XLF : Analysis & Opinions

  1. Fidelity Rolls Out 10 Sector ETFs (FDIS, FSTA, FENY)

    October 25, 2013
    Wall Street was in for a mixed bag of earnings this week, with several bellwethers reporting third quarter results. 3M (MMM) ...
  2. 3 Buy-And-Hold Sectors For The Mid-Cycle Expansion

    October 16, 2013
    The seemingly endless tug of war between the bulls and bears on Wall Street can be frustrating for even the most patient ...
  3. 3 Sectors ETF Investors Should Buy And Hold For The Mid-Cycle ...

    October 16, 2013
    The seemingly endless tug of war between the bulls and bears on Wall Street can be frustrating for even the most patient ...
  4. 3 Buy-And-Hold Sectors For The Mid-Cycle Expansion

    October 16, 2013
    The seemingly endless tug of war between the bulls and bears on Wall Street can be frustrating for even the most patient ...
  5. Bull of the Day: PrivateBancorp (PVTB) - Bull of the Day

    September 4, 2013
    Bull of the Day: PrivateBancorp (PVTB) - Bull of the Day
  6. Earnings Preview: Gold Miners, Apple, And Aerospace Report

    July 22, 2013
    After a week of both hits and misses, the second quarter earnings season is well on its way and the week ahead will be filled ...
  7. Earnings Preview: Banks, Techs, And Healthcare Report

    July 15, 2013
    The second quarter earnings season is well on its way and this week will be jam packed with yet another round of reports. ...
  8. Which ETFs Were Popular During Q2 2013? - ETF News And Commentary

    July 12, 2013
    These five ETFs saw a surge in popularity during the second quarter of 2013.
  9. ETF Asset Report for First Half of 2013: Japan Wins, Gold Loses ...

    July 11, 2013
    Which ETFs saw the most inflows and outflows in the first half of 2013?
  10. 25 Wild ETF Charts From 1H 2013

    July 2, 2013
    Six months have passed in 2013 and the financial world has had plenty to buzz about. From a bull run in U.S. to worries over ...
  11. 3 Top Ranked Financial ETFs to Buy Now - ETF News And Commentary

    June 14, 2013
    The financial sector is expected to continue to outperform in the coming months.
  12. Bull of the Day: Advent Software (ADVS) - Bull of the Day

    June 12, 2013
    Bull of the Day: Advent Software (ADVS) - Bull of the Day
  13. The Week Ahead: Did Wall Street Strategists Jinx Stocks

    March 22, 2013
    Increasingly daring market forecasts should unpleasantly remind savvy investors of the exuberance of Y2K, and the truth is ...
  14. Home Sales Hit Fastest Pace In Three Years

    March 22, 2013
    The pace of home sales hit a three-year high in February, a sign the economy is definitely on the mend. Homebuilder stocks ...
  15. 5 Sector ETFs Surging to Start 2013 - ETF News And Commentary

    January 22, 2013
    With the fiscal cliff averted, investors have gained confidence in the market and are more open to risky investments. U.S. ...
  16. Is it Time to Dump Bank Stocks?

    January 14, 2013
    Since the second half of 2012, bank stocks have really found their footing. Shares of Citigroup (NYSE: C) and Bank of America ...
  17. Short Sellers Are Loading up on Bank Stocks, Should You Follow ...

    January 14, 2013
    Since the second half of 2012, bank stocks have really found their footing. Shares of Citigroup (NYSE: C) and Bank of America ...
  18. Sector Relativity - Cook`s Kitchen

    January 7, 2013
    As the economy rolls through its much-anticipated waves of expansion and contraction, portfolio managers tend to rotate money ...
  19. The Most Tradable Stock In Each Sector SPDR ETF

    December 11, 2012
    Sector ETFs give you a convenient way to monitor, analyze and trade different sectors of the economy. When the overall stock ...
  20. The 5 Most Important Chart Patterns For ETF Traders

    December 5, 2012
    Chart patterns are a very useful tool because they occur regularly—providing you with lots of trade candidates—and also provide ...
  21. What's Next for 2012's Top Sectors

    November 29, 2012
    The recent market turbulence has shaken investor confidence but have the market-leading sectors changed? MoneyShow's Tom ...
  22. Zacks Top Ranked Financial ETF: Star in Q3 Earnings - ETF News ...

