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  • AdvisorShares Vice ETF to Transfer Listing to NYSE Arca, Change Ticker to VICE
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    AdvisorShares Vice ETF to Transfer Listing to NYSE Arca, Change Ticker to VICE

    AdvisorShares, a leading sponsor of actively managed exchange-traded funds (ETFs), today announced plans to transfer the listing of the AdvisorShares Vice ETF (Ticker: ACT) from NASDAQ to NYSE Arca effective on or about November 1, 2020. The Fund's ticker symbol will change from ACT to VICE with the transfer listing. Shareholders in this fund will not be required to take any action as a result of this change.

  • 10 Best ETFs for 2020: The Battle At the Top Tightens
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    10 Best ETFs for 2020: The Battle At the Top Tightens

    This year has been a crazy one for investors seeking the best ETFs to buy. First, the novel coronavirus took a heavy toll on countless stocks. Then we saw a nice recovery in the companies that stood to benefit most from changes in the “new normal.” Meanwhile, industries like air travel and entertainment experienced (and continue to experience) great pain. All of this managed to throw countless exchange-traded funds into limbo, as their general design to hold numerous stocks centralized around a specific theme made some of them particularly vulnerable. But the madness didn’t stop there.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips More recently, tech stocks took a beating shortly before the first debate leading into the Presidential election. Then President Donald Trump tested positive for Covid-19. Now, with the election quickly approaching, we’re still trapped in a period of uncertainty. Will Biden win? Or will Trump stay in charge? Either victory could boost some stocks and ETFs, and tank others. Oh, and don’t forget, an asteroid might hit Earth before we even get to that Nov. 3 election date. While that last bit is somewhat of a joke, it reflects the overall essence of 2020 quite nicely. Just when you expect that things couldn’t get any more crazy this year, they seemingly always do. But, thankfully, InvestorPlace.com’s best ETFs for 2020 contest has plenty of winners that should hold strong no matter what happens. It also has a few losers too. The 7 Best New Stocks From 2020 to Buy Now With all of that said, let’s take a look at how each of these funds has performed (in ascending order from best to worst) through the end of September: Renaissance IPO ETF (NYSEARCA:IPO) Global X Cloud Computing ETF (NASDAQ:CLOU) SPDR FactSet Innovative Technology ETF (NYSEARCA:XITK) Invesco QQQ Trust (NASDAQ:QQQ) The Communication Services SPDR ETF (NYSEARCA:XLC) AdvisorShares Vice ETF (NASDAQ:ACT) iShares Russell 2000 Growth ETF (NYSEARCA:IWO) Consumer Staples Select Sector Fund (NYSEARCA:XLP) The ETFMG Alternative Harvest ETF (NYSEARCA:MJ) U.S. Global Jets ETF (NYSEARCA:JETS) There’s not much time left in the year, but a few of these ETFs still might manage to run higher. Best ETFs for 2020: Renaissance IPO ETF (IPO) Source: Shutterstock Investor: Tom TaulliExpense Ratio: 0.6%, or $60 annually per $10,000 investedPerformance Through Q3: 58% In the end, there can be only one winner of the best ETFs contest. It looks like Tom Taulli’s pick, the IPO ETF, will be the one. While that might sound like a dramatic reference to the cult-classic film Highlander (“there can be only one!”), it seems fairly accurate. Its current performance (78% year to date) is already significantly greater than the 58% YTD figure recorded at the end of September. At its current level, it has performed nearly 20% greater than CLOU, the No. 2 ETF in the contest. As impressive as that may be, and with its victory seemingly secure, does it have any more room to run? The coronavirus helped power IPO at the start of the year as social distancing initiatives led to the breakout success of Zoom Communications (NASDAQ:ZM), one of its top holdings. But with clearer expectations developing for the “new normal” ahead, are continued gains guaranteed? Taulli thinks IPO has what it takes to continue its placement among the best ETFs in the years ahead. While he acknowledges that the IPO market is getting a bit “frothy,” he thinks the trend will continue for some time. According to Taulli, the ETF is a strong way to play the current popularity