15 Most Read ETF Articles of the Week (May 2-6)

Each day ETFtrends.com publishes news, strategy and commentary on ETFs in the realms of Commodities, Currency, Equities and Smart-Beta to name a few.

Here’s a look at the Top 15 Most Viewed Articles of the Week on ETF Trends, May 2-6, 2016.

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1. The Best and Worst ETFs of April

The equities market stuck to a sideways range through April, but precious metals-related exchange traded funds shined through.

Among the top performing non-leveraged ETFs for the past month, the PureFunds ISE Junior Silver ETF (NYSEArca: SILJ) jumped 49.5%, Global X Gold Explorers ETF (NYSEArca: GLDX) increased 46.7% and iShares MSCI Global Silver Miners Fund ETF (NYSEArca: SLVP) rose 34.9%. Click to read more >>

2. Slow-and-Steady ETFs for a Volatile Market

After enjoying a multi-year bull run, equities may be in for greater volatility ahead. Nevertheless, exchange traded fund (ETF) investors can still keep their toe in stock market but hedge against large drawdowns through a low-volatility strategy as a way to potentially generate steadier returns over the long run.

For instance, the iShares MSCI USA Minimum Volatility ETF (NYSEArca: USMV), which selects stocks based on variances and correlations, along with other risk factors, rose 6.1% year-to-date while the competing PowerShares S&P 500 Low Volatility Portfolio (NYSEArca: SPLV), which tracks the 100 least volatile stocks on the S&P 500, increased 5.4%. In contrast, the S&P 500 Index only gained 2.5% after experiencing a market correction earlier this year. Click to read more >>

3. 32 Best ETFs to Track Crude Oil

Crude oil prices are finally bouncing back, and investors can also track the ups and downs of the energy market through commodity-related exchange traded funds (ETFs).

West Texas Intermediate crude oil futures were down 2.4% Tuesday to $43.7 per barrel while Brent crude oil futures were 1.7% lower to $45.1 per barrel. Click to read more >>

4. Hit The Lab With These 17 Biotech ETFs

The time to buy, regardless of sector, is usually when a particular group falls out of favor, not when it has been bid higher by scores of investors. Some investors view that as the case with the broader healthcare group and biotechnology in particular.

Multiple factors, including politics, are pressuring biotech stocks and ETFs this year. Click to read more >>

5. Best of Both Worlds With This Dividend ETF

Two of the most prominent themes in the world of exchange traded funds this year have been the resurgence of dividend funds and investors’ devotion to low volatility products. Some ETFs marry those two themes, including the Compass EMP US EQ Income 100 Enhanced Volatility Weighted Index ETF (NYSEArca: CDC)Click to read more >>

6. Best 15 ETFs for Utilities Sector Exposure

As the markets turn and investors grow more conservative, defensive assets like utilities sector exchange traded funds (ETFs) are back in the limelight.

While the equities market has fallen off over the past few days, with the S&P 500 on track for a three-week low, the utilities sector is strengthening as a defensive play. Click to read more >>

7. 44 Best REITs ETFs to Generate Yields

Real estate investment trusts (REITs) and sector-related exchange traded funds (ETFs) are a good source of attractive payouts in a low-yield environment.