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Daily “Ways-to-Play” The News Before the Moves 3/31/2010

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4 Reasons to Consider Utility ETFs

There are a gazillion ways to play the energy sector with exchange traded funds, but you’re not just limited to oil, natural gas or solar power. Utilities might be an off-the-beaten path way to invest in the nation’s changing energy picture.

ETFDesk users see this as a potential opportunity to: buy Rydex S&P Equal Weight Utilities ETF (RYU)

buy Vanguard Utilities ETF (VPU)

buy iShares S&P Global Utilities Sector Index Fund (JXI)

buy iShares DJ US Utilities (IDU);

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Are Home Prices Cheap?

Analysts at Deutsche Bank attempt to answer the question “Rent of Buy?” in a new research piece out today. While falling home prices and declining interest rates have narrowed the rent-buy gap, home affordability is not high by historical standards.

ETFDesk users see this as a potential opportunity to: sell iShares DJ US Real Estate (IYR);

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Long-Term Rates Finally on Verge of Breaking Out

ALTHOUGH THE FED HAS reaffirmed its low short-term interest rate policy, it cannot control long-term interest rates. In fact, the yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note has risen from a low of 3.23% at Thanksgiving of last year to its current level 3.87%.

ETFDesk users see this as a potential opportunity to: sell iShares Lehman 20+ Year Treasury Bond Fund (TLT)

sell iShares Lehman 7-10 Year Treasury Bond Fund (IEF)

sell iShares Lehman 10-20 Year Treasury Bond Fund (TLH)

buy UltraShort Lehman 7-10 Year Treasury ProShares (PST)

buy UltraShort Lehman 20+ Year Treasury ProShares (TBT)

sell PIMCO 7-15 Year U.S. Treasury Index Fund (TENZ);

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M&A surges in Asia while US and Europe suffer

Mergers and acquisitions boomed in Asia in the first quarter in sharp contrast to a slump in deal volume in Europe and the US, underlining a global shift in activity in the wake of the credit crisis.

ETFDesk users see this as a potential opportunity to: buy Gabelli Global Deal Fund (GDL)

buy IQ ARB Merger Arbitrage ETF (MNA);

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Oil in Big Macs: Chart of the Day

The idea for this comparison of Oil to Big Macs, is that a Big Mac is representative of a basket of agricultural goods and thus compares the relative advantage of trading food for oil. Whats interesting about this is that theoretically, it should be a somewhat inflation-adjusted measure of oil prices. As of now it appears agricultural goods is undervalued relative to Oil.

ETFDesk users see this as a potential opportunity to: sell United States Oil Fund LP (USO)

buy ELEMENTS – Rogers International Commodity Index Agriculture Total Return (RJA);

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Daily “Ways-to-Play” The News Before the Moves 2/24/2010

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The Thai Capital Fund Reports Fourth Quarter Earnings

The Thai Capital Fund Reports Fourth Quarter Earnings

buy Thai Capital Fund (TF);
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Weaker yen boosts Japanese exporters

Weaker yen boosts Japanese exporters

buy ProShares UltraShort Yen (YCS)

buy Asia Pacific Fund (APB);

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Greater China Fund: The Trend Continues Down (GCH …

Greater China Fund: The Trend Continues Down (GCH …

buy Greater China Fund, Inc. (GCH);

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Business & Financial News, Breaking US & International News …

Business & Financial News, Breaking US & International News …

buy Asia Pacific Fund (APB);

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Asia shares up, gold firm as dollar rally pauses | African news …

Asia shares up, gold firm as dollar rally pauses | African news …

buy Asia Pacific Fund (APB);

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Singapore Fund Inc. Webcast Alert: Meet the Manager

Singapore Fund Inc. Webcast Alert: Meet the Manager

buy Singapore Fund (SGF);

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Bloomberg: Deflation Risk Persists

Bloomberg Multimedia is out this morning making the case for deflation. They note that the primary drivers that have kept inflation low in the past year are still quite strong: a very weak job market, weak spending, and depressed consumer confidence. In fact, just this morning the Conference Board reported consumer confidence falling sharply from last month. The survey showed consumers extremely bearish in their expecations for future income, which really should be turning your

buy iShares Lehman 20+ Year Treasury Bond Fund (TLT)

buy iShares Lehman 10-20 Year Treasury Bond Fund (TLH);

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How Africa is Becoming the New Asia

