Dupont And Dow Chemical Earnings Put These Etfs In Focus – Etf News And Commentary – Nasdaq.com

However, both the firms fall in a poor industry category, with a Zacks Industry Rank in the bottom 10%. As such, we have highlighted three ETFs that are heavily invested in these chemical giants. The trio has been modestly up over the past three trading sessions and has a favorable Zacks ETF Rank of 3 or ‘Hold’ rating, suggesting room for further upside (see: all the Materials ETFs here ). Materials Select Sector SPDR ( XLB ) The most popular materials ETF on the market, XLB follows the S&P Materials Select Sector Index. This fund manages about $5.2 billion in asset base and trades in heavy volume of nearly 5.6 million.
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Use Options For a Chance To Buy Realty Income at a 22% Discount – Forbes

That would result in a cost basis of $34.80 per share before broker commissions in the scenario where the contract is exercised. If the contract is never exercised, the put seller would still keep the premium, which represents a 0.6% return against the $35.00 purchase commitment, or a 0.9% annualized rate of return (at Stock Options Channel short dollar etf double we call this the YieldBoost). Click here to find out the Top YieldBoost Puts of of Stocks with Recent Secondaries Secondaries can often present buying opportunities for bullish investors interested in purchasing shares, because the sudden extra supply of stock tends to require that the offering be priced at an attractive discount to where the stock had previously been trading before the offering announcement. That can also introduce near-term volatility which improves the premiums a put seller can achieve. Selling a put does not give an investor access to Os upside potential the way owning shares would, because the put seller only ends up owning shares in the scenario where the contract is exercised. The chart below shows the one year performance of O shares, versus its 200 day moving average: Looking at the chart above, Os low point in its 52 week range is $36.58 per share, with $45.84 as the 52 week high point that compares with a last trade of $44.66.
Source: http://www.forbes.com/sites/stockoptionschannel/2014/07/25/use-options-for-a-chance-to-buy-realty-income-at-a-22-discount/

Vanguard Extended Market ETF Experiences Big Outflow – NASDAQ.com

As far as guidance is concerned, the company refrained from forecasting specific revenue or earnings figures. The structural changes accomplished in 2013 will likely mar second-half 2014 net sales and operating income by 1-2% and 3%, respectively. PepsiCo’s second-quarter 2014 core earnings per share of $1.32 (reported on July 23) breezed past the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.23. On a year-over-year basis, earnings grew 1% thanks to solid margins.
Source: http://www.nasdaq.com/article/coke-and-pepsi-earnings-put-consumer-etfs-in-focus-etf-news-and-commentary-cm373385

Coke and Pepsi Earnings Put Consumer ETFs in Focus – ETF News And Commentary – NASDAQ.com

Among the largest underlying components of VXF, in trading today American Airlines Group Inc (Symbol: AAL) is up about 0.4%, Las Vegas Sands Corp (Symbol: LVS) is up about 0.8%, and Liberty Global plc (Symbol: LBTYA) is lower by about 0.7%. The chart below shows the one year price performance of VXF, versus its 200 day moving average: Looking at the chart above, VXF’s low point in its 52 week range is $72.39 per share, with $88.99 as the 52 week high point – that compares with a last trade of $86.07. Comparing the most recent share price to the 200 day moving average can also be a useful technical analysis technique — learn more about the 200 day moving average . Exchange traded funds (ETFs) trade just like stocks, but instead of ”shares” investors are actually buying and selling ”units”. These ”units” can be traded back and forth just like stocks, but can also be created or destroyed to accommodate investor demand.
Source: http://www.nasdaq.com/article/vanguard-extended-market-etf-experiences-big-outflow-cm373487

Obama Attributes Wildfires To Climate Change – Abc News

Obama forgives student loans Obama, speaking at a fundraiser Tuesday, offered federal help to deal with Washington’s wildfire, the largest in the state’s history. He said Federal Emergency Management Agency Director Craig Fugate had authorized an emergency declaration to ensure electrical power. Obama has asked Congress for $615 million in emergency spending to fight Western wildfires. He said spending on such fires has increased over the years. He says, “A lot of it has to do with drought, a lot of it has to do with changing precipitation patterns and a lot of that has to do with climate change.” Join the Discussion You are using an outdated version of Internet Explorer. Please click here to upgrade your browser in order to comment.
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Obama Take Heed: Aussies Repeal ‘Economy Killer’ Carbon Tax – Yahoo News

