ETF Trends
ETF Trends

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

Big things happening for a big China ETF. [A Must-See Chart Impacts a China ETF]

Investors missed out on an epic move by the China small-cap ETF.

China bank ETF runs to record highs. [Record Highs for This China ETF]

Attractive values to be had with Spain ETFs.

Bond/Commodity ETFs

The big oil futures ETF just did something epic.

ETFs for cash hoarders. [Stash Cash With These ETFs]

Target-maturity bond ETFs for conservative investors.

ETF Trends editorial team contributed to this post.