of IPOs: “when it comes to investing in IPOs, it’s a good idea to have diversification — this is what the IPO fund provides” Read more about IPO here. Global X Cloud Computing ETF (CLOU) Source: Blackboard / Shutterstock Investor: Dana BlankenhornExpense Ratio: 0.68%Performance Through Q3: 47% The overall success of cloud stocks (what the CLOU ETF specializes in) this year is undeniable. Again, the pandemic amplified much of that success, but cloud computing is a future-looking theme that was bound for significant relevance and gains without the virus catalyst factored in. But even the titans must fall from time-to-time. According to Dana Blankenhorn, while the CLOU ETF has been a winner this year, its performance more recently has been ugly. Even so, the ETF is in the No. 2 spot of the contest, and there’s plenty of reason to think it will endure in the months and years ahead: The companies in CLOU, and those that might be added, are in good position to build the Machine Internet.  Anything whose condition can be sensed, calculated, and adjusted will become a networked computer over the next decade. More internet demand will come from machines than from people using them. 10 Small-Cap Stocks to Buy From Some of America's Best ETFs That’s as good of a long-term catalyst as any. Just don’t expect CLOU to edge out IPO as the winner for best ETFs. But in the big picture, as a longer-term investment, Blankenhorn remains positive on the ETF’s outlook. Read more about CLOU here. SPDR FactSet Innovative Technology ETF (XITK) Source: Shutterstock Investor: Bret KenwellExpense Ratio: 0.45%Performance Through Q3: 43% As its namesake suggests, the XITK ETF focuses on companies involved in innovative technologies. And, as you’re likely realizing by now, the new virus has helped propel many innovative companies since their technologies were adopted much more quickly than expected. Its holdings include the aforementioned Zoom Communications and other “coronavirus stocks” like Shopify (NYSE:SHOP) and DocuSign (NASDAQ:DOCU). Although the virus boost will fade in time, most of its holdings should retain their relevance in the years ahead. This is largely what makes Bret Kenwell think that it will remain one of the best ETFs heading into the new normal. He also notes the fund’s diversity as a positive aspect that sets it apart from other growth-based ETFs: Diversification can be a negative in some cases. In the case of the XITK ETF though, it helps remove any single-stock risk. That’s a benefit in my mind. That’s because growth stocks are likely to rally or fall together, but any one stock could really ruin the fund’s performance if it had too large of a weighting. According to Kenwell, if growth stocks continue to rise, then the XITK ETF will also run higher. If he’s right, this might be the dark horse of the race. Watch out, IPO! Read more about XITK here. Invesco QQQ Trust (QQQ) Source: Shutterstock Investor: Readers’ ChoiceExpense Ratio: 0.2%Performance Through Q3: 27% Our reader’s choice for the contest, QQQ, is always a solid bet. In fact, it won the best ETFs contest in a prior year. It continues to demonstrate its viability as an investment, currently ranked No. 4 in the contest. Part of what makes it attractive is that its holdings include the 100 largest non-financial companies on the Nasdaq. While it’s not explicitly a tech stock ETF, it holds behemoths like Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) and Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) as a part of its top holdings. Usually this is a great thing — and for much of the pandemic it has been a winner. But, more recently, tech stocks took a dive and QQQ has started to stutter. I wouldn’t expect QQQ to surpass the likes of IPO, CLOU or the XITK ETF this year, but that doesn’t mean it’s still not one of the best ETFs out there today. 