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More exchange traded fund investors are looking to smart beta or alternative index-based strategies to fill out their investments, and focusing on which targeted factors within the indexing methodology matters when appropriately balancing a portfolio. On a recent webcast, Smart Beta Factors: How Many and What is Ideal?, Joel Schneider, Senior Portfolio Manager and Vice […]

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. […]

While U.S. equities recorded modest gains in the month of May, exchange traded fund investors largely targeted popular plays that staged a pullback, re-positioning to potentially capture further value ahead. The SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) was the most popular ETF play of May, attracting almost $2.7 billion in net inflows, according to ETF.com data. […]

ETF Trends publisher Tom Lydon appeared on Yahoo! Finance’s Midday Movers to discuss the Alibaba (NYSE: BABA) Securities and Exchange Commission probe and the future of Microsoft’s (NasdagGS: MSFT) smartphone business. Click on the video below to watch the full interview. The opinions and forecasts expressed herein are solely those of Tom Lydon, and may […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

With more consumers turning to online shopping avenues, investors may capitalize on the growing trend through a targeted internet retail or e-commerce exchange traded fund. The Amplify Online Retail ETF (NasdaqGM: IBUY), which began trading April 20, tries to track the performance of the EQM Online Retail Index, which is comprised of global companies that […]

As consumers turn away from brick-and-mortar stores in favor of online outlets, electric commerce-related internet exchange traded funds have outperformed the traditional retail sector. The internet retail sub-industry revealed the highest earnings growth at 143.1% for all 13 retail sub-industries, John Butters, Senior Earnings Analyst at FactSet, said in a note. In contrast, the department […]

Following disappointing earnings reports from Apple (NasdaqGS: AAPL), Alphabet (NasdaqGS: GOOGL) and Microsoft (NasdaqGS: MSFT), technology sector exchange traded funds (ETFs) are under pressure. That includes the PowerShares QQQ (NasdaqGM: QQQ), which tracks the tech heavy Nasdaq-100 Index. Other ETFs that track the Nasdaq-100 include the First Trust Nasdaq-100 Tech Index (NasdaqGM: QTEC) and the […]

Exchange traded fund investors who are interested in tapping into the big growth names from the technology space have a number of broad and focused sector-specific ETF options to choose from. While owning U.S. tech has been a great way to access big returns, the growth sector has lagged this year. “We are going to […]

Each day ETFtrends.com publishes news, strategy and commentary on ETFs in the realms of Commodities, Currency, Equities and Smart-Beta to name a few. Here’s a look at the Top 15 Most Viewed Articles of the Week on ETF Trends, April 25-29, 2016. Click the headline to read the full article: 1) Master Limited Partnership ETFs Are Back […]

A slew of poor earnings results from the biggest tech names, with the latest lackluster results from Apple (NasdaqGS: AAPL), have dragged on the technology sector. However, an equal-weight tech-related exchange traded fund has been holding up surprisingly well. Following Apple’s earnings miss after the close Wednesday, the Guggenheim S&P Equal Weight Technology ETF (NYSEArca: […]

With a spate of earnings reports due out from some of the largest companies in the sector, this promises to be a big week for technology exchange traded funds, such as the Technology Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLK) and broad market ETFs like the PowerShares QQQ (NasdaqGM: QQQ), which tracks the tech heavy Nasdaq-100 Index. […]

There is never a good time to hear bad news, but at this particular time, investors in the Technology Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLK) and rival technology exchange traded funds probably do not want to hear concerning news about big-name tech stocks. However, that is exactly what those investors might have to deal with in […]

It is a big week for the social media exchange traded fund as a handful of prominent internet names announce first quarter earnings. On Tuesday, Twitter (NasdaqGS: TWTR) will kick things off for the social media space. Market observers have been wary about Twitter’s ability to grow its user base after reaching its current heights. […]

After a lackluster week in response to a poor showing from Alphabet (NasdaqGS: GOOGL) and Microsoft (NasdaqGS: MSFT), technology sector exchange traded funds could experience another trying week with Apple (NasdaqGS: AAPL) and Facebook (NasdaqGS: FB) up to bat. Google parent company Alphabet and Microsoft lost $30 billion each in market cap after their weak […]

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. […]

Technology exchange traded fund investors will be watching the technology sector as some of the major players begin revealing their first quarter results this week, with all eyes on Netflix (NasdaqGS: NFLX) Monday. Netflix will report first quarter earnings after the bell on Monday. Investors will be able to find clarity on the online streaming […]

The so-called earnings recession may have extended over the first quarter. Nevertheless, exchange traded fund investors may still find opportunities in some sectors that continue to grow. Capital IQ aggregate first quarter 2016 S&P 500 earnings-per-share are estimated to be $26.37, or a 7.5% decline year-over-year, compared to a 4.2% decrease for Q4 2015, Sam […]

GLD has gained 18.9% year-to-date, with Comex gold futures now trading around $1,265 per ounce, which has helped riskier stock ETFs shine QQQ, which tracks the Nasdaq-100, rose 7.3% over past month IWM gained 8.2% over past month SPY returned 7.2% over past month Among sector bets, energy has been the best performer in the six months […]

Slow and steady value and conservative sectors are leading market gains RPV was best performing non-leveraged ETF across various Morningstar style categories  Close behind was RZV, which like RPV, targets companies exhibiting a value characteristic Since the start of the bull market, we may come to expect growth stocks like biotechnology and technology-sector exchange traded […]

An exchange traded fund (ETF) with the theme of drones launched Wednesday, March 9. The PureFunds Drone Economy Strategy ETF (NYSEArca: IFLY) becomes the first ETF providing access to companies designing, manufacturing, and researching drones and drone technology. IFLY is the fourth addition to PureFunds’ suite of SelecTech ETFs, following first-to-market ETFs for cyber security, big […]

The market sell-off has dragged on growth stocks. With the Nasdaq recovering, some sector exchange traded funds may surprise investors. While a rebound in growth stocks may cause investors to turn back to the PowerShares QQQ (NasdaqGM: QQQ), which tracks the tech heavy Nasdaq-100, the technology sector may not be the best area to look […]

As we mull over ideas after the market correction, investors should look at targeted markets and exchange traded fund segments to capitalize on potential opportunities. For instance, JPMorgan Private Bank’s Steven Rees singled out the consumer discretionary and health care sectors after the two areas fell off 9% this year, despite delivering positive earnings growth, […]

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 […]

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 […]

The developing world is showing uneven growth, with countries like Russia and Brazil floundering. Consequently, investors should pick their spots in the emerging markets and pay particular attention to exchange traded funds that track tech-heavy Taiwan, India, China and Korea. The deepening recession in Brazil and Russia have weakened the BRICs – Brazil, Russia, India […]

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 […]

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 […]