The new, revamped technology sector hasn’t lost a beat. The pared-down sector, which lost some of its key constituents following changes to the Global Industry Classification Standard (GICS) last September, has been handily outperforming the broader stock market and every other sector so far in 2019.
The Technology Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLK), which tracks the tech sector within the S&P 500, is up 26.4% this year, topping the 17% gain for the broad stock market index.
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In fact, XLK is beating its fellow Communication Services Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLC) by six percentage points in returns this year.
Broad Tech ETFs Tough To Beat
XLK is one of 72 technology ETFs traded on U.S. exchanges. It, along with the even broader Vanguard Information Technology ETF (VGT), are the largest ETFs in the space, both with about $20.8 billion in assets under management.
For liquid, diversified exposure to the tech sector, those funds are hard to beat. Similarly, their performance so far this year, up 26.4% and 27.2%, respectively, has also been tough to beat.
Not many tech ETFs can claim substantially higher returns. Five leveraged ETPs, including the Direxion Daily Semiconductor Bull 3X Shares (SOXL), up 127.9%, and the Direxion Daily Technology Bull 3X Shares (TECL), up 90.9%, have done better.
But take leverage out of the equation and the returns are much more in line with XLK and VGT.
Top-Performing Technology ETFs (excluding leveraged/inverse)
Data measures total returns for the YTD period through 5/2/2019