Posts Tagged 'Utilities'

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 3/29/2010

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Are Water Utilities Ready to Rise With the Economic Tide?

Since March 9th of last year, the Standard & Poor’s Composite 1500 index, a broad-based, capitalization-weighted benchmark of 1,500 U.S. companies, has rallied 75%. As it happens, all but one industry group in the index, which is comprised of the S&P 500, the S&P 400 (mid cap), and the S&P 600 (small cap), has seen a double-digit percentage rally over the span

ETFDesk users see this as a potential opportunity to: buy PowerShares Water Resource Portfolio (PHO)

buy Claymore S&P Global Water Index ETF (CGW)

buy First Trust ISE Water Index Fund (FIW)

buy PowerShares Global Water Portfolio (PIO);

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A euro exit is the only way out for Greece

Greece faces the threat of state bankruptcy. No longer is there any illusion that membership of Europe’s economic and monetary union provides protection from harsh realities. Since it entered the euro area in 2001, Greece has sacrificed competitiveness and amassed enormous trade deficits. Theoretically, to make up the economic ground lost in less than a decade, the Greeks would need to devalue by 40 per cent. But in a monetary union, that is impossible.

ETFDesk users see this as a potential opportunity to: buy iShares MSCI-Germany (EWG)

buy Rydex Euro Currency Trust (FXE);

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Brazil yields up on interest rate hike bets

SAO PAULO, March 25 (Reuters) – Yields on Brazilian interest rate future contracts for shorter maturities jumped on Thursday over expectations the central bank would hike borrowing costs in April for the first time in two years.

ETFDesk users see this as a potential opportunity to: buy WisdomTree Dreyfus Brazilian Real Fund (BZF);

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Greenspan Calls Treasury Yields ‘Canary in the Mine’

March 26 (Bloomberg) — Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said the recent rise in Treasury yields represents a “canary in the mine” that may signal further gains in interest rates.

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)

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

buy UltraShort Lehman 20+ Year Treasury ProShares (TBT)

buy Direxion Daily 30-Yr Treasury Bear 3x Shares (TMV)

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

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Junk Bonds in ‘Goldilocks’ Market Reach Record: Credit Markets

March 29 (Bloomberg) — Junk bond sales reached a record this month as rising profits and record low Federal Reserve interest rates foster lending and investment to the lowest-rated borrowers.

ETFDesk users see this as a potential opportunity to: buy iShares iBoxx $ High Yield Corporate Bond Fund (HYG)

buy SPDR Lehman High Yield Bond ETF (JNK);

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Stocks Soar, but Many Analysts Ask Why

The unemployment rate remains locked in a range that recalls the economic doldrums of the early 1980s. Housing is stuck in a ditch, with foreclosures rising. And consumers are still reluctant to part with the little cash they do have.

ETFDesk users see this as a potential opportunity to: sell S&P 500 SPDR (SPY);

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ETFDesk Daily 11/25/2009 Top News and Investment Ideas

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Today’s market-moving headlines, macro trade ideas and more…

  • J.P. Morgan: U.S. Dollar Carry Trade a ‘Half Truth’
  • US shoppers wait for sales
  • As Black Friday Looms, Will Consumers Show Up?
  • Climategate: the final nail in the coffin of ‘Anthropogenic Global Warming’?
  • Closed-end fund discounts explained
  • Thai Capital Fund Announces Third Quarter Earnings
  • Round-Up of Holiday Spending Surveys, Reports
  • Most global banks are still unsafe, warns S&P
  • Newspaper circulation may be worse than it looks
  • Russian central bank cuts interest rates to record low
  • Time to Prick the Ag Commodities Bubble
  • Mayors Sound Alarm Over Drop in City Revenues
  • Consumer Spending in U.S. Rises More Than Forecast
  • Debunking carry-trade denial
  • UK GDP revised…
  • More bid rumours in the UK utility sector
J.P. Morgan: U.S. Dollar Carry Trade a ‘Half Truth’

Posted: 24 Nov 2009 02:37 AM PST

By the usual cover story test – a trend reverses once it becomes a cover story in the popular press – the dollar’s decline should have ended this fall. But despite the bearish dollar patter, there is little evidence that views are so extreme or positions so short that they should impede the current bear trend.

ETFDesk users see this as a potential opportunity to: buy PowerShares DB US Dollar Index Bearish Fundbuy ProShares Ultra Euro;

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US shoppers wait for sales

Posted: 24 Nov 2009 03:14 AM PST

US shopping patterns for early November suggest budget-conscious consumers are holding back their Christmas spending, while waiting to be enticed by special events such as this weekend’s post-Thanksgiving sales.

