Major equity indexes inched higher during the week but gave into some light profit-taking pressures as Labor Day weekend approached. A lack of noteworthy developments overseas coupled with solid economic data releases at home left the doors open for the bulls; better-than-expected durable goods, consumer confidence, and an upbeat revision to U.S. GDP welcomed buyers during the week and kept the bears at bay [see also How the Homebuilders ETF Reacts to New Home Sales]. 

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Wall Street saw the S&P 500 Index logging in its first ever above-2,000 close this week, setting a new milestone in the stock market’s recent bull run. Also this week, investors digested several economic reports. Orders for durable goods surged 22.6% in July from the prior month, well above analyst expectations of 7.5% (but driven mostly by airplane orders). In addition, the S&P/Case-Shiller index rose 8.1% in June, slightly below expectations [see How the S&P 500 Reacts to Unemployment Reports]. [click to continue…]

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Active or Passive? How to Blend Aspects of Both

August 26, 2014

Investment fund strategies can broadly be divided into either active management or passive management. The former refers to funds actively managed by financial professionals who typically try to outperform a given benchmark, while the latter describes funds that seek to track a particular index. For most investors, deciding on whether to use active or passive […]

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Sell On The Pop Prospects: August 25th Edition

August 25, 2014

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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Buy On The Dip Prospects: August 25th Edition

August 25, 2014

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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High-Yield Prospects: August 24th Edition

August 24, 2014

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%.

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Best & Worst Weekly Performers: August 23rd Edition

August 23, 2014

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, thereby serving as potential starting points for those looking to take on either short or long positions.

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ETF Scorecard – August 22nd Edition

August 22, 2014

Major equity indexes enjoyed another week in the green, as buyers prevailed yet again amid easing tensions surrounding Russia and Iraq. On the home front, investors enjoyed a slew of upbeat data from the housing market, while the Fed’s minutes release failed to rattle investors’ confidence like many had anticipated; the home builders’ index, housing […]

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First Trust, ProShares Debut Income-Focused ETFs (FDIV, EFAD)

August 21, 2014

Two new ETFs have hit the market over the last week, as the industry proves that investors are still focused on income at a time with record-low interest rates. First Trust and ProShares each rolled out products that focus on providing an income stream for investors, each with a unique strategy. We take a closer […]

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What Middle East Tensions Mean for Oil Prices & Equity Portfolios

August 19, 2014

With turmoil in the Middle East dominating headlines, many investors are wondering what the recent and growing unrest in the region means for oil prices and for equity portfolios. In my new Market Perspectives piece, “Oil’s Precarious Balance,” I provide my take: While I certainly can’t predict the outcome of events in the Middle East, […]

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Sell On The Pop Prospects: August 18th Edition

August 18, 2014

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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Buy On The Dip Prospects: August 18th Edition

August 18, 2014

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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