News about <![CDATA[US4642871846]]> News about en-us <![CDATA[Forget The Lions & Tigers...Bears Defending Their Turf]]> During the 38 trading days so far in 2014, we've seen a pullback of 106.5 points on the S&P 500 (NYSE: SPY) (5.76 percent) and a rebound of 105 points (6.07 percent). So, the bottom line is that while the ride has been a bit on the wild

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<![CDATA[A Real Yen For Stocks?]]> Let's see a show of hands. How many of you out there struggle from time to time to ascertain why Ms. Market is doing whatever the heck she is doing on a given day?

Monday was a perfect example of why the word logic is rarely used in connection with the

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<![CDATA[ETF Outlook For Wednesday, February 12, 2014 (EWU, FXI, EWA, CARZ)]]> ETF Outlook for Wednesday, February 12, 2014

iShares MSCI United Kingdom Index ETF (NYSE: EWU)

The Bank of England increased the country’s GDP forecast for 2014 to 3.4 percent from a previous estimate of 2.8 percent. The central bank based its decision on reduced uncertainty and falling unemployment. They also

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<![CDATA[8 Bullish Factors To Consider]]> At the end of January and into the first week of February, we penned a handful of articles -- focusing on the question of whether or not the stock market was facing a new crisis or merely a garden-variety pullback.

Since the market has been dealt more than its fair share

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<![CDATA[Has the Next Worry Arrived?]]> You've got to love the stock market. Just about the time you think you've got it figured out, boom -- it changes.

Or maybe it doesn't, who knows. Frankly, there are times when it is very hard to tell why Ms. Market is doing what she is doing. But since that's

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<![CDATA[Is There Really a Crisis in Emerging Markets?]]> Overnight Monday, China injected liquidity into the banking system, to help stem the tide on their cash crunch.

India raised rates. Nothing bad happened in Argentina. Then after the close on Tuesday, Turkey raised rates from 7.75 percent to 12.0 percent to defend the lira. As a result, the Dow rallied for

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<![CDATA[Emerging Markets Mess: Blame It On The Fed?]]> It is yet unclear as to whether or not the current mess in the emerging markets will morph into a full-fledged crisis (remember the fun of 1998?).

However, it is safe to say the focal point of the stock market remains the currencies, economies, and equity markets of places like China, Argentina,

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<![CDATA[Is It Time To Worry Again?]]> So, traders and their computers are back to worrying about China's (NYSE: FXI) growth rate. And about the state of the U.S. Economy. And whether the taper is a mistake. And about the health of corporate earnings. Or are they?

To be sure, the data out of China overnight

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<![CDATA[ETF Outlook For Thursday, January 23, 2014 (FEZ, FXI, FDN, NYCC)]]> ETF Outlook for Thursday, January 23, 2014

SPDR Euro STOXX 50 ETF (NYSE: FEZ)

The eurozone composite PMI reading increased to 53.2 in January from 52.1 in December to reach its highest level in 31 months. Other good news out of Europe was Spain’s GDP, which grew for the second

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<![CDATA[Beware Of China ETFs (FXI, PGJ, GXC)]]> China’s main stock market index, the Shanghai Composite, finished 2013 with a modest loss of seven percent.

The country has averted a hard landing for a couple years, but the stock market has been lagging the other top economies in the world.

Despite the strong growth out of China, investors continue to

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<![CDATA[ETF Outlook for Thursday, January 2 (FEZ, FXI, SPY, XHB)]]> ETF Outlook for Thursday January 2, 2014

Happy New Year!

SPDR Euro STOXX 50 ETF (NYSE: FEZ)

The Eurozone manufacturing PMI came in at 52.7 in December, an increase from the 51.6 reading in November. The number is the highest in 31 months and was driven by an increase in export

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<![CDATA[13 Things Investors Learned in 2013]]> The big, bad Fed announcement is out of the way.

Lawmakers in D.C. decided not to act like children this holiday season.

The U.S. economy grew at a 4.1 percent clip in the third quarter. Corporate profits are at all-time highs. Inflation is low. Rates are low. The S&P 500 is up

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<![CDATA[Are Stocks Overbought, Overvalued, Over-Owned & Over Exuberant?]]> One of the arguments emanating from the bear camp is that the U.S. stock market is overbought, overvalued, over owned, and over exuberant.

