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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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edwardrooster
30 Mar 15 21:01:34
RT @FinanceTrends: 2014 was the biggest year ever for solar power. http://t.co/nRcft390kX $TAN $SCTY $SUNE http://t.co/cWQ6AgzHhy
Mark Yusko
30 Mar 15 21:00:22
RT @FinanceTrends: 2014 was the biggest year ever for solar power. http://t.co/nRcft390kX $TAN $SCTY $SUNE http://t.co/cWQ6AgzHhy
Prometheus AM
30 Mar 15 20:48:34
RT @FinanceTrends: 2014 was the biggest year ever for solar power. http://t.co/nRcft390kX $TAN $SCTY $SUNE http://t.co/cWQ6AgzHhy
Rosner Stocks
30 Mar 15 20:04:46
$TAN Stock Message Board Updated Monday, March 30, 2015 10:59:21 PM $DVN $XLP $DIA $TQQQ http://t.co/Jguiv8dq9A
IH News Desk
30 Mar 15 19:59:07
$TAN News Updated Monday, March 30, 2015 10:09:09 PM $SH $DUST $SLV $NVAX http://t.co/fBeb2JHAuD
LouisLouie
30 Mar 15 19:56:34
“@FinanceTrends: 2014 was the biggest year ever for solar power. http://t.co/cjSquBsQj1 $TAN $SCTY $SUNE http://t.co/0gFxrJN4ZG” /good start
TheTanMan
30 Mar 15 19:38:16
RT @FinanceTrends: 2014 was the biggest year ever for solar power. http://t.co/nRcft390kX $TAN $SCTY $SUNE http://t.co/cWQ6AgzHhy
Vincent Gasparro
30 Mar 15 19:32:24
RT @FinanceTrends: 2014 was the biggest year ever for solar power. http://t.co/nRcft390kX $TAN $SCTY $SUNE http://t.co/cWQ6AgzHhy
David Shvartsman
30 Mar 15 19:19:11
2014 was the biggest year ever for solar power. http://t.co/nRcft390kX $TAN $SCTY $SUNE http://t.co/cWQ6AgzHhy
BreakingStocksNews
30 Mar 15 18:52:02
$TSLA $TAN: Hanergy Profit Surges On Sales To Parent, Asset Disposal, But ...: http://t.co/u37JVMksCY
Shuli Ren
30 Mar 15 18:50:21
#Hanergy Profit Surges On Sales To Parent, Asset Disposal, But Chinese Love It Anyhow http://t.co/00mwLEF9f8 via @barronsonline $TAN
Rosner Stocks
30 Mar 15 18:03:39
$LMT Opinions Updated Monday, March 30, 2015 8:59:21 PM $TAN $XLB $HD $RIG http://t.co/e7zHAKTZvr
IH News Desk
30 Mar 15 17:57:35
$RGBP Investor Opinions Updated Monday, March 30, 2015 8:09:09 PM $TAN $CELG $XLU $SSYS http://t.co/UL6lliMJjr
Tyler McKnight
30 Mar 15 17:10:45
Hunnit$ & Fittie$ - $tan Ros$ (prod. Thelonious Martin) http://t.co/T4O9e4mniW
IH News Desk
30 Mar 15 16:57:10
$GDXJ Opinions Updated Monday, March 30, 2015 7:09:06 PM $VXX $ERX $TAN $INTC http://t.co/IHlQJKOVok
IH News Desk
30 Mar 15 16:57:08
$SWKS Investor Opinions Updated Monday, March 30, 2015 7:09:06 PM $S $TWTR $SH $TAN http://t.co/u3fRJI8xNm
Rosner Stocks
30 Mar 15 16:01:45
$TQQQ Stock Price Updated Monday, March 30, 2015 6:21:55 PM $TAN $NVDA $XLP $OIL http://t.co/d4TNL4qNQk
Rosner Stocks
30 Mar 15 15:01:06
$TAN Stock Price Updated Monday, March 30, 2015 5:01:03 PM $BAC $T $VXX $THCZ http://t.co/DPTDFQOX2S
IH News Desk
30 Mar 15 14:54:16
$EFA Company Info Updated Monday, March 30, 2015 5:12:39 PM $MO $NEM $TAN $TSLA http://t.co/ys2voo33z1
IH News Desk
30 Mar 15 14:54:15
$USO Stock Message Board Updated Monday, March 30, 2015 5:12:39 PM $X $HD $MRK $TAN http://t.co/jd9BxZ4Z3Z
Langan Stocks
30 Mar 15 14:53:05
$HALO Stock Forum Updated Monday, March 30, 2015 5:04:55 PM $ZIOP $TAN $ARIA $SLI http://t.co/4mdJYbeTMh
Lach 14
30 Mar 15 13:06:34
@TheDomino Sectors killing it for 2015: Biotech $BIB +32%, Solar $TAN +32%, Pharma $RXL +17%. Energy $DIG +4% today http://t.co/yLq5GlJBSQ
Richard Koza Trading
30 Mar 15 06:01:42
$TAN rebounded. 46 is a resistance to watch
IH News Desk
29 Mar 15 16:37:36
$ASTI Recent News Updated Sunday, March 29, 2015 7:11:00 PM $KR $AKS $TAN $FB http://t.co/33P7WQN3d0
IH News Desk
29 Mar 15 16:37:35
$TAN Recent News Updated Sunday, March 29, 2015 7:11:00 PM $QCOM $TS $XLB $KR http://t.co/xI1NT29l5p
David Shvartsman
29 Mar 15 13:09:05
Invisible solar cells could power skyscrapers (and smartphones). http://t.co/51YvVNpJad $TAN $AAPL
Keep It ⛽️™.
