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ETFdb Analyst Picks: Bull Run Holds For Now

by on January 4, 2013

Santa came late this year but the fact that he showed up at all was good enough for investors on Wall Street. Policymakers in Washington D.C. managed to steer us away from the fiscal cliff, at least for now that is, as they struck a deal in virtually the last moment possible. The bull parade began on December 31st and carried over into the new year, and surprisingly the Fed hinting at ending its bond-repurchase program during Thursday’s meeting wasn’t enough to erode investors’ confidence, perhaps suggesting that optimism is here to stay [see Free 7 Simple & Cheap All-ETF Portfolios].

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This past year shaped out to be quite the roller coaster ride for many investors; equity markets persevered through tumultuous, and seemingly never-ending, eurozone debt drama, while the economic recovery at home remains slow and steady at best.  Heading into 2013, clouds of uncertainty continue to threaten investors’ confidence as the outcome of the much feared “fiscal cliff” has many on edge. Amid this mixed economic environment, we outline 13 ETF ideas that appear to be positioned for success in 2013 [for more ETF ideas, sign up for the free ETFdb newsletter]:

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ETFdb Analyst Picks: Optimism Fuels Rebound

by on December 13, 2012

And just like that domestic equities have recovered their post-election losses. Following Obama’s re-election investors and media headlines focused their attention on the lingering “fiscal cliff”, sparked a rapid sell-off. A little over a month has passed and politicians are still gridlocked in Washington D.C., and while the “fiscal cliff” is that much closer, stocks […]

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No mercy on Wall Street. Post-election profit taking pressures continue to overpower bullish bargain shoppers as “fiscal cliff” worries have taken center stage. Amid growing fears over looming tax-hikes, escalating tensions in the Middle East between Israel and Palestine have only added to the clouds of uncertainty plaguing the global economic outlook. The S&P 500 […]

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Stocks have endured a harsh trading week as broad-based profit taking pressures managed to swoop in with little warning following the U.S. election. Although the price action on Wall Street has been far from optimistic, we remain hesitant to pull out entirely given a number of positive developments; for starters, weekly jobless claims came in […]

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Last month, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke unveiled the latest creation from the central bank – the infamous QE3. As details continue to emerge about the next round of quantitative easing, many investors, including a number of hot-shot analysts and experts, have been weighing in on how they believe the new stimulus measures will pan out. Some have received the […]

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Flat And Thin

by on September 1, 2012

Two words come to mind when trying to describe market activity on Wall Street this past week: flat and thin. Major indexes traded sideways as fears from Europe sparked mini sell-offs one day, while encouraging data on the homefront helped stocks recover lost ground the next. Trading volumes also remain very thin, leading many to […]

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Bulls Look To Data Before Resuming Rally

by on August 27, 2012

Major equity indexes kept afloat near historical highs last week although stocks ultimately failed to make a run higher despite Friday’s rally. Profit taking pressures prevailed throughout much of the week as resurfacing worries over an economic slow down in the debt-burdened European currency bloc reminded investors of looming threats. At home, investors reacted rather […]

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Fed Offers No Relief

by on August 4, 2012

Up-down trading remains the dominant theme on Wall Street as investores endured another choppy week driven by headlines. Stocks headed downhill in the first half of the week after investors expressed their disappointing with the Fed, which offered no new stimulus measures while at the same time citing a deteriorating economic outlook. The bears remained in control […]

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Momentum Hinges On ECB Hopes

by on July 30, 2012

After enduring another choppy trading week, markets blasted off higher to end the week on a positive note, as investors’ reacted with great optimism that European lawmakers would step up and ensure stability in the financially fragile currency bloc overseas. Earnings at home remain a mixed bag, while housing market data has also turned from […]

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A brutal quarter in the financial markets came to a close with a pop, rewarding investors who stuck with their risky asset allocations as stocks plummeted and no doubt frustrating those who recently made a move to safe havens. Not surprisingly, Europe was once again the catalyst for Friday’s rally, as investors cheered a rare […]

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Data Back In Focus As Stimulus Hopes Fade

by on June 25, 2012

Stocks fell victim to back-and-forth trading last week as stimulus hopes collided with concerning economic data on the homefront along with unresolved debt drama in the European currency bloc. The much anticipated FOMC announcement failed to provide the necessary kick-start to beat down equity markets as many had hoped for; instead it added to the […]

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