On March 2nd, the ETF Profit Strategy Newsletter recommended to sell the previously acquired short ETFs and buy long ETFs, in particular financial related ETFs such as the Ultra Financial ProShares (NYSEArca: UYG).
As financials have seemingly recovered (more about that later), General Motors was forced to file for bankruptcy. This did not fase investors, as the Dow rallied over 220 points on economic news which was perceived to be positive.
Effective as of June 8th, Travelers (NYSE: TRV) will replace Citigroup (NYSE: C), while Cisco (Nasdaq: CSCO) will replace General Motors.
How new components are selected:
Composition changes are rare and generally occur following corporate acquisitions, or other dramatic shifts in a company’s core business. When such an event necessitates that one component be replaced, the entire average is reviewed. The increased frequency of recent changes reflects the shift in economic momentum. Even blue chip stocks are far from recession resistant.
Constituents, or replacements, are selected by the editors of The Wall Street Journal. A stock typically is added only if the company is widely known, demonstrates sustained growth, is of interest to a large number of investors, and accurately represents a market sector covered by the average.
Even though new to the Dow Jones, Cisco has been part of many other indexes/ETFs for years. The Nasdaq (NYSEArca: QQQQ), Technology Select Sector SPDRs (NYSEArca: XLK), and Russell 1000 Growth (NYSEArca: IWF) are just a few examples.
Travelers is actually a former unit of Citigroup. We are all familiar with Citigroup’s recent history.