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  • ETF
  • SPY
    Pricing Data
    Change: $0.52 (0.0%)
    Time: 01/13/17
    Previous Close: $226.53
  • Category
  • Large Cap Blend Equities
Last Updated:



Trading Data

Open: - Volume -
Day Lo - Day Hi -
  • 52 Week Lo: $177.22
  • 52 Week Hi: $227.75
  • AUM: $212,013.8 M
  • Shares: 1,006.9 M

Investment Themes

Historical Trading Data

  • 1 Month Avg. Volume: 80,912,792
  • 3 Month Avg. Volume: 87,134,080

Alternative ETFs in the Large Cap Blend Equities Category

Type Ticker Expense Ratio Assets Avg. Daily Vol YTD Return
Cheapest IVV 0.04% $90,615.7 M 4,198,311 1.51%
Largest (AUM) IVV 0.04% $90,615.7 M 4,198,311 1.51%
Most Liquid (Volume) IVV 0.04% $90,615.7 M 4,198,311 1.51%
Top YTD Performer GHS 0.48% $2.5 M 1,430 5.56%

Analyst Report

SPY is one of the largest and most heavily-traded ETFs in the world, offering exposure to one of the most well known equity benchmarks. While SPY certainly may have appeal to investors seeking to build a long-term portfolio and include large cap U.S. stocks, this fund has become extremely popular with more active traders as a way to toggle between risky and safe assets. A look at SPY's daily turnover reveals the short average holding period and the popularity with active traders. For those seeking to establish exposure to large cap U.S. stocks, the liquidity of SPY (including the deep options market) is unrivaled. Spreads are always very narrow, and investors can move in and out of this fund with ease. But for those looking to establish a longer-term portfolio, there may be better options within the Large Cap Blend ETFdb Category. In fact, other ETFs targeting the S&P 500 may be more appealing for buy-and-holders. Vanguard's VOO is cheaper by a few basis points, while iShares' IVV is another option. The advantage of these funds is structural in nature; SPY is a UIT, which means it doesn't maintain the flexibility to lend out shares or reinvest dividends. Over the long run, those limitations may allow true ETFs such as VOO and IVV to add a few additional basis points to the bottom line. Another potentially intriguing alternative is RSP, which holds the same companies as SPY but assigns an equal weighting to each. Historically, RSP has performed quite well, generating alpha with surprising consistency. SPY is a fine ETF, and is particularly useful for those looking to execute a trade quickly and efficiently. But those in it for the long run have better options available.

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 Large Cap Blend Equities category for each metric. To view information on how the ETFdb Realtime Ratings work, click here.

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SPY Overall Realtime Rating: A

A+ Overall Rated ETF: HUSV

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

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SPY 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.

SPY Holdings

Filings Data as of: Dec 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: 16 of 90
Category Low FV (6)
Category High CRBN (1203)
% Assets in Top 10
Rank: 40 of 90
Category Low IDLB (1.69%)
Category High FV (99.99%)

Asset Allocation

Asset Percentage
U.S. Stocks 99.35%
International Stocks 0.4%
U.S. Bonds 0.0%
International Bonds 0.0%
Preferred Stock 0.0%
Convertibles 0.0%
Cash 0.25%
Other 0.0%

Sector Breakdown

Sector Percentage
Technology 18.6%
Financial Services 16.03%
Health Care 13.8%
Consumer Cyclical 11.18%
Industrials 11.16%
Consumer Defensive 9.42%
Energy 7.48%
Communication Services 4.07%
Utilities 3.05%
Basic Materials 2.77%
Real Estate 2.2%

Market Cap Breakdown

Market Cap Percentage
Giant 49.72%
Large 36.2%
Medium 13.45%
Small 0.14%
Micro 0.0%

Region Breakdown

Region Percentage
U.S. 99.35%
Asia (Developed) 0.06%
Middle East 0.0%
Japan 0.0%
Australia 0.0%
Africa 0.0%
Europe 0.0%
Latin America 0.0%
Canada 0.0%
Asia (Emerging) 0.0%

