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PowerShares S&P SmallCap Industrials Portfolio ETF (PSCI)

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  • Apr. 7, 2014, 9:10 AM
    • Twitter's down 32% this year, Facebook's off 20% in a month, and biotech nearly that much, but money is returning to the industrial sector. While the Nasdaq 100 posted its worst one-day drop since 2011 on Friday and last week fell for the 3rd week in 4, the Industrial Select SPDR (XLI) gained 1.6%.
    • In the year's first quarter, the XLI had lost 1.4%, putting it in 9th place among 10 S&P 500 groups.
    • "You’re seeing the beginning of investors shifting money ahead of a wave of spending,” says Drew Nordlicht of HighTower Advisors. “The expectation is, as the economy begins to kick into a higher gear, corporate America will utilize the amount of cash to spend on capital expenditures."
    • GE comprises more than 10% of the XLI, and UTX, Union Pacific, Boeing, and 3M round out the top 5, each with holdings in the 5% range.
    • Related ETFs: XLI, PHO, CGW, PIO, VIS, ITA, FIW, PPA, IGF, CARZ, IYJ, XAR, IPN, EMIF, FIDU, PRN, UXI, FXR, PXR, EXI, GII, EVX, FLM, RGI, SIJ, PSCI, NFRA, TOLZ, AXID
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  • Sep. 30, 2013, 12:55 PM
    • Among BAML's Ten Reasons to Buy Industrials, most interesting is the team's argument for a P/E re-rating for the sector because of earnings stability. Industrials have the most stable earnings of all ten major market sectors - even against defensive areas like Consumer Staples - yet they're still penalized for being too cyclical. "There is a glaring mis-pricing of risk."
    • Another reason is the charts: Industrials have quietly broken out relative to the S&P 500 - a bullish trend for those liking to buy relative strength.
    • Relevant ETFs: FXR, IYJ, PRN, XLI, VIS, RGI, PSCI, UXI, SIJ.
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  • Sep. 9, 2013, 12:23 PM
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  • Jun. 19, 2013, 10:53 AM
    "Sell in May and go into cyclicals," says Ralph Acampora after the last month. He reminds of an old adage saying sectors going down the least during a selloff become the new market leaders. During SPY's 5.2% decline from May 22-June 6, the best performers were Tech (XLK) and Industrials (XLI). The worst were Telecommunications (IYZ) and Utilities (XLU). This "rolling rotation" between sectors is necessary, he says, to give further life to the secular bull market begun in March 2009.
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  • May. 21, 2013, 8:49 AM
    Exponential rapidly rising or falling markets usually go further than you think, but they do not correct by going sideways," is #4 of Bob Farrell's "Market Rules to Remember." Channeling that, BAML's Steve Suttmeier sees stocks continuing their run with risks of a topping-out not arriving unti late summer. He's most bullish on industrials (XLI) - particularly "oversold" EXPD, DE, CAT, FDX - and also thinks financials (XLF) will remain market leaders.
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  • May. 6, 2013, 7:27 AM
    The S&P 500 (SPY) is fairly valued, says Goldman, but opportunity lies in cyclicals (XLY, XLE, XLI, XLB) which are more undervalued vs. defensives (XLU, XLP, XLV, XTL) than at any time in the last 15 years. "Given the 4 P/E multiple point head start, even a slight valuation normalization should translate into outperformance of cyclicals over defensives during the next 12 months."
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  • May. 3, 2013, 8:00 AM
    "We don't want to sell in May and we continue to prefer cyclicals (XLY, XLI, XLB, XLE) ," says JPMorgan's Tom Lee, fully returned to his normal bullish stance. He notes client positioning is "dramatically different" from the heavily long stance of the last 3 years at this time. More, the downturn in gasoline prices could ad 50 bps to GDP in Q2, and the rally in high-yield suggests the economy is set to get stronger.
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  • Nov. 5, 2012, 7:58 AM
    Reporting Q3 profit off 85% from a year ago, Liugong Machinery President Zeng Guang'an warns of continued overcapacity in the Chinese construction-equipment sector, saying the country only needs about 10% of the current 200 firms in the business. "We have too much investment. We need more consumption."
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  • Oct. 19, 2012, 9:10 AM
    "Investors need to understand the growing risks of overplaying the defense card," writes AllianceBernstein's Joe Paul, exploring whether high-yield stocks are in bubble territory. It's not news they're expensive compared to past metrics, but high-yielders now make up a record 44% of the S&P 500 (on a cap-weighted basis). "As a countermeasure, (investors) may want to add more cyclical, deeper-value names."
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  • Oct. 19, 2012, 8:54 AM
    Technicians get interested in the industrial sector (XLI) as the charts say there's a move coming, "and it's not going to be a boring one." The direction is not yet known, but J.C. Parets is giving the benefit of the doubt to the bulls. Wait for weekly closes above $38. The XLI -1.3% premarket, as its largest holding, GE, slides following earnings.
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  • Mar. 16, 2012, 10:21 AM
    Taking its signal from rising bond yields, HSBC suggests cyclicals will outperform as higher rates are a sign nominal demand is rising. The main casualties: healthcare and consumer staples. As for being a threat to the entire market, HSBC believes this is only true at real yields above 4% (they're negative now), but "a sharp rise in bond yields is a threat from whatever level."
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  • Oct. 11, 2011, 3:08 AM
    The Financial Stability Oversight Council is due to release today proposals on how it will determine which non-bank financial firms are big enough to be labeled "systemic." It's a tag companies are anxious to avoid, as it will mean increased Fed oversight, as well as new capital and liquidity rules.
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The PowerShares S&P SmallCap Industrials Portfolio (Fund) is based on the S&P SmallCap 600 Capped Industrials Index® (Index). The Fund will normally invest at least 90% of its total assets in common stocks that comprise the Index. The Index is designed to measure the overall performance of common stocks of U.S. industrial companies. These companies are principally engaged in the business of providing industrial products and services, including engineering, heavy machinery, construction, electrical equipment, aerospace and defense and general manufacturing. The Index is a subset of the S&P SmallCap 600 Index, which is a float-adjusted, market-capitalization-weighted index reflecting the U.S. small-cap market.
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