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Year-to-Date Returns

by 4/28/2005 2:54 PM
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With today's leading and lagging ETFs in mind, I thought it might also be helpful to check back in on the year-to-date returns for some of the key indices...

What struck me was the fact that a number of groups have now pushed through the 10 percent threshold. Of particular interest is the RUT and COMP. We have discussed how the market has not been getting support from the small cap and tech related areas and now we are starting to see sizable losses for the year...


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Given the market malaise, I thought it would be a good time to check in on today's top and bottom performing Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs)...

Top Performing Sector Exchange Traded Funds:

  • iShares Lehman 20+ Year Treas Bond (TLT) = +0.58 percent
  • Utilities HOLDRS (UTH) = +0.06 percent
  • iShares C&S Realty Majors (ICF) = +0.05 percent
  • streetTRACKS Wilshire REIT Fund (RWR) = -0.02 percent
  • iShares DJ US Telecom (IYZ) = -0.04 percent
  • Telecom HOLDRS (TTH) = -0.15 percent
  • Utilities Select Sector SPDR (XLU) = -0.20 percent
  • Consumer Staples Select SPDR (XLP) = -0.26 percent

Bottom Performing Sector Exchange Traded Funds:

  • Biotech HOLDRS (BBH) = -1.33 percent
  • iShares GS Natural Resource (IGE) = -1.42 percent
  • iShares GS Networking (IGN) = -1.44 percent
  • Energy Select Sector SPDR (XLE) = -1.44 percent
  • iShares Russell 2000 Index (IWM) = -1.64 percent
  • iShares S&P SmallCap 600 Index (IJR) = -1.64 percent
  • iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology (IBB) = -1.83 percent
  • iShares DJ US Energy (IYE) = -1.93 percent

As you can see, advancing groups are hard to find today as bonds are leading the way. The point to note is that the decliners list shows moderate but not heavy losses. In other words, today's market weakness is not the result of just a few key groups getting hammered, but due to widespread selling pressure.

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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Staying Abreast

by 4/28/2005 2:27 PM
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I should have held off on the post below as a round of selling just pushed the SPX to a new low on the session. Meanwhile, the RUT is flirting with its low from last Monday. You might remember that level by its other name - the low for 2005...


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by 4/28/2005 2:19 PM
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My alert for NYSE net ticks hit a few minutes ago and I have been watching to see if this was able to light a fire under the market...

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But it appears it was more smoke than fire as the SPX has yet to break free from the lows of the session...

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Tell Me What You Think

by 4/28/2005 1:59 PM
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Earlier in the week I noted that I was away from desk for a meeting and hinted that it was for a good cause...While I can't give out any details of what is coming, I can say I am part of a team that is looking to add enhancements to Schaffer's Gold.

As such, I thought I would open up the floodgates and ask you what you would like to see added to "Gold". Are there writers you would like to see more from? Are there specific areas of the market you would like to see covered? Do you want to see live action shots of me typing? (If so, I think you will be sorely disappointed!)

If you have any ideas on what you would like to see, click on the "Email Nick Perry about this post" and let me know!


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