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Top 10 Energy ETFs

| January 31, 2013 | Comments (0)

 

Our goal in this profile is to help investors wade through the many competing ETF offerings available. Using our long experience as an ETF publication, we can help select those ETFs that matter and provide a variety of choices. The result is a more manageable list of issues from which to choose from and assist in assembling portfolios.

There are nearly 30 ETFs oriented to the energy sector. The following analysis features a fair representation of ETFs available. We believe from the list below investors may choose an appropriate ETF to satisfy the best index-based and “enhanced” offerings individuals and financial advisors may utilize.

The energy sector can be supportive of consumer confidence and spending when product prices are stable but the opposite when prices rise and are volatile. This can also become politically controversial when fossil fuel exploration and development projects like the Keystone Pipeline are present. In 2012, the situation with Iran kept and continues to keep crude oil and some distillate prices high. It’s troubling the U.S. hasn’t had a coherent or effective energy policy since the Department of Energy was created by the Carter Administration over 30 years ago. The bottom line: more bureaucrats than energy with reliance and exposure to dangerous and unstable areas of the world. Easy monetary policies from central banks weaken the dollar also push product prices higher. In sum, energy needs have been outsourced like jobs leading to a more unstable and politically charged environment.

We feature a technical view of conditions from monthly chart views. Simplistically, we recommend longer-term investors stay on the right side of the 12 month simple moving average. When prices are above the moving average, stay long, and when below remain in cash or short. receive added signals when markets become extended such as DeMark indicators may trigger an exit from overbought/oversold conditions.

For traders and investors wishing to hedge, leveraged and inverse issues are available to utilize from ProShares:  Ultra (2x) Oil & Gas () & UltraShort (-2x) Oil & Gas (; and Direxion Daily Energy Bull 3x Shares () and Bear 3x Shares ()

 


 

SPDR Energy Select Sector Fund ()

XLE is linked to the Energy Select Sector Index which includes oil, gas, natural gas and energy equipment and services. The fund is the oldest of its kind launched in December 1998. The expense ratio is .18%. AUM (Assets under Management) exceeds $7 billion and average daily trading volume is around 10 million shares. As of late January 2013 the annual dividend yield is 1.70% and YTD return was 7.60%. The one year return was 9.30%.

Data as of January 2013
XLE Top Ten Holdings & Weightings

  • Exxon Mobil Corporation (XOM): 18.47%
  • Chevron Corp (CVX): 15.00%
  • Schlumberger NV (SLB): 6.66%
  • Occidental Petroleum Corporation (OXY): 3.75%
  • ConocoPhillips (COP): 3.61%
  • Anadarko Petroleum Corp (APC): 3.00%
  • EOG Resources (EOG): 2.77%
  • Halliburton Company (HAL): 2.67%
  • National Oilwell Varco, Inc. (NOV): 2.56%
  • Apache Corporation (APA): 2.46%

 

SPDR Energy Select Sector SPDR Fund



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Vanguard Energy ETF ()

VDE is linked to the MSCI US Investable Market Energy 25/50 Index. The index consists of small to large companies within the overall energy sector from drillers, distributors, drilling rigs and equipment, production and marketing of oil and gas products. You’ll note the index is heavily weighted by XOM near 23%. The fund was launched in September 2004. The expense ratio is .14%. AUM is $2 billion while average daily trading volume is around 125K shares. As of late January 2013 the annual dividend yield is 1.80% and YTD return was 7.60%. The one year return was 7.65%

Data as of Data as of January 2013
VDE Top Ten Holdings & Weightings

  • Exxon Mobil Corporation (XOM): 22.84%
  • Chevron Corp (CVX): 14.07%
  • Schlumberger NV (SLB): 5.90%
  • Occidental Petroleum Corporation (OXY): 4.25%
  • ConocoPhillips (COP): 4.22%
  • Anadarko Petroleum Corp (APC): 2.14%
  • National Oilwell Varco, Inc. (NOV): 2.09%
  • Apache Corporation (APA): 2.04%
  • Halliburton Company (HAL): 1.91%
  • EOG Resources (EOG): 1.85%

VDE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

PowerShares Dynamic Energy ETF ()

PXI follows the Dynamic Energy Sector Intellidex Index which is a so-called “enhanced” index strategy that evaluates constituents and modifies holdings according to quantitative valuations. The fund was launched in October 2006. The expense ratio is .65. AUM equal $130M and average daily trading volume is around 26K shares. As of late January 2013 the annual dividend yield is 1,20% and YTD return was 8.60%. The one year return was 18.55%.

