From the monthly archives:

February 2012

Wall Street Welcomes New Highs

by on February 25, 2012

Equity markets ended the week in positive territory although price action was rather uneventful considering news of the Greek bailout along with several encouraging data releases on the home front. Despite positive developments in the Euro zone, gold prices jumped ahead of stocks in terms of weekly performance, showcasing that investors are not entirely convinced that the proposed bailout will fully remedy the debt situation overseas. Wall Street ended the week on a high note after consumer sentiment came in better-than-expected, helping to boost investors’ confidence on the final trading day of the week.

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PowerShares, one of the pioneers of the factor-driven ETFs, announced this week an expansion of its suite of international products. The company has rolled out two new ETFs that will target high beta stocks in international stock markets, giving investors new tools for amplifying their exposure to volatile equities in markets beyond the U.S. The PowerShares S&P Emerging Markets High Beta Portfolio (EEHB) will seek to replicate an index of about 200 emerging markets stocks that have exhibited the highest beta over the past 12 months. The PowerShares S&P International Developed High Beta Portfolio (IDHB) will maintain a similar objective but focus on high beta stocks in developed markets excluding the U.S.  [click to continue…]

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Investors on Wall Street have endured another tumultuous week as domestic indexes have been flirting with historically significant resistance levels while developments in the financially fragile Euro zone appear to be progressing towards stability [see Is SPY Overbought?]. Despite the back-and-forth price action in the stock market, issuers have continued to fill the product pipeline with exciting […]

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This year is off to a hot start for U.S. equity markets as encouraging economic data has helped to restore confidence in the domestic recovery, paving the way higher for stocks as investors increase their risk appetite. The bull-run on Wall Street has undoubtedly caught investors’ eyes, and many are looking for a way to tap into […]

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Guggenheim announced this week that its board had approved the shuttering of eight exchange-traded products, including six ETFs and two members of the CurrencyShares suite of grantor trusts that offer exposure to exchange rate fluctuations. The move comes as Guggenheim is integrating the Rydex lineup of ETFs and moving to sharpen the focus of its […]

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This week, much like any other over the past six months, has been heavily focused on Greece. Tuesday (the first trading day of the week) opened strong with the Dow touching 13,000 for the first time in almost four years. But the day ended on a sour note, forcing equities to surrender nearly all of […]

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Equity markets drifted sideways throughout most of the day with a downward bias, ultimately closing out the trading session in shallow red territory. The Nasdaq led the way lower, shedding 0.52% on the day, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average proved most resilient, losing only 0.21% as the closing bell rang. Equity indexes on Wall […]

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Is SPY Overbought?

by on February 22, 2012

Last year was riddled with volatility across the board as European debt woes took center stage. Despite all of the uncertainty spilling over from the debt burdened currency bloc, U.S. stocks managed to end the year far better than their developed and emerging market counterparts. Nonetheless, resurfacing worries over the health of the global economic […]

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With more than 1,400 exchange-traded products now available to U.S. investors, odds are that there will be more than one option for most desired exposures. In many cases, the generally similar products targeting a specific asset class or strategy will deliver generally similar returns. But just because two ETFs have names that sound alike or […]

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Investors cheered as European leaders were able to come to a consensus on a Greek debt deal late yesterday to help the severely indebted nation. The terms will total to a 130 billion euro package marking the second relief funding that the country has received in the past two years. Some believe that this may […]

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Equity markets started off the week on a mixed note, soaring higher after the opening bell only to succumb to broad-based profit taking pressures as the trading session drew to a close. On the home front, the Dow Jones Industrial Average led the way higher, gaining 0.12% on the day, although it failed to close above resistance at […]

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The Greedy When Others Are Fearful ETFdb Portfolio is now available to ETFdb Pro members, offering an option for those who wish to construct a portfolio inspired by the investment principles of Warren Buffett. Investors should note that this ETFdb portfolio is in no way designed or endorsed by legendary investor Warren Buffett; rather it represents […]

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