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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Oil prices are rebounding, with the fundamental outlook improving. As more return to the energy play, investors can consider a broad energy infrastructure exchange traded fund. On the recent webcast, High Quality MLP Strategy: Understanding the Benefits of Pipeline ETF, Brian Sulley, Vice President of Tortoise Capital Advisors, projects that oil demand will grow in […]

The Energy Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLE) and rival equity-based energy exchange traded funds have been decent performers and that bullishness is poised to increase if the ETFs’ charts are an accurate indication. After two years of dismal performances, the energy sector, the seventh-largest sector weight in the S&P 500, is on the mend. Making […]

Investors seeking alternative income opportunities to traditional fixed-income and equity assets may consider looking into energy infrastructure exchange traded funds. On the upcoming webcast, High Quality MLP Strategy: Understanding the Benefits of Pipeline ETF, Brian Sulley, Vice President of Tortoise Capital Advisors, and Matthew Weglarz, Portfolio Manager and Vice President at Tortoise Index Solutions, will […]

The global crude oil supply glut may have turned into a deficit on unexpected production disruptions and higher demand, bolstering oil commodity and sector-related exchange traded funds. Leading the charge on Monday, the PowerShares S&P SmallCap Energy Portfolio (NasdaqGM: PSCE) rose 4.0%, SPDR Oil & Gas Equipment & Services ETF (NYSEArca: XES) increased 3.7% and […]

As energy prices rebound, commodity traders have jumped on oil exchange traded funds to ride the rally from 13-year lows. However, long-term investors should understand that these ETFs track the futures market and come with specific risks. For instance, many have turned to the U.S. Oil Fund (NYSEArca: USO), which tracks West Texas Intermediate crude […]

Crude oil prices and energy-related exchange traded funds (ETFs) jumped Wednesday after an unexpected dip in U.S. crude oil inventories. The United States Oil Fund (NYSEArca: USO), which tracks West Texas Intermediate crude oil futures, rose 3.6% Monday while the United States Brent Oil Fund (NYSEArca: BNO), which tracks Brent crude oil futures, gained 3.8%. […]

Oil prices and energy stocks are rebounding this year, but big-name energy stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs), such as the Energy Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLE) have been retreating in recent days, perhaps inviting once eager short sellers to revisit the energy patch. XLE and rival energy ETFs, such as the Vanguard Energy ETF […]

The energy sector’s rally on the back of rebounding oil prices has been undoubtedly impressive. Just look at exchange traded funds (ETFs) such as the SPDR S&P Oil & Gas Exploration & Production ETF (NYSEArca: XOP) and the Energy Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLE). XLE, the largest diversified energy ETF by assets; and XOP, the […]

Crude oil prices are finally bouncing back, and investors can also track the ups and downs of the energy market through commodity-related exchange traded funds (ETFs). West Texas Intermediate crude oil futures were down 2.4% Tuesday to $43.7 per barrel while Brent crude oil futures were 1.7% lower to $45.1 per barrel. Oil prices fell […]

High-yield dividend exchange traded funds offer attractive yields for the income-strapped investor, but the higher payouts come with risks, such as potentially unsustainable dividends from a beleaguered energy sector. “A lot of companies have adopted dividend policies that are unsustainable and have been rewarded by the financial markets that don’t sufficiently question the sustainability,” Harald […]

As oil prices rebound on improved market sentiment, master limited partnership exchange traded funds have broken above their long-term trend lines and offer attractive yields to boot. Crude oil prices just finished higher for the third consecutive week as market sentiment turned upbeat on strengthening U.S. gasoline consumption ahead of the summer driving season and […]

Oil and gas services-related exchange traded funds were leading the energy sector rally Tuesday, with Transocean (NYSE: RIG) shares surging, as a weak dollar and a Kuwait strike prop up crude oil prices. On Tuesday, the SPDR Oil & Gas Equipment & Services ETF (NYSEArca: XES) advanced 4.4%, Market Vectors Oil Service ETF (NYSEArca: OIH) […]

