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After lagging behind other markets for most of the year, Japanese and Eurozone related exchange traded funds are gaining momentum and broke back above their long-term trend lines. Over the past three months, the iShares MSCI EMU ETF (NYSEArca: EZU) added 10.9% and the SPDR EURO STOXX 50 (NYSEArca: FEZ) returned 9.9%. The two ETFs, […]

Oil-related exchange traded funds advanced Tuesday as crude oil prices hit their highest level this year on reports that Saudi Arabia and Russia have agreed to a production freeze even with Iran ramping up supply. On Tuesday, Brent crude oil futures rose 3.7% to $44.4 per barrel and West Texas Intermediate crude oil futures gained […]

Autopilot Hedged ETF can help ride out potential shifting trends in the euro currency Prior to December last year, ETF investors could hedge in only one direction Investors can automatically switch between hedged and unhedged positions with BATS PAEU With the foreign exchange market proving to be unpredictable at times, investors interested in European market exposure […]

The U.S. dollar plunged Wednesday, with a greenback-related exchange traded fund dipping below its long-term trend line, as the worsening economic outlook and ongoing volatility added to skepticism that the Federal Reserve would pull the trigger on another rate hike anytime soon. The PowerShares DB U.S. Dollar Index Bullish Fund (NYSEArca: UUP) fell 2.0% Wednesday, […]

The iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) and the ETFS Physical Silver Shares (NYSEArca: SIVR) are each down about 11.7% this year, showings that are far worse than the 10% lost by the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD). Investors have previously turned to silver exchange traded funds as an asset with a safe store of value […]

The Technology Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLK) is up 6.1% year-to-date, good for one of the better performances among the nine sector SPDR exchange traded funds. A big part of the solid performances turned in by XLK and rival technology ETFs this year is attributable to the so-called FANG stocks – Facebook (NasdaqGS: FB), Amazon […]

Like so many commodities exchange traded products, the iPath Dow Jones-UBS Coffee Total Return Sub-Index ETN (NYSEArca: JO) has struggled this year, shedding nearly 14% over the past six months. The good news is that could make a morning cup of coffee a little less expensive. For commodities investors, the bad news is that coffee’s […]

Since coming to market, the Market Vectors Oil Refiners ETF (NYSEArca: CRAK), the first dedicated exchange traded fund play on refiners equities, is up 2.5%. That may not sound like a jaw-dropping performance, but CRAK has been downright stellar compared to other equity-based energy ETFs in recent months. The oil refinery business benefits from lower […]

Like many commodities exchange traded products, the United States Gasoline Fund (NYSEArca: UGA) has had a rough year. And like many commodities ETFs and ETNs, UGA could be facing more problems heading into 2016. ETFs, like UGA, that track front month contracts benefit from backwardation as they roll front month contracts to avoid physical delivery […]

The United States Oil Fund (NYSEArca: USO), which tracks West Texas Intermediate crude oil futures, has plunged nearly 49% over the past year, a decline that could be enough to scare plenty of investors and indicate upside will be hard to come by. However, there are some technical signs that point to some positive near-term […]

The First Trust ISE Cloud Computing Index Fund (NasdaqGM: SKYY) is up about 4% year-to-date, a solid showing, though it lags the 4.5% returned by the Nasdaq Composite. An alternative view of SKYY, the lone dedicated cloud computing exchange traded fund, is that its 2015 showing has been disappointing. Disappointing because the ETF is heavily […]

Gold and the related exchange traded products, such as the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), iShares Gold Trust (NYSEArca: IAU) and the ETFS Physical Swiss Gold Shares (NYSEArca: SGOL), were universally seen as vulnerable to higher interest rates prior to the Federal Reserve moving forward with such a policy on Wednesday. In the aftermath of […]

The PowerShares DB U.S. Dollar Index Bullish Fund (NYSEArca: UUP), which tracks the price movement of the U.S. dollar against a basket of currencies, including the euro, Japanese yen, British pound, Canadian dollar, Swedish krona and Swiss franc, traded higher Tuesday in advance of Wednesday’s Fed meeting. However, market participants are displaying some mixed emotions […]

The SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), the world’s largest bullion-backed exchange traded fund is lower by nearly 2% over the past month, perhaps prompting some commodities market participants to think gold’s already lengthy bear market will be extended. However, some technical analysts see the potential for near-term upside in the downtrodden gold fund if certain […]

The PowerShares DB U.S. Dollar Index Bullish Fund (NYSEArca: UUP), which tracks the price movement of the U.S. dollar against a basket of currencies, including the euro, Japanese yen, British pound, Canadian dollar, Swedish krona and Swiss franc, is up nearly 6% year-to-date. That makes UUP one of the best-performing currency exchange traded funds this […]

