Gaining Insight With A Buyback ETF (NYSE: PKW) | Benzinga

“Share buybacks, along with dividends, are considered shareholder rewards, but there is additional insight to be gained from companies’ repurchase efforts. Several exchange-traded funds, in some form or fashion, focus on companies that are prodigious re-purchasers of their own shares, including the PowerShares BuyBack Achievers Portfolio”…

Read the full article at Benzinga right here: Gaining Insight With A Buyback ETF (NYSE: PKW) | Benzinga

Smart Beta ETFs Don’t Have to Be Complex to Do Their Job | ETF Trends

…”Smart beta is a subset of passive indices that depart from the standard market capitalization weighting methodology to achieve a particular objective, like generating excess returns, mitigating volatility or improving diversification. Nevertheless, smart beta, like traditional beta indexing, are constructed according to a consistent set of rules and are transparent.”…

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XLE Breakout – Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF (NYSEARCA:XLE) | Seeking Alpha

Summary

  • XLE has broken out of a downtrend that began in late 2016.
  • With crude oil potentially breaking out of its downtrend, the upside for XLE could be substantial.
  • I see XLE as relatively undervalued to crude oil, and plan to remain long if crude oil confirms its upward move.

Read the full article at Seeking Alpha right here: XLE Breakout – Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF (NYSEARCA:XLE) | Seeking Alpha 

PowerShare Buyback Achievers Fund (PKW): Discover Hidden Value | ETF Daily News

Why Buybacks Are An Important Factor To Consider For ETFs (PKW)

“I believe that share buybacks can be another helpful tool — when a company’s management team reduces the number of shares outstanding, it is signaling to the market that a stock is trading inexpensively to its intrinsic value….”

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Is It Finally Time To Invest In Energy? (XLE)

Beaten-down sectors provide opportunity

The S&P 500 Index is up about 10% so far this year, but the energy sector is off over 19%.1 Yet, my team believes conditions are ripe for a turnaround in energy.

  • Exploration, production and service company valuations are near historic lows based on our analysis, trading at a price-to-book (P/B) multiple of 0.55. This compares with an average P/B of 0.88 for the sector using data all the way back to 1952.2
  • Many energy companies are currently what we call “under-earners.” In good times, these firms can be cash-generating machines, but the long stretch of low energy prices has resulted in layoffs, dividend cuts, fewer stock buybacks and expense reductions. Once prices rebound a bit and stick, these companies should be even better positioned for growth, in our view.
  • The sector is clearly out of favor and has been for some time. We believe investors are always wise to consider sentiment, but should then dig a little deeper and analyze the trends and facts.
  • After the long period of underperformance, many funds (understandably) lightened up on energy shares and are now underweight.3 At some point, this trend will reverse, and demand for these shares should increase. Also, many investors have taken short positions in energy stocks, and they will have to buy shares in order to settle these positions.
  • Last, energy company capital expenditures (CapEx) are at historically unsustainable levels relative to cash flow.

Read the full article at ETF Daily News right here: Energy Select Sector SPDR (ETF)(NYSE:XLE): Opportunity Awaits | ETF Daily News

Inaccessible Markets: Which Frontier And Emerging Countries May Soon Be Tracked By More ETFs | Frontera News

…The iShares MSCI South Africa ETF (EZA) – the only ETF tracking the South African market that is traded on US exchanges – tracks the MSCI South Africa Index, which is comprised of 53 constituents. There are no sector or theme-based funds tracking the market even though there are 18 indices on the local exchange, according to Bloomberg data…

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