9 Newly Rated ETFs For Your Portfolio

NEW YORK ( TheStreet Ratings) -- TheStreet.com Ratings initiated coverage of 21 exchange-traded funds, or ETFs, that accrued a sufficient track record of risk and performance data by the end of January 2012. Only one of the 21 newly rated exchange-traded funds start out in the 'Buy' range. Eight begin at 'Hold' while 12 earned initial grades in the 'Sell' range.

The one newly rated fund that opened for business January 2011 received our lowest possible 'Buy' rating of B-, or good. The exchange-traded fund, Schwab US REIT ETF ( SCHH), returned 15.7% in the last year, beating all other newly rated ETFs on a risk-adjusted return basis.

The Schwab US REIT ETF seeks to track as closely as possible, before fees and expenses, the total return of the Dow Jones U.S. Select REIT Index by investing in stocks that are included in the index on a narrow expense ratio of just 0.13%. Top holdings include Simon Property Group ( SPG), Public Storage ( PSA), and Equity Residential ( EQR).

Here are the 8 additional newly rated ETFs ranked at 'Hold':

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8. ETFS Physical Asian Gold Shares

ETFS Physical Asian Gold Shares ( AGOL) seeks to reflect the performance of the price of physical gold bullion. The fund seeks to provide investors with a cost effective investment in gold.

Expense Ratio: 0.39%

One Year Total Return: 28.6%

Rated "C+-" by TheStreet Ratings:

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7. SPDR S&P Health Care Equipment ETF

SPDR S&P Health Care Equipment ETF ( XHE) seeks to replicate the performance of an index derived from the health care equipment and supplies segment of a U.S. total market composite index. The fund generally invests at least 80% of its total assets in the securities comprising the index.

Expense Ratio: 0.35%

One Year Total Return: 8.0%

Rated "C" by TheStreet Ratings:

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6. Guggenheim BulletShares 2014 High Yield Corporate Bond ETF

Guggenheim BulletShares 2014 High Yield Corporate Bond ETF ( BSJE) seeks investment results that correspond generally to the performance of a high yield corporate bond index called the BulletShares USD High Yield Corporate Bond 2014 Index. The fund has a designated year of maturity of 2014 and will terminate on or about December 31, 2014. The trailing 12-month dividend yield is an attractive 4.89%.

Expense Ratio: 0.42%

One Year Total Return: 7.3%

Rated "C" by TheStreet Ratings:

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5. Guggenheim BulletShares 2012 High Yield Corporate Bond ETF

Guggenheim BulletShares 2012 High Yield Corporate Bond ETF ( BSJC) seeks investment results that correspond generally to the performance of a high yield corporate bond index called the BulletShares USD High Yield Corporate Bond 2012 Index. The fund has a designated year of maturity of 2012 and will terminate on or about December 31, 2012. The trailing 12-month dividend yield is 3.0%.

Expense Ratio: 0.42%

One Year Total Return: 6.1%

Rated "C" by TheStreet Ratings:

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4. Guggenheim BulletShares 2015 High Yield Corporate Bond ETF

Guggenheim BulletShares 2015 High Yield Corporate Bond ETF ( BSJF) seeks investment results that correspond generally to the performance of a high yield corporate bond index called the BulletShares USD High Yield Corporate Bond 2015 Index. The fund has a designated year of maturity of 2015 and will terminate on or about December 31, 2015. The trailing 12-month dividend yield is nice at 5.30%.

Expense Ratio: 0.42%

One Year Total Return: 6.9%

Rated "C-" by TheStreet Ratings:

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3. Guggenheim BulletShares 2013 High Yield Corporate Bond ETF

Guggenheim BulletShares 2013 High Yield Corporate Bond ETF ( BSJD) seeks investment results that correspond generally to the performance of a high yield corporate bond index called the BulletShares USD High Yield Corporate Bond 2013 Index. The fund has a designated year of maturity of 2013 and will terminate on or about December 31, 2013. The trailing 12-month dividend yield is healthy at 4.11%.

Expense Ratio: 0.42%

One Year Total Return: 5.9%

Rated "C-" by TheStreet Ratings:

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2. Schwab US Mid-Cap ETF

Schwab US Mid-Cap ETF ( SCHM) seeks to track the performance of the Dow Jones US Mid-Cap Total Stock Market Index. Top holdings include Seagate Technology PLC ( STX), Liberty Media Corp ( LMCA), and Celanese Corp ( CE).

Expense Ratio: 0.13%

One Year Total Return: 4.7%

Rated "C-" by TheStreet Ratings:

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1. SPDR S&P Transportation ETF

SPDR S&P Transportation ETF ( XTN) seeks to replicate as closely as possible, before expenses, the performance of an index derived from the transportation segment of a U.S. total market composite index. The fund generally invests substantially all, but at least 80%, of its total assets in the securities comprising the index. Large holdings include US Airways Group ( LCC), Delta Air Lines ( DAL), and Hertz Global Holdings ( HTZ).

Expense Ratio: 0.35%

One Year Total Return: 3.1%

Rated "C-" by TheStreet Ratings:

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In the reverse of the one 'Buy' and eight 'Hold' rated funds that all reported positive total returns in the last year, the 12 newly rated ETFs in the 'Sell' range all sank in their one year performance.

Research Methodology

TheStreet.com Ratings condenses the available fund performance and risk data into a single composite opinion of each fund's risk-adjusted performance. This allows the unbiased identification of those funds that have historically done well and those that have underperformed the market. While there is no guarantee of future performance, these Investment Ratings provide a solid framework for making informed, timely investment decisions. The funds listed below have reached their one year anniversary.

Funds rated A or B are considered "Buy" rated based on a track record of higher than average risk-adjusted performance. Funds at the C level are rated as "Hold," while underperformers at the D and E levels our model ranks as "Sell."

-- Reported by Kevin Baker in Jupiter, Fla.

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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