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Social media has become an ingrained facet of everyday life, reflecting people’s various opinions on the spot. As a way to harness the freely available information, a new exchange traded fund strategy hones in on online investment discussions and identifies trending stocks. On the upcoming webcast this Tuesday, The Social Media Index: Today’s Market Sentiment […]

The Taiwan country-specific exchange traded fund jumped Monday, testing its long-term trend line, after newly elected President Tsai Ing-wen pushed for closer economic ties with Southeast Asia and a possible increase in smartphone orders. The iShares MSCI Taiwan ETF (NYSEArca: EWT) rose 2.7% Monday and was testing its long-term resistance level at the 200-day simple […]

Greek markets and country-specific exchange traded funds (ETFs) surged Monday after Athens assuaged investors’ fears by laying the groundwork for an agreement on bailout loans and debt relief. The Global X MSCI Greece ETF (NYSEArca: GREK) gained 4.1% Monday on two times its average daily volume. GREK has increased 40.9% over the past three months […]

Materials and the more targeted agribusiness sector-related exchange traded funds stood out in a sideways trending market after German pharmaceutical and chemicals giant Bayers AG made an all-cash bid for Monsanto Co. (NYSE: MON). Bayer confirmed that it approached Monsanto over a takeover bid for $62 billion, or a $122 per share bid, reports Christopher […]

In anticipation of a rising interest rate environment, fixed-income investors should consider exchange traded funds that track floating rate notes. Should expectations of higher interest rates gain momentum, it would not be surprising to see investors embrace floating rate exchange traded funds as additions to fixed income portfolios. Related: 41 Target Maturity Bond ETFs for […]

In response to the so-called flash crash that triggered wide oscillations in the exchange traded fund market, the Securities and Exchange Commission is reviewing the investment vehicle and considering potential rules to obviate trading and pricing disruptions. SEC Chairman Mary Jo White said the SEC is examining the full life cycle of ETFs, particularly Wall […]

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 […]

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 […]

As the U.S. braces for a rising interest rate environment, exchange traded fund (ETF) investors may adopt a bond ladder strategy to hedge against the risks through maturity- or target-date ETF options. With the Fed intent on hiking rates ahead, investors can implement a bond laddering strategy through defined-maturity bond funds to hedge their fixed-income positions. […]

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 […]

Smart-beta exchange traded funds are a quickly growing segment of the fund industry, combining actively managed investment styles with a passive index-based structure. Investors, financial advisors, institutions and even the Bank of Japan have turned to these alternative index-based strategies. Japan’s ETF industry is being pressed into national service as the BOJ looks to promote […]

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 […]

In anticipation of the summer doldrums, many have increased cash positions to sit out potential volatility ahead. However, increasing negative sentiment may signal contrarian opportunities for some areas of the market and exchange traded funds. A Bank of America Merrill Lynch fund manager survey revealed that money managers are increasing their cash positions this month […]

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. […]

With more consumers turning to online shopping avenues, investors may capitalize on the growing trend through a targeted internet retail or e-commerce exchange traded fund. The Amplify Online Retail ETF (NasdaqGM: IBUY), which began trading April 20, tries to track the performance of the EQM Online Retail Index, which is comprised of global companies that […]

Diminished momentum in “Brexit” sentiment helped assuage fears of a United Kingdom break away from the European Union and triggered a surge in the British pound sterling and currency-related exchange traded fund. The CurrencyShares British Pound Sterling Trust (NYSEArca: FXB) increased 1.1% Wednesday. FXB is still down 2.0% year-to-date, weakening this year on uncertainty over […]

The financial sector and bank exchange traded funds (ETFs) jumped Wednesday on a steepening yield curve ahead of the Federal Reserve announcement. The SPDR S&P Regional Banking ETF (NYSEArca: KRE), the largest regional bank ETF, which have been thirsting for higher interest rates, increased 3.2% Wednesday. The fund also broke above its long-term resistance at […]

Investors seeking an easy way to fill out a fixed-income portfolio may start off with an aggregate or total bond market exchange traded fund that provides diversified exposure to U.S. government and corporate debt securities. For instance, the Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index has been the go-to benchmark for many fixed-income investors. The benchmark tracks […]

Silver exchange traded funds have rallied along with gold bullion this year, but rising industrial demand for the white metal may help propel silver prices. Bolstering the appeal for silver, the precious metal enjoys heavy industrial demand that benefits from an expanding global economy. Over 50% of global demand for silver comes from industries like […]

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 […]

As consumers turn away from brick-and-mortar stores in favor of online outlets, electric commerce-related internet exchange traded funds have outperformed the traditional retail sector. The internet retail sub-industry revealed the highest earnings growth at 143.1% for all 13 retail sub-industries, John Butters, Senior Earnings Analyst at FactSet, said in a note. In contrast, the department […]

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 […]

Polish equities and country-specific exchange traded funds rebounded Monday after Moody’s confirmed the rating for the emerging market, assuaging fears that the ratings agency would follow Standard and Poor’s credit cut. On Monday, the iShares MSCI Poland Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EPOL) gained 3.5% and Market Vectors Poland ETF (NYSEArca: PLND) rose 3.4%. Monday’s bounce is […]

Revitalizing the merger and acquisition outlook for biotech sector exchange traded funds, Pfizer (NYSE: PFE) announced it will buy biopharma company Anacor Pharmaceuticals (NasdaqGS: ANAC). Pfizer paid a 55% premium to Anacor’s closing price last Friday for $5.2 billion, gaining control over an experimental eczema treatment crisaborole, which posted strong results in Phase 3 clinical […]

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 […]

Each week ETF Trends publisher Tom Lydon sits down for “ETF of the Week” for MarketWatch on Chuck Jaffe’s MoneyLife Show where he highlights big movers and disappointments among exchange traded funds. This week, Lydon looked at the Reality Shares DIVCON Leaders Dividend ETF (LEAD). The fund is a forward-think ETF that targets companies that have high chance of […]

Municipal debt and bond-related exchange traded funds have been used as a relatively stable fixed-income stream for many investment portfolios. Since muni bond interest is exempt from federal taxes, muni ETFs are a good way for investors seeking tax-exempt income, especially those in higher tax brackets. Due to its tax-exempt status, the asset category is […]

Global central banks have cut interest rates to near zero, with some pushing into negative territory. As yield-starved global investors seek alternative avenues of income, more may turn to relatively more attractive U.S. government debt, supporting U.S. Treasuries-related exchange traded funds (ETFs). For instance, after the Bank of Japan implemented negative interest rates, BlackRock’s fixed-income […]

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 […]

Peruvian equities and country-specific exchange traded fund investors breathed a sigh of relief as a recent ruling helped ease fears that MSCI indexing would downgrade the emerging market to frontier status. The iShares MSCI All Peru Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EPU) gained 2.8% Friday. Peru has also been one of the best performing emerging market this […]