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Though no major economic data was reported this week, Wall Street charged ahead, pushing the Dow Jones Industrial Average above the milestone 15,000 level for the first time on Tuesday. Meanwhile, investors digested several key developments from outside of the U.S.: in a surprising move, the Reserve Bank of Australia slashed its benchmark interest rate by 0.25% to a record low of 2.75%. In Germany, manufacturing activity for the month of March came in better-than-expected; manufacturing orders rose 2.2%, though analysts expected a decline of over 0.5%. China also made headlines after the country posted a trade surplus of $18.16 billion [see The Cheapest ETF for Every Investment Objective].

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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. Travelers (TRV) and DuPont (DD) also topped earnings expectations, and both companies announced that they will increase dividends [see also How To But The Right ETF Every Time].  [click to continue…]

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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 , 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 […]

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Profit taking pressures permeated the market on Wednesday amid disappointing quarterly performance results from Bank of America . Bellwether Apple  also dragged down the S&P 500 Index after the stock slipped below $400 a share for the first time since 2011. Corporate earnings will remain in the spotlight for the rest of this week, although weekly jobless […]

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Bullish momentum reemerged on Wall Street today, with stocks finishing higher for the second consecutive session. Meanwhile, the first quarter earnings season kicked off with Alcoa, who posted a 59% rise in profits on one-time benefits and cost-reduction efforts. The aluminum giant did however note that revenue suffered from lower aluminum prices due to a massive […]

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Short-term traders and long-term investors alike have flocked to exchange-traded funds (ETFs) in large part because of the exposure they provide to different segments of the economy, including stock sectors, commodities, bonds, real estate and global markets. Investors can now buy a single ETF providing diversified exposure to a specific area of the global economy, […]

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12 Cheap ETFs Every Trader Must Know

by on March 20, 2013 | Updated December 8, 2014

The popularity of ETFs–for their transparency, diversity across asset classes and low fees–have created a lot of competition between ETF providers to attract volume. One way ETFs attract volume is through a low expense ratio (ER). The ER is the fee charged to manage your funds on a yearly basis, expressed as a percentage. While […]

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The Most Tradable Stock In Each Sector SPDR ETF

by on December 11, 2012 | Updated December 19, 2012

Sector ETFs give you a convenient way to monitor, analyze and trade different sectors of the economy. When the overall stock market—gauged by an index such as the S&P 500—is moving higher, one, two or possibly three sectors will be the strongest and leading the market higher; other sectors will be laggards. By monitoring which […]

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Bearish momentum returned to Wall Street today, as several disappointing quarterly earnings reports coupled with renewed Spain fears sent both equity and commodity markets into a tailspin. Blue-chip industrial conglomerate 3M (MMM) reported third-quarter revenue that fell short of expectations, while chem-giant DuPont (DD) announced that it had significantly missed its profit marks and plans to make […]

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Back-and-forth trading with a downward bias permeated markets all of last week as profit-taking pressures proved too difficult for the bulls to overcome. Weaker-than-expected U.S. GDP led to a whole host of economic uncertainties to resurface; investors remain wary of the global economic recovery despite the commitment of policymakers and beefed-up stimulus measures across the […]

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Apparently Bernanke & Company were not too convincing yesterday since investors seemingly shrugged off the Fed’s “hints” of future stimulus and proceeded to drive the market straight into red territory today. The issue many have with yesterday’s Fed minutes is that the central bank seems reluctant in taking off the “training wheels” so to speak. […]

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After ending a relatively choppy week on a high note, markets seemingly took a breather today as bullish momentum slowed its course. ECB President Mario Draghi’s comments last week had investors skeptical of how committed the central bank was to helping ease the plagued region’s deepening financial crisis. The ECB had emphasized their willingness to […]

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