2013 ETF Insider

Published on by on March 14, 2014

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      • Asia Pacific Country Fund Looks Ripe For Rebound, Gold Offers A Hedge

        U.S. markets are on the move again as merger and acquisition news are spurring buying euphoria even after last week’s stellar run-up. Stocks are off to a strong start this week as news of Yahoo! buying blogging giant Tumblr is helping to keep confidence levels afloat while a clear data front in the first half of the week is further helping to keep profit taking pressures at bay [see also How To Take Profits And Cut Losses When Trading ETFs].

      • Bull Run Continues, Short Trade Gets Stopped Out

        The party continued on Wall Street this past week as bullish euphoria carried equity indexes further into uncharted territory; the S&P 500 Index cruised past the 1,650 level while the Dow Jones Industrial Average settled above the 15,300 mark. On the data front, potential signs of weakening fundamentals began to resurface after industrial production and weekly jobless claims came in below expectations, although these releases barely put a minor dent in the bulls’ confidence [see also The Cheapest ETF For Every Investment Objective].

      • U.S. Sector Fund Struggles At Resistance, Time To Short

        Stocks are off to a mixed start this week as upbeat retail sales data is colliding with a growing urgency to take profit as major U.S. benchmarks drift higher into uncharted territory. Selling pressures were further bolstered by mentions of the Fed’s exit strategy, although fading stimulus hopes are likely to be short-lived judging by the minor dent in investors’ confidence. From a technical perspective, the uptrend on Wall Street remains fully in-tact and any pullbacks are likely to be countered with bargain buying pressures and new entrants waiting on the sidelines for an opportunity to get a piece of the action [see also How To Hedge With ETFs].

      • U.S. Bull Market Hits All-Time Highs

        The bulls set a record this week on Wall Street as the S&P 500 Index hit all-time highs of 1,618 on Friday following the release of April’s upbeat jobs report. New buyers eagerly stepped in and helped carry major equity benchmarks past historical resistance levels as payroll data surpassed expectations and the unemployment rate ticked down to 7.5% [Download 101 ETF Lessons Every Financial Advisor Should Learn].

        Actionable ETF Trade Ideas

        Our picks from Monday’s Insider posted great performance results because our cautiously bullish suspicions were well timed. Below, we highlight how our trade ideas fared during the week [sign up for a free trial of ETFdb Pro to get actionable ETF ideas every Monday, as well as access to more than 50 all-ETF model portfolios].

    • ETF Picks of the Month April 2013

      • Hedge Your Bullish Bets This Week

        Scattered signs of deteriorating fundamentals are leading us to take a cautiously bullish stance on the markets this week. Looking back, worse-than-expected durable goods orders and GDP data were quickly ignored by the equity bulls last week, which could set the scene for a steeper correction this week as long as earnings results can rattle investors’ confidence [see also How To Hedge With ETFs].

        Weekly Outlook

        Below, we highlight ETFs that may see an increase in trading activity as relevant market data is released and evaluated by investors:

      • Double-Top Fears Return, S&P 500 Stalls At 1,600 Level

        U.S. stocks traded higher right from the opening bell on Monday morning as China growth fears subsided and upbeat earnings reports hit The Street. Despite bullish price action all week, U.S. GDP missed on Friday and the S&P 500 Index failed to summit the 1,600 level for the second time in April, leading many technicians to believe that we may have a double-top on our hands [see Free 7 Simple & Cheap All- ETF Model Portfolios].

        Actionable ETF Trade Ideas

        Our picks from Monday’s Insider posted solid performance results as our sector-specific bullish suspicions were well timed. Below, we highlight how our trade ideas fared during the week [sign up for a free trial of ETFdb Pro to get actionable ETF ideas every Monday, as well as access to more than 50 all-ETF model portfolios].

