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Each day ETFtrends.com publishes news, strategy and commentary on ETFs in the realms of Commodities, Currency, Equities and Smart-Beta to name a few. Here’s a look at the Top 15 Most Viewed Articles of the Week on ETF Trends, April 25-29, 2016. Click the headline to read the full article: 1) Master Limited Partnership ETFs Are Back […]

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, he looked at the Energy Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLE). XLE recently broke above long-term resistance at its 200-day simple moving average as oil prices rebound […]

As oil prices have surged to their highest levels since late 2015, plenty of equity-based exchange traded funds are getting in on the act. That includes ETFs devoted to exploration and production companies, such as the volatile SPDR S&P Oil & Gas Exploration & Production ETF (NYSEArca: XOP). All XOP has done is surge 23.5% […]

Plenty of equity-based exchange traded funds are benefiting from rebounding oil prices, but few are doing so in fashion on par with the Market Vectors Oil Service ETF (NYSEArca: OIH). OIH, the largest ETF dedicated to oil services stocks, is higher by nearly 12% over the past month and some market observers do not see […]

The United States Oil Fund (NYSEArca: USO), which tracks West Texas Intermediate crude oil futures, is up nearly 15% over the past three months while the United States Brent Oil Fund (NYSEArca: BNO), which tracks Brent crude oil futures, has surged more than 28% over that period. Those showings might just be enough for some […]

The Saudi Arabia country-specific exchange traded fund surged Monday on prospects the kingdom will enact economic reforms to gradually diversify away from its reliance on crude oil. The iShares MSCI Saudi Arabia Capped ETF (NYSEArca: KSA) rose 4.9% on Monday. KSA increased 18.2% over the past three months but it was still down 4.1% year-to-date. […]

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 […]

It is not surprising that plenty of single-country emerging markets exchange traded funds are benefiting from rebounding oil prices. For example, investors probably are not surprised to learn that Market Vectors Russia ETF (NYSEArca: RSX) and the iShares MSCI Russia Capped Index Fund (NYSEArca: ERUS) are up an average of 20% year-to-date thanks in large […]

The Market Vectors Russia ETF (NYSEArca: RSX) and the iShares MSCI Russia Capped Index Fund (NYSEArca: ERUS) are up an average of 20% year-to-date thanks in large part to rebounding Brent oil prices. Impressive still is the fact that Russian stocks and exchange traded funds such as RSX and ERUS are rallying despite the lack […]

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 […]

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 […]

For years, low oil prices have been considered an economic stimulant to economies that are heavy users of black gold. But over the last few years, a major decline in oil has been unable to propel the world economy; some investors are wondering why the oil drop has not produced a burst in consumption from […]

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 […]

Federal Reserve keeps short-term interest rates unchanged at a range of between 0.25% and 0.5% Fed officials also suggested there will only be two more rate hikes this year Weakening dollar helps bolster commodity assets With the Federal Reserve keeping short-term interest rates unchanged, rate-sensitive exchange traded funds popped while some trades dependent on higher rates […]

Low crude oil environment has dragged on Saudi Arabia’s economy Moody’s said Wednesday it was downgrading Saudi Arabia’s banking system from “stable” to “negative” Moody’s also projected Saudi Arabia’s real gross domestic product to slow to 1.5% for 2016 and 2% in 2017 The ongoing low crude oil environment has dragged on Saudi Arabia’s economy […]

Investors must keep in mind that most of their commodity-related ETFs do not track the spot price However, there are some exceptions, including precious metals-related exchange traded products Futures market may diverge from the spot price due to a number of factors, including storage costs and seasonal patterns With commodity exchange traded funds gaining traction as raw […]

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 […]

Want to learn about diving into the low oil prices and markets affected by the energy fallout? ETF Trends publisher Tom Lydon (above right) discusses the issue with Jeremy Held – Director of Research & Investment Strategy at ALPS Portfolio Solutions. For instance, Held pointed out that the extended plunge in oil prices will likely […]

Commodities market is currently experiencing a supply side destruction U.S. oil rig count has been on the decline, and the market tends to anticipate that it will push up prices Consequently, with breakeven costs at $45 per barrel due to roll costs, many traders are now looking at MLPs where payouts are sustainable Master limited […]

Rebounding oil prices help Canadian equities extend their longest winning streak since August Canada’s equity market is one of two developed markets, along with New Zealand, that are back to positive this year Supporting the rally in Canadian stocks are raw-materials and energy producers Since the January 20 lows, the iShares MSCI Canada ETF (NYSEArca: […]

Oil equipment and services sector, along with related ETFs, lead rally after bad performance during energy rout Some hedge-fund managers are edging back into the energy sector, betting that prices have dropped too far ETF investors have also been diving into energy-related assets Oil equipment and services sector, along with related exchange traded funds, were […]