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Is GDX Stock a Buy?

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Many gold-mining stocks have enjoyed healthy year-to-date gains. GDX stock - also known as the Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSE Arca: GDX) is up 5.4% in 2015, compared to the Dow's 1.3% gain.

Driving gold miners' advances this year are the same drivers of the precious metal. They include Middle East tensions, devalued currencies, loose global central bank monetary policies, and hopes of a later-rather-than-sooner interest rate hike from the U.S. Federal Reserve.

So will GDX stock keep rising? Here's a look...

This New Junior Gold Miners ETF Will Outpace Its Competitors

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A new gold miners ETF launched by Sprott Asset Management focuses on junior miners - and it's garnering considerable attention.

This new gold miners ETF is perfect for precious metals investors. Selective stock picking is more relevant than ever in this space, as the cyclical bear has pummeled precious metals.

This deliberate approach to designing the new Sprott Junior Gold Miners ETF is likely to make it a clear cut above its competition.

Here's a look at the APLS ETF Trust Sprott Junior Gold Miners ETF (NYSE Arca: SGDJ).

What Is an ETF? Six Benefits plus Three to Buy Now

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What is an ETF? The short answer is that it's a security that trades like a stock, has the diversification of a fund, and is tax-friendly.

The first ETF debuted in January 1993 when the SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust was launched. Since then, ETFs have increased in popularity. Today, there are more than 1,600 ETFs, with an ETF for nearly every sector and investment strategy.

Here's what makes ETFs so popular - plus three great ETFs to buy now...

Why This Popular Crude Oil ETF Is Not the Best Way to Play the Rebound

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Oil prices are on the rise to end March. On March 26 WTI oil hit a high of $52.46. That's a 19% climb from the lows it hit just two weeks ago.

And as the price of oil rises, shares of the United States Oil Fund LP (NYSE: USO) are climbing too. The crude oil ETF is up 9% since March 18.

You see, investors are flooding into this oil ETF as a way to play rebounding oil prices.

But for long-term investors, buying shares of this crude oil ETF is not a good strategy for playing oil's rebound. And there is one big reason why...

A Major Solar ETF "Buy" Signal Is Here

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The potential of solar power has been touted for years, yet it has always come with major limitations. The costs of producing solar power have outweighed the benefits for many power companies.

But that's changing. Solar power has reached a tipping point, and it's creating a massive profit opportunity for one solar ETF.

"Despite the odds, alternative energy - led by solar power - is rapidly approaching what the industry has always considered to be the "Holy Grail,'" Money Morning's Global Energy Strategist Dr. Kent Moors said.

The Best MLP ETF to Buy Right Now

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Explosive growth in oil production has provided master limited partnership (MLP) investors a wave of new opportunities - and an MLP ETF is the best way to tap the sector's best opportunities.

The low price landscape is being reshaped by a wave of M&A activity.

Here's one MLP ETF that will benefit from the industry's changes...

The Best Small-Cap ETF to Buy Now

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Small-cap stocks are soaring above the broader market right now, and you can capture those gains now with a small-cap ETF (exchange-traded fund).

Over the last five months, the Russell 2000 has gained 20%. In the same time, the Dow has gained just 9.6%. The S&P 500 is up 10.5% in that time.

And the hot streak isn't over for small-cap stocks, according to Money Morning's Small-Cap Investing Specialist Sid Riggs.

One REIT ETF to Buy Today

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REITs are companies that own or finance income-producing real estate properties. And they've been tearing up the market lately.

An REIT ETF is the best way to own a basket of these soaring securities.

Here's a look at one REIT ETF growing faster than the Dow and S&P combined...

The Only ETF List You Need to Make Money

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This ETF list is considered a stock market delicacy - it's comprised of the most promising, profitable exchange-traded funds.

From biotech to cryptocurrency to healthcare M&As, ETFs are one of the best low-cost ways profit from this year's top trends.

Here are seven of the best ETF investments you can make today...

The Only Natural Gas ETF to Own as Prices Rebound

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Natural gas prices have dipped in 2015. They're trading at $2.71 per million BTUs as of March 3, for a drop of more than 22% from their December price of $3.50 per million BTUs.

