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Must-read Articles on Sector Investing
High-potential diversified portfolios can be constructed by dividing assets among a group of sector funds. This approach gives the investor flexibility to over-weight or under-weight certain sectors versus broadly diversified indexes. 'Sector funds are too risky.' 'I doubled my money with Fidelity Select Technology in 12 months!' 'Avoid sector funds.' If all of this sounds confusing, you are not alone.
If you are looking to earn great returns from the stock market sector mutual funds are right up your alley. Sophisticated investors recognize the potential sector mutual funds offer and know how to make such funds work for them. You can consistently beat the market by investing in the right sector mutual fund at the right time. In fact, you can make money even in bear markets.
Sector ETFs are among the most potent investment vehicles that allow individual investors to exploit advantages previously available only to large institutions. You can beat the market by investing in the right sector ETF at the right time. In fact, you can actually make money even when the overall market is tanking. However all too often, investors use sector ETFs inappropriately and get their fingers burnt.
Yesterday’s natural gas inventory report from the U. S. Energy Department’s Energy Information Administration (EIA) provided traders and investors a grim reminder on the over-supply of natural gas. The EIA reported that natural gas stored in the lower 48 states amounted to nearly 3.6 trillion cubic feet. This tally is the highest on record on a seasonally adjusted… Read More »
The housing market is showing signs of stabilization. The free fall in home prices appears to have ended. Even though foreclosures are on the rise, strong increases in sales are enabling home prices to stage a modest rebound. Home prices as measured by the S&P/Case-Shiller index advanced 1.4% in June. This marks the second straight monthly gain for… Read More »
The housing market is sending mixed signals. Home sales are rising. Foreclosures are increasing too. Is the worst really over for housing? Rising Sales of New and Existing Homes Sales of existing and new homes are increasing. In July, total sales of new and existing homes rose to a 5.673 million annual rate, the highest since November 2007.… Read More »
Investors often lump commodities together and run the risk of making improper investment choices. While some commodities can be hot, others may not. The supply and demand factors affecting commodity prices are usually specific to a commodity. Take the case of gold and natural gas this year. The price of gold has been relatively strong. The surge in… Read More »
Industry wide ad revenue in the larger print segment declined 30% to $6.2 billion in the second quarter. Even the smaller online-only segment has not been immune to the recession. According to the NAA, online-only ad revenue fell 16% to about $650 million. Against the backdrop of shrinking demand for products and services, employers grew reluctant to increasing… Read More »
July has been a good month for biotech investors. Share prices in the biotech sector as measured by the NYSE Biotechnology Index are up 24% compared to the 6.6% gain for the S&P 500. Earlier in the month, Amgen (AMGN) reported better-than-expected results from a trial of its experimental bone-protecting drug denosumab in patients with advanced breast cancer.… Read More »
The week past was a noteworthy one for technology investors. Share prices in this sector zoomed higher by 9.4%. After Tuesday’s market close, Intel’s (INTC) second quarter earnings announcement injected life back into the stock market and triggered a bull stampede in many tech names. The Good Intel reported its strongest growth from the first quarter to the… Read More »
PowerShares Cleantech PZD, MarketVectors Environmental EVX, Fidelity FSLEX, China, and more … China has emerged as a major manufacturer of capital and consumer goods and much has been written about China’s economic miracle. Even though most of the world is mired in a deep recession, China’s economy continues to grow. The Chinese economy grew 6.1% in the first… Read More »
The dollar’s dive against the major world currencies appears to be enhancing gold’s appeal as an inflation hedge. Is it prudent to invest in gold ETFs and ETNs now? Read More…
Weakness in the U. S. dollar and hopes of an improving global economy have thus far pumped up the price of oil. Oil has nearly doubled in price over the past three months. While oil is taking its cue from the U. S. dollar on a day-to-day basis, the uptrend appears to be running into resistance in recent… Read More »