Give Special Thanks To These 3 ETFs

Nov. 29, 2014 4:50 PM ETFBT, REZ, XTN3 Comments
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Originally published on November 26, 2014

Americans are ready for plateful food and cartful shopping as it’s time for Thanksgiving. The celebration of bounty and gratitude is in full swing in the investment world as well.

This is because the U.S. stock market has returned abundantly to investors this year, giving a boost to their spending power. The S&P 500 hit a high for the 46th time while the blue-chip Dow Jones has already set a new record for the 29th time this year. Both the indices are up 11.8% and 7.5%, respectively (read: 3 Mega Cap ETFs Beating the Market).

The strong rally was driven by healthy corporate earnings, continued job growth, improving economic and business conditions, renewed optimism in housing recovery, lower interest rates and low energy prices. In fact, the U.S. has enjoyed a period of sustained growth over the past two quarters, not seen in more than a decade. The economy expanded at a more-than-expected 3.9% rate in the third quarter, following the 4.6% increase in the second quarter. This suggests that the U.S. has emerged as a stronger nation trumping global economic concerns and geopolitical threats.

Further, the Fed’s commitment to keep the interest rates lower for a considerable period of time even after the QE wrap-up are propelling the stocks higher.

While there have been winners in every corner of the space, a few ETFs have easily crushed the broad market in the year-to-date period. Below, we have highlighted three ETFs that have been star performers in the year-to-date time frame and could be better plays in the coming months. These ETFs deserve special thanks and attention going into the New Year too (see:all the Categories ETF here).
First Trust NYSE Arca Biotechnology Index Fund (FBT)

Despite the biotech meltdown early in the year, 2014

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