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
Merrill Lynch Regional Bank HOLDRS $56.74 ▲ 1.19 2.14% 264
iShares Goldman Sachs Semiconductor Index Fund $83.77 ▼ 1.69 -1.98% 737,243
Merrill Lynch Semiconductor HOLDRS $49.08 ▼ .94 -1.88% 4,206,364
First Trust ISE-Revere Natural Gas Index Fund $21.69 ▼ .38 -1.72% 202,878
Merrill Lynch Retail HOLDRS $59.80 ▼ .88 -1.45% 8,981
First Trust Dow Jones Internet Indexsm Fund $59.36 ▼ .83 -1.38% 237,725
iShares FTSE EPRA/NAREIT Europe Index Fund $37.60 ▼ .513 -1.35% 1,866
Vanguard Consumer Discretionary ETF $108.64 ▼ 1.24 -1.13% 49,096
First Trust NASDAQ Clean Edge U.S. Liquid Series Index Fund $19.33 ▼ .22 -1.13% 148,133
iShares COMEX Gold Trust $12.67 ▲ .14 1.12% 2,182,081
Select Sector SPDR Fund - Consumer Discretionary $66.82 ▼ .75 -1.11% 3,852,733
First Trust ISE Water Index Fund $33.16 ▼ .34 -1.01% 15,660
iShares FTSE EPRA/NAREIT Global Real Estate ex-U.S. Index Fund $32.22 ▼ .31 -0.95% 97,656
iShares Dow Jones U.S. Consumer Index Fund $124.05 ▼ 1.13 -0.9% 23,058
First Trust ISE Chindia Index Fund $30.98 ▲ .27 0.88% 4,607
iShares Dow Jones U.S. Utilities Index Fund $106.38 ▼ .93 -0.87% 90,768
iShares Goldman Sachs Technology Index Fund $97.29 ▼ .82 -0.84% 17,386
First Trust Dow Jones Select MicroCap Index(sm) Fund $31.06 ▼ .26 -0.83% 4,200
iShares S&P Global Energy Index Fund $48.16 ▼ .40 -0.82% 96,656
First Trust NASDAQ-100 Ex-Technology Sector Index Fund $36.28 ▼ .295 -0.81% 23,642
Vanguard Utilities ETF $92.51 ▼ .75 -0.8% 122,274
Select Sector SPDR Fund - Utilities $42.44 ▼ .34 -0.79% 5,947,413
iShares Dow Jones U.S. Oil and Gas Fund $56.73 ▼ .45 -0.79% 283,597
Vanguard Energy ETF $143.59 ▼ 1.13 -0.78% 115,741
Select Sector SPDR Fund - Energy Select Sector $99.84 ▼ .74 -0.74% 4,803,459
iShares Dow Jones U.S. Financials Index Fund $83.57 ▼ .61 -0.72% 63,023
iShares Cohen & Steers Realty Majors Index Fund $89.08 ▼ .65 -0.72% 151,667
streetTRACKS Wilshire REIT Index Fund $84.43 ▼ .60 -0.71% 122,502
Vanguard REIT ETF $76.03 ▼ .53 -0.69% 4,739,594
First Trust Value Line Equity Allocation Index(sm)Fund $26.88 ▼ .18 -0.67% 422
iShares Goldman Sachs Natural Resources Index Fund $49.71 ▼ .32 -0.64% 68,881
iShares Goldman Sachs Network Index Fund $34.51 ▼ .22 -0.63% 20,612
iShares Dow Jones U.S. Consumer Goods Index Fund $98.95 ▼ .623 -0.63% 8,553
First Trust S&P REIT Index Fund $20.74 ▼ .13 -0.62% 67,621
iShares S&P Global Healthcare Index Fund $94.46 ▼ .55 -0.58% 52,998
Select Sector SPDR Fund - Financial $22.89 ▼ .13 -0.56% 36,307,292
iShares Dow Jones U.S. Real Estate Index Fund $72.73 ▼ .41 -0.56% 7,052,694
iShares GSCI Commodity-Indexed Trust Fund $32.66 ▲ .18 0.55% 48,451
Merrill Lynch Pharmaceutical HOLDRS $61.61 ▼ .34 -0.55% 104,771
iShares NASDAQ Biotechnology Index Fund $254.06 ▼ 1.39 -0.54% 1,119,195
First Trust Value Line 100 Exchange-Traded Fund $20.34 ▼ .11 -0.54% 11,595
iShares FTSE EPRA/NAREIT North America Index Fund $54.35 ▼ .29 -0.53% 2,200
