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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) […]

Airlines stocks and sector-related exchange traded fund are having a great week, with Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) second-quarter profit beat among the latest to provide a tailwind for the industry. The U.S. Global Jets ETF (NYSEArca: JETS), the only dedicated airline industry-related ETF on the market, rose 2.7% Thursday after surging 9.4% over the […]

Industrial stocks have been solid performers this year. As measured by the Industrial Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLI), the largest industrial exchange traded fund (ETF), the group is up more than 4% year-to-date. Within the broader industrial sector, transportation stocks have also been solid. For example, the iShares Transportation Average ETF (NYSEArca: IYT) is up […]

Investment guru Warren Buffett and his Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK.A) partner Charlie Munger are known for buying good companies at fair prices. Exchange traded fund investors can also mimic the investment philosophy through strategies that target companies with wide economic moats or sustainable competitive advantages. Specifically, Munger and Buffett consider every aspect of a business […]

Transportation stocks and sector-related exchange traded funds are gaining momentum and are back above their long-term trend lines after the third largest U.S. railroad company reported first quarter results. Over the past three months, the iShares Transportation Average ETF (NYSEArca: IYT) increased 18.5% and the SPDR S&P Transportation ETF (NYSEArca: XTN) gained 22.8%. Both IYT […]

Broad U.S. equity indices turned positive in afternoon trading Tuesday, rebounding from earlier losses in response to the attacks in Brussels, Belgium. However, tourism sectors and related exchange traded funds weren’t able to rally with the broader market as traders digested the long-term implications from heightened terror activity. The the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: […]

FedEx (NYSE: FDX) lifts transportation sector and bringing related ETFs back above their long-term trend FedEx revealed earnings of $692 million for an adjusted $2.51 per shares over the fourth quarter, compared to expectations of a $2.34 per share gain Meanwhile, transportation sector ETFs IYT and XTN gain 2.8% and 1.8% respectively Shipping giant FedEx (NYSE: […]

Transportation sector-related exchange traded funds gained momentum Thursday as low energy costs may be boosting the industry’s bottom line and fright traffic accelerates. On Thursday, the iShares Transportation Average ETF (NYSEArca: IYT) gained 2.6% and the SPDR S&P Transportation ETF (NYSEArca: XTN) rose 3.6%. In the transport space, Roadrunner Transportation Systems (NYSE: RRTS) raced ahead […]

The airline industry and sector-related exchange traded fund are flying higher after Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) revealed a strong third quarter and plans to streamline its business. The U.S. Global Jets ETF (NYSEArca: JETS) was up 0.5% Wednesday while DAL was 1.6% higher. DAL makes up 12.0% of JETS’ underlying portfolio, the third largest […]

As the U.S. economy continues to chug along, air freight and logistics industries could capitalize on the continued expansion. While there are not exchange traded funds that track these specific sub-markets, ETF investors can still target the broader transportation sector. For instance, the iShares Transportation Average ETF (NYSEArca: IYT) includes a 27.8% tilt toward air […]

Warren Buffet and Bill Gates are among large investors who like the growth potential of the railroad industry. While there are no railroad-specific exchange traded funds available, ETF investors can still track the sub-sector through the broader transportation theme. For instance, the iShares Transportation Average ETF (NYSEArca: IYT) includes a 22.3% tilt toward railroad operators […]

The airline industry and related exchange traded fund were soaring as bargain hunters help put a little more wind under the sector’s wings. The U.S. Global Jets ETF (NYSEArca: JETS) gained 2.8% Wednesday. Over the past week, JETS rose 2.5%. The airline stocks were higher Wednesday as investors jumped on the cheaper valuations after the […]

Back on October 29, 2014, the Federal Reserve ended its largest round of quantitative easing (QE3/QE4). The unconventional policy of buying market-based assets with electronically created credits (dollars) first began in late November of 2008. Since that time, $3.75 trillion in stimulus forced interest rates downward and sent stock prices soaring. The S&P 500 moved from […]

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 highlighted the U.S. Global Jets ETF (NYSEArca: JETS). Lower costs, rising air travel and potentially greater revenue in the second half of the year could provide […]

A fair number of commenters, callers and perma-bulls were relatively tough on me in May when I suggested a strategic decision to raise cash levels. They were even tougher on me when I mentioned the possibility of picking up safer havens like intermediate treasuries via iShares 7-10 Year Treasury Bond (IEF) and intermediate-to-long duration municipal […]

