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This ETF offers targeted exposure to the aerospace & defense sector, a corner of the domestic economy that is capable of generating significant returns but that may also be subject to political risk in certain environments. Given the narrow focus of XAR--as well as the fact that the fund focuses primarily on large cap stocks--there might be little use for this fund in long-term, buy-and-hold portfolios (since most of the stocks held in XAR are already included in broad-based equity funds). This ETF can, however, be a useful tool for tactical traders looking to overweight this corner of the market. For investors seeking broad-based exposure to the industrials sector, there are a number of options available in the Industrials ETFdb Category. And there are other targeted aerospace and defense ETFs as well, including the more established ITA and PPA. This ETF from State Street stands out from the competition in a couple of ways. First, the underlying index is equal-weighted, giving this fund a balanced portfolio that avoids significant company specific risk (and may address concerns about the efficiency of cap-weighted benchmarks). Second, XAR is cheaper than the competition, an obvious plus for those seeking to minimize expenses. Given the targeted focus of this fund, XAR probably isn't for everyone. But for investors looking to access the aerospace & defense sector, this fund is the best option out there.
The adjacent table gives investors an individual Realtime Rating for XAR 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 Industrials 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.View the Category Report
The following tables and charts contain in-depth metrics for this ETF and compare it to similar peer ETFs within its ETFdb Category.
This ETF is not currently available for commission free trading on any platforms.
There are 4 other ETFs in the Industrials Equities ETFdb Category that are also eligible for commission free trading:
This section shows how this ETF has performed relative to its peer group ETFdb Category.
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The following chart also includes the option to compare the performance of XAR relative to other ETFs and benchmarks or to include indicators such as Bollinger Bands, relative strength, and moving averages.
This section shows how the volatility of this ETF compares to the peer group ETFdb Category.
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