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Sell on the Pop Prospects: April 29 Edition

Here is a look at ETFs that currently offer attractive short selling opportunities.

The ETFs included in this list are rated as sell candidates for two reasons. First, each of these funds is deemed to be in a downtrend based on the fact that its 50-day moving average is below its 200-day moving average, which are popular indicators for gauging long-term and medium-term trends, respectively.

Second, each of these ETFs is also trading above its 20-day moving average, thereby offering a near-term “sell on the pop” opportunity given the longer-term downtrend at hand. Note that this prospect list also features a liquidity screen by excluding ETFs with average trading volumes below the one million shares mark. As always, investors of all experience levels are advised to use stop-loss orders and practice disciplined profit-taking techniques.

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All three market indices increased during the month, as market sentiment improved on plans for reopening the economy, crude market stability and relief on stimulus packages. Several Asian market ETFs like iShares MSCI Hong Kong ETF (EWH A), iShares MSCI Japan ETF (EWJ A) and iShares MSCI South Korea ETF (EWY C+) made it to the list of sell on the pop prospects following the wider Wall Street gains and optimism around economic stimulus measures from global central banks to deal with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. iShares MSCI China ETF (MCHI A) was also present on the sell on the pop prospects’ list. iShares J.P. Morgan USD Emerging Markets Bond ETF (EMB A-) made it to the list too, as investors enter the risk-on mode after the Fed balance sheet expanded to record size. Many junk/ corporate bond ETFs like iShares Broad USD High Yield Corporate Bond ETF (USHY), iShares iBoxx $ High Yield Corporate Bond ETF (HYG A) and SPDR Bloomberg Barclays High Yield Bond ETF (JNK A+) featured on the sell on the pop list as the U.S. Federal Reserve announced its plans to buy these bonds in the open market, in response to COVID crisis. Several precious metals ETFs like Direxion Daily Gold Miners Bull 3X Shares (NUGT C+) and iShares Silver Trust (SLV C+) made it to the sell on the pop list as prices of both the metals increased by more than 4% and 8%, respectively, in the last month. These ETFs acted as safe havens for investors during these trying times. Many sector based ETFs such as Materials Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLB A), Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLP A), Utilities Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLU A), Communication Services Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLC), Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLY A) and Industrial Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLI A) ranked amidst the sell on the pop contenders as the respective sectors gained during this month. Many real estate ETFs like Real Estate Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLRE ), iShares U.S. Real Estate ETF (IYR A) and Vanguard REIT ETF (VNQ A+) were present in the list as both real estate and REIT sectors gained by more than 28% in the last month. Cell phone towers, industrial warehouses and cold storage REITs continued to outperform. You can track different real estate funds by regions here .

To compare this month’s list with the one published on April 1, click here.

