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A popular oil exchange traded fund has dipped back into a bear market after a surprise build in gasoline inventories and the Federal Reserve announced it will keep rates unchanged. On Wednesday after the Federal Open Market Committee meeting announcement, the United States Oil Fund (NYSEArca: USO), which tracks West Texas Intermediate crude oil futures, […]

Precious metals- and miners-related exchange traded funds stumbled Monday ahead of the Federal Open Market Committee meeting this week as traders speculate that the Federal Reserve will hike U.S. interest rates this year. On Monday, the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), the largest physically backed gold ETF, fell 0.3%, iShares Silver Trust ETF (NYSEArca: SLV) […]

The precious metals market and related exchange traded funds have done a complete one-eighty compared to 2015 and may continue to end the year strong as ongoing uncertainty would support safe-haven demand. “We believe market uncertainty to keep strong support for precious metals – particularly gold and silver – for some time and that will […]

A cotton exchange traded note has surged over the past week as concerns over smaller stockpiles fueled a spike in speculative buying. The iPath Bloomberg Cotton Subindex Total Return ETN (NYSEArca: BAL) rose 3.1% Wednesday after rising 8.7% over the past week. Meanwhile, ICE cotton #2 futures were 2.6% higher to $0.7265 per pound mid-Wednesday […]

Crude oil prices and commodity-related exchange traded funds advanced the most in two months on a strengthening global outlook and weakening U.S. dollar. However, the widening contango in oil futures points to risks in lingering surplus. On Tuesday, the United States Oil Fund (NYSEArca: USO), which tracks West Texas Intermediate crude oil futures, gained 5.2% […]

After the China’s government reined in surplus capacity, Chinese buyers began hoarding coal supplies, causing seaborne thermal coal for the Asian market to rise to its highest in over 10 months and supporting coal-related exchange traded funds. Year-to-date, the VanEck Vectors Coal ETF (NYSEArca: KOL), which tracks the coal industry, jumped 37.4% and the GreenHaven […]

The corn exchange traded fund plunged in recent weeks, with corn futures slipping back into a bear market less than a month after breaking into bull territory, as much needed U.S. rain ease crop concerns and potentially raise yields in the next harvest. Since its June 17 high, the Teucrium Corn Fund (NYSEArca: CORN) declined […]

Nickel exchange traded fundsĀ strengthened Friday after the Philippines, one of the largest nickel-producing countries, ordered a review of existing mines and their impact on the environment and people. On Friday, the iPath Bloomberg Nickel Subindex Total Return ETN (NYSEArca: JJN) surged 6.3% and iPath Pure Beta Nickel ETN (NYSEArca: NINI) jumped 4.6%. Nickel prices rose […]

Silver exchange traded funds are surging, with silver bullion set for its best weekly gain in almost three years and the precious metal approaching a two-year high. Over the past week, the iShares Silver Trust ETF (NYSEArca: SLV) rose 8.3% and Global X Silver Miners ETF (NYSEArca: SIL) gained 12.3%. Year-to-date, SLV is up 35.4% […]

U.S. equities and stock exchange traded funds extended its post-Brexit rally on the last day of June, ending the first half of the year on a positive note after Bank of England Governor Mark Carney assuaged market fears and signaled a potential rate cut over the summer. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dipped 0.6% over […]

Exchange traded fund investors may find a better way to control their oil exposure through two new AccuShares ETFs designed to track swings in the spot price. On Tuesday, June 28, AccuShares Investment Management brings to market the AccuShares S&P GSCI Crude Oil Excess Return Up Shares (NasdaqGM: OILU) and AccuShares S&P GSCI Crude Oil […]

A rush toward safe-havens and the sudden surge in the U.S. dollar are dragging on crude oil prices and energy-related exchange traded funds after the unexpected results from the United Kingdom’s referendum on its membership in the European Union. The United States Oil Fund (NYSEArca: USO), which tracks West Texas Intermediate crude oil futures, and […]

As the Brexit referendum results triggered a global risk-off event, exchange traded funds (ETFs) that track safe-haven plays surged on the increased volatility. For instance, gold jumped the most since the 2008 financial downturn as traders turned to the Brexit haven, Bloomberg reports. Gold futures jumped as much as 8.1% on three times the average […]

