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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 […]

Oil exchange traded funds slipped Thursday after the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries failed to agree on a production ceiling, with Iran planning to pump out more crude. On Thursday, the United States Oil Fund (NYSEArca: USO), which tracks West Texas Intermediate crude oil futures, dipped 0.3% and the United States Brent Oil Fund (NYSEArca: […]

As we get ready for the summer season, natural gas and commodity-related exchange traded funds jumped Tuesday on warming weather forecasts and rising price momentum. On Tuesday, the United States Natural Gas Fund (NYSEArca: UNG) surged 6.2% and iPath Bloomberg Natural Gas Subindex Total Return ETN (NYSEArca: GAZ) increased 5.0%. Related: Natural Gas ETFs for […]

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 […]