ETFs to Sell on the Pop

Ticker Name Price 1-YearReturn Leverage
(VUG A-) Vanguard Growth ETF $172.70 5.70% Long
(IWF A+) iShares Russell 1000 Growth ETF $165.67 4.91% Long
(PSLV ) Sprott Physical Silver Trust $5.60 4.67% Long
(MTUM A-) iShares Edge MSCI USA Momentum Factor ETF $115.53 2.66% Long
(XLP A) Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR Fund $58.09 2.43% Long
(TFI A) SPDR Nuveen Bloomberg Barclays Municipal Bond ETF $50.28 2.32% Long
(BNDX A-) Vanguard Total International Bond ETF $56.81 2.18% Long
(SLV C+) iShares Silver Trust $14.21 2.16% Long
(SPYG A-) SPDR Portfolio S&P 500 Growth ETF $39.18 1.95% Long
(IVW A) iShares S&P 500 Growth ETF $180.96 1.67% Long
(EWL A-) iShares MSCI Switzerland ETF $36.20 1.20% Long
(XLU A) Utilities Select Sector SPDR Fund $57.96 0.98% Long
(IUSG A) iShares Core S&P U.S. Growth ETF $62.52 0.37% Long
(FTSM B+) First Trust Enhanced Short Maturity ETF $59.54 -0.87% Long
(MINT A+) PIMCO Enhanced Short Maturity ETF $100.43 -1.13% Long
(OEF A-) iShares S&P 100 ETF $128.78 -1.30% Long
(VIG A) Vanguard Dividend Appreciation ETF $110.92 -1.67% Long
(NEAR B) iShares Short Maturity Bond ETF $49.19 -2.03% Long
(FLOT B+) iShares Floating Rate Bond ETF 49.85 -2.12% Long
(FLRN B) SPDR Bloomberg Barclays Investment Grade Floating Rate ETF 30.03 -2.21% Long
(SPHQ A) Invesco S&P 500 Quality ETF 32.41 -2.29% Long
(USMV A) iShares Edge MSCI Min Vol USA ETF 57.95 -2.33% Long
(EWT A-) iShares MSCI Taiwan ETF 35.14 -2.69% Long
(CWB B+) SPDR Bloomberg Barclays Convertible Securities ETF 51.75 -2.74% Long
(ESGU) iShares MSCI USA ESG Optimized ETF 62.53 -3.08% Long
(FTCS B) First Trust Capital Strength ETF 54.02 -3.26% Long
(XLC) Communication Services Select Sector SPDR Fund 48.05 -3.96% Long
(PGX A) Invesco Preferred ETF 13.89 -4.54% Long
(VOO A) Vanguard S&P 500 ETF 256.42 -4.64% Long
(SPY A) SPDR S&P 500 ETF 279.08 -4.71% Long
(SPLG) SPDR Portfolio Large Cap ETF 32.76 -4.91% Long
(IVV A) iShares Core S&P 500 ETF 279.98 -5.04% Long
(SCHX A+) Schwab U.S. Large-Cap ETF 66.43 -5.18% Long
(QUAL A) iShares Edge MSCI USA Quality Factor ETF 87.03 -5.35% Long
(IWB A) iShares Russell 1000 ETF 153.61 -5.69% Long
(SPTM) SPDR Portfolio Total Stock Market ETF 34.02 -6.67% Long
(VTI A+) Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF 139.55 -6.84% Long
(EFG A-) iShares MSCI EAFE Growth ETF 73.93 -6.97% Long
(SCHB A) Schwab U.S. Broad Market ETF 65.51 -7.00% Long
(ITOT A) iShares Core S&P Total U.S. Stock Market ETF 61.84 -7.23% Long
(TQQQ B) ProShares UltraPro QQQ 62.1 -7.24% Triple-Long
(XLRE ) Real Estate Select Sector SPDR Fund 32.96 -7.26% Long
(SPLV A) Invesco S&P 500 Low Volatility ETF 48.8 -7.45% Long
(MCHI A) iShares MSCI China ETF 59.51 -7.61% Long
(ANGL B) VanEck Vectors Fallen Angel High Yield Bond ETF 26.75 -7.76% Long
(DGRO B+) iShares Core Dividend Growth ETF 34.88 -7.82% Long
(FPE C+) First Trust Preferred Securities and Income ETF 17.7 -7.86% Long
(PFF A+) iShares U.S. Preferred Stock ETF 33.7 -8.02% Long
