Major equity indexes quietly inched higher all week as a quiet scene on the economic data reporting front left the door open for the bulls following last week’s short-lived tumble. With no major developments taking place overseas, investors’ confidence returned as they were able to focus more on earnings season at home; upbeat earnings across the tech sector from Apple, Microsoft, and Facebook, spurred buying interest and the S&P 500 Index advanced closer and closer to the psychologically important 2,000 level [see also How Well Do Defensive ETFs Actually Work?]. 
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Last week, rising geopolitical tensions finally derailed the 2014 rally.

Though U.S. stocks finished up for the week, the tragic downing of a Malaysian civilian airliner over Ukraine and worsening conflict in the Middle East sparked a market rout on Thursday that brought an unusually quiet period for financial markets to an end.

Since then, the market has been swinging between gains and losses, and investors should buckle up for more volatility ahead, as I write in my new weekly commentary. [click to continue…]

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First Trust Launches Global Equity ETF; Van Eck Debuts China A-Shares ETF

July 24, 2014

As earnings season unfolds, markets continue to flirt with all-time highs. Despite skeptics looking for any reason to sell, the bull market has continued as benchmarks inch their way higher. Though most eyes have been fixated on the reports of some of the largest companies in the world, two new ETFs made their debut this […]

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Is it Time to Prepare for Inflation?

July 21, 2014

While U.S. inflation remains at historic lows, it has ticked up recently, leaving many investors fearing that it’s time to prepare portfolios for rising prices. Some fears are primal. For investors, particularly those old enough to remember “The Great Inflation” of the 1970s and early 1980s, inflation is one of them. This fear is reinforced […]

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Sell On The Pop Prospects: July 21st Edition

July 21, 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: July 21st Edition

July 21, 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: July 20th Edition

July 20, 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: July 19th Edition

July 19, 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 – July 18th Edition

July 18, 2014

Major equity indexes inched higher to kick off the week only to make way for the bears in later trading sessions as uncertainty returned to the market. The Volatility Index (VIX) skyrocketed more than 30%, and the S&P 500 Index sank 1.18%, on Thursday after news of a downed passenger airplane over Ukraine raised concerns over […]

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Two Stock Market Segments Offering Good Value

July 17, 2014

As evident in last Thursday’s European-bank related market jitters, today’s stretched valuations and low market volatility leave stocks vulnerable to bad news, even when the news is relatively minor as was the case last week. And equities in the more expensive market segments are particularly vulnerable. Case in point: U.S. small caps, biotech and Internet […]

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2 Issuers Make Their Debut on Wall Street; Barclays Launches TAPR

July 17, 2014

It’s been a busy week for Wall Street, with investors digesting a slew of earnings and economic reports. On the earnings front, Citigroup, JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs, Intel managed to beat analyst earnings and revenue expectations, while Bank of America reported a 43% drop in profit, as well as a $650 million settlement with AIG […]

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Sell On The Pop Prospects: July 14th Edition

July 14, 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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