But Money Morning's Global Energy Strategist Dr. Kent Moors says prices are headed higher in 2015.

That's why we're recommending a natural gas ETF today. It tracks natural gas futures, which gives it a double-digit profit potential when prices are climbing. Now that prices are low, it's the perfect time to buy.

But this double-digit profit opportunity won't last forever. Moors says we're about to see three "super shifts" in the natural gas industry that will push prices higher through 2015...

How to Invest in the Best Minds in Silicon Valley in Just One Move

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A quiet revolution is sweeping the top ranks of tech's biggest companies. In the past three years, 10 top global tech companies have announced new CEOs.

Today I'm going to show you how to invest in the 11 members (Oracle takes up two slots) of this New Guard for a price well below what many of these stocks cost.

This investment has already thrashed the overall market by 46.5% so far this year...

Stake Your Claim to $70 Billion of Global Growth

Emerging markets frequently promise better returns than their domestic counterparts.

Still, they come with a special set of (manageable) risks that we don't always find at home.

A profound reaction to the Fed's tapering, higher-than-comfortable inflation, current account deficits, and outright political instability have all made for a volatile 2014 in the emerging markets.

It's easy to see why. Investors are worried about how they'll be impacted by the tapering of the Federal Reserve's bond purchases. And now Brazil, India, Indonesia, Turkey, Russia, and South Africa are now experiencing inflation of 6% to 7%.

Those same countries are facing current account deficits of between 4% and 7%, which places downward pressure on their currencies and upward pressure on inflation and interest rates.

And political volatility in Russia, Ukraine, Turkey, and elsewhere are contributing to uncertainty that's reflected in market performance.

But the truth is, for investors who know what they're holding, these emerging markets still hold outsize profit potential.

And taking your share of this growth has never been easier, thanks to these special securities...

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Investing in 2013: Best Bets in an Uncertain Economy

If you're planning on investing in 2013, economic uncertainty probably will be a factor in deciding where to put your money - but some sectors stand out as solid prospects regardless of the economic climate.

Here's a breakdown of the best sectors for your money in the New Year.

Hot Sectors for Investing in 2013

Silver: With economic uncertainty expected for the near term, gold is typically considered the best hedging choice.

But, as Money Morning Global Resources Specialist Peter Krauth pointed out in his 2013 silver price forecast, silver actually provides more potential for appreciation - and at a far better starting price.

Krauth says the white metal, currently selling for around $30 an ounce, could move to a new high of $54 an ounce in 2013 - and not just because of its hedging value.

Investment demand for silver should continue to increase, driven by the creation and expansion of several silver-backed exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and increased minting of silver coins.
Industrial use of silver is expected to grow even faster. That's largely due to the use of silver in solar panel manufacturing, which consumed 60 million ounces in 2012.

Solar panel usage is expected to grow as a result of U.S. President Barack Obama's emphasis on alternative energy and increased demand from Japan, which has made a major shift away from nuclear power in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster.



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Investing in Silver Still a Shiny Option

After the U.S. Federal Reserve's announcement last week that it would keep doing Operation Twist, silver prices dropped 4% the following day.

Adding to the white metal's decline was weakening in U.S. manufacturing, a declining Chinese factory sector and worries about the Eurozone.

It wasn't a great week.

Jeffrey Sica, chief investment officer of SICA Wealth Management LLC, said to Reuters, "When you see slowdown in China and in the United States and the debt crisis accelerate in Europe, it leads people to believe that we will have significant depreciation, especially when commodities and precious metals prices have been so tied into the monetary policy."

Since last week's decline, silver prices have been mixed and yesterday (Wednesday) they closed down 0.13% to $26.91.

The markets have a slew of economic data to review and mull over this week along with the two-day European Council meeting that begins Thursday in Brussels.

Despite last week's slump, there's still reason to be investing in silver. Its prices in the first quarter fared better than the other precious metals.

As legendary investor Jim Rogers told a financial advisor summit Wednesday, the likelihood of more central bank action around the world is bullish for silver.

"Governments print money - that's all they know," said Rogers. "So own real assets like silver... and you'll survive."

Rogers said of all the precious metals if he had to buy just one, it would be silver.

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