Palladium exchange traded funds bounced Wednesday after China revealed a surge in vehicle sales, and the white metal could continue to outperform as global consumers continue to buy new automobiles. The ETFS Physical Palladium Shares (NYSEArca: PALL) rose 1.7% Wednesday as the palladium spot prices gained 1.2% to $558.8 per ounce. PALL was down 2.4% […]

With the Brexit campaigning suspended after the murder of a lawmaker, crude oil prices and energy-related exchange traded funds bounced on hopes that the halt in campaigning may have sapped the momentum for a United Kingdom break away from the European Union. On Friday, the United States Oil Fund (NYSEArca: USO), which tracks West Texas […]

The slow economic outlook coupled with uncertainty over central bank policies and a U.K. referendum have pressured the equities markets. Investors, though, can mitigate the risks by diversifying into exchange traded funds that track safe-haven assets. Among the list of concerns, an ongoing earnings recession in the U.S., an upcoming U.S. presidential election, an unclear […]

After a volatile start to the year, precious metals exchange traded fund advisors will have to consider factors beyond market risks. On the recent webcast, June Update: Central Bank Separation Anxiety, James Butterfill, Head of Research and Investment Strategy at ETF Securities, pointed out that world growth has stabilized, the likelihood of a global recession […]

Natural gas exchange traded funds surged Thursday after an unexpectedly low inventory injection on improved demand for summer cooling and a dip in production. On Thursday, the United States Natural Gas Fund (NYSEArca: UNG) increased 6.1% and iPath Bloomberg Natural Gas Subindex Total Return ETN (NYSEArca: GAZ) jumped 13.7%. Natural gas futures gained 5.5% to […]

As we head into the second half of the year, exchange traded fund investors should consider potential headwinds like the eventual Federal Reserve interest rate hike and think about how to prepare their portfolios accordingly. On the upcoming webcast, June Update: Central Bank Separation Anxiety, Brian Novak, Senior Managing Director at Astor Investment Management, James […]

The commodity market and related exchange traded funds are finally having their moment in the sun, rallying back into a bull market and outperforming traditional equities and fixed-income assets. Since their January lows, the PowerShares DB Commodity Index Tracking Fund (NYSEArca: DBC) is up 29.7%, iPath Bloomberg Commodity Index Total Return ETN (NYSEArca: DJP) is […]

The coffee market and related exchange traded notes are experiencing wild swings as traders assess the extent of weather damage in Brazil, the world’s largest producer of coffee beans. The iPath Bloomberg Coffee Subindex Total Return ETN (NYSEArca: JO) jumped 3.4% on Monday after surging 3.8% in the previous session. The iPath Pure Beta Coffee […]

Gold-related exchange traded funds surged Friday after updated employment data revealed employers in May added the fewest workers in almost six years, fueling speculation the Federal Reserve may push off an interest rate hike this month. On Friday, the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) rose 2.4% and VanEck Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: GDX) jumped […]

Sugar exchange traded products surged Thursday after heavy rains disrupted harvests in Brazil, the world’s biggest exporter, and a drought damaged crops in Thailand. On Thursday, the iPath Bloomberg Sugar Subindex Total Return ETN (NYSEArca: SGG) rose 5.0% and Teucrium Sugar Fund (NYSEArca: CANE) gained 2.4%. Sugar has sweetened in 2016, with SGG up 14.2% […]

Oil exchange traded funds slipped Thursday after the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries failed to agree on a production ceiling, with Iran planning to pump out more crude. On Thursday, the United States Oil Fund (NYSEArca: USO), which tracks West Texas Intermediate crude oil futures, dipped 0.3% and the United States Brent Oil Fund (NYSEArca: […]

While U.S. equities recorded modest gains in the month of May, exchange traded fund investors largely targeted popular plays that staged a pullback, re-positioning to potentially capture further value ahead. The SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) was the most popular ETF play of May, attracting almost $2.7 billion in net inflows, according to ETF.com data. […]

As we get ready for the summer season, natural gas and commodity-related exchange traded funds jumped Tuesday on warming weather forecasts and rising price momentum. On Tuesday, the United States Natural Gas Fund (NYSEArca: UNG) surged 6.2% and iPath Bloomberg Natural Gas Subindex Total Return ETN (NYSEArca: GAZ) increased 5.0%. Related: Natural Gas ETFs for […]

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% andĀ 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. […]