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The democratization of asset classes has been one of the main driving forces behind the ever-expanding ETF universe. In fact, with the U.S. bull market recently turning five years old there has been a variety of funds crossing major milestones, both in terms of assets under management as well as age [see also How Markets React To Major World Events]. 
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Making the right call on whether we’re headed for a bull or bear market is only half the battle; knowing which sectors are poised to outperform, given the prevailing economic conditions, is how many professional money managers “beat the market.” Commonly referred to as sector rotation, this timeless investing approach revolves around picking market leaders at different turning points throughout the business cycle. [click to continue…]

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Buy On The Dip Prospects April 7th Edition

by on April 7, 2014 | Updated April 14, 2014

Here is a look at ETFs that currently offer attractive buying opportunities. The ETFs included in this list are rated as buy candidates for two reasons. First, each of these funds is deemed to be in an uptrend based on the fact that it is trading above its 200-day and 50-day moving averages, which are […]

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Since the depths of the financial crisis over five years ago, one of the most debated topics remains the efficacy of the Federal Reserve’s unprecedented stimulus program. Only hindsight will reveal whether or not the era of “free money” was a success or a great blunder, but whatever the case may be years from now, […]

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Wall Street was in for a mixed bag of earnings this week, with several bellwethers reporting third quarter results. 3M (MMM) and Ford Motor Company (F) topped analyst earnings and revenue expectations, while telecom giant AT&T (T) also beat earnings estimates, though revenues fell in line with expectations. Caterpillar (CAT)–one of the biggest manufacturers of construction and mining […]

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U.S. equities started off on a sour note last week as investor concern over the Fed’s timeline for tapering weighed heavily on the market. The S&P 500 logged in its longest losing streak of the year, and slid nearly 2% from its record high of 1725.52 seen the week prior. In Washington, tense budget negotiations also […]

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After a week of both hits and misses, the second quarter earnings season is well on its way and the week ahead will be filled with yet another round of reports. Last week, 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. Continuing the […]

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The second quarter earnings season is well on its way and this week will be jam packed with yet another round of reports. Last week, aluminum giant Alcoa (AA) reported a $119 million second quarter loss due to weak aluminum prices, putting the bellwether’s EPS at a mere 7 cents per share, but still slightly higher […]

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Six months have passed in 2013 and the financial world has had plenty to buzz about. From a bull run in U.S. to worries over the stability of the global economy, the first half of the year has been one of the most memorable stretches the investing world has seen in a long time. Already, […]

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U.S. equities closed higher once again today, as investors weighed today’s GDP report against the possibility of the Fed scaling back its bond buying program. According to the Commerce Department, the U.S. economy grew by 1.8% during the first quarter of 2013, revised downward from the previous reading of 2.4%. The underwhelming report had investors […]

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Wall Street regained some of its momentum today as investors digested the latest commentary from two Fed officials. Helping boost equities were a pair of speeches from St. Louis Fed President James Bullard and New York Fed President William Dudley; Bullard commented that the central bank’s stimulus measures have been “effective” and expressed his continuing […]

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U.S. equities ended near session lows after several disappointing economic reports curbed bullish momentum today. The Labor Department reported a surprise uptick in jobless benefits, which posted the biggest one-week increase since November. Meanwhile U.S. building permits topped analysts’ expectations, while housing starts for April declined, posting its weakest reading since November. The Federal Reserve […]

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