Energy ETF Overview

Energy ETFs invest in the equity of companies focused on exploration and production of energy.

With 61 ETFs traded in the U.S. markets, Energy ETFs gather total assets under management of $30.33B. The average expense ratio is 0.72%. Energy ETFs can be found in the following asset classes:

  • Equity

The largest Energy ETF is the Energy Select Sector SPDR Fund XLE with $10.43B in assets. In the last trailing year, the best performing Energy ETF was the DRIP at 65.62%. The most-recent ETF launched in the Energy space was the First Trust EIP Carbon Impact ETF ECLN in 08/19/19.

Top ETF Performers

NRGU MicroSectors U.S. Big Oil Index 3X Leveraged ETN 48.74%
GUSH Direxion Daily S&P Oil & Gas Exp. & Prod. Bull 2X Shares 40.84%
AMZA InfraCap MLP ETF 37.62%
NRGO MicroSectors U.S. Big Oil Index 2X Leveraged ETN 35.92%
FXN First Trust Energy AlphaDEX Fund 30.39%

Bottom ETF Performers

NRGD MicroSectors U.S. Big Oil Index -3X Inverse Leveraged ETN -58.87%
DRIP Direxion Daily S&P Oil & Gas Exp. & Prod. Bear 2X Shares -41.30%
NRGZ MicroSectors U.S. Big Oil Index -2X Inverse Leveraged ETN -38.59%
ERY Direxion Daily Energy Bear 2X Shares -26.95%
DUG ProShares UltraShort Oil & Gas -25.90%

Top Creations

XLE Energy Select Sector SPDR Fund 1.18K
XOP SPDR S&P Oil & Gas Exploration & Production ETF 202.41
VDE Vanguard Energy ETF 120.78
IXC iShares Global Energy ETF 81.56
IYE iShares U.S. Energy ETF 76.71

Top Redemptions

AMLP Alerian MLP ETF -315.86
EMLP First Trust North American Energy Infrastructure Fund -153.32
MLPI ETRACS Alerian MLP Infrastructure Index ETN -106.48
AMU ETRACS Alerian MLP Index ETN -64.36
MLPX Global X MLP & Energy Infrastructure ETF -57.49

AUM Winners

NRGU MicroSectors U.S. Big Oil Index 3X Leveraged ETN 2,620.91%
IEZ iShares U.S. Oil Equipment & Services ETF 311.38%
FXN First Trust Energy AlphaDEX Fund 115.93%
PXI Invesco DWA Energy Momentum ETF 112.28%
FTXN First Trust Nasdaq Oil & Gas ETF 94.26%

AUM Losers

NRGD MicroSectors U.S. Big Oil Index -3X Inverse Leveraged ETN -64.57%
AMU ETRACS Alerian MLP Index ETN -51.50%
NRGZ MicroSectors U.S. Big Oil Index -2X Inverse Leveraged ETN -47.27%
ERY Direxion Daily Energy Bear 2X Shares -36.37%
YGRN MicroSectors U.S. Big Oil Index Inverse ETN -25.67%

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