|Bid||34.00 x 900|
|Ask||40.00 x 1000|
|Day's Range||37.72 - 37.72|
|52 Week Range||30.81 - 41.42|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||N/A|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||1.29|
|Expense Ratio (net)||0.66%|
On a historical basis, August usually isn't a good month for stocks, but August 2019 could enter rarefied air as one of the worst months on record for stocks. As of Friday, Aug. 23, the S&P 500 was down more than 5% month-to-date. It's popped a bit since then, but the average August decline for the benchmark U.S. equity gauge over the past 20 years is a mere 0.10%.With just a week left in August, don't expect a significant reversal of fortune, especially not when President Trump's anti-China rhetoric is reaching new heights. China isn't innocent in this deal, either. Beijing is promising to boost tariffs on American-made products and that gambit isn't paying dividends for Chinese markets, either.In this piece, we're looking at some of the worst ETFs and there are plenty of China offenders. Month-to-date, the iShares China Large-Cap ETF (NYSEARCA:FXI), one of the largest China funds trading in the U.S., is off 9.05%, easily putting it in "worst ETF" territory.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 10 Companies Using AI to Grow Investors do not need to avoid equities altogether, but this is an environment that rewards defense and many of the worst ETFs aren't that. Here are some of the ETFs to avoid over the near term or considering removing from your portfolio before larger losses mount. Technology Select Sector SPDR (XLK)Source: Shutterstock Expense ratio: 0.13% per year, or $13 on a $10,000 investment.This is not an example of picking on a particular ETF. With the market declining due to trade tensions and technology being the largest sector weight in the S&P 500, any fund tracking the sector could be in "worst ETF" territory over the near term. The Technology Select Sector SPDR (NYSEARCA:XLK) just happens to be the largest ETF dedicated to tech stocks.Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), XLK's second-largest holding, epitomizes the headwinds facing XLK and rival funds in an environment where the U.S. and China are at odds. President Trump can rally his base by demanding American tech companies bring operations back to the U.S. and reduce dependence on China, but making that effort actually come to life is improbable. Regarding Apple, for every $10 in revenue it generates, China accounts for $2."Companies like Apple rely on contract manufacturers in China for many reasons," reports Barron's. "The cost and abundance of labor is one reason, but so is capacity and manufacturing sophistication. As much as the White House might like companies like Apple to extricate themselves from China, what he is asking would be both almost impossible and economically disastrous." iShares Russell 2000 ETF (IWM)Source: Shutterstock Expense ratio: 0.19%As is the case with XLK above, the iShares Russell 2000 ETF (NYSEARCA:IWM) is not being picked on here. IWM is joined in the worst ETF club at the moment by a slew of its small-cap rivals. I'm simply including IWM here because with more than $39.2 billion in assets under management, it is the largest small-cap ETF.Typically, international trade tensions would actually be an impetus for embracing domestic small caps because these companies generate the bulk of their revenue within the U.S. Said another way, the August struggles of IWM and rival small-cap funds are not only disappointing, but concerning. * 7 "Boring" Stocks With Exciting Prospects The worst ETF status of standard small-cap funds like IWM can be attributed to the funds' large weights to the financial services sector. That group has been punished by declining interest rates and smaller financial companies are even more vulnerable to that trend than their large-cap brethren. Making matters worse for small-cap funds is that if markets continue flailing, the Federal Reserve is likely to deploy more rate cuts, so even if large caps bounce back, smaller stocks could continue languishing. SPDR S&P Retail ETF (XRT)Source: Shutterstock Expense ratio: 0.35%The SPDR S&P Retail ETF (NYSEARCA:XRT) is down almost 10% this month. Alone, that's a qualifier for worst ETF status, but long-term retail trends do not bode well for XRT. Put simply, XRT has too much exposure to struggling brick-and-mortar retailers and not enough to hot corner of retail: e-commerce and online.I'm not saying Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) is going to put every brick-and-mortar retailer out of business, but the expected growth of online retail is a drag on XRT and its worst ETF status is only cemented by large exposure to struggling department store operators. A recent spate of earnings reports confirm that department and outlet stores are in under significant