First Trust Value Line Dividend Index Fund $22.65 ▼ .12 -0.53% 96,697
iShares Dow Jones U.S. Financial Services Index Fund $85.15 ▼ .44 -0.51% 25,812
Vanguard Financials ETF $46.53 ▼ .24 -0.51% 128,541
First Trust Amex Biotechnology Index Fund $81.51 ▼ .42 -0.51% 52,313
Vanguard Consumer Staples ETF $116.09 ▼ .58 -0.5% 37,869
First Trust NASDAQ-100-Technology Sector Index Fund $40.34 ▼ .20 -0.49% 24,343
First Trust IPOX-100 Index Fund $47.92 ▼ .23 -0.48% 34,991
streetTRACKS Morgan Stanley Technology Index Fund $96.99 ▼ .443 -0.45% 1,198
iShares Lehman TIPS Bond Fund $115.67 ▲ .50 0.43% 226,339
Vanguard Industrials ETF $103.21 ▼ .45 -0.43% 63,792
PowerShares NASDAQ Internet Portfolio $69.01 ▼ .30 -0.43% 25,836
iShares Trust Morningstar L V I $86.28 ▼ .373 -0.43% 4,723
iShares Dow Jones U.S. Industrials Index Fund $102.82 ▼ .43 -0.42% 79,988
iShares Dow Jones Transportation Average Index Fund $150.77 ▼ .63 -0.42% 180,826
First Trust Morningstar Dividend Leaders Index Fund $24.03 ▼ .10 -0.41% 142,925
Merrill Lynch Biotech HOLDRS $96.67 ▼ .39 -0.4% 49,670
Select Sector SPDR Fund - Consumer Staples $44.79 ▼ .18 -0.4% 2,477,492
iShares Dow Jones U.S. Health Care Index Fund $129.80 ▼ .52 -0.4% 83,998
iShares S&P Global Financial Index Fund $57.68 ▼ .227 -0.39% 6,695
PowerShares DB Commodity Index Tracking Fund $25.69 ▲ .10 0.39% 857,156
PowerShares DB Commodity Index Tracking Fund $25.69 ▲ .10 0.39% 857,156
Vanguard Health Care ETF $112.90 ▼ .42 -0.37% 129,184
Select Sector SPDR Fund - Health Care $61.83 ▼ .23 -0.37% 4,129,327
Vanguard Information Technology ETF $99.14 ▼ .33 -0.33% 220,502
iShares Dow Jones U.S. Basic Materials Index $88.07 ▲ .27 0.31% 48,233
iShares S&P Global Timber &Forestry Index Fund $52.07 ▼ .16 -0.31% 8,405
iShares FTSE Developed Small Cap ex-North America Index Fund $46.05 ▼ .138 -0.3% 1,315
Vanguard Telecommunication Services ETF $88.56 ▼ .258 -0.29% 31,091
iShares FTSE EPRA/NAREIT Asia Index Fund $33.45 ▼ .09 -0.27% 207
iShares S&P Global Technology Index Fund $91.63 ▼ .245 -0.27% 23,984
iShares S&P Global Clean Energy Index Fund $11.53 ▼ .03 -0.26% 11,295
Select Sector SPDR Fund - Industrial $53.79 ▼ .14 -0.26% 7,514,090
iShares Dow Jones U.S. Telecommunications Index Fund $30.38 ▼ .07 -0.23% 90,152
Merrill Lynch Market Oil Service HOLDRS $56.85 ▼ .13 -0.23% 2,085,861
Select Sector SPDR Fund - Basic Industries $50.11 ▲ .09 0.18% 2,389,177
iShares FTSE China (HK Listed) Index Fund $50.23 ▼ .091 -0.18% 1,106
iShares Goldman Sachs Software Index Fund $85.86 ▼ .14 -0.16% 153,187
iShares Dow Jones U.S. Technology Index Fund $99.85 ▼ .15 -0.15% 358,464
Vanguard Materials ETF $112.30 ▲ .16 0.14% 64,044
United States Oil Fund LP $37.77 ▼ .05 -0.13% 2,727,661
Select Sector SPDR Fund - Technology $39.72 ▼ .05 -0.13% 4,749,396
iShares S&P Global Telecommunications Index Fund $64.59 ▼ .02 -0.03% 15,067
iShares S&P Global Nuclear Index Fund $37.71 0.000000 105
WisdomTree Middle East Dividend Fund $22.77 0.000000 18,718
As of 7/25/2014 Market Closed