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  • ETF
  • GLD
    Pricing Data
    Change: $0.09 (0.0%)
    Time: 10/21/16
    Previous Close: $120.74
  • Category
  • Precious Metals
Last Updated:



Trading Data

Open: - Volume -
Day Lo - Day Hi -
  • 52 Week Lo: $100.23
  • 52 Week Hi: $131.15
  • AUM: $39,478.7 M
  • Shares: 327.0 M

Investment Themes

Historical Trading Data

  • 1 Month Avg. Volume: 9,394,596
  • 3 Month Avg. Volume: 9,839,473

Alternative ETFs in the Precious Metals Category

Type Ticker Expense Ratio Assets Avg. Daily Vol YTD Return
Cheapest IAU 0.25% $9,326.5 M 5,479,912 19.35%
Largest (AUM) IAU 0.25% $9,326.5 M 5,479,912 19.35%
Most Liquid (Volume) SLV 0.50% $6,388.6 M 9,785,442 26.23%
Top YTD Performer SIVR 0.30% $341.0 M 103,532 26.55%

Analyst Report

GLD is one of the most popular ETFs in the world, offering exposure to an asset class that has become increasingly important to the asset allocation process in recent years. GLD can be used in a number of different ways; some may establish short term positions as a way of hedging against equity market volatility, dollar weakness, or inflation. Others may wish to include gold exposure as part of a long-term investment strategy. GLD is a relatively straightforward product; the underlying assets consist of gold bullion stored in secure vaults. As such, the price of this ETF can be expected to move in lock step with spot gold prices. The physically-backed nature of this product eliminates any of the uncertainties introduced through futures-based strategies, though investors also have the option to approach this precious metal through futures-based funds such as UBG and DGL. The primary alternatives to GLD are other physically-backed gold ETFs, including AGOL, SGOL, and IAU. The first two on that list may appeal to investors looking to vault their gold outside of New York and London; AGOL stores bullion in Singapore, while SGOL's vaults are located in Switzerland. IAU is, in our opinion, represents a better way to play gold through the exchange-traded structure. While the underlying assets are similar and interchangeable, the expense ratios on these two funds are not. IAU is cheaper by 15 basis points; that margin isn't enormous, but is enough to essentially guarantee that GLD will lag behind IAU in terms of performance. Investors in IAU give up very little in the way of liquidity (that fund is massive as well) and will add a few basis points to their bottom lines. Bigger isn't always better; GLD is certainly an efficient tool for adding gold to a portfolio, but there is a better option out there that should be appealing particularly to cost conscious investors.

Realtime Rating

Realtime Rating Summary

The adjacent table shows a Realtime Rating for several different metrics, including liquidity, expenses, performance, volatility, dividend, concentration of holdings in addition to an overall rating. The "A+ Metric Rated ETF" field, available to ETFdb Pro members, highlights the best rated ETF in the Precious Metals category for each metric. To view information on how the ETFdb Realtime Ratings work, click here.

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GLD Overall Realtime Rating: A-

A+ Overall Rated ETF: SGOL

Metric Metric Realtime Rating A+ Metric Rated ETF
Liquidity A+ GLD
Expenses A- IAU
Performance B PALL
Volatility B+ PPLT
Dividend n/a n/a
Concentration n/a n/a

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GLD In-Depth Analysis

The following tables and charts contain in-depth metrics for this ETF and compare it to similar peer ETFs within its ETFdb Category.

GLD Holdings

Filings Data as of: Oct 04, 2016

Concentration Analysis

This section compares how balanced and deep this ETF is relative to the peer group ETFdb Category.

Number of Holdings
Rank: 8 of 14
Category Low SLV (1)
Category High DBP (8)
% Assets in Top 10
Rank: 11 of 14
Category Low DGL (50.02%)
Category High GEUR (102.01%)

GLD Expenses & Fees

This section compares the cost efficiency of this ETF to peers in the same ETFdb Category.

Expenses Ratio Analysis

ETF Average
ETF Wtd. Average
Category Average
Expense Ratio
Rank: 5 of 22
Category Low IAU (0.25%)
Category High GYEN (0.80%)

Commission Free Trading

This ETF is not currently available for commission free trading on any platforms.

