For investors looking to access Chipotle or Netflix via exchange traded funds, the trait the two stocks share in common is few ETFs offer decent exposure to either stock. [The 4 Horsemen Could Weigh on These ETFs]
There is one ETF that has an almost 6% weight to Chipotle, though no exposure to Netflix, and it is the fund’s weight to the burrito king that explains, in part, why it has been a shining a star among discretionary ETFs this year. That ETF is the PowerShares Dynamic Leisure and Entertainment Portfolio (PEJ).
To be precise, PEJ has a 5.81% weight to Chipolte, but that is far superior to what other ETFs give to the stock and it is enough to make Chipotle PEJ’s largest holding by 56 basis points. More importantly, Chipotle has contributed to an almost 40% year-to-date gain for PEJ. That is impressive by any standard, but even more so when considering the strength in discretionary stocks this year. Being up 40% this year PEJ has outperformed the Vanguard Consumer Discretionary ETF (VCR) by 400 basis points. [Time to Warm to Discretionary ETFs]
Chipotle is not the only high-flying restaurant-related name that has been driving PEJ higher this year. Starbucks (SBUX), Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD) and Krispy Kreme Doughnuts (KKD) combine for 11.5% of the ETF’s weight. Starbucks is the “laggard” of that trio because it has not more than doubled this year as Buffalo Wild Wings and Krispy Kreme have.
In lieu of dedicated restaurant, coffee and hotel sector ETFs, PEJ will have to do and it does quite well. Year-to-date and over the past 12 months, the Dynamic Leisure & Entertainment Intellidex Index, PEJ’s underlying index, has outpaced the S&P Hotels, Restaurants & Leisure Index by 1,738 and 1,945 basis points, respectively, according to PowerShares data.
PEJ also offers utility as an avenue for capital-constrained investors to gain exposure to triple-digit (or four-digit) stocks as Chipotle, Priceline.com (PCLN) and Buffalo Wild Wings combine for almost 14% of the ETF’s weight. PEJ is up 7.5% in the past 90 days and hit an all-time high last Friday.
PowerShares Dynamic Leisure and Entertainment Portfolio