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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Gold exchange traded funds dulled Wednesday after minutes from the Federal Reserve’s latest meeting showed that the central bank could hike interest rates in June if conditions are right. The Fed minutes revealed that the policy makers are less concerned about risks posed by the global economic and financial conditions and pointed to strengthening U.S. […]

As the markets wade through heightened volatility, many have capitalized on the wild swings with leveraged and inverse exchange traded funds (ETFs) to juice returns. However, while the strategies may generate lucrative returns, investors should fully understand how these products work and the risks involved. Leveraged and inverse ETFs utilize derivatives to achieve their exponential […]

Many market observers follow the old adage “sell in May and go away,” but traders who are sticking around can hedge against the summer doldrums with leveraged and inverse exchange traded funds (ETFs). “Depending on which side of the fence you’re on, if you’re a trader you have choices,” according to Direxion Investments. “Sell in […]

In anticipation of rising inflationary pressures ahead, fixed-income investors have turned to a number of Treasury inflation protected securities and bond-related exchange traded funds. U.S. core inflation, which excludes more volatile oil and food prices, increased 0.1% in March, according to Reuters. Core CPI also ran 2.2% in March year-over-year after gaining 2.3% in February. […]

As markets move toward the late-cycle phase of the normal business cycle, investors should look to areas like the materials sector and related exchange traded funds (ETFs). With the economy recovery maturing, the materials sector, which is closely tied to the prices of raw materials, have traditionally done well as inflation rises and late-cycle economic […]

Real estate investment trusts (REITs) and sector-related exchange traded funds (ETFs) are a good source of attractive payouts in a low-yield environment. REITs are securities that trade like a stock and invest in real estate directly through property ownership or mortgages. Consequently, revenue are mainly generated through rents or interest on mortgage loans. To qualify […]

As the markets turn and investors grow more conservative, defensive assets like utilities sector exchange traded funds (ETFs) are back in the limelight. While the equities market has fallen off over the past few days, with the S&P 500 on track for a three-week low, the utilities sector is strengthening as a defensive play. 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 […]

Exchange traded fund investors who are interested in tapping into the big growth names from the technology space have a number of broad and focused sector-specific ETF options to choose from. While owning U.S. tech has been a great way to access big returns, the growth sector has lagged this year. “We are going to […]

Oil sector exchange traded funds are facing some hurdles as major energy producers ready their first quarter results. With overwhelmingly weak expectations after crude prices plunged to near 13-year lows in February, the sector ETFs could surprise if oil producers reveal conditions weren’t as bad as previously expected. Energy traders will be watching for the […]

Gold exchange traded funds have been a bright spot in the markets this year as an extended low-rate environment, depreciating U.S. dollar and volatility pushed investors into the hard asset. At the start of the year, gold enjoyed safe-haven demand as the equities market plunged into a correction. Gold maintained its momentum as the Federal […]

Leveraged and inverse exchange traded funds are growing in popularity among technical traders who capitalize on short-term moves. “Leveraged miner ETF inflows are more technical in nature, coming from program traders,” David Fajardo, Senior Vice President of Direxion Investments, told ETF Trends in a call. For instance, Fajardo pointed out that in recent weeks when […]

Emerging market exchange traded fund investors should watch out for potential trouble spots after the International Monetary Fund cut its global economic forecast on Tuesday, pointing to notable weakness in some developing economies. “While growth in emerging market and developing economies still accounts for the lion’s share of projected world growth in 2016, prospects across […]

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 […]

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 […]

U.S. dollar experienced one of its worst three-week streaks in over four years  PowerShares DB U.S. Dollar Index Bullish Fund (NYSEArca: UUP) has declined 3.8% since the start of March PowerShares DB US Dollar Index Bearish Fund (NYSEArca: UDN) jumps 3.9% since the start of the month The U.S. dollar experienced one of its worst three-week streaks […]

Treasury bond-related ETFs could continue to weaken as rising inflation and Federal Reserve interest rate normalization send yields higher Investors have raised bets on the Fed moving rates in 2016 after a gauge of inflation expectations The probability of the Fed hiking rates this year rose to 78%, the highest in two months Despite concerns about […]

ETFs that implement derivative financial tools have drawn greater scrutiny from regulators Leveraged and inverse ETFs are being used as trading products over the short-term  Investors are taking both sides of the trade, or long bullish and short bearish positions during market turns Investors have utilized exchange traded funds that track leveraged and inverse strategies […]

Oil prices and commodity-related ETFs have been strengthening Energy prices continued to gain ground after the International Energy Agency  (IEA) said were past the bottom IEA warns of continued volatility ahead, especially with demand slowing down Oil prices and commodity-related exchange traded funds have been strengthening as traders bet that producers are cutting back after […]

Broad commodities market has been trending higher this year China, the second largest economy in the world, has been buying less from the global markets A number of inverse ETFs hedge against falling commodities The commodities group and related exchange traded funds have rallied since the January lows. However, fundamental pressures still remain and could drag […]

Crude oil prices and commodity-related exchange traded funds plunged Tuesday after talks of a production cut between Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and non-OPEC members fell through. On Tuesday, the United States Oil Fund (NYSEArca: USO), which tracks West Texas Intermediate crude oil futures, declined 4.6% and the United States Brent Oil Fund (NYSEArca: BNO), […]

Gold-related exchange traded funds were tarnished Tuesday as a risk-on sentiment helped drive growth assets and weighed on safe-haven investments. The SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) fell 2.8% Tuesday as Comex gold futures dropped 2.9% to $1,204.1 per ounce. Meanwhile, the Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: GDX), the largest and most heavily traded gold […]

After hitting a 13-year low on expanding stockpiles, crude oil surged Friday. Oil-related exchange traded funds jumped as traders speculated on potential production cuts out of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries. On Friday, the United States Oil Fund (NYSEArca: USO), which tracks West Texas Intermediate crude oil futures, gained 5.4% and the United States […]

The U.S. dollar plunged Wednesday, with a greenback-related exchange traded fund dipping below its long-term trend line, as the worsening economic outlook and ongoing volatility added to skepticism that the Federal Reserve would pull the trigger on another rate hike anytime soon. The PowerShares DB U.S. Dollar Index Bullish Fund (NYSEArca: UUP) fell 2.0% Wednesday, […]

China’s manufacturing sector slowed for the sixth consecutive month and contracted at its fastest pace in over three years, dragging on Chinese stock exchange traded funds and reversing a rebound in oil markets. China A-shares ETFs that track mainland Chinese stocks traded in Shanghai and Shenzhen retreated Monday, with the Deutsche X-trackers Harvest CSI 300 […]

While the broad U.S. equities market strengthened Thursday, the biotechnology sector looked under the weather, with sector-related exchange traded funds slipping to 52-week lows. On Thursday, the iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology ETF (NasdaqGS: IBB) fell 3.6% and SPDR S&P Biotech ETF (NYSEArca: XBI) dropped 3.5%. Year-to-date, IBB declined 19.2% and XBI decreased 26.4%. Both biotech ETFs […]