ETF Insider: Wall Street Welcomes New Highs
Sat, Feb 25, 8:14 AM ET, by Michael Johnston
Equity markets ended the week in positive territory although price action was rather uneventful considering news of the Greek bailout along with several encouraging data releases on the home front. Despite positive developments in the Euro zone, gold prices jumped ahead of stocks in terms of weekly performance, showcasing that investors are not entirely convinced that the proposed bailout will fully remedy the debt situation overseas. Wall Street ended the week on a high note after consumer sentiment came in better-than-expected, helping to boost investors’ confidence on the final trading day of the week.
Actionable ETF Trade Ideas
|Last Week's Actionable ETF Ideas
Our picks from Monday’s Insider posted a lackluster performance this past week as our trade recommendations drifted sideways, failing to build up the momentum that we had anticipated. Below, we highlight how our trade ideas fared during the week [sign up for a free trial of ETFdb Pro to get actionable ETF ideas every Monday, as well as access to more than 40 all-ETF model portfolios].
Trade #1 Long CORN: Down 0.6%
This pick got off to a weak start as corn prices slid when traders on Wall Street returned from the extended President’s day weekend. However, we were pleased to see that CORN held support near the $40 level, keeping its head above the previous week’s low of $39.85 a share. This ETF bounced back on Wednesday, bolstered by weakness in the U.S. dollar. Nonetheless, Thursday and Friday proved to be quite uneventful as CORN drifted sideways, ending the week with a minor 0.6% loss.
Trade #2 Long KOL: Down 0.2%
KOL got off to a shaky start on Tuesday; this ETF extended its gains from Friday in the morning, only to give into selling pressures as the trading session drew to a close. Profit taking spilled over into Wednesday and Thursday, sinking KOL as low as $35.21 a share. This ETF regained its footing on Friday, however, the bullish price action on the day was not enough to turn a profit for the week, leaving us with another small 0.2% loss.
Trade #3 Short FXB: Down 0.6%
This speculative short position moved in our favor right from the opening bell on Tuesday. FXB sank even lower the following day as Euro zone jitters paved the way for profit taking; this ETF dipped to a low of $155.21 a share on the day. Although bearish momentum was at our backs in the first half of the week, this recommendation quickly turned sour in the final stretch as FXB regained all of the ground lost on Friday.
Retirement ETFdb Portfolios
Equity markets were quiet all week and our retirement portfolios inched higher across the board. The Cheapskate portfolio came out on top, although our Aggressive and Low Volatility portfolios trailed closely behind. Despite mild weakness in the fixed income market, our bond-heavy portfolios held their ground, seeing as how even our most conservative Ready To Retire portfolio ended the week in positive territory [see All Portfolio Returns].
Regional ETFdb Portfolios
Investors increased their risk appetite this week thanks to encouraging developments in the Euro zone coupled with better-than-expected economic data releases at home. Although Wall Street was fairly quiet, emerging markets charged ahead; our Africa-Centric portfolio tacked on two full percentage points and even the worst performing portfolio, BRIC-or-Bust, closed in the green.
Themed ETFdb Portfolios
An overwhelming majority of our themed portfolios were able to finish the week in green territory thanks to improving confidence in the recovery at home coupled with easing uncertainties stemming from the overseas currency bloc. Investors expressed their concerns about lingering issues in the Euro zone as gold prices outpaced broad equity indexes on the week. Likewise, our gold-centric GLD-Free Gold Bug portfolio gained an impressive three points on the week, and surprisingly, our contrarian-minded Black Swan Hyperinflation portfolio took the number two spot.
Disclosure: No positions at time of writing.
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