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Top 10 Consumer Discretionary ETFs

Stocks in this article: PSCD RCD PMR RTH RXI

#10: PowerShares Small Cap Consumer Discretionary ETF (PSCD)

PSCD the S&P Small-Cap 600 Consumer Discretionary Index which is comprised of common stocks of U.S. consumer discretionary companies that are principally engaged in the businesses of providing consumer goods and services that are cyclical in nature, including retail, automotive, leisure and recreation, media and real estate.

The fund was launched April 2010. The expense ratio is .29%. AUM equal $46 million and average daily trading volume is less than 10K shares. As of late January 2012 the annual dividend yield was .52% and YTD return 7.20%. The one year return was 7.76%.

Data as of First Quarter 2012

PSCD Top Ten Holdings & Weightings

  1. Carter's, Inc. (CRI): 2.91%
  2. Wolverine World Wide (WWW): 2.63%
  3. Brunswick Corporation (BC): 2.40%
  4. SCP Pool, Inc. (POOL): 2.13%
  5. HSN, Inc. (HSNI): 2.07%
  6. Genesco, Inc. (GCO): 2.07%
  7. Hillenbrand, Inc. (HI): 2.06%
  8. Men's Wearhouse (MW): 2.06%
  9. Crocs, Inc. (CROX): 2.01%
  10. Joseph A. Bank Clothiers (JOSB): 1.99%

#9: Rydex S&P Equal-Weight Consumer Discretionary ETF (RCD)

RCD follows the same index as XLY but breaks the index into equal weightings. The fund was launched in November 2006. The expense ratio is .50%. AUM equal $27 million and average daily trading volume is 10K shares. As of late January 2012 the annual dividend yield was 1.12% and YTD return 6.42%.  The one year return was 11.01%.

As a side note we really like RCD but the sponsor has gone through successive ownership changes over the past few years and the marketing effort has been lacking. Equal weight ETFs offer investors a good alternative choice from the more conventionally weighted issues.

Data as of First Quarter 2012

RCD Top Ten Holdings & Weightings

  1. Cablevision Systems A (CVC): 1.48%
  2. DeVry, Inc. (DV): 1.39%
  3. CBS Corporation B (CBS): 1.32%
  4. PulteGroup Inc (PHM): 1.32%
  5. Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (WYN): 1.32%
  6. Apollo Group Inc A (APOL): 1.31%
  7. International Game Tech. (IGT): 1.31%
  8. Johnson Controls Inc (JCI): 1.31%
  9. Washington Post Company (WPO): 1.31%
  10. H&R Block Inc (HRB): 1.30%


#8: PowerShares Dynamic Retail ETF (PMR)


PMR follows the Dynamic Retail Intellidex Index which is an "enhanced" index applying quantitative strategies to achieve outperformance compared to a more static index. The index evaluates companies based on fundamental growth, stock valuation, investment timeliness and risk factors. The fund was launched in October 2010.

The expense ratio is .60%. AUM equal $36 million and average daily trading volume is 42K shares. As of late January 2012 the annual dividend yield was 1.01% and YTD return 5.60%. The one year return was 23.24%.

Remember an ETF based on an enhanced index may outperform on the upside when markets are rising and underperform when markets and/or the category are under stress.

Data as of First Quarter 2012

PMR Top Ten Holdings & Weightings

  1. Limited Brands, Inc. (LTD): 5.14%
  2. Macy's Inc (M): 5.11%
  3. Whole Foods Market, Inc. (WFM): 4.99%
  4. Costco Wholesale Corporation (COST): 4.92%
  5. TJX Companies (TJX): 4.89%
  6. The Kroger Co (KR): 4.87%
  7. Bed Bath & Beyond, Inc. (BBBY): 4.87%
  8. Ross Stores, Inc. (ROST): 4.86%
  9. Amerco, Inc. (UHAL): 2.88%
  10. Express, Inc. (EXPR): 2.86%


#7: Van Eck Retail ETF (RTH)

RTH is the newly converted ETF which was once Merrill Lynch HOLDRs and assumed by Van Eck. The weightings for HOLDRs given the structure as a trust and could not be changed. Van Eck has chosen to create a new index, Market Vectors US Listed Retail 25 Index. Van Eck hasn't changed the weightings that much as of the relaunch in December 2011. This decision was made so as not to disrupt current investors in the previous ETF at this time. The original HOLDRs was launched in May 2001.

The expense ratio is .35%. AUM equal $65 million and average daily trading volume is 120K shares. As of late January 2012 the annual dividend was unavailable given the restructuring and YTD return was 4.63%. The one year return is irrelevant at this point.

Data as of First Quarter 2012

Top 10 Holdings & Weightings

1.    WAL-MART, WMT 10.93%

2.    HOME DEPOT, HD 7.09%

3.    AMAZON, AMZN 6.90%

4.    CVS CAREMARK, CVS 5.76%

5.    LOWES CO, LOW 5.23%

6.    WALGREEN CO, WAG 4.89%

7.    TJX COMPANIES, TJX 4.72%

8.    SYSCO CORP, SYY 4.62%

9.    COSTCO, COST 4.60%

10.  TARGET CORP, TGT 4.59% 

#6: iShares S&P Global Consumer Discretionary ETF (RXI)

RXI follows the S&P Global Consumer Discretionary Index. The fund was launched in September 2006. The expense ratio is .48%. AUM equal $121M and average daily trading volume is 15K shares. As of late January 2012 the annual dividend yield was 1.78% and YTD return 6.97%. The one year return which reflects eurozone volatility was -.42%.

Data as of First Quarter 2012

RXI Top Ten Holdings & Weightings

  1. McDonald's Corporation (MCD): 4.67%
  2. Toyota Motor Corporation (7203): 4.14%
  3. The Walt Disney Co (DIS): 3.03%
  4. Comcast Corp A (CMCSA): 2.96%
  5. Home Depot, Inc. (HD): 2.95%
  6. Inc (AMZN): 2.94%
  7. Honda Motor Company (7267): 2.32%
  8. Ford Motor Co (F): 1.95%
  9. Daimler AG (DDAIF): 1.93%
  10. News Corp A (NWSA): 1.81%


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