29 Mar 15 09:18:23
Have you heard ‘UP(Lets Get UP)’ by $TAN G on #SoundCloud? #np https://t.co/TOUebWhFvY
Keep It ⛽️™.
29 Mar 15 09:18:12
Have you heard ‘$tan G Ft. AB -WHOAA’ by $TAN G on #SoundCloud? #np https://t.co/9nHyU8h7K8
Keep It ⛽️™.
29 Mar 15 09:18:01
Have you heard ‘Hang On To It (prod. by DJ Swift )’ by $TAN G on #SoundCloud? #np https://t.co/hbUzVrLcw2
scrub daddy
28 Mar 15 18:53:25
@Emily_Dickman inviting $tan
Keep It ⛽️™.
28 Mar 15 09:06:06
‘Hang On To It (prod. by DJ Swift )’ by $TAN G on #SoundCloud? #np https://t.co/hbUzVs2NUC
JIGGY NEUTRON
27 Mar 15 23:52:59
CANT ALWAYS DWELL ON SOMETHING... GO ON N FIX IT IN THE FUTURE - $TAN
JIGGY NEUTRON
27 Mar 15 23:48:38
WITHOUT HATERS/DOUBTERS THERE WOULDNT BE ANY SUCCESSORS... BECAUSE WE BUILD ART TO MOTIVATE N PROVE TO THOSE IN DOUBT... - TONIO $TAN
David Hill
27 Mar 15 13:51:44
RT @Logical_Invest: Our Sector Rotation Strategy - 8% Return last 3 months $KXI $LIT $PIO $RWX $TAN $ZIV ... http://t.co/NJwfPyCDjA http:/…
Logical Invest
27 Mar 15 13:49:22
Our Sector Rotation Strategy - 8% Return last 3 months $KXI $LIT $PIO $RWX $TAN $ZIV ... http://t.co/NJwfPyCDjA http://t.co/ojwwwIdLnq
Lauren Holmes
27 Mar 15 12:53:40
$FSLR or $SCTY, which $TAN you think is best? Read our analysis here http://t.co/huaLsH8iDZ
BNK Invest
27 Mar 15 11:54:01
Use Options For a Chance To Buy $ABY at a 13% Discount $TAN #stockoptions http://t.co/rdqQtvOMDq
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27 Mar 15 11:48:43
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Lauren Holmes
27 Mar 15 11:44:59
$FSLR or $SCTY, which $TAN you think is best? Read our analysis here http://t.co/huaLsH8iDZ
Market Int Center
27 Mar 15 10:12:36
Guggenheim Solar ETF $TAN Showing Resistance Near $44.53 ( http://t.co/IimOqCNYns )
Simply Melonie
26 Mar 15 20:24:49
RT @newworldsolar2: Forget Cars: #Tesla Wants to Power Your House...Here's how > http://t.co/b1ktn2LBxX $TAN $TSLA
Michael Harris
26 Mar 15 14:52:39
Another Failed Golden Cross Signal http://t.co/VIzrcMrmEn $TAN
Lauren Holmes
26 Mar 15 13:26:39
$FSLR or $SCTY, which $TAN you think is best? Read our analysis here http://t.co/huaLsH8iDZ
Lauren Holmes
26 Mar 15 12:36:23
$FSLR or $SCTY, which $TAN you think is best? Read our analysis here http://t.co/huaLsH8iDZ
Keep It ⛽️™.
26 Mar 15 12:35:03
Have you heard ‘Hang On To It (prod. by DJ Swift )’ by $TAN G on #SoundCloud? #np https://t.co/hbUzVs2NUC
Lauren Holmes
26 Mar 15 11:07:39
$FSLR or $SCTY, which $TAN you think is best? Read our analysis here http://t.co/huaLsH8iDZ
Lauren Holmes
26 Mar 15 09:56:18
$FSLR or $SCTY, which $TAN you think is best? Read our analysis here http://t.co/huaLsH8iDZ
Steven Agri
26 Mar 15 06:01:46
$SCTY seems to have a lot of upside coming it's way. Should sell my position in $TAN & put it in $SCTY ?
Market Int Center
26 Mar 15 05:34:34
Guggenheim Solar ETF $TAN Showing Bullish Technicals With Support At $42.65 ( http://t.co/mXA3GI2fiF )
IPO Watch
26 Mar 15 03:31:07
Investing In The Sunrun IPO: The Next Big Solar IPO For 2015 http://t.co/nznKQfQPhy $SCTY $TAN $VSLR $KWT
				
				
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