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Top 10 Energy ETFs

#7: iShares Dow Jones U.S. Energy Sector Index Fund (IYE)

IYE follows the Dow Jones U.S. Oil & Gas Index. The fund was launched in June 2001. The expense ratio is .48% like other iShares products. You should note a heavy concentration in weightings of XOM at nearly 24%. AUM is over $845 million while average daily trading volume is over 300K shares. As of late November 2011 the annual dividend yield was 1.49% and YTD return over the same period was -5.18%.

IYE Top Ten Holdings & Weightings

Data as of November, 2011
  1. Exxon Mobil Corporation (XOM): 24.71%
  2. Chevron Corp (CVX): 13.53%
  3. Schlumberger NV (SLB): 6.37%
  4. ConocoPhillips (COP): 5.91%
  5. Occidental Petroleum Corporation (OXY): 4.99%
  6. Anadarko Petroleum Corp (APC): 2.59%
  7. Apache Corporation (APA): 2.53%
  8. Halliburton Company (HAL): 2.27%
  9. National Oilwell Varco, Inc. (NOV): 2.00%
  10. Devon Energy Corp (DVN): 1.70%

#8: iShares Dow Jones U.S. Oil Equipment & Services Index Fund (IEZ)

IEZ follows the Dow Jones U.S. Select Oil Equipment & Services Index. The fund was launched in May 2006. The expense ratio is .48%. AUM equals around $400M and average daily trading volume is over 240K shares. As of late November 2011 the annual dividend was yield was.52% and the YTD return was -13.02%.

Investors can also evaluate XES (SPDR S&P Oil & Gas Equipment & Serves ETF) with a lower expense ratio of .35% but different constituents and weightings.

IEZ Top Ten Holdings & Weightings

Data as of November, 2011
  1. Schlumberger NV (SLB): 19.18%
  2. Halliburton Company (HAL): 9.06%
  3. National Oilwell Varco, Inc. (NOV): 8.63%
  4. Baker Hughes Inc. (BHI): 7.33%
  5. Cameron International Corporation (CAM): 4.31%
  6. Weatherford International Ltd (WFT): 4.15%
  7. FMC Technologies, Inc. (FTI): 4.01%
  8. Noble Corporation (NE): 3.62%
  9. Nabors Industries Ltd (NBR): 2.36%
  10. Helmerich & Payne, Inc. (HP): 2.31%


#9: First Trust Energy AlphaDEX Fund (FXN)

FXN follows the StraQuant Energy Index which is another enhanced index attempting to outperform more static indexes through quantitative analysis and rebalancing of constituents from the Russell 1000 Index. The fund was launched May 2007. The expense ratio is .70%. AUM is just over $90M and average daily trading volume is 115K shares. As of late November 2011 the annual dividend is yield was.57%. For the same time period the YTD return was -13.71%.

FXN Top Ten Holdings & Weightings

Data as of November, 2011

  1. Chevron Corp (CVX): 3.97%
  2. ConocoPhillips (COP): 3.71%
  3. Seacor Holdings Inc (CKH): 3.54%
  4. Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc. (DO): 3.43%
  5. HollyFrontier Corp (HFC): 3.38%
  6. Exxon Mobil Corporation (XOM): 3.15%
  7. Hess Corp (HES): 3.09%
  8. Tesoro Corporation (TSO): 3.00%
  9. Marathon Oil Corp (MRO): 2.98%
  10. Murphy Oil Corporation (MUR): 2.97%

#10: Market Vectors Coal ETF (KOL)

KOL follows the Stowe Coal Index which provides exposure to companies that derive 50% or more of their revenues from the coal industry. The fund was launched in January 2008. The expense ratio is higher than average for the group at .62%. AUM equal $339M while average daily trading volume is over 306K shares. As of late November 2011 the annual dividend yield was roughly .59% and YTD return was -32%.

KOL Top Ten Holdings

Data as of November, 2011
  1. China Shenhua Energy Company Limited (01088): 9.16%
  2. Joy Global, Inc. (JOYG): 8.43%
  3. Consol Energy Inc (CNX): 8.05%
  4. Peabody Energy Corporation (BTU): 7.51%
  5. Alpha Natural Resources Inc (ANR): 5.55%
  6. Exxaro Resources Ltd (EXX): 4.88%
  7. China Coal Energy Co., Ltd. (01898): 4.51%
  8. Yanzhou Coal Mining Company Limited (01171): 4.34%
  9. Macarthur Coal Ltd. (MCC): 4.25%
  10. Adaro Energy Tbk (ADRO): 4.25%


New ETFs from highly regarded and substantial new providers are also being issued. These may include Charles Schwab's ETFs and Scottrade's Focus Shares which both are issuing new ETFs with low expense ratios and commission free trading at their respective firms. These may also become popular as they become seasoned. 

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(Source for data is from ETF sponsors and various ETF data providers)

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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