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Top-Performing ETFs for Q1 2014

By  +Follow April 1, 2014 7:33AM
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With the final day of Q1 2014 in the books, a lot of people are taking a long, hard look at their portfolios to gauge how things look three months into the year. We’re still waiting on the final numbers regarding enrollment in health plans via the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and we’ve already looked at which stocks on the S&P 500 fared the best, but, for those passive-management investors out there, here are the five top-performing ETFs to date for 2014.

We’ll stick to ETFs that are made up of stocks (thus not considering those coffee ETFs that have skyrocketed along with coffee prices as Brazil goes through a drought), passively-managed, and that don’t have alternative structures (like being leveraged or inverse).

Guggenheim Solar ETF (TAN)

YTD Gain: 25.67 percent

Well this is bringing on a sense of déjà vu. But the fact of the matter is that solar’s monster year in 2013 has carried over in 2014 in a big way, even as its fellow 2013 top-performers in biotech have started to falter. Solar stocks remain a fixation for many investors, and the tremendous promise contained in green energy has overcome a few stumbles in the last two weeks to take the top spot for the first quarter.

Market Vectors Indonesia Small-Cap ETF (IDXJ)

YTD Gain: 25.55 percent

It’s hard to imagine a phrase that more-quickly conjures up images of wild volatility than “emerging market small-cap stocks.” And that perception of volatility isn’t far off, as a big start to 2014 is following a 2013 that was up and down.

Global X Gold Explorers ETF (GLDX)

YTD Gain: 24.36 percent

Tracking the Solactive Global Gold Explorers Index, the ETF is made up of global gold mining companies. Gold went on a run to start the year after bouncing off a support level at $1,200 an ounce at the end of 2013, climbing over 14.5 percent from the start of the year to a peak on March 14. Gold prices have retreated some from that point, falling off about $100 an ounce, and GLDX followed them down after peaking on March 17. Still, the nearly 25 percent gain was good enough to put it among the top-performers year-to-date.

Market Vectors Egypt Index ETF (EGPT)

YTD Gain: 24.09 percent

This might raise some eyebrows, but it’s really part of a lengthy trend that can be traced back to mid-2013. Egypt stocks have been on the rise for some time now. However, that may be coming to an end. Russell Indexes announced plans in early March to change Egypt to frontier status as of June 27, something that could seriously hinder investment in the struggling nation.

Pure Gold Miners ETF (GGGG)

YTD Gain: 19.35 percent

The action on gold prices this year proved a rising tide that raised all ships, making for a big year for gold-mining stocks in the early going.

