After last week’s disappointing trading session, markets strived to make somewhat of a turnaround, with blue chips leading the way after several companies posted better-than-expected quarterly reports. The Dow Jones, S&P 500, and Nasdaq all posted positive gains at Friday’s close, landing the indexes in a good position to record the first weekly gains of Q2. Positive developments in the Euro zone quelled tensions among investors, while robust earnings proved to be a bright spot amidst somewhat dismal U.S. economic reports. Housing starts data came in worse than expected, falling nearly 50,000 short of forecasts. U.S. weekly jobless claims also missed the mark, coming in above the projected 374,000 [see 5 ETFs For The Earnings Bull].
Continuing the somewhat sluggish pace, the ETF industry rolled out only three new funds this week. Markets were introduced to iShare’s new Emerging Markets Corporate Bond Fund, CEMB, the second product offering investors exposure to this particular corner of the market. Additionally, RBS added a new “Trendpilot” ETN to their lineup that focuses on Chinese equities, while Global X launched its new MLP ETF [see also ETF Investors: What's In Your Index?].
Below we outline three of the best ETF stories from around the web this past week:
The Five Worst ETF Investments Ever at IndexUniverse:
Despite their popularity and high praise from investors, ETFs tend to get a significant amount of bad press. Although most of the critiques against exchange-traded funds are not true, there have been some ETFs that have struggled to live up to their expectations, fueling naysayers to continue misunderstanding these products. In this article, author Matt Hougan sheds light on the not so pretty side of the industry, outlining five of the worst ETFs ever.
ETFs For Earnings Season at Money And Markets:
Four times a year, investors sit on the edge of their seats, waiting for publicly-traded companies to issue their quarterly financial reports. Once released, investors pour over the books, dissecting and analyzing the plethora of numbers, figures, and data. Despite the vast amount of knowledge you can gain from looking at these reports, many investors are only concerned with the bottom line: earnings. This article, by Ron Rowland, explains what exactly earnings are and how investors can use ETFs to tap into companies who post high earnings.
ETPs For Trading Natural Gas at ETF Database:
Natural gas is probably one of the most cringe-worthy commodities on the market, given its unprecedented free fall over the last few years. Despite being wildly unpredictable and extremely volatile, some investors have noticed the commodity’s recent behavior and are seeing an opportunity for potential lucrative returns. For those investors who can stomach the risk, author Jared Cummans outlines several ways to play natural gas with exchange-traded products.
Disclosure: No positions at time of writing.