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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 […]

Global mining stocks and sector-related exchange traded funds plunged Monday over Chinese growth concerns after the emerging economy revealed weak trade data. The broad iShares MSCI Global Metals & Mining Producers ETF (NYSEArca: PICK) dropped 5.8% Monday. Additionally, the more focused VanEck Vectors Steel ETF (NYSEArca: SLX) plunged 7.2%, VanEck Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: GDX) […]

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 […]

The month of April was more or less a wash for equities and stock exchange traded funds as the market ends the month on a down note after a spate of earnings misses. Over April, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 0.6%, the Nasdaq Composite dropped 1.4% and the S&P 500 dipped 0.3%. The […]

Gold bullion and commodity-related exchange traded funds surged to a 15-month high Friday on a depreciating U.S. dollar, along with rising risk-off sentiment with a equity market pullback. The SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), iShares Gold Trust (NYSEArca: IAU) and ETFS Physical Swiss Gold Shares (NYSEArca: SGOL) rose 1.8% Friday as Comex gold futures gained […]

Silver exchange traded funds have regained their luster this year. Along with rallying with its golden counterpart as a safe store of wealth, silver bullion may be strengthening on increased industrial demand while global economies rebound. Silver and other precious metals enjoyed safe-haven demand as the equities market plunged into a correction. The metal also […]

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 […]

Precious metals have been surging this year, with the markets focused on the rise in gold as the U.S. dollar depreciates and market volatility sent traders to the safe-haven. Now, silver and related exchange traded funds are finally starting to outpace their golden counterpart. A perfect storm of global central bank policies and market volatility […]

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 […]

After cheap Chinese steel inundated the markets, the steel industry and metals sector-related exchange traded funds have staged an impressive rally. Year-to-date, the Market Vectors Steel ETF (NYSEArca: SLX) jumped 41.0% and SPDR Metals & Mining ETF (NYSEArca: XME), which includes a 50% tilt toward American steel producers, surged 46.6%. Steel is finally making a […]

Mining stocks and sector-related exchange traded funds surged Monday ahead of Alcoa (NYSE: AA) earnings report and on strengthening precious metals. The SPDR Metals & Mining ETF (NYSEArca: XME) jumped 3.9% Monday. XME increased 38.2% year-to-date. The metals & mining sector advanced Monday as investors braced for the first quarter results with Alcoa unofficially kicking […]

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 […]

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 […]

Each week ETF Trends publisher Tom Lydon (above right) discusses “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, Tom looks at the SPDR S&P Metals and Mining ETF (XME). He discusses the mining industry gaining momentum, notably a rebound in […]

Mining stocks, materials sectors ETFs gain momentum thanks to steadily rising metal prices, U.S. employment numbers Miners gained further momentum Friday after the government the U.S. economy added 242,000 nonfarm payrolls in February Markets don’t anticipate Federal Reserve to change its rate schedule in the March meeting The mining stocks and materials sector exchange traded funds […]

South African mining companies experience their best month in 17 years Miners enjoy improved margins due to a surge in prices on raw materials However, South Africa’s mining industry remains vulnerable to slowing global growth The rally in global miners fueled a surge in South Africa’s equities market and country-specific exchange trade fund, with South […]

Gold may be the best performing asset class of February but precious metals miners and sector-related exchange traded funds capitalized on the bullion rally. The SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) gained 9.4% over the past month, with Comex gold futures now trading around $1,234.2 per ounce. Gold strengthened in February and is on course for […]

I do the “ETF of the Week” for MarketWatch every week on Chuck Jaffe’s MoneyLife Show where I highlight big movers and disappointments among exchange traded funds. This week, I looked at the Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: GDX). The downtrodden gold miner sector finally shines. Click here to listen to the podcast. The opinions […]

While the economy languishes, mining stocks and sector-related exchange traded funds are flourishing and are experiencing their best rally since the financial downturn. Leading the charge on Thursday, the iShares MSCI Global Silver Miners ETF (NYSEArca: SLVP) bounced 7.8% higher, Global X Copper Miners ETF (NYSEArca: COPX) jumped 6.3% and Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF […]

Metals and mining stocks, along with sector-related exchange traded funds, rallied Wednesday on the depreciating U.S. dollar and speculation that the Federal Reserve would not be able to further tighten rates on a weakening economy The SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), the world’s largest gold-backed exchange traded product, rose 1.0% Wednesday and broke back above […]

Another round of global uncertainty is bolstering the gold trade, with the precious metals miners and sector-related exchange traded funds shining in the equities space. On Wednesday, the Sprott Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: SGDM) rose 2.9%, iShares MSCI Global Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: RING) gained 2.5% and Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: GDX) increased […]

Gold bullion and miner sector-related exchange traded funds are enjoying a happy New Year as a bout of uncertainty helped drive safe-haven demand for the precious metal. Gold miner ETFs were among the best performers Monday, with the iShares MSCI Global Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: RING) up 3.1%, Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: […]

Commodities have been down in the dumps this year as a strengthening U.S. dollar and slowing global economy weigh on demand. Consequently, exchange traded products linked to the raw materials have been among the worst performers of 2015. For instance, a natural gas-related exchange traded note and exchange traded fund are at the bottom of […]

Softening their worst week in a month, copper prices and metal-related exchange traded funds rallied Friday on a weaker U.S. dollar and potential production cuts. The iPath Dow Jones-UBS Copper Subindex Total Return ETN (NYSEArca: JJC), an exchange traded note that tracks copper price movements, jumped 3.7% Friday and United States Copper Index ETF (NYSEArca: […]

Precious metals miners-related exchange traded funds surged Friday, along with gold and silver prices, after the weaker-than-expected U.S. jobs data added to speculation that the Federal Reserve would hold off on tightening its monetary policy. On Friday, the Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: GDX), the largest and most heavily traded gold miners ETF, increased […]

U.S. equities and stock exchange traded funds regained their footing Wednesday, ending a tumultuous month on a positive note. Over September, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 1.5%, the Nasdaq Composite dropped 1.1% and the S&P 500 retreated 2.5%. The best performing non-leveraged exchange traded products over the past month include the ETFS Physical Palladium […]

The global miner sector and related exchange traded funds were among the worst performing areas of the market Monday as huge sell-off in Glencore (LSE: GLEN.L) fueled fears that the commodities rout is cutting deep into the mining industry. Glencore shares plunged 30% to near an all-time low Monday on concerns that the company was […]

The equities market and stock exchange traded funds jumped after the Federal Reserve announced it will be standing pat on record low U.S. interest rates for now in light of the weak economy, stubbornly low inflation and unstable global markets. Fed officials voted nine to one in favor of keeping current interest rates, stating Thursday […]

The U.S. equities have been meandering along for the past few weeks but were pulled from their stupor after Chinese yuan selling triggered a risk-off sentiment. Nevertheless, there are still pockets of strength in some markets and exchange traded funds. For instance, the best performing ETFs on Wednesday were those that tracked precious metal miners. […]

U.S. equities and stock exchange traded funds experienced some choppy conditions, but investors have unclenched their teeth as markets largely rebounded over July. Over July, the Dow Jones Industrial Average added 0.3%, the Nasdaq Composite increased 2.0% and the S&P 500 gained 1.8%. The best performing non-leveraged ETFs over the past month include the Market […]