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Lackluster trading and mixed earnings reports had U.S. equities trading in a narrow range this week. Fast-food giant McDonald’s (MCD) reported earnings and revenues that disappointed Wall Street expectations. Toy-maker Hasbro (HAS) also reported lower-than expected earnings, while Haliburton (HAL) missed earnings forecasts but reported higher revenues. Travelers (TRV) earnings rose 85%, while tech giant Apple (AAPL) beat both earnings and revenue estimates. In economic news, existing-home sales fell 1.2% in June, while new home sales rose 8.3%. In a separate report, the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond reported that manufacturing activity in the central Atlantic region contracted in July, falling to -11 (an above zero reading indicates expansion) [see 25 Wild ETF Charts From 1H 2013].  [click to continue…]

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A brutal quarter in the financial markets came to a close with a pop, rewarding investors who stuck with their risky asset allocations as stocks plummeted and no doubt frustrating those who recently made a move to safe havens. Not surprisingly, Europe was once again the catalyst for Friday’s rally, as investors cheered a rare event from the continent: an agreement that was generally considered to be a step in the right direction. But Friday’s summit outcome wasn’t enough to erase the woes of the second quarter completely, as many account statements will be drenched in red [see also How To Pick The Right ETF Every Time].

While the past week was very eventful on Wall Street, it was relatively slow in the ETF industry. New product activity will likely remain limited until after the July 4th holiday, and it’s likely that we’ll see very low trading volumes next week as well.

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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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The world is always ending, according to someone out there. The current environment is full of those who think the end is nigh–at least for the robust global economy to which we’ve grown accustomed. Let’s suppose that our economy is about to fall off a cliff, resulting in general chaos, what’s the average investor supposed […]

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Global X, one of the fastest growing ETF issuers in the world, announced further proposals to expand its lineup last week with an SEC filing for five new ETFs. The proposed products look to give investors access to highly specialized corners of the market, following in the footsteps of funds such as the company’s Lithium ETF (LIT), […]

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Debt Doomsday Approaches

by on July 30, 2011

This past week was filled with more of the same for investors; abundant volatility across equities coupled with feelings of uncertainty regarding the financial well-being of the United States. Lawmakers in Washington are keeping investors on the edge of their seat (putting the pressure on equities) as the debt-ceiling deadline approaches, and several rating agencies […]

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Default Fears Destabilize Markets

by on July 27, 2011

Wall Street started the week once again in red territory as investors remain reluctant to jump back into the equity markets given the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the debt-ceiling controversy at home. Gold continues to charge higher as the precious metal opened above $1,600 an ounce on Monday morning. Earnings season is well underway and so […]

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Bullish On Equities

by on July 25, 2011

Wall Street regained some lost ground last week as investors appeared less fearful to jump back into the equity markets. Corporate earnings were mostly upbeat, although several big financial institutions missed estimates while Apple and Google both blew past analyst predictions. Emerging market equity indexes also ended the week in green territory. Gold took a […]

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By many measures, the U.S. economy has come a long way since the depths of the most recent recession; since bottoming out in early 2009, most equity indexes have climbed sharply higher and reclaimed much of the ground lost during the preceding free fall. GDP growth has swung back to the positive territory, the U.S. […]

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So far, 2011 has been a pretty good time to be a commodity producer, as most natural resource firms have risen substantially to start the year. While some sectors of the market, such as rare earth metals and agribusiness, have posted impressive gains, the two funds representing the timber industry have been quietly among the leaders through the first four […]

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It doesn’t seem like that long ago that exchange-traded commodity products were the darlings of the ETF world. Praised for democratizing an entire asset class (and one capable of delivering non-correlated returns to investors at that), commodity ETFs saw billions of dollars of cash inflows in 2009. Investors rushed to get their hands on everything […]

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It’s baaaaaaaack. After a brief hiatus that saw investors rushing to determine the best ways to battle deflation, inflationary concerns have begun to surface again. The cause of the latest bout of inflationary anxiety is of course the QE2 program recently announced by the Federal Reserve that calls for the purchase of hundreds of billions […]

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