From the monthly archives:

June 2013

Stocks kicked off the week on a pessimistic note as bearish pressures stuck around from last week’s sell-off surrounding Fed stimulus fears. Bargain shoppers largely held off from jumping in given the plateful of data expected to hit the street this week, in anticipation that better-than-expected news would further encourage policymakers to scale back on bond-repurchase [see also The Best Dividend ETF For Every Investment Objective].

Our chart to watch for the day is the SPDR Homebuilders ETF (XHB, A+), which will look to rebound off its 200-day moving average while investors digest new home sales data from last month; analysts are expecting for this figure to come in at 463,000, which would mark an improvement from the previous month’s reading of 454,000.

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As it turned out, the most recent Great (Sector) Rotation was short lived and perhaps not so great after all.

But although defensive sectors are back to outperforming cyclical sectors amid June market volatility, I still believe there’s a strong case for preferring cyclicals over defensives, or at least select cyclicals [see The Cheapest ETF for Every Investment Objective]. [click to continue…]

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Daily ETF Roundup: XLF Slumps, HAO Tumbles

by on June 24, 2013 | Updated June 25, 2013

Wall Street started off the week on a sour note after a volatile U.S. Treasuries trading session sparked a sell-off in equity markets. Investors also paid close attention to commentary from Fed officials; Dallas Fed President Richard Fisher stated his support of the central bank tapering its bond-buying program, but emphasized the need for the […]

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Exchange-traded funds have made it easy for individual investors to affordably invest in nearly anything. From hard commodity ETFs to international equity ETFs, individual investors have access to corners of the market that were previously accessible to only institutions. But, ETFs have also made it easy to invest in a targeted portfolio of common stocks […]

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Stock options provide traders and investors with an easy way to control the risk-to-reward profile of a trade or investment. While some aspects of options trading can be complicated, the basics are relatively easy to understand and implement in everyday situations, since all options boil down to either buying or selling the rights to buy […]

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Wall Street was in for several volatile sessions last week, as investors digested the latest commentary from the FOMC meeting. Though Bernanke gave a rather optimistic outlook for the U.S. economy, the chairman announced that the Fed will continue its $85 billion-per-month bond-buying program for now, but that a tapering could be seen sometime later this […]

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After another week in the global market, the ETFdb pop quiz returns with another round of questions about Food, Futures Based, and France. As always, all answers can be found using the suite of free tools at ETFdb.com, including the ETFdb Categories, ETF screener and the ETF Analyzer.

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Buy On The Dip Prospects June 22nd Edition

by on June 22, 2013

Here is a look at ETFs that currently offer attractive buying opportunities. The ETFs included in this list are rated as buy candidates for two reasons; first, each of these funds is deemed to be in an uptrend based on the fact that it is trading above its 200-day and 50-day moving averages, which are […]

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New Highs & Lows June 22nd Edition

by on June 22, 2013

Here is a look at all of the ETFs that have posted new one-year highs and lows over the past week. Traders can use this list to find prospective candidates that have deviated too far from their longer-term trends, as well as spotting potential reversals. As always, investors of all experience levels are advised to use […]

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High-Yield Prospects June 22nd Edition

by on June 22, 2013

Here is a look at ETFs that currently offer attractive income opportunities. The high-yield candidates included in this list meet two sets of criteria; first, each of these funds is deemed to be a high yield prospect because it boasts an annual dividend yield upwards of 5%. Second, each of these ETFs also boasts over […]

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Sell On The Pop Prospects June 22nd Edition

by on June 22, 2013

Here is a look at ETFs that currently offer attractive short selling opportunities. The ETFs included in this list are rated as sell candidates for two reasons; first, each of these funds is deemed to be in a downtrend based on the fact that it is trading below its 200-day and 50-day moving averages, which […]

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Here is a look at the 25 best and 25 worst ETFs from the past trading week. Traders can use this list to find prospective candidates that have deviated too far from their longer-term trends, as well as spotting potential reversals. As always, investors of all experience levels are advised to use stop-loss orders and […]

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