And as you might surmise, those seeing the glass as at least half empty contend that such a combination is both (a) rare and (b) fatal to bull

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<![CDATA[ETF Outlook for Thursday, December 12, 2013 (KWT, FXI, OEF, FXE)]]> ETF Outlook for Thursday, December 12, 2013

Market Vectors Solar Energy ETF (NYSE: KWT)

A fourth quarter revenue warning from SunEdison (NASDAQ: SUNE) has the stock down over seven percent heading into the opening bell. The solar stock is also announcing a debt refinancing effort where the company

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<![CDATA[When Will Asia Save Gold and Coal?]]> Economic policy from the United States has been devastating for the price of gold and coal.

As a result, the exchange traded funds for gold, SPDR Gold Shares (NYSE: GLD) and its coal-related counterpart, Market Vectors Coal (NYSE: KOL), are both down by more than 20 percent

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<![CDATA[Niche ETF of the Week – China Technology (QQQC, BIDU, QIHU, SINA)]]> The emergence of niche ETFs have opened the door for investors to diversify a portfolio into areas that were not available a few years ago. Niche ETFs are not limited to only stocks in the U.S., they also reach to both developed and emerging foreign countries.

The Global X NASDAQ China

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<![CDATA[China's Upcoming Economic Moves With David Riedel]]> David Riedel of Riedel Research Group, which focuses on equity research across key global emerging markets, discussed why he believes China's economy needs to invest in a better safety net on CNBC's Squawk Box Monday morning. 

"The demographics of China absolutely demand it," said Riedel regarding China's development of a

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<![CDATA[New Way to Invest in Chinese Stocks (ASHR, FXI, CHNA, PEK)]]> For the first time, American investors are able to gain access to China A-shares via an ETF.

Tuesday, Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management is launching the db X-trackers Harvest CSI 300 China A-Shares ETF (NYSE: ASHR). The ETF has received the approval to invest in the Chinese A-shares trade on either

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<![CDATA[ETF Outlook for the Week of November 4, 2013]]> ETF Outlook for the Week of November 4, 2013

RevenueShares Large Cap ETF (NYSE: RWL)

Earnings season continues this week with another 75 of the 500 stocks in the S&P 500 scheduled to report. So far the revenue numbers have been “okay”, with only 53 percent of the companies in

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<![CDATA[Will Demand from China Continue Moving Gold and Energy Assets?]]> Economic growth from China is increasing, which is leading to more demand for commodities ranging from gold  to oil to natural gas to coal.

China is the biggest consumer of energy in the world. It is the second biggest customer for gold, only behind India. Investors ranging from the Central Bank of the

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<![CDATA[Are Stocks Overvalued Yet?]]> It's tough to be a bear these days. At the beginning of the year, those seeing the glass as at least half-empty were expecting Europe (NYSE: EZU) to drag the economies of the world into recession, China's (NYSE: FXI) economic growth to tank, the unrest in

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<![CDATA[Do Bonuses for Chilean Copper Workers Mean a Commodities Boom is Coming?]]> While the rescue of underground copper miners at the San Jose facility in Chile captured the world's attention in 2010, but the industry is now working to keep those miners happy. BHP Billiton (NYSE: BHP), according to an article in Bloomberg Businessweek, is now using high salaries and generous

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<![CDATA[ETFs to Watch September 24, 2013 (BSV, DUST, SOCL)]]> Here is the ETF Professor's ETF Watch List for Tuesday, September 24, 2013.

Give the Direxion Daily Gold Miners Bear 3X Shares (NYSE: DUST) a look.

Check in with the Vanguard FTSE Europe ETF (NYSE: VGK).

The iShares US Utilities ETF (NYSE: IDU) rose on big volume

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<![CDATA[Dueling Views On Hong Kong ETFs]]> Although Hong Kong is not an emerging market in the eyes of some index providers, its status as a territory of China and most frequently used avenue for foreign investors to gain access to Chinese stocks gives it an intimate relationship with the world's second-largest economy.

Until recently, major China ETFs

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<![CDATA[Three Diversified EM ETFs Your Broker Forgot to Mention]]> Among diversified, multi-country emerging markets ETFs, the Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF (NYSE: VWO) and the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (NYSE: EEM) reign supreme. The two are not just the two biggest emerging markets ETFs, they are two of the 10 largest U.S. ETFs of

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<![CDATA[Unique China ETFs in Rally Mode]]> Reports of the demise of China ETFs were greatly exaggerated. The most recent economic data points out of the world's second-largest economy have been decent.

