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Best Inverse/Leveraged ETFs of Last Week

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Wall Street was downbeat last week. Each of the key equity gadgets — the S&P 500 (down 4.7%), the Dow Jones (down 4%), the Nasdaq Composite (down 5.1%) and the Russell 2000 (down 6.6%) — lost last week. Rising rate worries and recessionary fears were the key concerns.

The benchmark S&P 500 dropped 1.7% on Friday, hitting a fresh 2022 low. The Dow Jones Industrial Average retreated 1.6% on Sep 23, briefly falling into the bear market territory at one point during the session and closing at a 2022 low. The technology-heavy Nasdaq Composite fell 1.8%, while Russell 2000 was off 2.5%.

Meanwhile, the 2-year U.S. Treasury note notched past a 15-year high of 4.2% and the 10-year U.S. Treasury held near 3.7%, marking the highest level since 2010, per a Yahoo Finance article. In commodity markets, crude oil fell sharply, with United States Oil Fund LP (USO - Free Report) falling 5.3% on Sep 23 and losing 6.6% for the week. Recessionary fears weighed on the demand for oil and gas.

Last week, Federal Reserve officials raised interest rates by 75 basis points three times in a row and Chair Jerome Powell indicated that policymakers were ready to digest the economic recession in order to tame inflation. Central banks around the world have recently been on this path.

The Bank of England hiked its key interest rate to 2.25% from 1.75% on Thursday and said it would continue to "respond forcefully, as necessary" to tame inflation, despite the economic concern. The BoE estimates Britain's economy will shrink 0.1% in the third quarter.

The Central Bank of Sweden announced a 100 basis points hike in interest rates last week, saying that the inflation was too stubborn. Despite the 100-bps hike, the Riksbank is still behind its inflation target by 0.25%, which indicates further rate hikes. The Swiss central bank also hiked rates by 75 basis points to 0.5% Thursday. The move brought an end to an era of negative rates in Europe.

Rising yields globally particularly hurt valuations of companies in the growth sector (e.g. technology, biotech and Internet), which have high expected future earnings. Against this backdrop, below, we highlight a few inverse/leveraged ETFs of last week.  

ETFs in Focus

Inverse Leveraged Travel

Bank of Montreal Microsectors Travel -3X Inverse (FLYD - Free Report) – Up 39.55%

Inverse Leveraged Oil & Gas

Microsectors Oil & Gas Exp. & Prod. -3X Inverse (OILD - Free Report) – Up 30.2%

S&P Oil & Gas Exploration Bear 2X Direxion (DRIP - Free Report) – Up 29.3%

Microsectors -3X U.S. Big Oil Index ETN (NRGD - Free Report) – Up 27.4%

Inverse Leveraged Biotech

S&P Biotech Bear 3X Direxion (LABD - Free Report) – Up 27.4%

Inverse Leveraged High Beta

S&P 500 High Beta Bear 3X Direxion (HIBS - Free Report) – Up 26.8%

Inverse Leveraged Internet

Dow Jones Internet Bear 3X Direxion (WEBS - Free Report) – Up 22.1%

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