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Top 10 Technology ETFs

Stock quotes in this article: PTF, FXL, SOXX, IGN, IGV

#10: PowerShares Dynamic Technology ETF (PTF)

PTF follows the Dynamic Technology Sector Intellidex Index which is another "enhanced" index modified by quantitative methodologies. The fund was launched in October 2006. The expense ratio is .60%. AUM equal $30 million making and average daily trading volume is less than 5K shares.

As of early February 2012 annual dividend yield was unavailable and YTD return was 11.47%. The one year return was -3.85%.

Data as of First Quarter 2012

PTF Top Ten Holdings & Weightings

  1. Western Digital Corporation (WDC): 2.64%
  2. Seagate Technology PLC (STX): 2.56%
  3. Dell Inc (DELL): 2.52%
  4. Alliance Data Systems Corporation (ADS): 2.50%
  5. Intel Corp (INTC): 2.49%
  6. Teradata Corporation (TDC): 2.49%
  7. KLA-Tencor Corporation (KLAC): 2.49%
  8. Visa, Inc. (V): 2.48%
  9. MasterCard Incorporated A (MA): 2.46%
  10. Intuit, Inc. (INTU): 2.46%

#9: First Trust Technology AlphaDEX ETF (FXL)

FXL follows the StrataQuant Technology Index which focuses on those select technology stocks in the Russell 1000 Index. From this First Trust employs an enhanced strategy to select and alter the index. The fund was launched in May 2007.

The expense ratio is .70%. AUM equal $228 million and average daily trading volume is 170K shares. As of early February 2012 annual dividend yield was unavailable and YTD return was 12.77%. The one year return was -6.84%

Data as of First Quarter 2012

FXL Top Ten Holdings Weightings

  1. Arrow Electronics Inc (ARW): 2.35%
  2. Novellus Systems, Inc. (NVLS): 2.27%
  3. Hewlett-Packard Co (HPQ): 2.22%
  4. Teradyne Inc (TER): 2.18%
  5. Fairchild Semiconductor International (FCS): 2.14%
  6. AOL, Inc. (AOL): 2.14%
  7. Micron Technology, Inc. (MU): 2.12%
  8. Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. (VSH): 2.11%
  9. Jabil Circuit, Inc. (JBL): 2.04%
  10. Western Digital Corporation (WDC): 2.02%

#8: iShares PHLX SOX Semiconductor ETF (SOXX)

SOXX tracks the popular PHLX Semiconductor Index. The fund was launched in October 2001. The expense ratio is .48%. AUM equal nearly $257 million and average daily trading volume is 282K shares. As of early February 2012 annual dividend yield was .84% and YTD return 14.88%. The one year return was -6.17%.

ProShares and Direxion feature issues for hedging and/or speculation.

Data as of First Quarter 2012

SOXX Top Ten Holdings & Weightings

  1. Intel Corp (INTC): 7.98%
  2. Applied Materials, Inc. (AMAT): 7.93%
  3. Broadcom Corporation (BRCM): 7.93%
  4. Texas Instruments, Inc. (TXN): 7.93%
  5. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing ADR (TSM): 7.93%
  6. Micron Technology, Inc. (MU): 4.30%
  7. KLA-Tencor Corporation (KLAC): 4.29%
  8. SanDisk Corp (SNDK): 4.09%
  9. Altera Corp. (ALTR): 4.04%
  10. Marvell Technology Group, Ltd. (MRVL): 4.02%

#7: iShares Networking ETF (IGN)

IGN tracks the S&P North American Technology-Multimedia Networking Index. The fund was launched in July 2001. The expense ratio is .48%. AUM equal nearly $212 million with average daily trading volume 56K shares. As of early February 2012 annual dividend yield was .30% and YTD return 9.60%. The one year return was -13.44%.

An alternative choice is PXQ (PowerShares Dynamic Networking ETF) which tracks the Dynamic Networking Intellidex Index. As of early February 2012 annual dividend yield was .44% and YTD return 12.20%. The one year return was .29%.  The difference in performance is due to a lower weighting in Cisco (CSCO) and other underperforming constituents. This makes the enhancement of the index methodology marginally more effective in this case.

Data as of First Quarter 2012

IGN Top Ten Holdings & Weightings

  1. Juniper Networks, Inc. (JNPR): 8.75%
  2. Qualcomm, Inc. (QCOM): 8.69%
  3. Motorola Mobility Holdings, Inc. (MMI): 8.58%
  4. Motorola Solutions, Inc. (MSI): 8.50%
  5. Cisco Systems Inc (CSCO): 8.37%
  6. Harris Corporation (HRS): 4.68%
  7. F5 Networks, Inc. (FFIV): 4.34%
  8. Riverbed Technology, Inc. (RVBD): 4.13%
  9. Research in Motion Ltd (RIMM): 4.04%
  10. Polycom, Inc. (PLCM): 3.54%

#6: iShares Software ETF (IGV )

IGV tracks the S&P North American Technology Software Index. The fund was launched in July 2001. The expense ratio is .48%. AUM equal $508 million and average daily trading volume is roughly 155K shares. As of early February 2012 annual dividend yield was .o4% and YTD return 11.44%. The one year return was .55%.

Alternative choice might include PSJ (PowerShares Dynamic Software ETF). The latter tracks the Dynamic Software Intellidex Index an enhanced index which seeks to more actively manage the constituents via quantitative methodologies. As of early February 2012 annual dividend yield was not available and YTD return 7.55%. The one year return was -2.47%. 

Data as of First Quarter 2012

IGV Top Ten Holdings & Weightings

  1. Microsoft Corporation (MSFT): 9.21%
  2. Oracle Corporation (ORCL): 7.52%
  3. Intuit, Inc. (INTU): 6.88%
  4. Adobe Systems Inc (ADBE): 6.11%
  5. Salesforce.com, Inc. (CRM): 6.08%
  6. Citrix Systems, Inc. (CTXS): 4.99%
  7. Symantec Corp (SYMC): 4.76%
  8. Red Hat, Inc. (RHT): 3.53%
  9. CA, Inc. (CA): 3.31%
  10. Autodesk, Inc. (ADSK): 3.05%

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