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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 […]

While many opt to “sell in May and go away,” investors who stick around may be better off rotating into more conservative picks, such as consumer staples and sector-related exchange traded funds. For instance, the Consumer Staples Select SPDR (NYSEArca: XLP) tries to reflect the performance of the Consumer Staples Select Sector Index, which is […]

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 […]

Investment guru Warren Buffett and his Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK.A) partner Charlie Munger are known for buying good companies at fair prices. Exchange traded fund investors can also mimic the investment philosophy through strategies that target companies with wide economic moats or sustainable competitive advantages. Specifically, Munger and Buffett consider every aspect of a business […]

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 […]

Water stocks and sector-related exchange traded funds have rallied this year as investors turned to more conservative utility plays, but the sector may still have legs as the world confronts increasing fresh water scarcity. Year-to-date, the First Trust ISE Water ETF (NYSEArca: FIW) and PowerShares Water Resources Portfolio (NYSEArca: PHO), which both track U.S. companies […]

While the health industry has underperformed so far this year, health care stocks and sector-related exchange traded funds can gain momentum on increased merger and acquisition activity. About $144 billion in deals for biotechnology, health care and pharmaceutical companies have been announced this year, with Abbott Laboratories (NYSE: ABT) agreeing to acquire St Jude Medical […]

The fight against the Islamic State, or Daesh, is quickly depleting U.S. munitions. As the Pentagon replaces its inventory, aerospace and defense sector-related exchange traded funds could capitalize on the increased government spending. Analysts and market observers argue that billions of dollars will be needed to replenish U.S. military munitions that were expended on strikes […]

A slew of poor earnings results from the biggest tech names, with the latest lackluster results from Apple (NasdaqGS: AAPL), have dragged on the technology sector. However, an equal-weight tech-related exchange traded fund has been holding up surprisingly well. Following Apple’s earnings miss after the close Wednesday, the Guggenheim S&P Equal Weight Technology ETF (NYSEArca: […]

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 […]

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 […]

Exchange traded fund investors have largely shunned developing economies as the area underperformed developed markets over the past few years. As more look to diversify away from an aging bull rally in the U.S., investors should consider re-allocating toward the developing world. According to a recent Emerging Global Advisors survey on investor sentiment, less than […]

While many typically checkout before the summer, investors should keep an eye on real estate investment trusts and related exchange traded funds in the months ahead as REITs becomes the newest S&P 500 sector. In September, the S&P and MSCI will no longer classify REITs as a financial sector component and will spin off real […]

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 […]

It is a big week for the social media exchange traded fund as a handful of prominent internet names announce first quarter earnings. On Tuesday, Twitter (NasdaqGS: TWTR) will kick things off for the social media space. Market observers have been wary about Twitter’s ability to grow its user base after reaching its current heights. […]

After a lackluster week in response to a poor showing from Alphabet (NasdaqGS: GOOGL) and Microsoft (NasdaqGS: MSFT), technology sector exchange traded funds could experience another trying week with Apple (NasdaqGS: AAPL) and Facebook (NasdaqGS: FB) up to bat. Google parent company Alphabet and Microsoft lost $30 billion each in market cap after their weak […]

With investors returning to more riskier segments of the market, defensive utility stocks and sector-related exchange traded funds are losing momentum. The Utilities Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLU) has declined 3.8% since Wednesday and is now trading below its short-term, 50-day simple moving average. XLU has increased 9.3% year-to-date and reflects one of the best […]

Japanese equities bounced Friday, with currency-hedged exchange traded funds leading the charge on a weakening yen, as speculators bet the Bank of Japan will give banks a helping hand. Currency hedged ETFs, which diminished the negative effect of a weaker yen currency, outpaced non-hedged funds, on Friday. For instance, the WisdomTree Japan Hedged Equity Fund […]

ALPS Advisors and Sprott Asset Management have come together to launch a new exchange traded fund that targets companies on their public perception and buzz on social media platforms. The recently launched Sprott BUZZ Social Media Insights ETF (NYSEArca: BUZ) tries to reflect the performance of the BUZZ Social Media Insights Index, which identifies U.S. […]

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 […]

Biotechnology stocks remain one of worst performing areas that are still stuck in a bear market after failing to recuperate earlier losses in the year, along with the broader market. However, exchange traded fund (ETF) investors still believe in a rebound. The iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology ETF (NasdaqGS: IBB), the largest biotech ETF by assets, declined 17.0% […]

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 […]

Expensive biologics have weighed on health care consumers. However, as the government tries to contain the soaring costs, a generic drugs-related exchange traded fund could capitalize on the growth of cheaper biosimilars. The Market Vectors Generic Drugs ETF (NasdaqGM: GNRX) tries to reflect the performance of the Indxx Global Generics & New Pharma Index, which […]

Transportation stocks and sector-related exchange traded funds are gaining momentum and are back above their long-term trend lines after the third largest U.S. railroad company reported first quarter results. Over the past three months, the iShares Transportation Average ETF (NYSEArca: IYT) increased 18.5% and the SPDR S&P Transportation ETF (NYSEArca: XTN) gained 22.8%. Both IYT […]

Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) revealed a strong first quarter earnings on higher cost savings, lifting the lone airline industry-related exchange traded fund. The U.S. Global Jets ETF (NYSEArca: JETS), the only dedicated airline industry-related ETF on the market, gained 1.6% Thursday after Delta Air Lines reported earnings. JETS increased 14.3% over the past three […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Italian government and top lenders could come up with a plan for a state-backed fund to mend Italy’s financial sector, bolstering bank shares and country-specific exchange traded funds on Monday. The iShares MSCI Italy Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWI) rose 1.9% Monday and popped back above its short-term, 50-day simple moving average. The FTSE Italia […]