U.S. Broker-Dealer And Japan: 2 ETFs To Watch On Outsized Volume

Includes: DIA, EWJ, IAI, QQQ, SPY
by: Zacks Funds

In the last trading session, U.S. stocks ended on a weaker note thanks to renewed global growth concerns. Among the top ETFs, investors saw the SPDR S&P 500 Trust ETF (NYSEARCA:SPY) go down 1.2%, the SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average ETF (NYSEARCA:DIA) lose 0.99% and the PowerShares QQQ Trust ETF (NASDAQ:QQQ) shed 1.44% on the day.

Two more specialized ETFs are worth noting as both saw trading volume that was far outside of normal. In fact, both these funds experienced volume levels that were more than double their average for the most recent trading session. This could make these ETFs the ones to watch out for in the days ahead to see if this trend of extra-interest continues:

iShares U.S. Broker-Dealers ETF (NYSEARCA:IAI): Volume 3.73 times average

This U.S. broker-dealer ETF was under the microscope yesterday as nearly 417,000 shares moved hands. This compares to an average trading day of 117,000 shares and came as IAI lost about 3.3% in the session.

The movement was due to the dovish Fed minutes as lower rates hamper the income for broking companies. However, the fund has a Zacks ETF Rank #3 (Hold). IAI was down about 3.8% in the past one-month period.

iShares MSCI Japan ETF (NYSEARCA:EWJ): Volume 2.36 times average

This Japan ETF was in focus yesterday as roughly 117.6 million shares moved hands on that day compared to an average of roughly 50.9 million. We also saw some share price movement as shares of EWJ lost 0.5%.

The movement can largely be blamed on the strengthening of the yen against the dollar. It could have a big impact on Japan stocks that we find in this ETF portfolio. For the past one month, EWJ was down 3.4%. The fund currently has a Zacks ETF Rank #3 with a Medium risk outlook.

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