178.81 -0.24 (-0.13%)
After hours: 7:59PM EDT
|Bid||178.77 x 4000|
|Ask||178.83 x 3000|
|Day's Range||178.29 - 180.00|
|52 Week Range||143.46 - 187.53|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||4.71|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||1.10|
|Expense Ratio (net)||0.20%|
What Are Markets Expecting from Fed’s Policy Meeting?Fed’s rate hike path The Federal Reserve started its two-day-long meeting today. The markets do not expect a rate hike at the meeting. While the interest rates are not expected to budge, there
It’s Official: Apple's TV Service Won’t Include NetflixAppleAmerican tech giant Apple (AAPL) is set to hold a special event at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, California, on March 25. The company is expected to launch its video streaming
Why Trump Thinks Facebook, Google, and Twitter Are Against HimTrump versus the mediaThis morning in a tweet, President Donald Trump continued his fight with the media, branding it “the Corrupt Media.” This time he also attacked US tech giants
Is the SEC Infringing Elon Musk’s Free Speech?SEC versus Elon MuskThe last month has been busy for Tesla (TSLA). During this period, the company launched a $35,000 version of its Model 3 sedan car and a lower-priced SUV—Model Y. In a tweet on
Don't look now, but 2019 may be shaping up to continue an Initial Public Offering (IPO) market that had been dormant just a few short years ago.
The Invesco QQQ (NASDAQ:QQQ), the Nasdaq-100 tracking exchange-traded fund (ETF), celebrated its 20th anniversary earlier this month, marking a rewarding and, at times, tumultuous two decades on the market. * Top 7 Service Sector Stocks That Will Pay You to Own Them Today, the QQQ ETF is home to $70.17 billion in assets under management, making it one of the largest US-listed ETFs. To be precise, just five ETFs are larger than QQQ and the fund is within striking distance of the fifth spot. QQQ is also, by far, the biggest ETF offered by Invesco Ltd. (NYSE:IVZ), the fourth-largest U.S. ETF sponsor.Next to the S&P 500, the Nasdaq-100 Index is one of the most widely followed gauges of U.S. equities -- though there are important differences between the QQQ ETF and other domestic broad market funds. For example, financial services is the third-largest sector weight in the S&P 500, but that sector is excluded from the QQQ ETF.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsLet's drill down further on the QQQ ETF to see if it is a fund to buy right here, right now. Hope You Like Technology "Despite its reputation as a technology fund, the current characteristics of QQQ position it as a large-cap growth fund, with only 42.6% of the holdings classified as technology companies," according to Nasdaq. "The fund has evolved since its greatest technology weighting of 78% at the end of 2000, around the height of the tech bubble."As of March 15, QQQ's technology weight was 43.55%, more than double the 20.96% the S&P 500 devotes to the same sector. And while the QQQ ETF's tech weight is below that 78% seen at the end of 2000, the recent creation of the communication services sector has a lot to do with the QQQ ETF's reduced tech weight.The debut of the communication services sector last year pulled stocks, such as Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG GOOGL) and Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ:FB), out of the tech sector and into communication services.No matter how an investor slices it, QQQ is overweight large-cap tech in significant fashion. Going With Growth With over 82% of its combined weight allocated to the technology, communication services and consumer discretionary sectors, it is not surprising that the QQQ ETF is basically a growth fund. If an investor needs more convincing, consider this: nearly 61% of QQQ's large-cap stocks are considered growth names compared to just 13% with a "value" designation.The QQQ ETF's positioning as a growth fund has been great news for investors during this bull market. When this bull market turned 10 years old, QQQ was up more than 606% over those 10 years compared to a gain of "just" 373.30% for the S&P 500. It's Highly LiquidQQQ has robust on-screen liquidity, meaning its average daily volume is high. In fact, just four US-listed ETFs have larger average daily volume than QQQ's 43.75 million.Importantly, many of QQQ's underlying holdings, such as Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:APPL) and Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ:MSFT), are among the most heavily traded stocks in the U.S. That bolsters the QQQ ETF's overall liquidity, keeping bid/ask spreads tight and total cost of ownership for investors favorable. Concentration