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U.S. equity markets rallied to kick off the week following encouraging election news out of Italy over the weekend along with upbeat results from Caterpillar (CAT), which hinted at an uptick in output from China. Corporate earnings will remain at the center of attention this week as more industry bellwethers step up to the plate, including reports from Apple (AAPL) and AT&T (T) after the closing bell today[Download 101 ETF Lessons Every Financial Advisor Should Learn].

Diversified industrial behemoth DuPont (DD) is slated to report earnings later today, which brings our spotlight onto the Materials Select Sector SPDR (XLB, A), as it allocates over 9% of its total assets to the company. Analysts are expecting for the firm to report earnings of $1.55 per share, compared to a year ago when DD reported earnings of $1.52 per share [try Free ETF Stock Exposure Tool].

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Optimism and upbeat earnings carried markets higher for yet another session. The S&P 500 Index continues to inch closer and closer to the psychologically important 1,500 mark, with benchmark settling right at 1,496 as the closing bell rang on Wednesday. On the economic front, FHFA home price data came in line with expectations, posting a 0.6% increase. To the north, Canada’s central bank kept interest rates steady at 1.00% as expected, with the loonie sinking lower in the currency market on the day [see Visual History Of The S&P 500].

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State Street became the latest ETF firm to launch factor-based equity ETFs this week, rolling out a pair of funds that will segment the universe of large, mid, and small U.S. cap stocks based on valuation and momentum factors. The two new ETFs will segment the S&P 1500 Index, a broad-based benchmark that includes substantially […]

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4 Dividend ETFs With Higher Yields Than LQD

by on July 24, 2012 | Updated July 25, 2012

Once upon a time, the conventional wisdom was that investors should hold stocks as a source of long-term capital appreciation while bonds could bring stability and a stream of meaningful current returns in the form of interest payments. But the appeal of bonds as a source of current income has been diminished by a prolonged […]

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Stocks markets around the globe kicked off the week on a dismal note as intensifying pressures over Europe’s debt drama welcomed back the bears on Wall Street. Gold and oil tanked alongside major equity indexes as concerns over rising yields on Spanish and Italian government bonds prompted officials overseas to impose a temporary ban on […]

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After a choppy week of trading, markets stumbled out of the gate yesterday, as more European fears and sour earnings led to a massive sell-off. After one of the strongest opening quarters in 14 years, investors are beginning to doubt the strength of stocks and many are pricing in a pullback similar to the ones […]

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In recent years ETFs have become the vehicle of choice for accessing a wide range of asset classes, from traditional stocks and bonds to more “exotic” strategies such as commodities and hedge fund-like positions. So it is no surprise that there are now dozens of dividend-focused ETFs designed to deliver cheap, efficient, and targeted exposure […]

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As we dive further into earnings season, investors will do their best to focus on relatively strong U.S. data, as opposed to decisions by the Fed, the Greek debt crisis, and other factors hindering the recovery. On Tuesday, investors saw Apple (AAPL) crush market estimates with their quarterly earnings. The shares soared the most in […]

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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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Sometimes the simplest solution is the most effective. That certainly seemed to be the case when it comes to dividend-focused exchange-traded products in 2011. As investors have sought to enhance current return profiles while scaling back the risk of equity investments, the landscape has become cluttered with ETPs targeting stocks of dividend-paying companies. Currently there […]

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One of the most exclusive clubs on Wall Street now has a few more members, with the new additions resulting in some minor changes to a popular dividend-focused ETF. S&P recently added a total of ten companies to its S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrat Index, headlined by telecom giant AT&T and also including companies such a […]

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Stocks drifted lower on Wednesday after euro zone debt-woes resurfaced and investors at home were disappointed with Apple’s rare earnings miss. Despite slightly worse-than-expected third quarter performance results, analysts at Deutsche Bank are maintaining their “Buy” rating on shares of Apple, with a price target of $530. Beige Book data was also released yesterday, showing […]

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