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Exchange traded funds indexed to copper and base metals fell with global equities Thursday on worries Europe’s debt crisis will freeze the economic recovery. In precious metals, silver ETFs paced the declines. [Silver ETFs Fall] Precious metals have enjoyed the spotlight as investors look to safe havens due to the sour news coming out of […]

Gold miner stocks have bounced about 9% over the past month to outperform gold prices, raising hopes that miner exchange traded funds can make up ground after lagging bullion for years. “The gains in the mining sector are outpacing the gains in the broader equity markets while on downside trips they are holding better,” writes […]

ETF Spotlight on SPDR S&P Metals & Mining (NYSEArca: XME), part of an ongoing series. Assets: $928.3 million. Objective: The SPDR S&P Metals and Mining fund tries to reflect the performance of the S&P Metals and Mining Select Industry Index, which holds metals and mining sub-industry stocks from the S&P Total Market Index. Holdings: Top […]

Exchange traded funds (ETFs) that invest in coal and miner stocks are on Monday’s radar screen as traders look to earnings from Massey Energy (NYSE: MEE). “In terms of likely earnings beats, the key is the much stronger-than-expected export levels in the first quarter,” said Brean Murray, Carret analysts in an earnings outlook for the coal industry. […]

Exchange traded funds (ETFs) are down today following declines in Asian and European markets. Wall Street is also anticipating fourth-quarter earnings numbers from aluminum giant Alcoa Inc. (NYSE: AA) after the close. European stock markets fell on Monday, with banks under pressure and sovereign-debt concerns in the spotlight after weekend talk that Portugal is being […]

China notched the largest trade surplus in 18 months last month. The surprising figures may portend tough times have a mixed impact on exchange traded funds (ETFs). The surplus could turn up the heat on Beijing to allow the yuan to appreciate faster. They also signal that economic activity in China is leveling off and […]

The Federal Reserve is wrapping up its two-day meeting this week. Ahead of the announcement during which the policymakers are expected to discuss ways to jump-start the economy, exchange traded funds (ETFs) are trading lower. According to the ETF Dashboard, metals ETFs – yesterday’s leaders – are trading down by as much as 3% in […]

Weak earnings reports from Goldman Sachs (NYSE: GS) and IBM (NYSE: IBM) coupled with another round of bad news from the real estate sector sent Treasury and gold exchange traded funds (ETFs) higher in early trading. The top ETF in early trading is SPDR Metals & Mining (NYSEArca: XME), which is up more than 3%. […]

Steel prices have taken some lumps as consumers cut back on big ticket buys and total manufacturing activity slows. But does that mean it’s time to stick a fork in steel-related exchange traded funds (ETFs)? Not so fast. Steel prices tumbled in June as consumers cut back on buying cars and appliances. U.S. steel mills […]

Maybe what the markets needed was a long weekend. In early trading today, stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) have been up as much as 150 points, led primarily by global funds. While the U.S. markets were closed on Monday, global markets rose, contributing to the optimism at the open. The global rally was led […]

Aluminum demand remains strong enough that prices may recover, despite lingering problems still weighing down on world economies. Investors may play the recovery in aluminum with the new aluminum exchange traded fund (ETF) that is expected to launch next month. The opinions and forecasts expressed herein are solely those of Tom Lydon, and may not […]

Factories are ramping up production, and it shows in May’s industrial production numbers. Here are five exchange traded funds (ETFs) to keep an eye on as these numbers improve – or falter – in the coming months. The opinions and forecasts expressed herein are solely those of Tom Lydon, and may not actually come to […]

The exchange traded fund (ETF) universe offers a breathtaking array of options to choose from. The latest addition to this universe is the pure-play ETF, which gives investors very focused exposure to a sector. With that focused exposure, though, comes more risk. The opinions and forecasts expressed herein are solely those of Tom Lydon, and […]

Following declines in Asia and Europe, and the largest decline in more than a year Thursday, major stock indexes and exchange traded funds (ETFs) have recovered from opening losses in early trading Friday. The opinions and forecasts expressed herein are solely those of Tom Lydon, and may not actually come to pass. Information on this […]

