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Top 10 Commodity Producer ETFs

URA (Global X Uranium ETF) follows the Solactive Global Uranium Index which tracks companies in the uranium mining industry. The fund was launched in November 2010. The expense ratio is .69%. AUM equal $195 million and average daily trading volume is 355K shares. As of early August 2011 the annual dividend was $.39 making the current yield 3.80% and YTD return -47.60%.

Data as of August 2011

URA Top Ten Holdings & Weightings

  1. Cameco Corp (CCJ): 21.61%
  2. Uranium One, Inc. (UUU): 14.78%
  3. Paladin Energy Ltd. (PDN): 8.60%
  4. Extract Resources Ltd. (EXT): 6.96%
  5. Kalahari Minerals PLC (KAH): 5.26%
  6. USEC (USU): 4.90%
  7. Denison Mines Corporation (DNN): 4.50%
  8. Uranium Energy Corporation (UEC): 4.35%
  9. Energy Resources of Australia Limited (ERA): 4.21%
  10. Uranium Resources, Inc. (URRE): 4.10%

WOOD (iShares Global Timber & Forestry ETF) follows the S&P Global Timber & Forestry Index which includes companies primarily engaged in ownership, management or upstream supply chain of forests and timberlands. The fund was launched in June 2008. The expense ratio is .48%. AUM equal $180 million and average daily trading volume is 60K shares. As of early August 2011 the annual dividend was $.89 making the current yield 2.47% and YTD return -16.80%.

An alternative choice would be CUT (Guggenheim Timber ETF) which follows the Beacon Global Timber Index consisting of companies who own or lease forested land and harvest timber for commercial use of wood-based products including paper, packaging, lumber and pulp. The fund was launched in November 2009. The expense ratio is .65%. AUM equal $133 million and average daily trading volume is 140K shares. As of early August 2011 the annual dividend was $.59 making the current yield 3.50% and YTD return -15%.

Data as of August 2011

WOOD Top Ten Holdings & Weightings

  1. Rayonier, Inc. (RYN): 9.77%
  2. Plum Creek Timber Co Inc (PCL): 8.20%
  3. Weyerhaeuser Co (WY): 7.41%
  4. Oji Paper Co., Ltd. (3861): 5.17%
  5. Fibria Celulose Sa ADR (FBR): 5.05%
  6. Temple-Inland, Inc. (TIN): 5.01%
  7. MeadWestvaco Corporation (MWV): 5.01%
  8. International Paper Co. (IP): 4.93%
  9. West Fraser Timber (WFT): 4.60%
  10. Svenska Cellulosa (SCA B): 4.40%

CU (First Trust Global Copper) follows the ISE Global Copper Index which is a linear weighted index following public companies in the copper mining industry based on analysis of revenue derived from the sale of copper. The fund was launched in March 2010. The expense ratio is .70%. AUM equal $106 million and average daily trading volume is 280K shares. As of early August 2011 the annual dividend was $.29 making the current yield .87% and YTD return -19.77%.

Data as of August 2011

CU Top Ten Holdings & Weightings

  1. Ivanhoe Mines, Ltd. (IVN): 6.23%
  2. Antofagasta PLC (ANTO): 6.01%
  3. Rio Tinto PLC ADR (RIO): 5.88%
  4. Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold B (FCX): 5.86%
  5. KGHM Polska Miedz (KGH): 5.68%
  6. Southern Copper Corporation (SCCO): 5.65%
  7. Xstrata PLC (XTA): 5.51%
  8. First Quantum Minerals Ltd. (FM): 4.84%
  9. Lundin Mining Corp (LUNMF): 4.66%
  10. Kazakhmys PLC (KAZ): 4.61%

GNR (SPDR Global Natural Resources ETF) follows the S&P Global Natural Resources Index which consists of the largest publicly traded companies, based on market capitalization in global natural resources and commodities businesses. The fund was launched September 2010. The expense ratio is .40%. AUM equal $165 million and average daily trading volume is less than 30K shares. As of early August 2011 the annual dividend was $.13 making the current yield .25% and YTD return -11%.

Data as of August 2011

GNR Top Ten Holdings & Weightings

  1. BHP Billiton Limited (BHPLF): 4.97%
  2. Exxon Mobil Corporation (XOM): 4.90%
  3. Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan, Inc. (POT): 4.47%
  4. Monsanto Company (MON): 3.53%
  5. Wilmar International Ltd (F34): 3.00%
  6. Mosaic Co (MOS): 2.82%
  7. Syngenta AG (SYENF): 2.79%
  8. Chevron Corp (CVX): 2.75%
  9. Gazprom O A O 144A: 2.58%
  10. Anglo American PLC (AAL): 2.53%

There's a rapidly expanding series of commodity producer ETFs, especially when inflation pressures grow. We've chosen to feature some that may be repetitive but clearly have something to offer as well. Some other Top 10 lists we've published may have similar ETFs within them and can become duplicative but we'll just have to live with this on occasion.

One thing seems clear when viewing many of these ETFs are the similar trend patterns many have presented. This is primarily due to globalization but also is the result of easy monetary conditions throughout the developed world allowing for higher levels of correlation. 

For further information about portfolio structures using this or other ETFs see www.etfdigest.com .

You may address any feedback to: feedback@etfdigest.com   

 

(Source for holding data is from ETF Database and from various sponsors.)

This commentary comes from an independent investor or market observer as part of TheStreet guest contributor program. The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of TheStreet or its management.

Dave Fry is founder and publisher of ETF Digest, Dave's Daily blog and the best-selling book author of Create Your Own ETF Hedge Fund, A DIY Strategy for Private Wealth Management, published by Wiley Finance in 2008. A detailed bio is here: Dave Fry.

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