      • How To Play Earnings This Week

        China growth fears and earnings jitters will remain key themes this week as investors look to decipher fundamental data releases, both at home and abroad, amid the bull market on Wall Street. In Europe, news of Giorgio Napolitano staying in office spurred a confidence rally in the bond market, although the eurozone as a whole still remains on edge as evidenced by the euro’s weakness in the currency market [see also How To Take Profits And Cut Losses When Trading ETFs].

        Weekly Outlook

        Below, we highlight ETFs that may see an increase in trading activity as relevant market data is released and evaluated by investors:

      • Did You Buy On The Dip?

        Equity markets kicked off last week on a very sour note after worse-than-expected China GDP data opened up the gates for the bears on Wall Street. To top it off, extreme selling pressures in the gold market dented the bulls’ confidence altogether, prompting many to jump ship to Treasuries for much of the trading week. Nonetheless, bargain buyers stepped in once again following the short-lived correction, and the S&P 500 Index managed to close out the week right above a key support at the 1,540 level [see Free 7 Simple & Cheap All- ETF Model Portfolios].

        Actionable ETF Trade Ideas

        Our picks from Monday’s Insider posted very good performance results, even after equity markets endured a choppy trading week. Below, we highlight how our trade ideas fared during the week [sign up for a free trial of ETFdb Pro to get actionable ETF ideas every Monday, as well as access to more than 50 all-ETF model portfolios].

      • Yellow Metal In Bloody Red

        Economic data managed to put a dent in investors’ confidence over the weekend after Chinese GDP data came in weaker-than-expected; the Asian powerhouse posted economic growth of 7.7% in the first quarter, falling short of the expected 8% reading as well as the previous figure of 7.9%. The continued sell-off in the precious metals market remains on everyone’s radar screen as gold futures have plunged below the $1,400 an ounce level, opening up the doors to harsh selling pressures as key technical levels have been breached [see also ETF Call And Put Options Explained].

        Weekly Outlook

        Below, we highlight ETFs that may see an increase in trading activity as relevant market data is released and evaluated by investors:

      • All Aboard The Bull Train

        With first quarter earnings season off to a hot start on Wall Street, investors and traders alike had more reasons to buy on the dips this week instead of take profits. Better-than-expected jobless claims data added fuel to the rally after Alcoa started off earnings season on an encouraging note; however, disappointing retail sales data on Friday put a bit of a dent in the bulls’ confidence [see Free 7 Simple & Cheap All- ETF Model Portfolios].

        Actionable ETF Trade Ideas

        Our picks from Monday’s Insider posted solid performance results even after unexpected selling pressures rattled markets at the end of the week. Below, we highlight how our trade ideas fared during the week [sign up for a free trial of ETFdb Pro to get actionable ETF ideas every Monday, as well as access to more than 50 all-ETF model portfolios].

      • Buy On The Dip With Caution

        Worse-than-expected employment data on the home front brought back the bears onto Wall Street last week, however, buyers still piled into equities before the weekend as bull market euphoria remains the dominant theme. The bulls will look to resume their ascent this week as tensions in the euro zone have cooled off with Russia accepting the Cyprus loan restructure, while Portugal has pledged to increase its push for austerity [see also How To Swing Trade ETFs].

        Weekly Outlook

        Below, we highlight ETFs that may see an increase in trading activity as relevant market data is released and evaluated by investors:

      • Sellers Swarm, Bulls Unfazed

        Selling pressures finally struck this past week on Wall Street, but much to the bears’ frustration the pullback was short-lived and welcomed by eager bargain buyers on Friday. The bears crept onto the scene this past Wednesday after ADP payroll data came in worse-than-expected; pessimistic suspicions proved true after Friday’s monthly employment report left many disappointed, although buyers were quick to step in after the early morning sell-off [see Free 7 Simple & Cheap All- ETF Model Portfolios].

