XLU
Utilities Select Sector SPDR Fund

Price: $66.96
Change: $0.29 (-0.0%)
Category: Utilities Equities
Last Updated:

Vitals

Issuer State Street
Brand SPDR
Structure ETF
Expense Ratio 0.12%
ETF Home Page Home page
Inception Dec 16, 1998

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. 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). Investors should be wary of unintentional over-concentrations, since many dividend ETFs and low-volatility funds have a significant slice of their assets invested in utility stocks.


While the exposure offered by XLU is generally similar to other products in the Utilities Equities ETFdb Category, one potential drawback is the relatively shallow portfolio, which leans heavily on large cap stocks. Investors looking for broader exposure, including small caps, might prefer the Fidelity MSCI Utilities Index ETF (FUTY) or the Vanguard Utilities ETF (VPU). The Invesco S&P 500 Equal Weight Utilities ETF (RYU) offers an approach that avoids big concentrations in any one name. As of June 2020, XLU has a higher management fee than FUTY and VPU, but XLU offers unparalleled liquidity within this category, making it a popular choice among those looking to establish or liquidate a position quickly.

ETF Database Themes

Asset Class Equity
Asset Class Size Large-Cap
Asset Class Style Value
Sector (General) Utilities
Sector (Specific) Broad
Region (General) North America
Region (Specific) U.S.

FactSet Classifications

  • Segment Equity: U.S. Utilities
  • Category Sector
  • Focus Utilities
  • Niche Broad-based
  • Strategy Vanilla
  • Weighting Scheme Market Cap

Trading Data

Open - Volume -
Day Lo - Day Hi -
  • Open
  • Volume
  • Day Lo
  • Day Hi
  • 52 Week Lo $56.96
  • 52 Week Hi $69.55
  • AUM $12,196.8 M
  • Shares 182.3 M

Historical Trading Data

  • 1 Month Avg. Volume 12,850,519
  • 3 Month Avg. Volume 12,350,915

Alternative ETFs in the ETF Database Utilities Equities Category

Type Symbol Expense Ratio Assets Avg. Daily Vol YTD Return
Cheapest FUTY 0.08% $1.1 B 142,347 9.21%
Largest (AUM) VPU 0.10% $5.0 B 192,318 9.08%
Most Liquid (Volume) PAVE 0.47% $4.7 B 1 M 30.74%
Top YTD Performer PAVE 0.47% $4.7 B 1 M 30.74%

Alternative ETFs in the FactSet Equity: U.S. Utilities Segment

Type Symbol Expense Ratio Assets Avg. Daily Vol YTD Return
Cheapest FUTY 0.08% $1.1 B 142,347 9.21%
Largest (AUM) VPU 0.10% $5.0 B 192,318 9.08%
Most Liquid (Volume) VPU 0.10% $5.0 B 192,318 9.08%
Top YTD Performer UTES 0.49% $37.2 M 1,971 11.15%

Top 15 Holdings

Concentration Analysis

This section compares how balanced and deep this ETF is relative to its peers.

Holdings Comparison

XLU ETF Database Category Average FactSet Segment Average
Number of Holdings 29 69 42
% of Assets in Top 10 64.48% 45.33% 51.28%
% of Assets in Top 15 78.27% 58.70% 66.47%
% of Assets in Top 50 100.02% 91.98% 99.43%

Size Comparison

XLU ETF Database Category Average FactSet Segment Average
Large (>12.9B) 95.60% 71.71% 82.81%
Mid (>2.7B) 4.40% 22.45% 16.66%
Small (>600M) 0.00% 5.46% 0.38%
Micro (<600M) 0.00% 0.38% 0.15%

XLU Valuation

This section compares the P/E ratio of this ETF to its peers.

XLU
P/E Ratio
19.96
ETF Database Category Average
P/E Ratio
23.18
FactSet Segment Average
P/E Ratio
21.38

XLU Dividend

This section compares the dividend yield of this ETF to its peers.

XLU ETF Database Category Average FactSet Segment Average
Dividend $ 0.50 $ 0.44 $ 0.48
Dividend Date 2021-09-20 N/A N/A
Annual Dividend Rate $ 1.98 $ 1.33 $ 1.77
Annual Dividend Yield 2.94% 2.44% 2.58%

XLU Price and Volume Chart

XLU Fund Flows

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5 Day Net Flows: -415.74 M 1 Month Net Flows: -727.68 M 3 Month Net Flows: 20.4 M 6 Month Net Flows: -158.1 M 1 Year Net Flows: -492 M 3 Year Net Flows: 2.85 B 5 Year Net Flows: 2.31 B 10 Year Net Flows: 882.51 M

XLU Price vs Flows AUM Influence

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Realtime Rating

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 ETF Database 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 ETF Database Pro. To view information on how the ETF Database Realtime Ratings work, click here.

