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Semiconductor ETFs

Identifying “Corrections” In Sector ETFs And In Country ETFs

By | Alt Energy ETFs, Asia ETFs, Commodity ETFs, Current Affairs and ETFs, Emerging Market ETFs, Energy ETFs, ETF Philosophy, ETF Strategy, Frontier Market ETFs, Materials ETFs, Natural Resources ETFs, Semiconductor ETFs, Special Sectors ETFs, US Markets and ETFs | No Comments

The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) closed more than 10% above its long-term 200-day moving average. That hasn’t happened since August of 2010, back when investors fretted the possibility of a double-dip recession. Today, the worries are more cumulative in nature. Uncertain job growth, depressed home values, debt troubles in Europe, rising commodity prices, the threat of rising rates, inflation in Asia, civil unrest in Libya, and now, nuclear radiation levels in Japan. In spite of a laundry list of concerns, and in spite of a -17% 2-day collapse in…

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Sector ETFs: Relative Strength Darlings In Technology and Natural Resources

By | Alt Energy ETFs, Commodity ETFs, Current Affairs and ETFs, Energy ETFs, ETF Strategy, Natural Resources ETFs, Semiconductor ETFs, Technology ETFs, Telecom ETFs, US Markets and ETFs | No Comments

The first round of earnings reports gave investors plenty of reasons to smile — from Tiffany’s outlook to Alcoa’s expectation-beater to KB Home’s profit. And yet, in spite of the S&P 500 visiting the 1276-1278 level on virtually every day of the New Year, resistance has kept stocks in check. Perhaps it’s not enough that Japan has joined China in offering to buy European debt. Or maybe it’s “curtains” for the U.S. housing market, now that mortgage rates have nowhere to go but up. Proposals to sack the mortgage interest deduction for $500,000+…

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Turnaround ETFs: Sub-Sectors With The Largest Relative Strength Swings

By | Commodity ETFs, Consumer ETFs, Current Affairs and ETFs, Energy ETFs, ETF Philosophy, ETF Strategy, Global ETFs, Natural Resources ETFs, Semiconductor ETFs, Special Sectors ETFs, Technology ETFs, US Markets and ETFs, Utilities ETFs | No Comments

Honestly, I’ve heard the macro-economic case for investing in the water industry many times in the last half-decade. In fact, I’ve probably written my fair share of features, explaining how population growth is pushing demand at the expense of a limited, uncontaminated supply. Yet, funds like PowerShares Water Resources (PHO) and Claymore Guggenheim S&P Global Water (CGW) have recently catapulted to the forefront of investor imagination. After struggling through the first half of 2010, the second half has been clear sailing. So what’s with the big time…

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ETFs In 3 Sub-Sectors Are Hitting Fresh 52-Week Highs

By | Commodity ETFs, Consumer ETFs, Current Affairs and ETFs, Energy ETFs, Internet ETFs, Natural Resources ETFs, Retail ETFs, Semiconductor ETFs, Special Sectors ETFs, Technology ETFs, US Markets and ETFs | No Comments

The Dow, S&P 500 and Nasdaq offer 3 different ways to look at the U.S. market’s health. Even with the monumental start to December trading, however, none of the broad market indexes are hitting new 52-week peaks. (Not yet, anyway.) It’s not like certain sectors haven’t been pulling their weight. SPDR Select Energy (XLE) and SPDR Select Consumer Discretionary (XLY) have not only been pulling their share of the cargo, they have set new high marks. Still, you have to look a bit deeper. Certain industries,…

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Commodity ETFs Appear Less Vulnerable Near The Start Of September

By | Commodity ETFs, Consumer ETFs, Current Affairs and ETFs, ETF Philosophy, Financial ETFs, Natural Resources ETFs, Semiconductor ETFs, Special Sectors ETFs, US Markets and ETFs | No Comments

