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Social Media Popularity Doesn’t Show In Social Media ETF

MarketsMuse blog update profiles the social media ETF, The Global X Social Media Index ETF (SOCL). So far this year, SOCL has not been performing very well, which is in contrast to social media performance in everyday life. Social media sites are gaining more users everyday however the trend doesn’t show in SOCL’s performance. Investopedia’s article “Is Social Media ETF SOCL Too Risky?” by Dan Moskowitz investigates the reason this trend occurs. Extracts from the article are below. 

The world is atwitter social media and its rapid growth right now. According to the Pew Research Center, 74% of online adults use a social networking site of some kind, up from 29% in 2008. And more advertising opportunities are blooming alongside the increased usage of mobile devices. In March, for the first time ever, the number of mobile-only internet users exceeded the number of desktop-only internet users, according to research firm comScore.

One of the trendiest ways to invest in social media is via the Global X Social Media Index ETF (SOCL), which tracks the largest publicly held social media firms around the world, including Facebook Inc. (FB), LinkedIn Corp. (LNKD) and Twitter Inc. (TWTR). With the sector’s global growth expected to continue for the long haul, betting on SOCL seems like a no-brainer.

What’s tricky with SOCL is that the trend doesn’t always match the performance. 

For starters, SOCL returned -15.04% in 2014. Take a look at SOCL’s top ten holdings, their percentage of assets, and their one-year stock performances 

The heavier-weighted holdings are performing well, but the 0.65% expense ratio for SOCL comes into play. Also notice that some of the weaker-performing stocks belong to Wall Street darlings — buzzy startups investors loved during their IPOs — that have had difficulty delivering consistent profits: Pandora, Groupon and Twitter, if you’re looking for a big industry name that’s falls farther down in SOCL’s holdings. If these companies are unable to deliver stock appreciation when markets are at all-time highs, then you shouldn’t expect them to perform well when the market takes a turn for the worse.

More people are accessing social media sites every day, a very positive trend. But without positive returns, that trend is irrelevant. Some of the companies/holdings for SOCL have difficulty delivering consistent profits and haven’t yet shown investors a clear-cut path to how they’ll do it down the road. If that’s the case when the stock market is at all-time highs, then it’s highly unlikely for these stocks to appreciate if and when the market falters. Put simply, unless you’re looking for a short-term trade, consider avoiding SOCL. But if the broader market continues to move higher thanks to Federal Reserve assistance and basic momentum, there’s a possibility it will take SOCL with it. As always, do your own research prior to making any investment decisions.

To read the entire article profiling the ETF SOCL, click here.

 

 

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Twitter’s Weak Q1 Jolts Social ETFs

MarketsMuse blog update profiles the disappointing Q1 for Twitter and the impact it is having on social media ETFs such as Renaissance IPO ETF (IPO), Global X Social Media Index ETF(SOCL) and ARK Web x.0 ETF (ARKW). This MarketsMuse update is courtesy of Zacks Equity Research and their article, “Twitter Tweets a Weak Q1 & Soft View, ETFs in Focus“, with an excerpt below. 

On April 28, Twitter (TWTR) came up with a weak Q1 and a disappointing guidance. The social networking site then saw a freefall in its share price as it failed to live up to many investors’ expectations.


Q1 in Detail

The company’s first-quarter 2015 non-GAAP loss per share (including the stock-based compensation expense) of 20 cents was a penny ahead of the Zacks Consensus Estimate. Excluding the stock-based compensation expense, the company earned 7 cents per share on a pro forma basis.

Revenues of $436 million in the quarter fell shy of the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $455 million. ‘A lower-than-expected contribution from newer direct response marketing products’ was held responsible for lower-than-expected revenues. However, revenues grew about 74% year over year.

Market Impact

This subdued performance dampened investors’ mood as the stock was severely beaten down in recent trading sessions. Following the earnings leak on April 28, about 40 minutes ahead of the closing bell, Twitter shares saw a landslide, plunging over 18% for the key trading session of April 28 on about fourth times the regular volume.

Shares slid about 8.9% on April 29. However, after such a massive sell-off for consecutive two days, Twitter stock recouped 0.94% after hours. Year to date, the stock is still up 8.3%.

Twitter does not have a sizable exposure in the overall ETF world with only three ETFs – Renaissance IPO ETF (IPO), Global X Social Media Index ETF(SOCL) and ARK Web x.0 ETF ((ARKW – ETF report)) – having major exposure of 8.17%, 3.66% and 3.20% respectively, at present. Such a huge fall in one of the major components should impact these ETFs.  Below, we have discussed these three funds in detail:

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News Tweets Culled from Twitter for Investor Sentiment-Does It Make Sense?

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4 Oct 2013Gauging investor sentiment from tweets and other social media is receiving support from the trading and academic communities.

“Twitter is full of alpha-generating potential,” said Emmett Kilduff, CEO and founder of Eagle Alpha, whose product Social Sonar, channels Twitter-based intelligence on stocks and global macro topics. “Currently this potential is masked by excessive white noise, inefficiencies in accessing relevant tweets and compliance concerns. Investors leverage our information and data to help give them more conviction on an investment but also for unique insight they wouldn’t ordinarily find.”

Social Sonar is available to market participants seeking an investment edge, including the buy-side, sell-side, corporates and retail investors.

With 500 million tweets, 200 million tweeters and 135,000 new users each day, it is becoming increasingly difficult to unearth relevant data. Eagle Alpha rectifies this by enabling users to access validated pre-built and bespoke lists.

“From game-changing CEO opinions to instant reaction around key financial news and company reporting, Social Sonar is an essential addition to the run of the mill industry newswire services and gagged sell-side analysts,” said James MacLachlan, senior trader at CF Global Trading, a provider of institutional trading services in the global equity and credit markets.  KEEP READING AT MARKETSMEDIA