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 […]

Treasuries and bond-related exchange traded funds advanced Wednesday as benchmark yields tumbled to their lowest since October. On Wednesday, the iShares 7-10 Year Treasury Bond ETF (NYSEArca: IEF) rose 0.5%, Schwab Intermediate-Term U.S. Treasury ETF (NYSEArca: SCHR) was 0.3% higher, Vanguard Intermediate-Term Government Bond ETF (NYSEArca: VGIT) was up 0.3% and SPDR Barclays Intermediate Term […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

U.S. growth has been fueled by debt-driven consumption. However, consumers have trimmed down debt, potentially diminishing the outlook for consumer discretionary sector-related exchange traded funds. Year-to-date, the Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLY) rose 10.1%, Vanguard Consumer Discretionary ETF (NYSEArca: VCR) increased 9.1% and iShares US Consumer Services ETF (NYSEArca: IYC) gained 8.7%. However, […]

Apple (NasdaqGS: AAPL), the world’s largest company by market value, is slated to report fiscal third-quarter earnings after the close of U.S. markets Thursday with analysts forecasting a record $29.9 billion in iPhone sales. Analysts are expecting California-based Apple to post earnings of $1.89 per share on sales of $49.2 billion, up from $1.40 per […]

The summer months are known for lethargy and, sometimes declines, on Wall Street, but July is usually a decent month for stocks. Over the past 20 years, the S&P 500 has traded higher in 45% of Julys, posting an average gain of 0.4%. Investors looking for bigger July gains should look to the technology sector, […]

None of the nine sector SPDR exchange traded funds can hold a candle to the nearly 12% returned by the Health Care Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLV), but the Technology Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLK) has climbed an admirable 4.7. With many of XLK’s marquee holdings listed on the Nasdaq and the Nasdaq Composite surpassing […]

After a lackluster first quarter, the U.S. economy could pick up steam, and investors can capitalize on the faster growth through cyclical stocks and sector-related exchange traded funds. “As earnings move slowly higher, the market should generally rise in that direction,” David Kostin, chief U.S. equity strategist for Goldman Sachs, said on CNBC. “So from […]

Apple (NasdaqGS: AAPL), the world’s largest company by market value, reports fiscal second-quarter earnings after the close of U.S. markets Monday with analysts expecting per share earnings of $2.16 on revenue of $56.1 billion. Should the reported numbers be close to or in-line with those estimates, Apple’s second-quarter results will lag the $3.06 per share […]

As market conditions shift, exchange traded fund investors should be willing to adapt and focus on areas of the market that look more promising ahead. Goldman Sachs is advising investors to underweight the S&P 500 and look for other indices, like the Nasdaq, that have more upside, reports Julie Verhage for Bloomberg. “We expect the […]

It feels like 2012 all over again, but Apple (NasdaqGS: AAPL) shareholders will certainly take. The iPad maker’s 12.6% year-to-date gain has pumped its market value to nearly $724 billion at this writing, making California-based Apple the first U.S. company to sport a market cap north of $700 billion. And that makes Apple the centerpiece […]

Instead of scouring the markets in search of yields for extra returns, investors can turn to large-cap growth stocks, like the prominent tech names and related-sector exchange traded funds. “There is a long way to go here. People have been chasing in the search for yield dividend stocks, corporate bonds and so on, that’s the […]

The U.S. equities markets are hovering near record highs, making it harder to single out winners next year. Nevertheless, investors can utilize exchange traded funds to pick and choose broad market sectors. Thomas Lee, founder of Fundstrat Global Advisors and former chief U.S. equity strategist at J.P. Morgan, argues that it will be challenging to […]

With Japan and Europe central banks increasing their debt purchasing programs, global demand for fixed-income assets is set to outpace supply next year, potentially supporting the fixed-income market and keeping U.S. bond exchange traded funds as an attractive option for yield generation. According to JPMorgan Chase & Co. data, central banks in U.S., Europe, Japan […]

A strong performance over the past several months has helped elevate the Technology Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLK) to the third spot among the nine sector SPDR exchange traded funds. Up 13.6% this year, XLK, the largest technology sector ETF, trails only the Health Care Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLV) and the Utilities Select Sector […]

While U.S. stocks are in a rally mode, investors are better off with cyclical stocks and sector exchange traded funds. JPMorgan Private Bank Chief Investment Strategist Kate Moore argues that cyclical stocks are the best way to capitalize on a U.S. recovery, CNBC reports. “We’re still very cyclically biased in all of our portfolios,” Moore […]

For years, technology was the not first sector investors thought of when they thought of dividends. The largest sector weight in the S&P 500 is changing that and that change has been a boon for an array of exchange traded funds. Tech’s rise as a credible dividend destination is nothing short of impressive. “In December […]

Shares of Apple (NasdaqGS: AAPL), the largest U.S. company by market value, are up 17.3% since the start of the second quarter, an arguably stunning move in such a short amount of time for a company with a market value of almost $550 billion. Apple’s previously announced 7-for-1 share split has not yet taken place, […]

Investors can take cues from American millionaires, as many wealthy participants expect to put more money into the stock market. In a recent CNBC Millionaire’s survey of 514 individuals with over $1 million in assets, millionaires plan to put 46% of their investment wealth into equities, followed by 21% into fixed-income and 14% into short-term […]

With earnings season in full steam, tech traders are keeping an eye on Apple (NasdaqGS: AAPL), often the largest holding in a plethora of market capitalization-weighted technology sector exchange traded funds. Apple will reveal its first quarter data after the market close Wednesday. Some observers warn that this could be the first time in 11 […]

With the Nasdaq faltering again Tuesday, it might be hard for some investors to believe that things are not entirely gloom and doom in the technology sector. Most of the gloom has come courtesy of once high-flying Internet and social media stocks. The PowerShares QQQ (NasdaqGM: QQQ) is off 5.5% over the past month, but […]

April 15th is famously know as Tax Day to Americans, meaning it is a day many taxpayers wish was not on the calendar, but there is a positive reason to embrace the arrival of April’s halfway point. The technology sector enters its second period of seasonal strength from April 15th through July 17. The other […]

Technology stocks and related exchange traded funds have been among the worst performers since the sell-off began at the start of April. The more intrepid investor, though, is beginning to look at the sector as a bargain opportunity. Since the April 2 high, the Technology Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLK) is down 3.4%, Vanguard Information […]

Over the past month, exchange traded funds tracking new school, sexy areas of the technology sectors have been taken to the woodshed. The Global X Social Media Index ETF (NasdaqGM: SOCL) is off 16% and trading near levels not seen since late November 2013. The First Trust ISE Cloud Computing Index Fund (NasdaqGM: SKYY) is […]

Health care exchange traded funds have dominated among sector funds in terms of 2014 inflows. Regarding performance, the Health Care Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLV) and the Utilities Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLU) are the best of the nine sector SPDR ETFs to this point in 2014. That does not mean investors should sleep on […]