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10 Best Performing ETFs


NEW YORK ( TheStreet Ratings) -- Ratings issues monthly grades on 1072 exchange-traded funds, or ETFs. Even with recent market volatility, 201 of these funds have been consistent winners month after month. For the past two years of risk-adjusted return performance results, all of these funds have maintained average to excellent grades.

As our fund grades are based on a comparative ranking system, these funds have matched pace with or outperformed all other exchange-traded fund alternatives we track. At no point have they dropped down into the 'Sell' range of D+ or worse in the last two years.

Of the consistent winners, here are the 10 best performing ETFs that are currently ranked at 'Buy':


10. PowerShares QQQ

PowerShares QQQ (QQQ) provides investors with the opportunity to purchase units of beneficial interest in the Trust representing proportionate undivided interest in securities, which consist of substantially all of the securities, in substantially the same weighting as the Nasdaq-100 Index. The investment objective of the Trust is to provide investment results that generally correspond to the price and yield performance of the component securities of the index.

Expense Ratio: 0.20%

One Year Total Return: 12.3%

Rated "B-" by TheStreet Ratings:


9. iShares FTSE NAREIT Residential Idx

iShares FTSE NAREIT Residential Idx (REZ) seeks investment results before fees and expenses that correspond to the price and yield performance of the FTSE NAREIT Residential Index. The Index measures the performance of the residential real estate sector of the U.S. Equity market. All the securities included in the Index are issued by REITs that invest in residential real estate.

Expense Ratio: 0.48%

One Year Total Return: 12.3%

Rated "B+" by TheStreet Ratings:


8. Guggenheim S&P 500 Eq WgCon Dsc ETF

Guggenheim S&P 500 Eq WgCon Dsc ETF (RCD) replicates as closely as possible, before expenses, the performance of the S&P Equal Weight Consumer Discretionary Index. The fund uses a passive management strategy to track the performance of the underlying index which consists of common stocks. The fund may use a replication strategy for index tracking.

Expense Ratio: 0.50%

One Year Total Return: 12.7%

Rated "A" by TheStreet Ratings:


7. Consumer Discretionary Sel Sec SPDR

Consumer Discretionary Sel Sec SPDR (XLY) invests in common stocks of industries such as automobiles and components, consumer durables, apparel, hotels, restaurants, leisure, media, and retailing.

Expense Ratio: 0.19%

One Year Total Return: 12.8%

Rated "B+" by TheStreet Ratings:


6. First Trust US IPO Index Fund

First Trust US IPO Index Fund (FPX) has an investment objective to replicate as closely as possible, before fees and expenses, the price and yield of the IPOX 100 U.S. Index. This underlying index tracks the 100 largest market capitalization stocks of the IPOX Global Composite Index through their first 1000 trading days since their initial public offering. The holdings are weighted using a rules-based valuation model capping holdings at no more than 10% of assets.

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