Oil

With oil prices stubbornly hovering near their 13-year lows, some oil exchange traded fund investors may be tempted to catch the falling knife. However, fundamentals won’t likely support the energy market any time soon. Over the past year, the United States Oil Fund (NYSEArca: USO), which tracks West Texas Intermediate crude oil futures, plunged 50.1% […]

As energy prices plunge and oil majors tighten their belts, oil equipment and services exchange traded funds will take the brunt of the blow in the beleaguered sector. On Tuesday, the Market Vectors Oil Service ETF (NYSEArca: OIH) fell 4.0%, iShares U.S. Oil Equipment & Services ETF (NYSEArca: IEZ) declined 3.8%, SPDR Oil & Gas […]

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 […]

An exchange traded fund that tracks heating oil futures was on fire Wednesday after energy demand spiked during the recent wintry blast that gripped the East Coast. The United States Diesel-Heating Oil Fund (NYSEArca: UHN), which follows futures contracts on heating oil or No. 2 fuel, gained 6.3% Wednesday as Nymex heating oil futures rose […]

Exchange traded fund investors may at some point come across exchange traded notes when filling out an investment portfolio. However, one should understand that ETNs are not ETFs, and the notes come with their own set of risks. Similar to index-based ETFs, ETNs also track some sort of index as part of their investment strategy. […]

As global markets plunged deeper into a correction, investors exited stock exchange traded funds for the third straight week. According to EPFR data, U.S. stock funds experienced $4.2 billion in withdrawals for the week ended January 20, which added to the worst three-week period of outflows since April, Reports Eric Platt for the Financial Times. […]

Crude oil futures and commodity-related exchange traded funds are heading toward their largest two-day rally since 2009 as overdone selling and a sudden spike in heating demand helped oil bounce off a 12-year low. On Friday, the United States Oil Fund (NYSEArca: USO), which tracks West Texas Intermediate crude oil futures, gained 7.0% and the […]

Master limited partnership-related exchange traded products surged Thursday after data revealed a slightly lower-than-expected rise in crude oil inventories and optimism over increased dividends and buybacks from Kinder Morgan (NYSE: KMI). On Thursday, the JPMorgan Alerian MLP Index ETN (NYSEArca: AMJ) and Alerian MLP ETF (NYSEArca: AMLP), the two largest MLP-related ETPs in the space, […]

Expiring crude oil futures contracts and storage tanks nearing capacity exacerbated a sell-off in oil and commodity-related exchange traded funds Wednesday. The United States Oil Fund (NYSEArca: USO), which tracks West Texas Intermediate crude oil futures, declined 5.7% and the United States Brent Oil Fund (NYSEArca: BNO), which tracks Brent crude oil futures, decreased 5.0% […]

Crude oil-related exchange traded funds continued to slip Tuesday, with West Texas Intermediate oil trading below $30 per barrel for the first time in over a decade, and observers warn there may be more pain ahead. On Tuesday, the United States Oil Fund (NYSEArca: USO), which tracks West Texas Intermediate crude oil futures, fell 3.0% […]

As investors try to shift around positions capitalize on short-term earnings moves, exchange traded funds that track the healthcare, telecom and tech sectors may outperform while the energy sector is largely expected to bring up the rear. Goldman Sachs analysts argue that the energy sector will depress U.S. fourth-quarter earnings and pressure growth for the […]

Income-minded investors may be jumping on master limited partnerships and related exchange traded funds as the recent selling pressure opens an attractive entry point. Among the top performing ETFs on Friday, the Yorkville High Income MLP ETF (NYSEArca: YMLP) increased 4.0%, Direxion Zacks MLP High Income Shares (NYSEArca: ZMLP) gained 3.3%, JPMorgan Alerian MLP Index […]

Crude oil prices plunged to 11-year lows and energy commodity-related exchange traded funds dipped toward an all-time low as rising supply, a weak China, OPEC discord and strong U.S. dollar fuel the perfect storm. On Wednesday, the United States Oil Fund (NYSEArca: USO), which tracks West Texas Intermediate crude oil futures, declined 5.1% and the […]

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 […]

Exchange traded funds have seen trading activity increase over the years as more investors see the benefits of the investment vehicle. For instance, since ETFs trade on an exchange like a stock, many have utilized the funds to execute quick or tactical positions to capitalize on market turns. While ETFs accumulate more assets and investor […]

Instead of taking direct exposure in the oil commodity on hopes of a rebound in prices, some investors may be turning to indirect investments, like exchange traded funds that track oil-producing countries and energy companies. Traders may try to ride a rebound in energy prices through West Texas Intermediate crude oil futures and commodity-related ETF, […]

