Stock ETFs Broadly Lower As Fresh Rate-Hike Fears Rear Up

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Major stock market index ETFs broke lower Friday amid renewed concerns that the Fed will raise interests rates soon.

SPDR S&P 500 ( SPY ) plunged 1.4%, slicing under its 50-day moving average for the first time since late June.

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All stock market sectors were lower near midday, with SPDR Gold Trust ( GLD ) and Financial Services Select Sector SPDR ( XLFS ) down the least by 0.3% and 0.4%, respectively. Real Estate Select Sector SPDR ( XLRE ) was down the most, by 2.8%.

Comments from Boston Fed President Eric Rosengren, traditionally seen as a dovish policymaker, fueled negative sentiment. He didn't really say anything earth-shattering, other than to say he backs gradual interest-rate hikes. The Fed has three meetings left this year: Sept. 20-21, Nov. 1-2 and Dec. 13-14. Futures traders think there's a 30% chance the Fed will hike at the September meeting, but the chances rise to around 60% in December.

XLFS holdings Bank of America ( BAC ), Citigrou p (C) and US Bancorp (USB) were up as much as 0.7%. JPMorgan Chas e (JPM) was off 0.5% on an analyst downgrade. Top holding Berkshire Hathaway (BRKB) was down 1.9%. Insurers MetLife (MET) was up 2.0% and American International Group (AIG) was about flat.

Financial Select Sector SPDR (XLF), whose broader holdings include real estate, was down 0.9%.

XLRE holdings seeing declines include top holding Simon Property (SPG), down 3.0%; American Tower (AMT), down 4.2%; and Crown Castle Internationa l (CCI), down 3.3%.

Vanguard REIT ETF (VNQ) and iShares U.S. Real Estate (IYR) were down 3.%

Technology ETFs also took a hit. Technology Select Sector SPDR (XLK), Vanguard Information Technology (VGT), First Trust Down Jones Internet (FDN) and iShares U.S. Technology (IYW) were all down as much as 1.5%.

IShares PHLX Semiconductor (SOXX) and VanEck Vectors Semiconductor (SMH) were down 2.8% in their biggest drops in more than three months.

Utility ETFs suffered, with Utilities Select Sector SPDR (XLU) off 2.3%.

Energy also took it on the nose as Energy Select Sector SPDR (XLE) dropped 2.1%.

United States Oil (USO), a commodity ETF that tracks the price of West Texas intermediate crude, fell 2.6%, ending its four-day rally but holding above its 50-day moving average.

GLD tracks the price of gold bullion and is testing support at its 50-day line. It's 2% off its 52-week high. Gold tends to fall when interest rates rise and the dollar strengthens. Higher rates tend to raise the opportunity cost of holding gold, a nonyielding safe-haven asset, while boosting the dollar in which it is priced.

VanEck Vectors Gold Miners (GDX) tumbled 3.5% to 26.91. That took a big chunk out of its rally from about 25, which started on Sept. 1, and ends its first stab at retaking its 50-day line.

PowerShares DB U.S.$ Bullish (UUP) gapped up 0.5%. It remains under both its 200-day and 50-day moving averages. Top holding Newmont Mining (NEM) was down 2.9%. Other big decliners were Newcrest Mining (NCM), down 3.2%; Agnico Eagle Mines (AEM), down 3.7%; and Kinross Gold (K), down 4.7%.

IPath S&P 500 VIX Short Term Futures ETN (VXX) leapt 8.4%. The ETN's price movements reflect the implied volatility of the S&P 500.

12 Bellwether ETFs

Here's how major exchange traded funds across major asset classes performed today, with IBD Relative Price Strength Ratings.

The RS Rating is a measure of a stock's price performance over the last 12 months, compared with all stocks and ETFs, on a scale of 1 to a best-possible 99.

Following daily ETF market action can be key to successful investing:

SPDR S&P 500 ( SPY ), -1.2%, RS 53

PowerShares QQQ (QQQ), -1.3%, RS 57

SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average (DIA), -1.1%, RS 49

IShares Core S&P Mid-Cap (IJH), -1.7%, RS 61

IShares Russell 2000 (IWM), -1.7%, RS 63

IShares MSCI EAFE (EFA), -1.3%, RS 35

Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets (VWO), -2.2%, RS 73

SPDR Gold Shares ( GLD ), -0.3%, RS 69

United States Oil (USO), -2.1%, RS 16

IShares Core U.S. Aggregate Bond (AGG), -0.4%, RS 35

PowerShares DB U.S.$ Bullish (UUP), +0.4%, RS 25

IPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures (VXX), +7.3%, RS 1


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