ETF Times: July 19 - 23

Commodities used as the backbone of the manufacturing industry rallied last week amid stronger economic data

Morningstar ETF Analysts 27 July, 2010 | 4:11PM
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New Listings
ETFLab launched two international ETFs on the Xetra exchange. One ETF tracks the MSCI China index, which is composed of 50 of the largest companies listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. The ETF uses physical replication and charges a total expense ratio (TER) of 0.65% annually. The other ETF tracks the MSCI Emerging Markets index, which includes more than 750 companies from 21 different emerging market countries. This ETF is swap-based and also charges a TER of 0.65% annually.

Lyxor has launched 11 ETFs on the Bolsa de Madrid. The new listings include two commodity ETFs track Reuters/Jeffries CRB indices, one broad-based and one which excludes energy-related commodities. The ETFs each charge a TER of 0.35% annually. Lyxor also introduced four sector ETFs, for the telecommunications, oil and gas, utilities and health sectors, as well as two regional real estate ETFs and two broad-based equity ETFs to the Spanish market.

Best and Worst Performers for the week of July 19 - 23
Basic resources equities and commodities swept the list of the top ten best performing ETFs for the week. With recently revealed economic data showing stronger-than-expected growth in many markets, the commodities used as the backbone of the manufacturing industry rallied.

With such strong, broad-based performance this week, it's no surprise to see volatility futures ETFs and ETNs among the worst performers, as these products traditionally have a high inverse correlation to the market as a whole. Despite the best efforts of hedge fund manager Anthony Ward to corner the market, cocoa prices softened last week. Favourable weather conditions in the US Midwest also boosted the prospects for the corn harvest, thereby lowering the price of the commodity after strong returns earlier this summer.

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