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Stimulus hopes drove trading acitivty throughout much of last week until the FOMC finally delivered; equity markets around the globe reacted with great optimism on last Thursday to the Fed’s announcement of QE3. With policymakers now pledging their full support on both sides of the Atlantic ocean, markets have been injected with confidence that should help to keep benchmarks afloat despite looming uncertainties still plaguing the global recovery. This week, investors will once again see a number of economic reports around the globe, which will hopefully bring more momentum to the markets. Below, we outline three ETFs that should see a fair amount of activity during the week ahead [see also 7 Simple & Cheap ETF Model Portfolio]:

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Pressure On Fed To Follow

by on September 10, 2012

The bulls returned to Wall Street last week as the European Central Bank finally quenched the stimulus hopes of many. President Draghi announced the “open monetary transactions” plan which aims to ensure the financial stability of debt burdened member nations by giving the ECB flexibility when it comes to buying government bonds. This effort was well received all over the globe and the pressure is now on Chairman Bernanke to act; investors will keep a close watch on the Fed press conference this Thursday in hopes of an additional round of stimulus on the home front [see also ETF Technical Trading FAQ].

Weekly Outlook

Below, we highlight ETFs that may see an increase in trading activity as relevant market data is released and evaluated by investors:
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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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Buy On The Dip With Caution

by on June 11, 2012

Equity markets have kicked off the week on a positive note although profit taking pressures continue to lurk around the corner as analysts scrutinize the Spanish bank-bailout plan proposed over the weekend. Domestic major equity indexes appear to have regained their footing; the S&P 500 Index has bounced off support at the 1,275 level and […]

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More Earnings, More Volatility

by on April 16, 2012

With Euro zone debt woes creeping back onto Wall Street last week, investors were reminded of the looming challenges that will continue to pose headwinds for the currency bloc in the foreseeable future. Nonetheless, from a technical perspective, the longer-term uptrend in broad equity indexes including the S&P 500, Dow Jones Industrial Average, and Nasdaq […]

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No Rest For The Bulls

by on March 19, 2012

Equity markets continued their trek higher last week as encouraging economic data is a key driver of price action now that Euro zone woes have finally taken a backseat. In light of the positive fundamental improvements on the home front, this week is looking to be fairly uneventful in terms of major data releases aside […]

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Three ETFs To Watch This Week: ENZL, FXB, XHB

by on March 19, 2012 | Updated May 14, 2013

Last week saw equities continue their surge, as the Dow made a case to hold well above the 13,000 level and the S&P was able to cross the 1,400 benchmark. While a number of investors are cheering on the rally, the rapid rise has many worried that some kind of pullback is overdue and that […]

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Progress In Greece Will Tip Markets

by on February 20, 2012

Markets broadly climbed higher last week amidst ongoing uncertainty stemming from the Euro zone, although this week should offer investors more concrete insights on just how the Greek bailout negotiations are moving along. Wall Street is taking the day off today in observance of Presidents Day. With no major economic data releases due out this week on the home […]

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Will Holiday Cheer Be Enough?

by on December 19, 2011

Euphoria was quick to evaporate from the markets last week as investors fretted over ongoing uncertainty in the Euro zone. Selling pressures prevailed across equity markets as lawmakers have yet to outline a comprehensive plan of action for restoring stability to the debt burdened currency bloc. Gold futures tanked as investors took profits in the […]

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Equity markets started off yesterday on a weak note as Standard & Poor’s warning of a possible downgrade for all Euro zone member nations weighed down on investors’ confidence. Performance at home was mixed, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average gaining 0.43% on the day, while the Nasdaq shed 0.23%. In the currency markets, the […]

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Volatility Is Still Lurking

by on December 5, 2011

Domestic equity indexes snapped out of their loosing streak last week as investor confidence in the markets improved after a robust start to the holiday shopping season. The bulls charged through Wall Street on Wednesday after a global central bank initiative to lower the cost of dollar funding through swap arrangements sent a wave of […]

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