Metric Metric Realtime Rating A+ Metric Rated ETF
Liquidity A+ n/a
Expenses A n/a
Performance
Volatility
Dividend
Concentration

A+ Overall Rated ETF:

XLU Expenses & Fees

This section compares the cost efficiency of this ETF to its peers.

Expenses Ratio Analysis

XLU
Expense Ratio
0.12%
ETF Database Category Average
Expense Ratio
0.42%
FactSet Segment Average
Expense Ratio
0.36%

Tax Analysis

Max ST Capital Gains Rate 39.60%
Max LT Capital Gains Rate 20.00%
Tax On Distributions Qualified dividends
Distributes K1 No
ESG Themes and Scores
7.22/10
ESG Score
72.58%
Global Percentile
44.74%
Peer Percentile
    • Revenue Exposure to Environmental Impact (%)
      Higher is better, no ESG score impact
    • Severe Environment Controversies (%)
      Lower improves ESG score
    • Sustainable Impact Solutions (%)
      7.99%
      Higher is better, no ESG score impact
    • Weighted Average Carbon Intensity (Tons of CO2e / $M Sales)
      2506.7
      Higher is worse, no ESG score impact
    • Fossil Fuel Reserves (%)
      Higher is worse, no ESG score impact
    • High Impact Fossil Fuel Reserves (%)
      Higher is worse, no ESG score impact
    • Water Stress High Risk Business Segment (%)
      Lower improves ESG score
    • Water Stress High Risk Geography (%)
      Lower improves ESG score
    • Water Stress Exposure Moderate (%)
      Lower improves ESG score
    • Water Stress Exposure High (%)
      Lower improves ESG score
    • Water Stress Exposure Low (%)
      Higher improves ESG score
    • Revenue Exposure to Energy Efficiency (%)
      Higher is better, no ESG score impact
    • Revenue Exposure to Alternative Energy (%)
      Higher is better, no ESG score impact
    • Revenue Exposure to Green Building (%)
      Higher is better, no ESG score impact
    • Revenue Exposure to Pollution Prevention (%)
      Higher is better, no ESG score impact
    • Revenue Exposure to Water Sustainability (%)
      Higher is better, no ESG score impact
    • Revenue Exposure to Social Impact (%)
      Higher is better, no ESG score impact
    • Sustainable Impact Solutions (%)
      7.99%
      Higher is better, no ESG score impact
    • SRI Exclusion Criteria (%)
      69.05%
      Higher is worse, no ESG score impact
    • Revenue Exposure to Affordable Real Estate (%)
      Higher is better, no ESG score impact
    • Revenue Exposure to Education (%)
      Higher is better, no ESG score impact
    • Revenue Exposure to Major Disease Treatment (%)
      Higher is better, no ESG score impact
    • Revenue Exposure to Nutrition (%)
      Higher is better, no ESG score impact
    • Revenue Exposure to Sanitation (%)
      Higher is better, no ESG score impact
    • Revenue Exposure to SME Finance (%)
      Higher is better, no ESG score impact
    • Human Rights Norms Violation (%)
      Higher is worse, no ESG score impact
    • Human Rights Norms Violation OR Watch List (%)
      Higher is worse, no ESG score impact
    • Severe Human Rights Controversies (%)
      Lower improves ESG score
    • Labor Norms Violation (%)
      Higher is worse, no ESG score impact
    • Labor Norms Violation OR Watch List (%)
      Higher is worse, no ESG score impact
    • Severe Labor Controversies (%)
      Lower improves ESG score
    • Severe Customer Controversies (%)
      Lower improves ESG score
    • Global Compact Compliance Violation (%)
      Higher is worse, no ESG score impact
    • Global Compact Compliance Violation OR Watch List (%)
      Higher is worse, no ESG score impact
    • Catholic Values Fail (%)
      Higher is worse, no ESG score impact
    • Islamic Non-Compliant (%)
      Higher is worse, no ESG score impact
    • Adult Entertainment Involvement (%)
      Higher is worse, no ESG score impact
    • Alcohol Involvement (%)
      Higher is worse, no ESG score impact
    • Gambling Involvement (%)
      Higher is worse, no ESG score impact
    • Nuclear Power Involvement (%)
      Higher is worse, no ESG score impact
    • Tobacco Involvement (%)
      Higher is worse, no ESG score impact
    • Weapons Involvement (%)
      Higher is worse, no ESG score impact
    • Controversies Weapons Involvement (%)
      Higher is worse, no ESG score impact
    • Civilian Firearms Involvement (%)
      Higher is worse, no ESG score impact
    • Civilian Firearms Retailer (%)
      Higher is worse, no ESG score impact
    • Civilian Firearms Producer (%)
      Higher is worse, no ESG score impact
    • Direct Predatory Lending Involvement (%)
      Higher is worse, no ESG score impact
    • Genetic Engineering Involvement (%)
      Higher is worse, no ESG score impact
    • Severe Governance Controversies (%)
      Lower improves ESG score
    • Board Flag (%)
      Lower improves ESG score
    • Lack of Independent Board Majority (%)
      Lower improves ESG score
    • Board Independence (0-25%) (%)
      Lower improves ESG score
    • Board Independence (25-50%) (%)
      Lower improves ESG score
    • Board Independence (50-75%) (%)
      Higher improves ESG score
    • Board Independence (75-100%) (%)
      Higher improves ESG score
    • No Female Directors (%)
      Lower improves ESG score
    • Three OR More Female Directors (%)
      Higher improves ESG score
    • Females Represent 30% of Directors (%)
      Higher improves ESG score
    • Entrenched Board (%)
      Lower improves ESG score
    • Overboarding (%)
      Lower improves ESG score
    • Negative Director Votes (%)
      Lower improves ESG score
    • Ownership AND Control Flag (%)
      Lower improves ESG score
    • One Share One Vote (%)
      Lower improves ESG score
    • No Annual Director Elections (%)
      Lower improves ESG score
    • Does Not Use Majority Voting (%)
      Lower improves ESG score
    • Significant Votes Against Pay Practices (%)
      Lower improves ESG score
    • Controlling Shareholder (%)
      Lower improves ESG score
    • Controlling Shareholder Concerns (%)
      Lower improves ESG score
    • Cross Shareholdings (%)
      Lower improves ESG score
    • Poison Pill (%)
      Lower improves ESG score
    • Pay Flag (%)
      Lower improves ESG score
    • No Pay Performance Link (%)
      Lower improves ESG score
    • Lack of Internal Pay Equity (%)
      Lower improves ESG score
    • Executive Pay Non-Disclosure (%)
      Lower improves ESG score
    • Accounting Flag (%)
      Lower improves ESG score

