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The Dow Jones Industrial Average is back into positive territory DIA is up 6.5% over the past month and 1.0% year-to-date DJD rose 8.0% over the past month and 1.2% year-to-date The Dow Jones Industrial Average is back into positive territory, recovering from one of the worst starts to the new year and setting up for […]

GLD has gained 18.9% year-to-date, with Comex gold futures now trading around $1,265 per ounce, which has helped riskier stock ETFs shine QQQ, which tracks the Nasdaq-100, rose 7.3% over past month IWM gained 8.2% over past month SPY returned 7.2% over past month Among sector bets, energy has been the best performer in the six months […]

The back-to-back selling in U.S. equities is fueling a rally in inverse exchange traded funds that capitalize off the stock market’s pain. The Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged another 350 points Thursday while the S&P 500 was down 2.1% and the Nasdaq was off 2.7%. On Thursday, the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: SPY) fell […]

Industrial Bellweather Caterpillar (NYSE: CAT) is dragging down the industry and sector-related exchange traded funds after revealing some belt-tightening measures and a weaker outlook in light of the depressed commodities markets. Caterpillar plunged as much as 7.9% Thursday. The company stocks declined after it announced cuts of up to 10,000 jobs over four years and […]

With the markets moving in lockstep, stock pickers may be out of luck. On the other hand, investors may better off riding out the higher correlation in equities with passive index-based exchange traded funds. David Kostin, the Goldman Sachs’ U.S. equity strategist, warned that return dispersion, or the difference in returns between stocks, has declined […]

Despite the recent correction in the equities , markets and exchange traded funds have more room to rise, with improving growth and loose monetary policies to fuel the economy. “Although it’s still entirely possible to have a bear market despite a decent economy, given solid growth and a timid Fed, we don’t believe the current […]

U.S. equities and stock exchange traded funds were moseying along during most of August but experienced a precipitous plunge in the later half of the month after volatility in China and an unclear Federal Reserve policy outlook triggered a market correction. Over August, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 6.6%, the Nasdaq Composite decreased 7.0% […]

Materials sector exchange traded funds could stuck in a rough patch as chemical industry activity slows. The Chemical Activity Barometer (CAB), which tracks production, inventory and selling prices of numerous chemicals, along with prices of chemical stocks, only rose 1.8% in August year-over-year, the slowest pace since 2012, reports Anthony Feld for Bloomberg. Kevin Swift, […]

Back on October 29, 2014, the Federal Reserve ended its largest round of quantitative easing (QE3/QE4). The unconventional policy of buying market-based assets with electronically created credits (dollars) first began in late November of 2008. Since that time, $3.75 trillion in stimulus forced interest rates downward and sent stock prices soaring. The S&P 500 moved from […]

The equities markets have slipped below long-term trends and the widely observed Dow Theory, the oldest stock market signal, has signaled a “sell.” Nevertheless, investors can still hedge positions with inverse or short exchange traded fund strategies. The SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: SPY) is trading 2.8% below its 200-day simple moving average while the […]

Thursday’s financial news read like the sports page as beasts and fowl battled it out to further their economic agenda. The bulls and the bears ended the day in a stalemate after attempting to push the stock market both lower and higher, in what turned out to be a range bound trading day. The Dow […]

A fair number of commenters, callers and perma-bulls were relatively tough on me in May when I suggested a strategic decision to raise cash levels. They were even tougher on me when I mentioned the possibility of picking up safer havens like intermediate treasuries via iShares 7-10 Year Treasury Bond (IEF) and intermediate-to-long duration municipal […]

Mega capitalization-weighted stock exchange traded funds may be slower moving, but the asset class category has helped investors capture market returns with lower volatility. “Mega-cap stocks have different risk and return characteristics than mid- and small-cap stocks,” according to Morningstar analyst Michael Rawson. “Mega-cap stocks tend to be mature industry leaders or globally diversified conglomerates […]

The market pullback this week has sent the Dow Jones Industrial Average and index-related exchange traded fund below their long-term trend lines, but some may see the weakness as a potentially cheap entry point. The SDPR Dow Jones Industrial Average ETF (NYSEArca: DIA) fell 1.7% over the past week and and dipped 0.9% year-to-date. DIA […]

More than a handful of people asked me if I would be watching the big debate. 10 candidates. One stage. Which politician will emerge as the clear-cut favorite to win the Republican party nomination? It may surprise some folks, but I have zero interest in the made-for-television event. Each individual will receive about as much air […]

