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Top 10 Commodity Producer ETFs

FCG (First Trust Natural Gas ETF) follows the ISE-Revere Natural Gas Index which is an equal weight index with companies that derive a substantial amount of their revenues from the exploration and production of natural gas. The fund was launched in May 2007. The expense ratio is .60%. AUM equal $450 million and average daily trading volume is 460K shares. As of early August 2011 the annual dividend was negligible and YTD return was -2.03%.

Direxion Shares have leveraged long and short issues tied to this index.

Data as of August 2011

FCG Top Ten Holdings & Weightings

  1. Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation A (COG): 3.86%
  2. McMoRan Exploration Co. (MMR): 3.84%
  3. Anadarko Petroleum Corp (APC): 3.55%
  4. ConocoPhillips (COP): 3.54%
  5. Range Resources Corporation (RRC): 3.54%
  6. QEP Resources, Inc. (QEP): 3.53%
  7. Apache Corporation (APA): 3.53%
  8. Statoil ASA ADR (STO): 3.51%
  9. Noble Energy, Inc. (NBL): 3.48%
  10. Cimarex Energy Company (XEC): 3.48%

XME (  SPDR Metals & Mining ETF) follows the S&P Metals & Mining Select Industry Index which includes the metals and mining sub-sector of the S&P TMI index. The fund was launched in June 2006. The expense ratio is .35%. AUM equal $1 billion and average daily trading volume is 5M shares. As of early August 2011 the annual dividend was $.17 making the current yield .50% and YTD return -17.60%.

Data as of August 2011

XME Top Ten Holdings & Weightings

  1. Molycorp, Inc. (MCP): 3.23%
  2. Allied Nevada Gold Corp (ANV): 3.21%
  3. Carpenter Technology Corporation (CRS): 3.05%
  4. Coeur D'Alene Mines Corporation (CDE): 3.00%
  5. Cloud Peak Energy, Inc. (CLD): 2.90%
  6. Royal Gold, Inc. (RGLD): 2.90%
  7. US Gold Corporation (UXG): 2.89%
  8. Globe Specialty Metals, Inc. (GSM): 2.87%
  9. Consol Energy Inc (CNX): 2.87%
  10. Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold B (FCX): 2.83%

; font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"'>An alternative choice given similar trending characteristics is SLX (Van Eck Steel ETF) which follows the NYSE Arca Steel Index featuring companies primarily involved in the production, manufacturing, fabrication and extraction of iron ore. The fund was launched in October 2006. The expense ratio is .55%. AUM equal $200 million and average daily trading volume is 90K shares. As of early August 2011 the annual dividend was $.98 making the current yield 1.66% and YTD return -26.40%.

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 REMX (Van Eck Rare Earth/Strategic Metals ETF) follows the Market Vectors Rare Earth/Strategic Metals Index which consists of trading overall performance of publicly traded companies primarily engaged in activities related to mining, refining and manufacturing of rare earth/strategic metals. The fund was launched in October 2010. The expense ratio is .57%. AUM equal $321 million and average daily trading volume is 275K shares. As of early August 2011 the annual dividend was negligible and YTD return was -12.30%.

An alternative choice is LIT (Global X Lithium ETF) which follows the Solactive Global Lithium Index. It was also recently launched in July 2010. The expense ratio is .75%. AUM equal $118 million and average daily trading volume is 68K shares. As of early August 2011 the annual dividend was $.25 making the current yield 1.50% and YTD return -25%.

Data as of August 2011

REMX Top Ten Holdings & Weightings

  1. Kenmare Resources PLC (KMR): 8.46%
  2. Iluka Resources Limited (ILU): 8.34%
  3. Molycorp, Inc. (MCP): 7.17%
  4. Lynas Corporation Ltd. (LYC): 6.65%
  5. Thompson Creek Metals Company Inc. (TC): 6.01%
  6. Titanium Metals Corporation (TIE): 5.86%
  7. Neo Material Technologies, Inc. (NEM): 5.13%
  8. RTI International Metals, Inc. (RTI): 4.83%
  9. OSAKA Titanium technologies Co., Ltd. (5726): 4.79%
  10. China Molybdenum Co., Ltd. (03993): 4.38%

HAP (Van Eck Hard Assets Producers ETF) follows the Van Eck Hard Assets Producers Index which consists of companies engaged in the discovery, production and distribution of hard assets and related products. The fund was launched in August 2008. The expense ratio is .59%. AUM equal $220 million and average daily trading volume is 48K shares. As of early August 2011 the annual dividend was indeterminable and YTD performance was -7.90%.

Data as of August 2011

HAP Top Ten Holdings & Weightings

  1. Exxon Mobil Corporation (XOM): 5.18%
  2. Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan, Inc. (POT): 4.71%
  3. Monsanto Company (MON): 3.83%
  4. Deere & Co (DE): 3.49%
  5. Syngenta AG (SYENF): 3.15%
  6. Chevron Corporation (CVX): 2.68%
  7. BHP Billiton Limited (BHPLF): 2.15%
  8. Archer-Daniels Midland Company (ADM): 2.07%
  9. Mosaic Co (MOS): 1.85%
  10. BP Plc (BP.): 1.79%

 

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