XLU : Analysis & Opinions

  1. 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.
  2. 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 ...
  3. 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.
  4. 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 ...
  5. 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 ...
  6. 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 ...
  7. 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.
  8. 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 ...
  9. 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 ...
  10. 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 ...
  11. 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 ...
  12. 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 ...
  13. 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.
  14. 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 ...
  15. 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 ...
  16. XLU vs. VUIAX: ETF vs. Mutual Fund Case Study

    March 23, 2016
    Learn about the differences between mutual funds and exchange-traded funds. Compare and contrast a utilities sector mutual ...
  17. 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 ...
  18. 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.
  19. 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 ...
  20. 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 ...
  21. 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.
  22. 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 ...
  23. 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 ...
  24. 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 ...
  25. 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.
  26. 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 ...
  27. 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 ...
  28. 6 ETFs to Fight Your Recession Jitters

    April 16, 2015
    Are you worried about a recession? If so, consider these 6 ETFs.
  29. February's Best And Worst ETFs

    March 3, 2015
    The month of February put the S&P 500 back into positive territory for the year after a dismal 2015 start. The subsequent ...
  30. Stagflation Is Coming -- Prepare Now

    February 23, 2015
    The global economy can deliver a jolt to stock markets at any moment. These "Black Swan" events are hard to predict or anticipate, ...
  31. In The Week Ahead: Bears Are In Charge, But Gold Offers A Bright ...

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

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

    November 30, 2014
  34. In the Week Ahead: Is A Market Bottom Finally In Place?

    November 2, 2014
  35. In the Week Ahead: Is A Sustainable Market Bottom Finally In ...

    November 2, 2014
  36. This Defensive Sector May Be Your Best Bet Until The Market Picks ...

    October 26, 2014
  37. In The Week Ahead: The Markets Are Volatile, Here's Where To ...

    October 26, 2014
  38. Reduce Your Allocation To Small Cap U.S Stock ETFs

    September 23, 2014
    The Wall Street media may celebrate the 35% intra-day jump in Alibaba shares. They may tout the record highs in the Dow and ...
  39. 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.
  40. Are Utilities A Value Play Right Now?

    February 3, 2014
    Shaken by the Fed’s taper announcements, the boring word of utility stocks seem to have been turned upside down. However, ...
  41. Sector Strength Scenarios For A Consolidating Market

    December 9, 2013
    With the market in a possible consolidation, a break higher or lower could occur this week. Here are sectors to watch in ...
  42. 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) ...
  43. Utilities And Consumer Staples Move Into Focus

    October 16, 2013
    Last week the top performing sectors were utilities and consumer staples. This move into more conservative sectors may be ...
  44. 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 ...
  45. Sectors and Stocks To Watch This Week

    September 30, 2013
    Sector ETFs and stocks to watch in the upcoming week.
  46. An Interesting Year For Tech ETFs

    September 4, 2013
    On the surface, it would appear to be a disappointing year for technology sector ETFs. The Technology Select Sector SPDR ...
  47. Daily ETF Roundup: Fed Hints At Future Taper, XLU And IBB Tumble

    June 19, 2013
    U.S. equities slid into the red today as investors digested the highly anticipated FOMC press conference. Contrary to expectations, ...
  48. Finding Bond-Like Income With Utilities

    May 1, 2013
    The traditional utility sector has become a happy hunting ground for income seekers.
  49. 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 ...
  50. 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 ...
  51. 3 Ways to Invest Your Money Now

    October 9, 2012
    In a market buffeted by global cross-currents and worries over the “fiscal cliff,” MoneyShow’s Tom Aspray suggests that ...
  52. The Week Ahead: What Do Sectors Say About the Economy

    September 29, 2012
    Troubling technical signals appear to be confirmed by recent movements in key sectors, driving up the possibility of a ...
  53. Healthcare Stocks Continuing To Outperform

    July 18, 2012
    These healthcare stocks are still on fire, with potentially more upside left. But is that actually bad for the stock market?
  54. Adding Income To Your Portfolio With Infrastructure

    June 26, 2012
    While most investors go for capital gains when investing in infrastructure companies, income seekers have a lot to gain from ...
  55. 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 ...
  56. Add Income To Your Portfolio With Infrastructure

    March 20, 2012
    While most investors go for capital gains when investing in infrastructure companies, income seekers have a lot to gain from ...
  57. A Big Bet On "Spicy" Utilities

    March 19, 2012
    For investors, betting on growth-oriented utility firms could alleviate the anticipated underperformance of the sector.
  58. Add Income To Your Portfolio With Infrastructure

    January 18, 2012
    While most investors go for capital gains when investing in infrastructure companies, income seekers have a lot to gain from ...
  59. 4 Strong Stocks In The Strongest Sector

    November 21, 2011
    These four utility stocks are up over 25% YTD.
  60. 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.
  61. Under The Radar Utility Stocks

    October 21, 2011
    Utilities have produced superior returns this year, and there's still value to be had in a few under-the-radar utility stocks.
  62. 3 Defensive ETFs with Strong Technicals

    September 1, 2011
    Some of the defensive sectors look like they will continue to show strength, says Michael Thompson, who travels the country ...
  63. Utilities: A Better Choice Than Bonds

    August 12, 2011
    With investors seeking safety in treasury bonds, the yields on certain traditional equity income sectors are at juicy levels. ...
  64. 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 ...
  65. Out With Risk; In With Safe

    May 27, 2011
    New winners and losers say the market is headed for a major correction, and the disparity is big enough to merit a reallocation.
  66. Power Up With Utility Stocks

    May 9, 2011
    The utility sector offers stable dividends and predictable cash flows for portfolios.
  67. 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.
  68. Finding Yield With Utilities

    July 27, 2010
    Income investors are at impasse, and the need for higher income yields can be found in the utility sector.
  69. The 5 Best Stocks From This Bear Market

    July 8, 2010
    To buck a 15% correction in the market and rise in value is a feat only the best companies can achieve.
  70. 3 Utilities With A Decade's Double-Digit EPS Growth

    June 25, 2010
    These three stocks pay dividends as good as (or better than) than a 10-year treasury.
  71. Infrastructure Income

    May 14, 2010
    While most investors go for capital gains when investing in infrastructure companies, income seekers have a lot to gain from ...
  72. Top 3 U.S. Utilities

    May 3, 2010
    All utilities are not created equal. These three offer superior fundamentals.
  73. Flipping The Switch On High-Yield Utilities

    February 19, 2010
    Utility stocks, one of the worst performers in 2009, have appeal for income investors in 2010.
  74. Embrace Low Expense Utilities

    December 4, 2008
    The tug-of-war over Constellation Energy signals a bright future for electricity producers. Low-cost utility ETFs provide ...
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