8 New ETF Gems to Trade

NEW YORK ( TheStreet Ratings) - Month after month the list of exchange-traded funds continues to grow. Each narrow sub-category of investment classification is a candidate for its own tradable security.

To qualify for a risk-adjusted return ranking with TheStreet Ratings, new exchange-traded funds or notes must trade for a 12 full months. 31 new exchange-traded funds that began trading in June completed their first full calendar month of trading in July.

Emerging Global Advisors started 8 new exchange-traded funds called GEMS. The Global Emerging Market Sectors funds cover pure-plays on individual sectors. These new securities began trading on Jun. 23, 2011.

One key difference between these and other emerging markets funds is that Emerging Global Advisors states that Israel, South Korea, and Taiwan do not meet the International Monetary Fund criteria for emerging markets. Therefore stocks from these countries have been excluded from their funds.

8. EGShares Basic Materials GEMS ETF ( LGEM) seeks to achieve its investment objective of total return by investing at least 80% of its net assets in basic materials companies included in the Dow Jones Emerging Markets Basic Materials Titans Index. Top U.S. traded holdings include Vale SA ( VALE) and AngloGold Ashanti ( AU). In July, the fund gained 0.9%.

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7. EGShares Consumer Goods GEMS ETF ( GGEM) seeks to achieve its investment objective of total return by investing at least 80% of its net assets in consumer goods companies included in the Dow Jones Emerging Markets Consumer Goods Titans Index. Top U.S. traded holdings include Cia de Bebidas das Americas ( ABV) and BRF - Brasil Foods SA ( BRFS). In July, the fund gained 2.0%.

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6. EGShares Consumer Services GEMS ETF ( VGEM) seeks to achieve its investment objective of total return by investing at least 80% of its net assets in consumer services companies included in the Dow Jones Emerging Markets Consumer Services Titans Index. Top U.S. traded holdings include Grupo Televisa SA ( TV) and Cia Brasileira de Distribuicao Grupo Pao de Acucar ( CBD). In July, the fund lost 2.7%.

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5. EGShares Health Care GEMS ETF ( HGEM) seeks to achieve its investment objective of total return by investing at least 80% of its net assets in health care companies included in the Dow Jones Emerging Markets Health Care Titans Index. Top U.S. traded holdings include Dr Reddy's Laboratories Ltd ( RDY) and Mindray Medical International Ltd ( MR). In July, the fund lost 1.5%.

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4. EGShares Industrials GEMS ETF ( IGEM) seeks to achieve its investment objective of total return by investing at least 80% of its net assets in Industrials companies included in the Dow Jones Emerging Markets Industrials Titans Index. Top U.S. traded holdings include Cemex SAB de CV ( CX) and Tata Motors Ltd ( TTM). In July, the fund lost 3.6%.

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3. EGShares Technology GEMS ETF ( QGEM) seeks to achieve its investment objective of total return by investing at least 80% of its net assets in Technology companies included in the Dow Jones Emerging Markets Technology Titans Index. Top U.S. traded holdings include Infosys Ltd ( INFY) and Baidu Inc/China ( BIDU). In July, the fund gained 0.1%.

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2. EGShares Telecom GEMS ETF ( TGEM) seeks to achieve its investment objective of total return by investing at least 80% of its net assets in Telecommunications companies included in the Dow Jones Emerging Markets Telecommunications Titans Index. Top U.S. traded holdings include America Movil SAB de CV ( AMX) and China Unicom Hong Kong Ltd ( CHU). In July, the fund gained 0.6%.

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1. EGShares Utilities GEMS ETF ( UGEM) seeks to achieve its investment objective of total return by investing at least 80% of its net assets in Utilities companies included in the Dow Jones Emerging Markets Utilities Titans Index. Top U.S. traded holdings include Cia Energetica de Minas Gerais ( CIG) and Empresa Nacional de Electricidad SA/Chile ( EOC). In July, the fund lost 4.7%.

With any new trading vehicle it is important understand the unique risks involved. With emerging markets the risks exist for unfavorable currency fluctuations, as well as economic or political instability. As you can lose money, be sure to read the prospectus of each new security before investing.

-- Reported by Kevin Baker in Jupiter, Fla.

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Kevin Baker became the senior financial analyst for TheStreet Ratings upon the August 2006 acquisition of Weiss Ratings by TheStreet.com, covering equity and mutual fund ratings. He joined the Weiss Group in 1997 as a banking and brokerage analyst. In 1999, he created the Weiss Group's first ratings to gauge the level of risk in U.S. equities. Baker received a B.S. degree in management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an M.B.A. with a finance specialization from Nova Southeastern University.

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