Best & Worst Sector ETFs & Mutual Funds

July 12, 2012


With the exchange-traded fund industry’s rapid growth, investors are finding it harder to identify funds to watch and stay away from, and a new report on the ETF landscape published on Benzinga may be exactly what investors need.

The report, by David Trainer of the investment-ratings firm New Constructs, is an examination of the best and worst ETFs and mutual funds—with quality of holdings and low cost two critical variables to judge the worthiness of a given security, according to the article, which was also written by Trainer.

The following were listed as the best ETFs for their sector:

  • Health Care Select Sector SPDR Fund (NYSEArca: XLV)
  • Industrial Select Sector SPDR Fund (NYSEArca: XLI)
  • Market Vectors Semiconductor ETF (NYSEArca: SMH)
  • iShares S&P North American Natural Resources Sector Index Fund (NYSEArca: IGE)


For the worst ETFs by sector, the article listed:

  • iShares Dow Jones U.S. Home Construction Index Fund (NYSEArca: ITB)
  • PowerShares S&P SmallCap Consumer Staples Portfolio (NYSEArca: PSCC)
  • PowerShares Lux Nanotech Portfolio (NYSEArca: PXN)
  • SPDR S&P Metals & Mining ETF (NYSEArca: XME)


For the fully detailed report on each sector, visit

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