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ETF Picks For 3 Of America’s Best Small Companies

by on November 13, 2012 | Updated November 30, 2012

Through the development of ETFs, investors are not only able to apply them as a great diversification tools, but these funds also grant access to niche markets and businesses often overlooked in large portfolios. Small businesses are typically included in ETFs seeking high growth potential and diversification, even though within the first five years, 50% of all new businesses fail, while others not only flourish but expand. Those looking for some direction into promising small businesses, Forbes’ “Best Small Companies in America” list is a great place to start [see also How To Pick The Right ETF Every Time].

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Competition in the semiconductor ETF space has always been fierce, with no fewer than four products (SMH, IGW, XSD, PSI) from four different issuers (Merrill Lynch, iShares, State Street, PowerShares) all targeting a relatively narrow slice of the tech sector. Perhaps aiming to capture a greater portion of this market, iShares recently announced plans to tweak its S&P North American Technology-Semiconductors Index Fund (IGW). The company plans to change the ticker and underlying index of the largest semiconductor ETF (excluding Merrill’s HOLDRS product), which will be listed on the NASDAQ Exchange effective October 15. [click to continue…]

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In a period of economic instability, like we have seen for the majority of this year, consumer spending is usually low. The low buying power that consumers hold during uncertain times wreaks havoc on a slew of companies whose profit relies the consumer’s willingness to buy. So it came as a bit of a surprise […]

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The Semiconductor Industry Association recently reported a major increase in the sales of computer processing chips for the month of May, giving investors reason to optimistic on a sector that has been battered by recent market turmoil. Chip sales rose 4.5% from the previous month, and were up nearly 50% from the same month in […]

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With investors looking for confirmation that improved economic indicators are translating to healthier bottom lines for domestic and global companies, another highly anticipated and critical earnings season kicked off this week. Things got off to a rocky start when aluminum giant Alcoa posted disappointing sales and earnings figures. That shortfall increased investor anxiety as chip […]

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Direxion Launches Six New Leveraged ETFs

by on March 11, 2010 | Updated March 12, 2010

Direxion, a pioneer in the 3x leveraged ETF space, announced Thursday the launch of six new funds, bringing the firm’s total product offerings to 34, and represent firsts for both the company and the ETF industry. The leveraged ETFs beginning trading on Thursday include:

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Semiconductor ETFs: Back On Track

by on January 5, 2010 | Updated April 29, 2013

As recession gripped the global economy in 2008, nearly all sectors and regions took a hit. But as is usually the case, not all areas were impacted equally, as certain corners of the market delivered much worse results than others. Now, those industries that were hit the hardest on the way down have become the […]

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Best Performing ETFs Of 2009

by on December 21, 2009 | Updated April 30, 2010

Following a year that saw some of the worst performances in recent memory, many asset classes have bounced back in  2009. But some have performed better than others, and as the year draws to a close we take a look at some of the best-performing ETFs. The year’s top gainers include a few of the […]

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Leveraged ETFs were in the headlines a great deal in 2009, but most of the coverage was less than favorable. Misinformation on these products was widespread throughout the year, leading to confusion on many aspects of these products and some unfair generalizations. One of the primary points of discussion was the performance of leveraged ETFs […]

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Definitive Guide To Semiconductor ETFs: Semiconductor ETFs 101

by on November 19, 2009 | Updated April 29, 2013

For investors looking to make a play on the technology sector through ETFs, there are a number of options offering varying degrees of exposure. The PowerShares QQQ Trust (QQQQ) tracks the Nasdaq 100 Index, meaning it is tilted heavily towards the technology sector (about 65% of its holdings), but maintains moderate exposure to health care […]

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Earnings Fears Weigh On Tech ETFs

by on November 19, 2009 | Updated April 29, 2013

Technology ETFs have hit a wall in recent days, slumping on news of an analyst downgrade to Research in Motion, slashes in projected semiconductor demand, and weak earnings reports from several internet companies. With an uncertain holiday shopping season ahead, the fate of the technology sector is very much up in the air, and technology […]

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