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Data Heavy Week Could Spur Volatility

by on April 1, 2013

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:

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Stocks Brace For Rate Decisions

by on March 4, 2013

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:

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Best And Worst All-ETF Portfolios In 2012

by on January 2, 2013

Major equity indexes clinched gains during what many would characterize as a “roller coaster” year; the S&P 500′s upward trajectory was interrupted on several occasions by everything from Greek debt drama to post-election fiscal cliff fears. With 2012 in the history books we take a moment to recap the best and worst performing all-ETF model portfolios during a year characterized by resurfacing […]

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Trading Ideas For Earnings Season

by on October 8, 2012

After a positive finish last week, traders kicked off this session with profit taking as earnings jitters are undoubtedly setting in ahead of Alcoa’s performance report this Tuesday. Looming threats from Europe will continue to eat away at investors’ confidence at the first sign of trouble, although the ECB’s commitment to a low-rate policy has certainly served a major […]

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Technicals Favor Stocks

by on October 1, 2012 | Updated October 5, 2012

Despite a number of choppy trading sessions on Wall Street last week, major equity indexes remain in an uptrend as buyers have returned on every dip. Mixed economic reports at home will continue to take a backseat to headlines from Europe as the debt crisis overseas remains a much more important catalyst for global markets. […]

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Be Wary Of A Steeper Correction

by on September 4, 2012

And so it begins. Regarded by many as perhaps the most dismal month for the stock market, investors on Wall Street welcomed September with a sell-off. Aside from historical performance pointing to tumultuous trading in the weeks ahead, investors’ confidence remains plagued by the looming debt drama in Europe. Furthermore, political debates are heating up on the […]

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As the economies of the Europe, the United States and Japan have struggled to overcome a variety of challenges in recent years, investors have come to question the conventional wisdom that developed markets offer greater stability than their emerging counterparts. As supposedly advanced economies have sputtered, many have tilted their portfolios away from North America […]

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Tuesday opens what investors hope will be the eighth consecutive monthly increase for the Dow, as risky asset classes have continued to tack higher in recent weeks despite some Euro zone jitters and concerns about slowing job growth in the U.S. As May Day rallies were carried out across Europe in a new era of […]

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Will The Bears Crash Earnings Season?

by on April 9, 2012

After taking a dip lower last week, equity markets will look to shake off profit taking pressures and resume the bull-run on Wall Street. With corporate earnings season on tap to kick-off with Alcoa on Tuesday, investors will have platefuls of fresh economic data to digest throughout the trading week. In international developments, the China GDP release […]

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With more than 40% of the U.S. market, iShares has long been the leader in the U.S. ETF industry. But in recent years the competition has been gaining ground, thanks in part to more cost efficient products. According to the ETF Industry Association, Vanguard led all ETF issuers with almost $36 billion in cash inflows […]

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After recently becoming the first issuer to list products on the BATS Exchange, iShares followed up with six more international equity products on Thursday. Three of the ETFs that began trading are the first of their kind, offering exposure to asset classes not previously accessible in the ETF wrapper: 

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iShares, the ETF market leader in the U.S. with more than 200 individual funds across virtually every asset class, will notch another first for the industry later this month when it becomes the first ETF provider to list products on the BATS Exchange. January 24 will mark the first day of trading for eight new […]

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