From the monthly archives:

April 2011

This week was yet another strong one for major indexes, as the Dow and S&P 500 have been slowly moving toward pre-recession levels, subsequently creating tailwinds for equities. On the commodity side of things, oil remained relatively stable this week, as it continues to straddle the $113 per barrel mark. Though gold is sitting at an all time high, it was silver that stole recent headlines, as the precious metal is quickly making its way to its historical high, with its sights firmly set on the $50 per ounce mark in the meantime. The ETF world saw a fair amount of activity this past week, with several new launches as well as plenty of filings to keep the exchange traded pipeline full [see UBS Debuts BDC ETN (BDCS)]. [click to continue…]

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U.S. stocks closed out the week, and April, on a high note as a weak dollar and a strong report from Caterpillar helped to boost markets heading into May. The Dow led the three major indexes in Friday trading, gaining 0.4% on the day while the S&P 500 rose 0.2% and the Nasdaq clung to a gain of just one point. Meanwhile, in commodity markets, a weak dollar once again catapulted resources into the spotlight as gold added $32/oz. or 2.1% on the day while silver continued its run, gaining a modest 0.6%. Soft commodities also did well across the board, as the grains rebounded from their poor performances yesterday to finish the month on a high note. Despite this commodity surge, traders continued to pile into T-Bills as well; yields were down for most maturity levels and the Ten Year has now broken below the 3.3% yield mark.

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UBS has made another addition to its fast-growing ETN lineup, rolling out a product linked to an index consisting of U.S.-listed business development companies (“BDCs”). Th E-Tracks Linked to the Wells Fargo Business Development Company Index (BDCS) is an exchange-traded note due in April 2041. The underlying index currently consists of about 26 BDCs, including […]

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WisdomTree, the New York-based firm behind more than 45 ETFs, reported first quarter net income of $0.2 million, the first profitable quarter for the publicly-traded ETF issuer. ETF assets at the end of Q1 totaled $11.3 billion, up nearly 70% from the same period a year earlier. “WisdomTree is extremely pleased to report our first […]

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Although the stock market has improved in 2011 despite all the turmoil, some sectors of the economy still remain well off of their highs. One corner of the market where this has happened is the internet infrastructure space where most are still fighting to hit the levels they saw in late December. One of the […]

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American equity markets powered to solid gains in Thursday’s session as good news in the financial, industrial, and consumer staples sectors helped to offset some weakness in the tech and energy sectors. The Dow gained 73 points on the day while the S&P 500 added 0.4% and the Nasdaq lagged behind, adding just 0.1% on […]

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In recent years interest in achieving exposure to emerging markets has intensified tremendously, as the developing economies of the world have established themselves as the clear leaders of GDP growth while advanced economies have struggled to regain their footing. While there are dozens of countries that fall under “emerging” status, exposure to this investment strategy […]

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So far, 2011 has been a pretty good time to be a commodity producer, as most natural resource firms have risen substantially to start the year. While some sectors of the market, such as rare earth metals and agribusiness, have posted impressive gains, the two funds representing the timber industry have been quietly among the leaders through the first four […]

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With oil prices once again surging, investors are looking to some of the world’s largest oil companies to help power portfolios gains. Now that earnings season is upon us, many are looking for clues from some of these big names to see if the price of crude has helped to spur these firms to record […]

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U.S. equity markets rose broadly in Wednesday trading as Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke’s comments as well as solid earnings helped to push stocks higher. The Dow finished the day up by 96 points while the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq gained, respectively, 0.6% and 0.8%. Commodities were also a big mover to the upside as […]

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Three ETFs For $50 Silver

by on April 27, 2011

Thanks to inflationary pressures and booming emerging markets, a number of key commodities have seen their values soar so far in 2011. While this trend has been especially pronounced in the energy and food commodity markets, precious metals have also been a huge beneficiary of the movement as many traders and investors have piled into […]

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Teucrium, the Vermont-based firm behind the ultra-popular Corn Fund (CORN) that has plans to launch several additional commodity-specific ETPs, has laid the groundwork for another fund that would approach exposure to commodities in a new way. In a recent SEC filing, the firm detailed the Teucrium Agricultural Fund, which would offer exposure to agricultural commodities […]

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