(XLY A) Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR Fund 110.38 -8.20% Long
(EWJ A) iShares MSCI Japan ETF 50.5 -8.94% Long
(HYG A) iShares iBoxx $ High Yield Corporate Bond ETF 79.06 -8.95% Long
(BBJP) JPMorgan BetaBuilders Japan ETF 20.89 -9.29% Long
(BKLN B) Invesco Senior Loan ETF 20.76 -9.58% Long
(ASHR C+) Deutsche X-trackers Harvest CSI 300 China A-Shares ETF 26.95 -9.65% Long
(HYLB) Deutsche X-trackers USD High Yield Corporate Bond ETF 45.05 -9.83% Long
(EMB A-) iShares J.P. Morgan USD Emerging Markets Bond ETF 98.38 -10.37% Long
(JNK A+) SPDR Bloomberg Barclays High Yield Bond ETF 97.26 -10.42% Long
(USHY) iShares Broad USD High Yield Corporate Bond ETF 36.51 -10.62% Long
(SCHD A) Schwab U.S. Dividend Equity ETF 48.65 -10.90% Long
(NOBL A-) ProShares S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats ETF 61.21 -10.95% Long
(SHYG ) iShares 0-5 Year High Yield Corporate Bond ETF 41.66 -11.00% Long
(SRLN A-) SPDR Blackstone/GSO Senior Loan ETF 41.54 -11.05% Long
(ACWI A) iShares MSCI ACWI ETF 66.22 -11.14% Long
(SJNK A) SPDR Bloomberg Barclays Short Term High Yield Bond ETF 24.14 -11.64% Long
(DIA A-) SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average ETF 235.07 -11.79% Long
(EFAV A) iShares Edge MSCI Min Vol EAFE ETF 63.29 -11.80% Long
(VT A+) Vanguard Total World Stock ETF 66.57 -11.99% Long
(SPYV B+) SPDR Portfolio S&P 500 Value ETF 27.59 -12.36% Long
(IVE A) iShares S&P 500 Value ETF 102.7 -12.39% Long
(FVD B+) First Trust Value Line Dividend Index Fund 28.69 -13.19% Long
(VO A) Vanguard Mid-Cap ETF 143.73 -13.62% Long
(IUSV A-) iShares Core S&P U.S. Value ETF 49.26 -13.64% Long
(PCY A) Invesco Emerging Markets Sovereign Debt ETF 24.02 -13.85% Long
(VTV A) Vanguard Value ETF 95.2 -13.95% Long
(NUGT C+) Direxion Daily Gold Miners Bull 3X Shares 67.36 -14.03% Triple-Long
(AAXJ B) iShares MSCI All Country Asia ex Japan ETF 62.66 -14.09% Long
(VYM A+) Vanguard High Dividend Yield ETF 75.61 -14.13% Long
(DBEF B+) Deutsche X-trackers MSCI EAFE Hedged Equity ETF 27.69 -14.35% Long
(FNDX A-) Schwab Fundamental U.S. Large Company Index ETF 33.52 -14.64% Long
(XLB A) Materials Select Sector SPDR Fund 49.09 -14.91% Long
(VNQ A+) Vanguard REIT ETF 72.44 -15.44% Long
(IYR A) iShares U.S. Real Estate ETF 72.47 -15.55% Long
(EMLC A-) VanEck Vectors J.P. Morgan EM Local Currency Bond ETF 28.43 -15.64% Long
(IWR A-) iShares Russell Mid-Cap ETF 46.73 -16.13% Long
(SCHV A) Schwab U.S. Large-Cap Value ETF 47.25 -16.16% Long
(RSP B+) Invesco S&P 500 Equal Weight ETF 90.15 -16.41% Long
(FXI A-) iShares China Large-Cap ETF 37.81 -16.53% Long
(HEFA B+) iShares Currency Hedged MSCI EAFE ETF 24.93 -16.59% Long
(RSX B+) VanEck Vectors Russia ETF 18.31 -16.66% Long
(IWD A) iShares Russell 1000 Value ETF 105.63 -16.75% Long
(SDY B) SPDR S&P Dividend ETF 84.04 -17.02% Long
(SPDW) SPDR Portfolio Developed World ex-US ETF 24.65 -17.86% Long
(SCHF A) Schwab International Equity ETF 26.45 -17.93% Long
(EEMV A+) iShares Edge MSCI Min Vol Emerging Markets ETF 49.14 -18.09% Long