Data as of Data as of January 2013
PXI Top Ten Holdings & Weightings

  • Phillips 66 (PSX): 3.12%
  • Murphy Oil Corporation (MUR): 2.90%
  • Marathon Petroleum Corp (MPC): 2.88%
  • EOG Resources (EOG): 2.72%
  • Plains All American Pipeline LP (PAA): 2.70%
  • Valero Energy Corporation (VLO): 2.59%
  • Halliburton Company (HAL): 2.55%
  • Exxon Mobil Corporation (XOM): 2.53%
  • ConocoPhillips (COP): 2.51%
  • Schlumberger NV (SLB): 2.48%

 

Powershares Dynamic Energy ETF (PXI)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

First Trust ISE-Revere Natural Gas Index Fund ()

FCG follow the ISE-Revere Natural Gas Index which represents stocks of companies deriving a substantial portion of their earnings from natural gas exploration and production. The fund was launched in May 2007. The expense ratio is .60%. AUM is less than $415M and average daily trading volume is 418K shares. As of late January 2013 the annual dividend yield is .41% and YTD return was 4.85%. The one year return was -6.74%.

Data as of Data as of January 2013
FCG Top Ten Holdings & Weightings

  • Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation Class A (COG): 4.02%
  • EQT Corp (EQT): 3.96%
  • Noble Energy Inc (NBL): 3.95%
  • EOG Resources (EOG): 3.91%
  • Southwestern Energy Company (SWN): 3.81%
  • Questar Corp (STR): 3.80%
  • Anadarko Petroleum Corp (APC): 3.79%
  • EXCO Resources, Inc. (XCO): 3.77%
  • Cimarex Energy Company (XEC): 3.71%
  • Encana Corp (ECA): 3.64%


First Trust ISE-Revere Natural Gas Index Fund (FCG)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

iShares S&P Global Energy Sector Index Fund ()

IXC follows the S&P Global Energy Sector Index. The fund was launched November 2001. The expense ratio is higher than others at .48%. AUM is nearly $1 billion and average daily trading volume is around 151K shares. As of late January 2013 the annual dividend yield is 2.40% and YTD return was 5.80%. The one year return was 4.37%.

Data as of Data as of First Quarter 2013
IXC Top Ten Holdings & Weightings

  • Exxon Mobil Corporation (XOM): 14.80%
  • Chevron Corp (CVX): 7.94%
  • BP PLC (BPAQF): 4.94%
  • Royal Dutch Shell PLC Class A (RYDAF): 4.82%
  • Total SA (FP): 4.58%
  • Royal Dutch Shell PLC Class B (RDSB): 3.48%
  • Schlumberger NV (SLB): 3.45%
  • ConocoPhillips (COP): 2.60%
  • Eni SpA (ENI): 2.43%
  • Occidental Petroleum Corporation (OXY): 2.35%

 

iShares S&P Global Energy Sector Index Fund (IXC)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

SPDR S&P Oil & Gas Exploration & Production ETF ()

XOP follows the S&P Oil & Gas Exploration & Production Select Industry Index. The fund was launched in June 2006. Uniquely the index is equally weighted. The expense ratio is .35%. AUM equal around $760 million and average daily trading volume is 3.7M shares. As of late January 2013 the annual dividend yield is 1.12% and YTD return 7.05%. The one year return was 6.50%.

Data as of Data as of January 2013
XOP Top Ten Holdings & Weightings

  • Magnum Hunter Resources Corportion (MHR): 1.57%
  • SM Energy Co (SM): 1.55%
  • Rex Energy Corporation (REXX): 1.54%
  • Oasis Petroleum Inc (OAS): 1.51%
  • Rosetta Resources, Inc. (ROSE): 1.51%
  • Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation Class A (COG): 1.50%
  • Bonanza Creek Energy Inc (BCEI): 1.50%
  • EQT Corp (EQT): 1.47%
  • World Fuel Services Corporation (INT): 1.47%
  • Newfield Exploration Company (NFX): 1.47%

 

SPDR S&P Oil & Gas Exploration and Production (XOP)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

iShares Dow Jones U.S. Energy Sector Index Fund ()

IYE follows the Dow Jones U.S. Oil & Gas Index. The fund was launched in June 2001. The expense ratio is .48% like other iShares products. You should note a heavy concentration in weightings of XOM at 24%. AUM is over $1.1 billion while average daily trading volume is over 450K shares.  As of late January 2013 the annual dividend yield is 1.55% and YTD return was 8.00%. The one year return was 9.00%.

Data as of Data as of January 2013
IYE Top Ten Holdings & Weightings

  • Exxon Mobil Corporation (XOM): 24.22%
  • Chevron Corp (CVX): 13.85%
  • Schlumberger NV (SLB): 6.02%
  • ConocoPhillips (COP): 4.68%
  • Occidental Petroleum Corporation (OXY): 4.20%
  • Anadarko Petroleum Corp (APC): 2.48%
  • Phillips 66 (PSX): 2.22%
  • EOG Resources (EOG): 2.19%
  • Halliburton Company (HAL): 2.13%
  • Apache Corporation (APA): 2.10%

 

iShares Dow Jones US Energy Index (IYE)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

iShares Dow Jones U.S. Oil Equipment & Services Index Fund ()

IEZ follows the Dow Jones U.S. Select Oil Equipment & Services Index. The fund was launched in May 2006. The expense ratio is .48%. AUM equals around $350M and average daily trading volume is over 100K shares. As of late January 2013 the annual dividend yield is .60% and YTD return was 11.80%. The one year return was 4.50%.

