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This ETF offers exposure to the biotech sub-sector of the U.S. health care industry, serving up access to a group of stocks that can thrive on technological breakthroughs and increased investment in medical processes. PBE is part of the suite of Dynamic ETFs from PowerShares, using quant-based screening to identify component companies that may be poised for outperformance relative to a broad-based universe. As such, the portfolio of this ETF is considerably more limited than IBB, which includes more than 100 individual names. That feature can be particularly important in the biotech space, where company-specific developments can send a single stock soaring. PBE does a nice job of spreading exposure evenly across the portfolio components, which include a balance of large caps, mid caps, and small cap stocks. IBB and FBT are other ETF options for biotech exposure; those considering this sector should take a close look at depth of exposure and weighing methodology, as these factors can have a major impact on the risk and return profiles achieved. The expense differentials are also worth noting; PBE is a bit more expensive than the iShares alternative.
The adjacent table gives investors an individual Realtime Rating for PBE 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 Health & Biotech 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 section compares how balanced and deep this ETF is relative to the peer group ETFdb.com Category.
This section compares the cost efficiency of this ETF to peers in the same ETFdb.com Category.
This ETF is not currently available for commission free trading on any platforms.
There are 4 other ETFs in the Health & Biotech 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.
This section compares the fund flows of this ETF to peers in the same ETFdb.com Category.
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The following chart also includes the option to compare the performance of PBE 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.com Category.