The iShares Transportation Average ETF (NYSEArca: IYT), the tracking exchange traded fund for the Dow Jones Transportation Average, fell nearly 2% last Friday, extending its one-year slump to nearly 15%. A technical look at IYT and the Dow Jones Transportation Average does not provide much in the way of encouragement. So far this year, the […]

Even with oil prices sliding, the iShares Transportation Average ETF (NYSEArca: IYT), the tracking exchange traded fund for the Dow Jones Transportation Average, and rival transportation ETFs have been tumbling in recent weeks and that could be a bad sign for the broader market. So far this year, the railway industry has been weakening on […]

The Energy Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLE) is down more than 20% year-to-date, making it the worst performer among the nine sector SPDR exchange traded funds, but some market observers believe a bottom is close to being reached for the downtrodden energy sector. There are reasons for investors to be cautious with volatile energy ETFs. […]

The SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) was mostly steady yesterday, but the world’s largest bullion-backed exchange traded fund is still off 1.6% over the past month and most traders believe there is little reason to believe gold is going to rebound in the near-term. Bearish forecasts continue mounting against the yellow metal, confirming that gold […]

On Monday, the United States Oil Fund (NYSEArca: USO), which tracks West Texas Intermediate crude oil futures, declined 5.9% and the United States Brent Oil Fund (NYSEArca: BNO), which tracks Brent crude oil futures, decreased 5.7%. Both exchange traded products slumped to all-time lows Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries decided against curbing production to prop […]

Despite a rough day for riskier assets Monday, the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) tumbled 1.3%. The world’s largest bullion-backed exchange traded fund is off 4.5% over the past three months, extending its multi-year bear market. Bearish forecasts continue mounting against the yellow metal, confirming that gold is still in a lengthy bear market, giving […]

When it comes to energy equities and exchange traded funds, less bad is as good as it gets this year. Fortunately for the PowerShares Dynamic Energy Exploration & Production Portfolio (NYSEArca: PXE), a smart beta spin on exploration and production stocks, the ETF is in the less bad category. Less bad because PXE is down […]

The SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), iShares Gold Trust (NYSEArca: IAU) and ETFS Physical Swiss Gold Shares (NYSEArca: SGOL) and other gold exchange traded products enjoyed solid performances last week on the back of the November jobs report. However, investors should be careful if they expect a lengthy move higher for downtrodden gold ETFs. Although […]

In what has been another rough year for emerging markets stocks and exchange traded funds, India ETFs have been among the better BRIC performers. That is to say ETFs such as the WisdomTree India Earnings Fund (NYSEArca: EPI) and the PowerShares India Portfolio (NYSEArca: PIN), two of the largest India exchange traded funds, along with […]

Money is an emotional topic, and many have allowed emotions to get the better of them when handling investments. To help keep one’s cool in any market condition, exchange traded fund investors should have a methodical strategy in place. According to the researchers from the Brazilian School of Public and Business Adminstration, the University of […]

With the calendar soon turning to December, investors are likely to start hearing more about the January Effect, the market scenario where small-cap stocks lead in January, setting the broader market up for a bullish annual performance. The iShares Russell 2000 ETF (NYSEArca: IWM), the largest small-cap ETF, is up about 2% over the past […]

The iShares U.S. Medical Devices ETF (NYSEArca: IHI), the largest dedicated medical devices exchange traded fund, was a leader earlier this year as the health care sector surged, but IHI was not immune to the tumble experienced by the health care sector during the summer. Market analysts argue that medical devices and equipment manufacturers are […]

As the Federal Reserve moves closer to boosting interest rates for the first time in nine years, the U.S. dollar is gaining strength, punishing commodities in the process. Gold and gold exchange traded funds are not exceptions to this rule. For example, the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), iShares Gold Trust (NYSEArca: IAU) and ETFS […]

The PowerShares DB U.S. Dollar Index Bullish Fund (NYSEArca: UUP), which tracks the price movement of the U.S. dollar against a basket of currencies, including the euro, Japanese yen, British pound, Canadian dollar, Swedish krona and Swiss franc, has surged 5% over the past month and much of that move is attributable to speculation that […]

The SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), iShares Gold Trust (NYSEArca: IAU) and ETFS Physical Swiss Gold Shares (NYSEArca: SGOL) have tumbled over the past month with GLD, the world’s largest gold exchange traded product sliding 8.6% during that span as investors have recalibrated expectations for an interest rate hike from the Federal Reserve in December. […]