        Actionable ETF Trade Ideas

        Our picks from Monday’s Insider posted solid performance results even after unexpected selling pressures rattled investors’ confidence this past week. Below, we highlight how our trade ideas fared during the week [sign up for a free trial of ETFdb Pro to get actionable ETF ideas every Monday, as well as access to more than 50 all-ETF model portfolios].

      • Data Heavy Week Could Spur Volatility

        U.S. equity indexes extended their gains last week as Cyprus bailout woes took a backseat and buying pressures returned on Friday after a brief profit taking period. With the S&P 500 now sitting on 5-year highs, bears are once again lurking and will surely look to take profits at the first sign of pessimistic news from any corner of the globe. The week ahead is stacked with major economic reports that are sure to add fundamental fuel to the tense tug-of-war between the bulls and bears on Wall Street [see also How To Swing Trade ETFs].

        Weekly Outlook

        Below, we highlight ETFs that may see an increase in trading activity as relevant market data is released and evaluated by investors:

    • ETF Picks of the Month March 2013

      • S&P 500 Inches To 5-Year Highs

        The tug of war continued on Wall Street this past week as choppy trading proved to be a dominant theme amid a fairly quiet landscape on the news and data front. The bulls ultimately prevailed, as buying pressures on Friday bolstered the coveted S&P 500 Index past recent resistance, hitting the 1,570 level and settling at a five-year high on the week [see Free 7 Simple & Cheap All- ETF Model Portfolios].

        Actionable ETF Trade Ideas

        Our picks from Monday’s Insider posted mixed performance results while major equity indexes largely moved sideways for most of the week. Below, we highlight how our trade ideas fared during the week [sign up for a free trial of ETFdb Pro to get actionable ETF ideas every Monday, as well as access to more than 50 all-ETF model portfolios].

      • European Tensions On The Horizon

        U.S. equity markets kicked off the week with a whimper as Cyprus bailout woes over the weekend rightfully took a bite out of investors’ confidence. The exact terms of Cypriot bailout remain hazy, however, one thing for certain is that it may set a dangerous precedent for the next bailout(s) in the European currency bloc as policymakers have agreed to a 20% tax on deposits at the two largest Cypriot banks [see also How To Swing Trade ETFs].

        Weekly Outlook

        Below, we highlight ETFs that may see an increase in trading activity as relevant market data is released and evaluated by investors:

      • Buyers Catch Their Breath

        Trading activity on Wall Street was fairly tame this past week as tensions between the bulls and bears eased up and equity markets drifted sideways for the most part. With no major economic data releases to hit the street, traders and investors had few reasons to buy or sell; nonetheless, optimism reigned supreme as upbeat housing starts and better-than-expected weekly jobless claims kept confidence levels afloat [see Free 7 Simple & Cheap All- ETF Model Portfolios].

        Actionable ETF Trade Ideas

        Our picks from Monday’s Insider posted solid performance results while major equity indexes largely drifted sideways. Below, we highlight how our trade ideas fared during the week [sign up for a free trial of ETFdb Pro to get actionable ETF ideas every Monday, as well as access to more than 50 all-ETF model portfolios].

      • Correction Pressures Are Mounting

        The bears swept in Monday morning after worrisome news from the Euro zone over the weekend prompted a rapid sell-off at Wall Street’s opening bell. Profit taking pressures were quick to emerge after it was reported that European policymakers proposed a tax on Cypriot bank deposits, leading many to worry that this policy change could spill over to larger nations in the debt-burdened currency bloc, namely Italy and Spain [see also How To Hedge With ETFs].

        Weekly Outlook

        Below, we highlight ETFs that may see an increase in trading activity as relevant market data is released and evaluated by investors:

      • Up, Up, And Away

        The Dow Jones Industrial Average continued its unprecedented rally as buyers kept the winning streak going for 10 straight days amid a flurry of encouraging economic data. Investors had few reasons to take profits last week as retail sales, weekly jobless claims and industrial production data all came in better than expected, adding fundamental fuel to the ongoing rally on Wall Street [see Free 7 Simple & Cheap All- ETF Model Portfolios].

