4 Best Performing Sector ETFs Of May

FTXL offers exposure to the most-liquid U.S. semiconductor securities based on volatility, value, and growth by tracking the Nasdaq US Smart Semiconductor Index. Holding 30 stocks in its basket, it has diverse exposure across components with each holding less than 10% of the assets. FTXL has accumulated $44.4 million in AUM while average trading volume is light at around 19,000 shares. It charges 0.60% in expense ratio and has a Zacks ETF Rank #1 (Strong Buy). The ETF is up 11.9% in May.

PowerShares S&P SmallCap Consumer Staples Portfolio (PSCC - Free Report)

The consumer staples gained on the dual benefits of strong earnings and investors’ flight to defensive sector, which generally outperforms during periods of low growth and high uncertainty. In particular, Q1 earnings for the 73.8% of the small-cap consumer staples sector market capitalization are up 54.9% on higher 10% revenue growth.

PSCC, which targets the small-cap segment of the sector, has gained 11% in May. The fund follows the S&P SmallCap 600 Capped Consumer Staples Index, holding 20 stocks in its basket with a tilt toward the top firm at 12.71%. Other firms hold no more than 8.65% of assets. From an industrial look, food products take the chunk 45.1% share, followed by household products (15.4%), personal products (14%) and food and staples retailing (12.7%). The ETF has managed assets worth $45 million and trades in average daily volume of 4,000 shares. It charges 29 bps in annual fees and has a Zacks ETF Rank #3 (Hold) with a Medium risk outlook.

PowerShares S&P SmallCap Energy Fund (PSCE - Free Report)

The oil price rally has brought back the allure for energy ETFs. As such, PSCE, which provides exposure to the U.S. small-cap segment of the energy sector by tracking the S&P SmallCap 600 Capped Energy Index, has gained 9.2% in May. Holding 31 securities in its basket, it is highly concentrated on the top firm with 12.2% exposure while other firms hold less than 9% of total assets. The fund is less popular with AUM of $76.3 million and average daily volume of 62,000 shares. It charges 29 bps in fees per year and has a Zacks ETF Rank #3 with a High-risk outlook.

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