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Global Stocks Continue To Post Gains In 2019 Despite Risks

The world economy appears to be slowing, with some analysts warning that recession risk is rising. Judging by year-to-date equity performances for the planet’s main economic regions, however, suggests that the crowd isn’t particularly worried. Although markets have been volatile lately, looking through the noise reminds that across-the-board gains roll on around the world, based on a set of representative exchange-listed products. Leading the field (still): US stocks. Is...

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Low Vol And Momentum Top US Equity Factor Returns In 2019

US stocks have been whipsawed this year, but looking through the recent noise shows that all the major equity factors continue to post solid gains, based on a set of exchange-traded funds. The leading performers, however, are enjoying outsized gains that are far ahead of the relative laggards. The low volatility factor is currently on top via iShares Minimum Volatility USA (USMV), which is up 24.3% so far in 2019 through yesterday’s close (Sep. 5). The latest buying spree...

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US Equities Relatively Immune To Trade-War Risk… So Far

The US-China trade war is taking a toll on investor sentiment, but most of the blowback for world stock markets has been borne outside the US, based on year-to-date results for a set of exchange-listed products that represent the global economy’s primary economic regions. The relative strength for US shares could quickly fade in the weeks ahead, depending on how Donald Trump’s impulsive and unpredictable decision-making process on trade unfolds. But for the moment, the US...

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Tech And Real Estate Remain The Red-Hot Equity Sector Leaders

If you’re wondering why certain US equity strategies are outperforming this year, there’s a decent chance that overweighting technology and real estate sectors has been the secret sauce for success. Similarly, relatively weak results are probably linked to decisions to underweight these slices of the US equity market. Indeed, shares of tech and property shares continue to lead among the major US equity sectors year to date—by wide margins, based on performances via a set of...

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Tech And Real Estate Continue Lead US Equity Sectors This Year

The stock market has taken investors on a white-knuckle ride in 2019, but despite the surge in volatility lately all the major equity sectors continue to post year-to-date gains, based on a set of exchange-traded funds. Leading the field by a substantial margin: technology shares, closely followed by real estate investment trusts (REITs). Technology Select Sector SPDR (XLK) is up a strong 25.9% this year through last night’s close (Aug. 7). There have been two rounds of sharp...

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Eastern Europe/Russia and US Still Lead World Equity Markets

This year’s rally in stocks has left no major region of the world untouched by animal spirits. But the appetite for risk is strongest in Eastern Europe/Russia, closely followed by the United States, based on year-to-date returns via a set of exchange-listed products that represent the main economic regions on the planet. Leading the field by wide margin: Central and Eastern Europe Fund (CEE), a closed-end fund that is currently the only US-exchange-listed portfolio targeting...

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Tech Stocks Continue To Dominate This Year’s US Market Rally

In a year when every corner of the US stock market is rising, it’s no mean feat to leave the crowd in the dust. Yet that describes the run in technology shares in 2019, the best-performing equity sector by far year to date, based on a set of exchange-traded funds. A key factor for outperformance for equity strategies this year is closely linked with the degree of exposure to tech. As a proxy, consider Technology Select Sector SPDR (XLK), which has surged nearly 32% so far in...

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Russia/Eastern Europe Markets Lead Global Equity Rally In 2019

All the world’s major regions for equities are posting solid gains so far this year, but markets in Russia and Eastern Europe have pulled well ahead of the field in recent weeks, based on a set of exchange-traded products. The top performer through Wednesday, July 3: Central and Eastern Europe Fund (CEE), which is up a blistering 25.4% so far this year. CEE, the only US-listed fund that targets Russia and Eastern European markets, had been pacing the rise in US equities for...

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Tech Shares Back On Top For 2019 US Equity Sector Performance

After stumbling in May, technology stocks have rebounded sharply in June, regaining this year’s crown for top-performing US equity sector, based on a set of exchange traded funds. Technology Select Sector SPDR (XLK) is up a sizzling 27.8% so far in 2019 through June 20 – sharply ahead of the broad stock market’s 18.9% return this year via SPDR S&P 500 (SPY). Roughly half of tech’s year-to-date surge is due to this month’s rally. After slumping through most of May, XLK has...

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