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  • Apr. 25, 2014, 4:23 PM
    | Apr. 25, 2014, 4:23 PM
  • Apr. 25, 2014, 1:31 PM
    • Today's selloff is following the pattern of most in the past few weeks, with the small caps (IWM -1.9%) and tech (QQQ -1.5%) leading the way. Pacing declines in the Nasdaq are a 8.8% dive in Amazon post-earnings and a 4.6% fall in Facebook. Setting tongues wagging in FB - but hardly a huge deal - is the sale of another 283K shares by Sheryl Sandberg, bringing her holdings down to 8.7M shares.
    • The liquidation in biotech has previously been a convenient excuse for small cap selloffs, but the IBB is off just 1.4% today, outperforming the Russell 2000.
    • What's working? Utilities again. The XLU +0.8% today and +13% this year, outperforming the Russell 2000 by about 1.6K basis points.
    • Small cap ETFs: IWM, TZA, TNA, UWM, VB, IJR, SLY, RWJ, URTY, SCHA, TWM, RWM, SRTY, SAA, DWAS, VTWO, SDD, VIOO, JKJ, RSCO, SBB, FYX, XSLV, EWRS, TWOK, SMLV, PXSC
    • Utility ETFs: XLU, IDU, VPU, NLR, GRID, JXI, NUCL, DBU, IPU, UPW, RYU, PUI, FUTY, FXU, SDP, PSCU, UTLT
    • Biotech ETFs: IBB, XBI, BIB, BBH, FBT, PBE, BIS
    | Apr. 25, 2014, 1:31 PM | 7 Comments
  • Apr. 7, 2014, 11:58 AM
    | Apr. 7, 2014, 11:58 AM | 4 Comments
  • Apr. 4, 2014, 1:12 PM
    | Apr. 4, 2014, 1:12 PM | 6 Comments
  • Mar. 25, 2014, 2:40 PM
    • iShares U.S. Utilities ETF (IDU) announces quarterly distribution of $0.8218.
    • For shareholders of record Mar 27. Payable Mar 31. Ex-div date Mar 25.  
    | Mar. 25, 2014, 2:40 PM
  • Mar. 21, 2014, 11:13 AM
    | Mar. 21, 2014, 11:13 AM | 5 Comments
  • Mar. 13, 2014, 7:58 AM
    • The U.S. could suffer a nationwide blackout if just nine of the country's 55,000 electric-transmission substations were knocked out on a particularly hot day, the WSJ reports, citing a study from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
    • The U.S. could suffer darkness "for weeks, if not months," the WSJ writes.
    • Utilities aren't required to protect vital substations unless they're located at nuclear facilities, although regulators are considering increasing security standards.
    • Meanwhile, nearly all utilities that took part in a drill last year to assess their ability to cope with online and physical attacks admitted they weren't prepared enough, a report from the North American Electric Reliability Corp shows. Over 2,000 participants from the U.S., Canada and Mexico were involved in the exercise.
    • ETFs: XLU, IDU, VPU, NLR, GRID, NUCL, RYU, PUI, UPW, FXU, SDP, FUTY, AMPS, PSCU, UTLT
    | Mar. 13, 2014, 7:58 AM | 2 Comments
  • Mar. 4, 2014, 5:06 AM
    • The WSJ profiles how the U.S. electricity grid is vulnerable to attacks on its transformers, which are the "glue" that holds the network together.
    • Few companies make transformers in the U.S., and the equipment can take over a year to produce and months to ship.
    • An assault on enough of the country's biggest 2,000 transformers could cause extended blackouts. Last year, a gun attack on 17 large PG&E Corp transformers took a California substation off line.
    • "With a couple dollar bullets, you can take out a transformer worth millions of dollars," said Steve Newman, vice president of Delta Star, a supplier of the products.
    • Utility ETFs: ETFs: XLU, IDU, VPU, NLR, GRID, NUCL, RYU, UPW, PUI, FXU, SDP, FUTY, PSCU, UTLT
    | Mar. 4, 2014, 5:06 AM | 2 Comments
  • Mar. 2, 2014, 3:27 AM
    • Yet another winter storm is causing further misery for travellers, including airline passengers.
    • The storm is expected to hit the East Coast after making its way across the Midwest and parts of the south, dropping freezing rain, sleet or snow.
    • Public Service Enterprise Group (PEG) has arranged for tree trimmers and other contractors to add to its own repair crews to try to keep electricity disruption to a minimum.
    • Over 470 flights have been cancelled for today and another 120 have been delayed.
    • Related airline stocks: AAL, JBLU, DAL, UAL, LUV, ALK, HA, SAVE, RJET
    • Utility ETFs: XLU, IDU, VPU, RYU, UPW, PUI, FXU, SDP, AMPS, FUTY, PSCU, UTLT
    | Mar. 2, 2014, 3:27 AM | 17 Comments
  • Feb. 21, 2014, 3:17 PM
    • The Select SPDR Utilities ETF (XLU +0.4%) has already had a nice run this year - up 9% from an early January low - but technician Michael Kahn sees more gains ahead, noting it popped out of an 8-month trading range last week  and money is flowing in (based on a gauge measuring volume on up days vs. down days) for the first time in nearly a year.
