NEW YORK (ETF Digest) -- It seems investors were biding their time Thursday ahead of a long holiday weekend and the unique Friday holiday release of the April Employment Report with markets closed. It would seem most investors don't wish to expose themselves to potential market fluctuations when markets are closed.

Thursday's Jobless Claims report continued the consistent trend of revising previous claims higher allowing for a headline "beat". The data showed 357K claims vs 363K higher previously (adjusted higher from 359K). This led to headlines like: "Jobless Claims Lower" and so forth.

Consumer Discretionary (XLY) shares were much in focus as heavyweight McDonalds (MCD) led the sector higher overall. Financials (XLF), Materials (XLB) and Homebuilders (ITB) led the way lower.

Bond prices were higher (IEF & TLT) as was the dollar (UUP) while high yield or junk (HYG) bond prices were weaker. Gold (GLD), silver (SLV) and commodity (DBC) prices overall were somewhat higher along with crude oil (USO).

Volume was understandably weak ahead of the holiday and the employment report. Breadth per the WSJ was mostly negative.

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SPY - The SPDR® S&P 500® ETF is a fund that, before expenses, generally corresponds to the price and yield performance of the S&P 500 Index. Our approach is designed to provide portfolios with low portfolio turnover, accurate tracking, and lower costs.

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IWM - The

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Russell 2000 Index Fund seeks investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield performance, before fees and expenses, of the small capitalization sector of the U.S. equity market as represented by the Russell 2000 Index. The index represents the approximately 2,000 smallest companies in the Russell 3000 Index.

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IGV - The

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S&P North American Technology-Software Index Fund seeks investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield performance, before fees and expenses, of U.S.-traded software-related stocks as represented by the S&P North American Technology-Software Index¿.

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SOXX - The iShares PHLX SOX Semiconductor Sector Index Fund seeks investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield performance, before fees and expenses, of U.S.-listed semiconductor stocks as represented by the PHLX Semiconductor Sector Index ("the Index").

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XLK - The Technology Select Sector SPDR® Fund, before expenses, seeks to closely match the returns and characteristics of the Technology Select Sector Index (ticker: IXT). Our approach is designed to provide portfolios with low portfolio turnover, accurate tracking, and lower costs.

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XLB - The Materials Select Sector SPDR® Fund, before expenses, seeks to closely match the returns and characteristics of the Materials Select Sector Index. Our approach is designed to provide portfolios with low portfolio turnover, accurate tracking, and lower costs.

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XLI - The Industrial Select Sector SPDR® Fund, before expenses, seeks to closely match the returns and characteristics of the Industrial Select Sector Index. Our approach is designed to provide portfolios with low portfolio turnover, accurate tracking, and lower costs.

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ITB - The iShares Dow Jones U.S. Home Construction Index Fund seeks investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield performance, before fees and expenses, of the Dow Jones U.S. Select Home Construction Index.

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XLP - The Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR® Fund, before expenses, seeks to closely match the returns and characteristics of the Consumer Staples Select Sector Index. Our approach is designed to provide portfolios with low portfolio turnover, accurate tracking, and lower costs.

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XLF - The Financial Select Sector SPDR® Fund, before expenses, seeks to closely match the returns and characteristics of the Financial Select Sector Index. Our approach is designed to provide portfolios with low portfolio turnover, accurate tracking, and lower costs.

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XLY - The Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR® Fund, before expenses, seeks to closely match the returns and characteristics of the Consumer Discretionary Select Sector Index. Our approach is designed to provide portfolios with low portfolio turnover, accurate tracking, and lower costs.

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IEF - The

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Barclays 7-10 Year Treasury Bond Fund seeks to approximate the total rate of return of the intermediate-term sector of the United States Treasury market as defined by the Barclays Capital U.S. 7-10 Year Treasury Bond Index.

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TLT - The

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Barclays 20+ Year Treasury Bond Fund seeks to approximate the total rate of return of the long-term sector of the United States Treasury market as defined by the Barclays Capital U.S. 20+ Year Treasury Bond Index.

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HYG - The

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$ High Yield Corporate Bond Fund seeks investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield performance, before fees and expenses, of the

iBoxx

$ Liquid High Yield Index, a corporate bond market index compiled by the International Index Company Limited.

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UUP - The

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DB US Dollar Bullish Fund (Symbol: UUP) is based on the Deutsche Bank Long US Dollar Index (USDX®) Futures Index¿ (DB Long USD Futures Index). The Index, which is managed by DB Commodity Services LLC, is a rules-based index composed solely of long USDX® futures contracts. The USDX® futures contract is designed to replicate the performance of being long the US Dollar against the following currencies: Euro, Japanese Yen, British Pound, Canadian Dollar, Swedish

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Euro Trust is designed to track the price of the euro net of Trust expenses, which are expected to be paid from interest earned on the deposited

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GLD - The objective of the SPDR® Gold Trust¿ is for the Shares to reflect the performance of the price of gold bullion, less the Trust's expenses.

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SLV - The objective of the

iShares

Silver Trust is for the value of the shares of the

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Silver Trust to reflect, at any given time, the price of silver owned by the

iShares

Silver Trust at that time, less the

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Silver Trust's expenses and liabilities.

