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The energy sector is among the fastest-moving market segments in the world, as its make-up changes significantly as the years go on. The rapid development of technology and new sources of energy has helped this segment remain one of the hottest investing spaces for decades. Energy ETFs have especially taken off in recent years, as they have allowed investors to invest in all of their favorite energy firms and strategies under one ticker [for more ETF news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter] [click to continue…]

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Exchange-traded funds enable investors to reach into nearly every corner of the market with a single convenient and diversified U.S.-traded security. Energy equities represent one of these corners of the market, where it’s important to remain diversified given the volatility present in many of the underlying commodities moving the market. Fortunately, there are many ETFs that are uniquely suited to help investors build exposure into their portfolios [Download 101 ETF Lessons Every Financial Advisor Should Learn]. [click to continue…]

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U.S. equities snapped their multi-day winning streak today, as investors digested a mixed bag of economic and earnings reports. Beverage giant Coca-Cola (KO) reported weaker-than-expected sales, while Goldman Sachs (GS) posted earnings per share of $3.70, well past the $2.82 estimate. Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) also posted better-than-expected earnings. In economic news, the consumer-price index […]

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U.S. equities had somewhat of a relief rally today, following last week’s broad sell-off. Boosting equities were several better-than-expected earnings reports from the energy, materials, and technology sectors. Haliburton (HAL) shares were among the top gainers today after the oil field services company reported earnings that came in well above expectations. Caterpillar (CAT) earnings missed […]

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After straddling the flat line for the majority of the day, stocks closed little changed in yet another day of thin trading on Wall Street. One the economic front, euro zone’s disappointing fourth-quarter GDP figure greatly overshadowed better-than-expected domestic labor news. Meanwhile, investors digested a flurry of M&A activity from several bellwether companies. Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway and private-equity […]

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Equity markets started off the week with a lackluster day of trading, as investors remained cautious amid fears of a pullback following the recent rally that helped push major indexes to multi-year highs. Though many believe we are well past due for some sort of a pullback, political uncertainty ahead of President Obama’s State of […]

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After yesterday’s Apple (AAPL) upset, investors sentiment picked up after a round of better-than-expected earnings report. Bullish momentum was back in full force, pushing major indexes to record breaking levels. Consumer products giant Procter & Gamble (PG) reported fiscal second quarter earnings that exceeded analysts’ estimates, while oilfield-services company Halliburton (HAL) reported a 26% fall in earnings, but […]

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Equity markets ended the session in green territory yesterday as investors focused on better-than-expected earnings from IBM instead of worrisome data on the home front. Weekly jobless claims came in at 386,000 versus the expected 352,000, while existing home sales also disappointed as the figure in at 4.37 million versus the expected 4.55 million. Amidst the mildly-bullish […]

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Energy stocks have struggled mightily so far in 2012, as soft demand for petroleum products and progress towards alternative sources of energy have weighed on this sector. Despite the recent challenges, allocations to energy stocks remain a key component of many investing strategies, and this sector is well represented in the portfolios of both buy-and-hold […]

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Van Eck has begun the process of converting six HOLDRS products offered by Merrill Lynch into traditional ETFs that will be included under the Market Vectors lineup, offering investors an opportunity to exchange their receipts in HOLDRS trusts for shares in the new ETFs. The exchange requires affirmative action on the part of investors, meaning […]

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The competitive landscape of the ETF industry has evolved rapidly over the last several years, with several new players–both big and small–making a push into the space. From financial giants such as RBS and Citi to relative unknowns such as Javelin and Precidian, the roster of active ETF issuers has grown to nearly four dozen. […]

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Van Eck announced last week a partnership with Merrill Lynch that may ultimately lead to the conversion of several HOLDRS products to soon-to-be-launched Market Vectors ETFs. As part of the agreement, Van Eck will introduce six new ETFs that maintain the same tickers as the existing HOLDRS but that will be part of the Market […]

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