Author Archive - benzinga

Don’t Forget About The Cloud-Computing ETF

First Trust Files For Unique Commodity ETF
A fair number of ETFs tracking the technology sector are not starved for attention and a lot of that has to do with the large allocations to bellwether......(read more)

Bank Dividends For 2013

Bank of America Corp (NYSE:BAC)
The financial services sector, the second-largest sector weight in the S&P 500, has impressed in 2012. One widely-followed gauge of the sector’......(read more)

Three of 2012′s Most Disappointing EM ETFs

iShares Dow Jones US Home Const. (ETF) (NYSEARCA:ITB)
Broadly speaking, 2012 has been a good year for emerging markets ETFs. Diversified funds such as the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Indx (NYSEARCA:EEM),......(read more)

Apple Inc. (AAPL) to be Added to Several WisdomTree ETFs

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)
Due to the technology sector’s burgeoning status as destination for income investors, some of the sectors dividend-paying members are becoming more......(read more)

This ETF Could Be The Real Monetary Easing Play

PowerShares QQQ Trust, Series 1 (ETF) (QQQ)
While the market seemed generally unimpressed by the Federal Reserve’s pledge to hold interest rates down until the U.S. unemployment rate drops......(read more)

Freeport, Plains Exploration and the University of Texas: When is a Deal Too Close to Home?

Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. (NYSE:FCX)
Last week, Benzinga covered the Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. (NYSE:FCX) acquisitions of Mcmoran Exploration Co (NYSE:MMR) and Plains Exploration......(read more)

Some New ETFs Could be Stars in 2013

Some New ETFs Could be Stars in 2013
Observers of the exchange-traded products industry know that 2012 has been long on closures, 99 to be a precise — a record. They also know that......(read more)

Pacquiao Loss Could be Hampering Philippines ETF

iShares Dow Jones US Home Const. (ETF) (NYSEARCA:ITB)
Shares of the iShares MSCI Philippines Investable (NYSEARCA:EPHE), one of 2012′s top-performing emerging markets ETFs, are off half a percent on......(read more)

More to VWO’s Asset Loss Than Meets The Eye

Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEARCA:VWO)
One of the big ETF stories of this week is news that the Vanguard MSCI Emerging Markets (NYSEARCA:VWO) hemorrhaged $887 million in assets last month.......(read more)

Sleepy General Mills Delivers in Turbulent Environment

General Mills, Inc. (NYSE:GIS)
With all the talk of the fiscal cliff and elevated market volatility, perhaps it is surprising that some allegedly low-beta sectors, like telecommunications......(read more)

ETFs For The Special Dividend Craze

Bull call spread on LVS looks for Q3 earnings to impress
It appears the dreaded fiscal cliff is good for something. “Something” being the spate of special dividend news investors have been treated......(read more)

India ETFs Jump Following Moody’s Comments

India ETFs Jump Following Moody's Comments
Shares of the WisdomTree India Earnings Fund (NYSEARCA:EPI), the largest India ETF by assets, traded higher by 1.1 percent Tuesday after Moody’s......(read more)

Rising Won has South Korea Worried

iShares Dow Jones US Home Const. (ETF) (NYSEARCA:ITB)
South Korea’s currency, the won, has been rising against the currencies of its major trading partners, China, the United States, the European Union......(read more)

Be Like Jim Chanos With These ETFs

Jim Chanos puppeteer
Today is a very good to be famed short-seller Jim Chanos, the founder and president of Kynikos Associates, a $6 billion hedge fund. Shares of Dow component......(read more)

iShares Strategist Upgrades France

iShares Dow Jones US Home Const. (ETF) (NYSEARCA:ITB)
On Monday, Moody’s Investors Service stripped France, the eurozone’s second-largest economy behind Germany, of the prestigious AAA credit......(read more)

A Look Ahead: This Week’s ETFs to Watch

8 Sector ETFs for 2013
The S&P 500 is down more than five percent since Election Day. Investors are petrified about the consequences of the fiscal cliff. Riskier assets......(read more)

Can These Inverse ETFs Cure Post-Election Blues?

8 Sector ETFs for 2013
More than a week removed from the presidential election and it is clear that even has become a favorite excuse of traders looking to explain the market......(read more)

More Mega-Cap ETFs Your Broker Forgot to Mention

PowerShares QQQ Trust, Series 1 (ETF) (QQQ)
With fears of a fiscal cliff running high and the chances of a Thanksgiving rally diminishing by the day, investors looking to stay involved in stocks......(read more)

If The IEA is Right, These ETFs Are Good Long-Term Bets

EOG Resources Inc (NYSE:EOG)
The oil patch is aflutter today on news that the U.S. could become the world’s largest oil producer by 2020. That factoid comes courtesy of the......(read more)

Dodge The Fiscal Cliff With Mega-Cap ETFs

First Trust Files For Unique Commodity ETF
Politicians from both sides of the aisle have started to sound a more optimistic tone regarding the chances of avoiding the fiscal cliff. Investors would......(read more)

Utilities ETF Failed Conservative Investors This Week

8 Sector ETFs for 2013
Quick. Name the worst-performing of the nine Selector Sector SPDRs funds issued by State Street Global Advisors this week. Following an election result......(read more)

Low Vol EM ETF Continues to Impress With AUM Gains

Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEARCA:VWO)
An interesting trend is developing with some of the most noteworthy emerging markets ETFs this quarter. As Barron’s reports, the Vanguard MSCI......(read more)

Fight Low Rates in 2013 With These Bond ETFs

iShares Dow Jones US Home Const. (ETF) (NYSEARCA:ITB)
The iShares Barclays 20+ Yr Treas.Bond (NYSEARCA:TLT) and some other funds focused on Treasuries were on the receiving ends of post-election bounces on......(read more)

Bears Light Up Universal Display

Universal Display Corporation (NASDAQ:OLED)
Universal Display Corporation (NASDAQ:PANL) has been hammered by selling since it announced disappointing third quarter earnings after the close on Wednesday......(read more)

Buy These EM ETFs After Election Sell-Off

Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEARCA:VWO)
The S&P 500 slid almost 2.4 percent on Wednesday, a day after President Obama won a second term in office. All 10 S&P 500 sectors slid on the......(read more)
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