|Bid||41.00 x 1000|
|Ask||41.76 x 1400|
|Day's Range||41.08 - 43.92|
|52 Week Range||38.90 - 116.54|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||N/A|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||6.26|
|Expense Ratio (net)||1.02%|
Stocks rallied Wednesday, a day after one of the most contentious midterm elections in U.S. history. In Tuesday's midterm elections, Democrats emerged with control of the House while Republicans maintained control of the Senate. Among the winning exchange traded funds Wednesday were biotechnology funds, including the SPDR S&P Biotech ETF (XBI) , which takes an equal-weight approach to the biotech space.
Biotechnology stocks and exchange traded funds participated in the October broader market swoon, punishing funds such as the Direxion Daily S&P Biotech Bull Shares (LABU) in the process. LABU, which takes the 3x or 300% daily performance of the S&P Biotechnology Select Industry Index, is attempting to reverse its October slide this month and is off to a good start with a November gain of about 14%. The slump in once hot biotechnology ETFs could present investors with a buying opportunity.
Few asset classes are as seductive as leveraged exchange-traded funds (ETFs). Other than leveraged ETFs, where else in the fund universe (without using options) can investors make a bet on a simple index, such as the S&P 500 or Nasdaq-100 Index, and amplify those benchmarks’ gains to the tune of 200% or even 300% in a single trading day?
Usually, when investors add biotechnology stocks to their portfolios, they feel confident about risk. When they want to reduce risk, biotech names are the first to go. LABU (3X Biotech Bull) and LABD (3X Biotech Bear) can help you stay risk-on or risk-off.
Many institutional traders use multi-faceted strategies that involve several different instruments when trading around an earnings report. Among the most common hedging tools used by institutions are leveraged ETFs, which are built to deliver multiples (or inverse multiples) on a given index. “They aren’t meant to be held for more than a few days at a time,” Sylvia Jablonski, managing director of leveraged ETF provider Direxion ETFs said.
The rising prices of drug treatments, more dependence on immuno-oncology and mergers focused on mid-sized biotech company acquisitions are just a few factors spurning the growth in the biotechnology and pharmaceuticals industry, giving ETFs like Daily Pharmaceutical & Medical Bull 3X Shares (PILL) and Direxion Daily S&P Biotech Bull 3X ETF (LABU) exceptional returns. PILL seeks investment results equal to 300% of the daily performance of the Dynamic Pharmaceutical Intellidex Index and concentrates its allocations towards securities of the index and other financial instruments that provide daily leveraged exposure to the index. The index itself just matched a previous high and PILL itself is posting year-to-date returns of 6.36% according to performance figures from Yahoo! Finance.
Since 1997, Direxion has been providing investment solutions with their innovative ETFs and 20 years later, they have $13.4 billion worth of assets under management. If you haven't already, check out the 5 ETFs below that are trending this week - and are worth keeping an eye on during the second half of 2018. Despite all the talk regarding trade wars with the United States and China, one sector that has been shrugging off the market noise is the biotechnology sector.
Biotech stocks—with their binary outcomes and potential FDA approvals or denials—should whip around, pending various outcomes. It doesn’t help that President Trump (seemingly at random) decides periodically that we all pay too much for drugs. For biotech stocks to work on the long side investors’ risk appetite would have to take off or a major approval could drive the stocks up.
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