Sector ETFs

While gold miner stocks and sector-related exchange traded funds look cheap after underperforming broader equities for years, some caution investors against betting too heavily on this area of the market as the sector rallies on strengthening bullion prices. “We believe that gold miners are a value trap for now,” ETF Securities’ James Butterfill, Head of […]

The earnings season has been disappointing and weighed on investor confidence through one of the worst starts to a new year. Nevertheless, there are some areas that may pull through the malaise, with decent growth propping up the sector-related exchange traded funds. Aggregate fourth quarter 2015 S&P 500 earnings-per-share are expected to fall 4.94% year-over-year, […]

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 Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: GDX). The downtrodden gold miner sector finally shines. Click here to listen to the podcast. The opinions […]

U.S. regulators approved the sale of a lower-priced copy of an expensive blockbuster biologic drug, paving the way for further biosimilars to hit the market and supporting the outlook for the relatively new generic drugs exchange traded fund. The Market Vectors Generic Drugs ETF (NasdaqGM: GNRX) tries to reflect the performance of the Indxx Global […]

Energy traders can look to a new exchange traded note to track a recovery in West Texas Intermediate crude oil futures or capitalize on market moves with two new master limited partnership-related ETNs. Credit Suisse has launched the X-Links WTI Crude Oil Index ETN (NYSEArca: OIIL), according to a press release. OIIL has a 0.55% […]

The $3.5 billion First Trust Dorsey Wright Focus 5 ETF (NasdaqGM: FV) has helped exchange traded fund investors target some high-flying sectors, but the momentum strategy recently cut its biotech position for a defensive play. The First Trust Dorsey Wright Focus 5 ETF follows DWA’s relative strength ranking system where sector ETFs are compared to […]

The lackluster earnings season and ongoing economic weakness have caused exchange traded fund investors to shift away from riskier equity markets into more conservative, safe-haven assets. According to EPFR data, investors redeemed over $10 billion from U.S. equity funds in the week ended February 4, the fifth constitutive week funds have recorded an outflow, reports […]

After announcing a dismal forward guidance, LinkedIn (NYSE: LNKD) shares plunged, and the carnage is rippling through technology sector-related exchange traded funds. LinkedIn stock declined 42.5% Friday, erasing $10 billion of its market capitalization after providing a worse-than-expected first quarter outlook, reports Everett Rosenfeld for CNBC. The social media company anticipates revenue of $820 million […]

Gold bullion and precious metal-related exchange traded funds have regained their luster this year, and hard asset may continue to shine as safe-haven demand and central bank inaction help attract investors. ETF Trends publisher Tom Lydon recently appeared on CNBC’s Futures Now to talk the recent surge in interest for gold assets. For instance, the […]

While the economy languishes, mining stocks and sector-related exchange traded funds are flourishing and are experiencing their best rally since the financial downturn. Leading the charge on Thursday, the iShares MSCI Global Silver Miners ETF (NYSEArca: SLVP) bounced 7.8% higher, Global X Copper Miners ETF (NYSEArca: COPX) jumped 6.3% and Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF […]

Transportation sector-related exchange traded funds gained momentum Thursday as low energy costs may be boosting the industry’s bottom line and fright traffic accelerates. On Thursday, the iShares Transportation Average ETF (NYSEArca: IYT) gained 2.6% and the SPDR S&P Transportation ETF (NYSEArca: XTN) rose 3.6%. In the transport space, Roadrunner Transportation Systems (NYSE: RRTS) raced ahead […]

Health care investors can now target a growing segment of the pharmaceutical industry through a relatively new generics drug exchange traded fund. The Market Vectors Generic Drugs ETF (NasdaqGM: GNRX) tries to reflect the performance of the Indxx Global Generics & New Pharma Index, which tracks a number of global drug makers that generate significant […]

As volatility spikes and markets gyrate, some investors have turned to more conservative stocks and defensive sector exchange traded funds to ride out the storm. For instance, many have traditionally turned to defensive sectors like utilities, consumer staples and health care – sectors that would hold up in any economic cycle as U.S. consumers will […]

Metals and mining stocks, along with sector-related exchange traded funds, rallied Wednesday on the depreciating U.S. dollar and speculation that the Federal Reserve would not be able to further tighten rates on a weakening economy The SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), the world’s largest gold-backed exchange traded product, rose 1.0% Wednesday and broke back above […]