Permabears love to talk about a “lack of conviction” on the part of the share purchasing public. Specifically, when upward momentum in stocks occurs on “low volume,” they dismiss the price movement outright. On Monday, 8/30/10, Dow stocks experienced a triple-digit pullback. Meanwhile, the S&P 500 and the NASDAQ both gave up more than 1.5%. However, with the trading session sporting the lowest volume of share trading in all of 2010, how meaningful was the slide? Ironically, the “permanently bearish” still harped on the slow…

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Semiconductor ETFs: One-Day Wonders Or Super-Powered Engines Of Growth

By | Current Affairs and ETFs, ETF Philosophy, ETF Strategy, Mid Cap ETFs, Semiconductor ETFs, Technology ETFs, Telecom ETFs, US Markets and ETFs | No Comments

As many as 75% of companies are beating their earnings estimates… far above the 65% norm. Yet, consumer, homebuilder and newsletter sentiment have all dropped to bone-chilling depths, pushing pessimism to the forefront of investors’ minds. Indeed, macro-economic anxiety has been dampening the share prices of companies, in spite of some very positive results. One would think that Intel’s “best quarter EVER” could have carried a little more credibility with the stock market at large. Unfortunately, it did not. Was Intel’s (INTC) “best quarter ever” lost on the investing public? After all, Advanced…

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ETF Portfolio With 7 Different Sectors Earns 45% Year-Over Year!

By | Commodity ETFs, Consumer ETFs, Current Affairs and ETFs, Energy ETFs, ETF Philosophy, ETF Strategy, Health ETFs, Internet ETFs, Materials ETFs, Natural Resources ETFs, Semiconductor ETFs, Special Sectors ETFs, Technology ETFs, Transportation ETFs, US Markets and ETFs | No Comments

The University of Michigan’s Consumer Sentiment Report could not have been more dismal. The gauge fell to its lowest level of confidence since the 2009 start of the Obama Administration. The news weighed heavily on stocks, pushing the S&P 500 back into solid correction territory… roughly 12.5% off its April high. And yet, consumers and investors are as frightened as they’ve ever been. Should we count the lucky charms in our portfolio bowls? Has the March 2009 cyclical bull met its match? Personally, it’s…

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3 ETFs With Trend-Busting Street Credentials

By | Biotechnology ETFs, Currency ETFs, Current Affairs and ETFs, Defense & Aerospace ETFs, Health ETFs, Internet ETFs, Semiconductor ETFs, Special Sectors ETFs, Technology ETFs, US Markets and ETFs | No Comments

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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5 Sector ETFs That Have Benefited From Volatility

By | Commodity ETFs, Consumer ETFs, Current Affairs and ETFs, Energy ETFs, ETF Philosophy, Financial ETFs, Global ETFs, Materials ETFs, Natural Resources ETFs, Semiconductor ETFs, Special Sectors ETFs, Technology ETFs, US Markets and ETFs, Utilities ETFs | No Comments

On Thursday, April 22, 2010, I penned a column for ETF Risk Alert subscribers titled, “Resilience Or End Of the Road?” The commentary focused on the increasing volatility that one could see by looking at the intra-day price range for stock assets. On April 30, 2010, in “A Week of Heightened Volatility,” I addressed the fact that the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) had climbed above its 50-Day MA for the first time since late January’s correction. I raised ETF Risk Levels accordingly….

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Momentum ETFs Or Contrarian ETFs: Your Next 6 Months May Depend On It!

By | Biotechnology ETFs, Commodity ETFs, Consumer ETFs, Current Affairs and ETFs, Energy ETFs, ETF Philosophy, Financial ETFs, Materials ETFs, Natural Resources ETFs, Real Estate ETFs, Retail ETFs, Semiconductor ETFs, US Markets and ETFs, Utilities ETFs | No Comments

Six months ago, the pervasive commentary surrounding stock assets involved “coming too far, too fast.” Yet the nay-saying didn’t stop there. Financial stocks were supposed to buckle because few institutions were lending. Discretionary stocks were supposed to crater because consumers were still deleveraging in a poor job environment. And REITs? They were suspect due to everything from residential foreclosures to empty commercial buildings. Nevertheless, a contrarian investor in October of 2009 might have looked at the world a little differently. He/she couldn’t join the…

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