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Top 10 Consumer Staples ETFs

PSL (PowerShares Dynamic Consumer Staples ETF) follows the Dynamic Consumer Staples Sector Intellidex Index which is considered an "enhanced" index since it uses proprietary quantitative analysis to more actively deploy and manage constituents. Of some interest is the more even weightings of the holdings versus others already listed. The fund was launched in October 2010. The expense ratio is .60%. AUM equal $42 million with average daily trading volume of 4.5K shares. As of late July 2011 the annual dividend was $.24 making the current yield .74% and YTD return over 11%.

Another choice from the same sponsor is PSCC (PowerShares SmallCap Consumer Staples ETF) which follows the S&P SmallCap 600 Consumer Staples Index. The fund was launched in April 2010. Its expense ratio is .29%. AUM equal $13 million and average daily trading volume is 10K shares. As of late July 2011 the yield was just under 3% and YTD return 9.50%

Data as of July 2011

PSL Top Ten Holdings & Weightings

  1. CVS Caremark Corp (CVS):  2.66%
  2. Reynolds American Inc (RAI):  2.65%
  3. Philip Morris International, Inc. (PM):  2.61%
  4. Altria Group Inc. (MO):  2.55%
  5. Costco Wholesale Corporation (COST):  2.54%
  6. Colgate-Palmolive Company (CL):  2.53%
  7. PepsiCo, Inc. (PEP):  2.53%
  8. Estee Lauder Companies A (EL):  2.50%
  9. Kellogg Company (K):  2.43%
  10. General Mills, Inc. (GIS):  2.42%

 

FXG (First Trust Consumer Staples ETF) follows the StrataQuant Consumer Staples Index which is another "enhanced" index which employs the AlphaDEX stock selection methodology to select consumer staples stocks from the Russell 1000. The fund was launched in May 2007. AUM equal $267 million with average daily trading volume of 152K shares. As of late July 2011 the annual dividend was $.25 making the current yield just over 1% and YTD return of 19.50%.

Data as of July 2011

FXG Top Ten Holdings & Weightings

  1. Herbalife, Ltd. (HLF):  6.04%
  2. Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (GMCR):  5.56%
  3. Dean Foods Company (DF):  4.85%
  4. Bunge, Ltd. (BG):  4.49%
  5. Ralcorp Holdings, Inc. (RAH):  4.49%
  6. Tyson Foods, Inc. A (TSN):  4.33%
  7. Whole Foods Market, Inc. (WFM):  4.05%
  8. CVS Caremark Corp (CVS):  3.94%
  9. Archer-Daniels Midland Company (ADM):  3.93%
  10. Smithfield Foods, Inc. (SFD):  3.80%

KXI (iShares S&P Global Consumer Staples ETF) follows the S&P Global Consumer Staples Index which includes the U.S. and other nation's consumer staples issues. The fund was launched in September 2006. The expense ratio is .48%. AUM equal $372 million and average daily trading volume is 36K shares. As of late July 2011 the annual dividend was $1.28 making the current yield 1.91% and YTD return 6.52%.

Data as of July 2011

KXI Top Ten Holdings & Weightings

  1. Nestle SA (NESN):  8.54%
  2. Procter & Gamble Company (PG):  7.03%
  3. Coca-Cola Company (KO):  6.12%
  4. Philip Morris International, Inc. (PM):  4.74%
  5. PepsiCo, Inc. (PEP):  4.42%
  6. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (WMT):  4.02%
  7. British American Tobacco PLC (BATS):  3.46%
  8. Kraft Foods Inc (KFT):  2.46%
  9. Unilever NV (UNA):  2.26%
  10. Altria Group Inc. (MO):  2.20%

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