    October 22, 2012
    As the third quarter earnings season takes shape, the financial sector has established itself as a winner. So far, big names ...
  23. Banking ETFs 101 - ETF News And Commentary

    October 11, 2012
    The financial sector of the U.S economy has been one of the best performing sectors this year, both in terms of stock market ...
  24. Sector EER: Downward Trend Reverses - Cook`s Kitchen

    October 5, 2012
    As we head into the thick of earnings season over the next few weeks, it's a good time to look at what's going on with Earnings ...
  25. Charts Are Aligning For XLU

    October 1, 2012
    Back-and-forth trading with a downward bias permeated markets all of last week as profit-taking pressures proved too difficult ...
  26. The Week Ahead: How Sorry Will May Sellers Be

    September 15, 2012
    Mantras can be prophetic until they aren't, and those who "sold in May" have already lost out on solid gains. ...
  27. Top Sectors for the Rest of 2012

    August 7, 2012
    Identifying the best-performing sectors can often give you an edge in selecting the stocks that are most likely to outperform ...
  28. The Week Ahead: Did The ECB Put a Floor Under Stock Prices?

    July 28, 2012
    All it took was a few words from Europe's top banker to turn stocks around, but can the momentum last? MoneyShow's Tom ...
  29. Three ETFs To Watch This Week: IYW, XLY, XRT

    July 16, 2012
    Yet another volatile week for stocks as they were finally able to snap their six day losing streak, much to the delight of ...
  30. The Week Ahead: Can Stocks Ignore the World's Problems?

    July 7, 2012
    Technical action in most markets seems to show this week's downswing was only a temporary pullback, which means buying ...
  31. 4 Market-Leading Sectors for Q3

    July 3, 2012
    The technical action in these four sectors suggests that investors should look here as the markets enter the second half ...
  32. Guide to the 25 Most Liquid ETFs - ETF News And Commentary

    June 29, 2012
    There are a number of misconceptions when it comes to ETF liquidity. Many investors believe that if a product doesn't trade ...
  33. Usual Suspects Plagued By Jobs Report

    June 4, 2012
    To this point, May has been the worst month of 2012 for U.S. stocks, but the first day of June now has the dubious honor ...
  34. The Regionals Worth Banking On?

    May 1, 2012
    The Regionals Worth Banking On?
  35. Investing In Regional Banks

    April 13, 2012
    If you're planning on investing in regional banks with ETFs and stocks then you should be aware of the financial troubles ...
  36. 3 Sector ETFs to Watch This Quarter

    April 6, 2012
    Second-quarter sector rotation is likely give rise to new leaders and laggards, and investors can capitalize by waiting for ...
  37. Credit Card Stocks Are Charging Higher

    April 3, 2012
    Credit card debt is just an unfortunate fact of life for many Americans, but the savvy among us know that revenge can be ...
  38. 3 Obvious High-Probability Trades

    March 31, 2012
    Basic sector rotation themes can be used to uncover the strongest stocks and sectors for long trades, as well as the weakest ...
  39. The Week Ahead: Don't Worry About China's Growth

    March 24, 2012
    Economic news from China last week overshadowed improving technicals for in many parts of the market, including the specific ...
  40. The Week Ahead: Individual Investors Not Buying

    March 3, 2012
    There’s lots of cash on the sidelines of this aging rally, but investors should not get caught up in the hype. Instead, ...
  41. 3 Sectors Leading the Charge

    February 8, 2012
    Investors looking for the market’s strongest sectors should look to materials and industrials, whose strong performance ...
  42. January: A Good Month For Hated Stocks

    February 3, 2012
    January revealed the potential upside in buying shares in businesses that are widely feared.
  43. 2011 Winners Struggle In 2012

    January 18, 2012
    These are two stocks and ETFs that are struggling in 2012 after a strong 2011.
  44. Are Financials A Must Own?

    January 5, 2012
    While 2011 was a disappointing year for financial stocks, this market could see a significant rebound in 2012.
  45. Downgrade Moody's?

    December 30, 2011
    Ratings agencies like Moody's are aggressively cutting the credit ratings of many countries and big banks around the world. ...
  46. FDIC Reports Profitable Banking System

    September 6, 2011
    The latest quarterly banking profile from the FDIC indicates a profitable United States banking system. Investors might consider ...
  47. Finding Solace In Non-Financial Dividends

    August 10, 2011
    With the recent market maelstrom, investors have once again begun the flight to quality. Adding a dose of non-financial dividends ...
  48. The Week Ahead: For Stocks, The Debt Ceiling's the Limit

    July 24, 2011
    The markets would probably be much more bullish if not for the debt-ceiling debate in Washington, and in fact last week's ...
  49. The Week Ahead: Are Hedge Funds Bailing Out?

