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Defense & Aerospace ETFs

The Great Stimulus: China ETFs Getting Closer to Lift-Off

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The willingness of Greek leadership to throw salt into the wounds of the global financial system is the only thing on Mr. Market’s mind. It follows that the ongoing European debt crisis continues to steal all of the headline space. Yet there are a number of economic data points that investors should not gloss over. For instance, China’s Purchasing Manufacturing Index fell to 50.4 in October from 51.2 in September. The lower number suggests that China’s economy has slowed down… cooling off…

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Technically Oversold ETFs: Only A Few Are Worthy Of Consideration Today

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It’s one thing to claim that the stock market is pricing in Armageddon… that emotionality is trumping rationality. It’s another thing to dismiss investor fears as silly or absurd. Along these lines, the researchers at Bespoke published a fascinating table of “technically oversold” ETFs. In Analystville, one may regard an ETF as oversold when its current price is more than 10% below a 50-day moving average. Bespoke’s list actually included ETFs that plummeted more than 15% below the popular 50-day trendline. Big time oversold, right? However, a quick perusal…

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Long-Term Thematic ETFs Or Near-Term Momentum?

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Scores of investment gurus live on momentum and relative strength. They may advocate investing solely in those assets that have put together streaks over 4, 8 and 12 weeks (3 months). Other media darlings don’t care what happens in a shorter period. They may run with a particular theme for decades. For instance, Jim Rogers likes commodities and the China growth story, irregardless of the bumps that may occur along the path. Sometimes, the hottest 3-month winners are the same investments that fit a…

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“Unusual” Combination of ETFs Hitting New 52-Week Highs

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Stocks haven’t quite “gone away” in May. In fact, the S&P 500 at 1346 remains within spitting distance of its multi-year peak of 1370. In spite of remarkable stock resilience, the 10-year treasury bond yield has dropped to a jaw-droppingly low 3.14%. That has helped Bond ETFs hit 52-week highs for the fourth consecutive week. (Remember, it wasn’t that long ago that perceived economic strength had been pushing 10-year yields toward 4.0%.) One might be tempted to attribute bond gains and the corresponding ultra-low yields to…

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3 Of The Most Consistent Sector ETFs Available Right Now

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Face it… you’ve probably been waiting for a more siginificant equity pullback. And you’ve been wondering why market participants haven’t taken more profits or waited for larger dips to put new money to work. In some ways, it may or may not be as simple as this: Short-sellers have yet to throw in the towel. It is true that investors betting that stocks will fall nearly caved on Friday, January 14. (Review my feature on the efficacy of the CBOE Put/Call Ratio.) However, until the uber-pessimists finally fold…

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Republican ETFs: Contrary To Popular Opinion

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Financial journalists, bloggers and wannabes have chimed in on the stock market implications of the Republican landslide. Unfortunately, many writers offered up ETF picks that arrived a little late to the idea table. For instance, with the Republicans taking over the U.S. House of Representatives, many are now touting oil-related investments. I don’t disagree. After all, the energy sector isn’t threatened by cap-n-trade legislation and the Fed’s QE2 reflates the price of crude. At the same time, might there have been a little more foresight? The Republican…

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Manufacturing-Oriented ETFs Benefit From Lower U.S. Dollar

By | Commodity ETFs, Consumer ETFs, Current Affairs and ETFs, Defense & Aerospace ETFs, ETF Philosophy, ETF Strategy, Industrial ETFs, Special Sectors ETFs, Technology ETFs, US Markets and ETFs | No Comments

The debate about dollar devaluation — its risks, its rewards — isn’t going to end anytime soon. The Fed’s intention to begin a second round of “quantitative easing (QE)” assures us of that. Yet investors who may feel queasy about jumping into gold at $1310 per ounce can consider other beneficiaries of a weaker dollar. In fact, U.S. manufacturing segments may see orders rise substantially due to rising currency values in emerging regions. I decided to look back at IndustryWeek’s (IW) 2010 50…

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10 ETFs That Benefit From Potential “Quantitative Easing”

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The PowerShares Dollar Bullish Fund (UUP) has fallen 11% since early June. For worse or for better, the U.S. dollar’s value on the world stage is the same as it was at the start of 2010. By itself, this fact isn’t all that alarming. Yet the Federal Reserve’s orchestrated maneuvers in the light of day — a dollar devaluation process known as “quantitative easing (QE)” — should be viewed with some apprehension. In a perfect world, the Fed may take quantitative…

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3 ETFs With Trend-Busting Street Credentials

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There may be more than 1000 ETFs worth $850 billion in assets. However, when you remove leveraged “long”/”short” investments, and when you discard those with limited assets under management (i.e., less than $100 million), you pare that list down to 380 ETFs. Most of the themes for 2010 are readily recognizable in this ETF roll call. Current prices for Materials ETFs, Traditional Energy ETFs and Alternative Energy ETFs remain well below respective trendlines. Europe ETFs are still submerged in the deep…

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Industry ETFs and Sector ETFs In Relation To Their 52-Week Lows

By | Biotechnology ETFs, Commodity ETFs, Consumer ETFs, Current Affairs and ETFs, Defense & Aerospace ETFs, Energy ETFs, ETF Philosophy, ETF Strategy, Financial ETFs, Health ETFs, Industrial ETFs, Internet ETFs, Materials ETFs, Retail ETFs, Special Sectors ETFs, Technology ETFs, US Markets and ETFs, Utilities ETFs | No Comments

The S&P 500 is more than 15% off its April peak. In fact, nearly all sector and industry investments have fallen more than a corrective 10% from the top. Yet there may be another approach for assessing the damage. For example, the S&P 500 index itself hasn’t been at this price level since October of 2009… more than eight months ago. In making this observation, we’re also able to say that the index is still 17% higher than its 52-week lows of last July. How…

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