        Actionable ETF Trade Ideas

        Our picks from Monday’s Insider posted mixed performance results as buying pressures remained strongest in the equity market. Below, we highlight how our trade ideas fared during the week [sign up for a free trial of ETFdb Pro to get actionable ETF ideas every Monday, as well as access to more than 50 all-ETF model portfolios].

      • Bears Lurking In Uncharted Territory

        With the Dow Jones Industrial Average climbing to all-time highs last week it’s no surprise to see the divide between the bulls and the bears reach extremes as well. While some investors are calling this the start of the next great bull-run, others are equally convinced that equities are long-overdue for a major correction. As such, the bulls continue to cite the string of upbeat economic data that has been hitting the street while the bears are eyeing the stellar run-up thus far on the year as an opportunity to profit from an imminent pullback [see also How To Hedge With ETFs].

        Weekly Outlook

        Below, we highlight ETFs that may see an increase in trading activity as relevant market data is released and evaluated by investors:

      • Say Hello To All-Time Highs

        Stocks kicked off the trading week on a positive note Monday morning, and buying euphoria stuck around in the days following as upbeat economic data stole the headlines. Improvements in home prices and better-than-expected employment data took center stage, although Friday’s numbers surprisingly failed to ignite a bigger rally; the latest nonfarm payrolls figure showed 236,000 jobs added versus last month’s figure of 119,000, while the unemployment rate also ticked lower to 7.7% from 7.9% previously [see Free 7 Simple & Cheap All- ETF Model Portfolios].

        Actionable ETF Trade Ideas

        Our picks from Monday’s Insider posted respectable performance results as buying pressures permeated the global equity market throughout the week. Below, we highlight how our trade ideas fared during the week [sign up for a free trial of ETFdb Pro to get actionable ETF ideas every Monday, as well as access to more than 50 all-ETF model portfolios].

      • Stocks Brace For Rate Decisions

        Last week gave the bulls a scare as profit taking pressures swiftly knocked down major indexes at the start of the week, however, buyers poured in and helped the market regain its footing by the closing bell on Friday. After failing to post fresh highs last week and enduring volatile trading, U.S. equity indexes could face stiff headwinds this week ahead of resistance levels as investors digest several central bank interest rate decisions from around the globe [see also How To Hedge With ETFs].

        Weekly Outlook

        Below, we highlight ETFs that may see an increase in trading activity as relevant market data is released and evaluated by investors:

      • No Rest For Buyers

        This week got off to a worrisome start as selling pressures ripped through Wall Street right from the opening bell on Monday morning, leading many to believe that the much-awaited correction had finally arrived. Much to the bears’ frustration, however, equity markets were quick to regain their footing in the days following as eager buyers didn’t hesitate to take advantage of the short-lived pullback [see Free 7 Simple & Cheap All- ETF Model Portfolios].

        Actionable ETF Trade Ideas

        Our picks from Monday’s Insider posted mixed performance results as selling pressures early in the week forced us to exit two of the three trades. Below, we highlight how our trade ideas fared during the week [sign up for a free trial of ETFdb Pro to get actionable ETF ideas every Monday, as well as access to more than 50 all-ETF model portfolios].

    • ETF Picks of the Month February 2013

      • Sequester Looms

        Equity markets got a long-overdue whiff of profit taking pressures last week after mixed commentary from the Fed managed to welcome back the bears, although the selling party was very short lived on Wall Street. Bargain buyers were quick to return last Friday and even stick around through this morning as the ongoing rally continues to welcome new investors at virtually every pullback. This week is stacked with major economic data releases, including several GDP reports from around the globe as well as U.S. consumer confidence and spending data [see also How To Take Profits And Cut Losses When Trading ETFs].

