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Transportation ETFs

Volume Breadth Favors Non-Cyclical “Defensive” Sector ETFs

By | Consumer ETFs, Current Affairs and ETFs, Energy ETFs, ETF Philosophy, Financial ETFs, Health ETFs, Industrial ETFs, Materials ETFs, Technology ETFs, Transportation ETFs, US Markets and ETFs, Utilities ETFs | No Comments

Two of the most bullish voices in the mainstream media include money manager Ken Fisher and Bob Doll, the chief equity strategist at Blackrock. Fisher experienced an epic “fail” by completely missing the 2007-2009 bear/financial collapse; he had little choice but to stick with a never-ending bullish theme to claim credit for calling the “turnaround.” Bob Doll has always been more measured; his accomplishments have less to do with Fisher-like marketing skill and more to do with nose-to-the-stone analysis. Nevertheless, if you follow Doll’s…

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2 Resources-Related ETFs Signal Caution For The Global Economy

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Mainstream media reports have been weaving a positive spin into most of their features. Japan? The rebuilding process may actually increase worldwide economic growth. Libya? The ousting of Gaddafi may actually reduce geopolitical risk in the Middle East. The problem with these “maybes” is that there is equally compelling evidence for negative outcomes. While I have no doubt that Japan will be successful in its rebuilding endeavors, the industry of nuclear energy has been battered to its core and Japanese exports may…

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Transportation ETFs: Good News Already Priced In?

By | ETF Philosophy, ETF Strategy, Industrial ETFs, Special Sectors ETFs, Transportation ETFs, US Markets and ETFs | No Comments

In March of 2008, I talked about Warren Buffett’s increasing financial interest in transportation companies like Burlington Northern Santa Fe. It served as a “lead-in” to the notion that the iShares DJ Transportation Index Fund (IYT) could tell you when the U.S. economy might heal. Similarly, the folks at Morningstar recently mentioned that Buffett acquired the 2nd largest railroad corporation outright in February 2010; they also used the “Oracle of Omaha’s” financial interest as a segue for a discussion on diversifying with Transportation ETFs….

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Transportation ETFs and Telecom ETFs: The Best Little Superstar Sectors On The Street

By | Current Affairs and ETFs, Dividend ETFs, ETF Philosophy, ETF Strategy, Global ETFs, Industrial ETFs, Large Cap ETFs, Telecom ETFs, Transportation ETFs, US Markets and ETFs | No Comments

Transportation companies (e.g., railways, air delivery, trucking, shipping, etc.) move materials and unfinished goods to industrial giants like Caterpillar, Boeing and General Electric. Many believe that if the transporters are “on the go,” then the economy is showing signs of health. In contrast, some investors used to turn to the “phone companies” for safer haven investing during recessionary periods. Historically, the higher-than-average dividends acted as a buffer to economic uncertainty. These are two very different economic segments. And yet, the iShares DJ Telecom Fund (IYZ) and the iShares DJ…

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The Growth Gamble: Investors Are Paying Huge Premiums For Small Cap ETFs

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I try to be open about my investing biases. I prefer Asia ETFs to most Latin America ETFs, perhaps because I’ve lived in Hong Kong, Thailand and Taiwan. I’ve been a frequent advocate for income-producing U.S. assets like iShares S&P Preferred (PFF) and JP Morgan Alerian MLP (AMJ), often at the expense of reasonably valued common stock ETFs such as Vanguard Total Stock Market (VTI). It follows that I am admitting a bias here… I am not crazy about U.S. Small Cap ETFs. The…

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Sector ETFs: Strength In Avoiding New Government Intervention

By | Consumer ETFs, Current Affairs and ETFs, Energy ETFs, ETF Philosophy, ETF Strategy, Financial ETFs, Health ETFs, Materials ETFs, Retail ETFs, Technology ETFs, Telecom ETFs, Transportation ETFs, US Markets and ETFs, Utilities ETFs | No Comments

InTrade.com currently predicts a 70% chance that Republicans will control the House Of Representatives after the 2010 elections. The site’s prediction market platform has Republican chances of claiming the Senate at approximately 28%. Indeed, many expect big changes after the mid-terms. In fact, there’s a growing sense of giddiness about how high the markets might climb… particularly, if the entire make-up of Congress shifts. I, on the other hand, am not so sure. The broader market has already rallied on the notion that we’ll see…

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Why Energy, Financials and Health Care ETFs Have Year-Over-Year Losses

By | Consumer ETFs, Current Affairs and ETFs, Energy ETFs, ETF Philosophy, ETF Strategy, Financial ETFs, Health ETFs, Industrial ETFs, Materials ETFs, Retail ETFs, Technology ETFs, Telecom ETFs, Transportation ETFs, US Markets and ETFs, Utilities ETFs | No Comments

In the best of times, stock prices of different economic segments behave differently. So it isn’t surprising to find Sector ETFs travelling unique paths in “challenging times.” For instance, if we are heading for the dreaded “double dip,” one might expect relative strength in consumer staples and health care. Staples (XLP) is currently showing relative strength, yet Health Care (XLV) is currently demonstrating relative weakness. This is hardly typical for an economy that’s destined for recession. Or, if we are merely…

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Hardest Hit ETFs, “Take-It-In-Stride” ETFs

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Permabears will probably point to Thursday’s volatile stock sell-off as proof of a double-dip recession. They’ll also suggest that the market’s action is indicative of a major decline ahead. The problem that I have with “get-me-noticed” predictions of devastation is the permanency of the position. For instance, when stocks move higher, permabears explain that it is either a “short seller squeeze” or a meaningless, low volume event. (Should this imply that a 2% drubbing in mid-August is a “long call buyer’s squeeze” or a “limited-shares-traded” event?) In truth, we…

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3 Simple Reasons For ETF Investors To Believe The Bull

By | Asia ETFs, China ETFs, Currency ETFs, Current Affairs and ETFs, Emerging Market ETFs, ETF Philosophy, ETF Strategy, Global ETFs, International ETFs, Latin America ETFs, Transportation ETFs, US Markets and ETFs | No Comments

Why are so many financial articles attributing the 2.25% jump in equities to upbeat earnings reports? Honestly… it’s not like upside surprises haven’t been running at 3 out of 4 from the get-go. It’s not like 3M, AT&T or UPS presented game-changing insight into corporate America’s stellar profitability and respectable sales. Sure, some of the market gains are attributable to earnings “beats” and top-line revenue “beats.” Some of it is a recognition of the prior day’s over-reaction to Fed Chairman Bernanke’s testimony. However, the 7/22 bullishness is primarily a…

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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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