Gabriel Alvarez concluded in a detailed study that should the U.S. follow a similar path, it would lose at least 2.2 jobs for every one green job created. In choosing growth over green ambition, Australia and Japan , both of which have backpedaled on measures aimed at curbing emissions, citing economic hardship. In all these countries, the common concern is growth and employment; the U.S. is something of an outlier in dismissing such issues.
Source: http://news.yahoo.com/obama-heed-aussies-repeal-economy-094500763.html

Obama Declares Washington Wildfire Emergency – ABC News

Across the board, the relationship has been good, although there are disagreements, he added. “There is some concern, at present, about some policies at the Indonesian end about control of foreign investment. But this is the usual sort of push-and-pull in trade and investment matters between many countries and, in that area as well, the relationship is currently a strong and good one, McCawley said. There is, of course, the question now whether a new president brings changes of policies. But there is no sign that the new president is likely to do anything other than to continue this relationship.” Obama has tried to cultivate a closer U.S. relationship with incumbent President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono as part of his administrations rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region.
Source: http://www.voanews.com/content/obama-seeks-stronger-ties-with-widodo-indonesia/1964118.html

Obama Seeks Stronger Ties With Widodo, Indonesia

Please enter a valid phone number. Please enter your Phone Number. Send Thanks! A link has been sent. Done Obama, Dutch leader say Russia faces further costs over Ukraine 4 hours ago Content preferences Done SEATTLE (Reuters) – President Barack Obama and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte agreed in a telephone call on Tuesday that Russia must face increasing costs if it continues to support violent separatists in Ukraine, the White House said in a statement.
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Obama, Dutch leader say Russia faces further costs over Ukraine – Yahoo News

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Obama fundraises for Dems, demands GOP cooperation – Yahoo News

The fire is being blamed for one death. Rob Koczewski, 67, died of an apparent heart attack Saturday while he and his wife were hauling water and digging fire lines near their home. Gov. Jay Inslee said Obama called Koczewski’s wife to express his condolences. More than 2,100 firefighters and support crew are involved with fighting the fire, Payne said.
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Closing Bell, July 16 – Business Insider

From the Beige Book,”The pace of economic growth was characterized as moderate in New York, Chicago, Minneapolis, Dallas, and San Francisco, while the remaining Districts reported modest expansion. Compared to the previous reporting period, Boston and Richmond noted a slightly slower pace of growth. Most Districts were optimistic about the outlook for growth.” In the Fed’s St. Louis district , The World Cup was cited as having had a positive impact during the survey period. 7) CNBC hosted its annual Delivering Alpha conference, which featured a number of the biggest hedge fund managers presenting their latest investment ideas and commentary on the markets. Among the notable presentations was Stanley Druckenmiller, founder of Duquesne Capital Management, who said that his intuition is telling him the Fed’s policies have gone too far.
Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/closing-bell-july-16-2014-7

Stocks End Mostly in Red After Yellen, Earnings, Data – Yahoo Finance

Commodity prices were also supported by the China economic data, which pointed to improving demand, while gold rebounded off a two-day drop. China’s economy expanded at a 7.5 percent annual pace in the second quarter, the statistics bureau said, just beating the 7.4 percent median forecast in a Reuters poll. The data confirmed the economy had stabilized after a shaky start to the year, though analysts said the pick-up was largely driven by government stimulus. “There’s a lot of good news to go around today, but given all the worries there were about China, the data there is especially a positive,” said Nicholas Colas, chief market strategist at the ConvergEx Group in New York.
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Stocks snap higher in midday trading; Citigroup up – Yahoo News

Send Thanks! A link has been sent. Done Stocks snap higher in midday trading; Citigroup up By The Associated Press 1 hour ago 0 shares . View photo FILE – This July 15, 2013 file photo shows the New York Stock Exchange in New York. Stock futures are climbing on Monday, July 14, 2014, as investors look to shake off the worst week for the stock market in three months.
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Stocks around the world rally on China growth data – Yahoo News

