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The technology sector, the largest sector weight in the S&P 500, has been a solid performer for much of that year. Heading into the fourth quarter, it looks like tech stocks and exchange traded funds such as the Vanguard Information Technology ETF (NYSEArca: VGT) and the Technology Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLK) can keep delivering […]

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 […]

The technology-heavy NASDAQ-100 Index is higher by more than 5% over the past month and with a spate of big earnings reports expected in the coming days, the technology sector and its relevant exchange traded funds could be poised for more near-term upside. Recent ebullience towards tech ETFs is represents a rapid reversal of fortune. […]

Widely followed technology exchange traded funds (ETFs) 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 faced a variety of headwinds this year, but there are signs the group is perking up. Earlier this year, Apple (NasdaqGS: […]

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 […]

GLD has gained 18.9% year-to-date, with Comex gold futures now trading around $1,265 per ounce, which has helped riskier stock ETFs shine QQQ, which tracks the Nasdaq-100, rose 7.3% over past month IWM gained 8.2% over past month SPY returned 7.2% over past month Among sector bets, energy has been the best performer in the six months […]

U.S. Treasury bonds and related exchange traded funds have been an attractive option this year as safe-haven demand and relatively higher yields help attract investors. Richard Clarida, global strategic advisor and managing director at PIMCO, argues that the global uncertainty has pushed more investors toward U.S. bonds, reports Kate Rooney for CNBC. “As you have […]

The market sell-off has dragged on growth stocks. With the Nasdaq recovering, some sector exchange traded funds may surprise investors. While a rebound in growth stocks may cause investors to turn back to the PowerShares QQQ (NasdaqGM: QQQ), which tracks the tech heavy Nasdaq-100, the technology sector may not be the best area to look […]

As we mull over ideas after the market correction, investors should look at targeted markets and exchange traded fund segments to capitalize on potential opportunities. For instance, JPMorgan Private Bank’s Steven Rees singled out the consumer discretionary and health care sectors after the two areas fell off 9% this year, despite delivering positive earnings growth, […]

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 […]