As the earnings season kicks off, U.S. stocks and exchange traded funds could find second quarter results better than what many analysts have expected. For example, Bank of America Merrill Lynch argues that since oil prices and the U.S. dollar have been more stable over the second quarter, earnings-per-share for the energy sector and large […]

Many market participants have heard of the “sell in May and go away” mantra, with good reason as equities and stock exchange traded funds typically experience their worst month of the year in June. June has been the worst month for stocks over the past decade, with the S&P 500 averaging a 1.32% decline over […]

The market’s relatively boring start to the year could foreshadow a potentially strong finish in the Dow Jones Industrial Average and index-related exchange traded funds. Year-to-date, the SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average ETF (NYSEArca: DIA), which tracks the Dow Jones Industrial Average, rose 3.6%. The Dow is trading in its tightest range for the first […]

While the Transportation sector and related exchange traded funds have shown some weakness, the recent sideways market has not been enough to signal a major sell-off under the Dow Theory. The Dow Theory stipulates that the market is in a prevailing up or down trend if one of its Industrial or Transportation Averages advances above […]

With the U.S. dollar pulling back, investors should take a second look at exchange traded funds that track larger U.S. companies with a greater international footprint. Dubravko Lakos-Bujas, JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s chief U.S. equity strategist, argues that the dollar’s weakness could revive shares of multinational companies that generate most of their sales overseas, reports […]

Investors have utilized value stocks and exchange traded funds to capitalize on the asset category attractive returns over the long haul. However, over the short-term, the so-called value effect has not benefited investors as much. For instance, the Nasdaq-100 ETF, PowerShares QQQ (NasdaqGM: QQQ), which includes a large group of tech and growth stocks, has […]

The Dow Jones Transportation Average, along with sector-related exchange traded fund, has been under heavy pressure over the past week. Nevertheless, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average maintaining its momentum, transports may still stage a rebound. The iShares Transportation Average ETF (NYSEArca: IYT), which tracks the Dow Jones Industrial Average Index, fell 4.9% over the […]

The Dow Jones Industrial Average has age and venerability on its side, but due to its oft-criticized price-weighting methodology and being home to just 30 stocks, the Dow and the SDPR Dow Jones Industrial Average ETF’s (NYSEArca: DIA) have long been deemed less than relevant. Perhaps the recent addition of Apple (NasdaqGS: AAPL) to the […]

I do the “ETF of the Week” for MarketWatch every week on Chuck Jaffe’s MoneyLife Show where I highlight big movers and disappointments among exchange traded funds. This week, I looked at the SDPR Dow Jones Industrial Average ETF (NYSEArca: DIA). The Dow and DIA will be making significant changes ahead as Apple (NadaqGS: APPL) […]

AAPL to the Dow Jones Industrial Average” is the talk of the day today pushing the stock up about 1% and helping the Nasdaq-100, reference ETF tracker QQQ (PowerShares QQQ, Expense Ratio 0.20%)) hang in there in spite of flagging performance today in other key members. This announcement of course was not an event completely […]

In perhaps the biggest addition to 130-year old blue chip index, the Dow Jones Industrial Average will add Apple (NasdaqGS: AAPL) after the close of trading on March 18. The addition of Apple, the world’s largest company by market value, comes at the expense of AT&T (NYSE: T). Whether by way of the old American […]

The broad Nasdaq Composite Index, along with related exchange traded fund, is breaking out and could foreshadow similar breakouts in sideways trading among other key U.S. indices. The Nasdaq Composite, along with the PowerShares QQQ (NasdaqGM: QQQ), which tracks the Nasdaq-100, experienced a bullish upward breakout last week from its sideways channel, a technical range […]

Institutional investors remain largely bullish on U.S. equities for 2015. However, stock exchange traded fund investors should still temper expectations as volatility could dampen returns. According to a recent NEPC survey, 96% of institutional investors are bullish on equities for the year, with 54% of respondents pointing to a 6% to 10% return, reports Mark […]

With U.S. markets showing some chinks in the armor, investors can utilize inverse or short exchange traded funds to hedge against a bearish turn. Some market observers point out that it has been over 1,200 days since the S&P 500 experienced a 10% or greater correction, reports John Melloy for CNBC. For those who are […]