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Sterling Weekly for the Week of April 26th, 2010
Commodity Based Sector Indices and Their Respective ETFs.

Since the previous edition of the Sterling Weekly, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 185.42 points or approximately 1.7%, to finish at 11,204.28 In last week's edition of the Sterling Weekly I took a look at the non-commodity related sector indices I track and the corresponding Exchange Traded Fund ("ETF") for each index. This week I have taken a look at the commodity based sector indices I track, their corresponding ETF, and the ETF that best tracks the basic commodity of these sector indices. I will admit I was somewhat disappointed that I could not find any ETFs that accurate track the MS Commodities Index 'CRX' or the S&P Chemicals Index 'CEX.'

Below, please find the commodity based sector indices and their respective ETfs.

Index
ETF
Commodity ETF
Amex Gold Bugs 'HUI' VanEck Gold Miners 'GDX' SPDR Gold Trust 'GLD'
Amex Gold Miners 'GDM' VanEck Gold Miners 'GDX' SPDR Gold Trust 'GLD'
Amex Gold/Silver Index 'XAU' VanEck Gold Miners 'GDX' SPDR Gold Trust 'GLD'
AMex Natural Gas Index 'XNG' First Trust Natural Gas Index Fund 'FCG' US 12 Month Natural Gas Fund 'UNL'
    US Natural Gas Fund 'XNG'
Amex Oil & Gas Index 'XOI' SPDR Energy Select 'XLE' US Oil Fund 'USO'
    US 12 Month Oil Fund 'USL'
    US Short Oil Fund 'DNO'
MS Commodities Index 'CRX' Still Looking for an ETF for this Index
S&P Chemicals Index 'CEX' Unable to locate an ETF for this Index

Some additional information on the Oil & Gas ETFs and ETNs can be found on the Seeking Alpha web site in a November 19th, 2009 article titled "A Guide to Oil & Gas ETFs and ETNs."

Sterling Calendars for the Week of April 26th, 2010.
Economic Calendar

Date

Est. Time Release

For

Consensus Prior
04/27 9:00am Case-Shiller 20-City Index (y/y) Feb. 1.1% (0.7%)
04/27 10:00am Consumer Confidence Apr. 53.7 52.5
04/28 10:30am Crude Inventories 04/24 53.7 52.5
04/28 2:15pm FOMC Rate Decision 04/28 0.25% 0.25%
04/29 8:30am Continuing Claims 04/17 4,625K 4,646K
04/29 8:30am Initial Claims 04/24 440K 456K
04/30 8:30am GDP - Advance Q1 3.2% 5.6%
04/30 8:30am Chain Deflator - Advance Q1 0.9% 0.5%
04/30 8:30am Employment Cost Index Q1 0.5% 0.5%
04/30 9:45am Chicago PMI APr. 59.8 58.8
04/30 9:55am Michigan Sentiment APr. 71.5 69.%
  Misc. Calendar
Date: Comments:
04/26 Caterpillar 'CAT' announces earnings before the open. Est. $0.39
04/26 Hertz Global 'HTZ' announces earnings before the open. Est. ($0.13)
04/26 Humana 'HUM' announces earnings before the open. Est. $1.14
04/26 Boston Scientific 'BSX' announces earnings after the open. Est. $0.08
04/26 RadioShack 'RSH' announces earnings after the close. Est. $0.36
04/26 Texas Instruments 'TXN' announces earnings after the close. Est. $0.51
04/26 Universal Health 'UHS' announces earnings after the close. Est. $0.69
04/26 WMS Industries 'WMS' announces earnings after the close. Est. $0.50
04/27 3M 'MMM' announces earnings before the open. Est. $1.21
04/27 DuPont 'DD' announces earnings before the open. Est. $1.06
04/27 Newmont Mining 'NEM' announce earnings before the open. Est. $0.76
04/27 US Steel 'X' announces earnings before the open. Est. ($1.43)
04/28 General Dynamics 'GD' announces earnings before the open. Est. $1.51
04/28 Visa 'V' announces earnings after the close. Est. $0.91
04/29 Bristol Meyers 'BMY' announces earnings before the open. Est. $0.51
04/29 ConocoPhillips 'COP' announces earnings before the open. Est. $1.37
04/30 Avon Products 'AVP' announces earnings before the open. Est. $0.32
  The full earnings calendar for this week can be found (here)

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The Prime Stock Newsletter is our daily newsletter that contains commentary on the overall market, and our single best trading idea for the day! (Both Long & Short Sale Recommendations) We select this stock through a combination of technical (charting) and fundamental (financial) analysis. The Prime Stock Newsletter provides select expanded quotation information, corporate description, select recent company news, our technical analysis of the shares and our expectations, and our options recommendation for the company.

Our most recent Performance Report is now available available (here). We are proud to report 20 of our last 20 recommendation resulted in profitable trades for an average profit of $0.59/share. This is an 100% success rate.

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Highlights from Recent (20) Editions of the Prime Stock Newsletter
Recommendation Date Entry Point Recent Close or Exit Price Profit* Note
Abbott Labs 'ABT' Short Apr 22 $51.59 $50.27 $1.32 Covered on the 23rd
ConocoPhillips 'COP' Apr 9. $54.22 $56.78 $2.56 Sold on the 13th
Avon Prod. 'AVP' Mar 29 $33.35 $34.32 $0.97 Sold on the 29th

* Our April 16th short sale recommendation of Merck & Co. 'MRK' @ 36.04/share, closed at $33.77/share on April 22nd for a 6 day gain of $2.27/share.

* Our April 15th recommendation of Atheros Comm. 'ATHR' @ $40.73/share, closed at $43.02/share on April 20th for a 5 day gain of $2.29/share.

* Our April 14th recommendation of Pioneer Resources 'PXD' @ $62.02/share, closed at $66.09/share on April 23rd for a 9 day gain of $4.07/share.

* Our April 6th short sale recommendation of Forest Labs 'FRX' @ $30.80/share, closed @ $27.99/share on April 8th for a 2 day gain of $2.81/share.

* The per share PROFIT is a theoretical calculation based upon the opening price the day the recommendation is published and the intra day high (or low for short sales) on the exit day. The exit day is determined based upon the application of our "Rules for Trading", the implementation of "stops" within our stated policy, and may not reflect the complete or full movement of the underlying recommendation.

 

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