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Playing a Rebound in Domestic Discretionary Spending with ETFs

shoppingEven with the recent gains in stocks, we think investors seeing green shoots have two solid options to enhance exposure to a broad-based recovery in consumer names. Both the  Vanguard Consumer Discretionary ETF (VCR) and  Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR (XLY) represent sound satellite holdings that trade at modest discounts to our fair value estimates. The majority of the underlying companies in these funds rely on discretionary spending and are well-positioned to pick up market share and emerge from the downturn relatively stronger than their competitors. In addition, both funds offer low costs and fine liquidity. Despite the compelling characteristics of these ETFs, we would wait for pullback in prices to get to more-compelling valuation levels. After all, the recent rally may turn out to be a head fake and the recovery could be more muted than what is implied by the underlying share prices, in aggregate.
NYSE:VCR June 4, 2009 10:36am

How To Profit From Soaring Food Prices With ETFs

food-pricesGlobal food prices are climbing higher along with energy and precious metals. In May, the Reuters/Jefferies CRB Index, which tracks 19 raw materials including corn, crude oil, and gold, surged by 14 percent — its biggest monthly gain since 1974! What's behind this move? Simple: The U.S. government's massive spending is killing the dollar and setting off inflation. At the same time, China's massive economy is still growing like crazy. And the insatiable Chinese demand for all kinds of resources looks set to continue despite the global recession. In last week's Money and Markets column, I explained how you can trade gold with ETFs. Today we're going to look at the ways you can play the uptrend in agricultural products — without using futures or options.
NASDAQ:PAGG June 4, 2009 10:31am

ProShares Launches Four New Leveraged International ETFs

proshareslogoProFunds Group, the world’s largest manager of short and leveraged funds, announced today that it is launching four new ProShares ETFs, the first designed to seek twice the daily returns of indexes covering developed foreign markets, emerging markets, China and Japan. The new ETFs will be listed on NYSE Arca today.
"With some international markets posting strong year-to-date returns, investors are expressing interest in tools that allow them to gain magnified exposure to these markets," said Michael L. Sapir, ProFunds Group Chairman and CEO. "These new ETFs complement our existing ETFs that are designed to provide short (or inverse) exposure to the same international indexes. Over the coming weeks, we plan to further expand our international offerings with ETFs covering more regions and specific countries."
NYSE:EET June 4, 2009 10:18am

Peru ETF to Start Trading This Month

peruJune 3 (Bloomberg) -- Peru’s first Exchange Traded Fund will start trading on the New York Stock Exchange by the “middle of June,” said the chief executive officer of Global X Management Company LLC, a New York-based asset manager. “The stock market has risen a lot, investors are bullish, and that’s helping us,” Bruno del Ama, the New York-based CEO of Global X, said in a phone interview. “We’re giving access to the Peruvian market and in the future people can go short in Peru, which is an option that doesn’t exist today.”
ETF BASIC NEWS June 4, 2009 9:48am

ETFs, Leverage and Strangles

etf-newsI was surprised by the volume of the feedback I received from last week’s Using Options to Control Risk in Leveraged ETFs. Clearly there is a great deal of interest in options and leveraged ETFs. Among the emails I received were several questions about strategies associated with ETFs. For the record, my intent here is not to advocate a particular strategy, but merely to illuminate various strategic building blocks that I believe should be part of the trading arsenal of any options trader. With that out of the way, let me spend a minute talking about strangles. I realize I have not talked about strangles as much as straddles here, but I actually prefer to trade strangles instead of straddles when I am selling options. Whereas, the point of maximum profit for a straddle is a point that often resembles a Sisyphean lottery, strangles have a maximum profit zone that is much wider and easier to manage.
ETF BASIC NEWS June 4, 2009 9:44am

ETF Securities silver, palladium holdings hit record

silverLONDON, June 4 (Reuters) - ETF Securities said on Thursday the amount of metal it holds to back its silver exchange-traded commodity rose to a record 20.064 million ounces on June 3, while its palladium holdings also hit an all-time high.   ETFS Physical Silver (PHAG.L) has added 2.3 million ounces or 12.7 percent to its holdings in the last month, according to data released by the company. Full Story:
ETF BASIC NEWS June 4, 2009 9:42am

New platform brings ETFs to Sweden

sweedenThe first website exclusively offering ETFs in Sweden has gone live this week. ETF Sverige,  in collaboration with Etrade, will offer Swedish investors around 1100 exchange traded funds mainly from Europe and the US as well as commodity and futures index products from different providers including Eshares, Lyxor and Dbxtrackers. Website: Full Story:
ETF BASIC NEWS June 4, 2009 9:35am