Goldman saw improvement in its investment-banking and lending divisions. Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) reported strong second-quarter results that exceeded both Morningstar analysts’ and consensus expectations largely because of stronger-than-expected pharmaceutical sales. In particular, sales of hepatitis C drug Olysio significantly outperformed expectations. However, the firm could see some competition in that drug market by the end of the year, and shares fell 2%. Reynolds American (RAI) announced it will acquire Lorillard (LO) in a cash-and-stock buyout valued at $25 billion.
Source: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/stocks-end-mostly-red-yellen-202000326.html

Boehner Pens Op-ed Explaining Obama Lawsuit – Upi.com

“It is utterly beneath the dignity of the office. I know the president is frustrated. I’m frustrated. The American people are frustrated, too.” Since confirming his plans to file a lawsuit accusing the president of overstepping his constitutional authority by using executive actions, Boehner has declined to say specifically which actions the House legislation will name in a bill to authorize the lawsuit. He has, however, repeatedly used Obama’s actions in implementing the Affordable Care Act, immigration policy, energy regulations and foreign policy as reasons for refusing to bring up a number of high-profile bills in the House, saying those actions made it impossible for Republicans to trust the president to enforce any law they do pass.
Source: http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2014/07/07/Boehner-Obamas-flippant-dismissal-of-Constitution-means-we-have-to-sue/1301404747293/

Obama Outhouse Parade Float Draws Criticism – ABC News

Photos of the float on social media and used by ABC News affiliate KLKN-TV in Lincoln, Neb., show a smiling President Obama wearing overalls outside a building that looks like an outhouse and is labeled the Obama Presidential Library. The Nebraska Democratic Party roundly condemned the float. “There is a level of respect for the office of the Presidency which should not be crossed,” Dan Marvin, NDP Executive Director, said according to KLKN-TV. “It’s beyond disappointing the City of Norfolk, Neb., it’s [sic] officials and citizens would allow such a thing.” Liz Guthrie, originally from Norfolk, told ABC News the crowd was laughing and clapping as the float went by. Her boyfriend Lance Harvey said he thought the float was simply political satire. Another woman, Glory Kathurima, told the Lincoln Journal Star she was “scared” by the display and kept repeating “That’s not OK,” as the float passed her.
Source: http://abcnews.go.com/US/obama-outhouse-parade-float-draws-criticism/story?id=24445273

Obama, Congress should have listened to me: Pickens

“All you have to do is switch natural gas over to the heavy-duty trucks.” Tuesday marks six years since he launched his ” Pickens Plan .” Originally unveiled on “Squawk Box” in 2008, it calls for the U.S. to move away from foreign oil and embrace booming domestic natural gas supplies to fuel transportation needs. Despite pretty broad support, the “Pickens Plan” failed to get Congress and President Barack Obama to act. “If [Washington] had gone with me six years ago, you figure you could probably had the job done in three to four years,” Pickens argued. “If that were the case, you would have cut out 75 percent of OPEC, because 8 million trucks converted to natural gas off of diesel is 3 million barrels a day.” Read More Why utility bills are not getting cheaper With more than a half century of experience in the oil and nat gas industry, Pickens spent most of his career building Mesa Petroleum into a powerhouse. After selling Mesa in 1996, he founded BP Capital Management, a hedge fund focusing on investments in the energy industry.
Source: http://www.cnbc.com/id/101815722

Obama highlights push for better skilled teachers – Quincy Herald-Whig | Illinois & Missouri News, Sports

The same data show that Latino students are three times as likely. “When a school or a school district or a set of schools in a disadvantaged community has disproportionate numbers of inexperienced teachers, that is not a good thing,” Duncan said. “You want a balance on any team. And what we are looking for is to increase effectiveness in disadvantaged communities.” Associated Press writer Darlene Superville contributed to this report. Follow Kimberly Hefling on Twitter: http://twitter.com/khefling Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
Source: http://www.whig.com/story/25952571/obama-highlights-push-for-better-skilled-teachers