      • Broad Correction In Sight

        The bears finally made an appearance on Wall Street, although it was fairly short-lived. Profit taking pressures permeated the marketplace on Wednesday as investors fretted over worse-than-expected housing starts data while mixed FOMC minutes further added to the cloud of uncertainty for the day. Nonetheless, the bulls returned with great vigor on Friday and regained some of the losses on the week [see Free 7 Simple & Cheap All- ETF Model Portfolios].

        Actionable ETF Trade Ideas

        Our picks from Monday’s Insider posted lackluster performance results as the mid-week sell off prompted us to cut losses on two of our recommendations. Below, we highlight how our trade ideas fared during the week [sign up for a free trial of ETFdb Pro to get actionable ETF ideas every Monday, as well as access to more than 50 all-ETF model portfolios].

      • Bulls On Parade

        Investors returned to Wall Street in a buying mood Tuesday morning following the long weekend in observance of President’s Day. European markets kicked off the week on a sour note after elections in Italy sent waves of worry across the currency bloc, however, this wasn’t enough to spook the bulls from returning to the home front. Major equity indexes are continuing their ascent thanks to M&A activity fueling confidence after advanced merger talks between OfficeMax and Office Depot hit the street [see also How To Take Profits And Cut Losses When Trading ETFs].

      • Euphoria Finally Simmers

        Buying euphoria cooled off last week, although not enough to invite serious profit-taking pressures. The ongoing rally on Wall Street continues to frustrate bears as major equity indexes remain resilient, managing to either hold their ground or advance higher even in the face of lackluster economic news [see Free 7 Simple & Cheap All- ETF Model Portfolios].

        Actionable ETF Trade Ideas

        Our picks from Monday’s Insider posted solid performance results even though broad-based equity benchmarks drifted sideways. Below, we highlight how our trade ideas fared during the week [sign up for a free trial of ETFdb Pro to get actionable ETF ideas every Monday, as well as access to more than 50 all-ETF model portfolios].

      • Buy The Dips With Caution

        Much to the bears’ frustration, buying pressures remain dominant on Wall Street as equity indexes continue to flirt with multi-year highs while every pullback has been short-lived and embraced by bargain shoppers. Political gridlock may soon resurface in the headlines as President Obama is slated to deliver his State of the Union address tomorrow night, with looming spending cuts likely to be at the center of discussion. This week will be fairly light on major economic data releases on the home front, and as such, GDP reports from Japan and the Euro zone will come under the spotlight [see also How Well Do The 5 Biggest ETFs Track Their Indexes?]. 

      • Stocks Continue Bull Run

        Another week in the books, and February’s first full week was another strong one. Though there were a few hiccups through out the week, the Nasdaq closed within reach of a 12-year high, and the S&P 500 making yet another high. For now, it seems like each week brings a new record for major benchmarks and investors continue to cheer on the Street’s performance. Though some still hold their reservations, the S&P’s YTD return of more than 6.5% paints the picture of a bull run [see Free 7 Simple & Cheap All- ETF Model Portfolios].

      • Keep An Eye On Bargain Buyers

        The bull train continued its ascent on Wall Street last week as profit taking pressures were short-lived amid the improving economic outlook. Worrisome GDP results did manage to spook some, however, market sentiment overall remains undeniably bullish as each minor pullback has welcomed eager buyers [see 3 Economic Charts Bears Love To Ignore].

        This week will remain busy as earnings season continues on the home front although the lack of major economic data releases could rattle the ongoing streak of confidence. Trading activity will be bustling overseas as several key central bank rate decisions are slated to take place later in the week.

      • Say Hello To 5-Year Highs

        Major equity indexes relentlessly pushed higher throughout the week with the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 both tallying big gains for January as well as setting fresh five-year highs. Bullish momentum kicked off the trading week after durable goods order data blew right past analyst expectations, helping to add fundamental fuel to the ongoing rally. Profit-taking pressures did creep in, however, after GDP data missed the mark as cuts in government spending took their toll on economic output [see Free 7 Simple & Cheap All- ETF Model Portfolios].

