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Metals-related exchange traded funds have enjoyed a rally this year, but traders and the miners themselves are growing more pessimistic over the future outlook. Over the past month, SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) fell 1.8%, iShares Silver Trust ETF (NYSEArca: SLV) declined 4.7%, VanEck Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: GDX) dipped 0.2% and iShares MSCI Global […]

Energy prices inched up to a 7-month high, with a widely observed oil exchange traded fund (ETF) trading back above its long-term trend line, after a significant pullback in crude inventories. On Wednesday, the United States Oil Fund (NYSEArca: USO), which tracks West Texas Intermediate crude oil futures, rose 1.1% and the United States Brent […]

While the U.S. may not feel it now, this summer will likely be sweltering, potentially supporting natural gas-related exchange traded funds as electricity demand surges to combat the heat. According to the U.S. Climate Prediction Center, the U.S. Northeast, West Coast and Great Lakes region have the highest chance for warmer-than-normal temperatures from June through […]

Gold exchange traded funds dulled Wednesday after minutes from the Federal Reserve’s latest meeting showed that the central bank could hike interest rates in June if conditions are right. The Fed minutes revealed that the policy makers are less concerned about risks posed by the global economic and financial conditions and pointed to strengthening U.S. […]

Silver exchange traded funds have rallied along with gold bullion this year, but rising industrial demand for the white metal may help propel silver prices. Bolstering the appeal for silver, the precious metal enjoys heavy industrial demand that benefits from an expanding global economy. Over 50% of global demand for silver comes from industries like […]

The global crude oil supply glut may have turned into a deficit on unexpected production disruptions and higher demand, bolstering oil commodity and sector-related exchange traded funds. Leading the charge on Monday, the PowerShares S&P SmallCap Energy Portfolio (NasdaqGM: PSCE) rose 4.0%, SPDR Oil & Gas Equipment & Services ETF (NYSEArca: XES) increased 3.7% and […]

As energy prices rebound, commodity traders have jumped on oil exchange traded funds to ride the rally from 13-year lows. However, long-term investors should understand that these ETFs track the futures market and come with specific risks. For instance, many have turned to the U.S. Oil Fund (NYSEArca: USO), which tracks West Texas Intermediate crude […]

Federal Reserve interest rate uncertainty is good for gold and bullion-related exchange traded funds (ETFs) whether there is a rate increase or not. In previous periods when the Federal Reserve had been slow to raise rates in line with inflation, gold prices benefited, according to a ETF Securities note, and the Fed seems to be […]

Crude oil prices and energy-related exchange traded funds (ETFs) jumped Wednesday after an unexpected dip in U.S. crude oil inventories. The United States Oil Fund (NYSEArca: USO), which tracks West Texas Intermediate crude oil futures, rose 3.6% Monday while the United States Brent Oil Fund (NYSEArca: BNO), which tracks Brent crude oil futures, gained 3.8%. […]

Gold can be used in multiple ways to diversify a traditional stock and bond portfolio, and investors can gain exposure to the asset through physically backed exchange traded funds (ETFs). “Gold ETFs can play an integral role in a diversified portfolio, offering a number of approaches ranging from core to tactical strategies for both advisors […]

After the U.S. economy added the fewest workers in seven months, gold and related exchange traded funds (ETFs) jumped, with the bullion heading toward its largest gain in a week. On Friday, the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), iShares Gold Trust (NYSEArca: IAU) and ETFS Physical Swiss Gold Shares (NYSEArca: SGOL) rose 1.0% as Comex […]

Each week ETF Trends publisher Tom Lydon sits down for “ETF of the Week” for MarketWatch on Chuck Jaffe’s MoneyLife Show where he highlights big movers and disappointments among exchange traded funds. This week, Lydon looked at the iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV). Among precious metals, silver has been outperforming. Click here to listen to the podcast. The opinions […]

Crude oil prices are finally bouncing back, and investors can also track the ups and downs of the energy market through commodity-related exchange traded funds (ETFs). West Texas Intermediate crude oil futures were down 2.4% Tuesday to $43.7 per barrel while Brent crude oil futures were 1.7% lower to $45.1 per barrel. Oil prices fell […]

As the gold market makes an impressive bull run this year, precious metals exchange traded fund (ETF) investors will have to watch a handful of factors to gauge how far the rally can keep going. Year-to-date, the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), iShares Gold Trust (NYSEArca: IAU) and ETFS Physical Swiss Gold Shares (NYSEArca: SGOL) […]

