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There is no denying that the ETF industry has certainly come a long way since SPY’s debut in 1993. With over 1,500 products to choose from, the possibilities are essentially endless for investors, as the low-cost and efficient ETF wrapper allows investors to tap into nearly every corner of the investable universe [see Foreign ETFs: How Other Countries Stack Up]. [click to continue…]

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Most U.S. equities ended narrowly mixed today, though technology stocks charged higher, as investors digested a mixed bag of earnings and economic reports. The Conference Board reported its consumer-confidence index falling to 80.3 in July, slightly below analyst expectations of 81.5. Meanwhile, the S&P/Case-Shiller 20-City home-price index rose 12.2% in May on the year versus the 12.4% uptick analysts were expecting. In corporate news, pharma giant Pfizer (PFE) reported better than expected earnings, though revenues came in just below forecasts. And though Merck (MRK) beat earnings estimates, the company posted a significant decline in earnings and revenues from year-earlier levels [see also The Complete Visual History Of SPY].

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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. […]

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Sellers Swarm, Bulls Unfazed

by on April 6, 2013

Selling pressures finally struck this past week on Wall Street, but much to the bears’ frustration the pullback was short-lived and welcomed by eager bargain buyers on Friday. The bears crept onto the scene this past Wednesday after ADP payroll data came in worse-than-expected; pessimistic suspicions proved true after Friday’s monthly employment report left many disappointed, although buyers […]

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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 […]

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Though certain commodity producers have not fared too well in recent years, one particular sector has exhibited tremendous growth and strength: agribusiness. This industry has benefited not only from the most recent drought in the summer of 2012, but also from the rapid growth of the world population and the further development of emerging economies. And […]

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Say Hello To All-Time Highs

by on March 9, 2013

Stocks kicked off the trading week on a positive note Monday morning, and buying euphoria stuck around in the days following as upbeat economic data stole the headlines. Improvements in home prices and better-than-expected employment data took center stage, although Friday’s numbers surprisingly failed to ignite a bigger rally; the latest nonfarm payrolls figure showed 236,000 jobs […]

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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 […]

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Looking Back At Our Rapid Fire ETF Ideas for 2012

by on December 18, 2012 | Updated February 26, 2013

This time of year is when many choose to reflect on what they have done over the last 12 months, and what they hope to achieve in a new year. Here at ETFdb we are doing the same, by looking back at our 12 Rapid Fire ETF Ideas For 2012 and what we expected from […]

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Last month, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke unveiled the latest creation from the central bank – the infamous QE3. As details continue to emerge about the next round of quantitative easing, many investors, including a number of hot-shot analysts and experts, have been weighing in on how they believe the new stimulus measures will pan out. Some have received the […]

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Over the last few years, issuers have been waging their own little war in the ETF industry: the battle of the ticker symbol. Some of the most popular and intriguing funds are being caught on investors’ radars simply because of their cleverly named ticker symbols. And with over 1,400 products to choose from the exchange-traded fund lineup, […]

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Stocks Simmer As Fed Twists Again

by on June 23, 2012 | Updated June 29, 2012

Stocks markets endured another week of back-and-forth trading as stimulus hopes collided with looming threats from Europe and concerning economic data releases on the homefront. The much anticipated FOMC announcement was rather anticlimactic as markets seemed apathetic to the Fed’s decision to extend Operation Twist. Chairman Bernanke did leave some hope on the table as […]

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