ETF Trading with Ultimate PowerRatings: Big Upgrades in Top Rated Leveraged Funds (SDS, FAZ, BGZ, TZA, EPV)

With equity markets continuing to march higher on Thursday, a number of leveraged exchange-traded funds (ETFs) have earned significant Leveraged ETF PowerRatings upgrades going into the final trading day of the week.

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What kind of historical edges? Our research into leveraged ETFs, going back to inception in a wide variety of leveraged funds, shows that leveraged exchange-traded funds that earn Leveraged ETF PowerRatings of 9 have made significant short term gains nearly 78% of the time. Those leveraged ETFs earning upgrades to our highest rating of 10 fared even better in our backtesting, making significant short term gains 79.5% of the time.

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Among those leveraged funds earning significant Leveraged ETF PowerRatings upgrades late in trading on Thursday were the ^SDS^ (below) and the ^TZA^. Both of these leveraged ETFs earning Leveraged ETF PowerRatings upgrades from 5 to 8 intraday on Thursday. Traders looking for potential long opportunities in the current market may want to keep an eye on SDS and TZA for further Leveraged ETF PowerRatings upgrades over the next few days.

SDS Chart

Also earning a significant Leveraged ETF PowerRatings upgrade intraday on Thursday were the ^FAZ^ (below).

FAZ Chart

Shares of FAZ were upgraded from 6 to 9, as financial stocks remain among those most under selling pressure in recent days. As with SDS and TZA, additional upgrades will likely put FAZ on the radar of short term traders looking for markets that have fallen to levels from which they have historically advanced.

Other major Leveraged ETF PowerRatings ahead of trading on Friday include three-point upgrades in exchange-traded funds like the ^EPV^ and the ^BGZ^ (below).

BGZ Chart

Leveraged ETF Trading Tip:

One of the benefits of leveraged ETF trading is that short term traders can use less capital, taking advantage of the 2x or 3x leverage in top-rated exchange-traded funds. So when trading a 2x fund, look to cut your usual position size in half. With 3x exchange-traded funds, a position size that is 1/3 the size you would use with a non-leveraged ETF is an appropriate adjustment.

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