RiskAs noted earlier, QQQ devotes over 82% of its weight to just three sectors. Additionally, the QQQ ETF is a cap-weighted fund, so the likes of Microsoft, Apple and Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) command a massive percentage of QQQ's holdings.Those three stocks combine for about 30% of QQQ's roster. Conversely, the top 10 holdings in the S&P 500 represent just about 22% of that index's weight. It's Sort Of Volatile The QQQ ETF's long-term volatility is not off the charts, but investors should expect a fund that is more volatile than an S&P 500 tracking vehicle. Those are the breaks when a fund is overweight in tech stocks and has scant exposure to defensive sectors. Even QQQ's healthcare holdings are predominantly biotech names, all but reducing the fund's defensive exposure to a 5.86% weight in consumer staples. * 5 of the Best Stocks to Buy Under $10 From 2013 through 2018, QQQ was more volatile than the S&P 500 in each of those years with the narrowest gap in annualized volatility occurring in 2013 when the QQQ ETF was 110 basis points more volatile than the S&P 500.Todd Shriber does not own any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Financial Stocks to Invest In Today * 7 Single-Digit P/E Stocks With Massive Upside * 5 Chip Stocks on the Rise Compare Brokers The post Why Now Might Be a Good Time to Buy QQQ appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Apple’s New iPad Air and iPad Mini: The SpecsNew iPad and iPad MiniEarlier today, US tech giant Apple (AAPL) launched new versions of its iPad Air and iPad Mini. The company is set to hold a special event on March 25 at the Steve Jobs Theatre in
President Trump Brags about US GDP Growth: Is It for Real?Trump’s tweets about the US GDP President Donald Trump never tires of discussing his successes and achievements on Twitter. On March 18, he was at it again with a tweet saying, “GDP growth
Since the mini bear/correction finished up at the end of 2018, the volatility index (VIX) has been smashed. This stunning move by the markets of rallying some 22% off the lows is remarkable. The VIX is back to the low levels we saw last summer/fall before a nasty decline ensued.
You Really Want To Be Buying Apple Now?Great company, lots of cash, blah, blah…We know this. I use Apple all day every day, BUT, and you knew there would be a but. Right now? You want to buy Apple now? Sure it is outperforming the Nasdaq
U.S. markets and stock ETFs were headed toward weekly gains as momentum in the technology sector helped balance out losses elsewhere and renewed optimism over trade talks between the U.S. and China helped prop up risk sentiment. On Friday, the Invesco QQQ Trust (QQQ) was 1.1% higher, SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average ETF (DIA) was up 0.5% and SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) rose 0.6%, with all three major U.S. benchmarks set to close out the week near their highest level of the year.
Welcome (Back) To the Stock Market Clown ShowStocks pushing to new highs With the major indices pushing higher and higher, we need to again look at whether any new money should be put to work here. The Nasdaq (QQQ) is up 16% YTD (Hello, +75%
The 12-month scoreboard would show that Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) stock is lagging since it's down 8%, while the markets, in general, are up 3% for the same period. But lately, FB stock has had an incredible rally off its December lows.Source: Shutterstock Even though I saw the breakout in FB early enough to trade it, I chose to use the Nasdaq Invesco QQQ Trust (NASDAQ:QQQ) as the vehicle to capture the rally. Why? For the simple reason of it now being a company prone to surprise headlines and I am not referring to the global outage they had this week.Case in point, while investors on Wall Street were exuberant about Facebook stock this week, it got hit with nasty headlines about legal troubles ahead. These likely stem from the data privacy debacle from the Cambridge Analytica that just won't quit.