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- The behavioral responses to potential loss, risk, and ambiguity
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On June 23, 2015, ProShares listed two new ETFs, the UltraPro Nasdaq Biotechnology ETF (Symbol: UBIO) and UltraPro Short Nasdaq Biotechnology ETF (Symbol: ZBIO), tracking the Nasdaq Biotechnology Index on the Nasdaq Stock Market.
UBIO seeks to provide 3x and ZBIO seeks to provide -3x the daily performance of the Nasdaq Biotechnology Index, before fees and expenses. The Nasdaq Biotechnology Index is a modified capitalization weighted index that includes Nasdaq-listed companies classified as either biotechnology or pharmaceutical.
The Nasdaq Biotechnology Index, which tracks a number of bellwether companies in the space, returned 34.1% in 2014, far outpacing both the S&P 500, and has continued its charge in 2015. Learn what is driving this growth story for the sector in our article, “Biotech – The Growth Story Continues.”
These products join six other global funds licensed to the index, including the ProShares Ultra Nasdaq Biotechnology ETF (BIB) and ProShares UltraShort Nasdaq Biotechnology ETF (BIS). ProShares is the world’s largest provider of geared ETFs. Geared ETFs are designed to offer knowledgeable investors the opportunity to act on their views, whether it’s hedging against downturns with inverse ETFs or using a leveraged ETF to get magnified exposure to a benchmark.
Nasdaq operates an efficient platform for successfully introducing a product suite into one of the single largest pools of liquidity, including market participants which represent a full spectrum of investors. ETF issuers benefit from an end-to-end solution that provides ongoing product support including index licensing, listings opportunities, data offerings and trading services.
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Market performance in the month of May was driven by concerns about the economy’s health and the uncertainty of when the Fed will start to raise interest rates. In the background, news about the debt crisis in Greece also led media headlines.
The Nasdaq Biotechnology Index was May’s top performer with a 9.2% gain. The Nasdaq OMX Solar Index was the laggard for the month, shedding 8.4%. With its impressive gains, biotechnology continues to be a market leader in 2015. Despite a weak start to the month, the NASDAQ Composite rallied strongly to end the month higher by 2.6%, outperforming the 1.05% gain from the S&P 500. The Nasdaq Composite also crossed back above the key 5,000 level. Other notable strong performers include the Nasdaq PHLX Semiconductor Index (+8.6%), the Nasdaq Q-50 (+5.2%) and the Nasdaq OMX Wind Index (+7.5%).
The Nasdaq Biotechnology Index is May's top performer at 9.2% and the Nasdaq Solar Index is the worst performer of May at -8.4%. Get a quick overview of Nasdaq Index performance data for our top 50 most watched indexes here.