- Last Ratings Update:09/30/2014
- Price as of 09/30/2014 :$22.11
- Net Assets:$707.2 Million
- Peer Rank:113 of 120
- Investment Rating:E
We rate United States Natural Gas Fund at E. This overall rating indicates it is among the top 10% of all closed end funds in its peer group. Negative factors that influence this rating include a short term portfolio management tenure. The fund may be considered for investors seeking a Sector - Energy/Natural Res strategy.
POSITIVES AND RISKS
Total return ranks well below peers over the last three years. The United States Natural Gas Fund has returned an annual rate of -32.46% since inception. More recently, the fund has generated a total return of -25.26% in the last five years, -14.20% in the last three years, and 19.77% in the last year. How does that compare to other equity funds? In the last five years, it has outperformed 3% of them. It has also outpaced 7% of its competitors on a three year basis and 82% of them over the last year for the period ending 9/30/2014. On a year to date basis, UNG has returned 4.54%.
Downside risk has been above average. UNG has a draw down risk of -41.73%, which is the largest price decline experienced over the last three years. This fund has a three year standard deviation of 37.5%. This fund has experienced excessive volatility in its monthly performance over the last 36 months. As of 9/30/2014, the fund was trading at a price of $22.11, which is 0.9% below its 52-week high of $22.32 and 7.2% above its 52-week low of $20.62.
High expense ratio hinders performance. On total assets of $707.20 million, UNG maintains a high expense ratio compared to its Sector - Energy/Natural Res peers of 1.07% to cover all operating costs. Brokerage costs for the fund to buy and sell shares are not included in the expense ratio. As UNG is an exchange traded fund, it has no front end or back end load.
The United States Natural Gas Fund is managed by John T. Hyland at United States Commodity Funds LLC. This fund is one of 12 United States Commodity Funds LLC exchange-traded funds launched since 4/10/2006 that we track.
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