Investors can also evaluate XES (SPDR S&P Oil & Gas Equipment & Services ETF) with a lower expense ratio of .35% but different constituents and weightings.

Data as of Data as of January 2013
IEZ Top Ten Holdings & Weightings

  • Schlumberger NV (SLB): 16.46%
  • Halliburton Company (HAL): 8.55%
  • National Oilwell Varco, Inc. (NOV): 7.95%
  • Baker Hughes Inc. (BHI): 5.47%
  • Transocean Ltd (RIG): 5.06%
  • Cameron International Corporation (CAM): 4.60%
  • Ensco PLC Class A (ESV): 4.55%
  • FMC Technologies, Inc. (FTI): 3.63%
  • Noble Corporation (NE): 3.25%
  • Weatherford International Ltd (WFT): 3.19%

 

iShares Dow Jones US Oil Equipment & Services (IEZ)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

First Trust Energy AlphaDEX Fund ()

FXN follows the StraQuant Energy Index which is another enhanced index attempting to outperform more static indexes through quantitative analysis and rebalancing of constituents from the Russell 1000 Index. The fund was launched May 2007. The expense ratio is .70%. AUM is just over $145M and average daily trading volume is 157K shares. As of late January 2013 the annual dividend yield is 1.00% and YTD return 8.12%. The one year return was 9.45%.

Data as of January 2013
FXN Top Ten Holdings & Weightings

  • Phillips 66 (PSX): 3.92%
  • Peabody Energy Corporation (BTU): 3.91%
  • Patterson-UTI Energy, Inc. (PTEN): 3.90%
  • HollyFrontier Corp (HFC): 3.81%
  • Helmerich & Payne, Inc. (HP): 3.80%
  • Superior Energy Services Inc (SPN): 3.43%
  • Chevron Corp (CVX): 3.15%
  • Chesapeake Energy Corp (CHK): 3.13%
  • SandRidge Energy Inc (SD): 2.91%
  • Murphy Oil Corporation (MUR): 2.79%

First Trust Energy AlphaDex  Fund (FXN)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Market Vectors Coal ETF ()

KOL follows the Stowe Coal Index which provides exposure to companies that derive 50% or more of their revenues from the coal industry. The fund was launched in January 2008. The expense ratio is toward the higher end of the non-enhanced sector at .59%. AUM equal $56M while average daily trading volume is over 254K shares. As of late January 2013 the annual dividend yield is 1.65% and YTD return was .10%. The one year return was -28.20%.

After the Fukushima nuclear disaster utility providers have abandoned nuclear. In Japan and elsewhere the quick fix has been toward coal. This is dissatisfying to environmentalists and the administration but the utilities have little choice since natural gas production has been stymied. Wind and solar aren’t at a level where they can produce enough power. You’ll note in the holdings a high percentage of Chinese companies. They’re reputed to be opening a new coal plant every week and paying no attention to air quality. If you’ve been there you’ll know. 

Data as of Data as of January 2013
KOL Top Ten Holdings & Weightings

  • China Shenhua Energy Company Limited H Shares (01088): 8.46%
  • Consol Energy Inc (CNX): 8.22%
  • Peabody Energy Corporation (BTU): 7.37%
  • Joy Global, Inc. (JOY): 6.57%
  • Aurizon Holdings Ltd (AZJ): 6.41%
  • China Coal Energy Co., Ltd. H Shares (01898): 5.60%
  • Yanzhou Coal Mining Company Limited ADR (YZC): 4.64%
  • Turquoise Hill Resources Ltd (TRQ): 4.42%
  • Banpu Public Company Limited DR (BNPJF): 4.17%
  • Westshore Terminals Investment Corp (WTE): 2.96%

 

Market Vectors Coal ETF (KOL)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONCLUSION

The energy sector overall has been choppy and negatively affected by volatile energy prices, geopolitical issues, domestic politics and poor to confusing energy policies. New ETFs from highly regarded and substantial new provider Charles Schwab ETFs may feature this sector eventually featuring lower expense ratios and commission free trading at their respective firms. These may also become popular as they become seasoned. Other brokers like Vanguard, Fidelity, TD Ameritrade, ETrade, Scottrade and others also have commission free trading with various ETF providers.

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The ETF Digest has positions in XOP and XLE ETFs.

(Source for data is from ETF sponsors and various ETF data providers)

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