Five ETF Earnings Plays For The Week Ahead

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on January 17 2011 10:47 PM

With earnings season set to kick into high gear this week, some sectors are going to see a bit more volatility than usual and the earnings calendar points to financials and tech as two prime areas for trading opportunities.

Prepare yourself with this list of ETFs that are sure to be in play on the back of earnings reports this week.

1) Financial Select Sector SPDR (NYSE: XLF):Pick one of XLF's top holdings and there's a good chance that it is reporting earnings this week. Goldman Sachs (NYSE: GS), Citigroup (NYSE: C), US Bancorp (NYSE: USB) and Wells Fargo (NYSE: WFC) among other XLF contsituents all step into the earnings confessional this week. Any positive dividend news from USB or Wells could spark XLF higher.

2) SPDR KBW Bank ETF (NYSE: KBE):KBE is home to a few of the names mentioned along with BB&T (NYSE: BBT) and SunTrust (NYSE: STI) which also report this week.

3) Technology Select Sector SPDR (NYSE: XLK):Even without Apple's (Nasdaq: AAPL) looming earnings update on Tuesday, XLK or any ETF with a large weight to Apple would be in play this week on news of Steve Jobs taking a leave of absence for health reasons.

4) Internet HOLDRs (AMEX: HHH):eBay (Nasdaq: EBAY) reports Wednesday after the close and the stock accounts for more than 18% of HHH's weight.

5) Oil Services HOLDRs (AMEX: OIH):Finish the week with OIH as a play on Schlumberger's (NYSE: SLB) earnings report. The world's largest oil services firm reports Friday before the bell and accounts for over 20% of OIH's weight.

This article was originally published on Benzinga, and is republished here with permission.

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