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 […]

Despite an upbeat earnings season and low exposure to the current round of economic risks, U.S. bank stocks and sector-related exchange traded funds have underperformed, potentially opening up a buying opportunity for value investors. Year-to-date, the SPDR S&P Regional Banking ETF (NYSEArca: KRE) fell 12.6%, iShares U.S. Regional Banks ETF (NYSEArca: IAT) dropped 10.9% and […]

While the broad U.S. equities market strengthened Thursday, the biotechnology sector looked under the weather, with sector-related exchange traded funds slipping to 52-week lows. On Thursday, the iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology ETF (NasdaqGS: IBB) fell 3.6% and SPDR S&P Biotech ETF (NYSEArca: XBI) dropped 3.5%. Year-to-date, IBB declined 19.2% and XBI decreased 26.4%. Both biotech ETFs […]

Energy exchange traded fund traders will be watching so-called Big Oil as industry leaders reveal fourth quarter results. The energy sector has been the worst performing area of the market, plunging along with oil prices. Over the past year, the Energy Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLE) declined 27.2%, Vanguard Energy ETF (NYSEArca: VDE) dropped 28.9%, […]

Retail exchange traded fund investors will be keeping an eye on Amazon (NasdaqGS: AMZN) Thursday as the online retail giant announce its fourth quarter earnings results. A survey of analysts expects AMZN per share earnings of $1.63 on sales of $36 billion, reports JJ Kinahan for Forbes. The holiday fueled quarter has historically been one […]

The sell-off in the oil markets has weighed on capital spending from the energy sector as producers hold off on new projects, pressuring U.S. industrial companies and sector-related exchange traded funds. Over the past year, the Industrial Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLI) declined 10.8%, Vanguard Industrials ETF (NYSEArca: VIS) dropped 9.2%, iShares U.S. Industrials ETF […]

The equities market and stock exchange traded funds retreated in a violent start to a new year. As volatility dissipates, exchange traded fund investors should consider areas where selling may have been overdone. “In our opinion, much of the recent selling has been overdone and, as such, has created some bargains,” Russ Koesterich, Global Chief […]

As the equities market experienced its worst start to a new year, exchange traded fund investors fled growth sectors and jumped into defensive stocks, along with betting on a valuation play. Investors’ eyes are on the tech space this week amid a spate of fourth quarter earnings results, but the technology sector was among the […]

Home construction-related exchange traded funds surged Tuesday on speculation of an improving housing market after a widely observed indicator of single-family home prices rose at its fastest pace in 16 months. On Tuesday, the SPDR S&P Homebuilders ETF (NYSEArca: XHB) gained 1.9% and the iShares U.S. Home Construction ETF (NYSEArca: ITB) increased 2.6%. Homebuilders were […]

Technology sector exchange traded funds are in the spotlight this week as tech giants go under the microscope, revealing fourth quarter results. Following a rough start to the new year, a number of key earnings reports will help provide better insight into how the tech sector will do ahead. So far this year, the PowerShares […]

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. […]

Biotechnology stocks and sector-related exchange traded funds rallied late Wednesday but could not maintain their momentum after a high profile drug trial failure. Alkermes (NasdaqGS: ALKS), a central nervous-system drug developer, revealed two late-stage Phase 3 studies of its treatment for depressive disorder did not meet primary endpoints, Reuters reports. KMI shares plunged 42.3% Thursday, […]

Investors may be stuck on the negatives as markets trip at the start of the new year. However, there may be some opportunities in consumer-related sectors and exchange traded funds. “Consumer spending and homebuilding look poised for solid growth in 2016,” First Trust Portfolios economists, led by Chief Economist Brian S. Wesbury, said in a […]

The recent selling has put the markets on edge. Nevertheless, investors can still find ways to navigate the markets. ETF Trends publisher Tom Lydon appeared on CNBC to discuss opportunities in the financial sector and hedging against volatility with long-term Treasuries. Click on the video below to see the full interview. The opinions and forecasts […]

In a volatile market environment, investors may stick to defensive sector-related exchange traded funds that could do well in most economic conditions. However, HSBC recently argued that investors should stick to consumer staple stocks due to potential uncertainty in the pharma space, reports Julie Verhage for Bloomberg. “In a world where global growth remains low […]