Commodity ETFs

After hitting a 13-year low on expanding stockpiles, crude oil surged Friday. Oil-related exchange traded funds jumped as traders speculated on potential production cuts out of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries. On Friday, the United States Oil Fund (NYSEArca: USO), which tracks West Texas Intermediate crude oil futures, gained 5.4% and the United States […]

While gold miner stocks and sector-related exchange traded funds look cheap after underperforming broader equities for years, some caution investors against betting too heavily on this area of the market as the sector rallies on strengthening bullion prices. “We believe that gold miners are a value trap for now,” ETF Securities’ James Butterfill, Head of […]

Energy traders can look to a new exchange traded note to track a recovery in West Texas Intermediate crude oil futures or capitalize on market moves with two new master limited partnership-related ETNs. Credit Suisse has launched the X-Links WTI Crude Oil Index ETN (NYSEArca: OIIL), according to a press release. OIIL has a 0.55% […]

Precious metals exchange traded funds have regained their footing and may continue to shine as favorable fundamentals help support the hard assets. For instance, on the recent webcast, Outlook 2016: Don’t Believe the Hype, James Butterfill, Executive Director and Head of Research & Investment Strategy at ETF Securities, argues that deflationary risks have been exaggerated […]

With global markets on shaky grounds, commodity exchange traded fund investors should take a step back and prepare for the year ahead. On the upcoming webcast, Outlook 2016: Don’t Believe the Hype, James Butterfill, Executive Director and Head of Research & Investment Strategy at ETF Securities, will discuss various points of interest, like the Federal […]

With crude oil prices hovering near $30 per barrel, investors have jumped in to oil-related exchange traded funds, betting that the markets have been oversold. Money managers have increased wagers on crude oil prices, reports Mark Shenk for Bloomberg. According to the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, total bets on crude oil surged to the […]

The lackluster earnings season and ongoing economic weakness have caused exchange traded fund investors to shift away from riskier equity markets into more conservative, safe-haven assets. According to EPFR data, investors redeemed over $10 billion from U.S. equity funds in the week ended February 4, the fifth constitutive week funds have recorded an outflow, reports […]

With oil prices stubbornly hovering near their 13-year lows, some oil exchange traded fund investors may be tempted to catch the falling knife. However, fundamentals won’t likely support the energy market any time soon. Over the past year, the United States Oil Fund (NYSEArca: USO), which tracks West Texas Intermediate crude oil futures, plunged 50.1% […]

Gold bullion and precious metal-related exchange traded funds have regained their luster this year, and hard asset may continue to shine as safe-haven demand and central bank inaction help attract investors. ETF Trends publisher Tom Lydon recently appeared on CNBC’s Futures Now to talk the recent surge in interest for gold assets. For instance, the […]

Metals and mining stocks, along with sector-related exchange traded funds, rallied Wednesday on the depreciating U.S. dollar and speculation that the Federal Reserve would not be able to further tighten rates on a weakening economy The SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), the world’s largest gold-backed exchange traded product, rose 1.0% Wednesday and broke back above […]

As energy prices plunge and oil majors tighten their belts, oil equipment and services exchange traded funds will take the brunt of the blow in the beleaguered sector. On Tuesday, the Market Vectors Oil Service ETF (NYSEArca: OIH) fell 4.0%, iShares U.S. Oil Equipment & Services ETF (NYSEArca: IEZ) declined 3.8%, SPDR Oil & Gas […]

Cocoa-related exchange traded notes surged Monday as the El Nino phenomenon fueled abnormal weather patterns across the globe and added to crop concerns in top cocoa growers across the Ivory Coast. On Monday, the iPath Bloomberg Cocoa Subindex Total Return ETN (NYSEArca: NIB) gained 3.8% and iPath Pure Beta Cocoa ETN (NYSEArca: CHOC) rose 3.3% […]

Spring is quickly upon us, and natural gas exchange traded fund traders are already anticipating warmer weather and lower heating demand ahead. On Monday, the United States Natural Gas Fund (NYSEArca: UNG) declined 6.8% and the iPath Bloomberg Natural Gas Subindex Total Return ETN (NYSEArca: GAZ) dropped 5.6%. Nymex natural gas futures decreased 6.3% Monday […]

China’s manufacturing sector slowed for the sixth consecutive month and contracted at its fastest pace in over three years, dragging on Chinese stock exchange traded funds and reversing a rebound in oil markets. China A-shares ETFs that track mainland Chinese stocks traded in Shanghai and Shenzhen retreated Monday, with the Deutsche X-trackers Harvest CSI 300 […]

Gold and other precious metals-related exchange traded funds could continue to gain momentum as the Federal Reserve takes a more dovish stance, but a low inflation outlook may keep a lid on gains. Gold ETFs, including tthe SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), iShares Gold Trust (NYSEArca: IAU) and ETFS Physical Swiss Gold Shares (NYSEArca: SGOL), […]

