The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: First Trust Nasdaq Semiconductor, PowerShares Dynamic Semiconductors, VanEck Vectors Semiconductor and iShares PHLX Semiconductor

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Chicago, IL - November 1, 2017 - announces the list of stocks featured in the Analyst Blog. Every day the Zacks Equity Research analysts discuss the latest news and events impacting stocks and the financial markets. Stocks recently featured in the blog include First Trust Nasdaq Semiconductor ETFFTXL , PowerShares Dynamic Semiconductors FundPSI , VanEck Vectors Semiconductor ETFSMH and iShares PHLX Semiconductor ETFSOXX .

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Here are highlights from Tuesday's Analyst Blog:

Best ETFs from October's Top Performing Sector

The technology sector has been leading this month buoyed by soaring FAANG stocks - Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix and Alphabet - and encouraging fundamentals like improved overseas demand, Trump's tax reform plan and a rising interest rate scenario.

Notably, the semiconductor industry has been outperforming the broad sector buoyed by innovative technologies. New areas such as autonomous cars, cloud computing, gaming, wearables, VR headsets, drones, virtual reality devices, Internet of Things (IoT) and artificial intelligence are fueling exceptional growth in the industry, offsetting struggling traditional businesses like PCs and smartphones.

Further, the industry is benefiting from an astronomical surge in cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum that has pushed semiconductor stocks to record highs. This is because mining of cryptocurrencies needs the usage of semiconductors. A hardware known as an ASIC (Application-Specific Integrated Circuit) has been designed exclusively for mining bitcoin (read: ETFs Riding High On Bitcoin Surge ).

Moreover, the deluge of strong earnings reports from the major players such as Micron, Texas Instruments, Intel and Advanced Micro Devices added to the strength.

Given this, investors might want to tap the space with the top-performing semiconductor ETFs and stocks of this month. For them, we have highlighted four funds and stocks that are poised to perform well in the final two months of the year.

Best ETFs

First Trust Nasdaq Semiconductor ETF

This fund offers exposure to the most-liquid U.S. semiconductor securities based on volatility, value and growth by tracking the Nasdaq US Smart Semiconductor Index. It holds 30 stocks in its basket with each holding less than 9% share. FTXL has accumulated $24.5 million in AUM and trades in average volume of around 8,000 shares. Expense ratio comes in at 0.60%. FTXL is up 8.9% in October and has a Zacks ETF Rank #2 (Buy).

PowerShares Dynamic Semiconductors Fund

This fund tracks the Dynamic Semiconductor Intellidex Index, holding 30 securities in its basket with none accounting for more than 5.6% share. The product has AUM of $357.3 million and sees a moderate average daily volume of 80,000 shares. It charges 63 bps in annual fees and has surged 8.1% this month. The product has a Zacks ETF Rank #1 (Strong Buy) (read: 5 Biggest ETF Winners of Trump Trade Resurgence ).

VanEck Vectors Semiconductor ETF

This fund provides exposure to 26 securities by tracking the MVIS US Listed Semiconductor 25 Index. It is highly concentrated on the top two firms - Taiwan Semiconductor (TSM) and Intel - with a combined 19.4% of assets. The product has managed assets worth $1.1 billion and charges 36 bps in annual fees and expenses. It is heavily traded with a volume of around 3.1 million shares per day and has gained 7.8% this month. The fund has a Zacks ETF Rank #1.

iShares PHLX Semiconductor ETF

This ETF follows the PHLX SOX Semiconductor Sector Index and offers exposure to 30 firms with each holding less than 9% of assets. The fund has amassed $1.4 billion in its asset base and trades in solid average volume of around 478,000 shares a day. It charges 48 bps in fees a year from investors and has gained 8.1% this month. It has a Zacks ETF Rank #1 (read: Semiconductor ETFs Touch New Highs Ahead of Q3 Earnings ).

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