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  • ETF
  • XLU
    Pricing Data
    Change: $0.08 (0.0%)
    Time: 05/27/16
    Previous Close: $48.75
  • Category
  • Utilities Equities
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Trading Data

Open: - Volume -
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  • 52 Week Lo: $39.71
  • 52 Week Hi: $49.88
  • AUM: $8,066.9 M
  • Shares: 165.5 M

Investment Themes

Historical Trading Data

  • 1 Month Avg. Volume: 16,384,248
  • 3 Month Avg. Volume: 16,853,204

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Analyst Report

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.

Realtime Rating

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Realtime Rating Summary

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.

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XLU Overall Realtime Rating:

A+ Overall Rated ETF:

Metric Metric Realtime Rating A+ Metric Rated ETF
Liquidity A+ XLU
Expenses A FUTY

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XLU 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.

XLU 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 99.67%
International Stocks 0.0%
U.S. Bonds 0.0%
International Bonds 0.0%
Preferred Stock 0.0%
Convertibles 0.0%
Cash 0.33%
Other 0.0%

Sector Breakdown

Sector Percentage
Utilities 99.67%
Financial Services 0.0%
Communication Services 0.0%
Consumer Defensive 0.0%
Real Estate 0.0%
Industrials 0.0%
Consumer Cyclical 0.0%
Basic Materials 0.0%
Energy 0.0%
Health Care 0.0%
Technology 0.0%

Market Cap Breakdown

Market Cap Percentage
Giant 0.0%
Large 69.21%
Medium 23.39%
Small 0.0%
Micro 0.0%

Region Breakdown

Region Percentage
U.S. 99.67%
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 99.67%
Emerging 0.0%

Country Breakdown

Country Percentage
United States 99.67%
Other 0.33%

XLU 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 not currently available for commission free trading on any platforms.

Category Commission Free Trading

There are 6 other ETFs in the Utilities Equities ETFdb Category that are also eligible for commission free trading:

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

XLU Valuation

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

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XLU Dividend

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

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XLU 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: $48.79
  • 60 Day MA: $48.54
  • MACD 15 Period: 0.11
  • MACD 100 Period: 1.77
  • Williams % Range 10 Day: 28.51
  • Williams % Range 20 Day: 36.80
  • RSI 10 Day: 54
  • RSI 20 Day: 53
  • RSI 30 Day: 54
  • Ultimate Oscillator: 69

Bollinger Brands

  • Lower Bollinger (10 Day): $47.51
  • Upper Bollinger (10 Day): $49.26
  • Lower Bollinger (20 Day): $47.73
  • Upper Bollinger (20 Day): $49.76
  • Lower Bollinger (30 Day): $47.17
  • Upper Bollinger (30 Day): $49.81

Support & Resistance

  • Support Level 1: $48.63
  • Support Level 2: $48.44
  • Resistance Level 1: $48.97
  • Resistance Level 2: $49.12


  • Stochastic Oscillator %D (1 Day): 73.73
  • Stochastic Oscillator %D (5 Day): 78.45
  • Stochastic Oscillator %K (1 Day): 68.64
  • Stochastic Oscillator %K (5 Day): 64.50

Fact Sheet

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