pressure."Second-quarter results in this channel still fell short for many," said Citigroup analyst Paul Lejuez in a recent note. The strong U.S. consumer "underscores that the pressure in this channel is structural." VanEck Vectors Gaming ETF (BJK)Source: Shutterstock Expense ratio: 0.66%The VanEck Vectors Gaming ETF (NYSEARCA:BJK) isn't the biggest industry fund on the market, but it bears noting in this conversation because the U.S. and China combine for about 59% of the fund's geographic weight. What that means is significant exposure to Macau, the world's largest gaming mecca and that equates to vulnerabilities for this fund because the largest US-based casino companies are also among the largest Macau operators.Macau is being pinched on multiple fronts, including the US/China trade war and the now long-running protests in Hong Kong, which have hampered travel to the gambling hub. If China's economy noticeably slows, that will keep VIPs out of Macau, confirming BJK as a worst ETF. * Airline Stocks: What's Keeping Them From Taking Off? Making matters worse is that the domestic regional operators found in this fund, although they have no China exposure, are also being punished. That could portend some value with BJK down the road as markets reassess certain casino firms, but now isn't the time to be rushing into this fund. First Trust Materials AlphaDEX Fund (FXZ)Source: Shutterstock Expense ratio: 0.64%The materials sector is one of the smallest weights in the S&P 500, but it has been one of the biggest losers this month. Just look at the First Trust Materials AlphaDEX Fund (NYSEARCA:FXZ), which is one of August's worst ETFs with a loss of 12%.Several marquee companies in this sector are already talking about the ill effects the trade war will have on earnings and revenue, making FXZ and other materials highly undesirable over the near-term. China is just too important of a customer for many American chemicals and plastics producers to make FXZ a "buy" today.Further hindering FXZ is its status a mid-cap ETF at a time when smaller stocks are out of favor. Investors looking for glimmers of hope with materials stocks will enjoy knowing that hedge funds are overweight the sector, but if FXZ is on your shopping list, keep it there because patience will likely lead to better prices here. iShares PHLX Semiconductor ETF (SOXX)Source: Shutterstock Expense ratio: 0.46%Trade wars spell trouble for tech stocks, but semiconductor names are among the most vulnerable. That is much is proven by the iShares PHLX Semiconductor ETF (NASDAQ:SOXX), which is lower by more than 9% this month. SOXX, which tracks the PHLX SOX Semiconductor Sector Index, has a standard deviation of 22.31% and has displayed considerable sensitivity to trade-related headlines, so its worst ETF status could be shed in short order. Properly timing that move is another matter."Chipmakers have been similarly volatile because of the trade war. The Philadelphia Semiconductor Index dropped 3.6% on Friday, and every member of the benchmark industry index was in negative territory," according to Bloomberg. * 15 Cybersecurity Stocks to Watch as the Industry Heats Up Many SOXX components are suppliers to the controversial Chinese telecom firm Huawei. That company is blacklisted by U.S. regulators, a move that has stirred semiconductor companies into action with executives pleading with the White House to relax some of the Huawei restrictions. There's the catalyst to get SOXX out of worst ETF territory, but no one knows when it's coming. Vanguard FTSE Europe ETF (VFK)Source: Shutterstock Expense ratio: 0.09%The Vanguard FTSE Europe ETF (NYSEARCA:VGK) is performing mostly inline with the S&P 500 this month and while expectations are running high that central banks across Europe are poised to spring into action, that may be a case of too little too late to help many of the region's long-slumbering economies.Adding to VGK as a worst ETF contender is that European stocks are basically value plays and value is mostly out of style. Developed Europe has been inexpensive relative to the U.S. for years and global investors have hardly seemed to care."According to FactSet data, the Stoxx Europe 600 was trading at 14 times forecast earnings, compared to the S&P 500's 17 times, which represent a wider gap than its long-term average over the past decade," reports ETF Trends.Other reasons VGK is a near-term avoid: the specter of a hard Brexit (the UK is the ETF's largest country weight), a recession in Germany and more political volatility in Italy.Todd Shriber does not own any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Companies Using AI to Grow * The 10 Biggest Winners From Second-Quarter Earnings * 7 Marijuana Penny Stocks to Consider for Those Who Can Handle Risk The post 7 of Worst ETFs -- Boot These From Your Portfolio Right Now appeared first on InvestorPlace.
