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Etf Preview: Etfs, Futures Lower Ahead Of Existing Homes Sales Data; Investors Await Yellen Testimony -

February 25, 2015

Energy Dow Jones U.S. Energy Fund (IYE) was flat while Energy Select Sector SPDR (XLE) was down 1.3%. Ballard Power Systems (BLDP) was up 15.35% after the provider of clean-energy products said it has signed two new fuel-cell technology contracts, one with Ardica Technologies and one with an unnamed global automotive original equipment manufacturer. Under each contract, Ballard will provide expertise in proton exchange membrane fuel-cell technology to advance customer programs through development stages, the company said. Commodities Crude was down 3.23%.

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GREK ETF in Focus on Bailout Extension - ETF News And Commentary -

Lydon highlighted the Deutsche reference X-Trackers MSCI Europe Hedged Equity ETF ( DBEU ) and the WisdomTree Europe Hedged Equity Fund (NYSEArca: HEDJ) as ways for investors to play the strong dollar while profiting from resurgent European equities. HEDJ and DBEU are two of this years top asset gathering ETFs. DBEU has nearly doubled in size this year while HEDJ is close to becoming the largest U.S.-listed Europe ETF. Watch the video below to see the full interview. To view past video interviews, visit our video section.

Lydon Talks Currency Hedged Europe ETFs on CNBC - Yahoo Finance

Take the oldest bond ETF, BlackRock Inc.s $21.7 billion investment-grade fund: Hutchin Hill Capital, a $3.2 billion manager, bought $431.4 million worth of shares in the last three months of the year. The position, more than 10 percent of Hutchin Hills assets, made the hedge-fund firm the ETFs biggest buyer in the period, according to data compiled by Bloomberg based on regulatory filings. More from Most Chinese Stocks Decline After Holiday; Macau Casinos Plunge State Street Corp.s $4.1 billion short-term junk-bond ETF shows a similar picture, with Pine River Capital Management buying $196.8 million worth of shares. Why are hedge funds putting so much of their assets into ETFs?

Hedge Funds Get Quick Fix in Credit With Hutchin Hill Buying ETF - Yahoo Finance

As per the agreement, the new Greek government is supposed to present a list of budget cuts and economic overhauls by today, for review to the troika of the European Central Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the European Commission (EU), which will then be reviewed by the finance ministers on Tuesday. Greece is then expected to receive its next tranche of 7.2 billion from the 240 billion ($273 billion) bailout package, in case it manages to implement the proposed measures. Moreover, if the deal is clinched, it will allow Greek banks to access short-term funding from the ECB. A few days back, the ECB had announced that it would no longer accept Greek government debt as collateral for regular central bank loans, cutting off access to a key source of funding for Greek banks (read: Greek ETF Faces Volatility on ECB Move ). However, dark clouds will still be hovering around Athens as the current extension is just for four months, and Greece would still have to negotiate a rescue deal for almost 7 billion in bond repayments to the ECB in July and August. Though the four-month extension is less than the six-month extension request by Athens, it nonetheless avoids the market turmoil had the bailout expired at the end of this week.

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