Posts Tagged 'M&A'

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 3/1/2010

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Cumberland Advisors: ETF Strategy Update

Our “core” US ETF strategy has been favoring growth over value and large cap over small cap since the autumnal equinox last year. A blend of three ETFs achieves the mix in the core strategy. At Cumberland, “core” can vary from as much as 70-75% of the total weight to as low as 30-35%. Right now it is about half the weight.

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buy iShares Russell 1000 Growth (IWF)

buy iShares S&P 500/BARRA Growth (IVW);

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JP Morgan’s Dimon: It’s California, Not Greece, You Should Fret About

JP Morgan Chase (JPM) CEO Jamie Dimon this afternoon told investors at the company’s annual meeting that he’s more worried about California fiscal solvency than about Greece.

sell iShares S&P California Municipal Bond Fund (CMF)

sell Alliance CA Municipal Income Fund (AKP)

sellBlackRock CA Municipal Income Tr II (BCL)

sell Nuveen California Performance Plus Municipal Fund (NCP)

sell Nuveen California Premium Income Municipal Fund (NCU);

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Why China Can’t Cool Its Overheated Real Estate Boom

Even among Western analysts who live and work in China, the major role played by municipal governments in fueling China’s increasingly speculative real estate boom is underappreciated. The actions of those local authorities are at the heart of China’s property bubble, and they explain why the central government’s attempts to cool lending and construction are failing.

sell Claymore/AlphaShares China Real Estate ETF (TAO)

sell China Materials ETF (CHIM);

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Copper futures surge on quake fears

Copper futures rose as much as 5 per cent to a five-week high early on Monday after a massive earthquake in top producer Chile sparked supply worries but prices soon retreated.

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M&A burst drives Wall Street higher

A burst of mergers and acquisitions activity moved US stocks higher on Monday morning, aided by stronger-than-expected consumer spending and signs that a Greek bail-out may be announced soon.

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Greece Now, U.K. Next as Scots Ready for Pound Plunge

March 1 (Bloomberg) — While the eyes of the world focus on Greece’s debt crisis, investors in Edinburgh are busy preparing for the U.K. to be next.

buy PowerShares DB US Dollar Index Bullish Fund (UUP)

sell Rydex British Pound Sterling Trust (FXB)

sell iPath GBP/USD Exchange Rate ETN (GBB);

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Daily “Ways-to-Play” The News Before the Moves 12/21/2009

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Taming the Fat Cats

President Obama seems genuinely, if belatedly, upset about the way America’s voracious bankers leveraged hundreds of billions in taxpayer bailouts to line their pockets with multibillion-dollar bonuses while American businesses starve for credit.

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Harder to buy US Treasuries

IT is getting harder for governments to buy United States Treasuries because the US’s shrinking current-account gap is reducing supply of dollars overseas, a Chinese central bank official said yesterday.

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TIPS Give Way to Inflation as Deflation-Adjusted Yields Decline

“The gap between yields on Treasuries and so-called TIPS due in 10 years, a measure of the outlook for consumer prices, closed above 2.25 percentage points four days last week, the longest stretch since August 2008. That’s the low end of the range in the five years before Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. collapsed, and shows traders expect inflation, not deflation in coming months, said Jay Moskowitz, head of TIPS trading at CRT Capital Group LLC in Stamford, Connecticut. ”

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

buy iShares Lehman TIPS Bond Fund (TIP)

buy PIMCO Broad U.S. TIPS Index Fund (TIPZ);

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CEOs Paying 56% M&A Premium Shows Stocks May Be Cheap

American companies are paying the biggest premiums on record in takeovers, a sign executives are growing more bullish about profits and stocks even after the biggest rally for the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index in 73 years.

buy S&P 500 SPDR (SPY)

buy IQ ARB Merger Arbitrage ETF (MNA);
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Will the new frugality born of the recession reshape a generation?

“Absolutely I’ve changed my spending habits,” Haley said, as she and her mother came out of a Shoppers Food Warehouse with just a few bags of what she described as “healthy” groceries in a giant shopping cart. “I’m only getting essentials.”

buy SPDR-Consumer Staples (XLP)

sell SPDR S&P Retail ETF (XRT)

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China targeting 8% growth in 2010

China has announced it is targeting economic growth of 8% in 2010, despite the continuing effects of the global downturn.

buy iShares FTSE/Xinhua China 25 (FXI);

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Alcoa stock rises on upgrade, Saudi joint venture

Morgan Stanley upgraded the stock to “overweight” from “equal weight,” saying it expects Alcoa to report better profitability in its alumina and downstream divisions

buy iPath Dow Jones-AIG Aluminum Total Return Sub-Index (JJU);
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