From the monthly archives:

June 2011

American equity markets continued their run in Thursday trading as a solid Chicago PMI and declining jobless claims helped markets to end the quarter on a strong note. The Dow rose by 1.3% in the session, leading the broader indexes as the Nasdaq rose by 1.2% and the S&P 500 gained 1.0%. Commodities were more mixed on the day as gold lost close to $11/oz. and oil added a few cents, keeping the WTI benchmark just below the $95/bbl. level. Soft commodities were especially volatile, as products such as cocoa and coffee held firm, while crops such as corn and wheat plunged on the day by over 4% each. These sharp losses came despite a marginally weaker dollar and were on the back of a USDA report which suggested that acreage, and thus supply, of major grains would be up this season. Turning to Treasury markets, investors saw continued outflows from U.S. government debt as the debt ceiling issues continue to hang over the market. 10 Year debt saw yields rise to about 3.18% while the 2 year approached the 0.5% mark, finishing the session yielding 0.48%.  [click to continue…]

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Emerging markets have hit some rough patches in 2011, as concerns over debt in the developed world as well as a possible slowdown in some key developing countries has caused many to pull out of risky markets entirely. As a result, broad based funds such as VWO or EEM are down on the year and are lagging behind their developed counterparts in both the U.S. and internationally. While this trend has hit all markets, some have been much more impacted than others. Markets such as Malaysia, Russia, and Poland are all up at least a few percentage points so far this year, outpacing many of their rivals across the globe. On the other end of the spectrum, are three countries that have turned in by far the worst performances this year; Egypt, Vietnam, and India. [click to continue…]

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One of the more innovative and popular recent additions to the fast growing ETP lineup is the VelocityShares Daily Inverse VIX Short Term ETN (XIV), an exchange-traded note that offers daily inverse exposure to an index comprised of short-term VIX futures contracts. XIV has become popular as a tool for exploiting the nuances of an […]

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With the Greek situation under control for the time being, eyes are likely to once again focus on the United States and its economic woes. The U.S. still has intolerably high unemployment, weak growth prospects, and continued uncertainty over the debt ceiling to boot. Thanks to these issues, many investors have looked to the small but important […]

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The Market Dodges A Greek Bullet

by on June 29, 2011

This week saw stocks go on one of their best winning streaks in recent memory as the S&P 500 gained close to 3.1% since the market opened on Monday. Most of these gains came as traders and investors alike bought up securities ahead of the Greek austerity measure decision on Wednesday, assuming that Athens would […]

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U.S. equity markets continued their recent run higher in Wednesday trading as investors cheered the results of the Greek austerity vote in Athens earlier today. The Dow rose by 0.6% on the session while the Nasdaq gained 0.4% and the S&P jumped by 0.8% in comparison. Thanks to less gloom over Europe, investors bought up […]

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ETF Screener Upgrade: Filter Commission Free ETFs

by on June 29, 2011 | Updated July 21, 2011

The latest upgrade to the free ETF screener allows investors to filter through the universe of nearly 1,300 exchange-traded products to identify securities that can be traded commission free in various brokerage accounts. The new functionality allows investors to focus on ETFs eligible for commission free trading on a specific platform, or to see a […]

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According to the ancient Mayan calendar, the world will end in December 2012. If banking analyst Meredith Whitney is right, the beginning of the end might be around the corner. Whitney, who rose to prominence after a pessimistic report on Citigroup issued in late 2007 later proved to be painfully accurate, has been zeroed in […]

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Last week, EGShares rolled out a suite of sector-specific emerging markets ETF, each focusing on various corners of the economy of the developing world. These products could obviously be useful to more active traders utilizing a sector rotation strategy in emerging markets, seeking to shift exposure towards corners of the market that maintain promising potential […]

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The past couple of weeks have been very rough for many sectors of the economy as worries over Europe and a slow economy in the U.S. are plaguing a number of companies. This is no more true than in the commodity space, as firms that produce everything from oil to crops are feeling the pinch of a global slowdown […]

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American equity markets rose broadly in Tuesday trading, as optimism over a resolution to the Greek crisis boosted sentiment across the board. The Dow finished up by 1.2% but lagged the other, broader indexes in the session; the S&P 500 rose by 1.3% while the Nasdaq gained 1.5% on the day. Commodity markets also gained […]

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Brazil has become a popular destination for investors seeking exposure to emerging markets–for good reason. The South American nation has parlayed its vast mineral wealth and clean energy revolution into decades of strong economic growth, becoming one of the largest and most promising emerging markets in the process. As a net exporter of oil with […]

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