This Sector SPDR is one of the most popular options for investors looking to gain exposure to the U.S. utilities sector, a corner of the domestic stock market known for relatively low volatility and relatively high distribution yields. As such, a fund like XLU might be useful for establishing low risk equity exposure or for enhancing the current returns generated by the equity side of a portfolio. Like most sector-specific ETFs, XLU is probably most appealing to those implementing a sector rotation strategy or looking to establish a tactical tilt towards this low beta sector of the U.S. market. Those building a long-term, buy-and-hold portfolio will likely achieve utilities exposure through broad-based equity funds (though the allocation to this sector can be relatively small). While the exposure offered by XLU is generally similar to other products in the Utilities Equities ETFdb Category, this fund distinguishes itself in a few ways. First, XLU is among the cheapest ways to bet on utilities (FUI and VPU are also very cost efficient). Second, XLU offers unparalleled liquidity within this category, making it a popular choice among those looking to establish or liquidate a position quickly. One potential drawback is the relatively shallow portfolio; VPU has more component holdings, while RYU offers an equal-weighted approach that avoids big concentrations in any one name.
The adjacent table gives investors an individual Realtime Rating for XLU 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.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.com Category.
This ETF is not currently available for commission free trading on any platforms.
There are 5 other ETFs in the Utilities Equities ETFdb.com Category that are also eligible for commission free trading:
This section shows how this ETF has performed relative to its peer group ETFdb.com Category.
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This section shows how the volatility of this ETF compares to the peer group ETFdb.com Category.
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