ETFDesk users see this as a potential opportunity to: sell Retail HOLDRSsell SPDR S&P Retail ETFsell iShares FTSE NAREIT Retail Index Fundsell Claymore/Robb Report Global Luxury Index ETF;

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As Black Friday Looms, Will Consumers Show Up?

Posted: 24 Nov 2009 03:43 AM PST

Black Friday marks the unofficial start of the holiday shopping season, but retailers still aren’t sure how strong a showing consumers will make.

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Climategate: the final nail in the coffin of ‘Anthropogenic Global Warming’?

Posted: 24 Nov 2009 03:44 AM PST

If you own any shares in alternative energy companies I should start dumping them NOW. The conspiracy behind the Anthropogenic Global Warming myth (aka AGW; aka ManBearPig) has been suddenly, brutally and quite deliciously exposed after a hacker broke into the computers at the University of East Anglia’s Climate Research Unit (aka Hadley CRU) and released 61 megabites of confidential files onto the internet. (Hat tip: Watts Up With That)

ETFDesk users see this as a potential opportunity to: sell PowerShares WilderHill Clean Energy Portfoliosell Claymore/MAC Global Solar Energy Index ETF;

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Closed-end fund discounts explained

Posted: 24 Nov 2009 03:50 AM PST

The discount is what makes closed-end funds such interesting and potentially profitable investment vehicles

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Thai Capital Fund Announces Third Quarter Earnings

Posted: 24 Nov 2009 04:00 AM PST

Thai Capital Fund Announces Third Quarter Earnings

ETFDesk users see this as a potential opportunity to: buy Thai Capital Fund;

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Round-Up of Holiday Spending Surveys, Reports

Posted: 24 Nov 2009 04:43 AM PST

If the following round-up of holiday spending surveys and news reports (with salient quotes) is anything to go by, those who have been counting on a V-shaped recovery in the (consumer-dependent) U.S. economy might want to reconsider

ETFDesk users see this as a potential opportunity to: sell Retail HOLDRS; sell SPDR S&P Retail ETF; sell iShares FTSE NAREIT Retail Index Fund; sell Claymore/Robb Report Global Luxury Index ETF;

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Most global banks are still unsafe, warns S&P

Posted: 24 Nov 2009 05:35 AM PST

Standard & Poor’s has given warning that nearly all of the world’s big banks lack sufficient capital to cover trading and investment exposure, risking further downgrades over the next 18 months unless they move swiftly to beef up their defences.

ETFDesk users see this as a potential opportunity to: sell PowerShares Financial Preferred Portfolio; sell iShares S&P Global Financials; sell iShares S&P U.S. Preferred Stock Index Fund;

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Newspaper circulation may be worse than it looks

Posted: 24 Nov 2009 05:54 AM PST

These looser standards are especially helpful to a newspaper if it sells an “electronic edition.” That can include a subscriber-only Web site, such as what The Wall Street Journal has, or it can be a digital replica of a newspaper’s printed product. Several dozen publications, including USA Today, sell access to these daily “e-editions” that show how the news was laid out in print. Under the new auditing standards, if a newspaper sells a “bundled” subscription to both the print

ETFDesk users see this as a potential opportunity to: sell PowerShares Dynamic Media Portfolio;

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Russian central bank cuts interest rates to record low

Posted: 24 Nov 2009 06:06 AM PST

Russia’s central bank has cut interest rates from 9.5% to a record low of 9% in a widely expected move. It is the ninth time the bank has cut rates since April this year as it bids to stimulate demand. In an accompanying statement, the central bank said it had room to cut as inflation had been easing back.

ETFDesk users see this as a potential opportunity to: sell Currency Shares Russian Ruble Trust;

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Time to Prick the Ag Commodities Bubble

Posted: 24 Nov 2009 08:40 AM PST

Investors can play a likely falloff in ag prices by shorting an exchange-traded fund, such as the PowerShares DB Agriculture Fund (ticker: DBA) or, as a secondary play, the Market Vectors Agribusiness ETF (MOO). (Alternately, investors could buy put options in order to bet on declines in ETF values.)

