NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- This week Van Eck launched the Market Vectors Unconventional Oil & Gas ETF (FRAK). The ticker symbol gives an indication that fracking (hydraulic fracturing) of shale oil and shale gas is a key theme in the fund. Other so-called unconventional extraction methods targeted by the fund include coal seam gas, coal bed methane and even oilsands.The fund has 44 constituent holdings but some of the largest names are more like large diversified energy companies with varying levels of involvement in the "unconventional oil and gas" space. Occidental Petroleum (OXY) is the largest holding in the fund at 8.5%, EOG Resources (EOG) 7.4% and Devon Energy (DVN) 6.4% all have wide footprints across the energy industry including unconventional methods like fracking. Canadian Natural Resources is also a large holding at 7.6% and is a mostly in oilsands but still diversified.
New ETF Drills Into Fracking Space
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