Homebuilder ETF 'ITB' 1st Half's Top Performer

July 03, 2012

 

Just over a month ago, for instance, ITB topped $15.90 a share, only to give up nearly 14 percent of those gains in just four days. What came next was an almost-reluctant rally that pushed the ETF to trade at $16.95 a share Monday, its highest level since September 2008. ITB closed Tuesday at $16.90 a share.

XHB has had a similarly volatile performance, and while it closed Tuesday, July 3, at a one-month high of $21.61 a share, the fund is still 2.7 percent off the recent high of $22.21 hit in late May—at the time, its highest share price since late 2008.

XHB is the slightly cheaper of the two ETFs, with an annual expense ratio of 0.35 percent, compared with ITB's annual cost of 0.47 percent.

 

Top 10 Performers YTD (Excluding Leveraged and Inverse as well as 2012 launches)

Ticker Name YTD TRR YTD Flows ($,M) AUM ($,M)
ITB iShares Dow Jones U.S. Home Construction 41.86 242.17 806.84
FBT First Trust NYSE Arca Biotechnology 34.14 6.17 249.95
XBI SPDR S&P Biotech 33.24 76.13 641.43
EGPT Market Vectors Egypt 32.88 -5.64 41.37
TUR iShares MSCI Turkey Investable Market 29.81 -34.71 406.83
BBH Market Vectors Biotech 29.43 21.47 105.89
EPHE iShares MSCI Philippines Investable Market 27.56 52.86 143.66
VNM Market Vectors Vietnam 26.25 59.93 301.30
XHB SPDR S&P Homebuilders 25.72 264.43 1,361.99
IBB iShares NASDAQ Biotechnology 24.75 212.64 1,962.16

Bottom 10 Performers YTD (Excluding Leveraged and Inverse as well as 2012 launches)

Ticker Name YTD TRR YTD Flows ($,M) AUM ($,M)
KWT Market Vectors Solar Energy -29.27 -4.15 0.63
GLDX Global X Gold Explorers -29.12 13.88 28.08
JO iPath Dow Jones-UBS Coffee Total Return ETN -27.76 9.47 27.06
CAFE iPath Pure Beta Coffee ETN -26.47 1.00 2.42
ARGT Global X FTSE Argentina 20 -26.36 0.00 2.84
TAN Guggenheim Solar -25.75 13.52 50.25
UNG United States Natural Gas -25.35 284.41 1,117.03
CTNN iPath Pure Beta Cotton ETN -23.95 1.05 2.47
KOL Market Vectors Coal -23.94 -96.40 174.70
GDXJ Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners -22.23 722.03 2,120.45

 

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