Buoyed by mergers and acquisitions and some favorable news from a venerable blue chip, U.S. stocks rallied this week with the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average each climbing more than 2%. The Nasdaq Composite led the way with a gain of about 2.7%.

On Friday, General Electric jolted the Dow by announcing plans to leave the lending business, sending the stock to a double-digit gain. On Wednesday, Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE: RDS-A), Europe’s largest oil company, said it is acquiring rival BG Group for $70.2 billion in the oil industry’s largest acquisition in a decade.

That same day, generic drugmaker Mylan (NYSE: MYL) offered to acquire Israeli rival Perrigo (NYSE: PRGO) for $205 per share, or $28.86 billion. Those events and more affected an array of exchange traded funds this week. With that, here are some of the week’s biggest ETF stories.

Broad Market/Sector ETFs

This healthcare services ETF is, well, healthy. [A Soaring Healthcare Services ETF]

Checking in on consumer staples ETFs.

This energy ETF could be bottoming. [A Big E&P ETF is Ready to Rally]

More mergers and acquisitions activity boosts pharmaceuticals ETFs.

Global ETFs

Subscribe to our free daily newsletters!
Please enter your email address to subscribe to ETF Trends' newsletters featuring latest news and educational events.