Category Commission Free Trading

There are 5 other ETFs in the Precious Metals ETFdb Category that are also eligible for commission free trading:

GLD Performance

This section shows how this ETF has performed relative to its peer group ETFdb Category.

1 Week Return
Rank: 5 of 20
Category Low PALL (-4.11%)
Category High PGM (6.49%)
4 Week Return
Rank: 6 of 22
Category Low USV (-12.62%)
Category High GEUR (-1.97%)
13 Week Return
Rank: 5 of 22
Category Low PTM (-17.97%)
Category High GLDI (-2.78%)
26 Week Return
Rank: 8 of 22
Category Low PGM (-8.80%)
Category High USV (6.88%)
Year to Date Return
Rank: 12 of 22
Category Low GYEN (3.23%)
Category High SIVR (26.55%)
1 Year Return
Rank: 9 of 22
Category Low GYEN (-10.92%)
Category High BLNG (11.53%)
3 Year Return
Rank: 3 of 19
Category Low PGM (-39.40%)
Category High IAU (-4.31%)
5 Year Return
Rank: 4 of 17
Category Low DBS (-48.20%)
Category High PALL (2.70%)

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The following charts can be customized to display historical performance in a number of different formats, including line charts, bar charts, and candlesticks. Time periods can be adjusted to increase or decrease the period shown, ranging from five minutes to several months.

The following chart also includes the option to compare the performance of GLD relative to other ETFs and benchmarks or to include indicators such as Bollinger Bands, relative strength, and moving averages.

GLD Valuation

This section shows how the P/E multiple of this ETF compares to the peer group ETFdb Category.

P/E Ratio
Rank: N/A
No Ranking Available
Category Low N/A
Category High N/A

GLD Dividend

This section shows how the dividend yield of this ETF compares to the peer group ETFdb Category.

Dividend Date
Annual Dividend Rate
Annual Dividend Yield
Rank: N/A
No Ranking Available
Category Low GYEN (4.97%)
Category High SLVO (17.18%)

GLD Technicals

Volatility Analysis

This section shows how the volatility of this ETF compares to the peer group ETFdb Category.

5 Day Volatility
Rank: 17 of 22
Category Low GEUR (28.39%)
Category High PGM (415.95%)
20 Day Volatility
Rank: 16 of 22
Category Low GLDI (12.01%)
Category High PGM (82.45%)
50 Day Volatility
Rank: 17 of 22
Category Low GEUR (10.71%)
Category High PGM (65.65%)
200 Day Volatility
Rank: 17 of 22
Category Low GLDI (11.14%)
Category High PGM (71.62%)
Rank: 15 of 22
Category Low GEUR (-0.46)
Category High PALL (1.21)
Standard Deviation
Rank: 2 of 22
Category Low GYEN (0.36%)
Category High SGOL (9.15%)


  • 20 Day MA: $122.01
  • 60 Day MA: $125.54
  • MACD 15 Period: 0.29
  • MACD 100 Period: -4.44
  • Williams % Range 10 Day: 33.04
  • Williams % Range 20 Day: 74.95
  • RSI 10 Day: 41
  • RSI 20 Day: 39
  • RSI 30 Day: 42
  • Ultimate Oscillator: 42

Bollinger Brands

  • Lower Bollinger (10 Day): $119.14
  • Upper Bollinger (10 Day): $121.30
  • Lower Bollinger (20 Day): $116.44
  • Upper Bollinger (20 Day): $127.70
  • Lower Bollinger (30 Day): $117.33
  • Upper Bollinger (30 Day): $129.58

Support & Resistance

  • Support Level 1: $120.61
  • Support Level 2: $120.39
  • Resistance Level 1: $120.99
  • Resistance Level 2: $121.15


  • Stochastic Oscillator %D (1 Day): 45.87
  • Stochastic Oscillator %D (5 Day): 62.37
  • Stochastic Oscillator %K (1 Day): 39.87
  • Stochastic Oscillator %K (5 Day): 55.87

Fact Sheet

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