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3 sophisticated ETF plays for a market that’s stopped going straight up

“Emerging market stocks were hit hard last year as higher rates from the Federal Reserve, an ongoing trade war between China and the U.S., and a series of other geopolitical events depressed them” writes Dado Galdieri for cnbc.com. Merger arbitrage is a strategy often used by hedge funds that involves buying and selling stocks of two merging companies.”It’s a way to extract risk premia in the market without taking a complete market directional bet.Last year marked the end of a market environment in which volatility was low and equities rose…

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Banks are breaking out into earnings. Here’s how to play the sector

“It’s a moment of truth for the financials sector as big banks gear up to report earnings this week” reports cnbc.com. Morgan Stanley rounds out big bank earnings when it reports Thursday.”People are looking for tremendous growth opportunities and new technologies, disruptive technologies, and certainly in this sector it’s mobile payments,” said Masucci.Additionally, Lydon stresses that the banks in the KBE are U.S.-oriented whereas many of the big banks in XLF are affected by global currency moves and global markets. Source: cnbc.com

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Nigam Arora: Who’s right — the bulls or the bears? The answer is that it shouldn’t matter

“Ask Arora: Nigam Arora answers your questions about investing in stocks, ETFs, bonds, gold and silver, oil and currencies” writes Nigam Arora for marketwatch.com. Last September, when the stock market entered a bull trap, the media were promoting analysts who had the most bullish projections.On Christmas Eve, which has turned out to be the low in the U.S. stock market so far, the media were promoting bearish analysts. Source: marketwatch.com

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Chip stocks set for worst quarter in a decade. Here’s why some say now is the time to buy the dip

“Semiconductor stocks outperformed the broader market last week with the SMH, which tracks the sector’s biggest names, posting a more than 4 percent gain” writes unknown author for cnbc.com. The ETF is currently down more than 18 percent since early October, and is on pace to post its worst quarter in a decade after getting hit hard by trade tension fears.We’re going to have to trade them in 2019, but I think this is a good way to trade it at this point,” he added. Source: cnbc.com

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Gold gains for fourth straight session as stocks chop in mixed action

“The popular gold ETF rose more than 2% Wednesday, its best one-day percentage gain since July 2016, according to FactSet data, before drifting in the sessions since” writes Rachel Koning Beals for marketwatch.com. April platinum PLF9, -0.63%  slipped 0.5% at $797 an ounce, while March palladium PAH9, -0.63%  fell 0.7%, to $1,185.70 an ounce. Source: marketwatch.com

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Gold pauses its advance as stocks steady, but holds near 6-month highs

“The popular gold ETF rose more than 2% Wednesday, its best one-day percentage gain since July 2016, according to FactSet data, before drifting in the sessions since” writes Rachel Koning Beals for marketwatch.com. Despite futures weakness, the SPDR Gold Shares ETF GLD, +0.22%  was up 0.2% early Friday.Weakness in U.S. dollars can make gold, which is primarily traded in greenback, more attractive to investors using other monetary units.In other metals trade, March silver SIH9, +0.56%  traded up 6 cents, or 0.4%, at $15.375 an ounce.Stock futures pointed to cautious early…

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Gold logs 3rd straight gain, nears 6-month peak as stocks relinquish postholiday jump

“The popular gold ETF rose 2.1% Wednesday, its best one-day percentage gain since July 2016, according to FactSet data” writes Rachel Koning Beals for marketwatch.com. Gold for February delivery GCG9, +0.53%  on Comex rose $8.10, or 0.6%, to $1,281.10 an ounce.Bullion’s moves come as stocks fall sharply Thursday following a major bounce a day earlier from the heaviest Christmas Eve losses on record.Gold futures settled solidly higher Thursday, inching to a fresh six-month high as the dollar eased and U.S. stocks retreated following a surge the day after Christmas.In other…

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Firmer gold is pinned near 6-month highs as stocks flash red

“The popular gold ETF rose 2.1% Wednesday, its best one-day percentage gain since July 2016, according to FactSet data” writes Rachel Koning Beals for marketwatch.com. Providing critical information for the U.S. trading day.Gold futures firmed slightly Thursday, holding near the six-month highs scored a day earlier as the dollar eased and U.S. stocks swing in violent moves in both directions this holiday week.In response, gold for February delivery GCG9, +0.23%  on Comex rose 90 cents, or 0.1%, $1,273.90 an ounce.A leading U.S. dollar index DXY, -0.31%  eased, making gold more…

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