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GDX - The Gold Miners ETF seeks to replicate as closely as possible, before fees and expenses, the price and yield performance of the NYSE

Arca

Gold Miners Index. The Index provides exposure to publicly traded companies worldwide involved primarily in the mining for gold, representing a diversified blend of small-, mid- and large- capitalization stocks. As such, the Fund is subject to the risks of investing in this sector.

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JJC - The Dow Jones-UBS Copper

Subindex

Total

ReturnService

Mark is a sub-index of the Dow Jones-UBS Commodity Index Total

ReturnService

Mark and reflects the returns that are potentially available through an unleveraged investment in the futures contracts on physical commodities comprising the index plus the rate of interest that could be earned on cash collateral invested in specified Treasury Bills.

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DBC - The PowerShares DB Commodity Index Tracking Fund (Fund) is based on the Deutsche Bank Liquid Commodity Index -- Optimum Yield Diversified Excess Return¿ (Index) and managed by DB Commodity Services LLC. The Index is a rules-based index composed of futures contracts on 14 of the most heavily-traded and important physical commodities in the world. You cannot invest directly in an index. Ordinary brokerage commissions apply.

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USO - The United States Oil Fund, LP ("USO") is a domestic exchange traded security designed to track the movements of light, sweet crude oil ("West Texas Intermediate").

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UGA - The United States Gasoline Fund LP (UGA) is an exchange traded security that is designed to track in percentage terms the movements of gasoline prices.

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XLE - The Energy Select Sector SPDR® Fund, before expenses, seeks to closely match the returns and characteristics of the Energy Select Sector Index. Our approach is designed to provide portfolios with low portfolio turnover, accurate tracking, and lower costs.

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DBA - The

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DB Agriculture Fund is based on the Deutsche Bank Liquid Commodity Index Diversified Agriculture Excess Return¿ and managed by DB Commodity Services LLC. The Index is a rules-based index composed of futures contracts on some of the most liquid and widely traded agricultural commodities. The Index is intended to reflect the performance of the agricultural sector. You cannot invest directly in the Index. Ordinary brokerage commissions apply.

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EFA - The

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MSCI EAFE Index Fund seeks to provide investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield performance, before fees and expenses, of publicly traded securities in the European, Australasian and Far Eastern markets, as measured by the MSCI EAFE Index.

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EEM - The

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MSCI Emerging Markets Index Fund seeks to provide investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield performance, before fees and expenses, of publicly traded securities in emerging markets, as represented by the MSCI Emerging Markets Index.

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IEV - The iShares S&P Europe 350 Index Fund seeks investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield performance, before fees and expenses, of 350 stocks providing geographic and economic diversity over 10 market sectors, as represented by the Standard & Poor's Europe 350 Index.

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EWP - The iShares MSCI Spain Index Fund seeks to provide investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield performance, before fees and expenses, of publicly traded securities in the Spanish market, as measured by the MSCI Spain Index.

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EWZ - The

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MSCI Brazil Index Fund seeks to provide investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield performance, before fees and expenses, of publicly traded securities in the Brazilian market, as measured by the MSCI Brazil Index.

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RSX - The Russia ETF seeks to replicate as closely as possible, before fees and expenses, the price and yield performance of the

DAXglobal

® Russia+ Index. The Index provides exposure to publicly traded companies that are domiciled in Russia, and traded in Russia and/or on leading global exchanges. As such, the Fund is subject to the risks of investing in this country.

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RSX - The Russia ETF seeks to replicate as closely as possible, before fees and expenses, the price and yield performance of the

DAXglobal

® Russia+ Index. The Index provides exposure to publicly traded companies that are domiciled in Russia, and traded in Russia and/or on leading global exchanges. As such, the Fund is subject to the risks of investing in this country.

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FXI - The

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FTSE China 25 Index Fund seeks investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield performance, before fees and expenses, of the FTSE China 25 Index.

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The

NYMO

is a market breadth indicator that is based on the difference between the number of advancing and declining issues on the NYSE. When readings are +60/-60 markets are extended short-term.

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The

McClellan Summation Index

is a long-term version of the McClellan Oscillator. It is a market breadth indicator, and interpretation is similar to that of the McClellan Oscillator, except that it is more suited to major trends. I believe readings of +1000/-1000 reveal markets as much extended.

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The

VIX

is a widely used measure of market risk and is often referred to as the "investor fear gauge". Our own interpretation is highlighted in the chart above. The VIX measures the level of put option activity over a 30-day period. Greater buying of put options (protection) causes the index to rise.

Continue to Concluding Remarks

It's odd to see the government release the employment report on a Friday holiday. I don't recall this before but maybe my memory is failing me.

The report as with many others over the past two years will be closely watched. As I write this, smaller but perhaps more effective (and, easily less fee conflicted), credit rating agency Egan-Jones downgrades the U.S. to AA from AA+ with a AA- outlook. Does anyone care? Probably not since they cared little when it was done by S&P.

If, after all the liquidity ($1.3 trillion) injections from the ECB to member countries, the eurozone implodes once again the U.S. markets will head south with them.

Let's see what happens.

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