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Author Archive - Benzinga

Will Tesla Motors Inc (TSLA) CEO make Ford Motor Company (F) CEO Jealous with this Payout?

The Other Elon Musk ETF Responds as Tesla Motors Inc (TSLA) Tops $100

Shares of electric maker Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) are soaring by nearly 9.7 percent Tuesday on volume that is more than double the daily average......(read more)
Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ)

Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), PepsiCo, Inc. (PEP): Go Beyond Large-Cap ETFs For Dividends

A hallmark of many of the most popular dividend ETFs focused on U.S. equities is that these funds are usually tilted heavily toward large-cap stocks.......(read more)
BlackRock, Inc. (BLK)

GameStop Corp. (GME), Pfizer Inc. (PFE) and More: iShares Bolsters Factor ETF Lineup With 5 New Funds

BlackRock, Inc. (NYSE:BLK) iShares unit, the world’s largest ETF issuer, added to its lineup of factor-driven ETFs today with the debut of five......(read more)
Northern Trust Corporation (NASDAQ:NTRS)

Northern Trust Corporation (NTRS): This New ETF Gets Defensive With Global Dividends

The dividend ETF craze continues to grow with another new entrant to the fray, that being the FlexShares International Quality Dividend Defensive Index......(read more)
Select Sector SPDR

Gold’s Slide Hurting These Country ETFs: SPDR Gold Trust (GLD), iShares Gold Trust (IAU)

Gold’s foray deep into bear market territory Monday is claiming a predictable batch of victims, namely popular ETFs such as the SPDR Gold Trust (......(read more)
iShares Dow Jones US Home Const. (ETF) (NYSEARCA:ITB)

Under The Hood: An Unheralded Biotech ETF – iShares NASDAQ Biotechnology Index (IBB)

Another day, another set of fresh all-time highs for the major biotechnology ETFs. Biotech investors were treated to the same feat in late March, but......(read more)
iShares Dow Jones US Home Const. (ETF) (NYSEARCA:ITB)

Another Israel ETF Could Be On The Way

Van Eck’s Market Vectors unit, the fifth-largest U.S. ETF issuer by assets under management, has filed plans with the Securities and Exchange Commission......(read more)
India ETFs Jump Following Moody's Comments

Fundamentals Could Lift This EM Bond ETF

When it comes to emerging markets ETFs, knowing what countries are left out of or only have minimal exposure in a particular fund is often as important......(read more)
8 Sector ETFs for 2013

“Low Vol” ETF Inflows Underscore Rally’s Risk-Off Nature

When it comes to sector ETFs, the proof is in the proverbial pudding regarding the risk off tenor of the rally in U.S. equities. Through April 1, the......(read more)
iShares Dow Jones US Home Const. (ETF) (NYSEARCA:ITB)

Some EM Sector ETFs Could Soar in 2013

Well-documented was the rise of diversified emerging markets ETFs in 2012. Multi-country funds such as the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Indx (NYSEARCA......(read more)
iShares Dow Jones US Home Const. (ETF) (NYSEARCA:ITB)

Junk Bond ETFs Keep on Trucking

Another one of the more prominent themes among bond ETFs last year was growing speculation that high-yield bonds were approaching bubble territory. Calls......(read more)
iShares Dow Jones US Home Const. (ETF) (NYSEARCA:ITB)

No Inauguration For Chavez; These ETFs May be in Play

After the close of U.S. markets Tuesday, Bloomberg reported Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez will not be sworn in on Thursday January 10. The likely reason......(read more)
Argentina's Rally May be Short-Lived

Argentina’s Rally May be Short-Lived

Quiet as it has been kept, the embattled Global X Funds (NYSEARCA:ARGT) jumped over 10 percent in the past month prior to the start of trading Tuesday......(read more)
iShares Dow Jones US Home Const. (ETF) (NYSEARCA:ITB)

Chile May Not Need China to Shed Laggard Status

By the standards of many emerging markets ETFs, the iShares MSCI Chile Inv. Mt. Idx. Fd (NYSEARCA:ECH) was a laggard in 2012, returning “just”......(read more)

Foreign Investors: Saviors of Vietnamese Banks, Vietnam ETF?

