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VPU Vanguard Utilities ETF

  • ETF
  • VPU
    Pricing Data
    Change: $1.22 (0.01%)
    Time: 05/24/16
    Previous Close: $104.30
  • Category
  • Utilities Equities
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Trading Data

Open: - Volume -
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  • 52 Week Lo: $85.61
  • 52 Week Hi: $108.25
  • AUM: $2,284.1 M
  • Shares: 21.9 M

Investment Themes

Historical Trading Data

  • 1 Month Avg. Volume: 291,874
  • 3 Month Avg. Volume: 291,892

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Analyst Report

This Vanguard ETF offers exposure to the domestic utilities sector, a corner of the U.S. market that has historically exhibited low volatility and often features an attractive distribution yield. As a sector-specific ETF, VPU is probably more appealing to investors looking to establish a shorter-term tactical tilt or make a sector rotation play than it is to those building a long-term, buy-and-hold portfolio (though utilities generally receive a relatively small weight in broad-based equity ETFs, meaning that a complementary holding could result in more balanced sector weightings). Like most Vanguard ETFs, VPU is among the cheapest options available for investors seeking exposure to the asset class represented (XLU and FUI are also low cost options for utilities exposure). This ETF may be available for commission free trading in Vanguard accounts, potentially increasing the appeal to cost conscious investors. Another noteworthy element of this ETF is the impressive depth of holdings; VPU has considerably more individual stocks than XLU. This ETF does a relatively good job of offering up balanced exposure; though a few stocks account for significant chunks of assets, the concentration is not as significant as in some other products (those seeking to avoid cap-weighting might prefer RYU as a tool for achieving access to the utilities sector).

Realtime Rating

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Realtime Rating Summary

The adjacent table gives investors an individual Realtime Rating for VPU 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 Utilities Equities 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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VPU Overall Realtime Rating:

A+ Overall Rated ETF:

Metric Metric Realtime Rating A+ Metric Rated ETF
Liquidity A n/a
Expenses A+ n/a

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VPU 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.

VPU 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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Asset Allocation

Asset Percentage
U.S. Stocks 100.0%
International Stocks 0.0%
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
Utilities 99.06%
Energy 0.47%
Basic Materials 0.47%
Financial Services 0.0%
Real Estate 0.0%
Consumer Defensive 0.0%
Consumer Cyclical 0.0%
Communication Services 0.0%
Industrials 0.0%
Health Care 0.0%
Technology 0.0%

Market Cap Breakdown

Market Cap Percentage
Giant 0.0%
Large 56.22%
Medium 29.33%
Small 7.77%
Micro 0.83%

Region Breakdown

Region Percentage
U.S. 100.0%
Middle East 0.0%
Australia 0.0%
Japan 0.0%
Asia (Developed) 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 100.0%
Emerging 0.0%

Country Breakdown

Country Percentage
United States 100.0%
Other 0.0%

VPU 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 5 other ETFs in the Utilities Equities ETFdb Category that are also eligible for commission free trading:

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

VPU Valuation

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

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VPU Dividend

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VPU Technicals

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Volatility Analysis

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

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  • 20 Day MA: $106.18
  • 60 Day MA: $105.15
  • MACD 15 Period: -0.87
  • MACD 100 Period: 3.78
  • Williams % Range 10 Day: 52.33
  • Williams % Range 20 Day: 52.70
  • RSI 10 Day: 48
  • RSI 20 Day: 51
  • RSI 30 Day: 53
  • Ultimate Oscillator: 53

Bollinger Brands

  • Lower Bollinger (10 Day): $103.38
  • Upper Bollinger (10 Day): $108.67
  • Lower Bollinger (20 Day): $103.70
  • Upper Bollinger (20 Day): $108.43
  • Lower Bollinger (30 Day): $102.83
  • Upper Bollinger (30 Day): $108.47

Support & Resistance

  • Support Level 1: $104.81
  • Support Level 2: $104.11
  • Resistance Level 1: $105.90
  • Resistance Level 2: $106.29


  • Stochastic Oscillator %D (1 Day): 63.14
  • Stochastic Oscillator %D (5 Day): 50.62
  • Stochastic Oscillator %K (1 Day): 59.77
  • Stochastic Oscillator %K (5 Day): 45.82

Fact Sheet

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