From the monthly archives:

August 2011

Equities Back In Black

by on August 31, 2011

The Dow Jones Industrial Average is, after an extremely shaky summer period, back in positive territory for the year. Equity markets have gotten off to a strong start this week, opening above last Friday’s close on Monday and pushing higher through Wednesday. As talked about in previous editions of ETF Insider, the S&P 500 has managed to close above our outlined resistance at 1,200 for three consecutive days now, however, the trading volume in SPY has been quite light, leading us to question the recent strength in the market. Stocks have been broadly rising these past few days and gold had been holding its head above $1,800 an ounce and inching higher, another sign that investors are not quite convinced to sell safe haven assets and jump back into the stock market just yet. Economic data releases on the home front have been mixed, including a disappointing Consumer Confidence report coupled with better than expected factory orders in July.

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Although Hurricane Irene wasn’t nearly as devastating as some had feared, the storm did knock out power to millions and ground thousands of flights across the Northeast. Yet, the worst of the storm now appears to be over as flights are returning to the skies in major airports in New York, Washington D.C., and Boston, suggesting that the revenues lost to the airline industry could be much less than some had expected [see Three ETFs To Monitor As Hurricane Irene Wreaks Havoc]. In fact, major airline stocks such as Delta, American Airlines, and United-Continental were all up significantly in the first two days of the week, with AMR leading the way higher with a nearly 9% gain.   [click to continue…]

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This past year has been marked by uncertainty and instability; what started off as a strong 2011, quickly turned into a wild ride for investors. As equities have been tossed back in forth in recent weeks, investors have their eyes fixed on major indexes and other indicators to judge the overall health of our economy. […]

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Thanks to higher demand for risky assets, and India’s better-than-expected GDP report yesterday, many investors are once again bullish on emerging markets. These nations often have better growth prospects and balance sheets than their developed market counterparts making them ideal choices for investors seeking higher rates of return. Yet, many of these markets are also […]

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Tuesday trading continued the solid week for equity markets as all of the major indexes managed to finish in the green after the Fed released minutes from its most recent meeting. The Dow and S&P 500 both finished up by about 0.2% while the Nasdaq continued its outperformance of the other two benchmarks, gaining close […]

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After months of steady appreciation, gold has been on a bit of a wild ride over the last week or so. The precious metal has climbed to new heights repeatedly in 2011, thriving off of rising anxiety surrounding global equity markets, flights to safety after unprecedented downgrades, and even some weakness in the U.S. dollar. […]

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The Japanese economy has endured two rough decades after a period of high growth made it seem as though they would quickly surpass the U.S. with ease. Lately, however, the economy has had trouble finding its footing, as the country has tried various techniques to try and jump-start its sputtering economy. Yet this has been easier said […]

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Thanks to increased risk appetites over the last few days, some investors have begun to once again pile into emerging market focused ETFs. Yet, the specter of inflation has kept others at bay from many emerging nations as the rate of price increases in certain industrializing economies could bring down growth rates and lead to […]

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Despite still recovering from a Hurricane, Wall Street surged higher in Monday trading as the damage from Irene was less than expected while comments from Bernanke also helped to boost sentiment. The Dow rose by 2.3% on the day while the S&P 500 gained 2.8% and the Nasdaq surged by 3.3%.  Gains were especially robust […]

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While 2011 may have gotten off to a good start for many equity markets, a summer slowdown has hit stocks across the globe. Worries over the fallout from a downgrade of American debt have now shifted to concerns over more stimulus either by the Federal Reserve or by Congress. Yet more measures coming down the […]

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Markets In Limbo

by on August 29, 2011

Equity markets were dangerously volatile last week, extending the ongoing theme of “uncertainty” for yet another week. Domestic equity indexes are largely stuck in “no man’s land”, and until there is some consistent price action above key support levels (above 1,200 for S&P 500), we recommend for most investors to stay on the sidelines. Even […]

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Van Eck, one of the pioneers of ETFs offering exposure to international bond markets, has laid the groundwork for what would be yet another first-of-its-kind fixed income fund. In a recent SEC filing, the company detailed plans for the Market Vectors European Currency High Yield Bond ETF, a fund that would offer exposure to junk […]

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