|Bid||57.59 x 1200|
|Ask||57.61 x 1200|
|Day's Range||57.33 - 57.65|
|52 Week Range||44.16 - 57.78|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||N/A|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||0.61|
|Expense Ratio (net)||0.25%|
September is historically the worst month for the stock market. According to Dow Jones Market Data, the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 have witnessed average declines of 1% each since 1937.
The low volatility factor, represented by ETFs such as the Invesco S&P 500 Low Volatility Portfolio (NYSEArca: SPLV), has been a stout performer this year, causing valuations on sectors often deemed as ...
China continues affecting global markets in a variety of ways. Today, long-running protests in Hong Kong are being viewed as one of the reasons for another glum performance by U.S. equities.Here's some backstory: Protests have been running for over 10 consecutive weeks in Hong Kong and stem from legislation on mainland China that would provide for the extradition of criminals captured in Hong Kong to China where they would face stiffer punishment. On Monday, protests lead to the cancellation of flights in and out of Hong Kong's airport, one of the busiest in the Asia-Pacific region.For investors in the U.S., the Hong Kong protests are relevant because they are against the backdrop of the U.S.-China imbroglio. China is likely to focus more on cleaning up its own backyard over the near-term than making nice with the U.S. That is concerning for riskier assets.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 7 Stocks Under $7 to Invest in Now "With Hong Kong protests challenging Beijing's authority and President Xi Jinping's focus, China might not back down in the trade battle when it wants to project strength," according to Barron's. "In a note on Monday, Goldman Sachs says the equity market has priced in a likelihood of a U.S.-China deal at just 13%, down from nearly 80% in April (before talks were scuttled in May). Goldman economists don't expect a trade agreement before the November 2020 U.S. presidential election."And thus, the Nasdaq Composite slid by 1.20% today while the S&P 500 lost 1.23%. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gave up 1.49% to start the week. Pre-Earnings JittersEarnings season is mostly in the rear view mirror, but there are some Dow components reporting this week and those names were sinking along with the broader market Monday.For example, Walmart (NYSE:WMT), the largest U.S. retailer, lost 2.07% ahead of its Aug. 15 earning report. Analysts are expecting the company to earn $1.21 per share for its most recently completed fiscal quarter, down from $1.29 a share a year earlier.In theory, Walmart should be a valid shelter from the storm play because it's classified as a consumer staples stock, a highly defensive sector. However, the stock is lower by 7% this month because retailers, no matter how large, have significant tariff exposure and they will be forced to pass those higher costs onto shoppers.Shares of Cisco Systems (NASDAQ:CSCO) lost 1.86% today, extending the month-to-date slide to over 8%. The networking gear giant reports earnings on Wednesday, Aug. 14 with Wall Street expecting EPS of 75 cents, up from 65 cents a year earlier.Earlier today, J.P. Morgan analyst Samik Chatterjee reiterated an "overweight" rating and $62 price target on Cisco. The analyst "says Cisco's 'accelerating top-line momentum'--driven by product cycles in campus switching and security--as well as a coming product tailwind in Wi-Fi equipment, 'will allow the firm to offset macro headwinds,'" reports Barron's. Pfizer Failure Hurts DowShares of Pfizer (NYSE:PFE), the largest U.S. pharmaceuticals stock, slid 2.64%, ranking as the fourth worst-performing member of the Dow today. Pfizer is down more than 15% month-to-date, belying its normally defensive reputation. There are reasons for long-term investors to like Pfizer stock. Actually, lots of reasons. The yield of almost 4% is hard to ignore in this environment, but Pfizer's chart is a mess, indicating better pricing could be available soon. Bottom Line on Dow Jones TodayThe following factoids are brief, but are revealing about the current state of affairs for equities. It is only slight hyperbole to say everyone is piling into gold and gold ETFs and it is no exaggeration to say major banks are raising price targets on bullion.And while stocks with the low volatility designation (real estate, utilities, etc.) are looking expensive, data suggest investors don't care. Over the past 90 days, the Invesco S&P 500 Low Volatility ETF (NYSEARCA:SPLV) has taken in $1.02 billion in new assets, nearly quadruple the amount of the issuer's second-best ETF over that same period.Todd Shriber does not own any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Large-Cap Stocks to Sell Right Now * 7 Stocks Under $7 to Invest in Now * 7 Marijuana Stocks With Critical Levels to Watch The post Dow Jones Today: Doth Thou Protest appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Low beta ETFs could be worthwhile for low risk-tolerant investors looking to safeguard their portfolio in the current market environment and seeking outperformance.
