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As the Brexit referendum results triggered a global risk-off event, exchange traded funds (ETFs) that track safe-haven plays surged on the increased volatility. For instance, gold jumped the most since the 2008 financial downturn as traders turned to the Brexit haven, Bloomberg reports. Gold futures jumped as much as 8.1% on three times the average […]

Bank stocks and financial sector exchange traded funds were the biggest losers in U.S. markets as traders weighed the potential years of uncertainty in response to the passing “Brexit” referendum. Broad financial sector ETFs came under fire Friday. The Financial Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLF) fell 4.9% iShares U.S. Financials ETF (NYSEArca: IYF) dropped 4.5% […]

The votes are in and the United Kingdom will dissolve its 43-year membership in the European Union, triggering mass sell-off in global markets and exchange traded funds (ETFs). Leading the plunge, United Kingdom market-related ETFs were the worst hit, with the First Trust United Kingdom AlphaDEX Fund (NYSEArca: FKU), which provides a smart-beta play on […]

The shipping-related exchange traded fund caught a tailwind Thursday after A.P. Møller-Maersk A/S shares surged on a planned restructuring and new chief executive officer. The Guggenheim Global Shipping ETF (NYSEArca: SEA), which tries to reflect the performance of the Dow Jones Global Shipping Index and holds high dividend-paying companies in the global shipping industry, rose […]

Investors have been giving real estate investment trusts a second look ahead of indexing sector reclassification, bolstering demand for REITs-related exchange traded funds. “Demand for US real estate securities accelerated in May, as exchanged traded funds focused on the investment segment gathered $1.31 billion of new money, up from $510.4 million in April,” Todd Rosenbluth, […]

Brick-and-mortar department stores have been struggling for sales, but online outlets are thriving. As people spend more time on the internet, consumers are spending more through online catalogues, supporting the outlook for e-commerce and internet-related exchange traded funds. Standard Chartered Plc research shows U.S. consumers are rapidly moving online, and in-store sales will likely slow […]

If the United Kingdom decides to break off from the European Union, stock exchange traded funds investors may be better off sticking to U.S. markets and related exchange traded funds. “All you can do here in the United States, given the low level of interest rates, is go to the equities market,” Dennis Gartman, publisher […]

Biotechnology-related exchange traded funds are stuck in a malaise, with the underlying biotech sector declining for the ninth consecutive session, its longest selloff in a twenty years. Since June 6, the iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology ETF (NasdaqGS: IBB), which tracks the Nasdaq Biotechnology Index, declined 10.3%. Related: Hit The Lab With These 17 Biotech ETFs The […]

Investors can look to smart-beta, alternative index-based exchange traded funds to for a diversified solution to enhance returns and balance an investment portfolio. On an upcoming webcast this Tuesday, Smart Beta Factors: How Many and What is Ideal?, Joel Schneider, Senior Portfolio Manager and Vice President of Dimensional Fund Advisors, and Phil Fontana, Head of Product […]

The slow economic outlook coupled with uncertainty over central bank policies and a U.K. referendum have pressured the equities markets. Investors, though, can mitigate the risks by diversifying into exchange traded funds that track safe-haven assets. Among the list of concerns, an ongoing earnings recession in the U.S., an upcoming U.S. presidential election, an unclear […]

Steel and materials sector-related exchange traded funds jumped Wednesday after Bank of America/Merrill Lynch upgraded United States Steel (NYSE: X) and Nucor (NYSE: NUE) to better-than-expected guidance. Among the best performing ETFs of Wednesday, the VanEck Vectors Steel ETF (NYSEArca: SLX) rose 3.9% and was testing its short-term, 50-day simple moving average. SLX includes a 7.0% […]

LinkedIn Corp. (NasdaqGS: LNKD) shares surged Monday after Microsoft (NasdaqGS: MSFT) reached a deal to acquire the social-networking firm, lifting a social media-related exchange traded fund. Microsoft is acquiring LinkedIn Corp. for $26.2 billion in one of the largest tech-industry deals on record as a way to integrate the networking site with Windows, Bloomberg reports. […]

Both Democratic and Republic presidential front runners may disagree on many hot-button subjects but the two agree on the need to upgrade the our country’s aging infrastructure. Investors can capitalize on the potential increased government backing in the sector with infrastructure-related exchange traded funds. Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton believes the U.S. is “dramatically underinvesting in […]

The utilities sector remains the best performing area of the S&P 500. However, a rising rate environment could cause utilities to underperform. While investors may have enjoyed the ride by overweighting the sector, exchange traded fund investors should also take the time to look under the hood of some of their investment plays lest they […]

Janus Capital Group expanded its offerings to include four new exchange traded funds that track various health and living-related themes. Janus rolled out The Health and Fitness ETF (NasdaqGM: FITS), The Long-Term Care ETF (NasdaqGM: OLD), The Organics ETF (NasdaqGM: ORG) and The Obesity ETF (NasdaqGM: SLIM). Each fund comes with a 0.50% expense ratio. […]

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 Guggenheim S&P 500 Equal Weight Consumer Staples ETF (NYSEArca: RHS). RHS is a defensive play for the summer doldrums. Click here to […]

The largest American banks may have to set aside more cash to strengthen balance sheets as a way to obviate further shocks, potentially putting additional strain on the financial sector and related exchange traded funds. Fed governors Daniel Tarullo and Jerome Powell, in separate public comments, have hinted that the central bank would probably require […]

As the markets move and traders ride the momentum, the increased trading activity could help bolster investment banks and brokerage related exchange traded funds. J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.’s corporate and investment banking head Daniel Pinto projects trading activity to rise by over 10% in the second quarter year-over-year, reports Emily Glazer for the Wall […]

Gold-related exchange traded funds surged Friday after updated employment data revealed employers in May added the fewest workers in almost six years, fueling speculation the Federal Reserve may push off an interest rate hike this month. On Friday, the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) rose 2.4% and VanEck Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: GDX) jumped […]

In an year of uncertainty, the consumer staples sector has acted as a defensive play for more conservative investors, with an equal-weight consumer staples exchange traded fund standing out from the rest. The defensive consumer staples sector has been one of the year’s best performing areas of the S&P 500, with the S&P 500 Consumer […]

While a rising interest rate environment will help banks’ margins, financial sector exchange traded funds may continue to be pressured by losses on loans to beleaguered energy companies. The financial sector is beginning to turnaround with the Financial Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLF) up 11.5%, iShares U.S. Financials ETF (NYSEArca: IYF) up 11.2% and Vanguard […]

Metals-related exchange traded funds have enjoyed a rally this year, but traders and the miners themselves are growing more pessimistic over the future outlook. Over the past month, SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) fell 1.8%, iShares Silver Trust ETF (NYSEArca: SLV) declined 4.7%, VanEck Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: GDX) dipped 0.2% and iShares MSCI Global […]

As the economy improves and consumers begin to spend again, investors can capitalize on the growth through consumer discretionary exchange traded funds. Consumer stocks have benefited from stronger household finances, rising employment and slowly expanding wages. Additionally, the plunge in energy prices, along with lower price tags at the gas pumps, have helped kept more […]

U.S. new home sales experienced their best month in over eight years, buttressing homebuilders sector-related exchange traded funds. On Tuesday, the SPDR S&P Homebuilders ETF (NYSEArca: XHB) rose 2.9% and iShares U.S. Home Construction ETF (NYSEArca: ITB) gained 3.8%. XHB broke above its short-term resistance at the 50-day simple moving average and is testing its […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]