It is easy to think that the ill effects of the trade war between the U.S. and China are limited to those countries. After all, the S&P 500 fell 5.67% in May while the MSCI China Index was more than twice as bad, plunging 12.74% last month.Unfortunately for investors considering international equities and exchange-traded funds (ETFs), the White House is not limiting its tariff efforts to China. Last month, the White House boosted tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods to 25% from 10%, but that is not the end of the U.S. tariff list.Rather, the President Donald Trump Administration is targeting other countries with tariffs, including some major developing economies -- explaining in large part why the MSCI Emerging Markets Index fell 6.63% in May.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * The 10 Best Stocks for 2019 -- So Far For investors looking to steer clear of tariff-related controversy, these might be some of the international ETFs to avoid over the near-term. ETFs to Avoid: iShares MSCI Mexico ETF (EWW)Expense Ratio: 0.47% per year, or $47 on a $10,000 investment.One of the primary reasons stocks plunged in the final trading session of May was news that the White House is targeting Mexico, the largest trading partner of the U.S., with a slew of fresh tariffs. That sent the iShares MSCI Mexico ETF (NYSEARCA:EWW) lower by 3.6% on volume that was more than double the daily average. That was this international ETF's worst one-day performance in six months.On a standalone basis, tariffs are usually controversial, but those aimed at Mexico are even more so. While Mexico enjoys geographic proximity to the U.S., the world's largest economy, the White House views that trading relationship as uneven. Additionally, the tariff action against Latin America's second-largest economy takes on added controversy because the Trump Administration is essentially saying these tariffs are the result of Mexico's unwillingness to help with the illegal immigration crisis.EWW is the largest dedicated Mexico fund, and there may be some near-term hope for this international ETF."Mexico's president on Saturday hinted his country could tighten migration controls to defuse U.S. President Donald Trump's threat to impose tariffs on Mexican goods, and said he expected 'good results' from talks planned in Washington next week.," according to Reuters. VanEck Vectors Gaming ETF (BJK)Expense Ratio: 0.66%With the bulk of its holdings being domestic casino operators and companies with exposure to Macau, the VanEck Vectors Gaming ETF (NYSEARCA:BJK) may not appear to be the type of international ETF that could be stymied by tariff talk. But price action suggests otherwise, as BJK tumbled nearly 11% in May.Las Vegas Sands (NYSE:LVS), Wynn Resorts (NASDAQ:WYNN) and MGM Resorts International (NYSE:MGM) are all Las Vegas-based companies, but each has a footprint in Macau, the only Chinese territory where gambling is legal. Proving that exposure to China is problematic when the country is at odds with the U.S., Las Vegas Sands and Wynn fell an average of 22.5% last month, putting the two largest U.S casino operators by market value in bear markets. * 6 Big Dividend Stocks to Buy as Yields Plunge Bottom line: If the tariff war between the world's top two economies keeps gamblers away from the tables in Macau, BJK has the makings of international ETF that is poised to languish over the near-term. Vanguard FTSE Europe ETF (VGK)Expense Ratio: 0.09%Yes, the Vanguard FTSE Europe ETF (NYSEARCA:VGK) is a cheap ETF. And yes, this international ETF performed less poorly than the S&P 500 in May. Even with those positive traits, this international ETF could be vulnerable to more near-term downside if the U.S. decides to explore a new theater in the trade war. That theater being Europe.President Trump has overtly used harsh rhetoric against some European companies. For example, he has said that automotive trade imbalances favoring Europe are threatening U.S. automakers. The president is also pushing the European Union (EU) to take more agriculture from U.S. farmers, something the EU is balking at."Countries like France and Belgium have also balked at joining talks because of the Trump administration's refusal in 2017 to sign a global pact on climate change," reports The New York Times. "And leaders of the Green coalition in the European Parliament have said they will not sign trade agreements with countries that have not ratified the climate accord."Bottom line: The EU and the U.S. could very well be the next chapter in the trade conflict, and that is likely to be bad news for developed-market international ETFs, such as VGK. iShares MSCI India ETF (INDA)Expense Ratio: 0.68%The iShares MSCI India ETF (CBOE:INDA) and other India funds were