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 Change Share Volume
First Trust Dow Jones Internet Indexsm Fund $57.04 1.05 -1.81% 429,933
Merrill Lynch Biotech HOLDRS $88.03 1.50 -1.68% 148,451
iShares NASDAQ Biotechnology Index Fund $230.91 3.81 -1.62% 1,804,610
PowerShares NASDAQ Internet Portfolio $64.35 1.05 -1.61% 35,031
First Trust Amex Biotechnology Index Fund $74.48 1.161 -1.53% 89,128
First Trust NASDAQ Clean Edge U.S. Liquid Series Index Fund $19.91 .31 -1.53% 45,431
streetTRACKS Morgan Stanley Technology Index Fund $90.99 1.378 -1.49% 16,582
Vanguard Telecommunication Services ETF $84.53 1.19 -1.39% 69,221
iShares Goldman Sachs Software Index Fund $80.31 1.11 -1.36% 1,901,178
First Trust ISE Chindia Index Fund $28.43 .36 -1.25% 2,353
Merrill Lynch Market Oil Service HOLDRS $52.46 .57 1.1% 1,569,962
Select Sector SPDR Fund - Technology $35.97 .35 -0.96% 3,457,349
iShares Dow Jones U.S. Technology Index Fund $89.53 .84 -0.93% 56,813
Vanguard Information Technology ETF $90.00 .82 -0.9% 148,926
iShares S&P Global Telecommunications Index Fund $67.14 .61 -0.9% 16,474
iShares Dow Jones U.S. Telecommunications Index Fund $29.43 .26 -0.88% 107,890
iShares S&P Global Technology Index Fund $83.68 .71 -0.84% 16,843
iShares Goldman Sachs Technology Index Fund $89.62 .76 -0.84% 10,168
iShares Goldman Sachs Network Index Fund $33.99 .28 -0.82% 9,984
First Trust NASDAQ-100 Ex-Technology Sector Index Fund $34.12 .268 -0.78% 7,471
First Trust ISE-Revere Natural Gas Index Fund $22.67 .17 0.76% 554,088
iShares FTSE EPRA/NAREIT Europe Index Fund $37.36 .28 0.76% 2,319
iShares Goldman Sachs Natural Resources Index Fund $46.49 .33 0.72% 50,246
Select Sector SPDR Fund - Energy Select Sector $93.92 .65 0.7% 3,734,821
Vanguard Energy ETF $135.11 .91 0.68% 78,613
First Trust NASDAQ-100-Technology Sector Index Fund $36.98 .25 -0.67% 23,555
Select Sector SPDR Fund - Health Care $57.82 .38 -0.65% 3,774,428
Vanguard Health Care ETF $105.07 .687 -0.65% 91,897
iShares Dow Jones U.S. Oil and Gas Fund $53.58 .33 0.62% 168,354
First Trust ISE Water Index Fund $33.81 .204 -0.6% 9,477
iShares Dow Jones U.S. Health Care Index Fund $121.46 .73 -0.6% 34,531
First Trust IPOX-100 Index Fund $45.83 .266 -0.58% 54,422
iShares S&P Global Clean Energy Index Fund $11.05 .06 -0.54% 14,002
iShares Dow Jones U.S. Utilities Index Fund $106.56 .51 0.48% 27,578
Vanguard Utilities ETF $92.58 .43 0.47% 48,011
Vanguard Consumer Discretionary ETF $104.61 .49 -0.47% 36,335
First Trust S&P REIT Index Fund $19.58 .09 -0.46% 11,654
Select Sector SPDR Fund - Industrial $53.17 .24 0.45% 4,179,481
Select Sector SPDR Fund - Consumer Discretionary $64.23 .26 -0.4% 1,656,944
iShares Cohen & Steers Realty Majors Index Fund $84.16 .34 -0.4% 142,805
Vanguard REIT ETF $72.05 .29 -0.4% 2,400,201
streetTRACKS Wilshire REIT Index Fund $79.82 .32 -0.4% 124,519