Commodity exchange traded funds are enjoying their best month since 2010 and are beating traditional equities and fixed-income assets to boot. Over the past month, the PowerShares DB Commodity Index Tracking Fund (NYSEArca: DBC) rose 7.8%, iPath Bloomberg Commodity Index Total Return ETN (NYSEArca: DJP) increased 7.4% and iShares GSCI Commodity-Indexed Trust (NYSEArca: GSG) gained […]

Gold bullion and commodity-related exchange traded funds surged to a 15-month high Friday on a depreciating U.S. dollar, along with rising risk-off sentiment with a equity market pullback. The SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), iShares Gold Trust (NYSEArca: IAU) and ETFS Physical Swiss Gold Shares (NYSEArca: SGOL) rose 1.8% Friday as Comex gold futures gained […]

Silver exchange traded funds have regained their luster this year. Along with rallying with its golden counterpart as a safe store of wealth, silver bullion may be strengthening on increased industrial demand while global economies rebound. Silver and other precious metals enjoyed safe-haven demand as the equities market plunged into a correction. The metal also […]

Gold exchange traded funds have been a bright spot in the markets this year as an extended low-rate environment, depreciating U.S. dollar and volatility pushed investors into the hard asset. At the start of the year, gold enjoyed safe-haven demand as the equities market plunged into a correction. Gold maintained its momentum as the Federal […]

Oil and gas services-related exchange traded funds were leading the energy sector rally Tuesday, with Transocean (NYSE: RIG) shares surging, as a weak dollar and a Kuwait strike prop up crude oil prices. On Tuesday, the SPDR Oil & Gas Equipment & Services ETF (NYSEArca: XES) advanced 4.4%, Market Vectors Oil Service ETF (NYSEArca: OIH) […]

After Europe and Japan enacted negative interest rate policies, overseas investors have steered toward gold bullion to protect their wealth against depreciating currencies. U.S. investors can also capitalize on this growing trend with gold-related exchange traded funds priced in euro and yen currency terms. Gold sales in Japan jumped in March after the Bank of […]

Oil-related exchange traded funds advanced Tuesday as crude oil prices hit their highest level this year on reports that Saudi Arabia and Russia have agreed to a production freeze even with Iran ramping up supply. On Tuesday, Brent crude oil futures rose 3.7% to $44.4 per barrel and West Texas Intermediate crude oil futures gained […]

Crude oil-related exchange traded funds jumped Friday as speculators positioned for stronger global demand and a potential production freeze from top exporters. On Friday, the United States Oil Fund (NYSEArca: USO), which tracks West Texas Intermediate crude oil futures, gained 5.1% and the United States Brent Oil Fund (NYSEArca: BNO), which tracks Brent crude oil […]

Despite Thursday’s pullback, exchange traded fund flows suggest investors are in a risk-on rally mode as ETFs that track safe-haven assets have been experiencing redemptions. The equities market have been bouncing back over the past month, with the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: SPY) rising 3.0%, as investors turned risk-on after stocks dipped into a […]

Investors seeking to diversify a portfolio have utilized gold as an alternative asset with a low correlation to traditional equity and fixed-income positions. Now, REX Shares has launched two exchange traded funds that allow investors to gain exposure to both equities market and gold. On Tuesday, the REX Gold Hedged S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: GHS) […]

Global central banks have shown that they are willing to adopt negative interest rate policies to stimulate stagnate growth. Consequently, in this new so-called NIRP environment, gold exchange traded funds could continue to shine. Given the ongoing NIRP environment, with European and Japanese central banks cutting benchmark rates deeper into the red to promote growth, […]

Oil and energy related exchange traded funds slipped Wednesday as Saudi Arabia’s crown prince laid the fate of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries’ output freeze on Iran’s shoulders. On Wednesday, the United States Oil Fund (NYSEArca: USO), which tracks West Texas Intermediate crude oil futures, fell 3.1% toward its 50-day support while the United […]

U.S. equities and stock exchange traded funds slipped on the last day of March, ending the month on a muted note after a wild quarter that pushed the markets into a correction before clawing back the losses on swift rebound. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 1.5% over the first quarter of 2016. Meanwhile, the […]

Corn prices and the commodity-related exchange traded funds plunged Thursday on a double whammy of expanding stockpiles and increased planting despite an oversupplied market. The Teucrium Corn Fund (NYSEArca: CORN) fell 5.0% Thursday as CBOT corn futures declined 4.5% to $3.505 per bushel. CORN is down 0.6% year-to-date and 18.6% lower over the past year. […]

Gold fever in China is supporting a rally in bullion-related exchange traded funds as volatility in Chinese equities and currency markets adds to safe-haven demand. Gold is among the best performing assets of the year. Year-to-date, the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), iShares Gold Trust (NYSEArca: IAU) and ETFS Physical Swiss Gold Shares (NYSEArca: SGOL) […]