Add to that, some investors appear to be embracing the notion that Chinese stocks are attractively valued and trading at discounts to other large emerging markets,

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<![CDATA[ETFs to Watch August 26, 2013 (EWY, JNK, SKF)]]> Here is the ETF Professor's ETF Watch List for Monday, August 26, 2013.

The Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSE: GDX) will be in play as always.

The ProShares UltraShort Financials (NYSE: SKF) will be worth a trade.

The iShares Silver Trust (NYSE: SLV) looks strong.

So does

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<![CDATA[A Look Ahead: This Week's ETFs to Watch]]> U.S. stocks snapped a multi-week losing streak last week, but considerable uncertainty remains regarding when the Federal Reserve will begin tapering its $85 billion-per-month quantitative easing program.

Markets hate uncertainty, but got a heaping dose of it last week when minutes from the FOMC July meeting revealed something a consensus for

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<![CDATA[As Rupee Heads To 70, India ETFs Feel The Pain]]> There is an easy to put into context the impact India's plunging rupee has had on the country's equities and the ETFs that house them. And it goes beyond the fact that $1 now buys about 65 rupees, up from around 55 rupees at the end of last year.

Chew on

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<![CDATA[Russia ETFs Can Be Had For A Song]]> Finding emerging markets that are trading at discounted valuations is not hard these days. China, India, South Korea and other emerging markets are trading at discounted valuations. And yes, per usual, so is Russia.

Russia, the world's largest oil producer, is home to some of the most profitable companies in the

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<![CDATA[Philippines ETF Could Be Durable Compared To Rivals]]> The previously high-flying iShares MSCI Philippines ETF (NYSE: EPHE), as has been the case with so many emerging markets funds in recent months, has been slammed by the impact of a weak currency and fears over imminent tapering of quantitative easing by the Federal Reserve. Over the past

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<![CDATA[3 ETFs For A BRIC Bounce]]> Emerging markets investors not residing in caves or under large rocks know at least one thing about ETFs this year: The funds offering exposure to the BRIC nations have been dismal performers.

In the fight for the best BRIC ETF among the four major country-specific funds are the iShares China Large

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<![CDATA[Stocks Get China Boost From Second China Disneyland Loan]]> China-sensitive stocks were boosted this morning from news that the world's second-largest economy authorized a massive loan from one of the big four state-owned banks to finance the building of the nation's second Disneyland (NYSE: DIS) as well as pay for improvements to Shanghai's downtown in its efforts

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<![CDATA[China Stocks Rallying On "Stealth Stimulus" Loan From Agricultural Bank To Shanghai]]> Making headlines overnight was news that the state owned Agricultural Bank would be giving a massive loan to Shanghai to be used to complete its Disneyland. The move has shown increased confidence in consumer spending and increased willingness to invest in the region.

The loan itself also raised eyebrows, as it

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<![CDATA[Beliebe It: This Canada ETF Rocks]]> Canadian imports. The good ones include Michael J. Fox, Wayne Gretzky and John Candy.

Those that do not remember this clip from Uncle Buck should it and send Canada a thank-you for day-brightening laughs that ensue. Canadian imports that should have stayed north of the border include that annoying "singer"

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<![CDATA[A China/India ETF That is Actually Going Up]]> There are plenty of nasty statistics that paint ugly pictures of how just how much scores of China and India ETFs have struggled this year.

When it comes to India ETFs, some of the group's most popular funds are battling with their Brazilian equivalents for the ominous honor of worst-performing BRIC

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<![CDATA[July Services PMI Round-Up: China Bounces, U.K. Shines As Germany Fades]]> Over the weekend and early Monday, services PMIs for major economies around the world were released.

China's services data relaxed fears of a hard landing for the economy while the British sector showed strong growth in July while Germany disappointed. The ISM Services Index in the U.S. also alleviated fears from

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<![CDATA[ETFs to Watch August 5, 2013 (ENZL, FXI, PHB)]]> Here is the ETF Professor's ETF Watch List for Monday, August 5, 2013.

