ETF & Mutual Fund Watchlist for August 16, 2017

The Dow Jones Industrial Average has led index performance over the past week as stocks continue to rebound. Small-caps bounced at a crucial support level during the rally, which should continue in the week ahead.

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Technology lifted growth funds, while consumer staples, finance and utilities were the week’s strongest value performers.

Technology and utilities both traded at record 52-week highs on Wednesday.

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Financials are within striking distance of a 52-week high.

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Copper and basic materials rebounded on Wednesday, sending miners, coal and steel ETFs higher.

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Energy funds fell to new 52-week lows over the past week. Crude oil reversed at $50.

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Overall, retail sales in July were stronger-than-expected by 0.2 percent. Earnings season has been rough on brick-and-mortar, yet again.

Target (TGT), however, delivered positive earnings on Wednesday to lift XRT from a 52-week low. Wal-Mart (WMT) will report on Thursday.

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The U.S. dollar rebound continued this week, though the greenback softened on Wednesday.

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The homebuilders index climbed to 68 in August. The industry reports strong demand for new homes, and rising customer traffic. Homebuilder stocks remain in a slow-and-steady uptrend.

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