Archive | Transportation ETFs

U.S. Manufacturing Shrinks. Should You Rethink Your Exposure to High Beta ETFs?

The possibility of the Federal Reserve slowing its bond purchasing program sent interest rates rocketing in May. Rate-sensitive assets — dividend stocks, REITs, MLPs, preferreds, muni bonds — all began to depreciate in value. By the end of the month, even common stocks began to stammer. Here on the first trading day of June, however, [...] Continue Reading...


Don’t Blame China For The Sell-Off In U.S. Stock ETFs

For the first time in 2013, investors do not appear to be tripping over themselves to buy every fractional percentage dip. Here on 4/15, the media have blamed the accelerated selling on commodity price depreciation and a disappointing GDP reading (7.7%) out of China. So we’re supposed to believe that a manic Monday where the [...] Continue Reading...


Breakdown ETFs: Go Ahead And Give It To Me

Over the course of the 4-year bull market, I’ve kept an eye on the percentage of S&P 100 stocks that reside above a long-term 200-day trendline. Market pressures always seemed to develop when the level approached 86%-90%. Similarly, when the 50-day moving average for the S&P 100 reached 85%, you could pretty much count on [...] Continue Reading...


Three Trends That Favor Non-Cyclical ETFs In April

Investors may be heartened to discover that the Cyprus bailout is back on track. I am not sure how that will prevent Europeans in Italy and Spain from slowly moving their money out of beleaguered banks, but that is an issue for another day. Right now, broad-based U.S. large cap stocks are trading at record [...] Continue Reading...


ETFs For Potential Increases In Demand For Cars And Cell Phones

Lately, I’ve been fielding a great many questions related to automobile companies. Had I seen the 5-year highs on car purchases? Am I aware that autos were the strongest segment in 2012 retail? And what’s the best ETF for capturing the inevitable growth? In truth, I’m not necessarily convinced that the U.S. auto sector will [...] Continue Reading...


Stock ETFs That Didn’t Slump On The Failure To Pass “Plan B”

The fiscal cliff steals the financial headlines on a daily basis. Yet, in spite of increasing volatility and year-end uncertainty, the hot topic hasn’t moved the broader market’s needle. Since the 11/6 election more than 6 weeks ago, the S&P 500 SPDR Trust (SPY) has effectively ended in the same place it began. Bears believe [...] Continue Reading...


ETFs That Are Overexposed To Companies With Questionable Fundamentals

FedEx (FDX) recently blamed its weak profitability prospects on $4.00 jet fuel, as producers may be opting out of costly air shipments. However, railway transporters don’t expect a bottom line bonanza either. Norfolk Southern (NSC) lowered its earnings outlook on weakness in coal transportation as well as general merchandise; NSC fell as much as 6% [...] Continue Reading...


Large Cap ETFs: New 52-Week Highs Across The Sector Spectrum

The CBOE S&P 500 VIX Volatility (VIX) is¬†screaming that stock market participants¬†have become¬†too complacent. Specifically, the current price¬†(14.29) is well below¬†15 — the level at which market-watchers¬†insist that investors are failing to¬†appreciate equity risk. Do stocks have to sell off because of limited daily trading ranges and ultra-low VIX volatility? Only if you have a [...] Continue Reading...


Pivotal Point For The Transportation ETF And The Dow

I’ve listened to scores of prognosticators interpret Dow Theory in a variety of different ways. However, all of them may agree upon one disconcerting reality; specifically, the year-long relative weakness in the Dow Jones Transportation Index¬†could be¬†cause for some concern. While I do not believe in the semi-simplistic notion that the transportation stocks must lead [...] Continue Reading...


3 Market-Defining ETFs Suggest More Stock Pullbacks To Come

European headlines are getting the lion’s share of the blame for across-the-board stock weakness. And, in fact, every investor worry pales in comparison to Eurozone debt concerns. On the other hand, weak corporate forecasts and earnings misses are also making the rounds. Most troubling?¬†The world’s largest package delivery company, United Parcels Service (UPS), missed quarterly [...] Continue Reading...


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