The signs are all there. U.S. GDP in the first quarter rose, the joblessness situation is slowly improving, consumers are coming out to spend more and homebuilders are feeling more bullish than they have in awhile. That just leaves one thing: which exchange traded funds (ETFs) will give you exposure to our recovery? The opinions […]

All the government spending and record-low interest rates have certainly helped right our listing economy. But as the stimulus winds down and interest rates go back up, you’ll want to have some exchange traded funds (ETFs) at the ready to protect your portfolio. The opinions and forecasts expressed herein are solely those of Tom Lydon, […]

Tom Lydon went on CNBC bright and early this morning to deliver his exchange traded fund (ETF) picks for the coming quarter. Find out what they are by watching now. The opinions and forecasts expressed herein are solely those of Tom Lydon, and may not actually come to pass. Information on this site should not […]

The beauty of commodity exchange traded funds (ETFs) is that you have multiple ways to get your exposure. You can buy funds that hold futures contracts, funds that are physically backed or funds that hold the stock of commodity producers. Each type has its benefits and drawbacks. The opinions and forecasts expressed herein are solely […]

What a difference a year makes. At this time in 2009, it seemed that the markets and exchange traded funds (ETFs) couldn’t sink much further. Little did we know, a reprieve was to come. Here are eight of the strongest ETFs since that day. The opinions and forecasts expressed herein are solely those of Tom […]

Sometimes, commodity exchange traded funds (ETFs) all seem to be rising in tandem. Other times, they’re all operating on their own distinct trend lines. This could very well be one of those times. The opinions and forecasts expressed herein are solely those of Tom Lydon, and may not actually come to pass. Information on this […]

Fashion Week in New York just wrapped up, but one white-hot trend probably didn’t come up: metals exchange traded fund (ETF) investing. Thanks to deficits and continuing concerns about the global economy, these ETFs have become more popular than ever. The opinions and forecasts expressed herein are solely those of Tom Lydon, and may not […]

Metal prices and exchange traded funds (ETFs) have been on a roller coaster ride lately. Regardless of performance, stories about the dollar, China’s demand and homebuilding reports have put metals firmly on center stage. The opinions and forecasts expressed herein are solely those of Tom Lydon, and may not actually come to pass. Information on […]

The metals and mining sector is presenting opportunity this year, and analysts are eyeing this positive trend for investors in shares and exchange traded funds(ETFs). The opinions and forecasts expressed herein are solely those of Tom Lydon, and may not actually come to pass. Information on this site should not be used or construed as […]

After fits and starts, global metals prices and metals exchange traded funds (ETFs) are once again on the rise and stepping out from underneath oil’s long shadow. The opinions and forecasts expressed herein are solely those of Tom Lydon, and may not actually come to pass. Information on this site should not be used or […]

For months, investors have been looking to base metals exchange traded funds (ETFs) as a sign of where the global economy is heading. But renewed concerns about demand from China could have the funds sitting idle for the time being. The opinions and forecasts expressed herein are solely those of Tom Lydon, and may not […]

Countries all over the world have long relied on China’s insatiable appetite for raw materials and other commodities. But China is tightening its lending, which could have an adverse effect on metals and mining exchange traded funds (ETFs). The opinions and forecasts expressed herein are solely those of Tom Lydon, and may not actually come […]

Last year was one long party for metals exchange traded funds (ETFs). In the wake of China’s monetary tightening announcement, however, you can’t help but wonder if the rally has the legs it needs to keep going. The opinions and forecasts expressed herein are solely those of Tom Lydon, and may not actually come to […]

The U.S. dollar is continuing on the path toward weakness today and the latest numbers from China show that its appetite for raw materials has only grown. Both factors are contributing to gains in commodity-focused exchange traded funds (ETFs). Is it sustainable? The opinions and forecasts expressed herein are solely those of Tom Lydon, and […]

ETF Spotlight on SPDR S&P Metals & Mining (NYSEArca: XME), part of a weekly series. The opinions and forecasts expressed herein are solely those of Tom Lydon, and may not actually come to pass. Information on this site should not be used or construed as an offer to sell, a solicitation of an offer to […]

Gold prices have dropped off and miners associated with the precious metal have been dragged along with them. However,  mining exchange traded funds (ETFs) have felt these steep declines before, and each decline has only made them stronger. Will this time be any different? The opinions and forecasts expressed herein are solely those of Tom […]