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The BioShares Biotechnology Products Fund (NasdaqGM: BBP) has capitalized on a string of acquisitions and outperformed other biotechnology- and pharmaceuticals-related exchange traded funds. BBP, which follows U.S.-listed biotech companies with a primary product offering or product candidate that has landed FDA approval, gained 4.0% over the past week and increased 9.1% over the past three […]

Gold and U.S. dollar exchange traded funds are moving in separate directions again after a strengthening U.S. economy renewed speculation that the Federal Reserve could hike interest rates before the end of the year. The PowerShares DB U.S. Dollar Index Bullish Fund (NYSEArca: UUP) rose 0.2% Wednesday and is trading back above its 200-day simple […]

U.S. equities strengthened Wednesday with biotechnology stocks and sector-related exchange traded funds leading the charge on better-than-expected second quarter results. On Wednesday, the iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology ETF (NasdaqGS: IBB), which tracks the Nasdaq Biotechnology Index,rose 2.5%. The SPDR S&P Biotech ETF (NYSEArca: XBI), which follows a more equal weight methodology, gained 3.2% and was testing […]

Things are looking up for banks and financial sector exchange traded funds as more traders begin to feel more optimistic about the outlook of the underperforming area. The financial sector remains the worst performing area of the S&P 500, with the Financial Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLF) up 0.1% year-to-date, compared to the broader S&P […]

As the equities market swings, traders have incorporated leveraged and inverse exchange traded funds to jump on short-term opportunities and hedge around events, like the Brexit vote. “If ever there was a market environment for uncertainty hedging, it is now,” Andy O’Rourke, Managing Director and Chief Marketing Officer at Direxion, told ETF Trends on a […]

Americans’ shifting preferences and desire to spend on experiences, including dining out, could support the consumer services and restaurant industries, along with sector-related exchange traded funds. On the upcoming webcast, How Your Portfolio Could Bite Into Consumer Spending, Samuel Masucci, Founder and CEO of ETF Managers Group, and Michael Cronan, President of BITE ETF, will […]

A semiconductor sector exchange traded fund was leading markets higher Monday after Japanese technology company SoftBank Group Corp. announced a deal to acquire Britain’s ARM Holdings (NasdaqGS: ARMH) for $32 billion. SoftBank is seeking to expand into the so-called Internet of Things, or home devices from smart-thermostats to security cameras and domestic appliances that connect […]

Among the most sold off areas of markets in the aftermath of a post-Brexit world, European bank stocks and related exchange traded funds have made a strong rebound off the lows as traders anticipate further monetary easing to support the economy. The iShares MSCI Europe Financials ETF (NYSEArca: EUFN) gained 2.4% Thursday after rising 7.2% […]

Airlines stocks and sector-related exchange traded fund are having a great week, with Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) second-quarter profit beat among the latest to provide a tailwind for the industry. The U.S. Global Jets ETF (NYSEArca: JETS), the only dedicated airline industry-related ETF on the market, rose 2.7% Thursday after surging 9.4% over the […]

Financial stocks and sector-related exchange traded funds rallied Thursday and pushed the broader S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average to new highs as J.P. Morgan’s (NYSE: JPM) earnings beat helped set the pace for second quarter expectations. JPM shares rose 1.8% Thursday after revealing a much better-than-expected increase in second quarter revenue. Excluding accounting […]

Master limit partnerships and related exchange traded funds have been hit along with the broader energy market in response to the plunge in crude oil prices, but the sector is turning around. For instance, Goldman Sachs recently upgraded Williams Companies (NYSE: WMB) to “buy”, citing visible gas pipeline growth, valuations, M&A and a dividend cut […]

The dining industry and restaurant-related exchange traded fund may enjoy a strong second-quarter earnings season as lower food costs helped bolster diners’ margins. “Prices were some of the lowest levels in four years,” David Maloni, chief commodity strategist at the American Restaurant Association, told CNBC. “Egg prices are declining… cheese and chicken prices are attractive.” […]

U.S. consumers are losing confidence in the housing market, with renters having a less favorable outlook on hone ownership. On the other hand, as more prefer to stick to renting, a residential real estate investment trust-related exchange traded fund may continue to find support from rising rents. According to the National Association of Realtors, the […]

After the China’s government reined in surplus capacity, Chinese buyers began hoarding coal supplies, causing seaborne thermal coal for the Asian market to rise to its highest in over 10 months and supporting coal-related exchange traded funds. Year-to-date, the VanEck Vectors Coal ETF (NYSEArca: KOL), which tracks the coal industry, jumped 37.4% and the GreenHaven […]

Conservative utilities stocks and sector-related exchange traded funds have been the best performing area of the market this year. However, the outperformance has made this defensive segment rather pricey. Year-to-date, the Utilities Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLU) increased 23.3% while the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: SPY) gained 5.4%. However, the impressive rally this year […]

While the markets have been weighed down by various uncertainties, stock exchange traded funds may still strengthen as many still expect the S&P 500 to maintain its momentum, with the health care sector leading the charge. Industry analysts in aggregate predict the S&P 500 will experience a 10% advance in price over the next year, […]

Cybersecurity-related exchange traded funds led gains Thursday after Avast Software made a $1.3 billion bid to acquire rival AVG Technologies N.V. The PureFunds ISE Cyber Security ETF (NYSEArca: HACK) rose 1.7% Thursday and was testing its resistance at the long-term, 200-day simple moving average. Additionally, the First Trust NASDAQ CEA Cybersecurity ETF (NasdaqGM: CIBR) was […]

Silver exchange traded funds are surging, with silver bullion set for its best weekly gain in almost three years and the precious metal approaching a two-year high. Over the past week, the iShares Silver Trust ETF (NYSEArca: SLV) rose 8.3% and Global X Silver Miners ETF (NYSEArca: SIL) gained 12.3%. Year-to-date, SLV is up 35.4% […]

U.S. equities and stock exchange traded funds extended its post-Brexit rally on the last day of June, ending the first half of the year on a positive note after Bank of England Governor Mark Carney assuaged market fears and signaled a potential rate cut over the summer. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dipped 0.6% over […]

Consumer staples exchange traded funds led U.S. sectors Thursday after Mondelez International (NasdaqGS: MDLZ), the company behind Oreo cookies and Cadbury chocolates, made a takeover bid for confectionery firm Hershey Co. (NYSE: HSY). Leading the charge on Thursday, Guggenheim S&P Equal Weight Consumer Staples ETF (NYSEArca: RHS) jumped 2.6%, PowerShares Dynamic Food & Beverage Portfolio […]

Fidelity Investments has cut the expense ratios on its line of sector-specific exchange traded funds, taking the title of the lowest-cost ETFs among a number of sector options. Effective July 1, 2016, Fidelity will reduce the expense ratios of its 11 index-based sector ETFs to 0.084% from 0.12%, making the fund provider’s ETFs among the […]

After a seven year bull run and an increased uncertainty, people may expect the equities market will more likely pullback and give up some of its gains. Consequently, traders have turned to bearish or inverse exchange traded fund strategies to hedge against turns in a more volatile market. On an upcoming webcast this Wednesday, Sector Strategies […]

Financial stocks and sector-related exchange traded funds were among the worst performing areas of the U.S. markets as investors continued to digest the consequence of the United Kingdom separating from the European Union and the potentially extended low interest-rate environment out of the Federal Reserve. On Monday, the Financial Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLF) fell […]

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 […]