|Bid||35.08 x 800|
|Ask||35.13 x 900|
|Day's Range||35.47 - 35.97|
|52 Week Range||30.08 - 41.06|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||N/A|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||1.19|
|Expense Ratio (net)||0.38%|
The late 2018 stock market rout paved the way for new leadership among the best ETFs early in the new year. Small caps and oil are big gainers.
Investors should be careful when navigating the current environment and consider some ETF investment vehicles that are designed to outperform when interest rates rise. Overall, we can anticipate further strengthening in the economy, which will lead to a tighter monetary policy out of the Fed. For instance, the government recently revealed the U.S. economy expanded at a 4.1% rate, its best quarterly performance since 2014. Flanagan warned that the U.S. budget deficit has widened and the Treasury Department has been increasing supply of U.S. Treasuries - Treasury supply for the fiscal year 2018 is expected to be in the $1 trillion to $1.5 trillion range, compared to the $519 billion issued for the fiscal year 2017.
Small-cap stocks and the corresponding exchange traded funds are delivering for investors. The fund is one of several earnings-weighted products from WisdomTree, which also offers the WisdomTree Total Earnings Fund ETF (EXT) and WisdomTree Earnings 500 Fund (EPS) , among others. Specifically, the ETFs track earnings-weighted indices that screen for positive cumulative earnings over their most recent four fiscal quarter period and assigns weights to components to reflect the proportionate share of the aggregate learning’s each company generated, so those with greater earnings have larger weights.
The second-quarter reporting cycle is underway with a few major banks set to report this week. Earnings for the S&P 500 index are expected to grow 19.1% from the same period last year on 8.2% higher revenues. This would represent the third consecutive quarter of double-digit earnings growth, a trend that is currently expected to continue in the second half of the year. A strong economy and historic tax cuts will continue to drive earnings higher.Source: Flickr
The U.S. small-cap space has exhibited an impressive rally this year with the Russell 2000, posting its 18th record close for the year on Jun 6. Small-cap fund iShares Russell 2000 Index ETF (NYSEARCA:IWM) is up 5.2% in the past one month and 17.9% in the last one year. So far this year, IWM has advanced 7.9% while the S&P 500 is up 2.8% (as of Jun 7, 2018).
Q1 earnings are likely to be the strongest in many years thanks to tax cuts, rise in oil prices and higher yields, which have driven banks' profitability.