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While overseas demand has increased, the chip industry has yet to fully regain the ground U.S. markets lost during the recent recession. Many of the nation’s chip producers rely on businesses to drive sales, and as technology companies come out of survival mode prospects for producers have improved considerably. Below, we outline two semiconductor ETFs that have been battling for investor attention during the last few trying years: PHLX SOX Semiconductor Sector Index Fund (SOXX, A-) and Market Vectors Semiconductor ETF (SMH, A-) [Download How To Pick The Right ETF Every Time].

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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 and ever-expanding demand for more advanced consumer products. The rising popularity of touchscreen devices in particular showcases how consumer demand for innovative electronics continues to be a key driving force in the worldwide technology sector [see also High Tech ETFdb Portfolio].

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Earnings got off to a rocky start this week as Citigroup missed analyst expectations, casting doubt on what will be a busy end to the week as dozens of blue chip firms will report earnings. Investors are looking to earnings season to revamp the bull run that has faltered in recent weeks, as less-than-encouraging data […]

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It’s always exciting to see renowned experts from all corners of the financial industry come together in one venue. Inside ETFs, the world’s largest ETF conference, fits the profile of such a noteworthy event. The 5th annual Inside ETFs Conference, hosted by IndexUniverse, took place in Hollywood, Florida just a few weeks ago in late […]

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This week will watch earnings season continue in full stride as a number of bellwether firms are set to announce their most recent fiscal quarter’s statements. Last week saw some mixed results, with companies like Citigroup and Google missing, while others like Wells Fargo, IBM, and Intel were able to lift markets. In fact, the […]

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UBS, the issuer behind one of the broadest lineups of ETNs available to U.S. investors, continued the aggressive expansion of its product lineup this week with the introduction of two unique offerings. The company rolled out a pair of blunt instruments designed to be used in high level “risk on / risk off” trades, a […]

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Van Eck has begun the process of converting six HOLDRS products offered by Merrill Lynch into traditional ETFs that will be included under the Market Vectors lineup, offering investors an opportunity to exchange their receipts in HOLDRS trusts for shares in the new ETFs. The exchange requires affirmative action on the part of investors, meaning […]

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The past week was yet another choppy one in the markets as European events continued to dominate headlines. Generally speaking, however, it was a pretty solid period for broad stocks as the S&P 500 added nearly 6% in the time period, helping to reverse much of the recent losses in the market. This sharp turnaround […]

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The competitive landscape of the ETF industry has evolved rapidly over the last several years, with several new players–both big and small–making a push into the space. From financial giants such as RBS and Citi to relative unknowns such as Javelin and Precidian, the roster of active ETF issuers has grown to nearly four dozen. […]

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Van Eck announced last week a partnership with Merrill Lynch that may ultimately lead to the conversion of several HOLDRS products to soon-to-be-launched Market Vectors ETFs. As part of the agreement, Van Eck will introduce six new ETFs that maintain the same tickers as the existing HOLDRS but that will be part of the Market […]

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Equity Markets were range bound last week, struggling to make significant moves in either direction. Gold took a big tumble early in the week dropping well below the $1,400 mark as concerns over the health of the global economy subsided. Wall Street also rallied in the middle of the week following a round of positive […]

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As the year comes to a close, many equity markets are still seeking to reclaim pre-recession levels and the outlook for 2011 is far from certain. Recent weeks have seen renewed worries over the potential scope of the European debt crisis, as Ireland has become the latest fiscal nightmare for the euro zone. Stateside, financial […]

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