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China Continues to Slide

China Continues to Slide

After a strong run from the March lows, China ETFs have fallen into a 4 week losing streak.

The $10 billion iShares FTSE-Xinhua China 25 Index Fund (FXI) was recently up 89% from early March before hitting the skids at the end of July.  FXI and other China ETFs will likely open lower this week due to an overnight drop in China's benchmark stock index, the Shanghai Composite, which fell 6.7% to 2667.75, its lowest finish since May.

FXI

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Home Sales Surprise

Home Sales Surprise

An unexpected jump in existing home sales caused homebuilder stocks to jump on Friday and lifted hopes for an economic recovery.

Sales of existing homes increased 7.2% in July from June according to the National Association of Realtors.  The jump marks the first time in five years that existing home sales have increased four months in a row.  The monthly sales gain was also the largest on record

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Japan Returns to Growth

Japan Returns to Growth

After four consecutive quarters of declining GDP, Japan's recession is over.

The world's second largest economy reported that Q2 GDP grew an annualized 3.7% on the strength of exports and government stimulus spending.

The largest exchange traded fund focused on Japan is the iShares MSCI Japan Index Fund (EWJ) which tracks an index that effectively captures 85% of the total market capitalization of the Japanese equity market.  Top holdings includ

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Metals in a Steady Climb

Metals in a Steady Climb

Industrial metals have been on a steady climb upwards since the beginning of the year thanks to strong demand from China and brightening prospects for a global economic recovery.

The Powershares DB Base Metal Fund (DBB) is up 49% year to date.  DBB uses futures contracts to track an index of industrial metal prices including copper, zinc and aluminum.

The fund has benefited from a consecutive month run-up in copper prices.

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Dollar Slides to New Lows

Dollar Slides to New Lows

The dollar slid to new lows for the year against most major currencies as investor confidence continues to return.

The DB US Dollar Bearish Fund (UDN) is up 15% from the March lows.  UDN holds futures contracts designed to replicate the performance of being short the US Dollar against foreign currencies including the Euro, Japanese Yen, British Pound, Canadian Dollar, Swedish Krona and Swiss Franc.

The weakness in the dollar has been closel

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