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Apr. 7, 2015, 7:14 AM
- The government surprisingly intends to increase Medicare Advantage payments by about 1.25% in 2016, reversing a proposal to make a cut of 0.9%.
- The move should benefit insurers such as UnitedHealth (NYSE:UNH) and Humana (NYSE:HUM).
- The change is mainly connected to tweaks in estimates of how fast Medicare spending has been rising rather than to changes in policy.
- Other health insurers include: AET, HNT, MO
- ETFs: XLV, XHE, VHT, FXH, IHF, IHI, IYH, PTH, RYH, PSCH, RXL, RXD, XHS
Apr. 2, 2015, 7:35 AM
- Expecting the S&P 500 (NYSEARCA:SPY) to gain only another 2% by year-end, and noting the index's pricey relative valuation, Goldman's David Kostin recommends investors instead by the Nasdaq 100 (NASDAQ:QQQ) - its expected earnings growth of 14% tops the S&P's 5%, but both indexes trade at similar P/Es.
- Breaking it down into sectors, Kostin recommends being Overweight information technology, energy (NYSEARCA:XLE), and telecom services (XTL, IYZ).
- Neutral: Health care (NYSEARCA:XLV), consumer discretionary (NYSEARCA:XLY), materials (NYSEARCA:XLB), and utilities (NYSEARCA:XLU).
- Underweight: Financials (NYSEARCA:XLF), consumer staples (NYSEARCA:XLP), and industrials (NYSEARCA:XLI).
Mar. 20, 2015, 2:21 PM
Mar. 5, 2015, 2:08 PM
- The financial sector (NYSEARCA:IYF) is far and away the leader in U.S. sector ETF outflows year-to-date, with $4.89B exiting, according to XTF.com. Not surprising, as the sector's been one of the poorer performers even after a nice rebound in February.
- The behavior contrasts with what's happening in energy (NYSEARCA:XLE), where bottom fishers have helped those ETFs see inflows of $2.97B - more than any other tracked sector in 2015.
- Also notable for outflows are industrials (NYSEARCA:XLI) and tech (NYSEARCA:IYW) - this despite market-beating returns so far this year.
- The other sector seeing sizable inflows is health care, with a net $2.74B coming in amid the strongest returns of all the major industries.
- ETFs: XLF, FAS, XLE, IYH, FAZ, XLK, XLV, VHT, XLI, ERX, VDE, OIH, VGT, UYG, ERY, DIG, CURE, VFH, TECL, DUG, IYE, IYW, FXH, VIS, RXL, ROM, IYF, FHLC, FTEC, TECS, FENY, SEF, PXJ, IYG, RYT, IYJ, FIDU, FXO, RYH, QTEC, IGM, FNCL, FXR, FXL, RYE, UXI, FXN, FINU, MTK, REW, RWW, RYF, RGI, DDG, SIJ, RXD, AIRR, FINZ
Feb. 20, 2015, 4:16 PM
Jan. 30, 2015, 2:59 PM
- The broad averages are moderately in the red, and would be even more so if it wasn't for energy (XLE +1%), solidly higher as oil flies upward by nearly 8% into the close.
- ETFs: XLE, ERX, VDE, OIH, ERY, DIG, DUG, IYE, FENY, PXJ, RYE, FXN, DDG
- What's doing worse than energy this year? That would be financials, and the XLF is lower by another 0.95% in today's session. Also faring poorly are utilities (XLU -1.3%), health care (XLV -0.8%), and consumer staples (XLP -1.2%).
Dec. 19, 2014, 2:18 PM
Dec. 15, 2014, 11:35 AM
- While publicly traded stocks at 35% remain the most popular investment, that's down from 43% one year ago and 49% in 2012. ETFs at 25% are up from 21% one year ago.
- The most popular equity sectors are financials (NYSEARCA:XLF) at 27%, followed by Consumer Discretionary (NYSEARCA:XLY), and Energy (NYSEARCA:XLE), both at 16%.
- Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A, BRK.B) again hold the two top spots for individual picks, with the S&P 500 SPDR ETF (NYSEARCA:SPY), the Health Care SPDR (NYSEARCA:XLV), and the MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEARCA:EEM) rounding out the top five.
- Source: Tiger 21 Member Favorites Survey
Nov. 25, 2014, 2:46 PM
- "Not surprisingly, billionaires reduced their energy allocations (NYSEARCA:XLE) during Q3," says Direxion, unveiling the quarterly rebalance for the iBillionaire Index (which serves as the benchmark for the IBLN ETF). Attention was instead shifted to healthcare (NYSEARCA:XLV) and materials (NYSEARCA:XLB), with companies like Humana (NYSE:HUM) and Monsanto (NYSE:MON).
- Also added to the index: TMO, GM, FB, CBS, GOOG, MAS, APD, DAL, NOV, WHR, THC, ABBV.
- Dropped from the index: AIG, MCK, CTSH, MSI, RIG, CI, APC, GPS, MSFT, CMCSA, NFLX, MHFI, WMB, ICE.
- Outlying sectors: Consumer Discretionary (NYSEARCA:XLY) makes up 23.33% of the iBillionaire Index vs. 11.68% for the S&P 500, and Industrials (NYSEARCA:XLI) and financials (NYSEARCA:XLF) make up just 6.67% each of the index vs. 10.44 and 16.30 of the S&P 500, respectively. Consumer Staples (NYSEARCA:XLP) have zero representation in the index vs. 9.7% in the S&P 500.
- Previously: Direxion launched an ETF with iBillionaire today
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Jul. 31, 2014, 3:38 PM
- Heading into the month's last few minutes of trading, the Dow (DIA -1.7%), S&P 500 (SPY -1.8%), and Nasdaq 100 (QQQ -1.9%) are all near 2% declines and well into the red for the month.
- These selloffs often lead to strength in defensive sectors like utilities (XLU -1.4%), health care (XLV -1.9%), or mREITs (REM -0.9%), but not today.
- Also not rallying are Treasury prices (TLT -0.3%) or gold (GLD -1%).
Jun. 20, 2014, 9:53 AM
Jun. 5, 2014, 8:00 AM
- A Saudi Arabian man who died of Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) probably caught the disease from one of his sick dromedary camels that he treated for a nasal discharge a month earlier. Samples taken from the man and camel found a genetically identical virus. This is the first conclusive evidence that camels may be the intermediate hosts of the bug. The exact reservoir the maintains the virus in its ecologic niche has yet to be identified, however.
- The Saudi man fell ill about seven days after treating the camel with a topical medicine. He and three friends visited the camels daily but his friends, who had no direct contact with the animal, remained free of the virus.
- Healthcare ETFs: IYH, XLV, VHT, CURE, FXH, RXL, FHLC, RYH, RXD
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