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The energy sector is among the fastest-moving market segments in the world, as its make-up changes significantly as the years go on. The rapid development of technology and new sources of energy has helped this segment remain one of the hottest investing spaces for decades. Energy ETFs have especially taken off in recent years, as they have allowed investors to invest in all of their favorite energy firms and strategies under one ticker [for more ETF news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter] [click to continue…]

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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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By Russ Koesterich, CFA , iShares Global Chief Investment Strategist With global equities up more than 25% since their bottom last June, many investors are wondering: “Is it too late to move cash from the sidelines? Should I wait for a pullback?” My answer to both questions: no, with a caveat. As I write in my latest Market […]

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By Russ Koesterich, CFA, iShares Global Chief Investment Strategist One beneficiary of the 2013 US stock market rally: defensive sectors. Until recently, classic defensive sectors like utilities, healthcare and consumer staples outperformed as investors were just starting to dip their toes back into stocks focused on those parts of the market many considered safer and less volatile. But, […]

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The first quarter of 2013 earnings season has taken over the headlines, with several bellwethers reporting both hits and misses. Of the trends seen so far this season, firms missing revenue expectations seems to be a predominant one; many companies have beaten profits not because revenues are up, but because costs have decreased. However, some firms have […]

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Major equity indexes oscillated between minor gains and losses on Wednesday as earnings jitters collided with economic data. On the stock market front, tech-bellwether Apple posted lackluster results that left shares largely unchanged while durable goods orders data posted a worrisome contraction of 5.7% compared to last month’s figure of negative 3.2% [Download 101 ETF Lessons Every Financial […]

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The 2013 first quarter earnings season is well on its way, with several bellwethers reporting both hits and misses. Already this week, oil-giant Haliburton (HAL) reported earnings that came in well above expectations, while Caterpillar’s (CAT) earnings missed the mark, though the stock gained after the company’s CEO was less pessimistic than expected in his conference call. […]

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In the wide world of commodity investing, there is perhaps no corner of the market more popular than energy equities, as this volatile yet often rewarding sector has become a staple in many investors’ portfolios. Taking an equity approach to the most heavily traded segment of the commodities market is appealing to many, as this […]

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Equity markets drifted sideways with a downward bias yesterday as investors digested a string of lackluster reports. Disappointing quarterly performance results from Apple and Netflix dragged the technology sector into red territory, while political gridlock in Washington, D.C. over the looming tax vote didn’t help to restore investors’ confidence. The cherry on the cake of […]

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After another choppy trading week, investors will be looking forward to earnings from a number of blue chip firms that have yet to throw their hat in the ring. This past week was another frustrating one, as investors dealt with a mix of data and earnings that pushed and pulled at the market. Of course, […]

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The FocusShares lineup of ETFs hit its one year milestone this week, marking the anniversary of the launch of 15 products focusing on U.S. equities. When FocusShares made its entrance 12 months ago, it marked the latest development in an ongoing “price war” in the ETF industry; many of the FocusShares ETFs launched as the […]

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Although energy prices have come off their 2011 highs, futures contracts are trading well above their mid-2010 levels with current prices trending near the $100/bbl. mark. This has proven to be pretty good news for energy companies across the board helping many to beat analyst expectations for the most recent quarter. Yet, while many giant oil […]

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