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  • Oct. 21, 2014, 2:13 PM
    • The First Trust Eurozone AlphaDEX ETF (Pending:FEUZ) will use the proprietary, rules-based AlphaDEX® fundamental stock selection methodology to select funds from the Eurozone to invest in.
    • Unlike First Trust's current European-focused funds, the First Trust Europe AlphaDEX ETF (NYSEARCA:FEP) and the First Trust Dow Jones STOXX European Select Dividend 30 Index ETF (NYSEARCA:FDD), FEUZ will feature only European companies in the Eurozone; excluding firms from countries like the U.K., Denmark and Switzerland.
    • Other Europe ETFs: VGK, FEZ, IEV, HEDJ, EPV, EZU, FEU, UPV, ADRU, FEEU, EURL, DBEU, EURZ, IEUR, FIEU, HEZU, ESTX
    | Oct. 21, 2014, 2:13 PM
  • Oct. 21, 2014, 8:01 AM
    • Pushing Europe to a sizable rally and sending the euro lower, Reuters says the ECB could decide as soon as this year to begin buying corporate bonds on the secondary market. The move would be an expansion of the ABS buying program launched this week.
    • "The pressure in this direction is high," says Reuters' source.
    • The Stoxx 50 (NYSEARCA:FEZ) is up 1.1% and the euro (NYSEARCA:FXE) lower by about 100 pips since the news, now down 0.3% at $1.2765.
    • Board Europe equity ETFs: VGK, FEZ, IEV, HEDJ, EPV, EZU, FEU, FEP, UPV, ADRU, FEEU, EURL, DBEU, EURZ, IEUR, FIEU, HEZU, ESTX
    • Euro ETFs: FXE, EUO, ERO, DRR, EUFX, ULE, URR
    | Oct. 21, 2014, 8:01 AM | 15 Comments
  • Oct. 17, 2014, 8:21 AM
    | Oct. 17, 2014, 8:21 AM | 1 Comment
  • Oct. 15, 2014, 9:44 AM
    • Europe's Stoxx 50 (NYSEARCA:FEZ) is lower by 3.5%, led by a 3.7% and 3.6% declines in Italy (NYSEARCA:EWI) and Spain (NYSEARCA:EWP), respectively.
    • Germany (NYSEARCA:EWG) is down 3% and France down 3.5%.
    • In what may go down as one of the more notorious cases of herd behavior ever, traders have been buying the government paper of Europe's periphery with the same fervor as that of the core. That's changing today, and Italian and Spanish sovereign yields are on the rise as those in Germany tumble to new record lows.
    • ETFs: VGK, FEZ, IEV, HEDJ, EPV, EZU, FEU, FEP, UPV, ADRU, FEEU, EURL, DBEU, EURZ, IEUR, FIEU, HEZU, ESTX
    | Oct. 15, 2014, 9:44 AM | 4 Comments
  • Oct. 14, 2014, 5:21 AM
    • The German ZEW survey of investor confidence has unexpectedly dropped into negative territory for the first time in almost two years, tumbling to -3.6 in October from 6.9 in September and missing expectations of 1.
    • The current situation print has slumped to 3.2 from 25.4, falling short of consensus of 18.
    • Sentiment for the eurozone plunged to 4.1 from 14.2 and missed forecasts of 7.1.
    • "Geopolitical tensions and the weak economic development in some parts of the Eurozone, which is falling short of previous expectations, are a source of persistent uncertainty," says ZEW President Professor Clemens Fuest. "These factors are tarnishing growth expectations in Germany. Disappointing figures concerning incoming orders, industrial production, and foreign trade have likely contributed to the growing pessimism among financial market experts." (PR)
    • The DAX is -0.5% and the euro is -0.8% at $1.2653.
    • European ETFs: FXE, VGK, EUO, FEZ, ERO, IEV, HEDJ, EU, EPV, EZU, DRR, FEU, FEP, EUFX, UPV, ULE, ADRU, URR, FEEU, EURL, EURZ, DBEU, IEUR, FIEU, ESTX, HEZU
    • German ETFs: EWG, EWGS, DBGR, BUNL, DXGE, GERJ, FGM, GGOV, BUNT, QDEU, HEWG
    | Oct. 14, 2014, 5:21 AM | 2 Comments
  • Oct. 13, 2014, 5:26 AM
    • Major European stock indices are higher after recovering from earlier losses as sliding oil prices (-1.4% today) help to boost airline stocks.
    • Another reason for the rise in equities, traders say, is that investors are buying into indexes on indications that they have dropped into technically "oversold" territory.
    • London +0.1%, Paris +0.5%, Frankfurt +0.5%, Milan +0.6%, Madrid +0.7%.
    • Earlier: Asian stocks drop
    • ETFs: VGK, FEZ, IEV, HEDJ, EPV, EZU, FEU, FEP, UPV, ADRU, FEEU, EURL, EURZ, DBEU, IEUR, FIEU, HEZU, ESTX
    | Oct. 13, 2014, 5:26 AM
  • Oct. 7, 2014, 11:42 AM
    • We've seen this movie before. The ECB floats the need for unconventional stimulus measures, and the Germans object, and then the Germans strenuously object. and then the plan moves forward anyway.
    • “There is a risk of monetary policy, especially in the euro area, being held hostage by politics,” Bundesbank chief Jens Weidmann tells the WSJ, unsurprisingly not pleased with the ECB's decision to begin buying ABS, and fiercely opposed to what could be the next step - full-out QE with the mass purchases of government paper.
    • Weidmann is but one member of the 24-person ECB governing council. While somewhat influential, he cannot veto any decisions and has been overruled by the majority in the past.
    • European stocks are at session lows, the Stoxx 50 (FEZ -1.6%), Italy (EWI -1.5%), France (EWQ -1.7%), Germany (EWG -1.1%), Spain (EWP -2%).
