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U.S. equities managed to eke out small gains today as investors digested a mixed bag of earnings reports and underwhelming housing data. On the corporate front, fast-food giant McDonald’s (MCD) reported earnings and revenues that disappointed Wall Street expectations. Toy-maker Hasbro (HAS) also reported lower-than expected earnings, while Haliburton (HAL) missed earnings forecasts but reported higher revenues. In economic news, the National Association of Realtors reported a decline in existing-home sales for June; sales fell 1.2% versus the expected rise of 1.9% [see The Cheapest ETF for Every Investment Objective].

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After a week of both hits and misses, the second quarter earnings season is well on its way and the week ahead will be filled with yet another round of reports. Last week, beverage giant Coca-Cola (KO) reported weaker-than-expected sales, while Goldman Sachs (GS) posted earnings per share of $3.70, well past the $2.82 estimate. Continuing the trend of stellar bank earnings, Morgan Stanley (MS) exceeded both earnings and revenue forecasts. Meanwhile, tech-giants Google (GOOG) and Microsoft (MSFT) posted dismal quarterly results  [see 25 Wild ETF Charts From 1H 2013]. [click to continue…]

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Momentum traders who look for strong price movements to jump in on have embraced ETFs for their ease-of-use, cost efficiency, and sheer diversity of products available. Typically, momentum trading setups will come in the form of trends, but they can also come from a shift in momentum – such as strong buying after a sharp […]

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Six months have passed in 2013 and the financial world has had plenty to buzz about. From a bull run in U.S. to worries over the stability of the global economy, the first half of the year has been one of the most memorable stretches the investing world has seen in a long time. Already, […]

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After a long holiday weekend, Wall Street got off to a relatively good start this week, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average finishing higher for the 20th straight Tuesday. In economic news, investors welcomed better-than-expected housing and consumer confidence data; the S&P Case-Shiller 20-City home price index rose 10.39% for March, while the Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence […]

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U.S. equities took a turn for the worse today, as investors kept a close eye on rising Treasury yields and weighed the impacts of the Fed potentially scaling back its massive bond buying program. In corporate news, student loan giant Sallie Mae has announced it will be splitting its operations, with the consumer banking leaving […]

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Gold is one of the oldest corners of the investment community; this yellow metal standing as a powerful hedge for when markets turn sour. As one of the most popular commodities, ETF issuers were quick to cover every aspect of the lucrative market, with ETFs focusing on the physical, future, production and exploration of this […]

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Compared to last week, today’s trading session was relatively quiet. The first few trading days of 2013 were explosive to say the least, as the S&P 500 managed to close at its highest point since December of 2007 last week. But the euphoria was quick to wear off, as a new day brought a new […]

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Euphoria levels dropped off during the second day of trading in the new year as cautious commentary from the latest Fed minutes sent a wave of worry across Wall Street. Following Wednesday’s ferocious rally, profit taking pressures were quick to sweep in after the Federal Reserve said it plans to end its monthly bond-repurchase program […]

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The ETF boom has made it easier for regular retail investors to add various new asset classes, sectors and markets to their portfolios with a single trade. Features like intraday tradability, low expenses and access to foreign issued shares make them a great way for investors to build market beating portfolios. Overall, the use of […]

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Wall Street shifted its focus off the Fed and back onto the grueling fiscal cliff negotiations once again today, pushing stocks down into negative territory. As investors continued to hold their breath, several rather cheery economic reports were greatly overshadowed. Jobless claims fell to 343,000 last week, much lower than expected. The producer price index […]

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Wall Street was in for a volatile trading session, as ongoing concerns over the looming fiscal cliff overshadowed a slew of positive economic reports. Stocks made some headway this morning after orders of durable goods came in better than expected in October. Meanwhile, the S&P Case-Shiller 20-city home price index rose 3% from the year prior and consumer […]

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