Last year, in the depths of global recession, the continent clocked almost 2 percent growth, roughly equal to the rates in the Middle East, and outperforming everywhere else but India and China. This year and in 2011, Africa will grow by 4.8 percent—the highest rate of growth outside Asia, and higher than even the oft-buzzed-about economies of Brazil, Russia, Mexico, and Eastern Europe, according to newly revised IMF estimates.

buy iShares MSCI-South Africa (EZA)

buy SPDR S&P Emerging Middle East & Africa ETF (GAF)

buy Market Vectors-Africa Index ETF (AFK);

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U.S. New-Home Sales Unexpectedly Fell to Record Low

Feb. 24 (Bloomberg) — Sales of new homes in the U.S. unexpectedly fell in January to the lowest level on record, a sign that an extension of a government tax credit may not be enough to rekindle demand.

sell SPDR S&P Homebuilders ETF (XHB)

sell iShares Dow Jones U.S. Home Construction Index Fund (ITB);

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Regulators report 27 percent jump in problem banks

The number of “problem” U.S. banks jumped 27 percent during the fourth quarter of 2009 to 702, the highest level since 1993 and a sign the industry’s recovery is still shaky, regulators reported on Tuesday.

sell KBW Regional Banking ETF (KRE);

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Daily “Ways-to-Play” The News Before the Moves 2/18/2010

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More Americans Considering Community Banks

Bailouts and bonuses have many Americans frustrated with big banks. Some consumers think these giant institutions have lost touch with customers and basic good business practices. They’re so fed up that they’re holding these behemoths accountable by moving their money to community banks.
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Soros More Than Doubled Gold ETF Stake in 4th Quarter

Feb. 17 (Bloomberg) — Billionaire George Soros’s Soros Fund Management LLC more than doubled its holding in the biggest gold exchange-traded fund in the fourth quarter after bullion advanced 8.9 percent to a record.

buy streetTRACKS Gold Trust (GLD);

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Contango Can Kill Commodity ETF returns: ETFDESK Provides Alternatives

Contango is a phenomenon in the futures market where, in simple terms, the price to deliver a commodity in the future is higher than the spot price, or far future delivery is higher than shorter future delivery. It is exemplified by a upward slowing forward curve. The issue is magnified in future funds like USO, where contracts need to “rolled” into more expensive future contracts.

buy Oil Services HOLDRS (OIH)

sell United States Oil Fund LP (USO)

buy First Trust ISE-Revere Natural Gas Index Fund (FCG)

sell United States Natural Gas Fund, LP (UNG);

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A Mechanical Approach to Merger Arbitrage

Merger arbitrage is a popular hedge fund strategy that can generate attractive risk-adjusted returns with low correlation to equity markets. Typically, merger arbitrage funds (both hedge funds and mutual funds) use fundamental analysis to select the deals in which they participate. Our research shows that the universe of target companies creates positive excess returns relative to the equity markets and that owning a broad cross section of deals exposes the portfolio to the positi

buy IQ ARB Merger Arbitrage ETF (MNA);

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Muni Threat: Cities Weigh Chapter 9

The economic slump, however, is forcing debt-laden cities, towns and smaller taxing districts throughout the U.S. to consider using Chapter 9. As their revenue declines faster than expenses, some public entities are scrambling to keep making payments on municipal bonds. And that is causing experts to worry about the safety of securities traditionally considered low risk.

sell iShares S&P National Municipal Bond Fund (MUB);

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Small Reactors Generate Big Hopes

A new type of nuclear reactor—smaller than a rail car and one tenth the cost of a big plant—is emerging as a contender to reshape the nation’s resurgent nuclear power industry. Three big utilities, Tennessee Valley Authority, First Energy Corp. and Oglethorpe Power Corp., on Wednesday signed an agreement with McDermott International Inc.’s Babcock & Wilcox subsidiary, committing to get the new reactor approved for commercial use in the U.S.

buy iShares S&P Global Nuclear Energy Index Fund (NUCL);

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HHS Warns of Double-Digit Increase in Health Premiums

Proposed premium increases by Anthem Blue Cross for Californians purchasing their own coverage set off a wave of criticism and forced the company last week to announce a postponement. Now, the Health and Human Services Department says similar pressure on premiums is being felt in at least six other states.

buy iShares Dow Jones U.S. Healthcare Providers Index Fund (IHF);

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Chart of the Day – Feb 15 2010 – Financials

Daily “Ways-to-Play” The News Before the Moves 1/29/2010

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Investment Outlook Bill Gross | February 2010