Low volatility ETFs are beating the market in 2019, as investors worried about turbulence ahead are buying them aggressively.
Over the years, low volatility exchange-traded funds (ETFs) have proven popular with investors, and these products have been important drivers of the smart beta phenomenon. Actually, data suggest that ETFs such as the iShares Edge MSCI Min Vol USA ETF (USMV) and the PowerShares S&P 500 Low Volatility Porftolio (SPLV), the two largest U.S.-focused low volatility ETFs, have been plagued by outflows over the past year.
Investors often turn to low volatility exchange traded funds, such as the Invesco S&P 500 Low Volatility Portfolio (NYSEArca: SPLV), when broad market volatility spikes, pressuring higher beta, growth ...
As investors look for ways to better manage risk and diversify their investment portfolios, more are considering smart beta or factor-based exchange traded funds.
In any market environment, knowing exactly which exchange-traded funds (ETFs) to purchase is not an easy task. Today, knowing the right ETFs to buy has been made even more difficult by the recent uptick in equity market volatility caused various U.S. trade controversies.But while it is more difficult, there are still plenty of credible options to consider. Plus, it is also becoming easier to identify the funds most vulnerable to the trade wars, presenting investors with a sort of addition by subtraction scenario.In the current market climate, investors should continue emphasizing portfolio balance while looking for ETFs to buy that increase their portfolio's diversity, bolster income streams, reduce volatility and, for more tactical investors, take advantage of some recent price retrenchment.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 7 Stocks to Buy As They Hit 52-Week Lows With those factors in mind, here are some of the ETFs to buy over the rest of 2019. ETFs to Buy: SPDR Portfolio Short Term Corporate Bond ETF (SPSB)Expense Ratio: 0.07% per year, or $7 on a $10,000 investment.The SPDR Portfolio Short Term Corporate Bond ETF (NYSEARCA:SPSB) is a cost-effective avenue for investors looking to reduce risk while bolstering their income profiles. SPSB, which holds nearly 1,200 corporate bonds, has a yield of 3.23%, which is better than what investors get with the S&P 500 or 10-year Treasuries.With the business cycle in its latter stages and the yield curve showing signs of flattening, shorter-duration strategies with enhanced income traits could prove to be solid bets for bond investors. SPSB has an option-adjusted duration of just 1.81 years."With a constrained long end and low probability for Fed actions to move the short end, the curve will likely stay flat, residing within the 10-20 basis point range it has traveled in since the Fed went on hold and started preaching patience," said State Street in a recent note. "In fact, since January, the rolling 50-day moving average 10- to 2-year yield spread has held steady at either 16 or 17 basis points."Over 84% of SPSB's holdings are rated A or Baa. Invesco S&P 500 Low Volatility ETF (SPLV)Source: Shutterstock Expense Ratio: 0.25%With investors becoming increasingly skittish about riskier assets due to the aforementioned trade flaps, the Invesco S&P 500 Low Volatility ETF (NYSEARCA:SPLV) makes for a predictable inclusion on this list. Predictable but still potent, because this ETF to buy has recently been making a series of all-time highs.That means SPLV is accomplishing one of the primary objectives of low volatility strategies: to perform less poorly when broader markets swoon. Indeed, this ETF to buy is living up to the hype. Over the past month, SPLV is up 4.7% while the S&P 500 is up 1.6% over the same period.SPLV is sector agnostic, meaning the 100 least-volatile stocks over the past year are the fund's components, regardless of sector residence. That said, some sectors frequently top the least-volatile list, including utilities and real estate. * 7 S&P 500 Dividend Stocks to Buy at Least Yielding 3% Those two groups combine for nearly 46% of SPLV's weight. That is a positive when those sectors are soaring and that they are. On June 6, 13 real estate and utilities ETFs hit record highs. ProShares S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats ETF (NOBL)Expense Ratio: 0.35%The ProShares S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats ETF (CBOE:NOBL) features a basket of domestic stocks that have boosted their dividends for at least 25 consecutive years and it is that type of quality trait that makes NOBL an ETF to buy and one that holds up better than traditional equity funds. That much was confirmed in May when this ProShares fund was about 100 basis points less bad than the S&P 500, confirming NOBL's status as a safe ETF to buy, relatively speaking.Due to its emphasis on dividend growth over yield, NOBL is not heavily allocated to