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10 ETFs to Hold On Iranian Nuclear Fears

When you listen to news media reports telling viewers to get ready for $5 per gallon prices during the Summer driving season instead of reports on the outrage of speculative based pricing detached from the forces of supply and demand it is easy to believe that the media is complicit in higher energy prices.

Be on the inside of the conspiracy with the following energy funds.

5. iShares Dow Jones US Energy Sector Index Fund

iShares Dow Jones US Energy Sector Index Fund (IYE) seeks investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield performance, before fees and expenses, of the Dow Jones U.S Energy Sector Index. The index measures the performance of the energy sector of the U.S equity market.

Top holdings include Exxon Mobil Corp (XOM - Get Report), Chevron Corp (CVX - Get Report), and Schlumberger Ltd (SLB). The index is top heavy with these three stocks accounting for 44% of fund assets.

Expense Ratio: 0.47%

Six Month Total Return: 7.5%

Rated "C-" by TheStreet Ratings:


4. Vanguard Energy ETF

Vanguard Energy ETF (VDE) seeks to track the performance of the Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI) US Investable Market Energy Index, an index of companies whose businesses are dominated by the construction or provision of oil rigs, drilling equipment, and other energy-related service and equipment, such as seismic data collection. Companies engaged in the exploration, production, marketing, refining, and/or transportation of oil and gas products are also included in fund holdings.

Top 10 holdings include ConocoPhillips (COP - Get Report), Occidental Petroleum Corp (OXY - Get Report), and Halliburton Co (HAL - Get Report).

Expense Ratio: 0.19%

Six Month Total Return: 7.6%

Rated "C-" by TheStreet Ratings:


3. Energy Select Sector SPDR

Energy Select Sector SPDR (XLE) invests in energy companies that primarily develop and produce crude oil and natural gas, and provide drilling and other energy-related services.

Expense Ratio: 0.19%

Six Month Total Return: 7.8%

Rated "C-" by TheStreet Ratings:


2. iShares S&P Global Energy Sector Index Fund

iShares S&P Global Energy Sector Index Fund (IXC) seeks investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield performance, before fees and expenses, of the S&P Global Energy Sector Index. Component companies include oil equipment and services, oil exploration and production, and oil refineries.

Expense Ratio: 0.48%

Six Month Total Return: 9.7%

Rated "C-" by TheStreet Ratings:


1. PowerShares Dynamic Energy Exploration & Production Portfolio

PowerShares Dynamic Energy Exploration & Production Portfolio (PXE) seeks investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield of the Dynamic Energy Exploration & Production Intellidex SM Index before the fees and expenses of the fund. The fund normally invests at least 90 percent of its total assets in common stocks that comprise this index of 30 U.S. companies involved in the exploration and production of natural resources used to produce energy. These are companies that are principally engaged in exploration, extraction, and production of crude oil and natural gas from land based or offshore wells.
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COP $32.34 -3.69%
CVX $83.04 0.14%
HAL $29.59 0.00%
OXY $65.66 0.67%
XOM $79.35 -0.91%


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