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Here are today's top and bottom performing Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs)...

Top Performing Sector Exchange Traded Funds:

  • Biotech HOLDRS (BBH) = +5.30 percent
  • iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology (IBB) = +1.72 percent
  • Utilities HOLDRS (UTH) = +1.42 percent
  • Oil Service HOLDRS (OIH) = +1.36 percent
  • iShares DJ US Utilities (IDU) = +1.24 percent
  • Utilities Select Sector SPDR (XLU) = +1.16 percent
  • iShares DJ US Real Estate (IYR) = +1.03 percent
  • iShares C&S Realty Majors (ICF) = +0.91 percent

Bottom Performing Sector Exchange Traded Funds:

  • Health Care Select Sect SPDR (XLV) = -0.20 percent
  • iShares DJ US Telecom (IYZ) = -0.26 percent
  • Pharmaceutical HOLDRS (PPH) = -0.39 percent
  • Materials Select Sector SPDR (XLB) = -0.48 percent
  • iShares DJ US Basic Materials (IYM) = -0.64 percent
  • streetTRACKS Gold Shares (GLD) = -0.81 percent
  • iShares COMEX Gold Trust (IAU) = -0.92 percent
  • Internet HOLDRS (HHH) = -2.77 percent

As you can see, biotech is on the move as shares of DNA have taken off in the last few minutes - I will dig into that in a moment....There is some strength in utilities and oil services while internet remains weak...

Note: If you are not familiar with ETFs, make sure you read the Education and FAQ sections in our ETF center.

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One to Watch - ZMH

by 3/14/2005 3:06 PM
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I have been running my screens and looking for stocks of interest and Zimmer Holdings (ZMH) caught my eye...According to Zacks, 52 percent of the ratings were "buys" in July but that has risen to 80 percent. Yet the chart shows the stock has been struggling recently...

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The stock is nearing support so it will be interesting to watch happens. A break might lead some of the bulls to reconsider their stance. I am going to dig into the stock a little more tonight and most likely feature it in my weekly column for the homepage tomorrow...


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Sharlee says - "If we close below 1200 on the S&P again and below 1500 on the NDX and stay below 10800 on the DOG, then there is going to be a rash of "breaking support" going on throughout the market."

My response - While I can't guarantee this, I am fairly certain that by the DOG, he is referring to the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA). I am also fairly certain that "DOG" was not a typo...

Last week I noted a few signs of broad based selling so I do think it is worth watching what happens on the indices. The SPX broke out but failed to hold. Ditto on the Dow. And as we have discussed, the NDX was never able to even mount a successful rally. And as the chart below shows, the NDX is barely holding above its recent lows...

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Can I Buy Some Excitement?

by 3/14/2005 2:01 PM
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The clock strikes two....and calling today's action lackluster would be too kind...

Oil has edged into positive territory and the broad markets indices have slipped from holding small gains to breakeven, or a little worse.

The most interesting action I see on my screen is that the internet stocks have continued to slip lower...but I already touched on internet stocks earlier today....

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TZOO Chart

by 3/14/2005 1:15 PM
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I still don't see a catalyst for the selling on Travelzoo, but note the daily chart...

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The shares are testing the waters below support that has been in place since September...

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