7 Innovative Stocks Pushing Our World Ahead If you have a positive outlook on the world of tech and an economic recovery in general, then there’s no reason to lose faith despite the recent dip. Read more about QQQ here. The Communication Services ETF (XLC) Source: Shutterstock Investor: Todd ShriberExpense Ratio: 0.13%Performance Through Q3: 10% A winning theme this year (as with most years in recent times) has been tech. But many of the companies in the newly formed Communication Services sector are also intertwined with these tech-based themes. As such, Todd Shriber’s pick, XLC, has managed to chart a 10% rise this year. That success comes despite all the challenges induced by the pandemic. The gains for XLC might not be as monstrous as the top three picks in the contest, but there’s still immense promise for its holdings in the years ahead. Holdings like Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) and Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG, NASDAQ:GOOGL) aren’t going to disappear anytime soon. And video game plays Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:EA) and Activision-Blizzard (NASDAQ:ATVI) have only gotten better as more people cling to video games for entertainment rather than bars and in-person socialization. Shriber thinks the holiday season could bolster its videogame holdings and companies like Facebook and Alphabet will overcome political challenges, all of which could help it climb a little higher by the end of 2020. Read more about XLC here. AdvisorShares Vice ETF (ACT) Source: Shutterstock Investor: InvestorPlace StaffExpense Ratio: 0.99%Performance Through Q3: 4% The InvestorPlace Staff never assumed that the ACT ETF would win the contest, but they did see reason for optimism beyond a victory. As one of the few ETFs that focus on sin stocks, ACT holds marijuana, booze and tobacco companies. While tobacco and marijuana stocks haven’t been hot players this year, some booze stocks have managed to climb higher. In particular, Boston Beer (NYSE:SAM) has marked impressive gains this year on the popularity of its new seltzer booze brand “Truly Hard Seltzer.” This has helped keep ACT afloat while much of its marijuana holdings continue to suffer. 7 Sin Stocks to Buy Today For Tempting Dividends ACT won’t win this year’s contest. But the success of booze amid the coronavirus pandemic and the outcome of the election might ultimately power it a little higher this year and further in the future. It’s certainly worth keeping an eye on if you’re interested in sin stocks. Read more about ACT here. iShares Russell 2000 Growth ETF (IWO) Source: Shutterstock Investor: Ian BezekExpense Ratio: 0.24%Performance Through Q3: 2% Although Ian Bezek’s pick for this year’s best ETFs contest had a rough start in 2020, he still has faith in its comeback. Citing what he calls the “small-cap advantage,” Bezek argues that small-cap stocks generally out-perform large-cap stocks, and while the fund’s smaller holdings have suffered, when the economy recovers, they will soar again. As Bezek notes, just looking at its YTD performance alone is a little deceiving. Given the selloff in March, the ETF has already climbed more than 70% higher back from its lows. And he thinks that once economic conditions start to normalize, we might expect IWO to rise even higher. It’s all a matter of perspective: In owning the IWO ETF, you get exposure to some of the most innovative companies in the country. And at only 5% more expensive than last year, IWO is still a reasonably priced way to get that exposure. It certainly beats chasing many of the software or e-commerce stocks that have already doubled or tripled this year. If you think that argument by Bezek holds muster, then you might consider IWO a great play from a longer-term view. Read more about IWO here. Consumer Staples Select Sector Fund (XLP) Source: Shutterstock Investor: Kent ThuneExpense Ratio: 0.13%Performance Through Q3: 2% Playing it safe usually isn’t very exciting, but sometimes it can also prove beneficial in an economic downturn. As mentioned earlier, 2020 has been a crazy year so far. And the upcoming U.S. presidential election aims to make it even crazier. That’s part of the appeal of a fund like XLP — it offers stability. After all, even in desperate times, consumers will always purchase “essential” items. That has always been the appeal to consumer staples stocks, the investment theme XLP focuses on. And it’s largely why Thune picked it for the contest. But, while Thune thinks it’s still a wise choice, he also points out another lesson he’s learned in the process. Old investment theses don’t necessarily apply to the new normal. Instead, he sees “tech as the new defensive play:” While it may be foolish to say those four most dangerous words, ‘this time it’s different,’ it’s also foolish to assume that the same defensive strategies will work ad infinitum … 2020 was certainly not a normal year, but it does