5 Slumping Sector ETFs

August 14, 2014

Defense and natural gas suppliers rank among the worst sectors of the year.


Chart courtesy of StockCharts.com

These five sector ETFs have the lowest return over the previous three months:

  1. The iShares US Home Construction ETF (ITB | A-59) holds a plain-vanilla portfolio of companies involved in producing homes or selling materials to homebuilders—ITB is down more than 4.7 percent in 2014.
  2. The PowerShares S&P SmallCap Energy ETF (PSCE | B-24) tracks a market-cap-weighted index of energy companies—PSCE has fallen 5.3 percent this year.
  3. The PowerShares S&P SmallCap Industrials ETF (PSCI | B-34) tracks an index of lesser-known small-cap industrial names such as Moog and Hillenbrand. PSCI has slid 5.4 percent so far in 2014.
  4. The iShares US Aerospace & Defense ETF (ITA | A-81) tracks an index of airline and defense suppliers such as Boeing and Lockheed Martin. 2014 has been rough for the industry and ITA is down more than 6 percent.
  5. The First Trust ISE-Revere Natural Gas ETF (FCG | A-99) tracks an equal-weighted index of companies that derive a substantial portion of their revenue from the exploration and production of natural gas. After previously being bid up, FCG has been slammed hard and is down 8.6 percent this year.

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