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The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: BioShares Biotechnology Clinical Trials, PowerShares Dynamic Semiconductors Fund, PowerShares S&P SmallCap Utilities Portfolio, PowerShares S&P SmallCap Energy Fund and Guggenheim S&P SmallCap 600 Pure V

For Immediate Release

Chicago, IL – April 28, 2017 – Zacks.com announces the list of stocks featured in the Analyst Blog. Every day the Zacks Equity Research analysts discuss the latest news and events impacting stocks and the financial markets. Stocks recently featured in the blog include BioShares Biotechnology Clinical Trials ETF (NASDAQ: BBC Free Report ), PowerShares Dynamic Semiconductors Fund (NYSEARCA: PSI Free Report ), PowerShares S&P SmallCap Utilities Portfolio (NASDAQ:PSCU Free Report ), PowerShares S&P SmallCap Energy Fund (NASDAQ: PSCE Free Report ) and Guggenheim S&P SmallCap 600 Pure Value ETF (NYSEARCA:RZV Free Report ).

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Here are highlights from Thursday’s Analyst Blog:

Trump's First 100 Days: ETF Winners and Losers

President Donald Trump is about to complete his 100th day in office, and it’s the stock market where the party is on. The three major indices – the S&P 500, the Dow Jones and the Nasdaq Composite – are scaling multiple highs and gained 5.2%, 5.9% and 8.5%, respectively, though bout of volatility kept crossing the bulls.

The rally almost ignored the fact that Trump has failed to deliver on promises on almost all fronts until now. This is especially true given that some priority plans like repealing Obamacare (the Affordable Care Act) and building a border wall has been on hold while other policies are yet to show any sign of materializing. As a result, Trump’s big bet on sectors like financials, industrials, materials, and aerospace & defense lost momentum in recent weeks.

Additionally, the risk of a government shutdown is looming large as government funding is set to expire on April 28 if the Congress does not pass the new spending bill (read: Don't Let Trump ETFs & Stocks Fool You ).

However, just couple of days before of his 100-day landmark, Trump has proposed the long-awaited tax reform plan. He seeks to cut corporate tax to 15% from the current 30%, reduce the number of U.S. tax brackets from seven to three and push the top bracket rate down from 39.6% to 35%. The proposal lacks details and will likely increase fiscal deficit, if enacted. As such, the approval from both House and Senate is likely to face hurdles.

In the ETF corner of the trading universe, we can see both good and bad response to the Trump presidency. Given below the funds that topped or flopped during the first 100 days of Donald Trump’s rule.

Top ETFs

BioShares Biotechnology Clinical Trials ETF
(NASDAQ:BBC Free Report )

The biotech sector has made a strong comeback this year driven by cheap valuation, robust earnings results, encouraging industry trends, as well as Trump’s move to reduce drug regulations and push for faster drug approvals. Additionally, Trump’s proposed tax reforms and cash repatriation policy supported the rally. Notably, BBC is the showstopper with an 18.4% increase (read: Best ETFs & Stocks from Top Sectors of Q1 ).

BBC is a small cap centric fund, having amassed $24.3 million in its asset base. It charges 85 bps in fees per year from investors and trades in a light average daily volume of around 14,000 shares. Holding 69 stocks in its basket, it is widely spread out across various components with each holding less than 3.7% share. The fund has a Zacks ETF Rank of 3 or ‘Hold’ rating with a High risk outlook.

PowerShares Dynamic Semiconductors Fund (NYSEARCA:PSI Free Report )

Semiconductor stocks are on stellar ride thanks to improving overseas demand and innovative technologies. New areas such as autonomous cars, cloud computing, gaming, wearables, VR headsets, drones, virtual reality devices and Internet of Things are fueling growth in the sector, offsetting struggling traditional businesses like PCs and smartphones. That being said, PSI, with AUM of $230.5 million and average daily volume of around 60,000 shares, has gained 16.4% since Trump took office on January 20.

The fund holds a basket of 30 securities with each holding less than 5.7% share. The product charges a fee of 63 bps a year and has a Zacks ETF Rank of 1 or ‘Buy’ rating with a High risk outlook (read: Will Chip ETFs Continue Their Solid Run As Q1 Unfolds? )

PowerShares S&P SmallCap Utilities Portfolio (NASDAQ:PSCU Free Report )

Being the low-beta sector funds, utility ETFs have gained immense popularity on Trump’s protectionist and anti-trade policies and growing geopolitical tensions. This is because these are relatively protected from large swings (ups and downs) in the stock market and is thus considered a defensive investment or a safe haven in turbulent times. Additionally, the hunt for higher yield in the lower rate environment has spurred a rally in related stocks as utilities offer solid dividend payouts (read: 4 Safe Haven ETFs to Escape Geopolitical Tensions ).

As a result, PSCU, targeting the small cap segment of the utilities sector, gained 10.1%. It holds a small basket of 16 stocks with heavy concentration on some of the top firms. The ETF is often overlooked by investors as depicted by its AUM of $46.7 million and average daily volume of 8,000 shares. Expense ratio comes in at 0.29%. It has a Zacks ETF Rank of 5 or ‘Strong Sell’ rating with a Medium risk outlook.

Flop ETFs

PowerShares S&P SmallCap Energy Fund
(NASDAQ:PSCE Free Report )

The energy sector has been struggling this year as optimism surrounding the historic OPEC output cut deal evaporated by surging U.S. shale output leading to a decline in oil price. PSCE provides exposure to the energy sector of the U.S. small cap segment and holds 29 securities in its basket with large concentration on the top two firms. The fund is unpopular with AUM of $49.7 million and average daily volume of 64,000 shares. It charges 29 bps in fees per year and tumbled nearly 21% in the same time frame. PSCE has a Zacks ETF Rank of 4 or ‘Sell’ rating with a High risk outlook.

Guggenheim S&P SmallCap 600 Pure Value ETF (NYSEARCA:RZV Free Report )

After outperforming the broader market in November and December on Trump’s victory, small cap stocks have lost their luster this year. The delay in the implementation of Trump’s domestic pro-growth policies, the travel ban debacle, collapse of the healthcare bill, shift in investors’ sentiment and Fed rate hike concerns have weighed heavily on the pint-sized stocks. In particular, RZV has lost 4.5% in the Trump presidency so far (read: Small Cap ETFs: Leaders or Laggards ).

The fund provides exposure to the pure value segment of small cap market and holds well-diversified 156 stocks. It has been able to manage $234.3 million in its asset base while trading in a paltry volume of about 30,000 shares a day on average. It charges 35 bps in fees per year from investors and has a Zacks ETF Rank of 3 with a High risk outlook.

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