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U.S. equities finished narrowly mixed in today’s lackluster trading session, following a slew of earnings reports and an underwhelming  manufacturing report. According the the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, manufacturing activity in the central Atlantic region contracted in July, falling to -11 (an above zero reading indicates expansion). On the corporate front, Travelers (TRV) earnings rose 85%, while UPS (UPS) posted lower profits but met EPS estimates [see The Cheapest ETF for Every Investment Objective].

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The 2013 first quarter earnings season is well on its way, with several bellwethers reporting both hits and misses. Already this week, oil-giant Haliburton (HAL) reported earnings that came in well above expectations, while Caterpillar’s (CAT) earnings missed the mark, though the stock gained after the company’s CEO was less pessimistic than expected in his conference call. Travelers (TRV) and DuPont (DD) also topped earnings expectations, and both companies announced that they will increase dividends [see also How To But The Right ETF Every Time].  [click to continue…]

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Both the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average posted record high closes today, as investors digested the latest reports from the U.S. and Europe. Bolstering equities, health care stocks led today’s rally after the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released a higher-than-expected final estimated payment growth rate for insurers, meaning that companies running Medicare […]

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Blue-chips rallied once again today, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average posting yet another all-time high, closing at 14,296.24 after briefly crossing over 14,300. Pushing equities higher was a better-than-expected labor report, which showed that private sector employment jumped by 198,000 in February compared to the expected 170,000 uptick. Meanwhile, the Commerce Department reported that […]

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Last year was a good year for most asset classes, as investor portfolios continued to recover from the recent recession. The difference in performance between many comparable funds was significant, and many of the best performers of 2010 are relatively small funds that maintain considerably smaller asset bases than their more popular competitors. Below, we […]

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Equity markets were off to go a good start in August as major American indexes posted gains of more than 2% on the day. This sharp spike came after a better than expected July reading for Supply Management’s manufacturing index and an unexpected climb in June construction spending. These solid reports combined with strong earnings […]

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Heading into the second half of the year, investors are divided over where global financial markets are headed. There is no shortage of bears, who point to depressing unemployment and consumer confidence figures as evidence that the recovery is quickly losing momentum (or perhaps never really had any in the first place). Others believe that […]

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ProShares, the largest issuer of leveraged and inverse ETFs, has filed for SEC approval on several additional products. The proposed funds include:

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Leveraged ETFs were in the headlines a great deal in 2009, but most of the coverage was less than favorable. Misinformation on these products was widespread throughout the year, leading to confusion on many aspects of these products and some unfair generalizations. One of the primary points of discussion was the performance of leveraged ETFs […]

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It’s been an interesting week in the world of ETFs: gold trading was extremely volatile, and world leaders met in Denmark to discuss climate issues. Here are the ETF Database staff picks of the week’s most important and interesting stories from around the Web:

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Yesterday, Dow component Alcoa posted better than expected earnings of 4 cents per share. The company’s surprise return to profitability was largely attributable to cost cutting measures, not new sales. While the way that Alcoa brought itself back to profitability may not be sustainable in the future, Alcoa did forecast an 11 percent increase in […]

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With the rapid declines in the equity markets over the past year and increasing worries about inflation, many investors have been looking for alternative ETF investments to reduce volatility in their portfolios and establish at least a partial hedge against deteriorating economic conditions. One of the most popular options for doing so has been commodity […]

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