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The Global X Social Media Index ETF (NasdaqGM: SOCL), the first exchange traded fund dedicated to social media stocks, is up 18% this year, but that does not mean the ETF’s upside from here is limited. SOCL has been boosted this year by Facebook Inc. (NasdaqGS: FB) being one of the best-performing stocks in the […]

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. […]

A recently launched social media insights exchange traded fund (ETF) provides investors with a social momentum strategy that harnesses insights from big data mined from media outlets. On a recent webcast, The Social Media Index: Today’s Market Sentiment Indicator, Jeremy Held, Director of Research & Investment Strategy at ALPS Portfolio Solutions, explained that the Sprott […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

Despite the brief misstep in late summer, the social media exchange traded fund is gaining momentum on the improved earnings season and is waiting on Facebook (NasdaqGS: FB) to report later Wednesday. The Global X Social Media Index ETF (NasdaqGM: SOCL) jumped 10.2% over the past month and is up 9.5% year-to=date. Facebook will announce […]

Internet-related exchange traded funds will be tested this week as downtrodden social media names try to turn around their losing streak this earnings season. After the bell Tuesday, Twitter (NYSE: TWTR), which has declined almost 40% over the past year, will report earnings. Jack Dorsey stepped in as Twitter’s CEO in June and promptly fired […]

A long/short smart-beta index is in talks with fund issuers to launch an exchange traded fund based on financial twitter user sentiment. Market Prophit, the company behind the recently launched Market Prophit Social Media Sentiment Index (CROWD), is trying to find an ETF backer for its twitter-based index, reports Eric Balchunas Bloomberg. “This is a […]

Social media names in the U.S. are jumping, but the social media sector exchange traded fund remains subdued after the plunge in Chinese stocks weigh on the overall portfolio. The Global X Social Media Index ETF (NYSEArca: SOCL) was up 1.4% over the past week and down 4.7% over the past month. Facebook (NasdaqGS: FB), […]

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. On Thursday, I focused on the Global X Social Media Index ETF (NYSEArca: SOCL). The wave of social media names is petering out as growth in the user […]

In the technology space, social media stocks are leading the charge, with a sector-related exchange traded fund pushing on to a new 52-week high. The Global X Social Media Index ETF (NasdaqGM: SOCL) was up 1.4% Friday, hovering around its highest level since March 2014. SOCL has increased 6.5% over the past month and is […]

Apple (NasdaqGS: AAPL) has acted as shining beacon in the tech sector, providing some sense of stability in technology-related exchange traded funds. Shares of Apple stocks jumped following a strong second quarter earnings result and on plans to offer an additional $30 billion in share buybacks. The company recently broke above the $600 level for […]

Despite the sell-off in momentum stocks and exchange traded funds in mid-April, the markets recovered from the decline as earnings and improved economic data helped support further equity gains. The top performing non-leveraged exchange traded products over the past month include the iPath Global Carbon ETN (NYSEArca: GRN) up 17.9%, iPath Dow Jones-UBS Nickel Total Return […]

After testing bear market territory, social media stocks are bouncing back, with the related exchange traded fund among the best performers over the past week. The Global X Social Media Index ETF (NasdaqGM: SOCL) was up 1.0% Tuesday and gained 5.8% over the past week. SOCL, though, is still down 10.7% year-to-date after a major […]

Technology stocks and related exchange traded funds have been among the worst performers since the sell-off began at the start of April. The more intrepid investor, though, is beginning to look at the sector as a bargain opportunity. Since the April 2 high, the Technology Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLK) is down 3.4%, Vanguard Information […]

The social media exchange traded fund is strengthening Tuesday after King Digital Entertainment, a developer of popular Facebook and Smartphone games, files for an initial public offering. The Global X Social Media Index ETF (NasdaqGS: SOCL) was up 2.3% Tuesday. SOCL is 2.6% higher year-to-date and has gained 51.0% over the past year. King Digital […]

