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When it comes to the world of exchange-traded products, there are virtually no limits as to how investors can choose to play nearly every corner of the market. From compelling quant-based methodologies to hyper-targeted sector funds, there is an ETF to fit essentially every investor’s investment objective. But for those looking to gain access to some of the most promising companies on the market, a look at the Forbes’ “World’s Most Innovative Companies” list may present itself with several lucrative opportunities [see also How To Pick The Right ETF Every Time]. [click to continue…]

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Flirting With Resistance Is A Risky Game

by on August 13, 2012

Low trading volumes and sparse data releases have been recurring themes over the past two weeks, letting the bulls coast higher without much effort. The headlines are back this week however, and hopefully more traders from vacation, as a number of key GDP releases from the Europe are expected to come into the spotlight. The technical picture remains unchanged; the S&P 500 Index is flirting with historical resistance right around the 1,420 level [see also ETF Technical Trading FAQ].

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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Data Back In Focus As Stimulus Hopes Fade

by on June 25, 2012

Stocks fell victim to back-and-forth trading last week as stimulus hopes collided with concerning economic data on the homefront along with unresolved debt drama in the European currency bloc. The much anticipated FOMC announcement failed to provide the necessary kick-start to beat down equity markets as many had hoped for; instead it added to the […]

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Though the year is still very young, 2012 has gotten off to a promising start for investors. Major stock indexes have generally climbed higher throughout the first few weeks thanks to a number of encouraging data releases and reduced anxiety over the potential fallout from the European debt crisis [see also Early ETF Stars of […]

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Vanguard, the Pennsylvania-based provider of ETFs and mutual funds known for its low management expenses, has further enhanced the cost efficiency on its lineup of sector-specific ETFs. The company announced that the expense ratios on a handful of its sector funds have been cut to 0.19%, making them slightly cheaper than the popular lineup of […]

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Bulls In Drivers Seat

by on October 24, 2011

Domestic equity equity indexes struggled near technical resistance levels all of last week, however, the bulls prevailed on Friday. The S&P 500 Index opened and closes every single day above the key resistance level at 1,200; quite a technical feat, given that it failed to break this this level three times in the past three […]

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Domestic markets have hit their fair share of turbulence this year and are now having trouble maintaining a steady growth pattern heading into the fall. Many had hoped that the economy would be well on its way to recovery by this point in the year, but the future still has a hazy outlook as unemployment […]

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For much of the last several months the attention of U.S. investors has been directed across the Atlantic, where various austerity plans, debt auctions, and credit downgrades have dominated the financial headlines and given direction to global equity markets. While the fiscal health of Europe has gradually deteriorated, several positive data releases over the last […]

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The reasons for the rise of the ETF industry are numerous: intraday liquidity, (potentially) superior tax efficiency, and enhanced transparency relative to traditional actively-managed mutual funds have all contributed to the billions of dollars of inflows that these funds have seen in recent years. But the real attraction for most ETF investors is the reduced […]

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Starbucks’ announcement after the close Tuesday that it walloped the Street’s earnings expectations for its fiscal third quarter (as well as strong fourth quarter and fiscal 2010 earnings guidance) sent its stock higher, as shares of SBUX jumped nearly 10% in after hours trading. But the earnings report isn’t good news for just Starbucks: it might […]

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