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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.

DISCLOSURE: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors, and do not represent the views of equities.com. Readers should not consider statements made by the author as formal recommendations and should consult their financial advisor before making any investment decisions.


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Liger Zero
22 Dec 14 18:40:12
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Scott Spencer
22 Dec 14 15:47:49
RT @alsabogal: $SCTY -75bps and $TAN unch ---> Both held up very well with oil selloff & energy equity weakness
Al Sabogal
22 Dec 14 15:30:58
$SCTY -75bps and $TAN unch ---> Both held up very well with oil selloff & energy equity weakness
iTrueBro21_
22 Dec 14 14:41:11
$tan G - Lie To You I Shot By @Eaglefilms1: http://t.co/M5qvyZ1pbO
Liger Zero
22 Dec 14 13:21:01
Listen to Legacy X [Prod.By October Samuel] by $tan-Li #np on #SoundCloud https://t.co/9hKKetJKu5
Andy L.
22 Dec 14 11:07:19
RT @marketminute: $USO if can recapture 21.50 looks better-w/ potential ripple effect to solars $TAN
TradingTricks
22 Dec 14 08:27:32
RT @marketminute: $USO if can recapture 21.50 looks better-w/ potential ripple effect to solars $TAN
Michele Schneider
22 Dec 14 07:44:23
$USO if can recapture 21.50 looks better-w/ potential ripple effect to solars $TAN
Market Int Center
22 Dec 14 06:34:50
Potential Guggenheim Solar ETF $TAN Trade Targets 3.63% Return ( http://t.co/GlbQ6QA5hw )
Stan
21 Dec 14 23:55:30
<3 Have you heard ‘Aint See It Coming’ by $tan G on #SoundCloud? https://t.co/v7M8RaLvU0
Deja Nicole
21 Dec 14 21:12:53
@_jscott__ luv ya $tan ✊
BLACKITY BLACK
21 Dec 14 21:07:29
RT @ArmanndFenty: Like fave like $tan @rihanna #mymuse #inspiration #fashionkilla http://t.co/tn7U8Rt57q
Cau.
21 Dec 14 18:50:23
Karena kalau mau ngegebet anak $tan itu yang pertama harus di cek adalah lagi ldr-an apa engga, jangan jangan jadi pelampiasan hahaha :D
Al Sabogal
21 Dec 14 14:00:42
Just added $SCTY chart to spreadsheet http://t.co/MMlZW8U8xV This along with $TAN chart http://t.co/JiWoZs2h6K has me liking r/r of sector
Katy Perry
21 Dec 14 13:57:25
I don't like Ke$ha $tan$
JamesDeanOnTheLow
21 Dec 14 07:25:59
RT @ArmanndFenty: Like fave like $tan @rihanna #mymuse #inspiration #fashionkilla http://t.co/tn7U8Rt57q
Rheanna Weed Man
21 Dec 14 07:21:53
Like fave like $tan @rihanna #mymuse #inspiration #fashionkilla http://t.co/tn7U8Rt57q
IH News Desk
20 Dec 14 15:52:08
$TSLA Short Sales Updated Saturday, December 20, 2014 6:11:25 PM $VTI $ACN $TAN $GGAL http://t.co/zMnHmKucLU
Langan Stocks
20 Dec 14 15:35:06
$SU Company Info Updated Saturday, December 20, 2014 6:03:25 PM $TAN $WMIH $WMIH $MU http://t.co/Ts7JdxXIVo
Langan Stocks
20 Dec 14 15:35:04
$WLL Last Price Updated Saturday, December 20, 2014 6:03:25 PM $YUM $XLU $TAN $DISCA http://t.co/ILw8W1ncBu
Ray Bordogna
20 Dec 14 12:43:14
Discussion of oil price downward trend affecting alternative-energy. Mentions: $VGENX $NALFX ($BEP, $NEPI) $TAN [http://t.co/EFmMdCrbv9]
Rosner Stocks
20 Dec 14 12:32:09
$TVIX Stock Price Updated Saturday, December 20, 2014 2:59:24 PM $BIDU $BP $YPF $TAN http://t.co/baIe7s09Uf
Turnt Up! Radio
20 Dec 14 12:26:21
The only 'Holy Trinity that I $TAN for.' 😏 #rihanna #loudtour #holytrinity by fentyrobz http://t.co/eqwp1Wumrm
IH News Desk
20 Dec 14 11:49:09
$AAPL Stock Forum Updated Saturday, December 20, 2014 2:11:25 PM $X $RSX $TAN $ARIA http://t.co/NQIWytDQIZ
IH News Desk
20 Dec 14 11:49:03
$TAN Percent Change Updated Saturday, December 20, 2014 2:11:25 PM $MDY $KWK $SUNE $PPHM http://t.co/iMTlnvSAlX
