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Insurance ETF (KIE) Hits New 52-Week High

Sweta Killa

For investors seeking momentum, SPDR S&P Insurance ETF (KIE) is probably on their radar now. The fund just hit a 52-week high, and is up roughly 16.8% from its 52-week low price of $62.54/share.


But are more gains in store for this ETF? Let’s take a quick look at the fund and the near-term outlook on it to get a better idea on where it might be headed:


KIE in Focus    


KIE targets the insurance corner of the broad financial space and offers an equal weight exposure to 51 stocks, suggesting no concentration risk. It is diversified across market spectrums with 41% in mid caps, 32% in small caps and rest in large caps. About 39% of the portfolio is allocated to the property and casualty insurance while life & health insurance accounts for one-fourth share. The fund charges investors 35 basis points a year in fees (see: all the Financial ETFs here).


Why the Move?


The insurance sector has been an area to watch lately as the Fed is preparing to raise interest rates in its December meeting given an improving economy backed by a solid job market and decent inflation data. Insurance stocks are one of the prime beneficiaries of a rate hike, as these are able to earn higher returns on their investment portfolio of longer-duration bonds in a rising interest rate environment.


More Gains Ahead?


Currently, KIE has a Zacks ETF Rank of 3 or ‘Hold’ rating with a Medium risk outlook, so it is hard to get a handle on its future returns in one way or the other. However, many of the segments that make up this ETF have strong a Zacks Industry Rank, so there is definitely still some promise for those who want to ride on this surging ETF a little longer.


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