Looking for broad exposure to the Consumer Staples - Broad segment of the equity market? You should consider the Fidelity MSCI Consumer Staples Index ETF (FSTA), a passively managed exchange traded fund launched on 10/21/2013.
Passively managed ETFs are becoming increasingly popular with institutional as well as retail investors due to their low cost, transparency, flexibility and tax efficiency. They are excellent vehicles for long term investors.
Additionally, sector ETFs offer convenient ways to gain low risk and diversified exposure to a broad group of companies in particular sectors. Consumer Staples - Broad is one of the 16 broad Zacks sectors within the Zacks Industry classification. It is currently ranked 10, placing it in bottom 38%.
The fund is sponsored by Fidelity. It has amassed assets over $554.34 M, making it one of the larger ETFs attempting to match the performance of the Consumer Staples - Broad segment of the equity market. FSTA seeks to match the performance of the MSCI USA IMI Consumer Staples Index before fees and expenses.
MSCI USA IMI Consumer Staples Index represents the performance of the consumer staples sector in the U.S. equity market.
Investors should also pay attention to an ETF's expense ratio. Lower cost products will produce better results than those with a higher cost, assuming all other metrics remain the same.
Annual operating expenses for this ETF are 0.08%, making it the least expensive product in the space.
It has a 12-month trailing dividend yield of 2.51%.
Sector Exposure and Top Holdings
While ETFs offer diversified exposure, which minimizes single stock risk, a deep look into a fund's holdings is a valuable exercise. And, most ETFs are very transparent products that disclose their holdings on a daily basis.
This ETF has heaviest allocation in the Consumer Staples sector--about 100% of the portfolio.
Looking at individual holdings, Procter + Gamble Co/the (PG) accounts for about 14.87% of total assets, followed by Coca Cola Co/the Cdi (KO) and Pepsico Inc Cdi (PEP).
The top 10 holdings account for about 69.52% of total assets under management.
Performance and Risk
Year-to-date, the Fidelity MSCI Consumer Staples Index ETF has added about 21.40% so far, and is up about 9.47% over the last 12 months (as of 11/13/2019). FSTA has traded between $29.30 and $36.73 in this past 52-week period.
The ETF has a beta of 0.61 and standard deviation of 11.19% for the trailing three-year period, making it a medium risk choice in the space. With about 22 holdings, it has more concentrated exposure than peers.
Fidelity MSCI Consumer Staples Index ETF holds a Zacks ETF Rank of 1 (Strong Buy), which is based on expected asset class return, expense ratio, and momentum, among other factors. Because of this, FSTA is a great option for investors seeking exposure to the Consumer Staples ETFs segment of the market. There are other additional ETFs in the space that investors could consider as well.
Vanguard Consumer Staples ETF (VDC) tracks MSCI US Investable Market Consumer Staples 25/50 Index and the Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLP) tracks Consumer Staples Select Sector Index. Vanguard Consumer Staples ETF has $5.36 B in assets, Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR Fund has $13.12 B. VDC has an expense ratio of 0.10% and XLP charges 0.13%.
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