XLU : Analysis & Opinions

  1. The Charts Suggest Utilities Are Poised to Move Lower

    November 16, 2016
    Many investors are turning to utilities in light of recent volatility.
  2. Invest in Utilities With These ETFs (XLU, JXI)

    September 21, 2016
    The strong uptrends shown on the charts of these utility ETFs suggest now could be the time to buy.
  3. Traders Turn To The Stability of Utilities (XLU, DUK)

    August 23, 2016
    The relatively low correlation between utilities and the broader equity markets make this an ideal segment for investors ...
  4. Why Utilities are the Hottest Sector (XLU)

    July 28, 2016
    The performance of utilities has made it the hottest sector this year.
  5. Utilities Case Study: XLU (ETF) vs. VUIAX (Mutual Fund)

    July 26, 2016
    Learn about the differences between mutual funds and exchange-traded funds. Compare and contrast a utilities sector mutual ...
  6. Utilities Aren’t Just For Yield (Opinion)

    July 22, 2016
    Investopedia columnist Michael Gayed explains a surprising correlation: When utilities are leading, stock market volatility ...
  7. How to Trade These Top Performing Sector ETFs

    July 14, 2016
    With the S&P 500 at all-time highs, lots of sectors are performing well. But these are the best-performing sectors.
  8. Defensive Plays Setting Up Dip Trades (GLD, TLT)

    July 13, 2016
    Gold, bonds, and utilities are pulling back after strong rallies and should attract healthy buying interest at lower price ...
  9. Dotcom vs. Today: 3 Reasons Why U.S. Equities Are More Dangerous

    July 4, 2016
    Explore the factors that make the end of the current bull market more dangerous than the dotcom bubble, and why investors ...
  10. Best and Worst Performing ETFs After Brexit (XLU)

    June 28, 2016
    Following the Brexit vote, these are the ETFs that have performed the best and worst.
  11. 3 Flights to Safety After Brexit (GLD, UUP)

    June 24, 2016
    These three flight to safety plays offer solid choices for market players seeking protection or looking to profit from the ...
  12. SPDR: Top 5 High Dividend-Yield Sector ETFs (XLRE, XLU)

    June 17, 2016
    Learn about the risk factors present in several high dividend-yielding sector ETFs, and discover which sector investors may ...
  13. With Another Rate Hike Unlikely, Are XLP and XLU Still Attractive?

    June 6, 2016
    Discover how utilities and consumer staples stocks have fared lately, and learn whether or not each is an attractive investment ...
  14. Avoid These Weak Sector ETFs (XLU, XLP)

    May 19, 2016
    These three sector ETFs ranked worst in performance over the last week and last month.
  15. Inverse ETFs See Big Inflows

    May 17, 2016
    Inverse ETF inflows are about to surpass long leveraged ETF inflows. Does this hint at a bear market or should a contrarian ...
  16. 2 ETFs That Could Benefit from a Dovish Fed (XLU)

    May 12, 2016
    With odds of a Fed rate hike in 2016 seeming to move lower every week, these two ETFs might have potential.
  17. Do Defensive ETFs Offer Value in Today's Market? (XLU, NEE)

    May 11, 2016
    Discover why defensive ETFs are essential additions to equity portfolios, and learn about three defensive ETFs that combined ...
  18. Breaking Down XLU: 3 Components that Are Most Attractive

    May 7, 2016
    Discover three attractively undervalued components companies in the Utilities Select Sector SPDR ETF, and learn which ones ...
  19. ETF Case Study: Do Utilities ETFs Protect in Down Markets? (XLU, ...

    April 28, 2016
    Explore the historical performance of large utilities ETFs relative to market indexes during bear markets to find out if ...
  20. Play the Rotation Out of High Yielders (XLU, TLT)

    April 21, 2016
    The market may be at the cusp of a rotation out of high yielding instruments and into growth plays.
  21. 3 ETF Trends in Q1 2016 (XLU, VNQ)

    April 20, 2016
    Learn about the major ETF trends in the first quarter of 2016, and the reasons why some of the biggest trends from 2015 have ...
  22. Utilities ETFs to Date 2016 Performance Review (UPW, FXU)

    April 19, 2016
    Discover the best and worst performing exchange-traded funds (ETFs) within the domestic and international utilities sector ...
  23. The 4 Largest Utilities ETFs (XLU, VPU)

    April 17, 2016
    Learn about the utilities sector, and discover the top four exchange-traded funds that can be used to gain investment exposure ...
  24. Where to Invest if the Fed Stays Dovish (XLU,XTL)

    April 14, 2016
    If you think the Fed will remain dovish it might be time to seek yield and some appreciation with these utilities and telecom ...
  25. Sector ETFs to Capitalize on America's Aging Population (IBB, ...

