Premarkets: 5 Things To Know Before The Open – May. 23, 2014

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government will report new home sales from April at 10 a.m. ET. Foot Locker ( FL , Fortune 500 ) will report quarterly earnings before the open. 2.
Source: http://money.cnn.com/2014/05/23/investing/premarkets/index.html

Stocks move higher ahead of Memorial Day holiday – url Yahoo Finance

The upward grind is underscored by the Standard & Poor’s 500 index, which closed above 1,900 for the first time on Friday. The index has eked out a gain of 2.8 percent this year compared with a 16 percent increase over the same period last year. Other major indexes haven’t fared any better. The Dow Jones industrial average and the Nasdaq composite are barely positive for 2014.
Source: http://www.usnews.com/news/business/articles/2014/05/23/stocks-edge-higher-ahead-of-memorial-day-holiday

S&P 500 closes above 1,900 for first time – US News

The Associated Press

Trading volume on Wall Street was the lowest this year, according to FactSet. A report showing a stronger-than-expected rebound in U.S. new-home sales boosted sentiment, and Hewlett-Packard Co. and GameStop Corp. surged after their quarterly earnings reports to lead the S&P 500.
Source: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/us-stocks-edge-higher-sp-nears-record-level-2014-05-23

U.S. stocks rise; S&P 500 hits 1,900 – Market Snapshot – MarketWatch

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Source: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/stocks-move-higher-ahead-memorial-day-holiday-155331401–finance.html

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New Gold Etf Lets You Swap Shares For Bars – – Msn Money

By Sweta Killa 4 hours ago 0 shares Content preferences Done Following a lackluster 2013, agricultural commodities such as wheat have enjoyed a smoothride this year on chilly weather and drought conditions in the U.S. Southern Plains. Fears of export limitations from Ukraine, one of the largest exporters of wheat, have raised supply concerns and drawn attention to this commodity (read: Wheat ETF Surging on Ukraine Issues, Weather Outlook ). But things lately took a rapid turn as wheat fell over 9% over the past 10 days. The decline came after heavy showers in wheat growing areas such as western Nebraska, northeast Colorado, eastern Kansas and eastern Oklahoma that eased dry conditions last week. Abundant supply forecast by the USDA also affected the commodity.
Source: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/wheat-etf-leader-laggard-212855803.html

Online interface The Merk Gold Trust’s minimum share amount to trade for physical gold is much smaller than GLD’s. While the SPDR Gold Trust requires a minimum of a basket of 100,000 shares of its ETF to exchange for gold, the Merk Gold Trust’s minimum share exchange is roughly 100 shares for one ounce of gold. The ETF’s characteristics are based on what investors said were lacking in ETFs such as GLD. Big institutions don’t know “how to handle John Smith coming in from the street,” said Merk.
Source: http://money.msn.com/exchange-traded-fund/new-gold-etf-lets-you-swap-shares-for-bars

ETF – ETF Details

The dominant theme for May additions seems to be international funds. Of the ten products added to ETF Deathwatch, six have an international flavor. Of the minority, three are short funds and the fourth an insurance ETF. Two of the international funds added to the list (db X-Trackers MSCI AC AP ex Japan Hedged (DBAP) and db X-Trackers MSCI UK Hedged Equity (DBUK))were designed to provide exposure to foreign market securities without the effects of currency translations. In April, WisdomTree introduced five currency-hedged ETFs aimed at certain sectors of Japans stock market.
Source: http://markets.financialcontent.com/stocks/news/read/27266816/ETF_Deathwatch_For_May_2014

ETF Deathwatch For May 2014: Membership Count Trickles Further Below 300 | FinancialContent Business Page

HKD 0.400 PING AN INSURANCE (GROUP) CO. OF C 3.87% CHINA MINSHENG BANKING CORP. LTD. 3.69% CHINA MERCHANTS BANK CO. LTD A 3.42% SHANGHAI PUDONG DEVELOPMENT BANK C 2.28% GREE ELECTRIC APPLIANCES INC.
Source: http://www.aastocks.com/en/stocks/etf/details.aspx?etf-code=2846

Cattle Call ETFs | ETF Trends

COW (iPath DJ-UBS Livestock Total Return Sub-Index ETN, Expense Ratio 0.75%) has been around since 2007, and is the largest ETP in the Livestock sub-category that falls within the broader universe of Agricultural Commodities. The fund only has about $55 million in assets under management, and averages just south of 40,000 shares on an average daily trading basis, so clearly this space is not utilized by a wide breadth of http://www.etftradingsignals.com retail or institutional investors as of yet. COW is a futures-based ETN and fund literature shows us that there are two holdings inside of COW, Live Cattle and Lean Hogs futures, both of which will clearly be on the menu at many cookouts this weekend in the form of burgers or perhaps ribs, making this a seasonal and perhaps timely feature today. COW actually dipped more than 1% right out of the gates this morning before recovering somewhat to current price levels, yet volume in the product has remained rather low all week.
Source: http://www.etftrends.com/2014/05/etf-chart-of-the-day-cattle-call/

Tech ETF Computes a New High – Yahoo Finance

Microsoft and Cisco, a combined 12% of XLKs weight, are two of those stocks. Do not forget about Apple ( AAPL ). XLKs status as one of the ETFs largest weights to the iPad maker is once again benefiting the fund. [Tactical Strategies With Sector ETFs] Another positive catalyst for XLK and rival funds has been the tech sectors dividend growth. One of the largest contributors to S&P 500 dividend growth, the tech sectors increasing dividend footprint has been on display in 2014.
Source: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/tech-etf-computes-high-152216316.html