the real estate and utilities sectors. Those groups combine for just 3.5% of the fund's weight, meaning NOBL can be paired with the aforementioned SPLV in investors' portfolios. Importantly, NOBL's strategy can be a winner over longer holding periods, too."The S&P 500 aristocrats have a five-year annual return of about 9.9%, compared with 9.8% for the S&P 500. The same performance advantage has held true for consistent mid- and small-cap growers as well," according to Barron's.Investors have added nearly $575 million to NOBL this year. This ETF to buy has a dividend yield of 2.5%, implying ample room for dividend growth going forward. Invesco S&P SmallCap Information Technology ETF (PSCT)Source: Shutterstock Expense Ratio: 0.29%The Invesco S&P SmallCap Information Technology ETF (NASDAQ:PSCT) is a tactical idea for the rest of this year. In less volatile market environments, the combination of small-cap stocks and the technology sector has made PSCT one of the best ETFs to buy. That is not the case at the moment, but investors considering PSCT as an ETF to buy will get better pricing today than they would have at the start of May.After faltering last month, PSCT is about 12% below its 52-week. That puts the fund in correction territory, not a bear market. But PSCT appears to be supported around $75, giving investors a good price point for where to set stop-loss orders. * 10 Stocks to Buy That Could Be Takeover Targets PSCT's 87 holdings are engaged in computer hardware and software, internet, electronics and semiconductors and communication technologies, putting the fund front-and-center when it comes to trade war talk. Bottom line: the best thing that could happen for PSCT over the near-term would be the U.S. and China making nice on trade. IQ SP High Yield Low Volatility Bond ETF (HYLV)Source: Shutterstock Expense Ratio: 0.4%The IQ SP High Yield Low Volatility Bond ETF (NYSEARCA:HYLV) is an ETF to buy for investors looking for the yield benefits of junk bonds with a reduced volatility profile. HYLV follows the S&P U.S. High Yield Low Volatility Corporate Bond Index.That benchmark "is designed to measure the performance of U.S. high yield corporate bonds with potentially low volatility. The index is comprised of bonds from the S&P U.S. High Yield Corporate Bond Index and is a modified market value weighted index with a 3% cap on any single issuer," according to S&P Dow Jones.While default rates remain benign, a sudden erosion in economic data would likely sting the high-yield bond market, bringing increased volatility. HYLV can help investors mitigate that turbulence without sacrificing yield, as highlighted by the fund's 30-day SEC yield of 4.35%.HYLV keeps volatility to a minimum by eschewing highly speculative CCC-rated debt. Over 85% of the fund's holdings carry one of the three "BB" ratings.As of this writing, Todd Shriber did not own any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 4 Top American Penny Pot Stocks (Buy Before June 21) * 7 Stocks to Buy As They Hit 52-Week Lows * 4 Antitrust Tech Stocks to Keep an Eye On * 5 Gold and Silver Stocks Touching Intraday Highs Compare Brokers The post 5 ETFs to Buy for the Rest of 2019 appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Low volatility ETFs have the potential to outpace the broader market in bearish conditions or in an uncertain environment providing significant protection to the portfolio.
An ETF expert explains how investors can hedge against market swings, by focusing on ETFs that specifically target lower volatility stocks.
Though markets rallied probably on the undervalued status and a still-steady US economy, rising recessionary fears and full-scale trade war risks should brighten the appeal of safer ETFs.
Low-beta products could be worthwhile for low risk-tolerant investors looking to safeguard their portfolio in the current market environment and seeking outperformance.
Investors have been looking into low-volatility exchange traded funds that limit downside risk and still maintain some upside potential as headwinds increase toward the end of the business cycle, but the ...
Momentum and low volatility have been remarkably effective investment strategies, despite their simplistic focus on past performance. Momentum is built to deliver market-beating returns, while low volatility reduces risk. Low volatility tends to work the best during market downturns and in risk-off environments.
As the U.S. stock market sold off in the fourth quarter of 2018, lower volatility smart-beta ETFs gathered approximately $7 billion of net inflows, providing investors with a more defensive approach of staying invested in equities, notes CFRA Research analyst Todd Rosenbluth in The Outlook.
Global growth worries, declining corporate profits in the United States and lingering U.S.-China trade tensions have given a life to low-volatility ETFs this year.