    • ETFs: VGK, FEZ, IEV, HEDJ, EPV, EZU, FEU, FEP, UPV, ADRU, FEEU, EURL, EURZ, DBEU, IEUR, FIEU, HEZU, ESTX
    | Oct. 7, 2014, 11:42 AM | 1 Comment
  • Oct. 2, 2014, 11:00 AM
    • The ECB will being buying covered bonds beginning in the middle of the month and ABS at some point this quarter, said Mario Draghi in his post-rate decision press conference (the ECB left policy unchanged).
    • The purchases, says Draghi, will last for at least two years and have a "sizable" impact on the ECB's balance sheet.
    • "This program is orientated to boost lending to SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises)," said Draghi, adding that those assets targeted will be "simple and transparent."
    • Traders sold euros on the news, but have since bought them back and the currency is flat vs. the dollar on the session at $1.2654. European shares resume sliding, the Stoxx 50's (FEZ -1.8%) decline led by a 3.7% dive in Italy.
    • European equity ETFs: VGK, FEZ, IEV, HEDJ, EPV, EZU, FEU, FEP, UPV, ADRU, FEEU, EURL, DBEU, EURZ, IEUR, FIEU, HEZU, ESTX
    • Euro ETFs: FXE, EUO, ERO, DRR, EUFX, ULE, URR
    | Oct. 2, 2014, 11:00 AM | 1 Comment
  • Sep. 23, 2014, 11:15 AM
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  • Sep. 4, 2014, 8:46 AM
    • The ECB cut its growth forecast for the EU for 2014 and 2015, says Mario Draghi at his post-meeting press conference, but raised its outlook for 2016. Inflation is seen at lower-than-expected levels in the coming months before increasing gradually in 2016.
    • The central bank, says Draghi, will start to purchase a broad portfolio of euro-denominated covered bonds and also begin to buy ABS, with further details coming in October. It sounds like the Germans are on board: "Should it become necessary, the Governing Council is unanimous in using additional measures."
    • The Stoxx 50 is now higher by 1.5% and the euro lower by 1% to $1.3015.
    • ETFs: FXE, VGK, EUO, EWG, FEZ, EWP, ERO, IEV, HEDJ, EPV, EZU, EWQ, DRR, FEU, FEP, UPV, EUFX, ULE, DBGR, ADRU, DXGE, FEEU, URR, EURL, FGM, EURZ, DBEU, QDEU, IEUR, FIEU, HEWG, QESP
    • Previously: Euro tumbles, stocks gain as ECB cuts rates
    | Sep. 4, 2014, 8:46 AM | 10 Comments
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  • Aug. 19, 2014, 8:59 AM
    • Reversing a big YTD trend, U.S. investors pulled nearly $4B out of Europe-focused ETFs over the past week. Among the reasons, suggests Markit's Simon Colvin: Europe is seen as more exposed to Russian sanctions, anemic European growth, and a strengthening U.S. dollar. "The only certainty is that a growing portion of American investors think that their assets are better invested outside of Europe, something which wasn't the case six weeks ago."
    • Interestingly, it's the "core" Eurozone countries like Germany (NYSEARCA:EWG) and France (NYSEARCA:EWQ) with which U.S. investors are least interested, while Italy (NYSEARCA:EWI) and Spain (NYSEARCA:EWP) have seen net inflows over the past three months.
    • Europe equity ETFs: VGK, FEZ, IEV, HEDJ, EPV, EZU, FEU, FEP, UPV, ADRU, FEEU, EURL, EURZ, DBEU, IEUR, FIEU
    | Aug. 19, 2014, 8:59 AM | 1 Comment
  • Aug. 14, 2014, 6:46 AM
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  • Jul. 10, 2014, 12:30 PM
    | Jul. 10, 2014, 12:30 PM | 21 Comments
  • Jul. 9, 2014, 2:15 PM
    • The iShares Global REIT ETF (REET) will comprise of real estate investment trusts across developed and emerging markets.
    • The iShares Currency Hedged MSCI EMU ETF (HEZU) will offer investors exposure to the eurozone without the risk of currency fluctuations between the dollar and the euro by tracking the MSCI EMU 100% Hedged to USD Index and investing its assets in iShares MSCI EMU ETF (EZU).
    • REET will feature an expense ratio of 0.14%, while HEZU will charge 0.51%; both funds will launch tomorrow, July 10th.
    • Other global REIT ETFs: WPS, VNQI, RWX, RWO, IFGL, DRW, GRI, FFR, RWXL
    • Other ETFs with exposure to Europe: VGK, FEZ, IEV, HEDJ, EPVFEU, FEP, UPV, ADRU, FEEU, EURL, EURZ, DBEU, FIEU, IEUR
    | Jul. 9, 2014, 2:15 PM
  • Jul. 8, 2014, 12:17 PM
    • ETF inflows year-to-date of $73.7B topped $67.9B from the same period one year ago, according to Credit Suisse, with Vanguard being the owner of four of this year's five best-sellers: The FTSE Developed Markets ETF (VEA), the REIT ETF (VNQ), the S&P 500 ETF (VOO), and the FTSE Europe ETF (VGK) each picked up at least $3.3B in inflows. Also in the top five is SSgA's Energy Select SPDR (XLE) with $3.2B.
    • This year's overall numbers aren't as relatively impressive when taking gold out of the equation, as $25B exited the SPDR Gold Trust one year ago, while flows this year have been relatively flat.
    | Jul. 8, 2014, 12:17 PM | 2 Comments
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Vanguard FTSE Europe ETF seeks to track the performance of a benchmark index that measures the investment return of stocks issued by companies located in the major markets of Europe.
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