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Stocks gave into bearish pressures on Tuesday as mixed earnings reports from industry bellwethers clouded the headlines. Disappointing results from Coca-Cola (KO) mixed with hawkish comments from Kansas City Fed President Esther George prompted many to lock-in profits ahead of Fed Chairman Bernanke’s testimony to Congress taking place later today through Thursday [see also The Best Dividend ETF For Every Investment Objective].

Our ETF to watch for today is the SPDR Homebuilders ETF (XHB, A+) which could experience volatile trading as investors react to the latest housing market data. Analysts are expecting for June housing starts to come in at 950,000, which would mark a healthy jump from the previous month’s reading of 914,000.

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Consider Consumer Staples

by on March 7, 2013 | Updated April 1, 2013

During the past few years, markets have suffered losses not seen since the Great Depression, with hardly any sectors left untouched by the tidal wave of economic uncertainty. Some of the only firms to survive the crisis with only a few bruises were consumer staples; companies that manufacture or sell recession-proof necessities, or goods that consumers rely on. ETFs that focus primarily on these funds are perfect for the investor looking to not only weather an economic downturn, but also flourish during the eventual turnaround [see Visual History Of The S&P 500].

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Unresolved eurozone debt drama and worries of sluggish growth on the homefront continue to weigh on investors’ confidence; in the equity market, this has prompted many to flee to large-cap corporations primarily based in the United States, as this asset class has long had appeal among those looking to scale back on risk exposure without entirely moving […]

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Stock markets had a rather uneventful start to the week as more of the same eurozone threats and uncertainties surrounding corporate earnings season at home continue to weigh down on confidence. On Wall Street, economic releases remain a mixed bag at best; the Empire state index beat expectations while June retail sales came in at […]

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Last week marked a shortened trading week in observance of Good Friday, but that does not mean that investors were left with an uneventful four days. On the contrary, markets went haywire last week as a downgrade of the outlook on U.S. debt crushed markets one day, only to see them rally on strong earnings […]

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With markets reaching highs not seen since 2008, investor confidence is quickly on the rise. Yesterday marked a seventh straight finish in the green for the Dow, as positive indicators continue to flow in from a variety of market sectors. It would appear that markets have overcome the struggles in Egypt, as major indexes have […]

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Wall Street managed to march higher early last week, however, domestic equities settled into range-bound trading for the remainder of the period given a lack of upbeat economic news and overall pessimism stemming from the situation in Egypt. Political instability and civil unrest in the region continue to put pressure on financial markets around the […]

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