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New Highs & Lows February 15th Edition

by on February 15, 2014

Here is a look at all of the ETFs that have posted new one-year highs and lows over the past trading week. Traders can use this list to find prospective candidates that have deviated too far from their longer-term trends, thereby serving as potential starting points for those looking to take on either short or long positions. [click to continue…]

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This year started off on a very strong note after equities exploded out of the gates on Wall Street following the successful resolution to the fiscal cliff on New Year’s eve. As budget woes passed and worries over the eurozone’s recovery eased up, domestic stocks took the lead and investors from around the world embraced the United States’ improving economic growth prospects. The second half of 2013 proved to be more tumultuous, however, after the Federal Reserve hinted that it would soon start to scale back on stimulus measures; investors initially reacted with fear, although as volatility simmered, the bull trend resumed with full force and many were prompted to rotate out of defensive equities and into growth-sensitive, cyclical ones [Download How To Pick The Right ETF Every Time].

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Tumultuous trading and clouds of uncertainty on all fronts were dominant themes this year. However, despite all of the pessimism surrounding the global recovery, U.S. markets appear poised to settle comfortable in green territory as 2012 draws to a close. The Santa Claus rally hit Wall Street a bit early this year, as optimism surrounding “fiscal cliff” negotiations […]

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Make room in your freezers, have your fill of Burger King’s new bacon sundaes, slurp down those bacon bloody marys, and bunker down for – yes, you guessed it – the Porkocalypse. The masses are already in disarray, with the head honchos of the world famous Major League Eating franchise already issuing an “indefinite” ban on all bacon-eating […]

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For investors looking to achieve exposure to agricultural commodities through ETPs, two of the most popular options on the market are the PowerShares DB Agriculture Fund (DBA) and iPath Dow Jones-UBS Agriculture ETN (JJA). On the surface, these two products may seem to be similar; both offer broad-based exposure to ags using futures contracts through […]

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Over the last few years, issuers have been waging their own little war in the ETF industry: the battle of the ticker symbol. Some of the most popular and intriguing funds are being caught on investors’ radars simply because of their cleverly named ticker symbols. And with over 1,400 products to choose from the exchange-traded fund lineup, […]

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Commodity ETFs have become tremendously popular in recent years, offering exposure to an asset class that has historically been difficult to access in a cost-efficient manner. While investors seeking to add non-correlated assets to a traditional stock-and-bond portfolio generally gravitate towards funds comprised of a basket of different commodities, a number of more targeted commodity […]

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Over the last several years, crude oil prices have taken investors on a wild ride. When the global economy was humming along, prices skyrocketed to a historic high of more than $140 per barrel. But from that peak, the downfall was both swift and severe; prices plummeted to almost $30 a barrel as economies around […]

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With the U.S. dollar soaring as of late on a wave of risk aversion, most commodities, which are usually priced in greenbacks, have suffered greatly as rising local prices have curtailed international demand. This is reflected in the recent performance of the PowerShares DB Agriculture Fund (DBA), the largest and most liquid ETF in the […]

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In recent weeks markets have encountered turmoil with prospects for growth around the world being slashed as debt issues in Europe weigh on investors. As investors continue to flee the euro, many are flocking towards the relative safety of the U.S. dollar, further driving up the greenback and dragging down commodity prices. In addition to […]

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Exchange-traded commodity products have been embraced by investors eager to add an asset class to their portfolio that has historically exhibited a low correlation to stocks and bonds. Commodity ETPs saw more than $30 billion in cash inflows last year as both funds targeting diversified baskets of resources and commodity-specific funds surged in popularity.

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The surge in popularity of ETFs is often credited with bringing buy-and-hold investors a cost-efficient alternative to traditional actively-managed mutual funds. But ETFs are also responsible for bringing several asset classes previously available only to the largest and most sophisticated individuals and institutions within reach of investors on all levels. While this “democratization” of investing […]

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