What are Sector-Based Exchange Traded Funds?

These are Exchange Traded Funds (ETF) that have as their underlying tracking instrument an index or other financial product focused on a single market sector. These may be made up of stocks with the same or similar Standard Industrial Codes (SIC). Because they are composed of stocks within the same market segment, they may be more volatile than broad-based ETFs that usually span multiple market sectors.

Why Investors Care

Investors choose sector-based ETFs when they believe a particular sector or industry is going to perform better over a period of time that some others. This gives them a way to participate in that sector growth without having to choose the individual stocks that may be the winners. As with other ETFs, the overall investment can be much smaller than required to purchase all of the stocks separately, yet achieve the same result.

Sector-Based Exchange Traded Funds

NameSymbolLast SaleNet Change%Price ChangeShare Volume
iShares Dow Jones U.S. Telecommunications Index Fund $31.38 ▲ .98 3.22% 1,146,518
First Trust Amex Biotechnology Index Fund $83.04 ▲ 2.04 2.52% 67,035
Vanguard Telecommunication Services ETF $90.96 ▲ 2.18 2.46% 47,460
Merrill Lynch Biotech HOLDRS $98.52 ▲ 1.82 1.88% 56,556
iShares Dow Jones Transportation Average Index Fund $147.12 ▼ 1.96 -1.31% 388,452
Select Sector SPDR Fund - Industrial $52.85 ▼ .67 -1.25% 13,454,694
iShares NASDAQ Biotechnology Index Fund $254.78 ▲ 2.87 1.14% 834,109
First Trust ISE Chindia Index Fund $31.05 ▼ .34 -1.08% 10,678
Vanguard Industrials ETF $101.46 ▼ 1.07 -1.04% 157,744
iShares S&P Global Timber &Forestry Index Fund $51.71 ▼ .53 -1.01% 6,484
Vanguard Utilities ETF $92.86 ▼ .92 -0.98% 134,209
iShares Dow Jones U.S. Industrials Index Fund $101.27 ▼ .97 -0.95% 160,656
Select Sector SPDR Fund - Utilities $42.63 ▼ .40 -0.93% 8,185,565
iShares Dow Jones U.S. Utilities Index Fund $106.92 ▼ 1 -0.93% 144,640
iShares S&P Global Clean Energy Index Fund $11.49 ▼ .099 -0.86% 7,154
Merrill Lynch Market Oil Service HOLDRS $56.00 ▼ .48 -0.85% 1,671,288
iShares S&P Global Telecommunications Index Fund $65.35 ▲ .51 0.79% 51,721
iShares Dow Jones U.S. Basic Materials Index $87.66 ▼ .67 -0.76% 57,940
First Trust ISE Water Index Fund $32.76 ▼ .24 -0.73% 49,993
Select Sector SPDR Fund - Basic Industries $49.88 ▼ .36 -0.72% 3,885,126
Vanguard Materials ETF $111.70 ▼ .80 -0.71% 242,337
First Trust ISE-Revere Natural Gas Index Fund $21.53 ▲ .15 0.7% 190,971
iShares Dow Jones U.S. Consumer Goods Index Fund $98.04 ▼ .69 -0.7% 6,313
United States Oil Fund LP $37.39 ▼ .25 -0.66% 2,709,206
iShares FTSE EPRA/NAREIT Asia Index Fund $33.72 ▲ .22 0.66% 6,215
iShares FTSE Developed Small Cap ex-North America Index Fund $46.03 ▼ .26 -0.56% 2,196
iShares S&P Global Energy Index Fund $47.84 ▼ .27 -0.56% 30,614
Select Sector SPDR Fund - Financial $22.78 ▼ .12 -0.52% 28,408,659
streetTRACKS Wilshire REIT Index Fund $84.55 ▼ .44 -0.52% 188,554
First Trust Dow Jones Select MicroCap Index(sm) Fund $31.12 ▲ .156 0.51% 26,820
iShares Cohen & Steers Realty Majors Index Fund $89.33 ▼ .45 -0.5% 288,261
Vanguard Financials ETF $46.31 ▼ .23 -0.49% 461,369
Vanguard Consumer Staples ETF $114.88 ▼ .57 -0.49% 677,387
iShares Dow Jones U.S. Financials Index Fund $83.19 ▼ .41 -0.49% 104,941
Vanguard REIT ETF $76.19 ▼ .37 -0.48% 1,894,525
iShares Dow Jones U.S. Real Estate Index Fund $72.83 ▼ .34 -0.46% 5,020,106
