Mid-Day ETF Update: ETFs Mixed, Stocks Edge Lower On Poor U.S. Manufacturing Data, Slow Pace of Fiscal Talks


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Active broad-market exchange-traded funds at mid-day:

SPDR S&P 500 ( SPY ): -0.1%

Financial Select Sector SPDR ( XLF ): last early gains, now flat

iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Index ( EEM ): +0.24%

PowerShares QQQ Trust, Series 1 ( QQQ ): +0.12%

iShares Russell 2000 Index ( IWM ): -0.21%

Broad Market Indicators

Broad-market exchange-traded funds, including SPY, IWM, IVV and others, are mixed. Actively traded PowerShares QQQ ( QQQ ) is up 0.12%.

U.S. stocks have slipped lower following a report that the ISM Manufacturing Index fell to 49.5% in November, its lowest level since July 2009, with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy still impacting the economies of the northeast. The contraction undercut a more upbeat report on construction spending, which rose 1.4% in October, above expectations. Earlier, upbeat data out of China and Europe lifted stocks, provided some respite from concerns over the ongoing but slowed pace fiscal negotiations.

Winners and Losers

Financial -

Select Financial Sector SPDRs ( XLF ) has lost earlier gains and is now flat to slightly higher. Direxion Daily Financial Bull 3X shares (FAS) was up 0.93%, but is now up 0.15%. But its bearish counterpart, FAZ, is now up 0.06%, having been down 0.64%.

Among financial stocks, Equifax Inc. (EFX) is up more than 4% and reached a new year high after the company announced that its subsidiary, Equifax Information Services LLC, will purchase $1.0 billion of certain credit services business assets and operations of CSC Credit Services Inc., a subsidiary of Computer Sciences Corp. (CSC). Per the agreement, EFX expects to realize tax benefits from a step-up in the tax basis of the acquired assets having an estimated net present value of approximately $200 million over a 15-year amortization period. The deal is expected to close by year-end. CSC shares are up 3.4% and also touched a new year high of $40.34.

Technology -

Tech ETFs are losing ground: Technology Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLK), now up just 0.1%; iShares Dow Jones US Technology ETF (IYW), now up just 0.2%; iShares S&P North American Technology ETF (IGM), has turned negative; and iShares S&P North American Technology-Software Index (IGV), now down 0.7%.

Semiconductor ETFs, SPDR S&P Semiconductor (XSD), has turned slightly negative; and Semiconductor Sector Index Fund (SOXX) has lost earlier gains and it is now down 0.16%.

SPDR S&P International Technology Sector ETF (IPK) is up 1%.

In sector news, Sequans Communications S.A. (SQNS) ADRs are up more than 30%, but off the day's high of $2.17, after the company announced that its chips are powering a significant portion of the LTE devices to be used in the next phase of China Mobile's (CHL) large-scale trial of TD-LTE technology in China. CHL shares are down 1.8%.

Energy -

Dow Jones U.S. Energy Fund (IYE) is down 0.4%; Energy Select Sector SPDR (XLE) is down 0.38%.

In sector news, Longwei Petroleum Investment (LPH) is now up 12.5% and touched fresh new year high of $2.79, after announcing that about 10.65 million warrants outstanding associated with its Oct. 29, 2009 financing have expired.

Commodities -

Crude was up 0.34%; likewise, natural gas was up 1.68%. United States Oil Fund (USO) is up 0.25%. United States Natural Gas Fund (UNG) is up 0.5%.

Gold was up 0.25%; silver was up 1.52%. Among rare metal funds, SPDR Gold Trust (GLD) is up 0.25%; iShares Silver Trust (SLV) is up 0.8%.

Healthcare -

Healthcare ETFs are lower: Health Care SPDR (XLV), down 0.1%; Vanguard Health Care ETF (VHT), down 0.2%; and iShares Dow Jones US Healthcare (IYH), down 0.2%. Biotech ETF iShares NASDAQ Biotechnology Index (IBB) is down 0.2%.

In corporate news, Sabra Health Care REIT Inc. (SBRA) is up 0.9% and nearer the stock's 52-week high after announcing the acquisition of a portfolio of three skilled nursing facilities and one assisted living facility in Texas, as well as a skilled nursing facility in Minnesota. The transactions were funded with available cash and proceeds from the company's secured revolving credit facility.

Power Play -

Consumer -

Consumer ETFs are mixed: Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR (XLP), down 0.1%; iShares Dow Jones US Consumer Goods (IYK), down 0.16% after earlier touching a new year high of $76.71; and Vanguard Consumer Staples ETF (VDC), has turned slightly negative.

Retail ETFs have turned lower: SPDR S&P Retail (XRT), down 0.33%; PowerShares Dynamic Retail (PMR), down 0.3% from near year highs; and Market Vectors Retail ETF (RTH), down 0.18% having earlier hit a new year high of $45.59.

In sector news, Ford (F) shares are up 0.5% following the company's report that November U.S. sales were up 6.5% to 177,673 vehicles, driven higher primarily by an increase in small car sales. F's November small car sales posted their best monthly performance since 2000.

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This article appears in: Investing , Commodities
Referenced Symbols: EEM , IWM , QQQ , SPY , XLF

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