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Since the introduction of the S&P 500 ETF (SPY, A) in January of 1993, the ETF industry has continued to gain popularity, offering investment products in almost every imaginable segment of the global economy. There are more than 1,400 ETF products on the market in the U.S., and almost 50 ETF issuers. Invesco PowerShares is one of those issuers, playing a major role in bringing new ETFs market. Here is a look at the company and some of its most noteworthy ETFs [see also How To Pick The Right ETF Every Time].

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Since President Obama’s re-election the prevailing market sentiment on Wall Street has seemingly shifted from one of uncertainty to undeniable euphoria. With fiscal cliff drama off the table and improving manufacturing data from China, investors saw little reason to stick with safe haven assets in the new year. Equity markets have been rallying strong in 2013, with major indexes like the S&P 500 posting five-year highs, as generally upbeat corporate earnings have kept confidence levels elevated. While bullish price action continues to reign supreme, the number of experts calling for a market top seems to be growing by the day [see Visual History Of The S&P 500].

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Trading on Wall Street finally resumed today, after the destructive path of hurricane Sandy battered the East Coast and forced the New York Stock Exchange to close on Monday and Tuesday. After the longest weather-related shutdown since 1888, markets got off to surprisingly powerful start, but understandably thin trading had stocks trading along the flat […]

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U.S. equities picked up the pace this morning, surging ahead after yesterday’s mixed close. Materials and financials pushed stocks higher, as J.P. Morgan Chase Chief Executive Jamie Dimon addressed the House Financial Services Committee today. Although many remain wary of the alarming rise in Spanish yields, investors continue to hold onto optimism as they wait for tomorrow’s […]

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Opportunities In A Pullback

by on April 30, 2012

U.S. stocks staged an impressive recovery last week as major indexes held above key technical resistance levels, 1,360 for the S&P 500 Index, bolstered by upbeat earnings results. Investors also reacted positively following the latest FOMC announcement which reaffirmed the Fed’s commitment to keeping interest rates low until late 2014. Confidence in the domestic recovery is growing judging from the […]

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In 2007, one of the first indicators, and causes, of the coming recession emerged; subprime mortgages. Roughly 80% of U.S. mortgages issued to subprime borrowers were set with adjustable rates, which led to disaster. After the housing market hit its peak in 2006, it began a rapid decline, and rates began to skyrocket. That meant […]

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With anxiety building ahead of mid-term elections later this year, the Obama administration used the Labor Day holiday to announce a plan designed to kickstart job creation and further boost the economic recovery. The president unveiled on Monday a long-term public works plan to spend as much as $50 billion over the next six years. […]

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Homebuilder ETFs Face A Tough Road Ahead

by on June 24, 2010 | Updated November 13, 2012

The housing sector of the U.S. economy has been battered and bruised over the last several years, as new home prices have plummeted, sales activity dried up, and unemployment skyrocketed towards double digits. A brief reprieve came recently in the form of generous government subsidies for first time home-buyers, a program designed to spark an […]

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The U.S. housing market, having been battered and bruised during the recent recession, had staged an impressive recovery in recent months as belief that the market has finally hit bottom seemed to gain support. But new data reveals the true fragility of the housing recovery, and indicates that the potential for a “double dip” in […]

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The National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) gauge of confidence of new home sales fell for the first time in four months in October, declining to 17 from a reading of 18 in September. All three components of the index slipped – a first since the peak of the recession in November 2008. The component […]

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ETF Plays For The 2016 Olympics Announcement

by on October 1, 2009 | Updated April 27, 2010

Early Friday morning, eyes around the world will be focused on Copenhagen, Denmark, where the International Olympic Committee (IOC) will announce the host city for the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The announcement ceremony figures to be quite a spectacle, with heads of state from the four finalists expected to make last minute pleas for […]

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Newsweek grabbed headlines this week with its bold cover declaring “The Recession is Over.” While not everyone (including the president) agrees with this prognosis, it does seem that at the very least “we’ve stopped the freefall,” to borrow Obama’s words. Unemployment has slowed (although it is yet to reverse course), the decline in GDP was […]

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