    July 17, 2011
    It’s possible that big-time redemptions caused several would-be rallies last week to sputter and die. A short-term ...
  50. The Week Ahead: How Far Will Stocks Correct?

    July 10, 2011
    Friday’s downturn should continue into next week, but technical analysis shows the sell-off should be much less painful ...
  51. Sweet Summer Sectors

    June 26, 2011
    Health care, consumer staples, and utilities have led the market this quarter, and another sector is now emerging as a strong ...
  52. Alternatives For Yield

    June 14, 2011
    With interest rates still near zero and the markets fearful, investors may need to think outside the box when it comes to ...
  53. 3 Stocks With Strong Insider Buying

    November 26, 2010
    There's nothing like broad-based, insider buying to signal confidence in a company's shares.
  54. Is Bank Of America Stock Undervalued?

    November 22, 2010
    With a per share cash position and book value that exceed the current trading price, BAC may be undervalued.
  55. 3 Fundamentally Sound Financials

    October 21, 2010
    The sector may be down, but there are some great buys as a result.
  56. The Nasdaq's Finest Fundamentals

    September 8, 2010
    The Nasdaq's finest fundamentals are found precisely with this group, even though most investors don't consider them.
  57. How To Double Your Bets On Financials

    September 7, 2010
    Leverage is powerful, but dangerous as well.
  58. High Volatility Stocks For The Value Investor

    August 25, 2010
    It's hard to figure out whether these stocks are big-beta traders or long-term fundamental value holds.
  59. 3 Great Companies Raising Dividends

    July 29, 2010
    When dividends are raised in the midst of a market correction, it's especially comforting.
  60. 3 Fastest Climbers Off The Market Bottom

    July 20, 2010
    The strongest performers in a weak market usually overachieve when the bull market resumes.
  61. Three Mega U.S. Banks Gaining Altitude

    July 16, 2010
    If the financials continue to move, it will likely be on the backs of these three financial giants.
  62. Financial Sector Contrarians Hit 52-Week Highs

    July 2, 2010
    The financials may be headed into a death spiral, but some outfits are looking clean and profitable.
  63. ETFs For The Individual Investor

    June 24, 2010
    ETFs can give small investors exposure to stocks in areas that time and effort would usually make impossible.
  64. Alternatives For Yield

    June 23, 2010
    With interest rates still near zero and the markets fearful, investors may need to think outside the box when it comes to ...
  65. Big Financials Report In

    January 27, 2010
    As the market stands poised to go either way, the reports of these big financials have the power to make or break recent ...
  66. 2009 Worst To Be 2010 Best?

    January 7, 2010
    The last year has been dissappointing for utilities and telecom but the last four weeks suggest 2010 could be much better.
  67. The Preferred Way To Play

    September 25, 2009
    Preferred stocks have been on fire lately. Using ETFs to play them.
  68. Watch For Falling Stocks

    August 28, 2009
    The stock market's rally continues to be impressive, but insiders are running for the exits.
  69. 4 ETFs On Fire Right Now

    April 29, 2009
    The 4 best performing ETFs in the month of April might surprise some investors.
  70. Is It Time To Short Financials?

    April 23, 2009
    The recent rally in financials raises the question of whether investors should once again be thinking about shorting the ...
  71. Different Shades of Banking Profits

    April 16, 2009
    How in the world did Wells and Goldman pull off profitable quarters when the financial sky is falling?
  72. Will TARP Cover Be Enough For Insurers?

    April 10, 2009
    Investors rejoiced at speculation that TARP will be extended to insurance companies, but TARP is not a panacea for every ...
  73. Winners Of The Fannie/Freddie Bailout

    September 11, 2008
    With fears of a Freddie Mac/Fannie Mae collapse now lifted, learn which companies are likely to benefit.
  74. Winners Of The Oil Pullback

    July 30, 2008
    Oil has lost $20 of its value in two weeks. Find out which sectors have been the big winners of oil's demise.
  75. Why Millionaires Trust Northern Trust

    April 16, 2008
    With a hundred year history of watching the savings of the rich and infamous, Northern Trust is the one bank you can rely ...
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