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4 ETF Areas Surged Last Week

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Wall Street was a moderate position last week.Inflation data was robust, but the benchmark U.S. treasury yield still dropped to 1.47% as on Jun 11, 2021 from 1.57% recorded on Jun 7, 2021. This helped the equities, especially the growth ones, to surge.  The S&P 500, the Dow Jones and the Nasdaq Composite added about 0.4%, 0.3% and 1.9% last week.  

Against this backdrop, below we highlight a few ETF areas that won last week.

Shipping

The underlying Capesize 5TC Index, Panamax 4TC Index & Supramax 6TC Index measure rates for shipping dry bulk freight. The fund has been super strong in the recent months. The pickup in global economic growth has supported the dry bulk shipping rates. Gradually rising demand across all vessel categories has mainly aided the area and the related fund.      

Breakwave Dry Bulk Shipping ETF (BDRY - Free Report) – Up 18.4%

Biotech

Biogen Inc. (BIIB) was a star performer in Monday’s trading session, as the stock rallied as much as 64% to a record high causing a brief halt. The stock was up 38% at the close to its highest level in over six years, adding more than $16 billion in its market value last week. The massive gain for the biotech firm was followed by the approval of the much-awaited drug to treat Alzheimer's disease in nearly 20 years by the FDA. The move has benefited the biotech and pharma ETFs (read: Biotech ETFs Surge on Biogen's Alzheimer Drug Approval).

Global X Genomics & Biotechnology ETF (GNOM - Free Report) – Up 8.8%

Principal Healthcare Innovators Index (BTEC - Free Report) – Up 8.3%

Ark Genomic Revolution ETF (ARKG) – Up 8.3%

Alps Medical Breakthroughs ETF (SBIO) – Up 7.4%

MLPs

The coronavirus-led global slowdown weighed on oil demand since last year following lockdowns but growing vaccination and falling cases in the United States boosted the oil price. News of free vaccination for adults in India – one of the big consumers of oil – has also proved to be helpful for the oil markets. United States Oil Fund LP (USO) has gained more than 40% this year (read: MLP ETFs At One-Year High: Can the Rally Sustain?).

The jump in oil prices came despite the rising virus cases in India. Among the various corners of the energy space, MLP companies have displayed particular strength in recent weeks. These products are high-yielding in nature too.

Infracap MLP ETF (AMZA - Free Report) – Up 7.3%

Alps Alerian MLP ETF (AMLP - Free Report) – Up 6.4%

Cybersecurity

The rampant usage of Internet has raised the risk of cyber threats. In case of work from home, proprietary business data is being accessed from personal computers and laptops that may not have the same level of security as in-office setups. Public-sector organizations are facing massive problems. No wonder, cyber security stocks are good bets currently.

Global X Cybersecurity ETF (BUG - Free Report) – Up 5.5%

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