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Investment-grade corporate bond exchange traded funds could maintain their momentum on improving fundamentals. Year-to-date, the iShares iBoxx $ Investment Grade Corporate Bond ETF (NYSEArca: LQD) gained 5.8%, Vanguard Intermediate-Term Corporate Bond ETF (NYSEArca: VCIT) rose 4.9% and SPDR Barclays Intermediate Term Corporate Bond ETF (NYSEArca: ITR) advanced 3.5%. Related: 28 ETFs for Investment-Grade Corporate Bond […]

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 […]

Nigerian markets and country-specific exchange traded fund are surging after the frontier country’s central bank made a policy one-eighty on exchange rates. The Global X Nigeria Index ETF (NYSArca: NGE) added another 1.2% Friday after surging 9.3% over the past week and jumping above its long-term, 200-day simple moving average. NGE is up 25.1% over […]

A speculative-grade, junk bond exchange traded fund has experienced extreme ebbs and flows in assets under management, reflecting banks and institutions’ reliance on a high-yield bond ETF to access the underlying debt market. Over the past month, the iShares iBoxx $ High Yield Corporate Bond ETF (NYSEArca: HYG) experienced record-breaking daily withdrawals, despite its relatively […]

The smaller companies and small-cap exchange traded funds (ETFs) are beginning to pull ahead. Over the past week, the Russell 2000 Index rose 3.4% while the S&P MidCap 400 Index gained 3.2% and S&P 500 added 2.1%. The small-cap segment has been gaining momentum in recent months, jumping on the risk-on sentiment after the Fed […]

ETF Trends publisher Tom Lydon appeared on Yahoo! Finance’s Midday Movers to discuss the Alibaba (NYSE: BABA) Securities and Exchange Commission probe and the future of Microsoft’s (NasdagGS: MSFT) smartphone business. Click on the video below to watch the full interview. The opinions and forecasts expressed herein are solely those of Tom Lydon, and may […]

Investors looking into high-yield bonds to augment their fixed-income portfolio may consider a fallen angel speculative-grade debt-related exchange traded fund. On the recent webcast, Fine Tune Your High Yield Strategy, Francis Rodilosso, Portfolio Manager at VanEck, explained that recent and potential sector growth will contribute to support fallen angel bonds and related VanEck Fallen Angel High […]

Despite a tepid market, India country-specific exchange traded funds stood out Thursday after strong earnings among top companies fueled optimism for further growth in the emerging economy. On Thursday, the iShares MSCI India ETF (BATS: INDA) rose 1.7%, PowerShares India Portfolio (NYSEArca: PIN) gained 1.3% and WisdomTree India Earnings ETF (NYSE: EPI) increased 1.6%. All […]

Middle-capitalization stocks are outperforming this year, and investors can also target the mid-cap segment through related exchange traded funds. The middle capitalization category has also outperformed, with the S&P 400, a benchmark for mid-cap companies across the U.S., up 5.9% this year, compared to the 2.5% increase in the S&P 500 and 0.5% gain in […]

Developed markets have led the charge, with the U.S. experiencing multi-year rally, but now, investors may be turning to developing economies and emerging market-related exchange traded funds in search of untapped opportunities. We are beginning to see a shift to emerging market assets. After an encouraging first quarter, emerging market equities experienced inflows for the […]

In the ongoing search for yields, investors can take a look at an outperforming infrastructure exchange traded fund (ETF) that offers some attractive payouts to boot. The Guggenheim High Income Infrastructure ETF (NYSEArca: GHII), which is composed of the 50 highest-dividend-paying global infrastructure companies, has been outperforming other infrastructure sector-related ETFs, rising 16.0% year-to-date. Moreover, […]

Investors interested in the high-yields of junk bonds but are wary of potential credit risks can turn to a group of “fallen angels” bond-related exchange traded fund (ETF). On the upcoming complimentary webcast this Thursday, Fine Tune Your High Yield Strategy, Francis Rodilosso, Portfolio Manager at VanEck, will help explain the group of fallen angels […]

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 […]

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 […]

Turkey’s country-specific exchange traded fund (ETF) and the Turkish lira strengthened Tuesday after newly elected Prime Minister kept crowd favorite Mehmet Simsek in the administration’s new cabinet. The iShares MSCI Turkey ETF (NYSEArca: TUR) surged 5.8% Tuesday. TUR, though, has plunged 15.0% over the past month in response to the uncertain political climate. Related: Lone […]

