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Gold and gold miners likely cannot wait for 2013 to end. This was the year that bullion’s 12-year bull market ended in resounding fashion. The SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) has tumbled 27.7%, but gold miners have been far worse as the Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: GDX) has slid nearly twice that amount, […]

It is one of 2013’s most prominent themes in the world of exchange traded funds. That being the epic declines experienced by precious metals mining ETFs. The Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: GDX) and the Global X Silver Miners ETF (NYSEArca: SIL) are down an average of 54.5%. As a result, the Direxion Daily […]

If mining exchange traded funds could express emotion, those that hold shares of gold and silver miners are probably counting the days until 2013. As has been well-documented throughout this year, gold and silver mining ETFs have absorbed some brutal treatment. That is not surprising when the largest physically-backed gold and silver ETFs are down […]

In what has been a rocky year for gold mining stocks and the corresponding exchange traded funds, investors and industry analysts have spent plenty of time mulling at what price for gold does it become painful and unprofitable for miners to pull the yellow metal from the earth. There is no uniform answer because the […]

In a year of jaw-dropping declines for gold and silver mining exchange traded funds, investors have not just stood by these funds, they have continually allocated fresh capital to the these ETFs. In particular, the inflows to gold mining ETFs not only buck the trend of price retrenchment, but that of billions of dollars of […]

They are among this year’s worst performers among non-leveraged exchange traded funds, but investors have been pouring cash into precious metals mining funds. Year-to-date, the Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: GDX), the Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: GDXJ) and Global X Silver Miners ETF (NYSEArca: SIL) are down 55.7%, 63% and 52.5%, […]

Already reeling from some dour November performances, precious metals mining ETFs have started the last month of the year in similar fashion to how they ended the previous month: Ugly. The Global X Silver Miners ETF (NYSEArca: SIL) is off 5.4% Monday. Struggling to stay above $11, a close below that level would SIL’s first […]

The Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: GDX) lost 7.4% last week and the Global X Silvers Miners ETF (NYSEArca: SIL) was barely better with a 6.4% weekly tumble. Over the past month, those two ETFs have lost an average of 15.8% as gold and silver prices have continued to slide. Some have tried to […]

The iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) and the ETFS Physical Silver Shares (NYSEArca: SIVR) are down 26% this year, performances that are far worse than the dismal 19.9% lost by the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD). To its credit, silver has been outperforming gold this month. Since the start of October, SLV and SIVR are […]

Mining stocks have battled back recently, with GDX (Market Vectors Gold Miners, Expense Ratio 0.52%) for example recovering more than 25% from its late June intraday lows and pulling in more than $100 million in net asset flows via creations. It is also no secret that Gold and precious metals spot prices have stabilized in […]

The equities market and stock exchange traded funds stabilized Friday to cap a tumultuous week of heavy selling while Treasury yields hit a 22-month high and gold experienced its largest weekly decline in two years after the U.S. Federal Reserve signaled an eventual withdrawal from quantitative easing. The stock markets extended their rally in the […]

After years of trailing gold price movements, precious metals miner ETFs could finally be forming a base as the funds begin to outpace the underlying commodity. Market Vectors Gold Miners (NYSEArca: GDX) has gained nearly 8% over the past five days. The miner ETF jumped 5% Thursday to extend the previous session’s rally. GDX was […]

The precious metals exchange traded fund market is taking a beating as gold prices slump and most precious metal mining companies take heavy losses. The worst performing miner exchange traded fund  is Global X Gold Explorers ETF (NYSEArca: GLDX), down 33.4% over the past month. Gold equities are trading at their lowest level relative to […]

Stock ETFs enjoyed decent gains in September to cap off a solid third quarter as gold and silver miner funds paced the advance for both periods. The major equity indices tested 2007 highs in the third quarter although the market stumbled into the end of the month and quarter. Top performing ETFs in the third […]

Global X Silver Miners ETF (NYSEArca: SIL) is up 26% over the past month to lead all unleveraged ETFs. The volatile sector is rising more than gold and silver prices on further easing from central banks and weakness in the U.S. dollar. “While the metal appeared to be back on track to start 2012, this […]

