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March 4, 2015

Best and Worst Performing ETF, Feb. 2015

By Mathew McCall, Benzinga
The month of February put the S&P 500 back into positive territory for the year after a dismal 2015 start. The subsequent 5.5 percent gain was the best for the index since October 2011. The majority of sector ETFs closed in the green; however, there were a few that really struggled. Some of the best and worst of the month are listed below.
First Trust Dow Jones Internet Index ETF
The First Trust DJ Internet Index Fund (ETF) (NYSE: FDN) consists of 42 Internet-related companies that generate at least 50 percent of sales/revenue from the Internet.
The top individual holdings include:
  • Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) making up 8.2 percent
  • Facebook Inc (NASDAQ: FB) with a 7.8 percent holding
  • Priceline Group Inc (NASDAQ: PCLN) coming in at 5.4 percent
FDN is up 4 percent over the last 12 months, up 6 percent over the last six months and up 10 percent in the month of February. The ETF has an expense ratio of 0.57 percent.
iShares U.S. Home Construction ETF
The iShares Dow Jones US Home Const. (ETF) (NYSE: ITB) is made up of 37 U.S. companies that are in some way involved with the construction of residential homes.
The top-weighted sectors in the ETF are household durables at 70 percent and building products at 13 percent.
The top individual holdings include:
  • D.R. Horton, Inc. (NYSE: DHI) with a 10.9 percent holding
  • Lennar Corporation (NYSE: LEN)(NYSE: LEN-B) making up 10.8 percent
  • PulteGroup, Inc. (NYSE: PHM) at 9.3 percent
Over the last 12 months ITB is up 6 percent and 5 percent over the last six months. The ETF was one of the best performers in February, up 9 percent. ITB has an expense ratio of 0.43 percent.
iShares U.S. Pharmaceuticals ETF
The iShares Dow Jones US Pharm Indx (ETF) (NYSE: IHE) consists of 39 pharmaceutical companies listed in the U.S.
The top individual holdings include:
  • Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) at 7.7 percent
  • Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE) making up 7.6 percent
  • Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE: MRK) coming in at 6.5 percent
IHE is up 29 percent over the last 12 months and 23 percent over the last six months. Through the month of February, the ETF has rallied 9 percent. The ETF has an expense ratio of 0.43 percent.
Highlighted below are the worst performing ETFs through February.
Utilities Select Sector SPDR Fund
The Utilities SPDR (ETF) (NYSE: XLU) follows 32 companies across five sub-sectors in the utilities industry.
Electrical utilities at 57 percent and multi-utilities at 40 percent make up the majority of the portfolio.
The top individual holdings include:
  • Duke Energy Corp (NYSE: DUK) at 9.1 percent
  • NextEra Energy Inc (NYSE: NEE) coming in at 8.1 percent
  • Dominion Resources, Inc. (NYSE: D) totaling 7.5 percent.
XLU is up 10 percent over the last 12 months and up 3 percent over the last six. The ETF struggled through February, however, down 6 percent. XLU has an expense ratio of 0.15 percent.
iShares Cohen & Steers REIT ETF
The iShares Cohen & Steers Realty Maj. (ETF) (NYSE: ICF) is made up of 30 of the largest U.S. real estate companies.
The top holdings include:
  • Simon Property Group Inc (NYSE: SPG) with a 7.9 percent holding
  • Public Storage (NYSE: PSA) making up 7 percent
  • Equity Residential (NYSE: EQR) at 6.8 percent
ICF is up 22 percent over the last 12 months and up 11 percent on the last six months. The interest-rate sensitive ETF was down 4 percent in February. ICF has an expense ratio of 0.35 percent.
Keep in mind that one month does not make a market, but it is important to note that the two biggest sector ETF losers tend to underperform when interest rates are on the rise.
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