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ETFs Signal Economy Bottom (TYO, TMV)

recessionThe proliferation of ETFs has long been talked about and now there is basically an ETF for just about any investing situation you can think of.  The rise in popularity for managed ETFs has now opened the door for managers to make the ridiculous now possible. Need to find an ETF that tracks Uzbekistan goat-herding clean bio-fuel companies? No problem, we’ll slap one together for you!    But the arms race in ETFs has seemed to have taken a new turn—anti-American sentiment.  There is no shortage of bad news surrounding the US economy and foreign governments have made no secret of the fact that they would LOVE to see the US lose its place at the head of the table and fall back to “equal footing” with their own economies. The call for a new world currency is just the beginning of this sentiment.  
NYSE:TMV June 6, 2009 12:23pm

Playing Renewable Energy With ETF’S (FAN, KWT, NLR, GEX)

renewable-energyChina, second only to the United States in terms of power consumption, announced this week that it will spend about 100 billion yuan ($14..6 billion) to more than double its wind power capacity by 2010 over last year. More than 200 billion yuan was allocated to energy saving and carbon reducing projects under China’s stimulus plans. That investment will take the country’s wind power capacity to 30,000 megawatts from the current 12,000 megawatts, according to the country’s deputy director of renewable energy. Further, China expects its investment in alternative and renewable energy sources to exceed 2 trillion yuan by 2020. 
NYSE:FAN June 6, 2009 11:46am

BlackRock Wins BGI Bidding War?

isharesMoney management giant BlackRock is close to announcing that it has won the bidding war for Barclays Global Investors, according to a report on the Web site of Pensions & Investments magazine...... ......Sources also told P&I that CVC Capital Partners, which originally agreed to pay $4.5 billion for BGI's iShares exchange-traded funds business, would get an opportunity to raise its original bid. The CVC deal had a window for BGI to shop itself unti June 18. A P&I source thought it was unlikely that CVC would be willing to top BlackRock's $10-billion plus offer for the combined BGI franchise. Full Story:
ETF BASIC NEWS June 6, 2009 8:57am

It’s Finally Time to Buy Small-Cap Value Index ETF’s's still not time to start buying small-cap banks. It may, however, be time to start looking hard at something a little off the beaten path: small-cap value. What's the difference? Small-cap value and small-cap banks often get conflated -- and for good reason. As Brian noted last year, the Vanguard Small-Cap Value ETF (VBR), like most small-cap value indexes, has substantial exposure to small banks. For the quarter ending March 31, small financial services companies accounted for 34% of VBR's holdings.
NYSE:VBR June 6, 2009 8:28am

ETFs to Short if You’re a Stock-Market Bull

ultrashort1The worst-performing exchange traded funds in May, which largely bet against commodities, might be good investments for short sellers who are bullish on the stock market. Of the 25 biggest losers, the first 24 use inverse strategies that cause them to gain value as their underlying index falls. The remaining fund tracks an index that measures bearishness. If the stock market rebounds significantly, a short position in these funds could generate big gains.
ETF BASIC NEWS June 5, 2009 10:43am

Real Estate Funds Jump on Housing Hopes

real-estateFor the five trading days ending June 4, the average real estate fund advanced 7.5%, excluding inverse funds that sell short the property market. The National Association of Realtors reported this week that April pending home sales jumped 6.7% as distressed sellers lowered prices to move foreclosed and pre-foreclosure properties. Residential construction even edged a bit higher, up 0.6%, as part of an overall construction increase of 0.8% partially due to the U.S. government's $787 billion fiscal stimulus package. The best-performing real estate fund this week is the LMP Real Estate Income Fund(RIT) building an 18% return. Top holdings saw gains of 33% in Glimcher Realty Trust(GRT), 26% in Macerich(MAC) and 22% in Extra Space Storage(EXR). Full Story:
ETF BASIC NEWS June 5, 2009 10:38am

Junk Bonds Back from the Dead (ETF-HYG)

ripJunk bonds have come back from the dead — and then some. Of all the asset classes, you’d think the market for debt from financially fragile companies wouldn’t fare well during a “credit crisis.” In fact, we’d suspect it would be one of the last asset classes to recover. But no, anything is possible in 2009… Check the chart of HYG, an ETF that tracks the “distressed debt” market. Full Story:
NYSE:HYG June 5, 2009 10:18am

5 Months, 5 Currency ETFs… Double Digit Percentage Gains!

currency1At last count, you could invest in 15 different currencies through 24 unique ETFs. The yen and the euro have more than their fair share of possibilities on investments like the Euro Currency Trust (FXE), the Ultra Euro ProShares (ULE) and the UltraShort Euro ProShares (EUO). Yet in the first 5 months of the year, the 5 currency ETFs with the highest returns seem to share several things in common. First, each represents a country that boasts higher interest rates than the yen or the U.S. dollar. Full Story:
ETF BASIC NEWS June 5, 2009 10:18am