provide a glimpse into what the future holds for capital markets. And investors are wise to take note. The 10 Top Stocks to Buy For Q4 In summary, the head honchos in tech also demonstrate significant resilience. Maybe it’s time to stop looking at XLP as the only go-to defensive ETF on the market? Read more about XLP here. The ETFMG Alternative Harvest ETF (MJ) Source: Shutterstock Investor: Tim BiggamExpense Ratio: 0.75%Performance Through Q3: -43% As seen with the ACT ETF earlier, this hasn’t been a strong year for marijuana stocks. But while ACT managed to stay in the green this year, bolstered by its holdings in the booze industry, the MJ ETF ended up tanking. Given that it’s only focused on cannabis-based stocks, this should be no surprise. According to Biggam, the market for CBD and other products is oversaturated and investors lost faith in some of the hype machines that stormed higher in 2019. But as glum as that may be, he also thinks this is a great opportunity. Biggam sees the MJ ETF making a comeback towards the end of this year and into 2021. He thinks the release of new cannabis-based beverages and further developments in legalization efforts in the U.S. will prove strong catalysts moving forward. As such, he sees now as a good opportunity to get into MJ as a fund with a high-dividend yield at a cheap price. Read more about MJ here. U.S. Global Jets ETF (JETS) Source: Shutterstock Investor: Vince MartinExpense Ratio: 0.6%Performance Through Q3: -45% Out of all the picks in this contest, JETS has consistently performed the worst. As a fund with holdings based solely in the airline industry, it has done about as well as you might expect during a global pandemic. But according to Vince Martin — the one who picked it — the impact of the pandemic managed to highlight some of the other issues influencing the industry. Martin says while it’s tempting to hop on JETS now and hope for a recovery in the long term, there’s reason this investment thesis falls apart: “In practice … cyclical stocks usually aren’t cheap enough at the top. With economic damage from the pandemic likely to linger, it’s going to take years simply for investors to get comfortable with the macroeconomic risk in the sector.” When you combine this reality with the fact that the industry was poorly prepared for a potential threat that it had already anticipated (a pandemic), it’s clear why Martin is less optimistic about JETS as a comeback ETF for 2021. Only time will tell if the industry can regain its former strength. But for now, Martin suggests waiting on the sidelines. Read more about JETS here. On the date of publication, Robert Waldo did not have (either directly or indirectly) any positions in the securities mentioned in this article. Robert Waldo has been a web editor for InvestorPlace.com since 2016. More From InvestorPlace America’s Richest ZIP Code Holds Wealth Gap Secret 7 Stocks Insiders Are Buying Big Amid the Market Panic 7 A-Rated Stocks to Buy After the Seismic Market Shift 4 Dividend Stocks Worth a Look Now The post 10 Best ETFs for 2020: The Battle At the Top Tightens appeared first on InvestorPlace.

  • 7 Sin Stocks To Buy That Will Outperform the S&P 500
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    7 Sin Stocks To Buy That Will Outperform the S&P 500

    While the S&P 500 and a wide range of stocks continue their September slide, many investors are understandably jittery, wondering if a second market crash is coming this year. In response, they're searching for industries that can offer more stability, but also growth and income over the coming quarters. One such group are the so-called "sin stocks," which benefit when humans indulge in vices.Although there may be different definitions of sin stocks, these businesses include those in alcohol, tobacco, cannabis, gambling, adult entertainment, weapons and defense industries. What is viewed as a sin stock today may also change over time.Recent research by David Blitzo of Robeco Asset Management in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and Frank J. Fabozzi of EDHEC Business School in Nice, France, highlights how "various studies … [of] the historical performance of sin stocks … [show] they have delivered significantly positive abnormal returns."InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsThat is to say, sin stocks outperform the broader market time and again, and