stars among international ETFs last month, as stocks in Asia's third-largest economy rallied following the reelection of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. While Indian equities look good compared to the broad emerging markets complex, there is significant trade war risk with the U.S. here.Last week, the White House removed India's special trade status, a policy that kept billions of dollars of Indian imports to the U.S. away from tariffs."I have determined that India has not assured the United States that India will provide equitable and reasonable access to its markets," President Donald Trump said in a statement issued by the White House. * 7 Bank Stocks to Leave in the Vault Today, India loses its status as a beneficiary developing country. Time will tell if that move by the U.S. hampers India ETFs. VanEck Vectors Steel ETF (SLX)Expense Ratio: 0.56%The VanEck Vectors Steel ETF (NYSEARCA:SLX) is a reverse tariff play. The U.S. steel industry was one group that actually benefited from tariffs, but in a recent sign of some willingness to make trade concessions, the White House lifted tariffs on Canadian and Mexican steel imports.While not an international ETF, SLX predictably reacted adversely to that news. The steel ETF is down almost 13% in the current quarter and resides almost 30% below its 52-week high, putting the fund deep into bear market territory. Analysts are sounding bearish tones on domestic steel stocks, including some residing in SLX.Last week, Deutsche Bank lowered its ratings on Nucor (NYSE:NUE) and Steel Dynamics (NASDAQ:STLD) to "hold" from "buy" while hitting US Steel (NYSE:X) with a "sell" rating. But SLX could be reinvigorated when Trump hits the 2020 campaign trail in earnest, assuming he again promises to protect domestic steel producers.As of this writing, Todd Shriber did not own any of the aforementioned securities. 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Just a few days after the Trump administration lifted tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods from 10% to 25% on May 10, China announced a retaliatory move. This puts these sector ETFs and stocks vulnerable.
While most corners of the market are set to tumble, information technology, industrials, consumer discretionary and agricultural sectors are expected to be hit the most due to the fresh China trade tariff.
The VanEck Vectors Gaming ETF (BJK) , the lone exchange traded fund dedicated to casino operators and gaming companies, is up more than 9% this year and the fund could extend those gains if it holds true to its historical form in the month of April. BJK targets the MVIS Global Gaming Index (MVBJKTR), “which is intended to track the overall performance of companies involved in casinos and casino hotels, sports betting, lottery services, gaming services, gaming technology and gaming equipment,” according to VanEck. “Of all the ETFs we track, BJK has generated the biggest average April return of 5.3%, according to data from Schaeffer's Senior Quantitative Analyst Rocky White.
Now that we're seeing some downside follow-through for the first time since December, I wanted to outline a few more potential short setups on an absolute and relative basis. The S&P Midcap 400 Consumer Discretionary Index is one of the cleanest charts I see out there on an absolute basis, with well-defined risk and reward/risk clearly skewed in favor of the bulls. Since there's no exchange-traded fund (ETF) to trade this, I had to look through some of the individual components to see how we can best express this thesis in the market.
The U.S. economy is continuing to see job gains and has started 2019 on solid note too. These sector ETFs should the beneficiary of January jobs report.
Job growth during the month of January bested expectations as nonfarm payrolls gained 304,000, according to the latest data from the Labor Department. Of that growth, the majority came from the leisure and hospitality as hiring in restaurants, bars and casino grew. "In January, employment grew in several industries, including leisure and hospitality, construction, health care, and transportation and warehousing," the Labor Department said in a release.
When times are good in the U.S. economy, Americans have no problem wagering some of their disposable income at the casino. In the past six months, the VANECK VECTORS/GAMING ETF (NYSE: BJK) is down 28.6 percent compared to just an 8.5-percent decline for the SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (NYSE: SPY). While some of that decline may be due to concerns over Las Vegas and a potential U.S. recession in 2019, much of it has to do with a potential slowdown in Macau and the Chinese economy thanks to the ongoing trade war.
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