Another way to profit from oil’s rebound (XES)

oil3"Drill baby, drill" may have failed as a campaign slogan, but the mantra appears to be working for investors. The S&P Oil & Gas Services ETF (XES) has jumped 57% over the last three months, outperforming the S&P 500 (SPX) by 25%. Service and drilling stocks, which were pounded last year as production companies made steep cuts, are riding the wave of near-$70 crude.
NYSE:XES June 5, 2009 9:40am

A (Popular) ETF Down 97%??? (FAZ)

down-arrowThere’s a lot of interesting information in the latest report, including a complete table showing assets and inflows by ETF provider. Of all the data points covered, however, one in particular caught my eye. So far this year, the Direxion Financial Bear 3x ETF (NYSE: FAZ) has attracted the second-greatest inflow of any ETF on the market, at $4.6 billion. Only the SPDR Equity Gold (NYSE: GLD) has done better, pulling in $11.8 billion. Despite the massive inflows, FAZ ended May with just $1.6 billion in assets. Such a gap suggests that investors in the fund have experienced terrible returns. 
NYSE:FAZ June 5, 2009 9:38am

Gold and silver fall as jobs data lessen metals’ appeal (GLD, SLV)

goldandsilverGold and silver futures fell sharply Friday, extending their weekly losses as an upbeat U.S. employment report boosted hopes for an economic recovery and served to reduce the safe-haven investment appeal of precious metals. Nonfarm payroll fell 345,000 in May, the Labor Department reported, but this drop was much less than the 500,000 expected by analysts surveyed by MarketWatch. The decline in payrolls was the smallest since September. A stronger dollar also weighed on commodities.
NYSE:GLD June 5, 2009 9:30am

Bank Stocks Could “Double or Triple” from Here, Says Doug Kass (XLF, FAS)

bull5Even after their huge rally from the March lows, bank stocks represent the "single-greatest opportunity" from the long side, according to Doug Kass, president of Seabreeze Partners. Bigger is better within the sector: shares of some so-called TARP banks could "double or triple in the next three-to-four years," Kass predicts, making a notable exception of Citigroup. Kass is long several other TARP banks, including SunTrust, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, PNC and State Street, and says these are "investments" not trades. 
ETF BASIC NEWS June 5, 2009 9:15am

Why You Should Be After QQQQ

qWhether you love it or hate it, the PowerShares QQQ(QQQQ) is one of the most highly monitored and frequently traded ETFs in the market today. This benchmark ETF tracks the capitalization-based Nasdaq 100 Index and is composed of the largest domestic and international non-financial companies listed on the Nasdaq. While QQQQ has a high correlation with other large-cap growth ETFs, like the iShares S&P 500 Growth Index(IVW) and Vanguard Growth ETF(VUG), key differences have helped QQQQ emerge as one of the most popular ETFs in the market today. To call the QQQQ "tech heavy" is an understatement. According to issuer PowerShares, the QQQQ has a 62.99% tech allocation. The second and third largest sectors in the QQQQ are health care and consumer discretionary, comprising 16.56% and 12.59% of the fund, respectively.
ETF BASIC NEWS June 5, 2009 8:17am

Mutual Fund Doomsday Clock(TM) Launched

doomsdayThe mutual fund is under duress and fund executives and their marketers need to take steps now to prop it up, that according to a recently released white paper, How to Save the Mutual Fund (Before It's Too Late), authored by Dave Swanson, Founder and Managing Principal of SwanDog Strategic Marketing. In the paper, Swanson lauds the mutual fund as the financial industry's "Grand Dame" over the past 20 years, but notes that "the old broad" is now 85 years old and in need of an extreme makeover to keep it viable.
ETF BASIC NEWS June 5, 2009 8:04am

ETF Investors Buy in May

mayETF investors seemingly ignored the old stock market adage: "Sell in May and go away." In fact, the ETF industry posted its best month of the year, in terms of net inflows, attracting more than $14 billion in new assets during the month. For some context, this compares with May 2008 net ETF inflows of about $3.3 billion. Leveraged and inverse ETFs accounted for about 11% of the month's net inflows, versus 27% last month. The impressive inflows of the past month helped push the industry's year-to-date total net inflows to more than $20.5 billion. With the markets showing resiliency in holding on to gains from its recent rally, we're seeing investors start to regain their appetites for risk. A sign that optimism about the economy is growing can be seen in the bond markets; the yield on the 10-year Treasury note is now at its highest level since November, rising almost a complete percentage point since the end of April. 
NYSE:EEM June 5, 2009 7:39am

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