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

Top Performing Sector Exchange Traded Funds:

  • iShares Lehman 20+ Year Treas Bond (TLT) = +0.80 percent
  • iShares DJ US Energy (IYE) = +0.75 percent
  • Oil Service HOLDRS (OIH) = +0.63 percent
  • Utilities Select Sector SPDR (XLU) = +0.58 percent
  • iShares DJ US Utilities (IDU) = +0.53 percent
  • streetTRACKS Gold Shares (GLD) = +0.49 percent
  • streetTRACKS Wilshire REIT Fund (RWR) = +0.48 percent
  • iShares C&S Realty Majors (ICF) = +0.48 percent

Bottom Performing Sector Exchange Traded Funds:

  • NASDAQ 100 Trust (QQQQ) = -1.57 percent
  • Consumer Discretionary SPDR (XLY) = -1.60 percent
  • iShares Russell 2000 Index (IWM) = -1.82 percent
  • Retail HOLDRS (RTH) = -1.79 percent
  • iShares GS Semiconductor (IGW) = -1.81 percent
  • iShares DJ Transportation Average (IYT) = -1.93 percent
  • Semiconductor HOLDRS (SMH) = -1.95 percent
  • Internet HOLDRS (HHH) = -2.65 percent

As you can see, there is a downward bias as the advancing groups showing mild gains while the declining groups are a bit more aggressive. The advancers show bonds leading the session (you don't see that every day) along with energy and some interest sensitive groups. The downside list shows a mix of tech, transports, retail and small cap funds. The HHH is showing the biggest drop and is diverging from the performance of the CBOE Internet (INX) because the HHH does not include Google (which is up five percent)....

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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Stocks quoted in this article:

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

Top Performing Sector Exchange Traded Funds:

  • iShares Lehman 20+ Year Treas Bond (TLT) = +0.80 percent
  • iShares DJ US Energy (IYE) = +0.75 percent
  • Oil Service HOLDRS (OIH) = +0.63 percent
  • Utilities Select Sector SPDR (XLU) = +0.58 percent
  • iShares DJ US Utilities (IDU) = +0.53 percent
  • streetTRACKS Gold Shares (GLD) = +0.49 percent
  • streetTRACKS Wilshire REIT Fund (RWR) = +0.48 percent
  • iShares C&S Realty Majors (ICF) = +0.48 percent

Bottom Performing Sector Exchange Traded Funds:

  • NASDAQ 100 Trust (QQQQ) = -1.57 percent
  • Consumer Discretionary SPDR (XLY) = -1.60 percent
  • iShares Russell 2000 Index (IWM) = -1.82 percent
  • Retail HOLDRS (RTH) = -1.79 percent
  • iShares GS Semiconductor (IGW) = -1.81 percent
  • iShares DJ Transportation Average (IYT) = -1.93 percent
  • Semiconductor HOLDRS (SMH) = -1.95 percent
  • Internet HOLDRS (HHH) = -2.65 percent

As you can see, there is a downward bias as the advancing groups showing mild gains while the declining groups are a bit more aggressive. The advancers show bonds leading the session (you don't see that every day) along with energy and some interest sensitive groups. The downside list shows a mix of tech, transports, retail and small cap funds. The HHH is showing the biggest drop and is diverging from the performance of the CBOE Internet (INX) because the HHH does not include Google (which is up five percent)....

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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Into the Final Hour

by 4/22/2005 3:08 PM
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We enter the final hour of the session on an interesting note...


Chart Courtesy of Thomson/ILX

As you can see, a bout of selling hit about 20 minutes ago and pushed the SPX to a new low for the session. However, NYSE net ticks just spiked so it appears the bulls are now pushing back. After gaining 22 points yesterday, the SPX is now down eight points....


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In response to my post below on oil...

Bob says - "In case you missed it, Bernie has a post on crude oil in "Gold Dust"."

My response - Good eyes - if anyone hasn't read this you can click here...

And Dave says - "maybe wall street is more concerned about the economy, higher oil prices are okay if the economy is strong. i just put a comparison chart of the XLE vs the Retail Index, pretty interesting. they track each other much closer than the bigger index. maybe its the economy."

My response - Interesting thoughts. Thanks for sharing them!

Meanwhile, Stuart says - "GOOG: Nick, checkout today's candle/price action. Beginning to look ugly. No shorts, no puts, no sell notes in this name?"

My response - For those curious you can click here to see today's chart...

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Riddle Me This...

by 4/22/2005 1:57 PM
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Here is a question to ponder...I have heard and seen a number of pundits argue that the market had been "ignoring" last week's pullback in oil, which was labeled as "good news".

Now that I look at my screen and see oil back above 55 I am wondering - will that "good news" now be listed as a concern?

I ask this because not too many on the Street seem to be concerned about the potential for high oil prices, but many are quick to jump on a pullback as being "positive"...How can one side be a positive if the other side isn't a concern?

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