    • Stocks such as Public Service Enterprise (PEG +0.5%) and CMS Energy (CMS -0.1%) are mirroring the ETF's chart, but Kahn sees better opportunities in names closer to 52-week lows. Of note in this category are PG&E (PCG +0.9%) - just out of a trading range and above its 200-day moving average for the first time since the summer - and Southern Co. (SO +0.1%). After moving sideways for six months, Southern has rallied to the top of its range and is pausing at its 200-day moving average. Any continued strength would break both the trading range and the 200-day.
    • Related ETFs: XLU, IDU, VPU, NLR, GRID, JXI, NUCL, DBU, IPU, UPW, RYU, PUI, FXU, SDP, FUTY, PSCU, AXUT, UTLT
    | Feb. 21, 2014, 3:17 PM | 5 Comments
  • Feb. 13, 2014, 7:35 AM
    • Janet Yellen's appearance before the Senate Banking Commitee, which was scheduled to take place today, has been postponed, due to a heavy snow storm that's hitting the south and the east. A new date for Yellen's testimony wasn't provided.
    • The latest weather patterns have already caused over half a million customers to lose power in the southeast.
    • Around 6,900 flights were canceled or delayed yesterday and another 4,500 have been scrubbed for today.
    • Related stocks: AAL, JBLU, DAL, UAL, LUV, ALK, HA, SAVE, RJET, [[GPE-A]]
    • Utility ETFs: XLU, IDU, VPU, RYU, UPW, PUI, FXU, SDP, AMPS, FUTY, PSCU, UTLT
    | Feb. 13, 2014, 7:35 AM
  • Feb. 4, 2014, 9:28 AM
    | Feb. 4, 2014, 9:28 AM
  • Jan. 31, 2014, 4:33 PM
    | Jan. 31, 2014, 4:33 PM
  • Jan. 8, 2014, 10:34 AM
    • "The Safety Bubble Deflates," goes the title of a new report from Bernstein's Seth Masters, adding his name to those voices suggesting "safe" assets have become otherwise.
    • Even though utilities, telecom, and consumer staples have underperformed of late, says Masters, their relative valuations are still well above the average over the last 50 years. "In periods of stress, investors tend to prize stability and safety too much. But in time, investors discover that every investment carries with it some degree of risk: if not risk of loss, then risk of inadequate growth."
    • Related ETFs: XLU, IDU, VPU, NLR, GRID, JXI, NUCL, DBU, IPU, RYU, PUI, UPW, FXU, SDP, PSCU, AXUT, FUTY, UTLT, XLP, VDC, FXG, RHS, FSTA, PSL, PSCC, IYZ, VOX, IXP, IST, XTL, LTL, FCOM, TLL, AXTE
    • Barron's Jack Hough says the "low beta" approach is a flawed one: First, volatility can change quickly as companies' or industries' fortunes shift; Second, beta tells one nothing about whether a stock's valuation is high or low. In a similar warning over low volatility stocks, BAML suggests looking for companies with smooth earnings rather than smooth stock prices. Screening for such, Hough finds CSX Corp (CSX -0.6%), DuPont (DD +0.6%), Cisco (CSCO -0.6%), and Halliburton (HAL -0.8%).
    • Low volatility ETFs: SPLV, USMV, ACWV
    | Jan. 8, 2014, 10:34 AM | 7 Comments
  • Jan. 8, 2014, 9:54 AM
    • Gabelli recommends investors take advantage of the 2013 under-performance in utilities stocks (XLU) to selectively build positions, emphasizing that sector fundamentals remain strong, including solid balance sheets, positive credit outlooks and generally constructive state public utility commission regulation.
    • Interest rates, natural gas prices and economic growth will continue to be major macro drivers of utility stock performance, while individual rate case decisions, service area growth and consolidation are the more important micro drivers, the firm says.
    • Top ideas include Calpine (CPN), NextEra Energy (NEE), and Westar Energy (WR).
    • More ETFs: IDU, VPU, RYU, PUI, UPW, SDP, FXU, PSCU, FUTY, UTLT.
    | Jan. 8, 2014, 9:54 AM
  • Jan. 7, 2014, 4:27 AM
    • The freezing weather has caused spot prices for natural gas on the East Coast to soar to record highs, with gas at a trading hub in New Jersey surging to as high as $90 per million British thermal units yesterday from just $13.61/mmBtu on Friday. That compares with usual peaks of $40-50 when the temperatures get cold.
    • At two other hubs, prices hit $95/mmBtu.
    • Utilities are absorbing the costs at the moment, although they could pass the prices on to customers later in the year.
    • ETFs: UNG, UGAZ, GAZ, BOIL, DGAZ, UNL, KOLD, NAGS, GASZ, DCNG, XLU, IDU, FCG, VPU, GASL, GASX, RYU, PUI, UPW, SDP, FXU, PSCU, FUTY, UTLT
    | Jan. 7, 2014, 4:27 AM | 9 Comments
IDU Description
The iShares Dow Jones U.S. Utilities Sector Index Fund seeks investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield performance, before fees and expenses, of U.S. utilities stocks, as represented by the Dow Jones U.S. Utilities Index.
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Country: United States
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