Avoid These 5 Major Mistakes with ETF Options

study1ETF options give you so many ways to profit from the significant movements in the major sectors, and yet the leverage of options can be a double-edged sword for those who know "just enough to be dangerous."  Let's examine the 5 biggest mistakes I see traders making when it comes to trading options on ETFs, and how you can see these blind spots to improve your own trading prowess.
ETF BASIC NEWS June 4, 2009 9:08am

Flexibility of ETFs when compared to mutual funds

ETF BASIC NEWS June 4, 2009 8:56am

Your Guide to Trading Oil ETFs

oil4As of yet, there is no ETF that models the gold and silver ETFs by accumulating and storing oil. Instead, a mix of products offers unique ways of investing in the world's most important fuel through futures contracts. The major differences, aside from the ETF and ETN distinction (with their attendant tax and credit-risk drawbacks), are timing and how the underlying index deals with contango and its opposite -- backwardization. U.S. Oil(USO), for instance, rolls contracts each month, while PowerShares DB Oil(DBO) follows the Deutsche Bank(DB)Optimum Yield Index that opts for the best contract to minimize contango or maximize backwardization. There's also another product offered by MacroShares: $100 Oil Up(UOY) and $100 Oil Down(DOY). MacroShares are sold in pairs -- for every long oil share, there is a short oil share. All the money is placed into Treasuries and cash. Full Story:
NYSE:DBO June 4, 2009 8:52am

Water Infrastructure A Major Opportunity (ETF-CGW)

waterWater scarcity is rising up the agenda as a major social and economic issue affecting the worlds' poor. Risks to grain harvests are rising due to the fact that 2.8-billion people live in areas of high water stress. The opportunity for greater water efficiencies is enormous in the developed world too and so is the investment opportunity..... ......In the major cities of the world, a staggering amount of water is lost through transmission. In Paris, for example, more than 50% of water is reported to be lost through leakage in the pipes. In China, 60% of cities suffer water shortages and that problem will only grow as populations continue to urbanize. 
NYSE:CGW June 3, 2009 2:19pm

NSX Releases May 2009 ETF/ETN Data Report

exchange-traded-fundsNational Stock Exchange, Inc. (NSX(R)) announced that assets in U.S. listed Exchange-Traded Funds (ETF) and Exchange-Traded Notes (ETN) totaled approximately $594.3 billion at May 2009 month-end, an increase of 10% over April 2009 month-end when assets totaled approximately $540.2 billion. At the end of May 2009, the number of listed products totaled 829, compared to 767 listed products one year ago. May 2009 net cash inflows from all ETFs/ETNs totaled approximately $17.1 billion. Year-to-date net cash inflows totaled approximately $29.8 billion, led by fixed income, commodity, and short U.S. equity based ETF products.
ETF BASIC NEWS June 3, 2009 2:07pm

V – L – U – What Shape Will The Recovery Be?

lightning-boltThere has been much talk about an economic recovery lately. Without analyzing WHETHER a recovery is even validated, the focus of attention has shifted to the actual shape of a recovery. Rather than getting caught up by wishful thinking, we actually bothered to take a look at the big picture. Sooner or later, the missing link in the above chain of reasoning will become painfully obvious..... Those who fail to learn from history… This bear market has often been compared to the 1972-1974, or 1980-1982 bear. The 80’s bear was fairly shallow with a 27% decline in the S&P 500 (NYSEArca: IVV). The 70’s bear did send the S&P 500 tumbling by 48%.  So far, the current bear market has melted the Dow Jones (top to bottom) 55%. This exceeds the 70’s and 80’s bear, and makes them unsuitable for comparison purposes.
NYSE:IVV June 3, 2009 12:18pm

Money Map Points To Brazilian ETF

brazilian-mapDespite a 46% gain since adding iShares MSCI Brazil (NYSE: EWZ) to his portfolio, global expert Keith Fitz-Gerald still sees upside potential. Here's the latest from Money Map Reporter. "History tells us that the best gains come to those who have the courage to buy undervalued companies in the face of extreme pessimism – and that sounds a lot like right now. So while we may not be at the very bottom, we are nonetheless pretty darn close.
NYSE:EWZ June 3, 2009 11:30am

Higher Oil Prices Already Impacting Inventories (USO, OIL)

oilThe D.O.E. has just released weekly data for Crude Oil, and the losses in weekly inventories appear to be a bit reversed this last week.  Crude inventories came in up 2.866 million barrels at 365.977 million.  This is significant, because we had estimates for black gold looking at a draw down of a further 1.5 million barrels after two solid week’s of prior draw-downs.   It is already impacting trading on the United States Oil ETF (NYSE: USO) and in the iPath S&P GSCI Crude Oil Total Return Index ETN (NYSE: OIL). Gasoline stocks may lag a bit, and these came in slightly down at -215,000 barrels to 203.2 million barrels.  Distillate inventories came in as a gain of 1.66 million barrels to 150.03 million barrels.
NYSE:OIL June 3, 2009 11:23am

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