Real Estate Promoted to Sector Status

The Global Industry Classification Standard (“GICS”) system is implementing a significant change over the coming weeks.  GICS was jointly developed by Standard & Poor’s and MSCI and is the primary system used by institutional investors to categorize stocks into their respective industries... 

Sector Rotation: Defensive to Smokestack

Sector analysis often reveals insightful information about the state of the economy, or at least investors’ perception of the economy.  However, it can often be confusing because the stock-market cycle is out of phase with the economic cycle.  We’ve all been told that the stock market is a discounting... 

Defensive Sectors Rule The Roost

The S&P 500 finally regained all it had lost in the 2008-2009 “financial crisis” bear market just last week.  It put in another new high this week.  The index consists of 10 major sectors, and as you have probably surmised, not all of them are celebrating the rebound.  In fact, only five of... 

Huntington Launches Actively Managed Sector Rotation ETF

Ohio-based Huntington Bancshares (HBAN) launched its second StrategyShares ETF on 7/23/2012, the Huntington US Equity Rotation Strategy ETF (HUSE).  This actively managed ETF will weight exposure to domestic sectors based on management’s outlook for capital appreciation (HUSE overview). The HUSE... 

Communicate with the Telecom Sector Via ETFs

Not so long ago, telephones were connected to wires.  What a quaint idea.  How would today’s teenagers survive? Back then you could only talk on your phone — no text messaging.  Even worse, phones didn’t even have buttons to push!  You dialed by turning a big knob with your finger. Phone... 

Health Care ETFs Poised to Repeat Good 2011

The final numbers are in, and 2011 was officially a “flat” year for the S&P 500.  Without dividends, the large-cap stock index was actually down a fraction.  With dividends, it gained only 2.1 percent. Today we’ll look at some interesting patterns in last year’s sector action — which... 

PowerShares Small Cap Sector ETFs Hit the Tape

PowerShares launched a suite of small-cap sector ETFs based on the S&P SmallCap 600 Index yesterday (4/7/10).  These nine new ETFs are the first to provide sector-specific exposure within the U.S. small-cap stock market. I have long been a fan of sector and industry-focused funds, and I warmly welcome... 

Financials Slowing Down

Over the past month, two sectors have slowed the market more than any area: Financials and Energy. Of those sectors, Financials is the larger sector by market cap. Banks backed off this year’s gains after finishing a hot streak that almost no one predicted. That rise followed a punishing period that... 

Why Materials May Be Worth Buying

Last week’s breakout was encouraging to investors.  After averting another sudden downtrend in mid-July, the larger uptrend appears to be in place for now.  Bloomberg reported recently, though US economy shrank in the first three months of 2009, the recession may be bottoming.  According to the... 

Growth In Technology: Cloud Computing

Scanning the headlines, it’s easy to get discouraged. With stocks approaching 12-year lows, unemployment at 25-year highs, and a President warning of an impending Second Great Depression, it’s not hard to feel a little down. And yet, all is not lost. CNN/Money posted an encouraging article... 

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