Ultra Bullish Options Bets Rolling In On Euro Zone ETFs

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In what has not been the most eventful week in terms of ETF/Index options trading, we have noticed some interesting options flows in the Eurozone segment via two ETFs.
NYSE:FEZ February 24, 2017 12:26pm

European ETF Valuations Look Much More Attractive Than U.S. Counterparts

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From Zacks: European stocks are rallying this year as the economy is gaining strength and earnings have rebounded. In 2016, Eurozone’s GDP rose at a faster pace than the US, for the first time since 2008. Other important economic indicators also confirm the trend.
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BlackRock: European Equities Looking Attractive, Despite Uncertainties

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From BlackRock: Head of Investment Strategy for U.S. iShares Heidi Richardson discusses the case for eurozone equities, despite the abundance of political uncertainties.
BATS:EZU February 20, 2017 7:12am

These Upcoming Global Elections Could Lead To Major Market Turmoil

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From Bill Hall: With the U.S. stock market scratching out a series of new all-time highs, I’ve decided to step back from the headlines and the related market mania to tell you about some significant upcoming geopolitical events that I’ve been warning my clients about.
NYSE:VGK February 17, 2017 8:56am

European Bonds Endure Worst January In History

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From Larry Edelson: You read that right: Last month was the worst start to a year on record for European bonds.
NASDAQ:IGOV February 15, 2017 2:08pm

France ETF In Focus As Presidential Race — And Risks — Heat Up

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From Tyler Durden: On Friday, after it emerged that as part of Marine Le Pen's strategic vision for France, should she win, is a return to the French franc as well as redenomination of some €1.7 billion in French (non-international law) bonds, both rating agencies and economists sounded the alarm, warning it would "amount to the largest sovereign default on record, nearly 10 times larger than the €200bn Greek debt restructuring in 2012, threatening chaos to the world financial system on top of the collapse of the single currency."
NYSE:EWQ February 13, 2017 11:28am

BlackRock Gets Bullish On European Stocks, Bearish On EM Bonds

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From BlackRock: Richard Turnill explains why we are upgrading European equities to overweight and downgrading emerging market debt to neutral over the short term.
BATS:EZU February 7, 2017 1:33pm

Bearish Options Bets Pouring In On FEZ Ahead Of French Election

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Analysts at Susquehanna have identified a major bearish options trade made against a popular Europe-focused ETF, which could be subject to increasing volatility as France's presidential election looms in April.
NYSE:FEZ February 6, 2017 8:06am

Trump May Actually Make Europe Great Again

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From Joachim Fels: It is difficult to understand why Donald Trump’s campaign promise to “Make America Great Again” resounded so much with so many. True, the threat of terrorism, rising inequality and job-killing digitalization have been breeding anxiety for some time. However, on most metrics the U.S. economy has been doing just fine and certainly better than Europe.
NYSE:VGK January 30, 2017 7:28am

This Greek ETF, Down 3.3%, Was Today’s Worst Performing ETF

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The Global X FTSE Greece 20 ETF (GREK) underperformed all other non-leveraged, non-inverse exchange traded products in the U.S. today on a percentage basis, producing a -3.3% one-day return and trailing the wider markets by a total of 3.14 percentage points.
NYSE:GREK January 27, 2017 5:39pm

European Investors Are Pumping Billions Into Gold ETFs

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Americans aren't the only investors with a major appetite for gold these days. In fact, our European counterparts are putting American gold bulls to shame with the sheer amount of money flowing into gold-backed funds.
NYSE:IAU January 24, 2017 10:56am

This Tiny European ETF, Up 2.92%, Is Today’s Biggest ETF Gainer

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The iShares Currency Hedged MSCI Europe Small-Cap ETF (HEUS) outperformed all other non-leveraged, non-inverse exchange traded products in the U.S. today on a percentage basis, producing a +2.92% one-day return and outperforming the wider markets by a total of 2.42 percentage points.
BATS:HEUS January 20, 2017 5:56pm

Europe’s Stock Rally Has Officially Stalled

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From Taki Tsaklanos: European stock market investors had great returns in December of last year. We wrote that the European stock market was ready for a 15% rally, on the short to medium term timeframe.
NYSE:FEZ

ECB Leaves Interest Rates Unchanged, For Now

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From Tyler Durden: With the market not expecting any changes from the ECB this morning, so far that is precisely what it got, when moments ago the ECB announced that it kept all of its rates unchanged as expected.
NYSE:VGK January 19, 2017 8:12am

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