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Oil prices are rising after Saudi Arabia says oil tankers were attacked

From Reuters : Oil futures rose on Monday on increasing concerns about supply disruptions in the Middle East even as investors and traders fretted over global economic growth prospects amid a standoff in the Sino-U.S. trade talks.
NYSE:USO May 13, 2019 10:30am

The S&P 500 has its worst week year-to-date

From Emily McCormick:

Stocks recovered some losses Friday after Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin called trade talks with China this week "constructive." The upbeat comments helped ease concerns after President Donald Trump's new tariffs on Chinese-made goods went into effect early Friday morning, escalating fears of a full-blown trade war.

NYSE:SPY May 10, 2019 10:23pm

Retailers anticipate challenges due to increased tariffs

From Lauren Thomas: Tariffs in the U.S. have increased to 25% from 10% on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods, including on things most American shoppers buy for their homes, like furniture and electronics.
NYSE:XRT May 10, 2019 3:22pm

Fitch Ratings upgrades its economic outlook on Vietnam

From Todd Shriber : With international trade tensions running higher, Vietnamese equities are getting caught in the downdraft. The VanEck Vectors Vietnam ETF VNM 0.75%, the lone Vietnam exchange traded fund listed in the U.S., is down about 5 percent over the past month.
NYSE:VNM May 10, 2019 2:55pm

Dow Jones Industrial Average falls 300 points due to the tariff battle with China

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From Yun Li : Stocks fell on Friday, extending this week's sell-off, after President Donald Trump said there's "absolutely no need to rush" on a trade agreement with China and tariffs will make the United States "much stronger."
INDEXDJX:.DJI May 10, 2019 1:23pm

Gold edges higher after Friday’s weaker than expected CPI number

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From Neils Christensen: Gold prices are trading at the top of their recent trading range but still struggling to find momentum even as consumer inflation come in weaker than expected.
NYSE:GLD May 10, 2019 1:10pm

Cannabis stocks that could still be big winners

From Jeff Reeves: The first stories trumpeting the business opportunities in marijuana started popping up around 2016, as ballot initiatives that year legalized recreational marijuana in California, Nevada, Maine and Massachusetts.
NYSE:MJ May 10, 2019 1:06pm

Consumer discretionary sector is 2nd-best performer in 2019

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From Consumer discretionary was the second-best performing sector through the first four months of the year with a return of about 22 percent.
NYSE:XLF May 9, 2019 6:00pm

Airfares in the U.S. are getting more expensive

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From Phil LeBeau: Don't look now, U.S. airfares just went up.
NYSE:XTN May 9, 2019 5:57pm

Mortgage rates fall, head to best levels for 2019

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From Doug Whiteman:

Lower mortgage rates continue to bloom in May, after an April that rained down increases in borrowing costs.

NYSE:XHB May 9, 2019 5:55pm

The semiconductor sector is on pace to have worst week in 3 years

From Ryan Vlastelica:

Semiconductor stocks are on track for their biggest weekly percentage loss in more than three years as a weak growth outlook from Intel Corp. further pressured a sector already rattled by a resurgence of trade uncertainty.

NYSE:SMH May 9, 2019 2:51pm

Wall St. veteran says the stock market could drop 6% without a trade deal

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iFrom Lizzy Gurdus : Deal or no deal?
INDEXSP:.INX May 9, 2019 2:40pm

Gold prices edge higher on US-China trade-war concern

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From Reuters: Gold prices rose on Thursday, supported by a weaker dollar and as investors sought safe-haven assets after U.S. President Donald Trump warned a trade deal with China was in danger, sending global stocks lower.
NYSE:GLD May 9, 2019 12:45pm

Large Cap ETFs have performed the best in 2019

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From John Jagerson:
With few exceptions, most Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) have done very well so far in 2019. For investors who took advantage of the opportunity in ETFs that follow the S&P 500 or similar large-cap stock indexes, this has rung especially true.

What ETFs have done the best?