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsNow the company may face criminal investigations from the Justice Department on how Facebook shared user data with business partners. This is different from merely having a few public outcries over privacy expectations. It is serious stuff to have criminal indictment looming over your stock.To make matters worse, we learned that the head of Chief Product Officer and the head of WhatsApp are leaving the company. This comes on the heels of major announcements from FB CEO Mark Zukerberg. Needless to say, the company's future seems in limbo. * The 10 Best Stocks to Buy for the Bull Market's Anniversary However, I still believe it is a money-making engine that will be hard to break. I wrote a note years ago saying that it would take colossal mistakes to ruin the potential of a billion users. Well, they are sure trying and testing my theory on that.I was lucky to trade FB stock from the long side into earnings based on conversations I've had with advertisers. They absolutely love the way it works for their businesses and they didn't care at all about the privacy issues. So I view those as a distraction away from the engine that actually generates the revenues: The advertisers.It is not easy to replicate the reach that Facebook has, so until there is an alternative. It would take a serious change in how ads flow through its model to kill the top line. So if you're in Facebook stock for the long term, then I stay in it. Nothing so far has changed the thesis on that front.From a shorter-term trading perspective, there are levels to know. Bottom Line on FB StockLast year was tough for all stocks and the crash ended on Christmas. Since then, FB stock set on a 40% rally off the double bottom test, but it is now looking like a double top is forming at $173 per share. This is not surprising because this is a level that has been in contention since July 2017.Contention levels like these create congestion and on the way up these are temporary resistance. As long as the fundamentals remain the same, eventually the bulls will prevail and take them out. That's how breakouts develop. They bang against resistance until they pierce it and overshoot higher. * 7 Small-Cap Stocks That Make the Grade The best way to evaluate a stock is to cover up the name and examine the price action. The FB weekly volume profile also tells me that the zone around $173 is the point of interest, so both bulls and bears want to rule it.The problem for short-term FB traders is that the fast rally left weak levels for the stock. If it loses $166 per share it could target $159. The problem is that this is another potential trigger line that could itself send the stock lower to cover the open gap at $151 per share.This is not my forecast but it is a set of two scenarios that could unfold into next week. If this happens I bet that it would be a trading opportunity from the long side. I am not one to short the stock, but I will go long it on dips where I have clear levels.The Facebook thesis is still intact for as long as advertisers are happy. I will change my mind as the facts change, but for now, the bulls have the advantage.Nicolas Chahine is the managing director of SellSpreads.com. As of this writing, he did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. You can follow him as @racernic on Twitter and Stocktwits. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Dividend Stocks to Buy Today * 7 ETFs to Buy to Ride the Longevity Economy * 7 Winning High-Yield Dividend Stocks With Payouts Over 5% Compare Brokers The post Facebook Stock Is Still a Good Buy on Any Dip … For Now appeared first on InvestorPlace.
The standard play for millions of people saving for retirement is an S&P 500 Index fund, but there are other broad approaches that have performed better than that benchmark. The wildly successful Invesco QQQ Trust is one of the best. The S&P 500 (SPX) is the index that dominates the ETF industry.
To help investors keep up with the markets, we present our ETF Scorecard. The Scorecard takes a step back and looks at how various asset classes across the globe are performing. The weekly performance is from last Friday’s open to this week’s Thursday close.
A divergence has recently taken place between the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the Nasdaq 100, and it was compounded by the popularity of market-based ETFs. Investors should be aware of, and prepare for, similar nuances related to ETFs in the future. The Dow is comprised of only 30 stocks, and that makes it vulnerable to big declines when one stock, like Boeing, moves down so much so quickly.
U.S. markets and stock ETFs danced back and forth Thursday as the recovering risk-on sentiment was depressed by increased global tensions. On Thursday, the Invesco QQQ Trust (NASDAQ: QQQ) was unchanged, ...
Apple: Buffett Might Have to Wait as Upgrades Pile UpBuffett Today, Cowen initiated coverage on Apple (AAPL) with an “outperform” rating, and it set a 12-month price target of $220. Cowen analyst Krish Sankar called Apple a blend of “trading
Apple Stock Could Face Strong Resistance Near $190Apple stock In March so far, Apple (AAPL) has outperformed the broader market, helping the NASDAQ Composite Index (QQQ) remain in green territory. On a month-to-date basis, Apple stock was up 6.1% as