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Here are today's top and bottom performing Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs)...As previously mentioned, my list has been broadened to cover more than 50 ETFs and I have expanded the list to show more groups.

Top Performing Sector Exchange Traded Funds:

  • iShares DJ US Energy (IYE) = +2.61 percent
  • Energy Select Sector SPDR (XLE) = +2.60 percent
  • Oil Service HOLDRS (OIH) = +1.94 percent
  • iShares GS Natural Resource (IGE) = +1.93 percent
  • Pharmaceutical HOLDRS (PPH) = +1.31 percent
  • Materials Select Sector SPDR (XLB) = +1.06 percent
  • Health Care Select Sect SPDR (XLV) = +0.77 percent
  • iShares DJ US Telecom (IYZ) = +0.70 percent

Bottom Performing Sector Exchange Traded Funds:

  • iShares DJ US Real Estate (IYR) = -0.92 percent
  • iShares DJ US Financial Sector (IYF) = -0.93 percent
  • Financial Select Sector SPDR (XLF) = -0.93 percent
  • Regional Bank HOLDRS (RKH) = -0.95 percent
  • Utilities Select Sector SPDR (XLU) = -1.16 percent
  • iShares DJ US Financial Svcs (IYG) = -1.20 percent
  • iShares DJ US Utilities (IDU) = -1.22 percent
  • Utilities HOLDRS (UTH) = -1.34 percent

I like checking in on these ETF list because it can help highlight themes. The worst performing list shows that interest rate sensitive groups are taking a hit while the best performing list highlights the strength in energy/oil/natural resources...

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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by 2/18/2005 2:10 PM
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We are rolling towards the close but the action is rather lethargic...which is good because I was having some computer "issues" but I think I have those resolved now.

The major indices are still near breakeven and the sector picture isn't changed much as financials/brokers remain under pressure.

One of the things I did just notice is the steel stocks are bouncing back from yesterday's weakness. United States Steel (X) lost nearly two and a half percent yesterday but has rebounded all of that today and hit a new high. If you missed it yesterday, I discussed the sector a bit in - More on Steel...

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Lunch Time Lull

by 2/18/2005 12:49 PM
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About an hour ago, the broad market indices started sto ell off...but that was short-lived and they have now bounced back to breakeven...

Looking at the chart above, I see that housing has bounced back a bit, but financials have yet to find their footing...


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FDA Panel

by 2/18/2005 12:24 PM
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On Wednesday I mentioned the FDA panel that was meeting to discuss the safety of Cox-2 painkillers...Headlines are starting to filter out from that. Pfizer just popped as it appears the panel said PFE should keep Celebrex on the market. The shares are up two and a half percent. Merck is up four percent as it appears some speculate that encouraging things might be said about Vioxx...


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Big News

by 2/18/2005 11:50 AM
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I am back from my meeting with great news! Many of you have asked about being able to access filters based on the equity scorecard....and your requests have been heard.

If you click on the Special Tool Kit tab above you will find expanded filters that allow you to find relatively high and low overall scorecard readings and much more...

Also, if you have filter ideas beyond what you see here, drop me an email via the link below and I will compile those requests and pass them along to the programmers for consideration in the next round of improvements.


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