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Major U.S. equity indexes marched sideways most of last week as complacency over looming GDP data and FOMC policy hints prompted many to hold steady or wait on the sideline altogether. Much to everyone’s surprise, better-than-expected GDP data failed to ignite a rally while dovish comments from the Fed resulted in a muted sell-off. Amid the mixed sea of data and jumbled expectations, investors did manage to push the S&P 500 Index over the coveted 1,700 mark.

Looking ahead, below we outline three ETFs that could see an uptick in trading activity as investors react to the latest economic news and announcements this week [Download 7 Simple & Cheap ETF Model Portfolio]:

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For the first time in years, a U.S. ETF was one of the highest yielding of the year, as Dow Jones US Construction Index Fund (ITB) surged ahead of the pack. While home-building in the United States is the first sign of a recovery in the domestic market, elsewhere in the world there were positive and negative signs for the future. Some countries barely felt the economic crisis that shocked the foundations of the developed world, while others are still trying to regain their footing. In this quickly expanding global economy, countries have to recover fast or get left behind [For updates on all new ETFs, sign up for the free ETFdb newsletter]. [click to continue…]

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Looking Back At Our Rapid Fire ETF Ideas for 2012

by on December 18, 2012 | Updated February 26, 2013

This time of year is when many choose to reflect on what they have done over the last 12 months, and what they hope to achieve in a new year. Here at ETFdb we are doing the same, by looking back at our 12 Rapid Fire ETF Ideas For 2012 and what we expected from […]

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No Real Fuel Behind The Fire

by on December 17, 2012

Optimism appears to be the only catalyst behind the ongoing run-up on Wall Street for the last few weeks as policymakers have yet to agree upon a clear-cut deal for averting the “fiscal cliff”. Hope continues to fuel buying on the equity front, although caution should be exercised as any pessimistic headlines can easily derail […]

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Fiscal Cliff Woes Simmer On Tax Talks

by on December 3, 2012

Stocks kicked off the week with an early pop as Treasury Secretary Geithner’s prediction that Republicans would budge on the issue of higher tax rates for the wealthiest of Americans inspired confidence that the much-feared “fiscal cliff” could be avoided. Clouds of uncertainty continue to loom over the global manufacturing sector as mixed data took […]

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Bulls Running Low On Fuel, Catalyst Needed

by on September 17, 2012

QE3 arrived last week and investors expressed their approval of the Fed’s decision to enact another round of stimulus as markets rallied higher across the board. Although news of quantitative easing was well received on Wall Street, it’s really a double-edged sword because it implies that the Fed is more or less worried about the sluggish recovery at home, […]

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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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When it comes to diversifying your portfolio, many investors often overlook the dynamic economy of our Northern neighbor. Canada is home to one of the most commodity-intensive developed economies in the world, and its large natural gas and oil reserves make it one of the few net exporters of energy outside of South America or the […]

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No News Could Be Good News

by on August 6, 2012

Better-than-expected payrolls data brought back the bulls to end yet another choppy week on a high note. With no major economic data releases due out this week on the home front, investors will surely refocus their sights on European headlines. After investors were let down last week following the ECB’s failure to introduce new initiatives […]

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Earnings, The Fed, And Spain Oh My!

by on July 16, 2012

Stocks ended on a positive note last week although Friday’s rally wasn’t enough to mask the looming uncertainties still plaguing virtually every corner of the global market. Asian markets remain wobbly on concerns over the Chinese economic recovery, while in Europe bond yields remain elevated as investors await for lawmakers to implement the Spanish rescue package. At […]

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Stimulus Hopes Take Center Stage

by on June 18, 2012

After a week of worse-than-expected economic reports and ongoing tensions over Europe’s financial hopes, investors are looking ahead to this week’s FOMC meeting in hopes of a stimulus announcement. Elections in Greece have restored a bit of confidence nonetheless as early results over the weekend show the pro-austerity party in the lead. Despite this encouraging development, investors […]

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Beware Of Bargain Shopping

by on May 14, 2012

Stock markets headed south last week as uncertainty over the political situation in Greece led many investors to question the health of the fragile currency bloc as a whole. Amidst the flurry of volatile trading on Wall Street, profit taking pressures also spread to commodities; futures prices for gold and oil both traded lower, settling […]

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