NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- The temperature is heating up here in the Berkshires and for many here and across the U.S., this means a time to escape the day to day office life and enjoy some welcomed rest and relaxation.
While many are counting down to the time when they can replace their desk chairs with beach chairs, for others, the introduction of the summer months can present a number of attractive investing opportunities.
Within the ETF universe there are a number of products that may prove exciting to watch over the next few months.
PowerShares Dynamic Leisure & Entertainment Portfolio (PEJ)Investors can profit as friends and family escape the workplace for the fun in the sun. PEJ is a unique, consumer-focused ETF product designed specifically to track the companies responsible for providing individuals with the food, fun, and entertainment that define summer vacation. The fund's top holdings include Starbucks (SBUX), Las Vegas Sands (LVS), Carnival (CCL), and Disney (DIS). Despite its niche focus, PEJ's index is relatively well-diversified. The fund's 10 largest positions account for less than half of its index. iShares Gold Trust (IAU) As we have seen so far this year, it is difficult to predict when and where the next bout of market turmoil will originate. Given this uncertainty, investors will want to make sure that they maintain a level of defense when it comes to navigating the market the next few months. Gold, bonds, and dividend-paying equities will come in handy when it comes to weathering turmoil. Another precious metal ETF to keep an eye on will likely be the iShares Silver Trust (SLV). This shiny, industrious metal has run into headwinds since falling from near record highs. In the near future, it will be interesting to see if volatility persists. iShares MSCI EMU Index Fund (EZU) The first half of 2011 has been inundated with concerning international stories and events including the bloody political turmoil in the Middle East, and the devastating Pacific earthquake. Meanwhile, in Europe, ongoing sovereign debt issues have continued to generate headlines and raise investor ire. As vulnerable nations including Spain, Ireland, and Greece work to battle economic headwinds, this region will likely be one to keep an eye on. Risk tolerant investors looking to track the developments in this corner of the developed world will want to keep EZU on the radar.
Select the service that is right for you!COMPARE ALL SERVICES
Jim Cramer and Stephanie Link actively manage a real portfolio and reveal their money management tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.
- $2.5+ million portfolio
- Large-cap and dividend focus
- Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
- Weekly roundups
Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.
- Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
- Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
- A custom stock screener
- Upgrade/downgrade alerts
Jim Cramer's protege, David Peltier, identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.
- Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
- Alerts when market news affect the portfolio
- Bi-weekly updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
All of Real Money, plus 15 more of Wall Street's sharpest minds delivering actionable trading ideas, a comprehensive look at the market, and fundamental and technical analysis.
- Real Money + Doug Kass + 15 more Wall Street Pros
- Intraday commentary & news
- Ultra-actionable trading ideas
Our options trading pros provide daily market commentary and over 100 monthly option trading ideas and strategies to help you become a well-seasoned trader.
- 100+ monthly options trading ideas
- Actionable options commentary & news
- Real-time trading community
- Options TV