    • ETF Picks of the Month January 2013

      • Bears At The Gates

        Buying pressures were alive and kicking last week as upbeat earnings results and encouraging employment data on the home front kept confidence levels afloat. The coveted S&P 500 Index managed to settle past the psychologically significant 1,500 level last week, while the grandfather of the ETF industry, SPY, celebrated its 20th birthday [see S&P 500 Visual History].

        This week should see an uptick in trading activity as several key economic reports are expected to hit the street in addition to earnings season continuing full steam ahead. With major equity benchmarks sitting on hefty gains, caution is advised as any pessimistic headlines are sure to welcome profit taking pressures on Wall Street.

      • Markets Pop, Apple Flops

        The rally continued full steam ahead on Wall Street last week as upbeat earnings and encouraging data kept optimism levels elevated, giving investors few reasons to take profits off the table. Bellwethers like Halliburton, Google and IBM sailed right past analyst estimates, while tech darling Apple suffered a nasty sell-off after its latest earnings report suggested that growth has cooled off considerably [see Free 7 Simple & Cheap All- ETF Model Portfolios].

      • The Ascent Continues

        Bearish sentiment has been all talk since the start of the new year as made evident by the ongoing bullish price action seen across equity markets. While many were expecting for corporate earnings to serve as a nasty reminder of the slow recovery at hand, quite the opposite has proved true thus far as financial bellwethers have been reporting upbeat results. The spotlight will remain fixated on the corporate earnings front this week as well as several tech giants make the scene, including reports from Apple (AAPL) and Google (GOOG) [see Free 7 Simple & Cheap All-ETF Portfolios].

      • Bulls Win Again

        Much to the bears’ surprise this week, equity markets pulled off another green streak as euphoria levels remained strong. The bulls had few reasons to take profits as markets digested several upbeat earnings reports from big-name financials along with much better-than-expected weekly employment and housing starts data. Amid the improving outlook, the S&P 500 Index managed to set a five-year high and peer past the 1,475 level, settling just above the 1,480 mark on Friday [see Free 7 Simple & Cheap All- ETF Model Portfolios].

      • Bearish Pressures Mounting

        As the bull parade continues on Wall Street, bearish pressures are mounting right around the corner with major equity indexes sitting on hefty gains since the new year began. After muted activity last week, economic data releases return to the home front this week alongside more earnings results from industry bellwethers, including Goldman Sachs, Ebay, and General Electric. Pessimistic commentary from U.S. multinational large caps is likely to encourage profit taking, however, from a technical perspective any pullback presents a buying opportunity [see Free 7 Simple & Cheap All-ETF Portfolios].

      • Bull Run Continues After Earnings

        Major equity indexes continue to hold on to the massive gains accumulated during the first trading week of 2013. Frustrated bears were quick to point out that a correction will ensue as soon as earnings season comes around, however, their prediction hasn’t exactly panned out seeing as the first round of corporate performance results has been fairly upbeat. To top it off, better-than-expected China exports data is giving further weight to the ongoing bullish price action on Wall Street [see Free 7 Simple & Cheap All- ETF Model Portfolios].

      • S&P 500 Pumps Breaks Ahead Of Major Resistance

        Bullish price action has persisted for much longer on Wall Street than many had anticipated; following the massive gap higher at the start of the new year, major equity indexes have held onto gains amid the looming uncertainties, perhaps hinting at the possibility for new highs in the coming weeks. What’s truly noteworthy is the fact that stocks remained resilient even after last week’s Fed minutes, during which policymakers noted that the ongoing bond-repurchase program may be coming to an end in 2013 [see Free 7 Simple & Cheap All-ETF Portfolios].

        Weekly Outlook

        Below, we highlight ETFs that may see an increase in trading activity as relevant market data is released and evaluated by investors: