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

Top Performing Sector Exchange Traded Funds:

  • iShares DJ US Energy (IYE) = +1.70 percent
  • Energy Select Sector SPDR (XLE) = +1.63 percent
  • Oil Service HOLDRS (OIH) = +1.56 percent
  • iShares C&S Realty Majors (ICF) = +1.51 percent
  • Internet HOLDRS (HHH) = +1.38 percent
  • iShares DJ US Real Estate (IYR) = +1.26 percent
  • streetTRACKS Wilshire REIT Fund (RWR) = +1.19 percent
  • iShares GS Software Index (IGV) = +1.13 percent

Bottom Performing Sector Exchange Traded Funds:

  • iShares DJ US Healthcare (IYH) = -0.10 percent
  • streetTRACKS Gold Shares (GLD) = -0.12 percent
  • iShares Lehman 20+ Year Treas Bond (TLT) = -0.19 percent
  • iShares DJ US Financial Sector (IYF) = -0.22 percent
  • Pharmaceutical HOLDRS (PPH) = -0.36 percent
  • Semiconductor HOLDRS (SMH) = -0.39 percent
  • Materials Select Sector SPDR (XLB) = -0.53 percent
  • iShares DJ US Basic Materials (IYM) = -0.63 percent

The bulls are making a late-day push as the SPX trades back to its morning highs. Energy, real estate, and select technology related groups seem to be getting the most attention - though semis are conspicuously absent from the top movers and show up on the bottom performing list as a lagging group...

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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Session Lows

by 5/19/2005 2:52 PM
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About 20 minutes ago my alert for NYSE net ticks sounded off...yet again...and as I was putting this post together it hit again...

Chart Courtesy of Thomson/ILX

Unlike what have seen in recent sessions, the bulls can't seem to put a rally together. I guess this isn't too terribly surprising as the recent up days have probably depleted some buying power, but I still thought it was worth pointing out...

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Index Check

by 5/19/2005 1:57 PM
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The action remains decidedly tepid as a bout of selling has pushed the broad market indices back toward breakeven. Here is what the day looks like so far...

Overall we have a very mixed picture. Networking, internet, and oil services are trying to hold gains while drugs, cyclicals, and banking are slipping. However, none of these indices are moving more than one percent so the action remains rather dull...

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More Buying

by 5/19/2005 1:02 PM
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My alert for NYSE net ticks has started to sound off again...this time it appears the bulls are gaining a little more traction as the SPX has started to move back toward its morning highs...


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I was just scanning through the new high list and nemesis stock...Pixar (PIXR).

As I noted earlier this month, I have been "waiting" for this stock to shine for some time. The skeptics are numerous yet the shares refuse to break. With it tagging a new high I am once again keeping a close eye on it...

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