From the monthly archives:

April 2012

Opportunities In A Pullback

by on April 30, 2012

U.S. stocks staged an impressive recovery last week as major indexes held above key technical resistance levels, 1,360 for the S&P 500 Index, bolstered by upbeat earnings results. Investors also reacted positively following the latest FOMC announcement which reaffirmed the Fed’s commitment to keeping interest rates low until late 2014. Confidence in the domestic recovery is growing judging from the positive reaction on Wall Street after last Friday’s GDP report [see also Free Report: How To Pick The Right ETF Every Time].

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Income investing has become particularly popular in recent years, as near-zero interest rates have left many starved for attractive yields. As such, many investors turned to equity ETFs paying out high dividends to find a stable source of income. But looking through past distributions and current yield metrics is not always the most accurate method for evaluating an ETF’s yield, as there are several nuances to these products that need to be taken into account, including capital gains [see also 12 High-Yielding Commodities For 2012]. [click to continue…]

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Despite Friday’s relatively large miss in GDP, stocks were able to post a week in the black as strong earnings helped major indexes make a run higher. Unfortunately, it seems that we are still at the mercy of Europe as any news about Spanish debts will rock markets. The coming week features the tail end […]

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Another week in the books, and more uncertainty over the future of stocks. Investors were relieved to finally see some strong trading sessions midway through the five day stretch, but most are still cautious of the future. Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke made no indication of a third round of quantitative easing this week, though his […]

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Stocks Recover Despite Mixed Data

by on April 28, 2012

Equity markets broadly climbed higher throughout the week as investors digested upbeat earnings results from a number of industry giants including Amazon and Apple, both of which bolstered confidence in the technology sector. Surprisingly, investors brushed aside a number of less-than-stellar economic reports; durable goods orders data came in negative and U.S. GDP came in at 2.2% […]

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Friday’s trading session saw stock uphold their bullish momentum despite a rather substantial miss in GDP. U.S. GDP for the first quarter of the year came in at 2.2, down from the anticipated 2.5. While this news would typically hammer markets, positive earnings kept the bull run alive and overshadowed this miss. The Dow closed […]

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UBS, one of the largest issuers of ETNs including a number of commodity products, is the latest to make an addition to the fast-growing ETP lineup. The new ETRACS DJ-UBS Commodity Index 2-4-6 Blended Futures ETN (BLND) will take a unique approach to delivering exposure to commodity futures. The underlying Dow Jones-UBS Commodity Index 2-4-6 […]

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Equity markets appear to have regained their footing as encouraging earnings releases are keeping confidence and growth expectations afloat. Amid the flurry of trading activity on Wall Street this week, ETF issuers have been busy on all fronts; industry giants like State Street and iShares are contintuing to beef up their product lineups with exciting […]

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Equity markets turned higher on Thursday as an upbeat housing report helped to restore investors’ confidence and continue the bull-run from earlier in the week. Major equity indexes finished in green territory, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average leading the way, as investors digested better-than-expected pending home sales data; the figure came in at 4.1% […]

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Wall Street enjoyed its third consecutive win despite a mixed bag of earnings on the day. The most notable report from today was from Exxon Mobil (XOM) who’s profit was 11% off of original targets, prompting the stock to dip during the day. Traders also cheered on better-than-expected housing data, a rare win considering the […]

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State Street, one of the largest ETF issuers by total assets, has thrown its hat into the active ETF ring with the launch of three multi-asset class products. The new ETFs, each of which will be structured as fund-of-funds, include: SPDR Multi-Asset Real Return ETF (RLY) SPDR Income Allocation ETF (INKM) SPDR Global Allocation ETF […]

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iShares continues to expand its suite of fixed income ETFs in 2012, rolling out a pair of ETFs that bring a new level of granularity to corporate bonds. The Baa-Ba Rated Corporate Bond Fund (QLTB) and B-Ca Rated Corporate Bond Fund (QLTC) will seek to replicate indexes comprised of bonds with specific credit ratings, segmenting […]

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