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
First Trust NASDAQ Clean Edge U.S. Liquid Series Index Fund $20.08 ▼ .30 -1.47% 67,410
iShares Goldman Sachs Semiconductor Index Fund $88.55 ▼ 1.12 -1.25% 112,834
Merrill Lynch Semiconductor HOLDRS $51.93 ▼ .62 -1.18% 1,864,434
iShares Goldman Sachs Network Index Fund $35.29 ▼ .40 -1.12% 17,565
First Trust ISE Chindia Index Fund $30.79 ▼ .34 -1.09% 5,656
First Trust ISE-Revere Natural Gas Index Fund $19.32 ▼ .21 -1.08% 305,361
First Trust Dow Jones Select MicroCap Index(sm) Fund $31.01 ▼ .33 -1.05% 1,532
iShares S&P Global Clean Energy Index Fund $11.29 ▼ .12 -1.05% 13,001
iShares S&P Global Nuclear Index Fund $37.00 ▲ .37 1.01% 874
Merrill Lynch Market Oil Service HOLDRS $51.48 ▼ .49 -0.94% 4,750,753
First Trust NASDAQ-100-Technology Sector Index Fund $41.86 ▼ .38 -0.9% 83,626
First Trust Value Line 100 Exchange-Traded Fund $20.28 ▼ .181 -0.88% 2,900
iShares FTSE EPRA/NAREIT Asia Index Fund $31.70 ▼ .281 -0.88% 42,003
Vanguard Utilities ETF $93.35 ▲ .73 0.79% 80,524
iShares Dow Jones U.S. Utilities Index Fund $107.53 ▲ .81 0.76% 63,176
streetTRACKS Wilshire REIT Index Fund $80.94 ▼ .56 -0.69% 613,518
Select Sector SPDR Fund - Financial $23.65 ▼ .16 -0.67% 50,517,109
streetTRACKS Morgan Stanley Technology Index Fund $98.26 ▼ .645 -0.65% 1,611
Select Sector SPDR Fund - Technology $40.34 ▼ .26 -0.64% 15,696,033
Select Sector SPDR Fund - Energy Select Sector $93.79 ▼ .56 -0.59% 9,473,438
iShares COMEX Gold Trust $11.79 ▼ .07 -0.59% 1,743,192
Select Sector SPDR Fund - Industrial $54.43 ▼ .31 -0.57% 9,268,800
iShares Goldman Sachs Natural Resources Index Fund $46.64 ▼ .25 -0.53% 362,696
First Trust Value Line Equity Allocation Index(sm)Fund $26.96 ▼ .14 -0.52% 642
iShares Dow Jones Transportation Average Index Fund $154.81 ▼ .78 -0.5% 208,621
iShares Goldman Sachs Software Index Fund $87.88 ▼ .44 -0.5% 27,295
iShares FTSE EPRA/NAREIT Europe Index Fund $36.28 ▼ .18 -0.49% 4,595
Select Sector SPDR Fund - Basic Industries $50.44 ▼ .25 -0.49% 6,052,818
Merrill Lynch Regional Bank HOLDRS $58.31 ▼ .287 -0.49% 418
iShares Dow Jones U.S. Technology Index Fund $102.47 ▼ .46 -0.45% 295,698
iShares S&P Global Timber &Forestry Index Fund $51.15 ▼ .224 -0.44% 13,218
Vanguard Information Technology ETF $101.66 ▼ .44 -0.43% 198,615
iShares Dow Jones U.S. Financial Services Index Fund $88.40 ▼ .38 -0.43% 48,803
First Trust ISE Water Index Fund $33.08 ▼ .14 -0.42% 27,273
WisdomTree Middle East Dividend Fund $25.03 ▲ .10 0.4% 15,213
iShares FTSE China (HK Listed) Index Fund $50.21 ▼ .20 -0.4% 11,200
iShares Dow Jones U.S. Financials Index Fund $85.85 ▼ .33 -0.38% 197,892
First Trust Morningstar Dividend Leaders Index Fund $23.99 ▲ .09 0.38% 71,304
Vanguard Financials ETF $47.71 ▼ .18 -0.38% 156,973
Select Sector SPDR Fund - Consumer Staples $45.43 ▼ .17 -0.37% 5,410,960
