From the monthly archives:

June 2012

After a whirlwind of a week, U.S. equities ended in positive territory today, rebounding after yesterday’s severe sell off, but fell short of cinching a gain on the week. Ironically, bank stocks led markets higher after Moody’s announced its long-anticipated downgrade of several global banks. Whether it be a “relief rally” or the case of  “buying on bad news”, markets obviously took a breather from yesterday’s bombardment of bearish global economic data: the Dow Jones Industrial Average managed a 0.5% uptick, while the S&P 500 rose 0.7% and Nasdaq came out on top with its 1.2% gain [see also 101 ETF Lessons Every Financial Advisor Should Learn].

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After a volatile day of trading, U.S. stocks managed to bounce back from yesterday’s steep sell off as several long-anticipated global bank downgrades surprisingly led financials higher. Obviously the name of the game today is “buying on bad news”, a trend that has frequently popped up on Wall Street over the past couple of weeks. From another perspective, this morning’s rally could simply be the case of markets taking a breather from yesterday’s brutal pounding. Similarly, investors could also be looking at the downgrades as a necessary correction, eliminating the threats of the unknown and of  prior bank speculations [see also 101 ETF Lessons Every Financial Advisor Should Learn].  [click to continue…]

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First Trust has launched its first actively-managed ETF, debuting a fund this week that will offer exposure to U.S. and Canadian energy infrastructure companies. The North American Energy Infrastructure Fund (EMLP) will invest in Master Limited Partnerships (MLPs), Canadian income trusts, pipeline companies, and utilities that generate at least half of their revenues from the […]

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Equity markets have endured a choppy week as mixed economic data releases and looming eurozone debt woes continue to plague investors’ confidence. The much anticipated FOMC announcement failed to provide the jolt to stocks many had hoped for after the Fed issued a concerning economic outlook. Amidst the flurry of trading on Wall Street, Huntingon […]

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Bearish pressures swept over the market on Thursday as investors expressed their concerns over the latest Spanish bank stress test results. Independent auditors estimate that Spain’s recapitalization needs could reach $78 billion if a worst-case scenario develops. Investors on the homefront also fretted over concerning economic data releases; the Philly Fed Index, existing home sales and weekly jobless claims […]

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The bears had their heyday on Wall Street today, as yesterday’s stimulus hopes seemingly disintegrated, forcing investors to face the heightened probability of a less than cheery future for the global economy. An onslaught of lackluster economic data on the homefront and from abroad bombarded the markets, sending U.S. equities into a nosedive. While many had relied on […]

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Investor confidence was shot on Wall Street this morning, as a slew of lackluster economic data sent U.S. equities into a tailspin.  Yesterday’s “semi-comforting” Fed announcement of the continuation of Operation Twist could not help bolster markets today, while the less than cheery reports from Europe and China only added to the growing list of investor worries. […]

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With the first half of 2012 coming to a close, investors find themselves perhaps only partially through a rocky roller coaster ride. Europe has undeniably been the story of 2012 to this point, and will likely continue to steer global equity markets in the second half. So it’s no surprise perhaps that there are plenty […]

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Huntington, a Columbus-based bank, made the jump into the ETF industry this week with the debut of an actively-managed ETF that will hold a portfolio of ecologically-focused companies. The new Huntington EcoLogical Strategy ETF (HECO) will target companies that “have positioned their business to respond to increased environmental legislation, cultural shifts towards environmentally conscious consumption, […]

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Stocks endured a choppy session yesterday after the Fed announced it will extend the “twist” program while at the same time issuing a concerning economic outlook. Hopes for additional stimulus remain on the table as Chairman Bernanke commented, “If we’re not seeing sustained improvement in the labor market that would require additional action.” Amidst the […]

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Volatility struck Wall Street today as investors weighed the latest Euro Zone and domestic developments, forcing stocks to close roughly where they started. While Greece secured a consensus for a coalition government, U.S. central bankers announced their continuation of the stimulus package “Operation Twist”. Somewhat disappointed with the Fed’s “mild” reaction to the struggling economy, stocks closed […]

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Investor interest in dividend-paying stocks has generally surged over the past two years, as the combination of climbing volatility and record low interest rates has sent investors flocking towards equities that offer meaningful current returns. The vehicle of choice for many pursuing this objective has been ETFs; there are now some four dozen exchange-traded products […]

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