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Three ETF Investments for Persistent Euro Weakness

NEW YORK (ETF Expert) -- One of the key themes that I presented at the start of 2014 was the notion that capital would begin shifting abroad. Attractive valuations compared to U.S. equities, ongoing stimulative measures in Europe as well as "carry trade" funding of higher-yielding assets contributed to several high conviction purchases. Chief among them? iShares MSCI New Zealand (ENZL). While smaller nations often get overlooked when it comes to investor asset allocation, I argued that New Zealand presented a unique opportunity to participate in one of the fastest growing economies in the … [Read more...]

Why Mobile Mini, Inc. Shares Could Pop 20%

By Brian Pacampara | More ArticlesJune 9, 2014 | While Fools should generally take the opinion of Wall Street with a grain of salt, it's not a bad idea to take a closer look at particularly stock-shaking upgrades and downgrades -- just in case their reasoning behind the call makes sense. What: Shares of Mobile Mini, Inc.  (NASDAQ: MINI  ) climbed 4% today after Deutsche Bank initiated coverage on the portable storage solutions company with a buy rating. So what: Along with the bullish call, analyst Amit Mehrotra planted a price target of $57 on the stock, representing about 23% worth of … [Read more...]

Why You May Want to Consider European Index ETFs

NEW YORK (ETF Expert) --The European Central Bank did not really surprise anyone with its well-telegraphed rate cuts on Thursday. Yet, risk assets of all shapes, sizes and geographic origins rallied a bit more than most had anticipated.The reason? Not only did the ECB slash its overnight lending rate -- not only will they charge banks for depositing cash in ECB coffers (i.e. negative deposit rate) -- European authorities opened the door to unconventional asset purchases in the future. Unconventional measures. Emergency stimulus. Quantitative easing. Whatever one chooses to call it, the ECB may … [Read more...]

Why the NHL Wishes the Chicago Blackhawks Made it to the Stanley Cup Finals

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The National Hockey League was probably hoping for a Stanley Cup final between the Chicago Blackhawks and the New York Rangers. The Blackhawks' dedicated fans likely would have driven the finals to an all-time ratings high. That doesn't mean that actual Western Conference champion the Los Angeles Kings are a bad second option. They're are a strong team that took home the Stanley Cup in 2012, and it gives the NHL a battle between the top two U.S. television markets. This matchup should be great for the NHL ... just not as good as it might have been had Chicago pulled out game seven over … [Read more...]

Bubble Risk With New Highs for Dow Industrials, Transports, S&P

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- The major U.S. equity averages sustained a strong rally on Thursday as the European Central Bank eased monetary policy. The rally continues this morning on a solid jobs report for May. As of 10 a.m., the Dow Industrial Average (DIA), S&P 500 (SPY) and Dow Transports set all-time intraday highs at 16,891.40, 1,946.25, 8,167.06, respectively. While not among the five major averages, the Nasdaq 100 (QQQ) and PHLX Semiconductor Index (SOXX) set multiyear intraday highs as of 10 a.m., at 3,793.19 and 617.09, respectively. The Nasdaq remains below its multiyear intraday … [Read more...]

GM Earnings Set to Shine, Take Note of Noble Corp.’s Dividend

GM proved the recall is not hurting its top line with its strong May sales, yet the stock remains cheap, says Jeff Layman, CIO at BKD Wealth Advisors. Layman says the carmaker's earnings - as well as its stock - will climb in the coming quarters as it moves past the recall controversy. He is also bullish on shares of off-shore driller Noble Corp. due to the upgrade of its rig portfolio as well as its healthy dividend. Finally, Layman likes the WisdomTree Emerging Markets Equity Income ETF as a way to play cheap EM stocks, which have been on a roll in the past 3 months. Stock quotes in this … [Read more...]

Non-Farm Payroll Data Just May Boost the Gold, Silver Market

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- The price of gold remained relatively flat over the past week, but tomorrow the publication of the nonfarm payroll report may affect gold (GLD) and silver (SLV). Let's see how. To begin, the SPDR Gold Trust (GLD) opened sharply higher today, up 0.75% to $120.66 per share as of 10:15 a.m. (Don't get too excited: gold prices are down 4.4% over the past month.) iShares Silver Trust (SLV) shot up 1.27% to $18.29. (Silver is down 3% over the past month too.) In the past, the release of the nonfarm payroll report used to have a negative correlation with the direction of gold … [Read more...]

WisdomTree ETFs Offer New Spins on Europe, International Investing

The rally in U.S. stocks is not purely driven by the Federal Reserve, there are fundamentals supporting the run-up as well, says Jeremy Schwartz, Director of Research at WisdomTree. That said, Schwartz says that European stocks may be the better value compared with U.S. markets right now because they are less expensive and the ECB is wary of a strong Euro. WisdomTree recently launched a European Dividend Growth ETF (EUDG) for investors seeking European exposure. They also launched the International Hedged Dividend Growth ETF (IHDG) for investors who want to hedge against a strengthening US … [Read more...]

Are Chinese Energy Producers a Good Choice for Income Investors?

Stocks that provide ample dividends with meaningful capital gains potential are an income investor's dream. They don't come along often, but Chinese energy producers like China Petroleum & Chemical  (NYSE: SNP  ) , PetroChina (NYSE: PTR  ) , and CNOOC (NYSE: CEO  ) may fit the bill. Does a government policy that seemingly insists on generous payouts and continued growth in Chinese energy demand make these foreign companies a good choice for income investors? Dividends as national policyChinese authorities have recently decreed that state-owned companies increase the dividends they … [Read more...]

Ride the Emerging Markets Rally With One of these 3 ETFs

Emerging market stocks have been on a roll in the past 3 months and investors seeking to increase their exposure to developing countries should consider the iShares Core MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (IEMG), says Todd Rosenbluth, Director of ETF & Mutual Fund Research at S&P Capital IQ. He says the IEMG offers more local exposure because it includes more small and mid-cap stocks than the more traditional EEM. Rosenbluth also likes the Vanguard FTSE EM ETF (VWO) because of its low expense ratio, yet warns that it does not include Korean stocks because FTSE considers it a developed market. … [Read more...]