Tech investors are focusing on Twitter (NasdaqGS: TWTR) Wednesday as the company announces its first ever earnings report, either justifying or contradicting the stock’s lofty price. Exchange traded fund investors can track the action through initial public offering or social media strategies. After the bell Wednesday, Twitter will reveal its first earnings report since becoming […]

The social media exchange traded fund was not immune to the latest market upheaval but it did rebound Thursday after Facebook (NasdaqGS: FB) surged on mobile-ad growth. Next week will also be a big week for social media sector as players reveal fourth quarter earnings. The Global X Social Media Index ETF (NasdaqGS: SOCL) jumped […]

The Global X Social Media Index ETF (NasdaqGS: SOCL) is still up almost 50% year-to-date, but October has not been particularly kind to the high-flying fund. Since the start of the month, SOCL is off about 3.7% and as valuation concerns regarding the ETF’s holdings accelerated, so have SOCL’s October woes. Since October 18, the […]

Some of the best things come in small packages. Exchange traded funds cover a range of investment segments, and in the current rally, smaller areas in the market are generating robust gains. The S&P 500 Index rallied 25.1% year-to-date and has been hitting new historic highs. Meanwhile, other smaller sectors have raced ahead, notably green […]

Membership in the club known as the Four Horsemen of the Nasdaq seems like it is always changing. At one point in the 1990s, that club was comprised of Cisco (NasdaqGM: CSCO), Dell (NasdaqGM: DELL), Intel (NasdaqGM: INTC) and Microsoft (NasdaqGM: MSFT). Then it was Oracle (NYSE: ORCL), Sun Microsystems, EMC (NYSE: EMC) and Cisco […]

The Global X Social Media Index ETF (NasdaqGS: SOCL) is one of this year’s best non-leveraged ETFs with a gain of nearly 52%, a run aided by surges in a variety of richly valued, familiar Internet stocks. Think Facebook (NasdaqGM: FB) and LinkedIn (NYSE: LNKD), among others. And one look at SOCL’s chart shows there […]

It was a terrible Tuesday for some of 2013’s best-performing ETFs as the U.S. government shutdown sent investors scampering out of biotech, Internet and social media ETFs. Even with yesterday’s slack performances, three biotech ETFs still rank among this year’s top-10 non-leveraged ETFs. The Global X Social Media Index ETF (NasdaqGS: SOCL), PowerShares NASDAQ Internet […]

Riding out tax hikes, interest rate risk and geopolitical tensions, the broad equity markets touched historic highs this year, with alternative energy, biotech and technology stock exchange traded funds leading the pack. In the technology space, social media stocks are experiencing robust gains on increased global connectivity, especially in the emerging markets where internet use […]

The Global X Social Media Index ETF (NasdaqGS: SOCL) is one of this year’s most impressive ETF specimens. Up almost 51% year-to-date, $50.5 million of SOCL’s $68.4 million in assets under management has flowed into the fund since the start of the year. Among other catalysts, SOCL has surged on the back of resurgent Facebook […]

Expectations for a strong Twitter Inc initial public offering is lifting tech-related stocks and exchange traded funds, especially in the emerging markets where the sector is at a 13-year high. The MSCI Emerging Markets and Information Technology Index is hovering around its highest point since April 2000 as Twitter said last month that it filed […]

Stocks as an asset class have shrugged off a wide variety of risks throughout the year. Sequestration failed to derail equity enthusiasm. The May-June interest rate spike did little to deter dip-buyers. And I suspect that any actual downside for the markets in October, whether caused by political strife or disappointing economic data, will ultimately […]

Despite a brief Fed policy scare, U.S. stocks and equity-based exchange traded funds raced to all-time highs as the easy money fueled rally continued through the third quarter. However, the euphoria waned near quarter’s end on fears of a looming U.S. government shutdown and political volatility in Italy, The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 3.5% […]