Give the First Trust NYSE Arca Biotech Index Fund (NYSE: FBT) a look.

The SPDR S&P Oil & Gas Exploration & Production ETF (NYSE: XOP) is looking strong.

The Industrial Select Sector SPDR (NYSE:

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<![CDATA[More Misery Ahead For India ETFs]]> With seven months of 2013 I the books, it might be hard to imagine things getting any worse for BRIC equities and the ETFs that hold those stocks. Yet that is exactly what could happen with already downtrodden India stocks.

The best thing that can be said of India ETFs this

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<![CDATA[China ETFs: Value Plays? Maybe]]> There are some certainties in life, death and taxes among them. These days, other certainties include the seemingly never-ending spate of disappointing Chinese economic data and the subsequent calls that stocks in the world's second-largest economy are inexpensive.

With Chinese economic growth slowing, it could be time for investors to adjust

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<![CDATA[China, Japan Shares Sink On Weak Economic Data]]> Stocks in major Asian countries fell overnight on fears of a protracted economic slowdown in China spilling over to the global economy.

A weak retail sales report in Japan followed a terrible report from earlier in the weekend from China that indicated that economically-sensitive industrial profits dropped sharply in June.

China

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<![CDATA[Leave the Banks, Take This China ETF]]> One of the most memorable lines from "The Godfather" is "Leave the gun. Take the cannoli." In the midst of what has been a dour year for ETFs tracking China, good advice would be "Leave the banks. Take the tech."

The June spike in China's interbank lending rate, the SHIBOR rate,

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<![CDATA[ETFs to Watch July 15, 2013 (IAI, FXI, PGHY)]]> Here is the ETF Professor's ETF Watch List for Monday, July 15, 2013.

The iShares Gold Trust (NYSE: IAU) remains in focus.

The iShares U.S. Broker-Dealers ETF (NYSE: IAI) should be in play all week.

Give the First Trust Biotech ETF (NYSE: FBT) a look.

Emerging markets plays

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<![CDATA[Bet Against Einhorn on Iron Ore With These ETFs]]> It is now widely known that hedge fund legend David Einhorn is bearish on iron ore producers.

If his comments to that effect in October 2012 did convince investors of that fact, then Greenlight Capital's letter to clients issued earlier this week should do the trick.

In that letter, Greenlight

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<![CDATA[Be Like Felix Zulauf With These ETFs]]> Last weekend, Barron's unveiled its 2013 roundtable issue. The panel includes such financial luminaries as Mario Gabelli, Bill Gross and Swiss hedge fund manager Felix Zulauf.

Investors will find Zulauf's roundtable picks interesting because plenty of those picks include some highly popular exchange traded funds, indicating that Zulauf is

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<![CDATA[Chinese Economy Grows Faster Than Expected in Fourth Quarter, Shares Rise]]> China reported late Thursday that the economy expanded at a faster rate than expected in the fourth quarter, positive signs for both the domestic and world economy. The National Bureau of Statistics in China reported that the economy grew at an annualized rate of 7.9 percent in the fourth quarter,

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<![CDATA[China's Pollution Woes Could Boost These ETFs]]> It is a dilemma faced by many developing nations. How do economies keep developing without taking on a significant pollution footprint? With that in mind, it probably is not surprising that of the 10 most polluted places on earth all can be found in emerging markets.

Two – Linfen and

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<![CDATA[Koesterich Still Likes Emerging Markets]]> Emerging markets equities and plenty of the corresponding ETFs have had quite the run. Even with today's slide of 0.75 percent, the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Index Fund (NYSE: EEM) is up 16 percent over the past six months. The SPDR S&P 500 (NYSE: SPY) has

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<![CDATA[Chile May Not Need China to Shed Laggard Status]]> By the standards of many emerging markets ETFs, the iShares MSCI Chile Investable Market Index Fund (NYSE: ECH) was a laggard in 2012, returning "just" 8.23 percent. That means ECH trailed the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Index Fund by 520 basis points.

Chile wears the crown as the world's

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<![CDATA[10 For '13: Emerging Markets ETFs For 2013]]> With 2013 finally here, reflecting back on the year that was for exchange-traded products can provide investors with some clues regarding what themes and trends will be hot this year. This is not a bold prediction, but it is reasonable to expect one of 2012's hottest asset classes to stand

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