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Top 10 Agricultural Commodity ETFs

Stocks in this article: DBA JJG JJA CORN SGG BAL RJA

#1: PowerShares Agricultural ETF (DBA)

DBA follows the DBIQ Diversified Agriculture Index Excess Return which is composed of futures contracts on the most widely traded agricultural commodities. The fund was launched in January 2007. The expense ratio is .75%. AUM (Assets under Management) equal $2.1 billion and average daily trading volume is 1.3M shares. As of mid-December 2011 there is no cash dividend yield and YTD return is -13.50%.

Data as of December, 2011

DBA Top Ten Holdings & Weightings

  1. Sugar #11(World) Jul12: 12.86%
  2. Coffee 'c' Future Dec11: 12.11%
  3. Cocoa Future Dec11: 10.95%
  4. Live Cattle Futr Dec11: 10.91%
  5. Corn Future Dec11: 9.48%
  6. Soybean Future Nov12: 8.64%
  7. Lean Hogs Future Dec11: 6.11%
  8. Corn Future Mar12: 6.02%
  9. Wheat Future(Kcb) Jul12: 5.76

 

#2: iPath Grains Total Return ETN (JJG)

JJG follows the Dow Jones-UBS Grains Subindex Total Return which is an index composed of just three futures contracts in Soybeans, Corn and Wheat. The fund was launched in October 2007. The expense ratio is .75%. AUM equals $163 million and average daily trading volume is 129K shares. As of mid-December 2011 a dividend would be highly unlikely and YTD return was -2.30%.

 

#3: iPath Agriculture Sub-index ETN (JJA)

JJA follow the Dow Jones-UBS agriculture Subindex Total Return Index which is composed of seven futures contracts on agricultural commodities. The fund was launched in October 2007. The expense ratio is .75%. AUM equal $134 million and average daily trading volume is 36K shares. As of mid-December 2011 the YTD return -21.00%.

 

#4: Teucrium Corn ETP (CORN)

CORN follows the rollover of corn futures traded on the CME and by its structure is designed to give investors unleveraged exposure to corn futures contracts. The fund was launched in June 2010. The expense ratio is 1.42%. AUM equal $75 million and average daily trading volume is 95K shares. As of mid-December 2011 the YTD return has been -1.2%.  The holdings consist of corn futures contracts which continually rollover.

#5: iPath Sugar ETN (SGG)

SGG follows the Dow Jones-UBS Sugar Subindex Total Return Index which simply consists of one futures contract of sugar which is rolled over upon contract expiration. The fund was launched in June 2008. The expense ratio is .75%. AUM is $42 million and average daily trading volume is less than 37K shares. As of mid-December 2011 the YTD return was -12.09%.

Holdings consist of a rollover of sugar futures contracts.

Another market for your consideration is JJS (Barclays iPath Softs ETN) which follows sugar, coffee and cotton futures contracts in much the same manner as SGG alone. The fund was launched in June 2008. The expense ratio is .75%. AUM equals $24 million and average daily trading volume is less than 8K shares. As of mid-December 2011 the YTD return was -15.50%.

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