Obama To Unveil Border Control Funding Request: Spokesman | Fox Business

The funds are needed to pay for more immigration twitter judges and asylum officials to process the backlog of cases. “There is a view that is shared among both Democrats and Republicans that there is work that we can do to continue to secure the borders. And processing these cases through the immigration system is a part of that,” he said. Earnest said the supplemental would request funding for “some other things” but did not provide specifics. Copyright 2014 MarketWatch, Inc.
Source: http://www.foxbusiness.com/industries/2014/07/07/obama-to-unveil-border-control-funding-request-spokesman/

Stocks Drift In Holiday-shortened Week – Yahoo Finance

Stocks Close Narrowly Mixed Following Lackluster Session – U.S. Commentary

It was the sharpest month-over-month gain since April 2010. The stocks of home builders rose. D.R. Horton gained 73 cents, or 3.1 percent, to $24.57. Lennar gained 35 cents, or 0.8 percent, to $41.94.
Source: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/stocks-drift-holiday-shortened-week-162143816.html

Are Uranium Stocks a Good Contrarian Play?

Standouts included Apple ( AAPL , Tech30 ), SINA ( SINA , Tech30 ) and BlackBerry ( BBRY , Tech30 ). Then there was GoPro ( GPRO ), in a league of its own, continuing its red hot start as a public company. After zooming last week, the wearable camera maker popped another 13% today . Related: Fear & Greed Index still extremely greedy 2. More housing hopes: Wall Street briefly cheered new signs of progress in the very important housing market.
Source: http://money.cnn.com/2014/06/30/investing/stocks-markets/index.html

The major European markets also ended the day mixed. While the German DAX Index crept up by 0.2 percent, the French CAC 40 Index and the U.K.’s FTSE 100 Index fell by 0.3 percent and 0.2 percent, respectively. In the bond market, treasuries moved modestly higher over the course of the session after seeing early weakness. Subsequently, the yield on the benchmark ten-year note, which moves opposite of its price, fell by 1.6 basis points to 2.516 percent.
Source: http://www.rttnews.com/2343576/stocks-close-narrowly-mixed-following-lackluster-session-u-s-commentary.aspx?SimRec=1

Stocks up, up, up at mid-year point – Jun. 30, 2014

Dow vs SP500 YTD

These operations have been see page hurt by mining cost inflation and troubles with locals and government officials. Areva’s problems in Africa are indicative of future supply challenges facing the global uranium market. It’s certain uranium prices will move higher, but when? All eyes on Japan, 50 reactors down All eyes are on Japan where 50 nuclear reactors are not operating. That’s about one eighth of the global fleet.
Source: http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2014/06/30/are-uranium-stocks-a-good-contrarian-play.aspx

China Etf Hedging Costs At Record Low On Stimulus Wagers – Bloomberg

rose 2 percent last week for the biggest advance since February. Chinese stocks are back in favor as growth in industrial output and retail sales accelerated in May while new bank loans exceeded analyst estimates. Policy makers have taken measures such as lowering reserve requirements for some banks, providing tax breaks and accelerating public spending to shore up an economy that expanded at the slowest pace in six quarters for the January-March period. The targeted easing over the past two months has kept a floor under growth and assuaged investors concerns about a hard landing, Michelle Gibley, director of international [read] research at San Francisco-based Charles Schwab Corp., which has about $2.35 trillion in client assets, said by e-mail on June 13. Chinese stocks are pricing in a lot of bad news and we believe the risk/reward is favorable for owning Chinese stocks over the next 6-12 months. Slowing Growth The Shanghai Composite Index (SHCOMP) rose 0.1 percent to 2,073.36 at 10:34 a.m.
Source: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-06-15/china-etf-hedging-costs-at-record-low-on-stimulus-wagers.html

