ETF Focus: Research Notes For The Week Ahead

Note: Much of the research below was originally posted in my ETF Focus blog. It includes a lot of quick hits and thoughts as they're happening throughout the week.

Will Equities Rebound This Week?

It was a REALLY bad week for equities. The major indices (SPY) (DIA) (QQQ) (MDY) (SLY) dropped roughly 6%, with the mid-caps and small-caps faring slightly better. Tariffs and a potential trade war with China are the main culprits as Wall Street reacted in much the same way it did when Trump first announced the steel and aluminum tariffs.

^DJI data by YCharts


Every sector posted losses on the week with tech (XLK) and financials (XLF) doing the worst. Long-suffering energy sector (XLE) investors got a bit of a reprieve this week, thanks to rising oil prices. WTI crude is back above $65 and could be headed towards $70 as summer travel and oil demand can be expected to pick up. Tech was drug down by Facebook (FB) and Google (GOOG). Financials dipped after Wednesday's expected rate hike.

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