    April 8, 2016
    Learn about four categories of ETFs that offer excellent potential for capital appreciation as the U.S. population continues ...
  26. The Outlook For These Hot Sector ETFs (XLP, XLU)

    April 7, 2016
    These three sector ETFs are currently strong. Here's the outlook for whether they will stay that way.
  27. ETF Flows: Utilities ETFs Stand Tall in 2016

    March 25, 2016
    Find out which utilities exchange-traded funds (ETFs) have benefited the most from the huge surge in fund inflows in the ...
  28. How to Invest if Morgan Stanley is Right (XLU,XLV)

    March 24, 2016
    Morgan Stanley's Adam Parker has lowered his expectations for the S&P 500. Here's why as well as where you might consider ...
  29. 5 Popular Utilities ETFs in 2016 (XLU, NEE)

    March 17, 2016
    Discover how the five most popular utilities ETFs for 2016 can add growth and income to your portfolio. Four of these utilities ...
  30. Active Traders Turn Bullish on Utilities

    March 16, 2016
    Based on the charts discussed in this article, the utilities sector could be the place for investors looking to make a profit.
  31. VPU Vs. XLU: Comparing Utilities ETFs

    March 8, 2016
    Discover why utilities is the only U.S. stock sector that has managed to gain in early 2016, and review a comparative analysis ...
  32. The 2016 Outlook for Utilities (XLU, VPU)

    February 24, 2016
    Utilities should gain ground throughout 2016, offering investors and market timers profitable opportunities in an adverse ...
  33. 5 Ways to Beat the S&P 500 in 2016 (XME, XLE)

    February 23, 2016
    It will be tough to beat the S&P 500 in 2016 but five strategies may show profitable results.
  34. Utilities ETF Crushes the Rest in 2016 (XLU)

    February 19, 2016
    Year-to-date, utilities have crushed other sectors, with the Utilities Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLU) reversing the sign on ...
  35. The Top 5 Utility ETFs for 2016 (XLU, IDU)

    January 7, 2016
    Discover the top utility company ETFs, and learn more about how you can get exposure to water, electricity and natural gas ...
  36. The 3 Sectors To Trade During Flat Markets

    November 4, 2015
    The utility, defense and footwear sectors tend to outperform in flat markets, offering traders an alternative to more popular ...
  37. 3 ETFs to Play the Fed's Interest Rate Decision (VNQ, XLU)

    September 23, 2015
    These three ETFs offer strong ways to play the Federal Reserve's decision not to raise rates.
  38. Should You Follow Millionaires into this Sector? (XLF, XLK)

    August 27, 2015
    Millionaire investors—and those who follow them—should take another look at the current economic situation before making ...
  39. Looking To The Mega Caps For Strength

    July 29, 2015
    Increased volatility is making it difficult to find areas of strength in the market. Even utilities are breaking below key ...
  40. 6 ETFs to Fight Your Recession Jitters

    April 16, 2015
    Are you worried about a recession? If so, consider these 6 ETFs.
  41. In The Week Ahead: Bears Are In Charge, But Gold Offers A Bright ...

    December 14, 2014
  42. In the Week Ahead: Technicals Suggest Early December Weakness ...

    November 30, 2014
  43. In the Week Ahead: Technicals Suggest Early December Weakness ...

    November 30, 2014
  44. In the Week Ahead: Is A Sustainable Market Bottom Finally In ...

    November 2, 2014
  45. In the Week Ahead: Is A Market Bottom Finally In Place?

    November 2, 2014
  46. In The Week Ahead: The Markets Are Volatile, Here's Where To ...

    October 26, 2014
  47. Hardest Hit Sectors and Stocks to Avoid

    February 3, 2014
    Two sectors, and stocks within each, that been hardest over the last month, and therefore warrant caution.
  48. Is It Time For Low Volatility Funds?

    October 14, 2013
    The recent government shutdown, potential debt ceiling breach as well as dour global economic news has once again caused ...
  49. 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 ...
  50. Financial ETFs That Can Hurt Your Portfolio

    November 7, 2011
    History shows that using financial ETFs as a long-term investing strategy isn't wise.
  51. Finding Gold In Garbage

    August 19, 2010
    While it is a dirty job, the waste management industry could be exactly what a portfolio needs in this time uncertainty. ...