Look Inside Your Sector ETF Before You Buy – Forbes

The June, 2014 edition of the World Banks Global Economic Prospects report had this to say about Chinas economy: Growth for China is expected to ease gradually to 7.6 percent in 2014 and to 7.4 percent by 2016, with less, but only gradually declining reliance on credit-induced investment-led growth. Given the fact that Chinas economic growth target for 2014 is 7.5 percent, one might easily assume that Premier Li Keqiangs response to the report could have been: Ill take it! On June 2, the May official manufacturing PMI from Chinas National Bureau of Statistics rose to 50.8 from Aprils 50.7. Although a reading above 50 indicates expansion, a number of economists have explained that Chinas manufacturing PMI needs to clear 51 to establish some escape velocity. On June 3, the HSBC China Manufacturing PMI report indicated that Chinas manufacturing PMI increased to 49.4 in May, from Aprils 48.1. Although a reading below 50 indicates contraction, the improvement from April reinforced the notion that the nations recent economic slowdown was just a temporary setback. On June 9, the General Administration of Customs reported that the nations exports increased 7 percent in May, on a year-over-year basis. Economists had been expecting a 6.6 percent increase. Investors enthusiasm was subdued by the fact that imports fell 1.6 percent, compared with economists expectations for a 6.1 percent increase. Although Chinas trade surplus reached its highest level in five years, the slump in imports signaled sluggishness in the domestic economy because of reduced demand. On June 13, Chinas National Bureau of Statistics reported that in May, retail sales increased 12.5 percent on a year-over-year basis and that industrial production increased 8.8 percent on a year-over-year basis.
Source: http://www.wallstreetsectorselector.com/investment-articles/editors-desk/2014/06/mixed-news-china-weekly-international-etf-report/

Mixed News about China: Weekly International ETF Report

By 2012, it was in a solid uptrend and moved well above the 2011 highs, line d, in early 2013. The March 6 high of $60.50 is now being challenged with Junes projected pivot resistance ( courtesy of John Persons software ) at $61.67 with the weekly starc+ band at $61.88. There is initial monthly support at the May low of $57.03 with further at $55.39, which was the April low. As the table indicates, the top ten holdings of XLV make up over 54% of the ETF with Johnson & Johnson ( JNJ ) the top holding at 12.55%.
Source: http://www.forbes.com/sites/tomaspray/2014/06/14/look-inside-your-sector-etf-before-you-buy/

Noteworthy ETF Inflows: HYG – NASDAQ.com

XLE has been a clear winner year to date and especially recently, seemingly hitting new highs every day now on mounting tensions in Iraq. Top holdings are of course XOM and CVX, which make up a good 28% of the portfolio, and there are 43 other names in the index outside of these too. SLB, COP, and EOG round out the top five, and it appears that some may be bracing for a potential reversal in the sector if not simply longs hedging a good sized position on the books into the weekend and near term. XLE has had notable inflows YTD, taking in >$3 billion and is now a >$12 billion fund. This ETF is also the largest Energy Equity ETF in the space by a mile as well, trumping the second largest VDE (Vanguard Energy, Expense Ratio 0.14%) which only has about $3.2 billion in AUM. XOM and CVX by nature are Value stocks, with 2.70% and 3.50% yields respectively, and managers that may have been fortunate to either buy the stocks outright or via an Energy ETF with sizable weightings towards them like an XLE for example, three, six, or twelve months ago, have seen not only steady dividends roll in but also impressive breakout price performance which has recently trumped the broad market indices.
Source: http://www.etftrends.com/2014/06/etf-chart-of-the-day-an-energetic-friend/

ETF Chart of the Day: An Energetic Friend | ETF Trends

The chart below shows the one year price performance of HYG, versus its 200 day moving average: Looking at the chart above, HYG’s low point in its 52 week range is $88.27 per share, with $95.07 as the 52 week high point – that compares with a last trade of $94.90. Comparing the most recent share price to the 200 day moving average can also be a useful technical analysis technique — learn more about the 200 day moving average . Exchange traded funds (ETFs) trade just like stocks, but instead of ”shares” investors are actually buying and selling ”units”. These ”units” can be traded back and forth just like stocks, but can also be created or destroyed to accommodate investor demand. Each week we monitor the week-over-week change in shares outstanding data, to keep a lookout for those ETFs experiencing notable inflows (many new units created) or outflows (many old units destroyed).
Source: http://www.nasdaq.com/article/noteworthy-etf-inflows-hyg-cm361591