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iShares S&P U.S. Preferred Stock Index Fund (PFF) up 129% from its March 6 low

dividends1Preferred stocks hold some of the same characteristics of bonds yet they are priced closer to stocks. Preferred stocks are considered senior to common shares in the case of liquidations and bankruptcies. They, however, are still junior to other forms of corporate debt such as straight bonds. One big advantage of preferred stocks is that they include dividend payments.
NYSE:PFF June 17, 2009 11:54am

iShares silver ETF (SLV) holdings hit record on June 16

silver-barsReuters reports that, "The world's largest silver-backed exchange-traded fund, iShares Silver Trust's bullion holdings rose 1.4 percent to a record 8,724.86 tonnes on June 16.  The fund added an additional 119.43 tonnes of metal to its reserves on Tuesday."  Many investors are adding precious metals to their portfolio as a hedge against possible future pitfalls such as inflation.
ETF BASIC NEWS June 17, 2009 10:56am

What Is The Reason For The Recent Pullback In The Stock Market?

ETF BASIC NEWS June 17, 2009 10:26am

Fed-Ex’s Gloomy Outlook Does Not Bode Well For This ETF (IYT)

fed-exSamantha Bomkamp from  the AP reports that "FedEx Corp. on Wednesday warned it expects "extremely difficult" conditions in the next two quarters, after the nation's second largest package shipper posted a bigger fiscal fourth-quarter loss due to hefty one-time charges and lower revenue." 
ETF BASIC NEWS June 17, 2009 9:10am

Invest In Your Canadian Neighbor With This ETF (EWC)

canadaWant that international exposure but, don't want to fly too far?  This Canadian ETF- iShares MSCI Canada Index "EWC" offers publicly traded securities in the Canadian market. 
NYSE:EWC June 16, 2009 5:22pm

Gold rises as Russia comments weigh on dollar (ETF: GLD)

gold-bullRussian President Dmitry Medvedev told a regional summit that the creation of new reserve currencies in addition to the dollar is needed to stabilize global finances. This comes on the heels of  Russian Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin who stated just yesterday that the dollar's status as the world's main reserve currency wasn't likely to change soon. Yesterday's news caused a dollar gain, today's comments By Medvedev is causing a dollar decline and a rise in gold and oil prices.
ETF BASIC NEWS June 16, 2009 11:03am

Rising Oil Prices Could Kill The Green Shoots (ETF: TBT, PST)

green-shoots"As the price of oil continues to climb, the prospects for recovery in the housing sector are falling.  For a variety of factors, an increase in the price of oil is a drag on housing prices. 
NYSE:PST June 16, 2009 11:02am

Claymore Files Exempt Relief Request For 3 New Active ETF’s

claymoreThe Claymore filing includes three named funds: Claymore Laffer Macro Economic Global Equity ETF The Claymore Laffer Macro Economic Global Equity ETF's investment objective is to provide long-term capital appreciation. The Fund is a Foreign Fund and an Equity Fund, which seeks to achieve its investment objective by investing, under normal market conditions, at least 80%
ETF BASIC NEWS June 16, 2009 10:44am

Utility ETF Offers Room To Rise (XLU)

utilitiesMatt Cavallaro from Forbes reports "The inflation trade is beginning to wrap its arms around equity prices for the second consecutive summer. Rising unemployment hasn't choked off the commodity rally yet, as blistering oil prices have more than doubled from their March lows around $30 a barrel to $73. 
NYSE:XLU June 16, 2009 10:31am

Investors Around The Globe Betting On The Yellow Metal (GLD,GDX)

goldKishori Krishnan from Gold Investing News reports that "An insurance company getting into gold? That’s right. America’s third largest life insurer, Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance which has been in existence for 152 years, has never in all those years bought gold. Until now."
ETF BASIC NEWS June 16, 2009 10:06am

ETF’s Explosive Growth Creates Share Shortfall (UNG)

short1The Wall Street Journal's Ian Salsbury explored a potential share shortfall in the U.S. Natural Gas Fund  ETF that could happen in just days. According to the report, the fund managers anticipated a shortfall back in March and filed for more shares at that time. The requested shares were not granted until May, and were not issued until after the fund had run out of available shares for two days.
ETF BASIC NEWS June 16, 2009 9:51am

Do Your Homework On Energy ETF’s (UNG)

ETF BASIC NEWS June 16, 2009 8:34am

A Cure For Cancer? Look At This Biotech ETF (XBI)

biotechTom Dyson from istockanalyst.com reports that "Since 1983, the biotech sector as a whole has seen four triple-digit rallies... and even one quadruple-digit rally. That's just for the whole sector. Some individual stocks went much higher. You see, investors love the promise of cancer cures and miracle drugs... so it's easy for them to justify piling onto a rally."
NYSE:XBI June 15, 2009 11:51am

VIX Climbs Past a Key Level, Signaling Trouble for Stocks (ETF: VXX, VXZ)

vix"The stock market's main fear gauge moved past a key level on Monday, indicating possible troubles ahead for the market. And one options player with deep pockets is making a big bet that volatility will increase sharply, making this a tumultuous summer.  The Chicago Board Options Exchange Volatility Index, or VIX, moved past 30, a mark it hasn't closed above since June 4. 
NYSE:VXX June 15, 2009 11:03am

The iShares Dow Jones U.S. Transportation Fund (IYT) Has Momentum

fedexIf you subscribe to the theory that the the market is in recovery mode, than the transportation index should experience improvement. Don Dion (TheStreet.com) finds that "Recent strength is showing up as improved momentum, and IYT's short-term momentum crossed into positive territory during the past week. 
ETF BASIC NEWS June 15, 2009 10:28am

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