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 […]

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. […]

With most U.S. market segments down for the year, investors may want to hold on to technology and sector-related exchange traded funds as the tech space may still generate growth for the year. “I think there is very good growth in tech,” Allianz Global Investors senior portfolio manager Walter Price told CNBC. “Technology companies] may […]

As investors try to shift around positions capitalize on short-term earnings moves, exchange traded funds that track the healthcare, telecom and tech sectors may outperform while the energy sector is largely expected to bring up the rear. Goldman Sachs analysts argue that the energy sector will depress U.S. fourth-quarter earnings and pressure growth for the […]

U.S. equities and stock exchange traded funds experienced a wild ride this year, but with everything said and done, the markets are closing out 2015 pretty much where they started. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dipped 1.5% over 2015. Meanwhile, the Nasdaq Composite increased 6.5% and the S&P 500 was flat. The top performing non-leveraged […]

The exchange traded fund industry continues to expand its product line, providing investors with a growing number of strategies to customize and maximize their portfolios. According to XTF data, there are now 1,843 exchange traded products, which include exchange traded funds and exchange traded notes, with $2.15 trillion in assets under management. Fund sponsors launched […]

After a Federal Reserve-induced multi-year rally in equities, exchange traded fund investors pulled out of U.S. stocks and shifted into international markets where people may still find more attractive valuations. For instance, the WisdomTree Europe Hedged Equity Fund (NYSEArca: HEDJ) was the most popular ETF of 2015, attracting close to $14.0 billion in net inflows […]

Despite a major sell-off in the late summer that dragged the country into a bear market, Chinese stocks and country-specific exchange traded funds have rebounded and remain the best performing investment this year. Among the top performing ETFs of the year, the Market Vectors ChinaAMC SME-ChiNext ETF (NYSEArca: CNXT) surged 49.5%, Deutsche X-trackers Harvest CSI […]

While Nasdaq tech companies have been powering ahead, exchange traded funds that target internet stocks have been among the best performers this year. Year-to-date, the First Trust Dow Jones Internet Index Fund (NYSEArca: FDN) rose 22.4% and PowerShares NASDAQ Internet Portfolio (NasdaqGS: PNQI) gained 20.5%. In contrast, the Nasdaq Composite was up 7.8% and the […]

The so-called FANG stocks – Facebook (NasdaqGS: FB), Amazon (NasdaqGS: AMZN), Netflix (NasdaqGS: NFLX) and Google or Alphabet (NasdaqGS: GOOG) – have been among the best performers this year. However, the outperformance may not last, and investors may turn to more equally weighted exchange traded funds to give the smaller guys a chance. In 2015, […]

The so-called FANG stocks – Facebook (NasdaqGS: FB), Amazon (NadsaqGS: AMZN), Netflix (NasdaqGS: NFLX) and Alphabet (NasdaqGS: GOOG) – have been leading names in the tech space. Nevertheless, there is no guarantee that a technology stock will continue to ride the momentum into next year. Instead, consider an index-based exchange traded fund to capture diversified […]

U.S.-listed exchange traded funds continued to attract billions of dollars in November as low-cost passive strategies enticed investors in a volatile market. Erik Oja, S&P Capital IQ equity analyst covering asset managers, argues that long-term trend away from active funds to passive funds was exacerbated during the recent volatility, with BlackRock benefiting the most from […]

The month of December has been one of the strongest periods of the year for equities, and some areas of market and sector-related exchange traded funds may stand out during the Santa Claus rally. Over the past month, the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: SPY), iShares Core S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: IVV) and Vanguard 500 […]

Technology and semiconductor stocks fell off Tuesday, and some traders are betting on even more losses ahead. Exchange traded fund traders can also hedge against further weakness with inverse options. The iShares PHLX Semiconductor ETF (NasdaqGM: SOXX), which tracks the cap-weighted PHLX SOX Semiconductor Sector Index, fell 1.9% Tuesday while the Market Vectors Semiconductor ETF […]

With the dust settling after the China sell-off, Chinese tech stocks and related exchange traded funds have stood out this year, outperforming the broader emerging market. Year-to-date, KraneShares CSI China Internet ETF (NasdaqGM: KWEB) rose 15.0%, Guggenheim China Technology ETF (NYSEArca: CQQQ) gained 4.6%, Global X NASDAQ China Technology ETF (NasdaqGM: QQQC) increased 5.1% and […]

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 […]

Technology stocks and sector-related exchange traded funds are gaining momentum, with observers waiting on Apple (NasdaqGS: AAPL) earnings to potentially push the Nasdaq above its dotcom-era highs. The PowerShares QQQ (NasdaqGM: QQQ), which tracks the Nasdaq-100, gained 9.7% over the past month. Additionally, over the past month, the Technology Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLK) rose […]

The consolidating chipmaker industry and rise of mergers and acquisitions have helped semiconductor sector-related exchange traded gain momentum. Over the past 12 months, semiconductor industry’s M&A activity totaled $78 billion, reports Josh Lipton for CNBC. The equally weighted SPDR S&P Semiconductor ETF (NYSEArca: XSD) has been a notable beneficiary of the increased M&A activity as […]

Netflix (NasdaqGS: NFLX) shares plunged on disappointing subscriber additions Thursday, dragging on internet sector-related exchange traded funds. Netflix revealed that third-quarter profits fell 50% year-over-year due to worse-than-expected streaming growth in the U.S., with only 3.62 million new subscribers during the quarter, as the firm embarks on an aggressive global expansion and investment in original […]

Investors woke up to headlines on Monday of the largest takeover in the tech industries storied history. Private computer giant Dell shelled out $67 billion to acquire data storage company EMC Corp, in a move that drew attention more for its size than its motivation. Exchange traded fund investors would be wise to watch the […]

U.S. equities have typically enjoyed a good run during the fourth quarter the year, with technology stocks and sector-related exchange traded funds usually taking the lead. Sam Stovall, U.S. equity strategist at S&P Capital IQ, calculated that since 1990, the S&P 500 index has averaged a 4.9% gain in the fourth quarter, reports Josh Lipton […]

With the U.S. dollar strengthening and the Federal Reserve looking at tightening its monetary policy, the various U.S. market sectors and related exchange traded funds could behave differently in a strong USD environment. The Trade Weighted U.S. Dollar Index has increased 15% over the past year and is at its highest level in over 10 […]

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 PowerShares DWA Technology Momentum Portfolio (NYSEArca: PTF). If volatility dissipates and we move back into a risk-on environment, investors may do well […]

John Hancock is joining the quickly growing field of smart-beta, index-based exchange traded funds as the money manager launches six multi-factor ETF strategies. According to a press release, John Hancock debuted with six offerings, including: John Hancock Multifactor Large Cap ETF (NYSEArca: JHML), which has a 0.35% expense ratio. John Hancock Multifactor Mid Cap ETF […]