Market Tier Breakdown

Region Percentage
Developed 99.75%
Emerging 0.0%

Country Breakdown

Country Percentage
United States 99.35%
Switzerland 0.34%
Singapore 0.06%
Other 0.25%

SPY 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: 7 of 101
Category Low SCHX (0.04%)
Category High FWDD (1.25%)

Commission Free Trading

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

Category Commission Free Trading

There are 15 other ETFs in the Large Cap Blend Equities ETFdb Category that are also eligible for commission free trading:

SPY Performance

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

1 Week Return
Rank: 40 of 89
Category Low ELKU (-1.07%)
Category High EEH (3.41%)
4 Week Return
Rank: 40 of 95
Category Low PY (-2.10%)
Category High ZLRG (9.36%)
13 Week Return
Rank: 39 of 93
Category Low SHE (0.61%)
Category High SPHB (16.95%)
26 Week Return
Rank: 42 of 87
Category Low GHS (-4.53%)
Category High SPHB (22.20%)
Year to Date Return
Rank: 42 of 92
Category Low ESGL (-0.59%)
Category High GHS (5.56%)
1 Year Return
Rank: 39 of 79
Category Low RODI (7.23%)
Category High SPHB (48.22%)
3 Year Return
Rank: 16 of 36
Category Low PBP (13.44%)
Category High EEH (54.27%)
5 Year Return
Rank: 11 of 28
Category Low PBP (32.04%)
Category High CSM (105.94%)

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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 SPY relative to other ETFs and benchmarks or to include indicators such as Bollinger Bands, relative strength, and moving averages.

SPY Valuation

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

P/E Ratio
Rank: 27 of 83
Category Low VALX (13.21)
Category High ESG (25.05)

As of Jul 28 2016

SPY 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: 24 of 87
Category Low GVIP (0.08%)
Category High QYLD (9.24%)

As of Jul 28, 2016

SPY Technicals

Volatility Analysis

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

5 Day Volatility
Rank: 13 of 96
Category Low SPXN (0.50%)
Category High FWDD (245.79%)
20 Day Volatility
Rank: 78 of 95
Category Low PBP (4.46%)
Category High ZLRG (83.71%)
50 Day Volatility
Rank: 64 of 90
Category Low PBP (5.24%)
Category High RODI (137.82%)
200 Day Volatility
Rank: 57 of 81
Category Low PBP (6.75%)
Category High ZLRG (57.09%)
Rank: 28 of 85
Category Low SPXV (-2.25)
Category High SPHB (1.57)
Standard Deviation
Rank: 1 of 66
Category Low EEH (0.66%)
Category High SPY (11.20%)


  • 20 Day MA: $225.84
  • 60 Day MA: $219.62
  • MACD 15 Period: 1.14
  • MACD 100 Period: 9.68
  • Williams % Range 10 Day: 13.94
  • Williams % Range 20 Day: 13.94
  • RSI 10 Day: 62
  • RSI 20 Day: 63
  • RSI 30 Day: 62
  • Ultimate Oscillator: 62

Bollinger Brands

  • Lower Bollinger (10 Day): $224.16
  • Upper Bollinger (10 Day): $228.06
  • Lower Bollinger (20 Day): $224.13
  • Upper Bollinger (20 Day): $227.51
  • Lower Bollinger (30 Day): $219.87
  • Upper Bollinger (30 Day): $229.49

Support & Resistance

  • Support Level 1: $226.69
  • Support Level 2: $226.34
  • Resistance Level 1: $227.40
  • Resistance Level 2: $227.76


  • Stochastic Oscillator %D (1 Day): 63.86
  • Stochastic Oscillator %D (5 Day): 69.74
  • Stochastic Oscillator %K (1 Day): 61.56
  • Stochastic Oscillator %K (5 Day): 66.04

Fact Sheet

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