that isn't based on one study; it's based on many studies, by different researchers at different times.Sales figures from companies back up the anecdotal evidence that even in economically difficult periods, tobacco and alcohol consumption remain fairly stable. In fact, during the early weeks of the pandemic, alcohol sales in the U.S. increased by 27%. * 7 Hot Stocks to Buy on Robinhood Now Therefore, for investors whose convictions allow them to invest in these firms, such stocks can provide meaningful diversification during volatile market periods. On the other hand, some sin stocks, particularly casino stocks, have suffered greatly as gambling locations remain closed due to lockdowns.With all that in mind, here are seven sin stocks to invest for the long-run: * Advisor Shares Vice ETF (NASDAQ:ACT) * Constellation Brands (NYSE:STZ) * ETFMG Alternative Harvest ETF (NYSEARCA:MJ) * iShares U.S. Aerospace & Defense ETF (CBOE:ITA) * Smith & Wesson (NASDAQ:SWBI) * VanEck Vectors Gaming ETF (NASDAQ:BJK) * Vanguard Consumer Staples Index Fund ETF (NYSEARCA:VDC)Most sin industry stocks also bear juicy dividends. Thus, they could be appropriate for investors seeking passive income, especially in a low-interest environment such as this. Sin Stocks to Buy: Advisor Shares Vice ETF (ACT)Source: Shutterstock 52-Week Range: $16.16 - 26.95Dividend Yield: 2.41%Net Expense Ratio: 0.99 % per yearOur first choice is an exchange-traded fund (ETF), best for investors who would rather not risk capital on one company. The AdvisorShares Vice ETF concentrates mainly on U.S.-listed alcohol and tobacco companies. It may also hold stocks of firms conducting federally legal cannabis business, per the U.S. government.As regular InvestorPlace readers likely know, marijuana remains illegal at the federal level in the U.S. At the state level, legal status depends on the laws of the individual state. Outside of Canada, which was the first G7 country to nationally legalize cannabis, the size of the legalized marijuana industry remains very small. Yet that market is expected to reach $40 billion by 2023.In terms of ETF composition, cannabis-related firms top the list with a 40.9% weighting. Next are alcohol (27.1%), Restaurant & Entertainment (12.2%), and Tobacco with Cannabis Exposure (11.3%). Close to 80% of the companies come from North America, followed by Europe (13.3%).ACT's top ten holdings comprise around 60% of total net assets, which stand close to $10 million. ACT's top five companies are Boston Beer (NYSE:SAM), Thermo Fisher Scientific (NYSE:TMO), Abbott Laboratories (NYSE:ABT), Turning Point Brands (NYSE:TPB) and Abbvie (NYSE:ABBV). A closer examination of the holdings shows that there is considerable emphasis on life-sciences. For example, in Canada, Thermo Fisher undertakes cannabis compliance activities. Another holding is Scotts Miracle-Gro (NYSE:SMG), which is known for its fertilizer products, used by marijuana producers.So far in 2020, the fund is up around 3%. Yet since the lows seen in early spring, ACT is up around 55%. In fact, on September 16, it hit a 52-week high.Any decline toward the $22.5-level would make the fund more attractive for long-term investors. However, we'd like to underscore the high management fee as well as the fact that it is still a smaller size fund. Constellation Brands (STZ)Source: ShinoStock / Shutterstock.com 52-Week Range: $104.28 - $210.65Dividend Yield: 1.62%Victor, New York-headquartered Constellation Brands' website highlights that it is the fastest-growing large consumer packaged goods (CPG) company in the U.S. at the retail level. And in addition to the U.S., the global alcoholic beverage company has operations in Mexico, New Zealand and Italy as well.The group produces and markets beer, wine and a diverse range of spirits. Several of its well-known brands include Corona, Modelo, Pacifico, Robert Mondavi, SVEDKA Vodka, Casa Noble Tequila and High West Whiskey.In 2018, Constellation Brands took a considerable stake in Canada-based Canopy Growth (NYSE:CGC), providing the company with managerial and financial backing. There may be investors who are hoping that Constellation Brands, which holds a 38% stake in the company, will acquire the remaining shares of Canopy Growth. Given the question marks surrounding the cannabis industry and the global economy, we don't expect such an acquisition to happen in the near-term.Year-to-date (YTD) the stock is down about 2%. Part of the weakness in price may come from the fact that its wine and spirits business has seen lower shipments in 2020. But the beer business is strong, posting the tenth consecutive year of rising shipments. * 7 Hot Stocks to Buy on Robinhood Now Since the lows seen in March, the shares are up about 80%. As a result of the rapid increase, forward P/E and P/S ratios have also been pushed up, standing at 20.75 and 4.33 respectively. We'd look to buy the shares around $170. ETFMG Alternative Harvest ETF (MJ)Source: Shutterstock 52-Week Range: $8.81 - $23.44Dividend Yield: 10.76%Expense Ratio: 0.75%Our next choice is an ETF from the cannabis space. The ETFMG Alternative Harvest ETF tracks the Prime Alternative Harvest index. MJ stock invests in companies that have exposure to global medicinal and recreational cannabis legalization moves.Pharmaceuticals (56.4%), Tobacco (24.7%) and Biotechnology (9.1%) are the top 3 sectors for MJ, which has 35 holdings. The top ten holdings comprise about 60% of total net assets, which are around $550 million. MJ's top five companies are GW Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:GWPH), Cronos Group (NASDAQ:CRON), Canopy Growth (NYSE:CGC), Corbus Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:CRBP) and Aurora Cannabis (NYSE:ACB).It's important to note that U.K.-based GW Pharmaceuticals, a leading cannabinoid-focused biotech company, is MJ's largest holding, accounting for 11.1% of its assets. Its drugs are widely used to treat spasms in multiple sclerosis patients. The fund also owns shares of the companies providing ancillary products and services to the cannabis companies.So far in 2020, Canada-based marijuana stocks have been plumbing new lows. Producing cannabis is capital-intensive, meaning pot firms make substantial initial and ongoing investments. These companies are also vulnerable to supply and demand issues.Over the past year, a wide range of Canadian regulatory logjams have resulted in supply problems for companies like Cronos, Canopy Growth, and Aurora Cannabis. Plus, most of the demand for cannabis is currently limited to Canada where there is still a resilient black market. As a result, the next few months may see consolidation in the industry north of the border.YTD, the fund is down about 36%. It is likely that MJ may re-test its lows seen earlier in March. Investors who are able to spare risk capital may consider investing for the long-run around $7.5. iShares U.S. Aerospace & Defense ETF (ITA)Source: Shutterstock 52-Week Range: $112.47 - $240.62Dividend Yield: 2.26%Expense Ratio: 0.42%The iShares U.S. Aerospace & Defense ETF provides exposure to U.S. companies that manufacture commercial and military aircrafts and other defense equipment. ITA, which has 35 holdings, tracks the Dow Jones U.S. Select Aerospace & Defense Index.The top ten companies comprise 75% of net assets under management, which stand close to $2.7 billion. Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT), Raytheon Technologies (NYSE:RTX) and Boeing (NYSE:BA) are the top three holdings for ITA. Put another way, investors are relying on a few major players for returns. * 7 Hot Stocks to Buy on Robinhood Now Many analysts concur that U.S. defense spending is likely to remain high. However, the headwinds affecting orders, especially for Boeing, may stay with us for some time. This fact is potentially already reflected in the price, which is down close to 30% YTD.Contrarian and dividend-seeking investors may find this fund appealing. Smith & Wesson (SWBI)Source: Supakorn Pe / Shutterstock.com 52-Week Range: $4.16 - $22.40Dividend Yield: 1.26%Springfield, Massachusetts-based firearms manufacturer Smith & Wesson is our next stock. The company was founded in 1852. Earlier in August, it spun off American Outdoor Brands (NASDAQ:AOUT) as a separate entity.In August, the company released FY 2020 annual report and highlighted that nationwide firearm demand remained extremely high. Sales numbers and anecdotal evidence suggest that guns have recently been flying off the shelves in many parts of the country.During the year, the group introduced 230 new firearms. A third of those were brand new products, while the rest were line extensions. Net sales for the fiscal year were $678.4 million, an increase of 6.3% from a year ago. The firearms segment gross sales represented a 