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The popular and volatile SPDR S&P Oil & Gas Exploration & Production ETF (NYSEArca: XOP), the largest ETF focusing on exploration and production companies, has had its moments this year, but with some seasonal factors ready to kick in, investors should be mindful of the often intimate correlations XOP and comparable ETFs have to oil […]

The Energy Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLE), the largest equity-based energy exchange traded fund, is higher by more than 18% year-to-date, but that does not mean there is a ceiling on potential upside for equities and ETFs hailing from the energy patch. In fact, some market observers argue that the once downtrodden energy sector offers […]

Natural gas prices and commodity-related exchange traded funds are perking up as forecasts for hotter weather ahead raise expectations for higher electricity consumption. The United States Natural Gas Fund (NYSEArca: UNG) rose 3.5% on Monday as Nymex natural gas futures were up 3.8% to $2.68 per million British thermal units. Despite recent gains, UNG has […]

Oil markets and related exchange traded funds are giving back some of their recent gains as China adds exports of refined products, U.S. rig count rises for an eighth straight week and production increases out of Nigeria and Iraq. After a swift turn from a bear into a bull market, crude oil and related ETFs […]

The Energy Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLE), the largest equity-based energy exchange traded fund, is the second-best performer among this year among the sector SPDR ETFs, trailing only its utilities counterpart. XLE also proved steady during oil’s recent downturn and that strength could be a sign of more upside to come for the benchmark energy […]

Speculative-grade debt and junk bond-related exchange traded funds have made a quick turnabout as crude oil prices oscillate from a bear to bull market in less than a month. In seven months last year, U.S. energy junk bonds lost $56.7 billion in market value, with average yields shooting up to as high as 21%, as […]

After just a couple of weeks past a bear market fall off, crude oil futures moved backed into bullish territory Thursday. Meanwhile, some larger traders jumped into a smart-beta, energy sector exchange traded fund on the suddenly rosier outlook in the oil market. Crude oil futures are now trading 20% higher since spending a day […]

After concerns on a supply glut that dragged the energy market into a bear market, gasoline prices are bouncing back, with a related exchange traded fund testing its short-term trend line, in response to new data that showed stockpiles are falling. The United States Gasoline Fund (NYSEArca: UGA) is higher for the fifth consecutive day, […]

On Tuesday, oil prices and the corresponding exchange traded products climbed for the fourth straight day as traders speculate on the likelihood of production cuts to stabilize the market and a weakening U.S. dollar helped support prices. Crude oil prices have been rallying as investors anticipated oil producers will take action to rein in the […]

Crude oil prices and commodity-related exchange traded funds are pushing higher for the fourth straight day as traders speculate on the likelihood of production cuts to stabilize the market and a weakening U.S. dollar helped support prices. On Tuesday, the United States Oil Fund (NYSEArca: USO), which tracks West Texas Intermediate crude oil futures, 1.0% […]

Crude oil prices and related exchange traded funds climbed Thursday after the Saudi oil minister hinted at possible action in light of another dip in prices and the International Energy Agency forecasted supply to fall behind demand. On Thursday, the United States Oil Fund (NYSEArca: USO), which tracks West Texas Intermediate crude oil futures, rose […]

Energy sector exchange traded funds surged alongside crude oil prices as the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries set plans for informal talks in September, fueling speculation that the oil cartel could execute an output freeze in light of the recent plunge back into a bear market on a glut in gasoline fuel. Leading the charge […]

Oil prices recently reentered a new bear market, but equity-based energy exchange traded funds, broadly speaking, deserve some credit. Those ETFs have been holding up pretty well considering oil’s recent slump. For example, the Energy Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLE), the largest equity-based energy exchange traded fund, is off just a third of a percent […]

Speculative-grade, junk bond exchange traded funds are beginning to slip as plunging oil prices renew default concerns for highly leveraged, high cost crude oil producers. Over the past week, the iShares iBoxx $ High Yield Corporate Bond ETF (NYSEArca: HYG) and the SPDR Barclays High Yield Bond ETF (NYSEArca: JNK), the two largest high-yield corporate […]

The S&P 500 and index-related exchange traded funds have been making new highs as U.S. companies are on track to report year-over-year growth in revenues for the first time since 2014. Year-to-date, the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: SPY), iShares Core S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: IVV) and Vanguard 500 Index (NYSEArca: VOO) gained 7.6% as […]

Crude oil futures fell below $40 per barrel for the first time since April as the energy market dips deeper into a bear market. Oil exchange traded fund traders, though, are not shying away from the fall. The United States Oil Fund (NYSEArca: USO), which tracks West Texas Intermediate crude oil futures, attracted $126.6 million […]

Natural gas prices and related exchange traded funds rallied Thursday after the government reported natural gas in storage rose less than expected last week. On Thursday, the United States Natural Gas Fund (NYSEArca: UNG) increased 8.5% and iPath Bloomberg Natural Gas Subindex Total Return ETN (NYSEArca: GAZ) jumped 15.2%. Natural gas futures gained 8.7% to […]

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, […]

Once among the worst performing commodity segments, the coal industry and related exchange traded funds have staged a big rebound this year after China cut capacity and caught short traders by surprise. Year-to-date, the VanEck Vectors Coal ETF (NYSEArca: KOL), which tracks the coal industry, jumped 64.0% and the GreenHaven Coal Fund (NYSEArca: TONS), which […]

The Energy Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLE), the largest equity-based energy exchange traded fund, is up more than 11% year-to-date, making it one of the more impressive performers among the sector SPDR ETFs. The third quarter is historically unkind to the energy sector, but some industry observers believe the recent pullback in crude prices is […]

Master limit partnerships and related exchange traded funds have been hit along with the broader energy market in response to the plunge in crude oil prices, but the sector is turning around. For instance, Goldman Sachs recently upgraded Williams Companies (NYSE: WMB) to “buy”, citing visible gas pipeline growth, valuations, M&A and a dividend cut […]

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 […]

While the markets have been weighed down by various uncertainties, stock exchange traded funds may still strengthen as many still expect the S&P 500 to maintain its momentum, with the health care sector leading the charge. Industry analysts in aggregate predict the S&P 500 will experience a 10% advance in price over the next year, […]

After a seven year bull run and an increased uncertainty, people may expect the equities market will more likely pullback and give up some of its gains. Consequently, traders have turned to bearish or inverse exchange traded fund strategies to hedge against turns in a more volatile market. On an upcoming webcast this Wednesday, Sector Strategies […]

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 […]

If the United Kingdom decides to break off from the European Union, stock exchange traded funds investors may be better off sticking to U.S. markets and related exchange traded funds. “All you can do here in the United States, given the low level of interest rates, is go to the equities market,” Dennis Gartman, publisher […]

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 […]

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 […]