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Over the last few years, interest in the healthcare industry has been on the rise as investors embrace this popular corner of the market for its lucrative opportunities and attractive growth potential. The investment thesis behind this sector is quite simple: the U.S.’s growing aging population has made healthcare spending a significant portion of our nation’s GDP, as well as job creation and stock market appreciation. And while there are some potential roadblocks that could curb the healthcare industry’s growth, the sector’s promising long-term trends certainly warrant a closer look [see also How To But The Right ETF Every Time]. [click to continue…]

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For a second day in a row, U.S. equities slumped as a slew of lackluster first quarter earnings reports hit the street. On the earnings front, Morgan Stanley (MS) reported disappointing bond-trading results, while UnitedHealth Group (UNH) also missed the marks on revenue expectations, but slightly beat analysts’ earnings forecasts. Telecom company Verizon Communications (VZ) also posted revenue that came in shy of analyst estimates, but managed to beat earnings expectations. In economic news, jobless benefits rose for the forth time in five weeks, while the Federal Reserve of Philadelphia’s index of general business activity slowed in April [see Free Member Report: How To Pick The Right ETF Every Time].

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Both the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average posted record high closes today, as investors digested the latest reports from the U.S. and Europe. Bolstering equities, health care stocks led today’s rally after the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released a higher-than-expected final estimated payment growth rate for insurers, meaning that companies running Medicare […]

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Bullish momentum made an appearance on Wall Street today, as encouraging economic data and potential progress over the debt ceiling brought back some investor confidence. U.S. housing starts popped in December, bucking economists’ expectations. Jobless claims also came in better than expected in the latest week, while the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia’s regional manufacturing […]

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Wall Street was in for a wild ride today, as more fiscal cliff commentary sent U.S. equities into a whiplash trading session. In contrast to his rather optimistic statement yesterday, House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner stated today that “no substantive progress have been made in the talks between the White House and the House over […]

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With the 2012 presidential elections only a few days away, folks in Washington, Wall Street and Main Street are gearing up to see who will occupy the coveted Oval Office come January. As with any election, there are, of course, those who are still raising their metaphorical pitchforks, slinging mud at the two candidates, and […]

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Low Volume Trading Can Be Deceiving

by on August 11, 2012

Low trading volumes permeated markets and our prediction that no news could be good news turned out to be spot on as the bulls edged higher all week, taking advantage of the clear front. Investors did catch a glimpse of improving sentiment as Germany expressed its support for the ECB’s initiative to step up purchases […]

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4 “Recession Proof” ETFs

by on August 9, 2012 | Updated August 27, 2012

The clouds of uncertainty looming over the global economy since the most recent financial meltdown have yet to scatter completely. In fact, growing debt-drama in the eurozone coupled with a painfully sluggish recovery at home has led many to believe that another recession should not be ruled out of the realm of possibilities. With central […]

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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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After a slew of announcements early Monday prompted speculation that a decision on health care legislation was imminent, we learned that Thursday will be the day for one of the most heavily anticipated rulings in the last several years. The Supreme Court is expected to issue a ruling on the health care legislation that was […]

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The first half of 2011 is officially in the books, and many investors find their portfolios in approximately the same place as they were to start the year (though a furious rally in the final week of the quarter gave a nice boost at an opportune moment). Most major equity indexes are up slightly on […]

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Tuesday’s ETF To Watch: Medical Devices Fund (IHI)

by on February 22, 2011 | Updated April 25, 2013

The health care sector has been in the middle of major political and economic debates since the Obama administration began pushing its aggressive health care law last year. Since that time, many have argued over how to move forward in the space, and over economically viable ways to provide care to the citizens of our […]

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