Here’s Why Utilities Have Been So Weak Lately

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From Franklin Templeton Investments: US equities have generally been supercharged in the wake of the presidential election, but the utilities sector’s relative performance has dimmed instead.
NYSE:XLU March 9, 2017 6:09am

Bearish Utilities Bets Bring Non-Traditional ETFs Into Focus

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The Utilities sector regains our focus again today, as we had previously mentioned the presence of downside put buyers in the largest Utility sector oriented fund XLU (SPDR Utilities Select Sector, Expense Ratio 0.15%, $6.8 billion in AUM) which involved the March 49 strikes prior to the end February.
NYSE:SDP March 7, 2017 11:47am

Traders Continue To Bet Against The XLU Utilities ETF

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Analyst Paul Weisbruch of Street One Financial brings us his daily fund flows update, which today looks at relentless large cap equities buying, notable inflows to foreign stocks, and some downside options bets in a popular utilities fund.
NYSE:XLU

Despite The Rebound, Opportunities Still Abound In The Utilities Sector

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From Michael Foster: Utilities are a particularly enjoyable sector for income investors because they offer sustainable and growing dividends—if you choose the right companies.
NYSE:XLU March 4, 2017 7:34am

Here’s How Volatility Took Hold Of The Normally Stable Utilities Sector

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From BlackRock: While most investors focus on potential returns in their portfolios, Russ Koesterich discusses why risk and correlation are just as important.
NYSE:XLU March 3, 2017 7:36am

Are Utilities ETFs Due For A Major Pullback?

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We mention some recent put buying in the marketplace in XLU (SPDR Utilities Select Sector, Expense Ratio 0.15%, $6.9 billion in AUM) in today’s ETF/Index options recap, which makes sense conceptually given the run that the sector has had.
NYSE:VPU February 28, 2017 11:48am

Bearish Options Bets Roll In On Utilities ETF XLU Ahead Of Month-End

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Analyst Paul Weisbruch of Street One Financial brings us his daily fund flows update, which today points out some apparent hedging in utilities ETFs ahead of the beginning of the new month tomorrow.
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Utilities, REITs Remain Top Picks For Retirement Portfolios

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From Contrarian Outlook: With the Trump bump squeezing stocks higher, retirees (and near-retirees) are asking me two questions a lot these days.
NYSE:VNQ February 27, 2017 6:44am

Solid Sector Earnings Have Spurred A Major Comeback For Utilities ETFs

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From Zacks: The fourth-quarter earnings season of the utility sector has been quite a disappointment with revenues from some major companies missing estimates and earnings meeting or lagging expectations.
NYSE:XLU February 26, 2017 7:01am

Here Are The Best ETFs For Retirement Income

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From Michael Foster: Let’s say you want to lock in a passive retirement income of $80,000 per year. If you go with what most investors mistakenly see as the safest route, long-term US Treasuries, you’re going to need $3.3 million.
NYSE:XLU February 17, 2017 6:27am

Utilities ETFs Hoping For A Major Comeback In 2017

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From Zacks: After witnessing a bullish run for the most part of 2016, the utility sector encountered a broad-based sell-off especially after Donald Trump won the election. The U.S. President-elect plans to increase economic stimulus, which is likely to push long-term interest rates higher.
NYSE:XLU January 10, 2017 7:34am

Trade These Inverse ETFs As Interest Rates Spike

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From Zacks: Rising rate concerns are likely to flood the market as both Fed rate hike and increased inflationary expectations pushed up Treasury bond yields.
NYSE:SRS December 17, 2016 3:03pm

The Safest ETFs For A Possible January Sell-Off

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From Moby Waller: Last January, the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 8.1% in the first 10 trading days of the year. That was the worst performance to start a year ever, going back to 1897.
NYSE:XLU December 13, 2016 11:09am

Utilities Plunge As Interest Rates Surge On Trump Victory

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The recent sell-off in utility-focused ETFs accelerated this morning, as Donald Trump's shocking election win spiked interest rates and sent the fixed income markets into a tailspin.
NYSE:XLU November 9, 2016 11:38am

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