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Vanguard FTSE Europe ETF (VGK)

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  • Tue, Jun. 9, 10:57 AM
    • A "close your eyes and buy moment" is approaching for recently-battered Europe, says BAML's London-based macro and events group, which would like to see four issues resolved over the coming two weeks before jumping in:
    • 1) U.S. data has started to improve, making Thursday's retail sales number an especially important one for the direction of interest rates; 2) Bond volatility could be set to decline, especially given the light issuance schedule in July; 3) A last-minute agreement on Greece is BAML's base case; 4) Retail outflows and heavy supply volumes could lead to a final capitulation leg down in U.S. and global stocks.
    • What to buy? Financial stocks continue to be a favorite for the team, with goings-on in Greece preventing the long-only community from accumulating the banks. The MSCI Europe Financial ETF (NASDAQ:EUFN) is up 7.1% YTD.
    • Source: Barron's
    • ETFs: VGK, FEZ, HEDJ, IEV, EPV, EZU, FEU, EEA, EURL, FEP, UPV, DBEU, ADRU, HEZU, FEEU, IEUR, FIEU, DBEZ, FEUZ, SBEU
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  • Wed, Jun. 3, 9:04 AM
    • Apparently they've got whisper numbers at the ECB as Mario Draghi says Europe's economic recovery is on track with the bank's projections, but that the bank was hoping for something stronger than its forecasts.
    • Webcast
    • As for the recent strong read on core CPI, Draghi says the ECB is more concerned with trends and will look through near-term fluctuations. The bank did hike its 2015 inflation forecast to 0.3% from flat, but 2016 is unchanged at 1.5% and 2017 is unchanged at 1.8%.
    • The GDP growth outlook for 2015 and 2016 is unchanged at 1.5% and 1.9%, respectively, while 2017 is trimmed to 2% from 2.1% (there's that economist sense of humor).
    • The euro (NYSEARCA:FXE) is active, but currently lower by just 0.2% to $1.1135.
    • European stocks (NYSEARCA:FEZ) have added to earlier gains, with Germany (NYSEARCA:EWG) and France (NYSEARCA:EWQ) leading the way, both ahead by 1.35%.
    • Previously: ECB leaves policy on hold (June 3)
    • ETFs: FXE, VGK, EUO, FEZ, HEDJ, ERO, IEV, EPV, EZU, DRR, FEU, EEA, EUFX, EURL, ULE, FEP, UPV, DBEU, URR, ADRU, HEZU, FEEU, IEUR, FIEU, DBEZ, FEUZ, SBEU
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  • Wed, May 27, 10:35 AM
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  • Tue, May 19, 11:57 AM
    • It was only this morning when the rest of the world found out what those at an invitation-only conference in London learned last night - that the ECB will front-load its QE program.
    • ECB member Benoit Coeure spoke at the conference - organized by the Brevan Howard Centre for Financial Analysis, and featuring senior officials from at least five central banks - but his speech wasn't released to the general public until this morning.
    • European interest rates and the euro (FXE -1.4%) are headed south today, while European equities soar.
    • The Stoxx 50's (NYSEARCA:FEZ2% gain is being led by Germany (NYSEARCA:EWG+2.2%, Italy (NYSEARCA:EWI+2.2%, France (NYSEARCA:EWQ+2.1%, and Spain (NYSEARCA:EWP+1.4%.
    • ETFs: VGK, FEZ, HEDJ, IEV, EPV, EZU, FEU, EEA, EURL, FEP, UPV, DBEU, ADRU, HEZU, FEEU, IEUR, FIEU, DBEZ, FEUZ, SBEU
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  • Wed, Apr. 29, 1:59 PM
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  • Fri, Apr. 24, 2:55 PM
    • Investors have rushed $13B into WisdomTree's (NASDAQ:WETF) Europe Hedged Equity ETF (NYSEARCA:HEDJ) this year, bringing AUM to $20B, and making it 2015's most popular ETF, the largest Europe ETF out there, and the largest currency-hedged ETF, according to Ned Davis Research.
    • The fund is also ahead 30% YTD - not too shabby. However, says NDR, all of the gains have come from the euro's depreciation. A strategy of buying the MSCI EMU Index (NYSEARCA:EZU) and shorting the euro would have returned 70% over the same period. In other words - amid a nice bull move in Europe - HEDJ's strategy of owning exporters, which should theoretically gain as the euro slides, hasn't worked (the fund must own mega-cap stocks deriving more than 50% of revenue from outside Europe).
    • What gives? First, Europe's exporters have been hit by exposure to struggling LatAm countries. Second, the companies in the HEDJ already hedge currency exposure, booking it as an expense. Finally, the valuation of stocks in HEDJ trade at a 52% premium to  a broad MSCI eurozone index.
    • Source: Barron's
    • Previously: WisdomTree stumbles as GMO questions value of currency-hedged ETFs (April 14)
    • Previously: WisdomTree hedged small-cap Europe ETF opens for business (March 4)
    • ETFs: VGK, FEZ, HEDJ, IEV, EPV, EZU, FEU, EURL, FEP, UPV, DBEU, ADRU, HEZU, FEEU, IEUR, FIEU, DBEZ, FEUZ, SBEU
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  • Fri, Apr. 17, 7:36 AM
    • All the headlines say it's worry over Greece, but Europe was doing just fine in morning action until news hit about a big expansion in short-selling in China (after markets in China had closed for the session). Chinese futures have subsequently tumbled, and any China ETFs trading in the premarket are sharply lower despite gains in Shanghai overnight.
