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As it turned out, the most recent Great (Sector) Rotation was short lived and perhaps not so great after all.

But although defensive sectors are back to outperforming cyclical sectors amid June market volatility, I still believe there’s a strong case for preferring cyclicals over defensives, or at least select cyclicals [see The Cheapest ETF for Every Investment Objective]. [click to continue…]

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Ultimate Guide To TDIV

by on January 28, 2013

One of the common historical criticisms of tech stocks is that they by and large do not pay dividends. That has changed dramatically in recent years, as the blue chip tech stocks of the 1980s and 1990s have matured and accumulated more cash than they can effectively reinvest. With numerous tech stocks now offering dividends, it is a relevant consideration as to how to best build a portfolio of dividend-paying tech stocks. This is where the Nasdaq Technology Dividend Index Fund (TDIV) from First Trust comes into play [see How To Pick The Right ETF Every Time].

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Few sectors of the economy have proven to be Wall Street game changers over the years, as our highly interconnected global market sometimes leaves little room for uncorrelated returns. Technological innovation and development, however, is perhaps one of the most crucial corners of the market, as this industry continues to be one of the few “growth” […]

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With clouds of uncertainty looming over much of the global economy, investors are searching far and wide for lucrative growth opportunities in a landscape otherwise characterized by debt drama and stagnation. The technology sector remains perhaps as one of the most exciting corners of the market given the sheer need for innovation across industrial processes […]

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Uncertainty Is Here To Stay

by on July 14, 2012

Markets ended the week fairly flat thanks to Friday’s massive rally, which helped cover up the dismal performance from earlier in the week. Back-and-forth trading was the theme yet again last week as investors continue to juggle looming threats from the eurozone along with lackluster economic data releases at home. To top it off, earnings […]

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Earnings Jitters Are Back

by on July 9, 2012

Equity markets opened lower on Monday morning as investors fretted over rising yields on Spanish bonds, further intensifying uncertainties over the already fragile currency bloc. Profit taking pressures on the home front were also fueled by anticipation of corporate earnings season which kicks off after the closing bell today with performance results from aluminum giant Alcoa. Corporate […]

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Although uncertainty continues to linger across financial markets, investors’ confidence in the global economic recovery has without a doubt improved considerably going forward, shaking off much of last year’s pessimism. Debt negotiations in the Euro zone have played a key role in ensuring stability, while better-than-expected economic data releases on the home front have helped […]

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After a stellar performance out of Intel to kick off earnings season last week, several other bellwethers have reported impressive results, leading some investors to believe that the market recovery is the real deal (see all the early winners and losers from the start of earnings season). Looking to add to recent recent gains will […]

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The much anticipated Apple iPad tablet computer was released today across the country. The device, which has been hailed as revolutionary by many and useless by a few, could have a huge impact on the technology and consumer electronics sectors. If successful, the product could open up a whole new market for content producers who […]

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Earnings seasons are always hectic times on Wall Street, but this time around it seems to come with added importance. We’ve seen signs and heard whisperings that the recession has ended and a recovery is underway, but investors are anxious for confirmation from corporate America. Last week’s reports gave mixed results, with positive surprises from […]

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Tech ETFs In Focus Ahead Of Google Earnings Report

by on October 15, 2009 | Updated October 16, 2009

After a strong earnings report from Intel on Tuesday (the company beat the Street’s estimates by seven cents) all eyes will now be on IBM and Google to see if they carry the positive momentum into the fourth quarter. Confirmation of a recovery by these two bellwethers will add further confidence to those who believe […]

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In what many analysts are calling the latest sign that the recession has ended, Intel surprised Wall Street on Friday by raising its third quarter revenue outlook above current consensus analyst estimates. Citing stronger-than-expected demand for microprocessors and chipsets, the Santa Clara, California-based chipmaker revised its third quarter revenue forecast to $9.0 billion, up from […]

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