iShares Dow Jones U.S. Technology Index Fund $99.60 ▼ .45 -0.45% 278,392
Select Sector SPDR Fund - Consumer Staples $44.36 ▼ .20 -0.45% 6,318,008
First Trust Value Line 100 Exchange-Traded Fund $20.22 ▼ .089 -0.44% 5,360
PowerShares NASDAQ Internet Portfolio $68.74 ▼ .295 -0.43% 12,980
First Trust Value Line Dividend Index Fund $22.60 ▼ .097 -0.43% 101,654
iShares S&P Global Technology Index Fund $91.42 ▼ .39 -0.42% 47,427
First Trust Value Line Equity Allocation Index(sm)Fund $26.78 ▼ .11 -0.41% 2,250
iShares COMEX Gold Trust $12.60 ▼ .05 -0.4% 1,340,077
iShares Trust Morningstar L V I $86.06 ▼ .338 -0.39% 4,775
iShares Dow Jones U.S. Financial Services Index Fund $84.62 ▼ .33 -0.39% 4,979
Vanguard Information Technology ETF $98.89 ▼ .38 -0.38% 200,979
First Trust S&P REIT Index Fund $20.78 ▼ .08 -0.38% 104,182
iShares S&P Global Financial Index Fund $57.59 ▼ .21 -0.36% 7,957
iShares Dow Jones U.S. Oil and Gas Fund $56.46 ▼ .205 -0.36% 613,213
streetTRACKS Morgan Stanley Technology Index Fund $96.84 ▼ .348 -0.36% 2,439
First Trust IPOX-100 Index Fund $47.70 ▼ .17 -0.36% 46,757
iShares Goldman Sachs Network Index Fund $34.46 ▼ .12 -0.35% 10,770
Vanguard Energy ETF $142.83 ▼ .45 -0.31% 94,368
PowerShares DB Commodity Index Tracking Fund $25.56 ▼ .08 -0.31% 1,403,499
PowerShares DB Commodity Index Tracking Fund $25.56 ▼ .08 -0.31% 1,403,499
WisdomTree Middle East Dividend Fund $22.88 ▼ .07 -0.31% 11,615
iShares FTSE EPRA/NAREIT Europe Index Fund $37.66 ▲ .108 0.29% 8,033
iShares FTSE China (HK Listed) Index Fund $51.14 ▲ .145 0.29% 1,970
Select Sector SPDR Fund - Consumer Discretionary $66.76 ▼ .19 -0.28% 3,581,793
Vanguard Health Care ETF $113.16 ▲ .32 0.28% 98,291
iShares GSCI Commodity-Indexed Trust Fund $32.44 ▼ .09 -0.28% 53,871
iShares Goldman Sachs Natural Resources Index Fund $49.41 ▼ .13 -0.26% 149,583
Select Sector SPDR Fund - Energy Select Sector $99.35 ▼ .25 -0.25% 6,830,791
Vanguard Consumer Discretionary ETF $108.52 ▼ .24 -0.22% 58,511
iShares Goldman Sachs Technology Index Fund $97.14 ▼ .21 -0.22% 17,488
First Trust NASDAQ-100-Technology Sector Index Fund $40.27 ▼ .086 -0.21% 20,623
iShares S&P Global Healthcare Index Fund $94.39 ▼ .20 -0.21% 35,198
First Trust NASDAQ Clean Edge U.S. Liquid Series Index Fund $19.45 ▼ .04 -0.21% 27,612
First Trust NASDAQ-100 Ex-Technology Sector Index Fund $36.38 ▲ .074 0.2% 4,605
Select Sector SPDR Fund - Technology $39.71 ▼ .08 -0.2% 7,305,989
iShares Dow Jones U.S. Health Care Index Fund $130.10 ▲ .24 0.18% 139,755
Merrill Lynch Retail HOLDRS $59.67 ▲ .11 0.18% 21,467
iShares Goldman Sachs Semiconductor Index Fund $83.54 ▼ .15 -0.18% 191,887
iShares Dow Jones U.S. Consumer Index Fund $123.70 ▼ .22 -0.18% 11,886
First Trust Dow Jones Internet Indexsm Fund $59.38 ▲ .10 0.17% 137,679
iShares Goldman Sachs Software Index Fund $85.86 ▲ .13 0.15% 20,016
iShares Lehman TIPS Bond Fund $115.71 ▲ .17 0.15% 291,530
iShares S&P Global Nuclear Index Fund $37.36 ▲ .046 0.12% 359
iShares FTSE EPRA/NAREIT North America Index Fund $54.62 ▼ .063 -0.12% 1,403
iShares FTSE EPRA/NAREIT Global Real Estate ex-U.S. Index Fund $32.38 ▲ .03 0.09% 35,029
First Trust Morningstar Dividend Leaders Index Fund $24.06 ▼ .02 -0.08% 146,313
Select Sector SPDR Fund - Health Care $61.94 ▲ .05 0.08% 5,321,796
Merrill Lynch Semiconductor HOLDRS $49.04 ▼ .02 -0.04% 3,003,979
Merrill Lynch Pharmaceutical HOLDRS $61.46 ▲ .02 0.03% 130,488
Merrill Lynch Regional Bank HOLDRS $56.72 ▲ .005 0.01% 536
As of 7/29/2014 Market Closed