Vietnam’s banking sector, the Southeast Asian nation’s most controversial industry group and one of the largest sector components in the Market......(read more)
Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEARCA:VWO)

3 Bank ETFs Your Broker Forgot to Mention

It is the second-largest sector weight in the S&P 500 and perhaps the one that is still the most controversial. Given those points, it is easy to......(read more)
iShares Dow Jones US Home Const. (ETF) (NYSEARCA:ITB)

Global ETFs For The January Effect

For one trading day at least it looks as if the January Effect, the scenario under which small-caps lead an early-year market rally, is working. With......(read more)
iShares Dow Jones US Home Const. (ETF) (NYSEARCA:ITB)

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......(read more)
PowerShares QQQ Trust, Series 1 (ETF) (QQQ)

Factor-Based ETFs Your Broker Forgot to Mention

A long-standing staple of the ETF business has been, and probably always will be to some extent, the passively managed index fund. An index fund, in most......(read more)
Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEARCA:VWO)

Under The Hood: An Unheard of Bank ETF

Given that the financial services sector is the second-largest sector weight in the S&P 500 and often the industry group most ensconced in controversy......(read more)
Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEARCA:VWO)

Vanguard Trims Fees on Sector ETFs

On the heels of a pre-Christmas announcement that saw the firm, lower fees on a variety of bond and broader market equity ETFs, Vanguard said today it......(read more)
iShares Dow Jones US Home Const. (ETF) (NYSEARCA:ITB)

Can BRIC Small-Cap ETFs Do It Again In 2013?

Despite a slack performance by the iShares MSCI Brazil Index (NYSEARCA:EWZ), which is off almost 4.5 percent for the year, the four major country-specific......(read more)
Largest Online Retailers in the World

A Growth ETF For 2013

With just a few trading days left in 2012, it is fair to say, broadly speaking, that the soon-to-be completed year was kind to growth stocks. Even with......(read more)
Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEARCA:VWO)

The Top Diversified EM ETFs for 2013

When it comes to diversified, or multi-country, emerging markets ETFs, two funds reign supreme. Those being the Vanguard MSCI Emerging Markets (NYSEARCA......(read more)
8 Sector ETFs for 2013

8 Sector ETFs for 2013

With the SPDR S&P 500 (NYSEARCA:SPY) up 15.8 percent year-to-date, now is the time to drill down on what sectors have been driving the broader market......(read more)
First Trust Files For Unique Commodity ETF

Don’t Forget About The Cloud-Computing 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 of America Corp (NYSE:BAC)

Bank Dividends For 2013

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)
iShares Dow Jones US Home Const. (ETF) (NYSEARCA:ITB)

Three of 2012’s Most Disappointing EM ETFs

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. (NASDAQ:AAPL)

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

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)
PowerShares QQQ Trust, Series 1 (ETF) (QQQ)

This ETF Could Be The Real Monetary Easing Play

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-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. (NYSE:FCX)

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

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)
iShares Dow Jones US Home Const. (ETF) (NYSEARCA:ITB)

Pacquiao Loss Could be Hampering Philippines ETF

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)
Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEARCA:VWO)

More to VWO’s Asset Loss Than Meets The Eye

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)
General Mills, Inc. (NYSE:GIS)

Sleepy General Mills Delivers in Turbulent Environment

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)
Bull call spread on LVS looks for Q3 earnings to impress

ETFs For The Special Dividend Craze

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)
iShares Dow Jones US Home Const. (ETF) (NYSEARCA:ITB)

Rising Won has South Korea Worried

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)
Jim Chanos puppeteer

Be Like Jim Chanos With These ETFs

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 Dow Jones US Home Const. (ETF) (NYSEARCA:ITB)

iShares Strategist Upgrades France

On Monday, Moody’s Investors Service stripped France, the eurozone’s second-largest economy behind Germany, of the prestigious AAA credit......(read more)
8 Sector ETFs for 2013

A Look Ahead: This Week’s ETFs to Watch

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)
8 Sector ETFs for 2013

Can These Inverse ETFs Cure Post-Election Blues?

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)
PowerShares QQQ Trust, Series 1 (ETF) (QQQ)

More Mega-Cap ETFs Your Broker Forgot to Mention

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)
EOG Resources Inc (NYSE:EOG)

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

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)
First Trust Files For Unique Commodity ETF

Dodge The Fiscal Cliff With Mega-Cap ETFs

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)
8 Sector ETFs for 2013

Utilities ETF Failed Conservative Investors This Week

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)
Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEARCA:VWO)

Low Vol EM ETF Continues to Impress With AUM Gains

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)
iShares Dow Jones US Home Const. (ETF) (NYSEARCA:ITB)

Fight Low Rates in 2013 With These Bond ETFs

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)
Universal Display Corporation (NASDAQ:OLED)

Bears Light Up Universal Display

Universal Display Corporation (NASDAQ:PANL) has been hammered by selling since it announced disappointing third quarter earnings after the close on Wednesday......(read more)
Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEARCA:VWO)

Buy These EM ETFs After Election Sell-Off

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)