Without a Doha accord on an oil production freeze, the markets may suffer through an extended period of low oil prices, potentially causing a ripple effect that could extend to financial sector and U.S. dollar exchange traded funds. “While nothing explicitly has been said, it’s not a far reach to suggest that the production freeze […]

The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and other major producers were unable to find common ground on an oil supply freeze over the weekend, initially sending crude oil prices plunging. However, oil-related exchange traded funds pared early loses Monday, with energy stocks among the best performers, after Kuwait strikes offset concerns over the failed oil […]

Despite plans for a production freeze among Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and other global producers, oil exchange traded fund investors shouldn’t get their hopes up for a continued surge in crude oil prices after the recent run up. Over the past three months, the United States Oil Fund (NYSEArca: USO), which tracks West […]

After the markets had time to digest a new pledge to secure debt, Chesapeake Energy Corp. (NYSE: CHK) shares surged, lifting oil exploration and production-related exchange traded funds. CHK shares soared 32.9% to $5.98 per share Tuesday and was testing its resistance at the 200-day simple moving average after the natural gas producer assured markets […]

Oil-related exchange traded funds advanced Tuesday as crude oil prices hit their highest level this year on reports that Saudi Arabia and Russia have agreed to a production freeze even with Iran ramping up supply. On Tuesday, Brent crude oil futures rose 3.7% to $44.4 per barrel and West Texas Intermediate crude oil futures gained […]

Crude oil-related exchange traded funds jumped Friday as speculators positioned for stronger global demand and a potential production freeze from top exporters. On Friday, the United States Oil Fund (NYSEArca: USO), which tracks West Texas Intermediate crude oil futures, gained 5.1% and the United States Brent Oil Fund (NYSEArca: BNO), which tracks Brent crude oil […]

As we head into the earnings season, U.S. companies may reveal a significant fall off in profits over the first quarter, extending a so-called earnings recession. Exchange traded fund traders, though, can hedge against the potential volatility with inverse or bearish products. S&P 500 Index company profits are projected to fall 9.8% in the first […]

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 […]

Oil and energy related exchange traded funds slipped Wednesday as Saudi Arabia’s crown prince laid the fate of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries’ output freeze on Iran’s shoulders. On Wednesday, the United States Oil Fund (NYSEArca: USO), which tracks West Texas Intermediate crude oil futures, fell 3.1% toward its 50-day support while the United […]

U.S. equities and stock exchange traded funds slipped on the last day of March, ending the month on a muted note after a wild quarter that pushed the markets into a correction before clawing back the losses on swift rebound. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 1.5% over the first quarter of 2016. Meanwhile, the […]

John Hancock has filled out the gaps in its smart-beta exchange traded fund suite with five new sector-specific ETFs backed by Dimensional Fund Advisors’ research-based factor investing. According to a press release, John Hancock’s new funds include: John Hancock Multifactor Consumer Staples ETF (NYSEArca: JHMS) John Hancock Multifactor Energy ETF (NYSEArca: JHME) John Hancock Multifactor […]

Speculative-grade debt or junk bond-related exchange traded funds have moved in lockstep with the energy market, falling and rising with the ebbs and flows of crude oil prices. High-yield bonds have been rallying since the February 11 low, the same day oil hit a nadir. Since the February low, the SPDR Barclays High Yield Bond […]

Investors can use leveraged and inverse exchange traded funds to hedge a long position against sudden turns or capture short-term trends in more volatile market conditions. On the recent webcast, Tactical Strategies to Combat Market Volatility, Sylvia Jablonski, Managing Director and Co-Head of the Capital Markets & Institutional Strategy Team at Direxion, points out that […]

As investors gear up for a volatile market in the year ahead, more aggressive exchange traded fund investors have utilized leveraged and inverse products to quickly adapt and capitalize on shifting market conditions. On the upcoming webcast, Tactical Strategies to Combat Market Volatility, Sylvia Jablonski, Managing Director and Co-Head of the Capital Markets & Institutional Strategy […]