    • Germany (NYSEARCA:EWG-1.7%, France (NYSEARCA:EWQ) -1.2%, Italy (NYSEARCA:EWI-1.8%, Spain (NYSEARCA:EWP-1.8%, U.K. (NYSEARCA:EWU-0.75%. Stocks in Athens (NYSEARCA:GREK) are lower by 0.9%.
    • Previously: China allows big boost in short selling (April 17)
    • ETFs: VGK, FEZ, HEDJ, IEV, EPV, EZU, FEU, EURL, FEP, UPV, DBEU, ADRU, HEZU, FEEU, IEUR, FIEU, DBEZ, FEUZ, SBEU
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  • Thu, Apr. 9, 5:24 AM
    • European stocks track gains on Wall Street following positive German trade data this morning and yesterday's release of the FOMC minutes, which provided little clarity on when the Fed might hike rates but was deemed as sufficiently dovish.
    • Reports that Greece has paid - or will pay today - a €450M loan tranche to the IMF is also adding to the positive sentiment. "The news on Greece is helping push European markets higher, although it doesn't mean at all that a long-term solution has been reached," says market analyst Alexandre Baradez of IG France.
    • Euro Stoxx 50 +0.4%, London +0.6%, Paris +0.7%, Frankfurt +0.3%, Madrid +0.3%, Milan +0.5%.
    • ETFs: VGK, FEZ, IEV, HEDJ, EPV, EZU, FEU, FEP, UPV, EURL, ADRU, FEEU, DBEU, IEUR, FIEU, ESTX, HEZU, SBEU, DBEZ, FEUZ
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  • Tue, Apr. 7, 4:19 AM
    • The eurozone services PMI rose to 54.2 (flash 54.3) in March from 53.7 in February.
    • Composite PMI increased to an 11-month high of 54 (flash 54.1) from 53.3. (PR)
    • German services PMI grew to 55.4 from 54.7; composite PMI 55.4 vs 53.8. (PR)
    • French services PMI slowed to 52.4 from 53.4 and composite PMI to 51.5 from 52.2. (PR)
    • "Ireland and Spain continued to lead the charge, backed up by a fast-improving German economy," says Markit, but "rates of expansion in Italy and France were modest in comparison."
    • While "the PMIs are indicating somewhat sluggish GDP growth of 0.3% for the first quarter," says Markit, "the pace of expansion looks set to gather pace in coming months."
    • However, "an ongoing recovery is no one-way bet," Markit warns, "with the Greek crisis remaining a critical threat to stability in the region."
    • The euro takes a dive and is -0.1% at $1.0906.
    • ETFs: VGK, EWG, FEZ, GREK, EWP, EWI, IEV, HEDJ, EU, EPV, EUFN, EZU, EWQ, EIRL, FEU, EWN, GUR, FEP, EWGS, ESR, UPV, EURL, DBGR, DAX, ADRU, FEEU, DXGE, FGM, DBEU, QDEU, IEUR, FIEU, HEWG, QESP, HEZU, ESTX, DBEZ, SBEU, FEUZ
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  • Mon, Mar. 30, 12:31 PM
    • The WisdomTree Europe Hedged Equity ETF (HEDJ +1.2%) has been a popular target for investor dollars this year - gathering $10B of assets while rising 16.6%.
    • S&P Capital IQ's Todd Rosenbluth is as bearish on the euro as the next guy, but he suggests some of the fund's most heavily-weighted holdings are expensive, particularly consumer staples, which account for 23% of the ETF's assets. In fact, says Rosenbluth, the three largest consumer staples stocks in HEDJ - Anheuser-Busch, Unilever, and L'Oreal - are all rated Sell by S&P Capital IQ.
    • Now all three of these names are in other European ETFs - including currency-hedged ones like HEZU and EZU - but not in such a high concentration.
    • Rosenbluth: "We think investors need to be careful when reviewing European ETFs and understanding not just whether they are hedged."
    • Source: Barron's
    • ETFs: VGK, FEZ, IEV, HEDJ, EPV, EZU, FEU, FEP, UPV, EURL, ADRU, FEEU, DBEU, IEUR, FIEU, ESTX, HEZU, SBEU, DBEZ, FEUZ
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  • Fri, Mar. 27, 12:28 PM
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  • Tue, Mar. 10, 11:10 AM
    • "European equities offer investors a historic yield pick-up over both corporate and government bonds," says Citigroup, noting stocks there haven't been this cheap compared to credit in more than 50 years.
    • The team boosts its year-end target on the Stoxx 600 to 450 from 400, and vs. Monday's 393 close. The "grey-sky" scenario for year-end 2016 is 550, but the "blue-sky" scenario is 670, about 70% upside from current levels.
    • "While interest rates are unlikely to remain at current historic lows forever, it is reasonably likely that interest rates over the next five years will, on average, remain low compared to the last couple of decades."
    • Citi's call isn't exactly a contrarian one. The Stoxx 600 is already higher by about 15% this year and $35.1B has flowed into European equity mutual funds and ETFs. Citi retorts that's this is just getting started, noting institutional types have been significant net sellers of European equities for many years, and equity market inflows have been dwarfed by what's poured into fixed income.
    • ETFs: VGK, FEZ, IEV, HEDJ, EPV, EZU, FEU, FEP, UPV, EURL, ADRU, FEEU, DBEU, IEUR, FIEU, ESTX, HEZU, SBEU, DBEZ, FEUZ
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