ETFDesk users see this as a potential opportunity to: sell PowerShares DB Agriculture Fundsell Market Vectors–Agribusiness ETF;
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Mayors Sound Alarm Over Drop in City Revenues

Posted: 24 Nov 2009 02:52 PM PST

Even as economists declare the recession over, local revenues continue to fall. That’s because the lion’s share of their receipts — sales, income and property taxes — are connected to the job market and real-estate prices. Jobs and real-estate prices are expected to lag the broader economic recovery, reducing city revenues for months or years after the technical end of the recession.

ETFDesk users see this as a potential opportunity to: sell iShares S&P National Municipal Bond Fund;

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Consumer Spending in U.S. Rises More Than Forecast

Posted: 24 Nov 2009 11:54 PM PST

Spending by U.S. consumers rebounded in October more than anticipated, an indication that mounting unemployment has yet to stifle American’s willingness to buy.

ETFDesk users see this as a potential opportunity to: buy PowerShares Dynamic Retail Portfolio;

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Debunking carry-trade denial

Posted: 25 Nov 2009 12:04 AM PST

In the last few weeks a host of different banks have stepped forward to question both the depth and degree of the current dollar carry trade. Among them have been Goldman Sachs, UBS and Barclays Capital – all claiming the risks of executing speculative dollar-funded carry trades still outweigh the potential returns, meaning the trade isn’t half as popular as the market is making out, nor is it contributing to any such thing as a global asset bubble.

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UK GDP revised…

Posted: 25 Nov 2009 12:43 AM PST

Still, there is some good news in today’s release. The inventory run-down may have ended and should make a positive contribution in the fourth quarter.

ETFDesk users see this as a potential opportunity to: buy iShares MSCI-U.K.;

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More bid rumours in the UK utility sector

Posted: 25 Nov 2009 12:56 AM PST

Rumours of predatory interest in the UK utility sector has been swirling for a few weeks now with several names mentioned including United Utilities and Severn Trent. However, the speculation has now focused on one company: International Power, which owns and operates power plants across Europe, the Persian Gulf, the US, Australia, Pakistan, Thailand and Indonesia.

ETFDesk users see this as a potential opportunity to: buy Claymore S&P Global Water Index ETFbuy PowerShares Global Water Portfolio;

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ETFDesk Daily 11/23/2009 Top News and Investment Ideas

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Today’s market-moving headlines, macro trade ideas and more…

  • “Black Friday” deals may not signal retail comeback
  • Banks’ Capital Adequacy Ratios Still Need Improvement – S&P
  • Bets rise on rich country bond defaults
  • Dave Rosenberg 11/23/2009 Utility in Utilities

 

“Black Friday” deals may not signal retail comeback

Posted: 22 Nov 2009 01:07 PM PST

CHICAGO (Reuters) – When the U.S. holiday shopping season kicks off on the day after Thanksgiving, retailers can expect to see millions of less frightened, but even more bargain-hungry customers cross their thresholds.

ETFDesk users see this as a potential opportunity to: sell Retail HOLDRSsell SPDR S&P Retail ETFsell iShares FTSE NAREIT Retail Index Fund;

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Banks’ Capital Adequacy Ratios Still Need Improvement – S&P

Posted: 22 Nov 2009 10:59 PM PST

Most major banks across the world still don’t have enough capital to comfortably maintain their credit ratings despite recent improvements, Standard & Poor’s Corp. said in a report Monday, as it introduced a new framework to track banks’ capital adequacy and called into question the usefulness of standard market and regulatory measures.

ETFDesk users see this as a potential opportunity to: sell SPDR-Financial;

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Bets rise on rich country bond defaults

Posted: 23 Nov 2009 12:05 AM PST

The volume of activity in sovereign credit default swaps – which measure the cost to insure against bond defaults – linked to the US, UK and Japan have doubled in the past year because of concerns about their public finances.

ETFDesk users see this as a potential opportunity to: sell iShares MSCI-Italysell iShares S&P/Citigroup 1-3 Year International Treasury Bond Fundsell iShares S&P/Citigroup International Treasury Fund;

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Dave Rosenberg 11/23/2009 Utility in Utilities

Posted: 23 Nov 2009 12:46 AM PST

In a deflationary environment, price protection from regulators is always key as is yield to investors. At 4.5%, not only is the dividend yield in the utilities sector the second highest among all S&P 500 groups (only telecom is higher at 5.7%) but is more than double the yield of the S&P 500; at least as high as what you can garner from the debt of most utility companies; and is more than the yield you can get from the long bond (and more than twice the yield of the 5-year Treasury note).

ETFDesk users see this as a potential opportunity to: buy SPDR-Utilitiesbuy iShares S&P Global Infrastructure Index Fund;

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