“f all of the developed countries, three broad fixed-income observations stand out: 1) given enough liquidity and current yields I would prefer to invest money in Canada. Its conservative banks never did participate in the housing crisis and it moved toward and stayed closer to fiscal balance than any other country, 2) Germany is the safest, most liquid sovereign alternative, although its leadership and the EU’s potential stance toward bailouts of Greece and Ireland must be watche

buy iShares MSCI-Canada (EWC);

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Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS): Bank of America (NYSE:BAC) May Be Hit Harder than Thought from Obama Trading Ban

The original report from Citibank (NYSE:C) in response to a proposal to limit proprietary trading from Obama was that Bank of America (NYSE:BAC) would lose about 1 to 2 percent of earnings from the event. Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) has now released a report stating that the fallout would be far worse than that, more than doubling their outlook over Citibank’s, to Bank of America losing potentially up to 5 percent of overall earnings if the plan is implemented.

sell iShares DJ US Financial Sector (IYF)

sell iShares DJ US Financial Services (IYG);

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DR. Copper, Market PHD – SELL!

It’s been said that copper (ETF: JJC) is the metal with a PhD due to its ability to reflect economic trends. What is copper saying right now?

buy UltraShort S&P 500 ProShares (SDS)

sell S&P 500 SPDR (SPY)

sell iPath Dow Jones-AIG Copper Total Return Sub-Index ETN (JJC)

buy Ultra ProShort S&P500 ProShares (SPXU);

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Could California Really Default?

After Standard & Poor’s downgraded California’s bond rating yet again earlier this month, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and members of his administration sounded practically schizophrenic, on the one hand warning the legislature that the state had to get its fiscal house in order while simultaneously deriding the notion that California would ever fail to pay its obligations.

sell iShares S&P National Municipal Bond Fund (MUB);

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Hedging PIIGS Risk with ETFs

Acronyms for blocs of countries are all the rage these days: BRIC, MAVENS, now PIIGS (Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece, and Spain). As the BRICs and MAVENS were created to group strong growth countries into an investable group, the PIIGS are the polar opposite: countries on the brink of disaster. We didn’t coin the acronym “PIIGS”, but we are the first out with a comprehensive way to “play” it.

sell iShares MSCI-EMU (EZU)

sell iShares MSCI-Italy (EWI)

sell iShares MSCI-Spain (EWP)

sell Rydex Euro Currency Trust (FXE)

buy ProShares UltraShort Euro (EUO)

sell iShares S&P/Citigroup International Treasury Fund (IGOV)

sell Spain Fund (SNF)

sell The New Ireland Fund (IRL);

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Is Eurozone Dying?

Sovereign debt risk has been the talk of the town so far in 2010. Downgrades to Greece’s credit rating and its government bonds impact on the rest of Europe and its currency, the Euro, has sounded the alarm across the continent.

sell Rydex Euro Currency Trust (FXE)

buy ProShares UltraShort Euro (EUO);

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Is the Eurozone Dying?

Sovereign debt risk has been the talk of the town so far in 2010. Downgrades to Greece’s credit rating and its government bonds impact on the rest of Europe and its currency, the Euro, has sounded the alarm across the continent. It seems apparent by viewing the CDS and European bond market, that the PIIGS are being forced to quickly tighten fiscal policies. The question is, is this belt tightening happening too fast. The IMF has cautioned about paring back their stimulus programs too quickly, risking a a dip back into recession (see IMF Chief Cautions Against Early Stimulus Exit WSJ). It seems as if  the European continent is moving in two different directions, with several countries, and in particular, Greece, exhibiting dangerous weakness.  A German Economic Minister said, in a speech to parliament on Thursday,  that weak Euro countries may have a “fatal” impact on the rest of the Eurozone.  There are now rumors that France and Germany have already formulated a resuce plan for Greece.  Will Portugal and Spain follow Greece?  For now it seems pressure will remain on the Euro.  FXE looks like a good short and for those who want more  to ratchet up the leverage, consider EUO ProShares UltraShort Euro

Source: Bloomberg

Finding Single Stock % in ETF : Tutorial

Even wondered how much of a particular stock is in a given ETF or which ETF contain a specific stock? You could go to every ETF fact sheet and look for the % or you could just use ETFDESK’s holding search.

Type in the ticket into the “Holding” box on top of the tool bar:

ETFDesk will return all of the ETFs that contain that particular stock and the % in each fund, It’s that easy!


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