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Trend Remains Favorable For Defensive Equity ETFs and Yield-Oriented ETFs

Many¬†folks are “banking” on a year-end rally. The catalyst? The European Union¬†(EU) will¬†come up with a massive recapitalization (a.k.a. bailout) of their¬†financial institutions. In theory,¬†if¬†we no longer need to fret the collapse of the¬†EU — the solvency of¬†member nations, the functionality of its banks, etc.¬†–¬†investors should be able to return to¬†corporate earnings. And most should like [...] Continue Reading...


ETFs That Have Entered Bear Market Territory

On 8/2/11, the same day that President Obama signed a bipartisan bill to raise the debt ceiling, the stock market floor collapsed.¬†Specifically, the S&P 500 closed below its 200-day moving average — a technical trendline for stock buying support. Indeed, the heralded benchmark of U.S. stocks hadn’t finished below its 200-day MA¬†since last September. Equally disconcerting, [...] Continue Reading...


Uninspired Guidance Does Not Hurt Tech Sector ETFs

One of the “constant” declarations of the current earnings season? Of those reporting, roughly 3/4 of corporations exceeded profit-per-share estimates. On the other hand, it’s not uncommon for 2/3 to 3/4 of companies to beat lowered expectations;¬†key executives help to create “beatable” numbers. In addition,¬†each of¬†8¬†major economic sectors¬†typically have corporations that, historically speaking, raise the earnings-per-share [...] Continue Reading...


Debt Disorder Takes a Toll On Dividend ETFs

Roughly one hour before bond and stock markets closed on Monday, 7/25/11, congressional Democrats expressed that the House Republican debt plan was a “non-starter” in the Senate. Wince! Six hours later, President Obama spoke to the American people about a potential catastrophe that could see interest rates on credit cards, mortgages and car loans skyrocket. [...] Continue Reading...


Why Can’t Tech ETFs Buy a Break?

In the last month, both Linked In (LNKD) and Pandora (P) came to the New York Stock Exchange with an enormous amount of fanfare. Both IPOs held out the promise of a new appreciation for the future of business. And yet, each IPO currently resides below the lowest price on the first day that shares traded. The low for LNKD on its first day on the [...] Continue Reading...


2011 Sector ETFs Are Following The 2010 Playbook

Until recently, scores of gurus had questioned the sector rotation into non-cyclical sectors. April jobs numbers were “phenomenal” and corporate earnings were sensational. Why should investors sell in May and go away? Yet telecom, health care and consumer staples (e.g., toothpaste, peanut butter, etc.)¬†were rocketing up the relative strength percentile rankings. And many¬†analysts explained¬†that the April-May [...] Continue Reading...


Sector ETFs: What The “New” Leaders Are Telling Investors

It wasn’t that long ago when I¬†criticized terms such as “overbought” and “undervalued.” (See April’s Going Global: Rethinking the Overbought Concept.) In essence, I explained why investors may¬†give more credence to¬†powerful-sounding words than they give to¬†common sense information. With that said, you should look at a sector’s P/E ratio and compare it against the sector’s P/E [...] Continue Reading...


Technology ETFs Pricing In “Disappointment” This Earnings Season

Tech underperformed the broader U.S. market in Q1. And historically, the tech sector’s best months don’t typically arrive until¬†Q4. Will¬†Q2 earnings season be able to get the tech train back on track? Probably not. The longest-term Microsoft investors with the patience to clip the 3% dividend coupon¬†may be satisfied. However,¬†”cap app” seekers may not¬†be¬†dancing in the [...] Continue Reading...


Identifying “Corrections” In Sector ETFs And In Country ETFs

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, [...] Continue Reading...


Sector ETFs: Relative Strength Darlings In Technology and Natural Resources

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. [...] Continue Reading...


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