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VAW Vanguard Materials ETF

  • ETF
  • VAW
    Pricing Data
    Change: $0.97 (0.01%)
    Time: 05/23/16
    Previous Close: $101.26
  • Category
  • Materials
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Trading Data

Open: - Volume -
Day Lo - Day Hi -
  • 52 Week Lo: $78.70
  • 52 Week Hi: $110.02
  • AUM: $1,231.3 M
  • Shares: 12.2 M

Investment Themes

Historical Trading Data

  • 1 Month Avg. Volume: 134,255
  • 3 Month Avg. Volume: 106,550

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Analyst Report

This ETF is one of several funds offering exposure to the U.S. materials sector, a corner of the market that may be appealing for investors looking to gain indirect exposure to commodity prices through the stocks of companies engaged in the extraction or production of natural resources. Because the materials sector often accounts for a small portion of broad-based benchmarks, VAW may be a useful tool for long-term investors looking for more balanced exposure to the U.S. equity market. It can also be handy for those looking to implement a shorter-term tilt towards the materials sector. The most appealing attributes of VAW are the depth of holdings (more than 125 individual stocks) and low fees, though there are some big allocations in a few of the larger names and XLB and FBM are both cheaper from an expense ratio perspective. This ETF is also available for commission free trading in Vanguard accounts, potentially increasing the appeal to cost-conscious investors. Those seeking more balanced materials exposure may prefer RTM, while those looking to avoid U.S. stocks completely have IRV as an option.

Realtime Rating

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Realtime Rating Summary

The adjacent table gives investors an individual Realtime Rating for VAW on 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, shows the ETF in the Materials with the highest Metric Realtime Rating for each individual field. To view all of this data, sign up for a free 14-day trial for ETFdb Pro. To view information on how the ETFdb Realtime Ratings work, click here.

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VAW Overall Realtime Rating:

A+ Overall Rated ETF:

Metric Metric Realtime Rating A+ Metric Rated ETF
Liquidity A- XLB
Expenses A FMAT

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VAW 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.

VAW Holdings

Filings Data as of: May 03, 2016
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Concentration Analysis

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

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% Assets in Top 10
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Asset Allocation

Asset Percentage
U.S. Stocks 99.94%
International Stocks 0.07%
U.S. Bonds 0.0%
International Bonds 0.0%
Preferred Stock 0.0%
Convertibles 0.0%
Cash 0.0%
Other 0.0%

Sector Breakdown

Sector Percentage
Basic Materials 85.7%
Consumer Cyclical 12.63%
Industrials 1.61%
Energy 0.06%
Financial Services 0.0%
Real Estate 0.0%
Consumer Defensive 0.0%
Communication Services 0.0%
Technology 0.0%
Health Care 0.0%
Utilities 0.0%

Market Cap Breakdown

Market Cap Percentage
Giant 0.0%
Large 47.07%
Medium 40.42%
Small 9.39%
Micro 3.12%

Region Breakdown

Region Percentage
U.S. 99.94%
Europe 0.07%
Middle East 0.0%
Japan 0.0%
Australia 0.0%
Africa 0.0%
Asia (Developed) 0.0%
Latin America 0.0%
Canada 0.0%
Asia (Emerging) 0.0%

Market Tier Breakdown

Region Percentage
Developed 100.0%
Emerging 0.0%

Country Breakdown

Country Percentage
United States 99.94%
Germany 0.07%
Other -0.01%

VAW Expenses & Fees

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

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Expenses Ratio Analysis

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Commission Free Trading

This ETF is currently available for commission free trading on the following platforms: (Vanguard)

Category Commission Free Trading

There are 3 other ETFs in the Materials ETFdb Category that are also eligible for commission free trading:

VAW Performance

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

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

VAW Valuation

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

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VAW Dividend

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

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VAW Technicals

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Volatility Analysis

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

5 Day Volatility
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  • 20 Day MA: $102.12
  • 60 Day MA: $99.15
  • MACD 15 Period: 0.79
  • MACD 100 Period: 8.27
  • Williams % Range 10 Day: 33.97
  • Williams % Range 20 Day: 52.80
  • RSI 10 Day: 54
  • RSI 20 Day: 55
  • RSI 30 Day: 56
  • Ultimate Oscillator: 48

Bollinger Brands

  • Lower Bollinger (10 Day): $100.25
  • Upper Bollinger (10 Day): $102.97
  • Lower Bollinger (20 Day): $99.63
  • Upper Bollinger (20 Day): $104.70
  • Lower Bollinger (30 Day): $99.40
  • Upper Bollinger (30 Day): $104.85

Support & Resistance

  • Support Level 1: $101.61
  • Support Level 2: $101.00
  • Resistance Level 1: $102.75
  • Resistance Level 2: $103.28


  • Stochastic Oscillator %D (1 Day): 54.58
  • Stochastic Oscillator %D (5 Day): 51.39
  • Stochastic Oscillator %K (1 Day): 47.47
  • Stochastic Oscillator %K (5 Day): 42.89

Fact Sheet

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