NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- ETF investors will be closely watching to see if a rally in the energy sector gains strength following the strong earnings of several major companies last week.
It's the second week of energy earnings and several IEO heavyweight reports, chief among them
. APC is 7% of IEO and CHK is 4%.
Both firms are important. Anadarko was a part owner in the Deepwater Horizon and saw its shares were hammered by the disaster. Chesapeake is a major player in the natural gas industry and often serves as a bellwether for investors.
Last week, the oil majors delivered superb earnings, with
all coming in above estimates, but a ho-hum market kept shares moving sideways.
As investors digest earnings, I expect the sector to see a nice rally. Good reports from the smaller producers this week would add strength to the move.
Claymore/Alphashares China Small Cap
China's economy has passed Japan's to become the second largest in the world, according to the head of China's State Administration of Foreign Exchange.
However, that achievement hasn't led to higher stock prices, which have been moving lower for nearly a year in the case of the Shanghai Composite and six months or more for China ETFs traded in the U.S.
HAO has rallied since the end of May, however, and is less than 10% away from 2010 highs set in April. By comparison,
iShares FTSE/Xinhua China 25
has been moving sideways since June and remains about 12% away from its high set last November.
HAO should take out its highs as markets move higher, but watch FXI. HAO can create a large gap with FXI (and vice versa) if they're moving in the same direction, but it's unlikely that these two will diverge for very long. If FXI turns up this week, it's very good news for HAO.
iShares: Dow Transport
The transportation index did not fall below its February lows in July, while the
Dow Jones Industrials
did make a new low. The non-confirmation by the transports is a good sign, but both it and the
SPDR DJ Industrial Average
have failed to exceed their June highs.
A move higher could come this week, after
came out with positive guidance for the current quarter. FDX was almost single handedly derailing IYT due to company specific issues that weighed on the stock, including healthcare costs for employees. With that out of the way, IYT will have an easier time advancing.
SPDR Gold Trust
Last week saw the largest gold outflows from GLD since July 2009. The outflow comes after a four-week sell off in the yellow metal and appears to be capitulation selling rather than the start of a new wave of selling, but we'll find out whether that's the case this week.
Powershares Dynam Media Portfolio
Time Warner Cable
are some of the holdings that report earnings this week.
This ETF was one of the best performing sector ETFs until the market correction started in May, when consumer oriented stocks were some of the hardest hit. Advertising is volatile, dependent as it is on consumer spending, and investors have anticipated bad results.
Thus far, earnings reports in the industry have shown a bottoming in ad revenue, but not a pickup.
NBC division reported more positive numbers though, and this week there are several television companies reporting. A more positive result could help PBS move higher this week.
-- Written by Don Dion in Williamstown, Mass.
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