From the monthly archives:

October 2012

Trading on Wall Street finally resumed today, after the destructive path of hurricane Sandy battered the East Coast and forced the New York Stock Exchange to close on Monday and Tuesday. After the longest weather-related shutdown since 1888, markets got off to surprisingly powerful start, but understandably thin trading had stocks trading along the flat line for the remainder of the session, closing out the month of October on a soft note. While some expected markets to make volatile moves today, most were relieved that basic market efficiency helped smooth out this unprecedented event. Trading at Knight Capital Group, however, did not go as smoothly as expected, as power outages forced all trading to halt [see Free 7 Simple & Cheap All-ETF Portfolios].  [click to continue…]

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ETFdb Analyst Picks: Surviving The Storm

by on October 31, 2012

Trading on Wall Street has finally resumed after a prolonged weekend due to hurricane Sandy, prompting the closure of the New York Stock Exchange on Monday and Tuesday. Surprisingly, major equity benchmarks avoided volatile price swings at the open this morning despite the shortened trading week ahead of Friday’s key jobs report. From a technical perspective, immediate support for the S&P 500 Index remains at 1,400, along with near-term resistance at the 1,420 level [see Free 7 Simple & Cheap All-ETF Portfolios].

Analyst Recommendations

Below, we highlight how the ETFdb Analyst Picks have been performing, noting any important fundamental catalysts while also keeping an eye on key technical levels for our recommendations:
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Yield, it seems, continues to be on the minds of investors everywhere. With interest rates continuing to hug record lows, finding meaningful current returns has become a continuous struggles for a wide range of investors. Many asset classes that traditionally supply meaningful yields have dried up, sending investors on a quest for alternatives that can […]

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While 2012 has proven to be a surprisingly impressive year thus far, odds are that some investors have gotten seriously burned by certain underperforming corners of the market. Volatile trading combined with lackluster economic reports and a slowing global economy have hit a number of investments in one asset class particularly hard: commodities and commodity […]

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U.S. stock markets had an extended weekend as Hurricane Sandy hit the east coast with full force, wreaking havoc upon countless communities and ultimately prompting the closure of the New York Stock Exchange on Monday and Tuesday. On the bright side, the storm appears to be moving along, and markets are set to resume trading later today with […]

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The last two earnings season have seen a familiar pattern play out: companies of all shapes and sizes are consistently beating Street estimates on earnings, but falling short on revenue forecasts. In many cases, revenue is coming out either flat or even down compared to the same period in the prior year. There’s a growing […]

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Long term bonds have been the topic of considerable debate over the last few years. As central banks around the world have printed money and pushed interest rates to record lows, many investors have suspected that a “bubble” in this market is forming. Because long-term fixed income is sensitive to changes in interest rates hikes, […]

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While the correlations of various asset classes have increased significantly over the past decade, emerging market investing is nevertheless likely here to stay. Even if foreign market returns are now more correlated with U.S. returns, the higher growth of emerging markets is still appealing in its own right. For investors looking for a convenient vehicle which […]

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Sandy Rattles Wall Street

by on October 29, 2012 | Updated October 30, 2012

Euro zone drama is back in the headlines as sour retail sales data in Spain over the weekend spooked many. With Spain’s recessionary environment becoming more pronounced, it’s very likely that the European Central Bank will be forced to cut rates lower, or perhaps introduce a much “beefier” monetary policy initiative to ensure the nation’s financial health. […]

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The Best (and Worst) Emerging Markets ETFs Over The Past 3 Years

by on October 29, 2012 | Updated November 27, 2012

Emerging market ETFs have become increasingly popular in recent years, as investors have embraced this corner of the market for its lucrative growth opportunities as well as its long-term potential. These markets consume large amounts of commodities, are developing a middle class, and are expanding their infrastructure faster than any developed nation before them. Many have turned in impressive gains […]

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State Street became the latest ETF firm to launch factor-based equity ETFs this week, rolling out a pair of funds that will segment the universe of large, mid, and small U.S. cap stocks based on valuation and momentum factors. The two new ETFs will segment the S&P 1500 Index, a broad-based benchmark that includes substantially […]

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Wall Street was in for some volatile trading sessions last week, as mixed economic data and lackluster earnings had stocks dipping in and out of red territory. While the Fed reiterated its rather grim outlook for the economy during its FOMC meeting, investors welcomed better-than-expected GDP data, which showed a slight uptick from July to […]

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