10% increase over fiscal 2019 sales. The company's gross margins have been climbing and now stand at a robust 40.2%.YTD, SWBI shares are up close to 70%. The upcoming U.S. Presidential election may bring volatility in the stock price. However, long-term investors may consider buying the dips. Its P/S and P/B ratios stand out, at 1.01 and 1.95 respectively. VanEck Vectors Gaming ETF (BJK)Source: Shutterstock 52 Week Range: $ 20.02 - 43.73Dividend Yield: 3.23%Expense Ratio: 0.65%The VanEck Vectors Gaming ETF provides exposure to companies in the global gaming industry. That includes casinos and casino hotels, sports betting, lottery and gaming services, and gaming technology and equipment.BJK, which has 42 holdings, tracks the MVIS Global Gaming Index. The top sector allocation is Consumer Discretionary (91.1%), followed by Real Estate (9.2%).The top ten holdings constitute over 55% of net assets, which stand around $53 million. Flutter Entertainment (OTC:PDYPY), Galaxy Entertainment Group (OTC:GXYEF) and Draftkings (NASDAQ:DKNG) are the top three firms in BJK.At present, in the U.S., DraftKings and FanDuel, which is part of Europe-based Flutter Entertainment, are the two main online platforms for sports and sports fantasy betting. DKNG stock, which went public in late April, is up over 400%. Flutter Entertainment, which is one of the largest gambling companies in the world by revenue, is also up about 23%. * 7 Hot Stocks to Buy on Robinhood Now However, the fund as a whole is down about 9% so far in 2020. Investors who want to capitalize on the potential of sports betting as well as the growth in fantasy sports both in the U.S. and worldwide may want to do further due diligence on the fund. We'd look to buy the dips. Vanguard Consumer Staples Index Fund ETF (VDC)Source: Shutterstock 52-week range: $120.70-$172.31Dividend Yield: 3.05%Expense Ratio: 0.10% per yearOur final pick is another ETF. However, it's not a pure play on sin stocks. Instead the Vanguard Consumer Staples Index Fund ETF provides exposure to a range of large-, mid-, and small-cap U.S. stocks in the consumer staples sector. As a result, this fund is defensive in nature.VDC, which has has 94 holdings, tracks the Spliced US IMI Consumer Staples 25/50 Index. The most important sectors (by weighting) are Household Products, Soft Drinks, Packaged Foods & Meats and Hypermarkets & Super Centers. In total, these four sectors make up about three-quarters of the fund.The top ten holdings comprise 65% of total net assets, which stand at $6.5 billion. These are businesses with competitive positions and strong balance sheets and revenue streams. Among those ten companies are two businesses that would be considered sin stocks, i.e., Philip Morris International (NYSE:PM) and Altria (NYSE:MO).Phillip Morris International is a global cigarette and tobacco manufacturing company, whose products are sold in over 180 countries outside the U.S. The most recognized brand is Marlboro. Altria's subsidiaries, on the other hand, include Philip Morris USA, which is engaged in the manufacture and sale of cigarettes in the U.S. as well as several other brands which manufacture, produce and market tobacco products and wine.In 2020, the fund has returned about 0.3%, i.e. it's flat. Given the health and economic uncertainties due to the pandemic, market participants may consider allocating some capital into VDC. We'd look to buy the dips, especially around $155 or below.On the date of publication, Tezcan Gecgil did not have (either directly or indirectly) any positions in the securities mentioned in this article.Tezcan Gecgil has worked in investment management for over two decades in the U.S. and U.K. In addition to formal higher education in the field, she has also completed all 3 levels of the Chartered Market Technician (CMT) examination. Her passion is for options trading based on technical analysis of fundamentally strong companies. She especially enjoys setting up weekly covered calls for income generation. She also publishes educational articles on long-term investing. More From InvestorPlace * Why Everyone Is Investing in 5G All WRONG * America's 1 Stock Picker Reveals His Next 1,000% Winner * Revolutionary Tech Behind 5G Rollout Is Being Pioneered By This 1 Company * Radical New Battery Could Dismantle Oil Markets The post 7 Sin Stocks To Buy That Will Outperform the S&P 500 appeared first on InvestorPlace.