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Eric Dutram

American markets closed a very solid week on a high note as quality earnings helped to boost stocks in Friday trading. The Dow finished the day higher by about 1.5% while the broader indexes added ever more impressive gains as the S&P 500 rose by 1.7% and the Nasdaq gained 1.8% for the session. For winning sectors, energy and tech were the big gainers while pockets of the services and financial sector also outerperformed on the day. In terms of laggards, no one sector really stood out but consumer goods and some big health care names certainly finished below the market averages. Commodity markets also saw inflows in the session as gold added about 0.8% and oil surged $3.05/bbl. to finish just under the $87.30 mark in Friday trading. Beyond the headline commodities, copper added about 3.8% while ag products also saw continued gains as hogs rose 2.2% and softs added a few percentage points across the board as well.  [click to continue…]

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Are Russia ETFs A Buy?

by on October 14, 2011

Although many emerging markets still have excellent growth prospects, they have been hammered in recent weeks thanks to a ‘risk off’ trade in equities. Broad funds targeting this space, such as VWO or EEM, have fallen sharply in this time period, declining by nearly 16.8% in the past quarter alone. While this may sound bad, it is nothing compared to the steep losses that some specific markets have been facing, especially those tied to natural resources. Russia in particular has been cast aside by many investors in this time frame, pushing shares of the economic juggernaut down by close to 25% in the past three month period.  [click to continue…]

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American equity markets finished Thursday’s trading session mixed as a bearish report from JP Morgan dragged the Dow and S&P 500 lower. In fact, the Dow and S&P 500 both finished the day lower by about 0.3% while the tech-heavy Nasdaq, boosted in part by strength in giants such as Apple, Google, and Intel, rose […]

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Over the past several weeks, markets have become increasingly choppy as a number of issues are plaguing the global economy. America teeters on the brink of a recession while debt downgrades and slumping investor confidence have rattled European markets as well. Meanwhile, in emerging markets, inflationary concerns are continuing to wreck havoc leaving investors with […]

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U.S. equity markets rose broadly in Wednesday trading as more hopes for an EU bank recapitalization program helped to buoy stocks across the board. The Dow finished the day up by 0.9% on the session while the broader indexes straddled this figure as the Nasdaq gained 0.8% and the S&P 500 added a full one […]

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American equity markets experienced another choppy session as traders stayed on the sidelines ahead of the fall earnings season which unofficially began after the bell with Alcoa’s report. The Dow finished the day lower by about 0.2% while the the broader indexes managed to hold on to the positives, gaining 0.05% for the S&P 500 […]

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Direxion, the company best known for its suite of leveraged and inverse ETFs, began the process of shutting down one of its few non-leveraged funds, the Airlines Shares ETF (FLYX) earlier this week, citing a lack of assets as the main culprit for the fund’s demise. The fund stopped trading on October 10th and over the […]

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U.S. equity markets surged higher to open Monday trading as traders bought up shares across the board on hopes of a French and German pledge to shore up the European banking system by early November. The Dow finished the day ahead by nearly 3% while the broader indexes posted even more impressive gains as the […]

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Three ETFs To Watch This Week: FXI, FDN, ALUM

by on October 10, 2011 | Updated October 14, 2011

Although stocks started off last week on a down note thanks to growing worries over Europe, markets staged a late session rally in Tuesday trading and carried this into Wednesday and Thursday as well. These gains came on hopes for government support for euro zone banks coupled with relatively solid data from American markets to […]

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Although stocks initially rose in Monday’s trading session on the back of a solid jobs report, markets plunged  soon afterward as fears of a European crisis once again crushed investor confidence. Fitch downgraded the sovereign debt of both Italy and Spain, while some are speculating that a similar move may be in the near future […]

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This article was written by David Trainer, CEO of New Constructs.  Having too many choices can be intimidating for many investors and there are definitely lots of choices when it comes to ETFs. For example, in the equity market alone, there are 30+ technology sector ETFs, or 35 ‘large cap value’ and 20 financial ETFs. […]

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Despite the death of American icon and former Apple CEO Steve Jobs, American stocks rose yet again in Thursday trading, as investors bought up shares of securities across the board thanks to solid data and more hope from the ECB. The Dow gained about 1.7% on the session while the S&P posted a 1.8% jump […]

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