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Selling pressures from the prior week have managed to persist in recent days, much to the bulls’ frustration. Escalating tensions between Russia and Ukraine have kept the doors open for profit-taking as investors’ sentiment has turned from optimistic to fearful in a matter of days. On the home front, little attention has been paid to a host of better-than-expected data, including upbeat factory orders, ISM services, and a smaller-than-expected trade deficit [see also 10 Best Days Ever for the Gold ETF].

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2014 marks the fifth year of the current bull run, as markets try to extend their winning ways for a sixth consecutive 12-month stretch. Just last month, the S&P 500 cracked 1,900 for the first time, a major psychological level that a number of analysts took as a bullish sign. The year as a whole, however, has been relatively rocky, with equities struggling to maintain a definitive direction. This has led to a resurgence in interest in commodities and fixed income, two asset classes that mainly sat on the sidelines for the market run-up [for ore ETF news and analysis subscribe to our free Daily ETF Roundup]. [click to continue…]

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The ETF world is entering the summer slowdown, a time when trading volumes recede and ETF launches taper off for a few months. But that did not stop two issuers from collectively debuting five new products this week, as investors now have a handful of new funds to chew on. Direxion launched a leveraged product […]

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Behind XBI’s 2014 Tear

by on February 4, 2014

As we close out the first month of the year, 2014 is looking a lot less rosy than its predecessor. After last year brought on an insatiable bull run, it seems that markets were apprehensive to make a move higher. The last few sessions of January saw a harsh sell-off in a number of securities, […]

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4 Yellen-Friendly ETFs

by on January 28, 2014

After eight years of serving at the helm of the Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke’s term will expire on Saturday, when his successor Janet Yellen will take over. Yellen (who is currently the Vice Chairman of the Federal Reserve) will be the first woman to hold the position of Chairperson of the Federal Reserve, making February […]

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As Twitter has become a more popular social media platform, its influence over the external world has been skyrocketing, especially when it comes to the investing space. In the past few years, we have seen markets react swiftly and sometimes violently to tweets sent out from powerful users – and sometimes to bogus users and […]

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Apple has long been one of the most talked about securities on the market, as its meteoric rise took the investing world by storm. But lately, analysts seem to be discrediting the technology giant, fearing that the well is running dry and the firm is failing to find new ways to innovate. This sentiment has […]

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The Facebook IPO on May 18th, 2012 was chaotic, to say the least. Between the Nasdaq failing to control the flood of trades that came in at the opening bell and the initial over pricing of the IPO itself, the mess of that day set a poor tone for the social networking firm’s future as […]

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Two years after removing Hosni Mubarak the Egyptian people have once again called for the removal of their President, Mohammed Morsi. Citing his and the Muslim Brotherhood’s promoting religious law in the constitution, the military deposed Morsi in early July, replacing him with the Chief Justice of the Supreme Constitutional Court. While this change of […]

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Tesla Motors (TSLA) is having an outstanding year. With the launch of the Model S this Spring the stock price has nearly tripled, setting the growing company up to become the most recent addition to the NASDAQ 100. This index of 100 non-financial companies consistently outpaces other market indexes, such as the S&P 500 and […]

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Monday marked the unofficial start of Q2 earnings season with heavy hitter Alcoa (AA) setting the stage. Analysts were not surprised with the reported $119 million loss in the second quarter, with many analysts coming into earnings season with low expectations. The night following AA’s earnings announcement, investors turned their attention away from the U.S. to […]

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After a disappointing jobs report came out, with the market falling along with its release, Tuesday’s auto sales data were one of the few strong points in the U.S. market. Ford, General Motors and Toyota carried the blue chips through the day after beating analyst expectations. Even with a poor jobs report, when Monday’s ISM […]

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