The airline industry has been stuck on the tarmac this year, but the sector-related exchange traded fund could take off as profits soar on revenue growth and lower input costs. “S&P Capital IQ thinks that airline execs have learned from past costly mistakes on adding too much capacity and forecasts 2015 as a record profitability […]

The Dow Jones Transportation Average is lagging the broader market and the Dow Jones Industrial Average. Add to that, the transportation index is officially in correction territory. Subscribers to the Dow Theory will likely view those points as bad news for broader equity benchmarks. “Under the so-called Dow Theory, divergence between the Dow Transports—20 companies […]

Over the past three months, the iShares Transportation Average ETF (NYSEArca: IYT), the ETF proxy for the Dow Jones Transportation Average Index, has tumbled more than 8% while the Dow Jones Industrial Average is off just 0.6% IYT’s equal-weight rival, the SPDR S&P Transportation ETF (NYSEArca: XTN), has fared worse with a 90-day decline of […]

The global airline industry is trading at cheap valuations relative to the broader market and could take off as carriers increase efficiency to lower costs and more people around the globe travel abroad. On the recent webcast, Why Airline stocks May Still Have Room to Fly: It’s Not Just About Oil, Helane Becker, managing director […]

Over the past three months, the iShares Transportation Average ETF (NYSEArca: IYT), the ETF proxy for the Dow Jones Transportation Average Index, has tumbled more than 9% while the Dow Jones Industrial Average is off just 0.8%. Wednesday’s 3.6% drop in shares of package delivery giant FedEx (NYSE: FDX) could represent another blow to IYT […]

While the Transportation sector and related exchange traded funds have shown some weakness, the recent sideways market has not been enough to signal a major sell-off under the Dow Theory. The Dow Theory stipulates that the market is in a prevailing up or down trend if one of its Industrial or Transportation Averages advances above […]

Investors can capitalize on a shifting market and changing business cycles through sector-specific exchange traded fund plays. On the recent webcast, Strategizing with Sectors, Jared Rowley, Research Strategist for State Street Global Advisors, pointed out that different sectors show varying correlations to the benchmark S&P 500 index. [Sector ETFs to Capture Cyclical Trends] For instance, […]

With the PowerShares DB U.S. Dollar Index Bullish Fund (NYSEArca: UUP) down 3.7% over the past month, considering sector exchange traded funds that often respond positively to a strong greenback might seem nonsensical. Then again, it would be unreasonable to expect the dollar to move up in a straight line nor should it be forgotten […]

Aided by last year’s plunge in oil prices, transportation stocks and exchange traded funds were stellar performers, but oil’s recent resurgence is dealing a blow to once high-flying airline and railroad stocks. Data out Wednesday show oil inventories jumped to record highs for the 14th straight week, but that did not stop West Texas Intermediate […]

Last year, falling oil prices helped make transportation exchange traded funds some of the best performers among industry funds. For example, the iShares Transportation Average ETF (NYSEArca: IYT) surged 25.4% compared to a gain of just 9.8% for the SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average ETF (NYSEArca: DIA). That performance emboldened some Dow theorists that believed […]

Airline industry and sector-related exchange traded funds could hit some headwinds as a strong dollar, rising overseas capacity and fuel prices could impede their path. Michael Linenberg, an analyst with Deutsche Bank, lowered his outlook on American Airlines (NYSE: AAL), Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) and United Continental Holding (NYSE: UAL), Financial Times reports. While there […]

The Dow Jones Transportation Average, along with sector-related exchange traded fund, has been under heavy pressure over the past week. Nevertheless, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average maintaining its momentum, transports may still stage a rebound. The iShares Transportation Average ETF (NYSEArca: IYT), which tracks the Dow Jones Industrial Average Index, fell 4.9% over the […]

Is a recession around the corner? Some analysts believe the key to that answer resides with transportation companies like Federal Express (FDX), Union Pacific (UNP) and Ryder (R). Specifically, if less and less unfinished goods are being moved to manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers, then one might anticipate sluggish growth, or even economic contraction. How might […]

While the airline industry and related transportation exchange traded funds have benefited from cheap oil prices, rising energy costs could dampen the rosy outlook. There are currently no airline-specific ETFs on the market, but investors can still gain exposure to the sub-sector through transportation funds. Fo r instance, airlines makes up 16.5% of the iShares […]

The recent pullback in the the transportation sector-related exchange traded fund may have been temporary and provided a buying opportunity for some. The iShares Transportation Average ETF (NYSEArca: IYT), which tracks the Dow Jones Industrial Average Index, dipped 0.4% year-to-date and is trailing the Dow Jones Industrial Average. However, investors should not take too much […]