Vanguard Industrials ETF $104.51 ▼ .39 -0.37% 134,458
iShares S&P Global Technology Index Fund $93.12 ▼ .33 -0.35% 10,944
Vanguard Telecommunication Services ETF $88.96 ▲ .298 0.34% 43,301
iShares S&P Global Financial Index Fund $58.24 ▼ .19 -0.33% 213,999
iShares Goldman Sachs Technology Index Fund $99.60 ▼ .31 -0.31% 10,572
Merrill Lynch Biotech HOLDRS $106.97 ▲ .33 0.31% 50,536
iShares Dow Jones U.S. Industrials Index Fund $104.11 ▼ .32 -0.31% 84,792
PowerShares NASDAQ Internet Portfolio $69.65 ▼ .21 -0.3% 30,430
Vanguard Materials ETF $113.18 ▼ .34 -0.3% 37,837
iShares Lehman TIPS Bond Fund $112.04 ▲ .33 0.3% 391,098
Select Sector SPDR Fund - Consumer Discretionary $68.49 ▼ .20 -0.29% 5,921,143
iShares FTSE EPRA/NAREIT Global Real Estate ex-U.S. Index Fund $30.93 ▼ .09 -0.29% 70,940
iShares Trust Morningstar L V I $87.08 ▲ .25 0.29% 3,116
First Trust Amex Biotechnology Index Fund $92.09 ▼ .25 -0.27% 113,853
iShares S&P Global Energy Index Fund $45.43 ▼ .12 -0.26% 66,100
iShares Cohen & Steers Realty Majors Index Fund $86.18 ▲ .22 0.26% 95,028
Select Sector SPDR Fund - Health Care $64.88 ▼ .16 -0.25% 6,833,544
iShares Dow Jones U.S. Telecommunications Index Fund $30.98 ▲ .07 0.23% 546,345
iShares Dow Jones U.S. Basic Materials Index $88.75 ▼ .20 -0.22% 62,902
Merrill Lynch Retail HOLDRS $63.41 ▲ .14 0.22% 6,319
iShares S&P Global Telecommunications Index Fund $64.53 ▲ .13 0.2% 45,695
Merrill Lynch Pharmaceutical HOLDRS $64.06 ▼ .11 -0.17% 43,815
United States Oil Fund LP $34.57 ▼ .05 -0.14% 3,403,046
Vanguard Consumer Staples ETF $118.44 ▲ .15 0.13% 51,229
Vanguard REIT ETF $73.64 ▲ .09 0.12% 3,465,454
First Trust IPOX-100 Index Fund $49.72 ▼ .05 -0.1% 229,471
First Trust S&P REIT Index Fund $20.08 ▲ .02 0.1% 80,383
iShares Dow Jones U.S. Consumer Goods Index Fund $101.02 ▲ .10 0.1% 6,962
iShares GSCI Commodity-Indexed Trust Fund $29.96 ▲ .02 0.07% 158,970
iShares Dow Jones U.S. Consumer Index Fund $127.45 ▼ .08 -0.06% 15,169
iShares NASDAQ Biotechnology Index Fund $275.23 ▲ .16 0.06% 822,492
iShares Dow Jones U.S. Real Estate Index Fund $70.95 ▲ .04 0.06% 12,912,047
iShares Dow Jones U.S. Oil and Gas Fund $53.68 ▼ .03 -0.06% 217,064
Vanguard Consumer Discretionary ETF $111.62 ▼ .06 -0.05% 53,629
iShares Dow Jones U.S. Health Care Index Fund $136.97 ▲ .07 0.05% 252,824
Vanguard Energy ETF $135.91 ▼ .06 -0.04% 230,878
First Trust Value Line Dividend Index Fund $23.01 ▼ .01 -0.04% 256,204
iShares S&P Global Healthcare Index Fund $99.06 ▼ .04 -0.04% 30,143
First Trust Dow Jones Internet Indexsm Fund $61.76 ▼ .02 -0.03% 179,258
First Trust NASDAQ-100 Ex-Technology Sector Index Fund $37.57 ▼ .01 -0.03% 11,210
Vanguard Health Care ETF $119.04 ▲ .02 0.02% 173,269
iShares FTSE EPRA/NAREIT North America Index Fund $52.64 ▼ .003 -0.01% 1,550
Select Sector SPDR Fund - Utilities $42.54 0.000000 9,657,064
As of 9/19/2014 Market Closed