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As the economy improves and consumers begin to spend again, investors can capitalize on the growth through consumer discretionary exchange traded funds. Consumer stocks have benefited from stronger household finances, rising employment and slowly expanding wages. Additionally, the plunge in energy prices, along with lower price tags at the gas pumps, have helped kept more […]

With more consumers turning to online shopping avenues, investors may capitalize on the growing trend through a targeted internet retail or e-commerce exchange traded fund. The Amplify Online Retail ETF (NasdaqGM: IBUY), which began trading April 20, tries to track the performance of the EQM Online Retail Index, which is comprised of global companies that […]

As consumers turn away from brick-and-mortar stores in favor of online outlets, electric commerce-related internet exchange traded funds have outperformed the traditional retail sector. The internet retail sub-industry revealed the highest earnings growth at 143.1% for all 13 retail sub-industries, John Butters, Senior Earnings Analyst at FactSet, said in a note. In contrast, the department […]

Investors could eat up the restaurant industry and sector-related exchange traded fund as the dining sector gains momentum, with Darden Restaurants (NYSE: DRI) revealing better-than-expected earnings. Year-to-date, the Restaurant ETF (NasdaqGM: BITE), a dedicated restaurant-related ETF, rose 3.9%. On Tuesday, Darden Restaurants, which owns a group of dining names like Olive Garden, posted better than […]

The so-called earnings recession may have extended over the first quarter. Nevertheless, exchange traded fund investors may still find opportunities in some sectors that continue to grow. Capital IQ aggregate first quarter 2016 S&P 500 earnings-per-share are estimated to be $26.37, or a 7.5% decline year-over-year, compared to a 4.2% decrease for Q4 2015, Sam […]

Slow and steady value and conservative sectors are leading market gains RPV was best performing non-leveraged ETF across various Morningstar style categories  Close behind was RZV, which like RPV, targets companies exhibiting a value characteristic Since the start of the bull market, we may come to expect growth stocks like biotechnology and technology-sector exchange traded […]

Indian stocks and ETFs jump amid government budget proposal to boost economy $12.9 billion proposed on rural programs such as expanding irrigation projects, crop insurance and village roads ETF investors who are seeking to tap into the developing economies should focus on the potential growth in consumer sectors Indian stocks and country-specific exchange traded funds jumped […]

The market sell-off has dragged on growth stocks. With the Nasdaq recovering, some sector exchange traded funds may surprise investors. While a rebound in growth stocks may cause investors to turn back to the PowerShares QQQ (NasdaqGM: QQQ), which tracks the tech heavy Nasdaq-100, the technology sector may not be the best area to look […]

As we mull over ideas after the market correction, investors should look at targeted markets and exchange traded fund segments to capitalize on potential opportunities. For instance, JPMorgan Private Bank’s Steven Rees singled out the consumer discretionary and health care sectors after the two areas fell off 9% this year, despite delivering positive earnings growth, […]

Exchange traded funds that track some of the worst areas of the year were among the best performers Tuesday as bargain hunters piled into downtrodden sectors. Consumer discretionary and bank stocks were led the advance in U.S. markets on Tuesday. For instance, the PowerShares KBW Bank Portfolio (NYSEArca: KBWB) gained 3.3%, SPDR S&P Bank ETF […]

The earnings season has been disappointing and weighed on investor confidence through one of the worst starts to a new year. Nevertheless, there are some areas that may pull through the malaise, with decent growth propping up the sector-related exchange traded funds. Aggregate fourth quarter 2015 S&P 500 earnings-per-share are expected to fall 4.94% year-over-year, […]

The $3.5 billion First Trust Dorsey Wright Focus 5 ETF (NasdaqGM: FV) has helped exchange traded fund investors target some high-flying sectors, but the momentum strategy recently cut its biotech position for a defensive play. The First Trust Dorsey Wright Focus 5 ETF follows DWA’s relative strength ranking system where sector ETFs are compared to […]

The developing world is showing uneven growth, with countries like Russia and Brazil floundering. Consequently, investors should pick their spots in the emerging markets and pay particular attention to exchange traded funds that track tech-heavy Taiwan, India, China and Korea. The deepening recession in Brazil and Russia have weakened the BRICs – Brazil, Russia, India […]

Retail exchange traded fund investors will be keeping an eye on Amazon (NasdaqGS: AMZN) Thursday as the online retail giant announce its fourth quarter earnings results. A survey of analysts expects AMZN per share earnings of $1.63 on sales of $36 billion, reports JJ Kinahan for Forbes. The holiday fueled quarter has historically been one […]

Investors may be stuck on the negatives as markets trip at the start of the new year. However, there may be some opportunities in consumer-related sectors and exchange traded funds. “Consumer spending and homebuilding look poised for solid growth in 2016,” First Trust Portfolios economists, led by Chief Economist Brian S. Wesbury, said in a […]

