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
iShares Goldman Sachs Semiconductor Index Fund $78.56 1.45 1.88% 118,015
First Trust ISE-Revere Natural Gas Index Fund $22.43 .36 1.63% 1,537,509
iShares S&P Global Nuclear Index Fund $37.66 .56 1.51% 150
Merrill Lynch Regional Bank HOLDRS $54.96 .73 1.35% 630
First Trust Value Line Equity Allocation Index(sm)Fund $25.89 .335 1.31% 400
Select Sector SPDR Fund - Utilities $42.30 .53 -1.24% 17,986,650
Merrill Lynch Semiconductor HOLDRS $45.10 .55 1.23% 2,722,067
First Trust ISE Chindia Index Fund $28.67 .34 1.2% 4,413
First Trust Dow Jones Select MicroCap Index(sm) Fund $31.67 .35 1.12% 15,100
iShares Dow Jones U.S. Utilities Index Fund $106.02 1.16 -1.08% 72,626
iShares Goldman Sachs Network Index Fund $33.93 .35 1.04% 25,809
WisdomTree Middle East Dividend Fund $23.84 .24 1.02% 89,340
Vanguard Utilities ETF $92.11 .94 -1.01% 154,937
iShares FTSE Developed Small Cap ex-North America Index Fund $46.54 .44 0.95% 3,952
iShares Dow Jones U.S. Oil and Gas Fund $53.03 .49 0.93% 281,725
iShares FTSE EPRA/NAREIT Europe Index Fund $36.95 .34 0.93% 10,399
Select Sector SPDR Fund - Energy Select Sector $92.79 .84 0.91% 18,548,085
First Trust Value Line 100 Exchange-Traded Fund $19.09 .17 0.9% 9,679
Vanguard Energy ETF $133.62 1.19 0.9% 120,782
Vanguard Industrials ETF $101.09 .846 0.84% 101,362
Vanguard Telecommunication Services ETF $85.16 .70 0.83% 74,728
iShares FTSE EPRA/NAREIT North America Index Fund $51.52 .42 0.82% 790
iShares Dow Jones U.S. Telecommunications Index Fund $29.47 .24 0.82% 153,534
iShares Goldman Sachs Natural Resources Index Fund $45.92 .365 0.8% 141,778
First Trust NASDAQ-100-Technology Sector Index Fund $36.74 .29 0.8% 11,585
Select Sector SPDR Fund - Industrial $52.75 .41 0.78% 12,889,666
iShares Dow Jones U.S. Industrials Index Fund $100.97 .76 0.76% 160,369
iShares S&P Global Energy Index Fund $45.48 .34 0.75% 102,461
iShares S&P Global Timber &Forestry Index Fund $50.23 .36 0.72% 10,381
streetTRACKS Morgan Stanley Technology Index Fund $91.35 .619 0.68% 2,794
Vanguard REIT ETF $71.77 .42 -0.58% 3,736,436
First Trust NASDAQ Clean Edge U.S. Liquid Series Index Fund $19.41 .11 0.57% 58,810
iShares S&P Global Clean Energy Index Fund $10.84 .06 0.56% 20,008
iShares Cohen & Steers Realty Majors Index Fund $84.14 .47 -0.56% 282,847
iShares COMEX Gold Trust $12.56 .07 -0.55% 1,480,990
iShares S&P Global Financial Index Fund $56.34 .308 0.55% 24,700
iShares Goldman Sachs Software Index Fund $80.71 .44 0.55% 54,935
iShares FTSE EPRA/NAREIT Asia Index Fund $31.29 .17 0.55% 19,059
iShares Dow Jones Transportation Average Index Fund $136.52 .74 0.54% 262,394
First Trust IPOX-100 Index Fund $45.14 .24 0.53% 98,075
Merrill Lynch Pharmaceutical HOLDRS $56.98 .29 0.51% 17,518
First Trust S&P REIT Index Fund $19.53 .10 -0.51% 42,506
United States Oil Fund LP $37.66 .18 0.48% 3,082,555
