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Top 10 Global Building Infrastructure ETFs

Our goal in this profile is to help investors wade through the many competing ETF offerings available. Using our long experience as an ETF publication, and nearly 40 years in the investment business, we can help select those ETFs that matter and may or may not be repetitive. The result is a more manageable list of issues from which to view and make selections.

There aren't that many ETF choices in the sector so we've lumped homebuilding, construction and infrastructure issues together. Certainly, in emerging markets there is much activity planned. Given current economic conditions in the developed world, infrastructure projects can be seen as stimulative to economic growth.

We're not ranking these ETFs favoring one over another so don't let the listing order mislead you. Although we may use some of these in ETF Digest portfolios it's not our intention to recommend one over another.

Our technical analysis methodology involves using, where possible, monthly charts with enough data to allow investors to stay on the right side of the 12 month moving averages. Further, when market prices move too far above or below this moving average investors can assume a correction in the other direction will eventually take place. In this regard caution is advised.

XHB (SPDR Homebuilders ETF) follows the S&P Homebuilders Select Industry Index which represents the homebuilding sub-industry portion of the S&P TMI and is an equal weighted index. The fund was launched in June 2006. The expense ratio is .35%. AUM (Assets under Management) equal $590 million and average daily trading volume is 4.1M shares. As of mid August 2011 the annual dividend was $.24 making the current yield 1.90% and YTD return of negative 15%.


Data as of August 2011

XHB Top Ten Holdings & Weightings

1.      Tempur-Pedic International, Inc. ( TPX ):  4.58%

2.      Bed Bath & Beyond, Inc. ( BBBY ):  4.10%

3.      DR Horton Inc ( DHI ):  4.09%

4.      Lennar Corporation ( LEN ):  3.93%

5.      Home Depot, Inc. ( HD ):  3.87%

6.      Williams-Sonoma, Inc. ( WSM ):  3.77%

7.      Toll Brothers Inc ( TOL ):  3.75%

8.      Pier 1 Imports, Inc. ( PIR ):  3.71%

9.      PulteGroup Inc ( PHM ):  3.68%

10.  Owens-Corning, Inc. ( OC ):  3.67%



ITB (iShares U.S. Home Construction ETF) follows the Dow Jones U.S. Select Home Construction Index which is a weighted index as opposed to XHB's equal weightings. The fund was launched in May 2006. The expense ratio is .48%. AUM equal $385 million and average daily trading volume is less than 700K shares. As of mid-August 2011 the annual dividend was $.02 making the current yield .35% and YTD return of -21%.

Data as of August 2011

ITB Top Ten Holdings & Weightings

  1. NVR, Inc. (NVR):  9.81%
  2. DR Horton Inc (DHI):  9.10%
  3. Lennar Corporation (LEN):  7.91%
  4. Toll Brothers Inc (TOL):  7.86%
  5. PulteGroup Inc (PHM):   7.18%
  6. Home Depot, Inc. (HD):  4.76%
  7. Lowe's Companies Inc. (LOW):  4.09%
  8. M.D.C. Holdings, Inc. (MDC):  4.07%
  9. Sherwin-Williams Company (SHW):  3.66%
  10. Ryland Group, Inc. (RYL):  3.41%

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