XLU Performance

This section shows how this ETF has performed relative to its peers.

XLU ETF Database
Category Average
Factset Segment
Average
1 Month Return 4.02% 3.31% 4.01%
3 Month Return 2.64% 2.90% 2.31%
YTD Return 9.24% 12.48% 9.61%
1 Year Return 6.68% 17.56% 7.84%
3 Year Return 33.62% 29.74% 28.29%
5 Year Return 63.91% 37.85% 57.18%

Geographic Exposure

The following charts reflect the geographic spread of XLU's underlying holdings.

Region Percentage
North, Central and South America 100.02%
Country Percentage
United States 99.9%
Other 0.12%

Holdings Analysis

The following charts reflect the allocation of XLU's underlying holdings.

Sector Percentage
Utilities 99.9%
Miscellaneous 0.12%
Market Cap Percentage
Large 95.6%
Mid 4.4%
Micro 0.0%
Small 0.0%
Region Percentage
Asset Percentage
Share/Common/Ordinary 99.9%
Open-ended Fund 0.12%
Sector Percentage
Utilities 99.9%
Miscellaneous 0.12%

XLU Technicals

Volatility Analysis

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

5 Day Volatility
70.93%
Rank
3 of 21

20 Day Volatility
15.40%
Rank
2 of 21

50 Day Volatility
14.15%
Rank
4 of 21

200 Day Volatility
14.00%
Rank
5 of 21

Beta
0.36
Rank
21 of 21

Standard Deviation
2.68%
Rank
7 of 21

Technicals

  • 20 Day MA $65.22
  • 60 Day MA $66.73
  • MACD 15 Period 1.36
  • MACD 100 Period 1.16
  • Williams % Range 10 Day 11.52
  • Williams % Range 20 Day 10.25
  • RSI 10 Day 62
  • RSI 20 Day 55
  • RSI 30 Day 53
  • Ultimate Oscillator 54

Bollinger Bands

  • Lower Bollinger (10 Day) $63.93
  • Upper Bollinger (10 Day) $67.89
  • Lower Bollinger (20 Day) $63.09
  • Upper Bollinger (20 Day) $67.33
  • Lower Bollinger (30 Day) $63.28
  • Upper Bollinger (30 Day) $67.76

Support & Resistance

  • Support Level 1 $66.71
  • Support Level 2 $66.47
  • Resistance Level 1 $67.29
  • Resistance Level 2 $67.62

Stochastic

  • Stochastic Oscillator %D (1 Day) 49.02
  • Stochastic Oscillator %D (5 Day) 83.30
  • Stochastic Oscillator %K (1 Day) 54.60
  • Stochastic Oscillator %K (5 Day) 77.85

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