3 Commodities For A Housing Recovery

Homebuilders and other housing industry stocks have been strong performers in 2012 as low interest rates offset higher underwriting standards for home loans. The SPDR S&P Homebuilders ETF (XHB) rose more than 54% since the beginning of this year, while the iShares Dow Jones U.S. Home Construction ETF (ITB) is up more than 74% over the same period [for more housing news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Be Wary Of A Dead Cat Bounce In The Alerian MLP ETN (AMJ)

Ongoing political gridlock in Washington D.C. remains the dominant theme on Wall Street, and, as expected, equity markets remain plagued with choppy trading amid looming clouds of uncertainty. Investors have digested some encouraging news nonetheless, including solid 2.7% GDP growth and better-than-expected construction spending at home along with expansion in China’s manufacturing sector. With all eyes on the “fiscal cliff,” however, it’s likely that investors won’t get too distracted by anything other than concrete developments in Congress as the end of the year approaches [for more market news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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3X Leveraged Gold: One Year Later

The gold ETF space has been one of the most active in the industry in recent years. In fact, the SPDR Gold Trust (GLD) is the second-largest exchange-traded product in the world with well over $70 billion in total assets. But the options do not end there, as issuers have continued to innovate with new and exciting products to give investors multiple ways to play their precious metal. Leveraged products have been among the most popular innovations, as they allows traders the opportunity for big gains (or, unfortunately, losses) [for more gold ETF news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Agriculture ETFs Taking A Hit

Agriculture is perhaps the most practical commodity sector, as many of its products enjoy inelastic demand around the world. As such, this segment has always been given a fair amount of investing attention. Because there are so many different futures in the ag world, ETFs have become one of the most effective and popular ways to play this broad commodity sector. After enduring one of the worst droughts in U.S. history, agriculture ETFs are taking another hit as they have been trending downward since September [for more agriculture news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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3 Commodity ETFs To Be Thankful For This Year

As is perhaps always the case, commodity markets have had quite an action-packed year thus far. Landmark events, such as President Obama’s re-election and this summer’s massive drought brought on by record-breaking temperatures have propelled many commodities into some volatile swings, rewarding those lucky investors while burning many others. But on this Thanksgiving Day, it is perhaps more appropriate for us to reflect on those commodities we’re particularly grateful for. Below, we highlight three commodity ETFs that have delivered stellar performances thus far in 2012 (YTD returns as of November 20, 2012) [for more commodity ETF news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter]:

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Corn ETF Holds Support: Time To Buy?

Bargain shoppers have arrived early on Wall Street ahead of Black Friday as last week’s brutal sell-off has left the marketplace scattered with ripe opportunities for seasoned veterans not shaken up from all of the volatility. Renewed optimism from President Obama that Congress would strike a deal before we drive off the “fiscal cliff” has been a major catalyst behind this week’s bounce, while encouraging housing market data has also brought the bulls back to the equity front [for more economic news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Under the Hood: How GLD Works

The SPDR Gold Trust (GLD) is by far the largest and most popular commodity ETF in the world. The physically-backed gold fund has more than $74 billion in total assets and sees more than eight million shares trade on a daily basis. Not only is it the most popular commodity ETF, but it is also the second largest ETF in the world, and even briefly held the first place slot in 2011. But for all of the recognition and press this fund gets, few actually know how the fund holds its physical gold, which may be some of the reasons that controversy has emerged surrounding this product [for more GLD news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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First Trust Files For Unique Commodity ETF

As the ETF world has continued to flourish, issuers have been trying to find new ways to segment their favorite asset classes. Commodity ETFs in particular have come a long way from the first-generation funds that offered exposure to front-month futures. There are now dozens of commodity products that help retail investors slice and dice this space in a variety of ways. Now, First Trust has detailed a filing that may further the commodity ETF space [for more commodity ETF news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Natural Gas Index Fund (FCG) Holds Support: Time To Buy?

This week is riddled with more headwinds for equity markets as looming “fiscal cliff” woes and eurozone debt drama are colliding, prompting speculation that a “Perfect Storm” may already be developing on Wall Street. Profit-taking pressures will likely remain a dominant theme on the domestic equity front as policymakers look to avert the much-feared automatic trigger of tax-hikes; however, despite boasting a safe haven reputation, precious metals continue to drift sideways, offering little to no protection from looming uncertainties in recent trading sessions [for more economic news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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What is the Best Silver ETF?

Silver investing, though often overshadowed by the prevalence of gold, is still among the most popular commodity allocations in today’s markets. One of the most popular ways to gain access to this white metal is through exchange-traded products, as there are a number of funds that cracked the world of silver wide open. But because investors are presented with so many choices for silver investing, many are often left wondering which of these ETFs is the best [for more silver news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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