Click here to listen. I do the “ETF of the Week” for MarketWatch every Thursday on Chuck Jaffe’s MoneyLife Show where I highlight big movers and disappointments within the exchange traded fund market. This week, I looked at the Global X Silver Miners ETF (NYSEArca: SIL). Silver is once again attracting attention on central bank […]

Gold miner ETFs have been outperforming bullion prices since mid-July. Following several false starts, the question is whether miner shares are finally ready to lead precious metal prices. After a prolonged disparity between the performance of physical precious metals and mining companies, the disconnect between the commodities and stocks has finally shifted as investors jump […]

FactorShares, the exchange traded fund provider more commonly known for its suite of long/short strategies, is working on three new mining-related ETFs, two of which may be the first in their categories. According to a recent Securities and Exchange Commission filing, FactorShares is working on a diamond/gemstone miner, mining services and junior silver miners ETF under […]

After a bumpy start, the broad equities market and stock exchange traded funds made a strong rebound over August. The S&P 500 is trying to break through its highest level since 2008. The top ETF performers over August include WisdomTree Euro Debt Fund (NYSArca: EU) up 13.3%, Market Vectors Egypt Index ETF (NYSEArca: EGPT) up […]

Silver has been testing multi-month highs with investors apparently gearing up for inflation and more central bank stimulus. Some investors are favoring silver ETFs over gold prices amid the rally. “Gold investing has long dominated the precious metals space, as investors have used this ultra-popular metal as both a trading/speculative instrument as well as an integral […]

Physically-backed silver exchange traded funds have given back most of the gains made in 2011, and have been negative most of 2012. As many major governments have taken value from currencies, a precious metals fund can still give a portfolio protection. “Unlike equities or bonds, commodities are non-earning assets whose value comes only from what […]

The largest exchange traded fund following natural gas futures was the top gainer in ETFs this week with a 9% rally, stirring hopes that the recovery in natural gas prices is real. Natural Gas. The U.S. Energy Information Administration revealed a smaller-than-expected increase in natural gas inventories, stoking a rally in natural gas futures that […]

Exchange traded funds tracking gold, silver and miner stocks were among the steepest decliners Tuesday as global markets sold off on concerns the latest troubles in Greece will shatter the Eurozone. In precious metals, SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) fell 2.5% while iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) slipped 2.9%. ETFs that invest in miner shares […]

We have mentioned persistent and bullish call buying in the largest silver exchange traded fund in recent recaps throughout January and February, and yesterday was no exception as the metal continued its recent rally and call buyers were again present. The iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) has rallied nearly 23% year to date and is […]

Silver exchange traded funds are up 20% this year to outperform gold prices. While often overshadowed by gold’s historic rise, silver and related ETFs provide traders with an alternative, and cheaper, precious metal investment option. Silver, like most commodities, has shown relatively low correlation with the stock and bond markets, making the asset a great […]

Silver-related exchange traded funds have been strong performers with silver futures increasing over 20% this year. Surprisingly, silver miners, which trailed the price movements of the physical precious metal in 2011, are keeping up with silver prices this year. The iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) has gained 21.3% year-to-date. Silver prices are increasing as world […]

Gold miner exchange traded funds are among the top ETF performers this week, getting a boost from higher precious metal prices following the Federal Reserve’s decision to extend its low-rate pledge out to late 2014. Market Vectors Gold Miners (NYSEArca: GDX) and Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: GDXJ) are on track to post […]

Hard-hit mining stocks rallied last week along with precious metals exchange traded funds after the sector suffered through a bleak 2011. Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: GDX) and Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: GDXJ) are both higher over the past five trading days, gaining 5.3% and 8.3%, respectively. Global X Silver Miners […]

Gold miner exchange traded funds stumbled Wednesday along with bullion prices, dragging the stock ETFs to fresh 52-week lows. Market Vectors Gold Miners (NYSEArca: GDX) fell 3% while Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: GDXJ) was down nearly 4%. Leveraged ETFs following the sector saw even larger moves Wednesday — NUGT (Direxion Daily Gold […]

Late last week we saw the emergence of put buyers in XME (SPDR S&P Metals and Mining) as the exchange traded fund failed to close at recent highs after mid morning Friday strength, and finished down 0.61%. XME had a strong showing last week, rising over 15% from the previous week’s closing levels and challenging […]