iShares S&P Global Telecommunications Index Fund $67.31 .32 0.48% 26,677
streetTRACKS Wilshire REIT Index Fund $79.74 .36 -0.45% 141,794
iShares FTSE EPRA/NAREIT Global Real Estate ex-U.S. Index Fund $30.78 .13 0.42% 82,416
First Trust ISE Water Index Fund $33.76 .13 0.39% 25,922
First Trust NASDAQ-100 Ex-Technology Sector Index Fund $33.78 .126 0.37% 13,585
Merrill Lynch Market Oil Service HOLDRS $51.10 .18 0.35% 5,554,994
Select Sector SPDR Fund - Basic Industries $47.52 .15 0.32% 4,719,075
iShares GSCI Commodity-Indexed Trust Fund $33.69 .10 0.3% 47,565
Merrill Lynch Biotech HOLDRS $85.37 .25 -0.29% 123,920
iShares Dow Jones U.S. Real Estate Index Fund $68.71 .19 -0.28% 16,932,407
Vanguard Materials ETF $106.41 .29 0.27% 125,116
iShares Trust Morningstar L V I $82.02 .223 0.27% 25,165
iShares NASDAQ Biotechnology Index Fund $222.16 .569 -0.26% 2,968,624
iShares Dow Jones U.S. Consumer Index Fund $118.36 .30 0.25% 20,487
iShares S&P Global Healthcare Index Fund $88.75 .22 0.25% 51,997
iShares Dow Jones U.S. Consumer Goods Index Fund $95.97 .23 0.24% 8,688
iShares Dow Jones U.S. Basic Materials Index $83.64 .20 0.24% 111,237
PowerShares DB Commodity Index Tracking Fund $26.64 .06 0.23% 1,295,807
PowerShares DB Commodity Index Tracking Fund $26.64 .06 0.23% 1,295,807
Select Sector SPDR Fund - Financial $21.86 .04 0.18% 47,887,326
Vanguard Financials ETF $44.62 .08 0.18% 274,623
iShares Dow Jones U.S. Technology Index Fund $89.55 .15 -0.17% 114,057
iShares S&P Global Technology Index Fund $83.73 .14 -0.17% 21,804
First Trust Amex Biotechnology Index Fund $72.53 .12 -0.17% 207,519
Select Sector SPDR Fund - Technology $36.03 .05 -0.14% 7,880,552
Vanguard Consumer Discretionary ETF $103.73 .14 0.14% 92,827
First Trust Morningstar Dividend Leaders Index Fund $23.00 .03 0.13% 106,562
Select Sector SPDR Fund - Consumer Discretionary $63.77 .08 0.13% 4,949,977
iShares Lehman TIPS Bond Fund $113.08 .14 -0.12% 688,887
iShares Dow Jones U.S. Health Care Index Fund $119.43 .14 0.12% 139,543
iShares Dow Jones U.S. Financials Index Fund $80.15 .09 0.11% 73,988
Vanguard Information Technology ETF $89.86 .10 -0.11% 475,086
Vanguard Consumer Staples ETF $112.19 .12 0.11% 32,438
First Trust Dow Jones Internet Indexsm Fund $57.00 .06 -0.11% 814,585
PowerShares NASDAQ Internet Portfolio $64.08 .05 0.08% 43,516
iShares Dow Jones U.S. Financial Services Index Fund $81.70 .06 0.07% 81,904
iShares Goldman Sachs Technology Index Fund $89.49 .06 -0.07% 12,420
Select Sector SPDR Fund - Consumer Staples $43.63 .01 0.02% 4,209,482
iShares FTSE China (HK Listed) Index Fund $45.66 .01 0.02% 6,929
Select Sector SPDR Fund - Health Care $56.89 .01 -0.02% 8,651,545
Vanguard Health Care ETF $103.30 .01 0.01% 160,078
Merrill Lynch Retail HOLDRS $58.33 0.000000 5,481
First Trust Value Line Dividend Index Fund $22.05 0.000000 78,549
As of 4/17/2014 Market Closed