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The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Guggenheim S&P 500 Pure Value ETF, Guggenheim S&P SmallCap 600 PureValue ETF, PowerShares NASDAQ Internet ETF, First Trust Dow Jones Internet ETF and SPDR S&P 500 ETF

For Immediate Release

Chicago, IL –March 14, 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 Guggenheim S&P 500 Pure Value ETF (NYSEARCA: RPV – Free Report ), Guggenheim S&P SmallCap 600 PureValue ETF (NYSEARCA: RZV – Free Report ), PowerShares NASDAQ Internet ETF (NASDAQ: PNQI – Free Report ), First Trust Dow Jones Internet ETF (NYSEARCA: FDN – Free Report ) and SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEARCA: SPY – Free Report ).

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Here are highlights from Monday’s Analyst Blog:

What Made Internet ETFs Outperform the Bull Market?

The S&P 500’s bull market has gone past eight years or is rather in a transition phase from policy easing to tightening. So, it becomes more important to look back and see what the truly hot investments were during this crucial time.

While several corners won with Consumer Discretionary taking a special spot, we would like to note that Internet ETFs beat this glamorous zone of the investing world (read: How Consumer ETFs Crushed the S&P 500 Bull Market Run ).

The technology sector suffered a lot during 2008–2009 recession. Many workers were laid off then. As a result, it is especially interesting to note how the battered zone broke all barriers.

Investors should note that pure-value ETFs likeGuggenheim S&P 500 Pure Value ETF (NYSEARCA: RPV – Free Report ) and Guggenheim S&P SmallCap 600 PureValue ETF (NYSEARCA: RZV – Free Report ) topped the ETF world in these eight years, only to make place forPowerShares NASDAQ Internet ETF (NASDAQ: PNQI – Free Report ) in the third spot.

First Trust Dow Jones Internet ETF ( NYSEARCA: FDN – Free Report ) got the fifth position. No wonder these two funds breezed past the S&P 500 based fund SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEARCA: SPY – Free Report ) in all these eight years (up about 310%)(read: The Best Performing ETFs of the Bull Market Might Surprise You ).

Thanks to improving developed economies and specifically greater demand from emerging nations like China, India and Brazil, the sector fired on all cylinders in this bull market. The wave of e-commerce is yet to be full-blown in the emerging market and thus offers plenty of untapped opportunities.

Per the Earnings Trends issued on March 1 2017, total earnings for tech companies were up 8.5% in Q4 from the same period last year on 5.4% higher revenues, with 74.6% beating EPS estimates and 72.9% surpassing revenue estimates.

Given the positive trends in the Internet space, a good way to seek entry into the broad tech world is by tilting toward ETFs in this segment. Let’s take a look at Internet ETFs in detail.

PNQI in Focus – Up 583.4%

This fund follows the Nasdaq Internet Index, giving investors exposure to the broad Internet industry. The fund holds about 79 stocks in its basket with AUM of $305.9 million while charging 60 bps in fees per year (see all Technology ETFs here).
In terms of industrial exposure, Internet software and services makes up for 56.1% share in the basket, followed by Internet retail (39.49%). Neflix, Facebook, Priceline and Amazon each takes more-or-less 8% of the fund. PNQI has a Zacks ETF Rank #3 (Hold).

FDN in Focus – Up 581.7%

This is one of the most popular ETFs in the broad tech space with AUM of over $3.87 billion. The 41-stock fund charges 54 bps in fees. From a sector look, information technology accounts for about 70.1% of the portfolio while consumer discretionary makes up over 22%. Facebook and Amazon control the fund, each with over 10% weight. The fund has a Zacks Rank #3.

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