An exchange traded fund that tracks heating oil futures was on fire Wednesday after energy demand spiked during the recent wintry blast that gripped the East Coast. The United States Diesel-Heating Oil Fund (NYSEArca: UHN), which follows futures contracts on heating oil or No. 2 fuel, gained 6.3% Wednesday as Nymex heating oil futures rose […]

A platinum-related exchange traded fund surged back above its short-term trend line Monday as the ongoing market volatility pushed investors to safe-haven precious metals and bargain hunters jumped on the cheaper value in the white metal. The ETFS Physical Platinum Shares (NYSEArca: PPLT) rose 3.4% Monday and broke back above its 50-day simple moving average […]

As global markets plunged deeper into a correction, investors exited stock exchange traded funds for the third straight week. According to EPFR data, U.S. stock funds experienced $4.2 billion in withdrawals for the week ended January 20, which added to the worst three-week period of outflows since April, Reports Eric Platt for the Financial Times. […]

Crude oil futures and commodity-related exchange traded funds are heading toward their largest two-day rally since 2009 as overdone selling and a sudden spike in heating demand helped oil bounce off a 12-year low. On Friday, the United States Oil Fund (NYSEArca: USO), which tracks West Texas Intermediate crude oil futures, gained 7.0% and the […]

Expiring crude oil futures contracts and storage tanks nearing capacity exacerbated a sell-off in oil and commodity-related exchange traded funds Wednesday. The United States Oil Fund (NYSEArca: USO), which tracks West Texas Intermediate crude oil futures, declined 5.7% and the United States Brent Oil Fund (NYSEArca: BNO), which tracks Brent crude oil futures, decreased 5.0% […]

China’s economy may be slowing but the country’s appetite for sweets is not. The strengthening demand has helped support sugar prices and commodity-related exchange traded products for a third day. On Friday, the iPath Bloomberg Sugar Subindex Total Return ETN (NYSEArca: SGG) gained 1.3% and Tecrium Sugar Fund (NYSEArca: CANE) rose 1.8%. Since the Tuesday […]

Crude oil-related exchange traded funds continued to slip Tuesday, with West Texas Intermediate oil trading below $30 per barrel for the first time in over a decade, and observers warn there may be more pain ahead. On Tuesday, the United States Oil Fund (NYSEArca: USO), which tracks West Texas Intermediate crude oil futures, fell 3.0% […]

Upbeat U.S. economic data and a less anxious market are tarnishing the safe-haven gold trade, with precious metals miners and sector-related exchange traded funds among the worst performers Friday. The SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) dipped 1.0% Friday while the Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: GDX) fell 3.7% and Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners […]

An unexpected natural gas withdrawal rate as a cold front moved across the East Coast stoked a rally in gas-related exchange traded funds Thursday. On Thursday, the United States Natural Gas Fund (NYSEArca: UNG) rose 4.0% and the iPath Bloomberg Natural Gas Subindex Total Return ETN (NYSEArca: GAZ) gained 5.8% as Nymex natural gas futures […]

Another round of global uncertainty is bolstering the gold trade, with the precious metals miners and sector-related exchange traded funds shining in the equities space. On Wednesday, the Sprott Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: SGDM) rose 2.9%, iShares MSCI Global Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: RING) gained 2.5% and Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: GDX) increased […]

Crude oil prices plunged to 11-year lows and energy commodity-related exchange traded funds dipped toward an all-time low as rising supply, a weak China, OPEC discord and strong U.S. dollar fuel the perfect storm. On Wednesday, the United States Oil Fund (NYSEArca: USO), which tracks West Texas Intermediate crude oil futures, declined 5.1% and the […]

Gold bullion and miner sector-related exchange traded funds are enjoying a happy New Year as a bout of uncertainty helped drive safe-haven demand for the precious metal. Gold miner ETFs were among the best performers Monday, with the iShares MSCI Global Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: RING) up 3.1%, Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: […]

As has been widely documented, 2015 has been a dismal year for commodities exchange traded products as investors have dumped funds with exposure to gold, silver, agriculture and energy commodities. Gold futures and physically-backed ETFs have been pressure this year amid speculation the Federal Reserve is preparing to raise interest rates, which has pushed the […]

Natural gas exchange traded funds took a sharp turn Wednesday after rallying on a shift in the weather outlook. Traders who are wary of further weakness in the gas market may want to keep inverse or bearish fund options close at hand. On Wednesday, the United States Natural Gas Fund (NYSEArca: UNG) fell 4.8%% and […]

The iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) and the ETFS Physical Silver Shares (NYSEArca: SIVR) are each down about 11.7% this year, showings that are far worse than the 10% lost by the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD). Investors have previously turned to silver exchange traded funds as an asset with a safe store of value […]