, the fast food purveyor posted 55 ...

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Number of Holdings: 85

Consumer Discretionary 100%
Entertainment Content 17.3%
Cable & Satellite 11.2%
Restaurants 9.9%
Home Products Stores 9.3%
E-Commerce Discretionary 7.2%
Apparel Footwear & Acc Design 6.4%
Automobiles 5.9%
Specialty Apparel Stores 4.7%
Internet Based Services 3.9%
Auto Parts 3.7%
Mass Merchants 3.7%
Automotive Retailers 2.3%
Department Stores 2%
Lodging 2%
Advertising & Marketing 1.3%
Unknown 0.04%
United States 99.9%
Unknown 0.1%
Large-cap 93.8%
Mid-cap 6.1%
Unknown 0.1%

Number of Holdings: 85

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Ticker

Name

Sector

Market Cap

Country

6.6% DIS Walt Disney Co/The Telecommunications 151828370000 United States
6.6% CMCSA Comcast Corp Telecommunications 138760630000 United States
6.2% HD Home Depot Inc/The Real Estate 125897500000 United States
5.9% AMZN Amazon.com Inc Telecommunications 149117540000 United States
4.5% MCD McDonald's Corp Restaurants 93145810000 United States
3.3% TWX Time Warner Inc Telecommunications 63873320000 United States
3.2% NKE NIKE Inc Textiles Apparel & Shoes 78398580000 United States
3.1% FOXA Twenty-First Century... Telecommunications 73784760000 United States
2.9% PCLN Priceline Group Inc/... Travel & Tourism 59866960000 United States
2.8% SBUX Starbucks Corp Restaurants 57008570000 United States

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