Some value traders may be betting on a recovery in energy stocks and sector-related exchange traded funds after crude oil prices plunged to seven-year lows. The Energy Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLE) has attracted almost $1.3 billion in net inflows over the past week, according to ETF.com, after the fund declined 20.2% year-to-date. [A Bottom […]

While crude oil prices were stuck in the doldrums, Gasoline futures and commodity-related exchange traded fund surged ahead Thursday. The United States Gasoline Fund (NYSEArca: UGA), which tracks gasoline futures, rose 3.8% Thursday as Nymex RBOB Gasoline futures gained 3.5% to $1.275 per gallon. Meanwhile, the United States Oil Fund (NYSEArca: USO), which tracks West […]

Master limited partnerships and sector-related exchange traded products surged Tuesday as traders jumped on an oversold segment of the market after months of declines on falling energy prices. MLPs were among the the best performing exchange traded funds and exchange traded notes on Tuesday, with the RBC Yorkville MLP Distribution Growth Leaders Liquid Index ETN […]

After the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries decided to keep the crude oil pumps flowing, energy-related exchange traded funds plunged, with oil prices near the financial depression lows. West Texas Intermediate crude oil futures fell 5.2% to $37.9 per barrel on Monday while Brent crude oil futures were 4.7% lower to $41.0 per barrel. The […]

As Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries raise production in their campaign to stamp out competitors, oil refiners and sector-related exchange traded fund could benefit from the cheaper input costs. OPEC members will meet on December 4 in Vienna where Iran is expected to announce plans to raise production by 500,000 barrels per day, further bolstering […]

Weakening global growth and the strong U.S. dollar have weighed on demand for raw materials and pressured commodities-related exchange traded funds, with a major commodity index now trading near a 16-year low. The broad commodities market has been trending lower. Year-to-date, the GreenHaven Continuous Commodity Index Fund (NYSEArca: GCC) dipped 17.8%, PowerShares DB Commodity Index […]

While the broader market was stuck in sideways trading in response to geopolitical risks after the downing of a Russian jet by Turkey, energy prices and sector-related exchange traded funds experienced their best single-day jump this month. The broader Energy Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLE) gained 2.2% Tuesday. Meanwhile, the United States Oil Fund (NYSEArca: […]

Oil prices are down in a rut, but oil producers and sector-related exchange traded funds are starting to pull ahead of crude oil as energy companies grow more efficient and maintain attractive dividend yields. Since October, Brent crude oil has declined 8%, whereas oil and gas stocks are up almost 8%, as reflected by the […]

Oil exchange traded funds erased early losses Monday, with West Texas Intermediate crude oil futures rallying, after crude prices flirted with the psychologically key $40-per-barrel level. On Monday, the United States Oil Fund (NYSEArca: USO), which tracks West Texas Intermediate crude oil futures, gained 2.6% and the United States Brent Oil Fund (NYSEArca: BNO), which […]

With low oil prices weighing on the energy sector, investors may turn to a relatively new ex-sector exchange traded fund to track U.S. equities while excluding exposure to weaker energy companies. Many are utilizing S&P 500 ETFs, such as the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEarca: SPY), which includes a 7.0% tilt toward energy companies, as […]

Crude oil-related exchange traded funds are continuing their downward spiral as the global supply glut distends on increased production 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, fell 2.3% and the United States Brent Oil Fund (NYSEArca: BNO), […]

If the Federal Reserve moves toward interest rate normalization in December, some market segments and sector exchange traded funds could underperform during the rising rate environment. Erin Gibbs of S&P Investment Advisory Services is singling out the industrial and materials sector since both higher rates and a stronger dollar would put pressure on these two […]

Master limited partnerships and related exchange traded funds have surged back this month and are hovering around their short-term trend lines as investors revisit the battered yield-generating asset. However, there are still headwinds that could keep the sector pressured. Since the September 29 low, both the JPMorgan Alerian MLP Index ETN (NYSEArca: AMJ) and Alerian […]

Oil services stocks and sector-related exchange traded funds stumbled Friday after Schlumberger (NYSE: SLB) signaled continued pressure on oil and gas services companies. On Friday, the Market Vectors Oil Service ETF (NYSEArca: OIH) fell 4.3%, iShares U.S. Oil Equipment & Services ETF (NYSEArca: IEZ) declined 4.2%, SPDR Oil & Gas Equipment & Services ETF (NYSEArca: […]