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W /nadeem husain
22 Nov 14 20:06:25
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Seeking Alpha - All
22 Nov 14 19:44:15
Solar ETFs Extend Losses On Dull Outlook http://t.co/peVLGebttc $TAN $KWT
Otto Max Investments
22 Nov 14 13:10:21
@JBigbend $TAN is ready to go Monday am. $USO might have a buyable dip to $29. Their daily charts indicate their runs have just started.
Mundo ERNC Chile
22 Nov 14 13:09:35
RT @newworldsolar2: Trading ETFs [like $TAN] for alternative energy stocks? Here's a must see video from trader of $TSLA trade fame > http:…
New World Solar
22 Nov 14 12:09:55
Trading ETFs [like $TAN] for alternative energy stocks? Here's a must see video from trader of $TSLA trade fame > http://t.co/41LwO29OwK
Otto Max Investments
22 Nov 14 11:49:24
$TAN update: new price range & $40 is next. Names I'm in: $CSIQ, $GPRE. http://t.co/azuzAlodK1
TalkMarkets
22 Nov 14 10:33:45
Oil Market Conditions And Opportunities $XLE $XOM $CVX $OXY $MUR $XOP $OIH $FRAK $ENY $KOL $NLR $FAN $TAN http://t.co/LU3wS23sRb
RichardGamingo
22 Nov 14 08:16:38
Apple Patents that Require GT Advanced Technology? Rumor mill floating. I'll re-update when sourced. $SUNE $CNSUN $ENPH $JASO $TAN #iphone
W /nadeem husain
22 Nov 14 06:10:51
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TalkMarkets Recap
22 Nov 14 04:33:42
Oil Market Conditions And Opportunities $XLE $XOM $CVX $OXY $MUR $XOP $OIH $FRAK $ENY $KOL $NLR $FAN $TAN http://t.co/4DiPYbvuGm
W /nadeem husain
21 Nov 14 22:56:52
Follow @amir_jan_z $kady na kady$ $tan sadi yad$ $ayo gi$
TalkMarkets
21 Nov 14 21:39:05
Oil Market Conditions And Opportunities $XLE $XOM $CVX $OXY $MUR $XOP $OIH $FRAK $ENY $KOL $NLR $FAN $TAN http://t.co/b4b5zySizo
Scott Smith
21 Nov 14 14:03:02
$JASO and other solar stocks $JKS $TAN $TSL $SUNE (Initially posted on Nov. 18th) Nice continuation showing good relative strength (RSI)
Woll Street
21 Nov 14 13:00:14
Solars may shine a bit given $TSL $JKS action next week.. $TAN
Shaun
21 Nov 14 09:40:44
@lalaruza74 yeah still long player. $TAN $URA $AMZN $AMBA
Lach 14
21 Nov 14 08:44:26
$SPY Hot Sectors: $SLX +4%, $UYM +3.4%, $TAN +3%, $EEM +2.4%, $KOL +2%, $DIG +2%, $GDX +1.7%. Commod's, Em Mkt, Energy and Gold ignite.
The Key[s]
21 Nov 14 07:38:47
Listen to Hunter X Hunter [Prod.By Kid Ocean] by $tan-Li #np on #SoundCloud https://t.co/2a7z0971OK
 Pallavi Bijapur
21 Nov 14 07:37:12
@DavisCup @stanwawrinka Guess who's the MAN!?? $tan!!😆🙌🎾😛#SupportTheSwiss
Bhavin Shah
21 Nov 14 07:36:31
@fitzstockcharts solars setting up . $TAN just above its 50 SMA..many bigger solars acting good lately $SCTY $FSLR $SPWR $SUNE
Jean Fonteneau
21 Nov 14 06:56:48
Energy trade has been frustrating last 2 weeks but patience rewarded today big payday for the oil basket & for solar basket $XLE $USO $TAN
Emily Brackett
21 Nov 14 06:44:03
@StanSmith_10 😊 thank you $tan. Lol miss you and hope you're doing well!
Bera
21 Nov 14 06:42:33
cmon $tan...fight #Wawrinka
Shaun
21 Nov 14 06:17:39
I remain long with size $QQQ $SPY $AMBA $AMZN $TAN etc same names from last few weeks. Took all profits on oil shorts yesterday lowered $TLT
The Key[s]
20 Nov 14 23:51:28
Listen to Hunter X Hunter [Prod.By Kid Ocean] by $tan-Li #np on #SoundCloud https://t.co/2a7z0971OK
Kyle Dudine
20 Nov 14 19:30:37
@jord_cimilluca looks like u and @daniellademarc0 Are gonna have to fight for magic man $tan #throwthehands #squadup
Ben Silverberg
20 Nov 14 19:23:36
Leading market sectors higher Thursday included: $GLD $GDX $GDXJ $XME $SLV $SIL $IWM $SMH $XLE $USO $UNG $ITB $XRT $TLT $RSX $TAN