As I mentioned, ETFs that track large capitalization stocks like the S&P 500 or Dow Jones Industrial Average have done the best so far in 2019. The ETF that experienced the most growth in total investors was the Vanguard S&P 500 ETF (VOO) that saw investors place another $6.5 billion in the fund over the last 4 months.
Tracking right behind large-cap stock ETFs were those that invest in the stocks of emerging markets (EM) like Brazil, Russia, China and India. This is a little surprising, because investors are still concerned about trade disputes and tariff wars between the U.S. and China. But because EM funds are considered riskier than large cap funds, investors like the fact that they have been rising together. The correlation between risky and "safe" stock funds indicates that there is more strength behind the bull market than if large cap funds had been rising alone.
Adding a little more confidence to the rally is the group of ETFs representing corporate bonds. The outperformance of this group is a little less surprising than EM because investors have been very attracted to the relatively high dividends paid by these ETFs. For example, if you include the value of its dividends, the iShares High Yield Corporate Bond ETF (HYG) is up almost 8.5% this year, which is very good for a bond fund. For comparison, the Bloomberg Barclay's Aggregate Index, which tracks the performance of corporate bonds in the U.S. is only up 2.5% for the year.

The outlook for the top performers in 2019

A preference for large-cap stock and corporate bond ETFs is easier to understand if you know what the U.S. Federal Reserve (the Fed) has been promising about interest rates. If you have been shopping for a mortgage, you probably already know that rates have declined since the end of 2018 and are currently near the same level they were in January of last year.
If interest rates are low, investors tend to favor "income" over growth. Dividends are more valuable while rates are low, and the Fed has promised to resist raising rates again in 2019. Large cap stocks and corporate bonds are sources of income, so investors have favored those funds.
Because economic growth is a little slow right now and the Fed has promised (more or less) not to raise rates again this year, I expect these trends to continue. We may not get another 17% worth of gains in a 90-day period, but I think the preference for income will help large-cap and corporate bond funds outperform.

Which ETFs have done the worst?

The big bullish move in stocks in 2019 indicates that investors were willing to take on more risk and may have oversold the stock market at the end of 2018. Even though funds with large dividends performed well, investors haven't seemed very worried about adding "safety" funds to their portfolio.
For example, if investors start to panic, they will buy funds that track things like gold or U.S. Treasury bonds. These assets don't pay much, if any, income and they aren't usually expected to grow; however, they are usually safer than stocks in a bad market.
The largest ETF that tracks gold-bullion, the SPDR Gold Shares ETF (GLD), is down nearly -1% for the year so far. The largest ETF that tracks long-term U.S. Treasury bonds, the iShares 20+Year Treasury Bond ETF (TLT), is only up a measly +0.67% for the year.
The healthcare sector is another group that tends to do better in a slow market and has been performing poorly this year. In this case, the negative returns from ETFs that track healthcare stocks is more likely the result of political uncertainty around the "Medicare-for-all" ideas promoted by 2020 Democratic presidential candidates than a bullish market.

The outlook for the worst performers in 2019

The poor performance in safety assets like gold and U.S. Treasury bonds tells us something about the market's bias in 2019. If interest rates are low and economic growth is still positive, investors are likely to avoid the most conservative investments. I expect that this trend will continue, as long as there aren't any major economic disruptions later this year. For example, if growth in China and India were to drop suddenly, the safety sectors could get a lot more interest from investors.

Looking ahead

The current trends among ETFs seem likely to continue if economic growth remains positive overall. I have some concerns about whether that situation can be sustained into 2020, but, for 2019, the trends we have seen so far seem likely to continue. Investors should continue to prefer stock funds and higher-risk corporate bonds funds while interest rates remain low.

The Vanguard S&P500 ETF (VOO) rose $0.42 (+0.16%) in after-hours trading Wednesday. Year-to-date, VOO has gained 8.16%. VOO currently has an ETF Daily News SMART Grade of A (Strong Buy), and is ranked #4 of 157 ETFs in the Large Cap Blend ETFs category.
This article is brought to you courtesy of Investopedia.
NYSE:VOO May 8, 2019 5:58pm

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