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As the emerging market grows, a rising middle class and increased spending power could bolster the consumer market. Investors can tap into this expanding area through a targeted emerging market sector-related exchange traded fund. On the upcoming webcast, The Emerging Markets Consumer is Online, Kevin Carter, Founder of EMQQ Index, and Richard Kang, Advisor for […]

After falling out of favor along with other growth stocks at the start of a volatile year, technology sector-related exchange traded funds have outperformed in recent months. Technology companies have regained their footing in recent months as volatility dissipated and investors renewed their focus on a beaten up growth category, with the Nasdaq Composite and […]

In a retreating market, social media and internet-related exchange traded funds stood out Friday after Twitter (NasdaqGS: TWTR) initiated talks with several large technology companies, seeking potential suitors for an acquisition. Twitter has received expressions of interest from several technology companies and may receive a formal bid shortly, reports David Faber for CNBC. TWTR shares […]

First Trust has expanded its line of smart beta exchange traded funds with multi-factor sector plays based on attractive valuations, strong momentum and low volatility to help investors focus on portfolio risk management and improved diversification. First Trust has come out with seven new smart-beta sector ETFs, including: First Trust Nasdaq Bank ETF (NasdaqGM: FTXO) […]

After a multi-year rally, the equities market is trading at elevated valuations. Consequently, investors seeking exposure to stocks may want to consider a smart-beta, multi-factor exchange traded strategy to limit risks and potentially enhance returns. “High Valuations and limited multiple expansion may hinder broad market returns,” Steve Deroian, Head of ETF Strategy at John Hancock […]

Global X Funds, an exchange traded fund provider known for its targeted or niche investment strategies, expanded on its tech sub-sector options with a Robotics & AI, FinTech and Internet of Things themes. On Tuesday, Global X launched the Global X FinTech Thematic ETF (NasdaqGM: FINX), Global X Robotics & Artificial Intelligence Thematic ETF (NasdaqGM: […]

Despite somewhat recovering from heavier losses earlier in the day, U.S. equities and stock exchange traded funds finished August on a down note but remained largely flat for the month. Over August, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 0.1%, the Nasdaq Composite was up 0.9% and the S&P 500 dipped 0.1%. The best performing […]

Boutique exchange traded fund provider, PureFunds, launched a different kind of technology-related ETF, one based based on financial services and another on medical devices industries. On Wednesday, PureFunds rolled out the PureFunds Solactive FinTech ETF (NasdaqGM: FINQ) and the PureFunds ETFx HealthTech ETF (NasdaqGM: IMED). FINQ has a 0.68% expense ratio and IMED has a […]

The technology sector’s recent bull run is lifting Nasdaq-related exchange traded funds to new highs and some traders believe that trend can continue 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, have recently been in rally mode […]

A semiconductor sector exchange traded fund was leading markets higher Monday after Japanese technology company SoftBank Group Corp. announced a deal to acquire Britain’s ARM Holdings (NasdaqGS: ARMH) for $32 billion. SoftBank is seeking to expand into the so-called Internet of Things, or home devices from smart-thermostats to security cameras and domestic appliances that connect […]

Cybersecurity-related exchange traded funds led gains Thursday after Avast Software made a $1.3 billion bid to acquire rival AVG Technologies N.V. The PureFunds ISE Cyber Security ETF (NYSEArca: HACK) rose 1.7% Thursday and was testing its resistance at the long-term, 200-day simple moving average. Additionally, the First Trust NASDAQ CEA Cybersecurity ETF (NasdaqGM: CIBR) was […]

State Street Global Advisors is helping investors sift through the technology space to target internet and hardware sub-industries with two new exchange traded funds. SSGA recently launched the SPDR S&P Technology Hardware ETF (NYSEArca: XTH) and the SPDR S&P Internet ETF (NYSEArca: XWEB). Both new funds come with a 0.35% expense ratio. “The US technology-related […]

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. […]