IH News Desk
20 Dec 14 08:46:10
$UCO Stock Message Board Updated Saturday, December 20, 2014 11:11:24 AM $RAD $DBA $TAN $NEM http://t.co/y3B4IiQRQf
IH News Desk
20 Dec 14 08:46:06
$TAN Percent Change Updated Saturday, December 20, 2014 11:11:24 AM $PPLT $ARTX $VTI $CSCO http://t.co/IXk212gta7
PolgarStocks
20 Dec 14 07:28:12
$JNK Recent News Updated Saturday, December 20, 2014 10:07:23 AM $XHB $XIV $HIMX $TAN http://t.co/kNZHuFC6jH
Rosner Stocks
20 Dec 14 07:28:06
$AMZN Company Info Updated Saturday, December 20, 2014 09:59:24 AM $URI $EEM $BP $TAN http://t.co/eEHFTgtG0t
Sudarshan Adamolli
20 Dec 14 04:27:08
$TAN - looking very constructive, A pullback to 36 would be an excellent buy, $CSIQ, $JKS, $SUNE, $SPWR, $SCTY
Langan Stocks
20 Dec 14 04:26:13
$XLB Short Sales Updated Saturday, December 20, 2014 07:03:24 AM $ORCL $ETFC $IBB $TAN http://t.co/kcohTxSV13
chartguy89
20 Dec 14 02:55:15
TAN -25.00% Stock Charts $TAN Tanager Energy Inc. (CVE) Last Updated: 12/20/2014 04:55:14 TAN Stock Chart - 1 http://t.co/MSDGFuvAWG
Langan Stocks
20 Dec 14 02:24:37
$MO Investor Opinions Updated Saturday, December 20, 2014 05:03:25 AM $FXI $ETFC $TAN $UNG http://t.co/inrxO79Xbp
Langan Stocks
20 Dec 14 01:24:34
$EVRM Stock Forum Updated Saturday, December 20, 2014 04:03:26 AM $XLB $YPF $TAN $XLP http://t.co/vP0XMn9lkb
Langan Stocks
20 Dec 14 01:24:29
$VDSI Reviews Updated Saturday, December 20, 2014 04:03:26 AM $ACN $SUNE $DISCA $TAN http://t.co/AylRINCUZl
Rosner Stocks
20 Dec 14 01:22:38
$IWM Filings Updated Saturday, December 20, 2014 03:59:26 AM $NEM $SSO $AMZN $TAN http://t.co/7FdY1KpX3b
Rosner Stocks
20 Dec 14 00:21:07
$TAN Stock Price Updated Saturday, December 20, 2014 02:59:25 AM $SSO $BIDU $NLNK $FCX http://t.co/howrrXeYMr
IH News Desk
19 Dec 14 23:36:39
$XLV Stock Forum Updated Saturday, December 20, 2014 02:11:26 AM $UCO $BAC $XLE $TAN http://t.co/icj5ze1X4H
Ben Silverberg
19 Dec 14 19:31:23
Leading market sectors higher Friday included: $XLE $IBB $IYT $TAN $ITB $TLT $RSX $MOO $XME $USO
IH News Desk
19 Dec 14 18:32:03
$QLD Company Info Updated Friday, December 19, 2014 9:11:22 PM $XIV $TAN $SLW $FEYE http://t.co/babcbMxkkm
Langan Stocks
19 Dec 14 17:16:39
$GILD Recent News Updated Friday, December 19, 2014 8:03:24 PM $WLL $SLW $LNKD $TAN http://t.co/mBXSqiIpFd
Rosner Stocks
19 Dec 14 17:13:40
$TAN Short Sales Updated Friday, December 19, 2014 7:59:24 PM $FEYE $MUX $RSP $PPLT http://t.co/ORVg5H6m2K
Langan Stocks
19 Dec 14 16:15:38
$DXJ Stock Forum Updated Friday, December 19, 2014 7:03:24 PM $WLL $TVIX $TAN $SLW http://t.co/fJOnFI0DKH
Al Sabogal
19 Dec 14 08:42:32
bot $TAN - Solar ETF - Bottoming play but very correlated to oil/energy http://t.co/NuN1tovgDT
Liger Zero
19 Dec 14 06:15:06
Listen to Final Stages by $tan-Li #np on #SoundCloud https://t.co/hGyhRCpVuj
Gregor Macdonald
18 Dec 14 10:31:29
Maintaining previous forecast for 550+ GW installed global solar capacity by/during the year 2020. $TAN @TerraJoule_
Carl Lavin
18 Dec 14 09:08:44
RT @LaMonicaBuzz: Solar stocks not getting burned. $TAN ETF up 2%. $SCTY up 8% and top trender on StockTwits. $FSLR up 7%. 2nd best stock i…
Market Int Center
18 Dec 14 09:00:15
Guggenheim Solar ETF $TAN Trading Near $31.86 Support Level ( http://t.co/GVD3iF9YKD )
Paul R. La Monica
18 Dec 14 08:51:52
Solar stocks not getting burned. $TAN ETF up 2%. $SCTY up 8% and top trender on StockTwits. $FSLR up 7%. 2nd best stock in S&P 500 today.
Andrew Thrasher, CMT
18 Dec 14 08:46:52
Appears Solar is trying to put in a double bottom with positive divergences in momentum $TAN http://t.co/tWSbnPqCXM $$
				
				
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