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Top 10 Global Building and Infrastructure ETFs

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#6: EG Shares India Infrastructure ETF (INXX)


INXX follows the INDXX India Infrastructure Index which is includes the leading 30 companies involved construction, engineering and utilities to name a few. The fund was launched in November 2010. The expense ratio is .85%. AUM equal $53 million (which compares poorly with $81 million in July and mostly from a NAV decline like others) and average daily trading volume is less than 15K shares. As of mid-January 2012 the annual dividend yield was .63% and YTD return 9.8%. The one year return was -33.29%.

Data as of First Quarter 2012

INXX Top Ten Holdings & Weightings

  1. Tata Motors, Ltd. (TATAMOTORS): 6.23%
  2. Power Grid Corporation Of India Ltd. (POWERGRID): 6.02%
  3. Idea Cellular Ltd. (IDEA): 5.42%
  4. NTPC Ltd. (NTPC): 5.31%
  5. GAIL India Ltd. (GAIL): 5.28%
  6. Tata Power Co., Ltd. (TATAPOWER): 5.09%
  7. Bharti Airtel Ltd. (BHARTIARTL): 5.03%
  8. ACC Limited (ACC): 4.96%
  9. Ambuja Cements Ltd. (AMBUJACEM): 4.86%
  10. Ultra Tech Cement Ltd (ULTRACEMCO): 4.76%


#7: SPDR GI 100 ETF (GII)

GII follows the Macquarie Global Infrastructure 100 Index which was created by FTSE to include companies in the infrastructure management, ownership of assets there to include utilities. The fund was launched in January 2007. The expense ratio is .59%. AUM equal $35 million and average daily trading volume is less than 5K shares. As of mid-January 2012 the annual dividend yield was 4.66% and YTD return -2.3%. The twelve month return was -2.91%.

Data as of First Quarter 2012

GII Top Ten Holdings & Weightings

  1. GDF Suez (GSZ): 4.10%
  2. E.ON Aktiengesellschaft (EOAN): 3.65%
  3. Southern Co (SO): 3.52%
  4. National Grid PLC (NG.): 3.06%
  5. TransCanada Corporation (TRP): 2.69%
  6. Dominion Resources Inc (D): 2.68%
  7. Duke Energy Corporation (DUK): 2.59%
  8. Enbridge, Inc. (ENB): 2.56%
  9. Exelon Corp (EXC): 2.54%
  10. Enel Societa Per Azioni (ENEL): 2.53%



#8: First Trust Global Engineering & Construction ETF (FLM)

FLM (First Trust Global Engineering & Construction ETF) follows the ISE Global Engineering and Construction Index which targets companies engaged in large civil and capital projects including utilities, transportation, telecommunications, commercial, residential and infrastructure. The fund was launched in October 2008. The expense ratio is .70%. AUM equal $26 million and average daily trading volume is less than 5K shares. As of mid January 2012 the annual dividend was 1.8% and YTD return was 4.14%. The one year return was -16.3%.

Data as of First Quarter 2012

FLM Top Ten Holdings & Weightings

  1. Chicago Bridge & Iron Company (CBI): 3.10%
  2. Jacobs Engineering Group (JEC): 3.05%
  3. Quanta Services, Inc. (PWR): 2.95%
  4. Fluor Corporation (FLR): 2.86%
  5. JGC Corp. (1963): 2.84%
  6. Leighton Holdings Limited (LEI): 2.74%
  7. Skanska AB (SKA B): 2.54%
  8. KBR, Inc. (KBR): 2.45%
  9. Vinci (DG): 2.44%
  10. Kajima (1812): 2.37%

#9: PowerShares Building & Construction ETF (PKB)


PKB (PowerShares Building & Construction ETF) follows the dynamic Building & Construction Intellidex Index which is an "enhanced" index designed to provide capital appreciation by evaluating companies based on fundamental growth investment timeliness, valuations and risk factors. The fund was launched in October 2005. The expense ratio is .60%. AUM equal $27 million and average trading volume is 12K shares. As of mid-January 2012 the annual dividend yield was .25% and YTD return was 6.34%. The twelve month return was -5.23%.

Data as of First Quarter 2012

PKB Top Ten Holdings & Weightings

  1. KBR, Inc. (KBR): 5.16%
  2. Fluor Corporation (FLR): 4.95%
  3. Vulcan Materials Company (VMC): 4.92%
  4. Martin Marietta Materials (MLM): 4.88%
  5. Home Depot, Inc. (HD): 4.80%
  6. NVR, Inc. (NVR): 4.77%
  7. Tractor Supply (TSCO): 4.77%
  8. Lowe's Companies Inc. (LOW): 4.73%
  9. The Manitowoc Co Inc (MTW): 3.04%
  10. Louisiana-Pacific Corp. (LPX): 3.03%

#10: Global X China Infrastructure ETF (CHXX)

CHXX follows the INDXX China Infrastructure Index. The index is a free-float market capitalization weighted stock market index comprised of 30 leading companies that INDXX, LLC determines to be representative of China's infrastructure sector. The fund was launched in February 2010. The expense ratio is .85%. AUM equal $13 million and average daily trading volume is less than 8K shares. As of mid-January 2012 the annual dividend yield was 2.59% and YTD return was 3.23%. The twelve month return was a sharp -27.80%.

Data as of First Quarter 2012

CHXX Top Ten Holdings & Weightings

  1. China Communications Construction Co., Ltd. (01800): 5.79%
  2. China Unicom (Hong Kong) Ltd (00762): 5.75%
  3. China Oilfield Services Limited (02883): 5.19%
  4. China National Building Material Co., Ltd. (03323): 5.11%
  5. China Telecom Corp Ltd (00728): 5.05%
  6. Anhui Conch Cement Company Limited (00914): 4.97%
  7. Jiangxi Copper Company Limited (00358): 4.81%
  8. Evergrande Real Estate Group Ltd. (EGRNF): 4.54%
  9. Zoomlion Hvy Ind S: 3.73%
  10. China Longyuan Power Group Corp Ltd. (CLPXF): 3.46%



The infrastructure sector has been negatively affected by fears over a global slowdown which is negative for the sector in the short-term. Longer-term one favorite way for government authorities to stimulate better economic growth is through higher spending in this category. This has yet to materialize and of course there are pundits who believe this activity is ineffective. Nevertheless it takes time for spending to kick-in and projects to be started given red tape and other issues.

It's also important to remember that ETF sponsors have their own competitive business interests when issuing products which may not necessarily align with your investment needs. 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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The ETF Digest has no current positions in the featured ETFs.

(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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