ETF Trends
ETF Trends

With all that is going on in the world of exchange traded funds (ETFs), it might be easy to overlook certain areas of the marketplace. If you’ve missed anything, here are some areas that have delivered some impressive numbers over the last couple of weeks.

There have been a number of stellar performers in recent weeks – these are just a few that caught our notice. Bear in mind that wherever you choose to place your money, always have a strategy for both entry and exit, since no trend lasts forever.

Turkey has several factors in its favor: the central bank has reduced rates to its lo a record low, consumer confidence is on the rise and jobless claims are declining. The country’s stocks have recently recovered to pre-crisis levels and it is reflected in the country’s ETFs.

  • iShares MSCI Turkey Invest Mkt Index (TUR): up 76% year-to-date; up 19.5% in the last two weeks

ETF TUR

Oil is what makes the world go ’round, and the price of oil may continue to rise as economies recover. Once the global economy sees normalcy, some feel that it’s likely that oil will see higher demand and a lower supply, which would naturally result in the higher price of oil and gas at the pumps.

  • United States Gasoline (UGA): up 82.1% year-to-date; up 14.5% in the last  two weeks

ETF UGA

Coal has a couple of good things going for the sector: reduction in capital expenditure by producers, a weaker U.S. dollar, as well as increases in both steel and electricity consumption. Lobbyists are also fighting on Capitol Hill for more perks for the industry.

  • Market Vectors Coal ETF (KOL): up 93% year-to-date; up 14.9% in the last two weeks

ETF KOL

In retail, some high-end consumers are increasing their intake of goods. Many countries are reporting rises in exports and trade surplus, and some luxury retailers are quietly discounting items to drum up more business. So far, the tactic seems to be working.

  • Claymore/Robb Report Global Luxury (ROB): up 32.4% year-to-date; up 11.9% in the last two weeks

ETF ROB

The ETF that tracks regional banks is producing impressive results considering that many believe regional banks are closing or in trouble because of commercial REITs. MarketWatch says strong profits and good reports from large banks has helped buoy the financial sector and regional banks may be along for the ride.

  • SPDR KBW Regional Banking (KRE): down 25.2% year-to-date; up 23.7% in the last two weeks

ETF KRE

Max Chen contributed to this article.

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