280.79 +0.32 (0.11%)
After hours: 7:38PM EDT
|Bid||280.78 x 800|
|Ask||280.83 x 1800|
|Day's Range||278.41 - 280.91|
|52 Week Range||241.83 - 286.63|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||N/A|
|Expense Ratio (net)||0.09%|
While a strong U.S. dollar weighs on corporate earnings for large multinational companies with big overseas footprints, small-cap stocks and related ETFs may continue to outperform with the U.S. economy continuing to chug along. The iShares Russell 2000 ETF (IWM) , which follows the benchmark Russell 2000 index of small-cap stocks, increased 10.0% year-to-date while the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY), which tracks the widely observed S&P 500, rose 5.6%. The outperformance in small-caps may continue as a stronger U.S. dollar weighs on larger companies that have overseas businesses.
Many regard the 21st century as the “Century of Asia.” As America has seen a relative decline, nations — such as China and India — growing their middle classes have placed Asia in a more influential position. Many companies within these countries have also contributed this rise. Although some trade in the U.S. as ADRs, most of these companies trade on the over-the-counter markets, if they trade at all. Fortunately, the ones not trading directly in the U.S. can be found in Asian ETFs.
The outlook for crude-oil prices has been clouded by a bevy of concerns on both the supply and the demand sides. All that news has weighed on oil prices, pushing the global benchmark Brent crude down to near $72 per barrel, the lowest point since early April. Goldman Sachs' analyst Damien Courvalin wrote in a report published Monday: "Ultimately, global inventories are low, oil demand remains robust and we still expect a deficit once U.S. secondary sanctions are reintroduced.
The S&P 500 Index rose ~0.11% to 2,801.31 on July 13—the highest closing since February 1. The expectation of strong second-quarter earnings results has been driving the S&P 500. However, the escalating trade war between the US and China has limited the upside for the S&P 500. Six out of the 11 key sectors in the S&P 500 advanced on July 13.
The biggest ETFs have been getting all the attention over the years as investors grouped into these traditional market capitalization-weighted plays, but the ones tracking an equal-weight indexing methodology have been quietly outperforming all along. The biggest and most popular ETFs on the market largely include those that track traditional market capitalization-weighting methodologies, or they weight component stocks based on the companies' market capitalization, so bigger companies have a greater say in the direction of the overall ETF's performance. In contrast, an equal-weighted indexing, like its naming suggests, would equally distribute the weight among all company holdings within the index, regardless of the market cap of each company.
The summer of 2018 should've been the most bullish period for crude in several years, but both Brent and West Texas Intermediate have taken a beating on mounting concerns about what could disrupt equilibrium. Energy stocks have also taken a hit with the Energy Select Sector SPDR (XLE) notching a 1.2% decline. The negative implications for crude prices are hard to ignore.
Cleveland-Cliffs’ (CLF) new management has always been keen on exiting the volatile seaborne iron ore business as soon as possible, and an announcement finally came on April 6 that it expected to close its Australian operations by June 30. The increasing discounts for its lower-content ore and the quality of its remaining iron ore reserves were the main factors driving this decision. On June 12, CLF announced that it had agreed to sell the business to Australian mining services company Mineral Resources for an undisclosed amount.
While slightly lowering their price targets for Applied Materials Inc. ( AMAT) and Lam Research Corp. ( LRCX), Morgan Stanley analysts Joseph Moore and Craig Hettenbach are still overweight on the two chip-equipment makers and see at least 25% for both. Whether this is due to technical manufacturing issues or just Samsung looking to manage its supply in order to maintain higher prices, the result is the same—lower spending on WFE.