Francisco J. Pozo
20 Nov 14 16:32:06
$TAN chart https://t.co/oxM3GFDOzK via http://t.co/Rz3S7HPNEO
Kyle
20 Nov 14 15:18:06
We should all go long $TSLA & $TAN. NASA | A Year in the Life of Earth's CO2: http://t.co/PN0RkrcmUP via @YouTube
BFCJ
20 Nov 14 12:20:45
RT @IronmanLevel5: TOP TRENDING $BBRY $MINE $TGT $VIPS $SUNE $VA $MNK $SPLS $LOW $JDST $DPLO $LITB $SJM $JACK $TAN $UGAZ $TRP $TSLA http:/…
Livnat Durham
20 Nov 14 10:33:57
RT @paulwoll: $TAN using solar power to light your cigarettes. http://t.co/eiHYL3tb87
#FreeLilBroski
20 Nov 14 08:19:28
Have you heard ‘Too Much Remix (Ft. Savage Zyy & $tan Mvrz)’ by GASGANG #FREEJOSIE on #SoundCloud? https://t.co/UcH2seFc1e ayee old memories
The Shady House
20 Nov 14 07:44:15
@jackarsenalrice $tan for life
Shaun
20 Nov 14 07:41:37
$TAN solar popping with $USO energy bids. $LONG solar as alternative proxy on energy. $SCTY $FSLR
lookn4wins
19 Nov 14 23:14:43
TAN 0.05 Stock Charts $TAN Tanager Energy Inc. (CVE) Any opinions on TAN? Please reply to this post. Last Upda http://t.co/e6ZZZsltdd
Steve Nurse
19 Nov 14 19:14:43
Great video explaining the rise of renewables. It's the future, I say embrace it #wind #solar $TERP $TAN $FAN http://t.co/Hs9HqrZYvd
Phil Martin
19 Nov 14 17:40:37
$TAN http://t.co/LNwmFuMWpY
The Key[s]
19 Nov 14 17:24:38
Listen to Hunter X Hunter [Prod.By Kid Ocean] by $tan-Li #np on #SoundCloud https://t.co/9POKpQvE4E
The Key[s]
19 Nov 14 17:00:10
Have you heard ‘Hunter X Hunter [Prod.By Kid Ocean]’ by $tan-Li on #SoundCloud? https://t.co/3a6UuZYSpE
Dolf
19 Nov 14 16:25:06
RT @GregorMacdonald: Japan’s been printing money forever and it also has a very bad BTU balance sheet. A more direct solution: just print t…
Phil Randal
19 Nov 14 11:13:34
RT @GregorMacdonald: Japan’s been printing money forever and it also has a very bad BTU balance sheet. A more direct solution: just print t…
Market Int Center
19 Nov 14 10:21:24
Guggenheim Solar ETF $TAN Showing Support Near $34.73 ( http://t.co/o3TXpyPil0 )
Lang Reynolds
19 Nov 14 10:16:56
RT @GregorMacdonald: Japan’s been printing money forever and it also has a very bad BTU balance sheet. A more direct solution: just print t…
Robin Fransman
19 Nov 14 10:00:25
RT @GregorMacdonald: Japan’s been printing money forever and it also has a very bad BTU balance sheet. A more direct solution: just print t…
Avi
19 Nov 14 09:51:09
RT @GregorMacdonald: Japan’s been printing money forever and it also has a very bad BTU balance sheet. A more direct solution: just print t…
Gregor Macdonald
19 Nov 14 09:50:55
Japan’s been printing money forever and it also has a very bad BTU balance sheet. A more direct solution: just print to fund solar. $TAN
The Key[s]
19 Nov 14 09:08:42
Listen to 1st Key [Prod.By Thovo Beats] by $tan-Li #np on #SoundCloud https://t.co/MR1jGeEO6s
Melissa Thompson
19 Nov 14 07:40:36
RT @IronmanLevel5: TOP TRENDING BULLS $MINE $BBRY $TGT $VIPS $SUNE $VA $MNK $SPLS $LOW $JDST $DPLO $LITB $SJM $JACK $TAN $UGAZ $TRP $TSLA $…
GreenRush2014
19 Nov 14 07:37:25
RT @IronmanLevel5: TOP TRENDING BULLS $MINE $BBRY $TGT $VIPS $SUNE $VA $MNK $SPLS $LOW $JDST $DPLO $LITB $SJM $JACK $TAN $UGAZ $TRP $TSLA $…
Tony Stark
19 Nov 14 07:35:45
TOP TRENDING BULLS $MINE $BBRY $TGT $VIPS $SUNE $VA $MNK $SPLS $LOW $JDST $DPLO $LITB $SJM $JACK $TAN $UGAZ $TRP $TSLA $BBY $WDC $PETM $AMBA
Shaun
19 Nov 14 07:07:31
$TAN killing it. Market down .5% while $TAN Up 1.5. Strength. $LONG
				
				
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