A recently launched social media insights exchange traded fund (ETF) provides investors with a social momentum strategy that harnesses insights from big data mined from media outlets. On a recent webcast, The Social Media Index: Today’s Market Sentiment Indicator, Jeremy Held, Director of Research & Investment Strategy at ALPS Portfolio Solutions, explained that the Sprott […]

U.S. new home sales experienced their best month in over eight years, buttressing homebuilders sector-related exchange traded funds. On Tuesday, the SPDR S&P Homebuilders ETF (NYSEArca: XHB) rose 2.9% and iShares U.S. Home Construction ETF (NYSEArca: ITB) gained 3.8%. XHB broke above its short-term resistance at the 50-day simple moving average and is testing its […]

Social media has become an ingrained facet of everyday life, reflecting people’s various opinions on the spot. As a way to harness the freely available information, a new exchange traded fund strategy hones in on online investment discussions and identifies trending stocks. On the upcoming webcast this Tuesday, The Social Media Index: Today’s Market Sentiment […]

The Taiwan country-specific exchange traded fund jumped Monday, testing its long-term trend line, after newly elected President Tsai Ing-wen pushed for closer economic ties with Southeast Asia and a possible increase in smartphone orders. The iShares MSCI Taiwan ETF (NYSEArca: EWT) rose 2.7% Monday and was testing its long-term resistance level at the 200-day simple […]

Greek markets and country-specific exchange traded funds (ETFs) surged Monday after Athens assuaged investors’ fears by laying the groundwork for an agreement on bailout loans and debt relief. The Global X MSCI Greece ETF (NYSEArca: GREK) gained 4.1% Monday on two times its average daily volume. GREK has increased 40.9% over the past three months […]

Materials and the more targeted agribusiness sector-related exchange traded funds stood out in a sideways trending market after German pharmaceutical and chemicals giant Bayers AG made an all-cash bid for Monsanto Co. (NYSE: MON). Bayer confirmed that it approached Monsanto over a takeover bid for $62 billion, or a $122 per share bid, reports Christopher […]

In anticipation of a rising interest rate environment, fixed-income investors should consider exchange traded funds that track floating rate notes. Should expectations of higher interest rates gain momentum, it would not be surprising to see investors embrace floating rate exchange traded funds as additions to fixed income portfolios. Related: 41 Target Maturity Bond ETFs for […]

In response to the so-called flash crash that triggered wide oscillations in the exchange traded fund market, the Securities and Exchange Commission is reviewing the investment vehicle and considering potential rules to obviate trading and pricing disruptions. SEC Chairman Mary Jo White said the SEC is examining the full life cycle of ETFs, particularly Wall […]

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 […]

Semiconductor exchange traded funds bounced Friday after Applied Materials (NasdaqGS: AMAT) revealed a strong first quarter result that beat estimates on rising smartphone demand. On Friday, the VanEck Vectors Semiconductor ETF (NYSEArca: SMH) gained 3.1%, iShares PHLX Semiconductor ETF (NasdaqGM: SOXX), rose 3.1% and SPDR S&P Semiconductor ETF (NYSEArca: XSD) was up 2.6%. Both SMH […]

As the U.S. braces for a rising interest rate environment, exchange traded fund (ETF) investors may adopt a bond ladder strategy to hedge against the risks through maturity- or target-date ETF options. With the Fed intent on hiking rates ahead, investors can implement a bond laddering strategy through defined-maturity bond funds to hedge their fixed-income positions. […]

After the oil bust, energy prices have rebounded, supporting the hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, industry and sector-related exchange traded fund. The VanEck Vectors Unconventional Oil & Gas ETF (NYSEArca: FRAK), which tracks North American fracking and oil sands, has been outperforming the broader energy sector. Over the past three months, FRAK surged 35.4% while the […]

Smart-beta exchange traded funds are a quickly growing segment of the fund industry, combining actively managed investment styles with a passive index-based structure. Investors, financial advisors, institutions and even the Bank of Japan have turned to these alternative index-based strategies. Japan’s ETF industry is being pressed into national service as the BOJ looks to promote […]

Despite a bounce in the mining sector, exchange traded fund investors turned bearish on gold producers after the Federal Reserve’s hawkish stance, piling into a leveraged inverse option Thursday. The Direxion Daily Gold Miners Bear 3X Shares (NYSEArca: DUST), which takes the -3x or -300% daily performance of the NYSE Arca Gold Miners Index, decreased […]

In anticipation of the summer doldrums, many have increased cash positions to sit out potential volatility ahead. However, increasing negative sentiment may signal contrarian opportunities for some areas of the market and exchange traded funds. A Bank of America Merrill Lynch fund manager survey revealed that money managers are increasing their cash positions this month […]