Semiconductor ETF sees large Inflow

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From ETF Channel: Exchange traded funds (ETFs) trade just like stocks, but instead of ''shares'' investors are actually buying and selling ''units''. These ''units'' can be traded back and forth just like stocks, but can also be created or destroyed to accommodate investor demand. Each week we monitor the week-over-week change in shares outstanding data, to keep a lookout for those ETFs experiencing notable inflows (many new units created) or outflows (many old units destroyed). Creation of new units will mean the underlying holdings of the ETF need to be purchased, while destruction of units involves selling underlying holdings, so large flows can also impact the individual components held within ETFs.
NYSE:SMH February 15, 2019 3:49pm

S&P 500 earnings outlook on pace towards its first decline in 3 years

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From Tomi Kilgore: It wasn't a great week for fourth-quarter earnings, as the growth outlook pulled back a bit and the outlook for the first quarter fell deeper into the red, which would mark the first year-over-year decline in nearly three years, if it holds.
NYSE:SPY

Recession warning? Retail Sales fell 1.2% in December, biggest monthly drop since 2009

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From Reuters: U.S. retail sales recorded their biggest drop in more than nine years in December as receipts fell across the board, suggesting a sharp slowdown in economic activity at the end of 2018.
NYSE:XRT February 14, 2019 12:10pm

The Nasdaq is on the verge of ending its longest bear market since 1991

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From Mark Decambre: The Nasdaq Composite Index, often used as a proxy for the health of technology and internet-related stocks, on Wednesday was on the verge of ending its longest bear market, by one measure, since 1991.
NASDAQ:QQQ February 13, 2019 1:15pm

Cybersecurity Sector Rallies on Stronger-Than-Expected Earnings

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From Sweta Killa: Cyber security stocks have been rallying lately on stronger-than-expected earnings. On a year-to-date basis, the stocks have crushed the broader market. Most of the cybersecurity firms beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate for both earnings and revenues and offered robust guidance.
NYSE:HACK February 11, 2019 4:16pm

Semiconductor stocks fall after Goldman Sachs warns that ‘fundamentals remain very soft’

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From Thomas Franck:
NYSE:SMH February 8, 2019 3:48pm

Wall St. investor predicts a 10%-30% decline for equity markets in 2019

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From Stephanie Landsman: An investor known for running a bear fund is predicting a massive market setback.
NYSE:SPY February 7, 2019 12:07pm

Why the S&P 500 could trade above 3,000 points by year-end

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From Ivan Martchev: The latest Federal Reserve statement and press conference certainly gave investors all they wanted to hear when it comes to the central bank's "flexibility," which was a major issue in the fourth-quarter selloff in the stock market.
NYSE:SPY February 6, 2019 4:13pm

Video Game stocks are collapsing after reporting earnings

Retail sales will grow as much as 4.4% in 2019, exceeding $3.8 trillion: NRF

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From Tonya Garcia: The National Retail Federation announced its 2019 retail sales forecast, expecting the total to exceed $3.8 trillion with growth of 3.8% to 4.4%. "More people are working, they're making more money, their taxes are lower and their confidence remains high," said Matthew Shay, the group's chief executive, in a statement. "The biggest priority is to ensure that our economy continues to grow and to avoid self-inflicted wounds. It's time for artificial problems like trade wars and shutdowns to end, and to focus on prosperity not politics." The NRF said retailers so far have been able to blunt the impact of higher tariffs, but that could change if tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods go up to 25% from 10%. Preliminary numbers show that retail sales grew 4.6% in 2018, reaching $3.68 trillion. Online sales were up 10.4% to $682.8 billion, and are expected to grow 10% to 12% in 2019 as well. The SPDR S&P Retail ETF XRT, +0.34% has gained 1.7% over the last 12 months. The Amplify Online Retail ETF IBUY, +1.07% has gained 11.3% in the past year. The S&P 500 index SPX, +0.19% is up 3.2% for the period.
NYSE:XRT February 5, 2019 12:56pm

Global sales of Semiconductors reached a record high in 2018

From Wallace Witkowski: Global sales of semiconductors reached a record high in 2018, reaching a trillion chips sold for the first time, even as growth tapered off in the second half of the year, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association on Monday. Sales of chips grew 13.7% to $468.8 billion worldwide in 2018 compared with 2017 sales. "Global demand for semiconductors reached a new high in 2018, with annual sales hitting a high-water mark and total units shipped topping 1 trillion for the first time," said John Neuffer, SIA president and chief executive, in a statement. "Market growth slowed during the second half of 2018, but the long-term outlook remains strong." The largest category of sales went to memory chips with $158 billion in sales, the fastest growing category at an increase of 27.4%, SIA said. Of those memory sales, DRAM sales products increased 36.4%, while sales of NAND flash products increased 14.8%. DRAM, or dynamic random access memory, is the type of memory commonly used in PCs and servers, while NAND chips are the flash memory chips used in USB drives and smaller devices such as digital cameras. In December, Micron Technology Inc. MU, -0.98% the largest U.S. maker of memory chips, forecast quarterly revenue that was nearly $1 billion less than Wall Street was estimating as the industry deals with oversupply issues. Micron shares, while up 23% in 2019, are down 4% over the past 12 months, compared with an 11% year-to-date gain in the PHLX Semiconductor Index SOX, +0.05%which is down 2.6% over the past 12 months. Compared to the broader market, the S&P 500 index SPX, +0.34% is up 7.9% for the year and down 2.1% over the past 12 months, and the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, +0.91% is up 10% for the year and up 0.9% over the past 12 months.
NYSE:SMH February 4, 2019 1:32pm

S&P 500 had its best January in 32 years, but analysts warn about these 2 challenges

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From Pippa Stevens: It seems that December and its dramatic drop for stocks -- it was the S&P's worst December since 1931 -- is firmly in the rear-view mirror.
NYSE:SPY February 1, 2019 1:28pm

What’s Behind The Bank ETF’s Rally?

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From Todd Shriber: Financial services, one of 2018's worst-performing sectors, is looking to shed that laggard status this year. The group is off to a good start, as highlighted by the Financial Select Sector SPDR XLF 0.06%, which is up 9.15 percent year-to-date.
NYSE:XLF January 29, 2019 1:24pm

Chip Stocks slide after Nvidia’s warning

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From Tomi Kilgore: Semiconductor stocks took a premarket dive Monday, after Nvidia Corp.NVDA, -15.02% cut its fourth-quarter revenue and gross margin outlook, citing weakness in its gaming and datacenter businesses. Shares of Advanced Micro Devices Inc. AMD, -7.11% sank 7.3% ahead of the open, after being down 0.5% just prior to Nvidia's warning, while Intel Corp.'s stock INTC, -1.46% dropped 2.0%, extended a loss of 0.8% just before the warning. Last week, Intel reported fourth-quarter total revenue, including data center revenue, that missed expectations. Micron Technology Inc. shares MU, -2.25% fell 5.4%, after being down 1.1% just before Nvidia's warning. Nvidia's stock plunged 15% in premarket trade, while the VanEck Vectors Semiconductor ETF SMH, -2.17% dropped 4.0%. The chip ETF has rallied 8.0% over the past three months, while the S&P 500SPX, -1.16% has edged up 0.2%.
NYSE:SMH January 28, 2019 1:31pm

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