Assessing Which ETFs Moved the Most after QE3 Announcement

Sep 13, 2012: 4:59 PM CST

It may be helpful to spend some time this weekend studying which stocks and ETFs moved the most (higher and lower) after Thursday’s QE3 policy announcement.

Let’s take a quick look at which major ETFs moved the most on the day QE3 was announced.

Here’s a “Bubble Chart” from FinViz which emphasizes percentage movement of ETFs:

While most Exchange Trade Funds clustered today around the +2% and -2% region, we do have stand-alone clusters that may warrant more attention.

The top and bottom performing ETFs – no surprise – where the double and triple leveraged funds, though clear themes do emerge.

Emerging Markets and Financials (3x Bull Funds) were among the top ETF performers along with leveraged inverse VIX (Volatility Index) ETFs.

Gold and Silver ETFs outperformed all other ETFs with the low-priced (and large percentage mover) NUGT (3x Bullish Gold Miners) fund rallying over 14% today.

For an interesting reference, here is the chart of NUGT (an ETF that most people may not know exists):

A quick look at the chart above shows a corresponding bullish break above the $14 per share area (June high) and the $16 price which represents the 200d SMA (be very careful about doing chart-based analysis on leveraged ETFs).

Volume also has been steadily increasing during the August rally which suggests traders expect higher prices to come.

On the flip-side, the WORST performing ETFs were the corresponding leveraged companions to Gold/Silver, Emerging Markets, Financials, and VIX-based ETFs.

The two worst performing major ETFs according to FinViz were leveraged (bullish) VIX funds TVIX and UVXY.

The popular ZSL Ultra-Short Silver ETF declined almost 10% in today’s session as seen below:

Leveraged ETFs should be seen as short-term trading vehicles only – one can get in trouble quickly holding a losing trade over multiple sessions.

After the early August triangle breakdown at $62.50, ZSL quickly traded toward the February low near $40 which was achieved in today’s session on broken support (and higher sell-volume).

These are just a few ideas to get your analysis started this weekend for new ideas to study with regards to a post-announcement QE3 market movement.

Even if you don’t trade leveraged ETFs, look for recurring themes of relative performance and broad ETF movement for theme-based trading opportunities.

Today’s single-day performance suggests focusing our attention on commodity-based ETFs.

Corey Rosenbloom, CMT
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2 Responses to “Assessing Which ETFs Moved the Most after QE3 Announcement”

  1. citan Says:

    “be very careful about doing chart-based analysis on leveraged ETFs”
    Corey why is this?
    Do you recommend charting the instrument the leveraged etf is based off
    (eg chart QQQ if trading TQQQ)?

  2. Andreas A. Andersen Says: