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What GOP Health Care Means for Your Wallet

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 2:55pm
Will you be better or worse off if Republicans pass their version of health care reform?
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Precious Metal ETFs Help Hedge Against Setbacks in Trump’s Promises

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 2:48pm
President Donald Trump has promised a wave of changes that could help stimulate the economy, but the policy changes will take time to come into effect, leaving the markets open to short-term volatility. Consequently, investors may turn to alternative assets like precious metals exchange traded funds to hedge risks. The equities markets have rallied on…
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U.S. Stock ETFs Slip as Oil Prices Slide

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 1:48pm
U.S. equities and stock exchange traded funds dipped Tuesday as crude oil prices declined for the sixth consecutive day. The markets were also on shaky ground ahead of the highly anticipated Federal Reserve announcement tomorrow. The S&P 500 Index, along with related funds including the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: SPY), iShares Core S&P 500…
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Miners Seek Trump's Help as U.S. Coal Continues Decline

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 1:45pm
Miners renewed their call for the Trump administration to back the industry, at a time when coal exports continue to fall.
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Energy Drags Wall Street Lower

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 1:00pm
U.S. stocks fell on Tuesday as oil prices dropped to their lowest since November and airlines pulled industrial stocks down as a blizzard hit the U.S. Northeast.
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Wall St Down as Oil Prices Slide; Fed Meet in Focus

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 1:00pm
U.S. stocks fell on Tuesday as oil prices dropped to their lowest since November and airlines pulled industrial stocks lower.
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Fed Eyes Rate Rise, Wall Street Wants Clarity on 2017 Outlook

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 12:23pm
While a rate rise at the Fed's March meeting this week might be a foregone conclusion on Wall Street, investors want more clarity on what's to come later this year.
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Unilever CEO Urges UK to Provide 'Level Playing Field' After Kraft's Failed $143B Bid: FT

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 12:01pm
Unilever CEO Paul Polman said the British government should ensure a level playing field for companies facing takeover bids such as Kraft Heinz's failed $143 billion attempt to buy the Anglo-Dutch company, the FT reported on Tuesday.
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Unilever CEO Calls for 'Level Playing Field' After Kraft's Failed $143B Bid: FT

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 12:01pm
Unilever CEO Paul Polman said there should be a level playing field for companies facing takeover bids such as Kraft Heinz's failed $143 billion attempt to buy the Anglo-Dutch company, the FT reported on Tuesday.
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Hospital Stocks Fall After Republican Health Bill Seen Leaving 24MM Uninsured

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 11:47am
Shares of hospital stocks were sharply lower in early trading on Tuesday after the U.S. Congressional Budget Office forecast that 14 million Americans would lose medical insurance by next year under a Republican plan to dismantle Obamacare.
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Third-Largest Biotech ETF Up 20% Year-to-Date

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 11:15am
After slumping last year, the SPDR S&P Biotech ETF (NYSEArca: XBI), the third-largest biotechnology exchange traded fund, is up 20% year-to-date, putting the equal-weight biotechnology fund in a new bull market. Some market observers see more upside coming for the popular biotechnology ETF. There are other catalysts to consider, including that the U.S. economy moving…
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Neiman Marcus Says It Is Exploring Options, Including a Sale

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 11:04am
Luxury fashion retailer Neiman Marcus Group Ltd LLC said on Tuesday that it was exploring strategic alternatives, including changes to its capital structure or a sale of the company, as it seeks relief from its swelling debt pile.
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Canada's Hudson's Bay in Talks to Buy Neiman Marcus: WSJ

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 11:04am
Canada's Hudson's Bay Co is in talks to buy U.S. luxury fashion retailer Neiman Marcus Group LLC, turning its focus away from Macy's Inc, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday.
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Should One Just Buy the Index?

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 10:59am
By Rod Smyth, RiverFront Investment Group In our view, this is one of the most asked and most relevant questions in investing and has been for decades. It sounds like a simple “active versus passive” debate (on which we present some data), but through follow-up questions to those who have asked us, right now many…
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Can Dividend ETFs Endure Fed Rate Hikes?

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 10:49am
Financial markets expect the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates at its meeting this week. The notion of higher interest rates could be cause for some concern among dividend investors, but there are dividend exchange traded funds that survive and thrive as U.S. monetary policy turns hawkish. The Schwab US Dividend Equity ETF (NYSEArca: SCHD)…
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A Multi-Factor ETF Weighted Toward Technology, Healthcare

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 10:41am
Smart beta is one of the fastest-growing segments in the exchange traded funds universe and within that realm, multi-factor ETFs are increasingly popular. Over the past few years, money managers and fund sponsors started to roll out rules-based, transparent index ETFs that combined some of the attributes that have historically provided active managers with outperformance,…
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Waiting on Catalysts for Silver ETFs

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 10:37am
The iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) and ETFS Physical Silver Shares (NYSEArca: SIVR) are still sporting solid year-to-date gains, but March has been unkind to silver and the related exchange traded funds, leaving some commodities market observers to ponder when the white metal will rebound in earnest. Looking ahead, the quickly expanding photovoltaic panel or…
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With Interest Rates Set to Rise, It’s Not All Bad News for REIT ETFs

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 10:30am
With interest rates set to rise, perhaps as soon as this week, income investors are understandably concerned about the potentially erosive effect of higher borrowing costs on rate-sensitive assets and sectors, including real estate investment trusts (REITs) and the corresponding exchange traded funds. REITs are securities that trade like a stock and invest in real…
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Waning Sales Force Layoffs By Gun Maker in New York

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 9:28am
Since Trump’s win eased concerns about stiffer gun laws, the small-arms industry has seen a drop in sales.
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Volkswagen CEO Not Ruling Out Merger Talks with Fiat Chrysler

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 9:12am
Volkswagen Chief Executive Matthias Mueller said he did not rule out he could hold merger talks with Fiat Chrysler boss Sergio Marchionne, in a marked change of tone by the German carmaker toward its Italian-American peer.
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