From the monthly archives:

March 2012

Equity markets oscillated between minor gains and losses throughout most of the week as profit taking pressures were abundant after investors digested a number of mixed economic data releases. Investors were frustrated with reports from the housing market which showed that the real estate market recovery is still sluggish at best. Consumer-confidence and durable goods orders data also missed analyst expectations. Nonetheless, investors on Wall Street ended the week on a positive note after consumer sentiment and spending data both surpassed analyst expectations on Friday.

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The final trading session of the quarter saw major equity benchmarks leap forward, closing out the week on a high note. “Friday’s gains capped a stellar three months for stocks, with the Dow and S&P posting the biggest first-quarter gain since 1998. Despite Friday’s decline, the Nasdaq had its best first quarter since 1991, according to the Stock Trader’s Almanac. For the quarter, the Dow gained 8.1%, the S&P 500 advanced 12% and the Nasdaq rose a whopping 19% since New Year’s Day. The Dow and S&P 500 are at the highest levels since 2008, while the Nasdaq is at its highest point since 2000″ writes Ben Rooney[click to continue…]

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Equity indexes crept lower throughout the week as investors were unhappy to digest a number of worse-than-expected economic data releases. Slight drop-offs in consumer confidence and durable goods orders were enough to spark a wave of profit taking on Wall Street. Global X filed with the SEC to bring to market a basket of hedge […]

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Domestic equity indexes staged an impressive comeback on Thursday as stocks climbed out of a hole in the final hours of trading. Mixed economic reports played a key part in paving the way for back-and-forth trading throughout most of yesterday. Weekly jobless claims were encouraging, although the figure ultimately missed estimates; 359,000 people filed for […]

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After charging forward on Monday, stocks have been turning in sour performances, as it seems that there is no positive news to keep investors upbeat enough to buy. While the end of today’s session saw a fair amount of buying activity, it was likely due to major indexes sinking nearly 1% intraday, before they rose […]

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Teucrium, the Vermont-based firm behind a growing lineup of exchange-traded commodity products, announced today the launch of a new fund targeting agricultural resources. The Teucrium Agriculture Fund (TAGS) will offer equal exposure to the “big 4″ of the agriculture commodity space: sugar, corn, wheat, and soybeans [see also Special Report: In Search Of The Best […]

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Thursday’s ETF To Watch: SPDR S&P 500 (SPY)

by on March 29, 2012 | Updated May 14, 2013

After starting off the week on a high note, stocks floundered through the next two trading sessions, as investors are fearful that major indexes may slip into negative territory for the second consecutive week. Yesterday’s dip in durable goods did not bode well for the U.S. economy, as Wall Street seems to put more and […]

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Bearish pressures prevailed on Wednesday as major equity indexes on Wall Street fell victim to profit taking after a less-than-stellar durable goods data release. The Dow Jones Industrial Average led the way lower for a second trading session in a row, shedding 0.54% on the day, while Nasdaq and S&P 500 tied, each losing 0.49% […]

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If the second half of 2011 was characterized by rampant stock market volatility and looming uncertainty, the atmosphere on Wall Street could be described as the exact opposite thus far in 2012. Economic data releases on the home front have taken center stage in recent months as better-than-expected results from the labor and housing markets have […]

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As the ETF industry has rapidly expanded, so too have the options investors have for slicing and dicing markets. One of the most popular innovations in recent years has been the ability to access volatility through the exchange-traded structure; there are now multiple ETPs for gaining exposure to VIX contracts, including a number of inverse […]

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Stocks broadly ended the trading session on a sour note as less-than-stellar data paved the way for profit taking pressures. Major indexes on the home front ended up in red territory after consumer confidence came in worse-than-expected; the figure came in at 70.2, falling short of analyst estimates and dipping below last month’s reading of 71.6. Surprisingly, gold […]

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Domestic equities gave up gains from Monday’s steep rally today as disappointing economic data sparked concerns and profit taking pressures followed. Selling pressures accelerated towards the end of the trading session and major equity indexes finished the day in red territory. The Nasdaq proved most resilient, shedding 0.07% on the day, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average […]

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