(EFA A) iShares MSCI EAFE ETF 54.58 -18.16% Long
(VEU A) Vanguard FTSE All-World ex-US ETF 42.31 -18.19% Long
(SSO A) ProShares Ultra S&P500 102.95 -18.38% Double-Long
(ESGE ) iShares MSCI EM ESG Optimized ETF 28.75 -18.39% Long
(VEA A) Vanguard FTSE Developed Markets ETF 34.33 -18.42% Long
(IEFA A+) iShares Core MSCI EAFE ETF 50.98 -18.48% Long
(VXUS A) Vanguard Total International Stock ETF 43.59 -18.58% Long
(IXUS A) iShares Core MSCI Total International Stock ETF 48.62 -18.70% Long
(ACWX A-) iShares MSCI ACWI ex U.S. ETF 38.67 -18.87% Long
(SPEM) SPDR Portfolio Emerging Markets ETF 29.73 -19.12% Long
(ITB A-) iShares U.S. Home Construction ETF 31.03 -19.26% Long
(EWC C+) iShares MSCI Canada ETF 23.11 -19.36% Long
(EEM A-) iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF 35.63 -19.70% Long
(VWO A) Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF 35.14 -19.86% Long
(SCHE A) Schwab Emerging Markets Equity ETF 21.55 -19.89% Long
(IEMG A) iShares Core MSCI Emerging Markets ETF 42.45 -20.57% Long
(VGK A) Vanguard FTSE Europe ETF 44.12 -20.59% Long
(EMLP B+) First Trust North American Energy Infrastructure Fund 19.62 -20.66% Long
(IEUR A) iShares Core MSCI Europe ETF 37.76 -20.67% Long
(VLUE B+) iShares Edge MSCI USA Value Factor ETF 66 -20.71% Long
(BBEU) JPMorgan BetaBuilders Europe ETF 19.34 -20.74% Long
(SCZ A) iShares MSCI EAFE Small-Cap ETF 46.86 -20.84% Long
(EWH A) iShares MSCI Hong Kong ETF 21.07 -20.88% Long
(RODM ) Hartford Multifactor Developed Markets (ex-US) ETF 22.5 -20.91% Long
(EWY C+) iShares MSCI South Korea ETF 49.76 -21.29% Long
(SCHM A) Schwab U.S. Mid-Cap ETF 44.96 -21.62% Long
(SCHC A) Schwab International Small-Cap Equity ETF 25.82 -22.23% Long
(EWG B+) iShares MSCI Germany ETF 22.23 -22.25% Long
(VB A) Vanguard Small-Cap ETF 122.58 -22.30% Long
(MDY B+) SPDR S&P MidCap 400 ETF 278.45 -22.43% Long
(XLI A) Industrial Select Sector SPDR Fund 61.08 -22.44% Long
(SPMD) SPDR Portfolio Mid Cap ETF 26.79 -22.51% Long
(IJH A-) iShares Core S&P Mid-Cap ETF 152.4 -22.61% Long
(XHB A+) SPDR S&P Homebuilders ETF 31.68 -23.16% Long
(IWS A) iShares Russell Mid-Cap Value ETF 68.24 -23.53% Long
(DVY B+) iShares Select Dividend ETF 76.95 -23.60% Long
(IWM B+) iShares Russell 2000 ETF 120.34 -23.63% Long
(SCHA A+) Schwab U.S. Small-Cap ETF 54.58 -24.41% Long
(INDA B+) iShares MSCI India ETF 26.11 -25.51% Long
(XRT A) SPDR S&P Retail ETF 33.58 -25.59% Long
(FNDF B+) Schwab Fundamental International Large Company Index ETF 21.18 -25.61% Long
(GUNR A) FlexShares Morningstar Global Upstream Natural Resources Index ETF Index Fund 24.85 -25.84% Long
(VNQI A+) Vanguard Global ex-U.S. Real Estate ETF 43.18 -26.19% Long
(PXF A) Invesco FTSE RAFI Developed Markets ex-U.S. ETF 30.76 -26.76% Long
(EWA B+) iShares MSCI Australia ETF 16.09 -26.80% Long

Please note that this list is updated on a monthly basis.

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Disclosure: No positions at time of writing.

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