iShares S&P Global Healthcare Index Fund $90.43 .36 -0.4% 26,699
Merrill Lynch Semiconductor HOLDRS $45.49 .18 -0.39% 884,192
Select Sector SPDR Fund - Utilities $42.47 .16 0.38% 7,847,658
iShares S&P Global Energy Index Fund $45.78 .162 0.36% 48,219
Vanguard Industrials ETF $102.01 .35 0.34% 43,402
iShares Dow Jones U.S. Real Estate Index Fund $69.00 .23 -0.33% 2,361,068
iShares Lehman TIPS Bond Fund $113.42 .34 0.3% 215,942
Merrill Lynch Pharmaceutical HOLDRS $59.09 .17 -0.29% 36,654
iShares S&P Global Financial Index Fund $56.38 .159 -0.28% 17,377
iShares Dow Jones U.S. Consumer Index Fund $119.31 .33 -0.28% 6,139
iShares Dow Jones Transportation Average Index Fund $138.70 .38 0.27% 131,282
First Trust Morningstar Dividend Leaders Index Fund $22.99 .05 -0.22% 72,637
First Trust Value Line 100 Exchange-Traded Fund $19.36 .04 0.21% 1,113
Select Sector SPDR Fund - Financial $22.04 .045 0.2% 15,423,036
iShares Dow Jones U.S. Industrials Index Fund $101.63 .20 0.2% 24,213
iShares FTSE EPRA/NAREIT Global Real Estate ex-U.S. Index Fund $30.75 .057 -0.18% 203,985
iShares Dow Jones U.S. Consumer Goods Index Fund $96.17 .17 -0.18% 3,471
United States Oil Fund LP $36.95 .05 -0.14% 1,727,405
iShares S&P Global Timber &Forestry Index Fund $50.43 .06 0.12% 7,056
Merrill Lynch Regional Bank HOLDRS $54.99 .065 -0.12% 796
WisdomTree Middle East Dividend Fund $24.07 .028 0.12% 65,506
iShares Goldman Sachs Semiconductor Index Fund $79.89 .09 -0.11% 111,662
iShares Dow Jones U.S. Financial Services Index Fund $82.41 .084 0.1% 10,453
iShares Trust Morningstar L V I $82.39 .08 -0.1% 3,001
Select Sector SPDR Fund - Basic Industries $47.75 .045 0.09% 1,987,725
iShares Dow Jones U.S. Basic Materials Index $84.07 .07 0.08% 31,457
Vanguard Financials ETF $44.96 .03 0.07% 142,062
First Trust Dow Jones Select MicroCap Index(sm) Fund $31.99 .02 -0.06% 3,123
iShares GSCI Commodity-Indexed Trust Fund $33.46 .02 -0.06% 154,565
iShares FTSE Developed Small Cap ex-North America Index Fund $46.51 .024 0.05% 643
iShares Dow Jones U.S. Financials Index Fund $80.70 .04 0.05% 45,208
PowerShares DB Commodity Index Tracking Fund $26.53 .013 -0.05% 754,905
PowerShares DB Commodity Index Tracking Fund $26.53 .013 -0.05% 754,905
iShares COMEX Gold Trust $12.45 .005 -0.04% 1,926,329
First Trust Value Line Dividend Index Fund $22.10 .008 -0.04% 90,472
Vanguard Consumer Staples ETF $112.26 .03 0.03% 22,838
Select Sector SPDR Fund - Consumer Staples $43.63 0.000000 2,585,949
Merrill Lynch Retail HOLDRS $58.86 0.000000 1,396
Vanguard Materials ETF $107.01 0.000000 45,974
First Trust Value Line Equity Allocation Index(sm)Fund $26.15 0.000000 0
iShares FTSE EPRA/NAREIT Asia Index Fund $31.30 0.000000 0
iShares FTSE EPRA/NAREIT North America Index Fund $51.66 0.000000 0
iShares S&P Global Nuclear Index Fund $37.38 0.000000 0
iShares FTSE China (HK Listed) Index Fund $45.30 0.000000 0
As of 4/23/2014 14:21 ET Open