By all appearances in early trading, it looks like it’s shaping up to be a negative week for stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs). Overnight, world markets fell on worries about the U.S. economic recovery.
According to the ETF Analyzer, the top-moving funds this morning are largely what they have been all week: leveraged and inverse ETFs, with a smattering of Treasuries and gold funds tossed in:
PowerShares FTSE RAFI Europe Portfolio (NYSEArca: PEF) is down more than 2.5% not long after the market open; major indexes in Germany, France and the United Kingdom declined on Friday. Analysts say that in the absence of market-moving news on Friday, the negative sentiment may hold through the weekend. [Dollar ETFs: Not the Only Falling Euro Plays.]
The Japanese yen is getting stronger, and it has watchers concerned about what this means for Japan’s economic recovery efforts. In the last year, CurrencyShares Japanese Yen Trust (NYSEArca: FXY) has shot up 8.9%. Japan’s finance minister pledged to watch the currency more closely. If the yen continues to get stronger, it could affect other Japan ETFs, such as iShares MSCI Japan (NYSEArca: EWJ), which has lost 3.3% in the last year. [Trends Spotted in Dollar, Yen, Euro ETFs.]
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