As the markets digest fourth quarter earnings results, U.S. markets are expected to fall further into an earnings recession, with S&P 500 companies likely to show decline in profits for the third consecutive quarter. Nevertheless, there some sectors and related exchange traded funds that may pull through. Profits are expected to decline by 7.2% in […]

The El Nino weather phenomenon is throwing a wrench into the normal weather pattern to the dismay of retailers and sector-related exchange traded funds that depend on the seasonal sales boost. While the East Coast is finally experiencing some winter cold, analysts argue that a spike in demand for cold-weather apparel is too little too […]

Rising personal income and consumer sentiment could help goad Americans to open up their wallets, potentially bolstering discretionary stocks and sector-related exchange traded funds. Year-to-date, the iShares US Consumer Services ETF (NYSEArca: IYC) gained 6.0%, Vanguard Consumer Discretionary ETF (NYSEArca: VCR) rose 6.2% and the Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLY) increased 10.1%. Consumer […]

An unexpectedly weak October consumer sales dragged on retail-related exchange traded funds and potentially foreshadowed a slowdown in spending ahead of a typically strong period for the consumer sectors. On Friday, the Market Vectors Retail ETF (NYSEArca: RTH) dipped 1.9%, SPDR S&P Retail ETF (NYSEArca: XRT) fell 2.9% and PowerShares Dynamic Retail Portfolio (NYSEArca: PMR) […]

With the dust settling after the China sell-off, Chinese tech stocks and related exchange traded funds have stood out this year, outperforming the broader emerging market. Year-to-date, KraneShares CSI China Internet ETF (NasdaqGM: KWEB) rose 15.0%, Guggenheim China Technology ETF (NYSEArca: CQQQ) gained 4.6%, Global X NASDAQ China Technology ETF (NasdaqGM: QQQC) increased 5.1% and […]

Investors may temper expectations for retail stocks and sector-specific exchange traded funds as American consumers keep a lid on holiday shopping. Year-to-date, the Market Vectors Retail ETF (NYSEArca: RTH) increased 7.6%, SPDR S&P Retail ETF (NYSEArca: XRT) fell 4.1% and PowerShares Dynamic Retail Portfolio (NYSEArca: PMR) dipped 2.4%. While the retail sector has been rebounding […]

Kevin Carter, the man behind the Emerging Markets Internet & Ecommerce ETF (NYSEArca: EMQQ), along with ETF Managers Group, a white-label exchange traded fund sponsor, launched the first restaurant sector-specific ETF to help investors capture the rising demand for convenient food services in a fast-paced world. The Restaurant ETF (NasdaqGM: BITE) began trading Wednesday, October […]

All sectors are not created equal. Investors who seek to adapt their investment portfolio to prevailing market trends may target specific areas of market through sector-related exchange traded funds. On the upcoming webcast, How Well Do Your Know Your Sectors?, State Street Global Advisor’s David Mazza, V.P. and Head of Research, Research Strategist Jared Rowley […]

Macau’s casinos and industry-related exchange traded fund are on a hot streak as a week-long national holiday in China sends throngs into southeast Asia’s gambling hub and Beijing considers supporting the Macau economy. Since the September 29 low, the Market Vectors Gaming ETF (NYSEArca: BJK) has surged 10.8%. Nevertheless, BJK is still down 18.5% year-to-date. […]

John Hancock is joining the quickly growing field of smart-beta, index-based exchange traded funds as the money manager launches six multi-factor ETF strategies. According to a press release, John Hancock debuted with six offerings, including: John Hancock Multifactor Large Cap ETF (NYSEArca: JHML), which has a 0.35% expense ratio. John Hancock Multifactor Mid Cap ETF […]

Despite the recent weakness in the markets, consumer discretionary stocks and sector-related exchange traded funds could outperform in the upcoming earnings season. Adam Parker, Morgan Stanley US Equity Strategist and Director of Quantitative Research, argues that the S&P 500 can generate 3% to 4% organic earnings growth for the year, with consumer discretionary leading the […]

After the Claymore consumer luxury goods exchange traded fund closed up shop in 2010, U.S. Global Investors, along with ETF Series Solution, a white label ETF service provider, is bringing back the sub-sector theme. According to a recent Securities and Exchange Commission exemptive relief filing, ETF Series Solution and U.S. Global are working on the […]

The consumer discretionary sector and related exchange traded funds have outperformed the broader market. With a growing U.S. economy, consumer spending may still pick up pace, especially as we get into the holiday season. “Lower gas prices and higher employment have offset consumers’ concerns about anemic real wage growth, higher cost-of-living expenses on items such […]

Minimum wage has been a contentious issue in the U.S. as the presidential election heats up. However, the extra income could go a long way in consumer sectors and related exchange traded funds. U.S. businessman Donald Trump, the leading Republican presidential candidate, said that he would not back a higher minimum wage for American workers, […]