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Top media firms including CBS,
Comcast(CMCSA) will report earnings this week, providing investors with insight into the state of the media industry.
Sentiment towards this sector has faced pressure in recent weeks as the
News Corp(NWSA) hacking scandal has dominated headlines and led many to question the company's integrity.
PBS appears well-suited to defend against the possibility of future shakeups at Rupert Murdoch's media empire, however. Although it can be found among the fund's 10 largest holdings, shares of NWSA account for less than 5% of its index.
Like other subsector products, PBS is best suited for aggressive investors. Any exposure to this fund should be kept small and focused.
Market Vectors Solar Energy ETF(KWT)
Major players from the solar energy industry are on tap for earnings this week. Though not the largest ETF designed to target this corner of the alternative energy sector, KWT will likely be the most heavily influenced given the calendar.
MEMC Electronic Materials(WFR), and
GT Solar International(SOLR) are KWT's three largest positions and together represent close to a third of its assets.
The solar energy sector is not for the faint of heart. Since peaking in mid-February, shares of KWT have stuck to a downward path, revisiting lows seen during this time last year. Expect debt issues facing the developed world to influence the sector in the days ahead. As governments work to reign in their looming debts, the subsidies the solar industry relies on will remain threatened.
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short Term Futures ETN(VXX)
The debt-ceiling negotiations in Washington have injected a strong dose of uncertainty into the marketplace. Such a scenario is ideal for the fear-tracking volatility index.
Bloomberg noted late last week that the VIX has ascended to levels last seen in March following the earthquake in Japan.
VIX-backed ETNs have flourished in this shaky environment, and VXX witnessed gains throughout the past week and is once again trading above its 50-day moving average. Looking to the days ahead, it will be interesting to see if the ETN can sustain these levels.