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The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: PowerShares Global Listed Private Equity, First Trust RBA American Industrial Renaissance, iShares MSCI Mexico Capped and iShares MSCI Australia

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Chicago, IL – January 24, 2017 – Zacks.com announces the list of stocks featured in the Analyst Blog. Every day the Zacks Equity Research analysts discuss the latest news and events impacting stocks and the financial markets. Stocks recently featured in the blog include PowerShares Global Listed Private Equity ETF (NYSEARCA: PSP - Free Report ), First Trust RBA American Industrial Renaissance ETF ( NASDAQ: AIRR - Free Report ) , iShares MSCI Mexico Capped (NYSEARCA: EWW - Free Report ) and iShares MSCI Australia (NYSEARCA: EWA-Free Report).
 

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Here are highlights from Monday’s Analyst Blog:

Welcome the Trump Era with These ETFs

Though stocks have had a rough journey so far in 2017, markets welcomed the 45th U.S. republican president Donald Trump with aplomb. The Dow Jones Industrial Average – one of the strongest beneficiaries of the Trump rally – broke a five-day losing streak and added about 0.5% on January 20. The S&P 500 and the Nasdaq Composite too tacked on more or less 0.3% each.

This was a positive hint. After all, if we look at history since 1928, the S&P declined about 1.05% on average on inauguration days. Let’s take a look at some key pledges made by Trump for his first day as president and their impact on the ETF world:

Halt on Hiring for the Federal Government Barring Military, Public Safety and Health

Donald Trump is in favor of beefing up public spending by hundreds of billions of dollars on infrastructure. In fact, he has proposed $1 trillion infrastructure spending financed by new tax credits to goad private equity investors. Increased outlays will be aimed at improving roads, bridges and telecommunications.

He also promised lower corporate taxes and ease in regulations. Since these measures are expected to balloon federal deficit, Trump also sought to put an embargo on Federal Government employment to keep a check on payrolls.

All in all, beneficiary ETFs will be the likes of private equity ETF PowerShares Global Listed Private Equity ETF (NYSEARCA: PSP - Free Report )

"Buy American and Hire American"

Since small caps generate most of their revenues from the domestic market, they are more closely tied to the U.S. economy and its increased hiring. These have lower foreign exposure and are thus less impacted by global growth slowdown. This will make small-cap ETFs like iShares Russell 2000 (IWM) winners (read: Why Small Cap ETFs are Betting Big on Trump? ).

Also, with Trump highly expected to bring U.S. manufacturing jobs back to the country and strictly oppose outsourcing, First Trust RBA American Industrial Renaissance ETF ( NASDAQ: AIRR - Free Report ) – which focuses on small- and mid-cap U.S. industrial and community banking companies – is expected to benefit.

Renegotiate the NAFTA

Trump has indicated that he wants to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement or totally remove it. The agreement had tied up the U.S., Canada and Mexico for more than two decades. The deal permitted manufacturers and farmers to do seamless business (read: Foreign ETFs to Win or Lose on Trump Victory ).

Now, this agreement may be threatened as Trump intends to bring jobs offshored to countries like Mexico back to America. This particular issue does not go well with country ETFs like iShares MSCI Mexico Capped (NYSEARCA: EWW - Free Report ) .

Formally Terminate the Trans-Pacific Partnership

The Obama administration has been negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership or pan-Pacific trade agreement among 12 countries’ along the Pacific Rim. Countries like Japan and Australia are part of this. But Trump finds this deal not in the best interest of America.

So member ETFs like iShares MSCI Australia (NYSEARCA:EWA - Free Report ) may come under pressure in the coming days.

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