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The positive trend is likely to continue given the positive earnings estimate revisions, which are generally a precursor to an earnings beat though earnings surprise is difficult to predict this time.
Video games and electronic sports may be designed with entertainment in mind, but they have also proven themselves to be big business as well. With video game sales increasing at an annual rate of close to 11%, even as similar industries have seen declines, there appears to be ample room for investors to invest in the entertainment of others in one form or another. It's no surprise, then, that there have already been several exchange-traded funds (ETFs) which have launched with a specific focus on the video gaming industry.
VanEck is today celebrating the one-year anniversary of the launch of the VanEck Vectors® Video Gaming and eSports ETF (NYSE Arca: ESPO®). Instead, we’re talking about esports,” said Ed Lopez, Head of ETF Product at VanEck.
Thanks to the esports boom, gaming is the world's fastest-growing form of entertainment, a theme NERD and ESPO are levered to because their rosters are chock full video game publishers, hardware makers and components manufacturers. “As the history of esports continue to unfold, media giants such as ESPN and Turner are broadcasting esports tournaments and competitions,” according to Business Insider Intelligence. “And in 2014, Amazon acquired Twitch, the live streaming video platform that has been and continues to be the leader in online gaming broadcasts.
The Fortnite World Cup champion took home a cool $3 million in prize money, making it the largest dollar amount won by an individual at an eSports event. With that kind of capital transferring hands, it's certainly making the case for investors to become players in eSports via exchange-traded funds (ETF). Competitive video gaming, or eSports, is positioning itself to become a disruptor in traditional media and entertainment.
The VanEck Vectors Video Gaming and eSports ETF (ESPO) continues to be bolstered by an array of favorable fundamental factors. As its name implies, ESPO is designed to provide investors with exposure to the e-sports phenomenon as well as the video game industry. The fund tracks the track the performance of the MVIS® Global Video Gaming and eSports Index (MVESPO).
Bolstered by robust growth expectations for the e-sports, the VanEck Vectors Video Gaming and eSports ETF (ESPO) has been on fire for most of its short lifespan. ESPO, which debuted last October, is up 22.59% year-to-date. As its name implies, ESPO is designed to provide investors with exposure to the e-sports phenomenon as well as the video game industry.
As a leader in the competitive video game industry, Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:EA) develops and distributes esports games. In 2013, EA stock was trading at just over $10.Source: Shutterstock Over the next few years, it became a darling among long-term investors. Then Electronic Arts stock had a rough second half of the year in 2018. And in 2019, although EA stock is up 19%, it has been a roller coaster ride.EA stock's 52-week price range has been between $151.26 (July 13, 2018) and $73.91 (Dec. 26, 2018). Despite the price strength this year, I don't think long-term investors should rush to buy into the shares just yet. Electronic Arts will report earnings on May 7, giving Wall Street a better gauge of the financial health of the company. While I would not bet against EA stock's future, I expect to see further volatility and possible price weakness in Electronic Arts stock in May. Let's take a closer look why.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips EA Stock Faces More CompetitionThe global gaming market has been growing at a rapid rate and is expected to exceed $180 billion in revenues in 2021. Analysts believe esports will become a major disruptive force, with a market that will exceed $1 billion this year and with a revenue increase of 26.7% year-over-year. Most of the revenues for the companies in this segment currently come from North America and China. * 7 Dividend Stocks That Could Double Over the Next Five Years Such a growth industry inevitably attracts global competition. For example, Fortnite, an apocalyptic survival video game developed and marketed by the privately held Epic Games, generated $2.4 billion in sales last year, more than any single game in 2018. This free-to-play game has become a worldwide champion among gamers of all ages. Free-to-play games allow casual gamers to get a taste of the industry, especially among low-income players both in developed economies and emerging markets, such as China and Russia.Electronic Arts is currently franchise-reliant, whereas competition like Fortnite tends to focus on video game volume. EA's top franchise titles include FIFA Online, SimCity, The Sims and Battlefield. Each of these titles generates stable yet not-necessarily impressive sales. In other words, if EA's core franchises were to lose popularity, the company would face fiscal and market consequences and the EA share price would suffer.And that's exactly what happened following its most recent earnings release on Feb. 5 when Electronic Arts disappointed the Street with lower-than-expected sales for Battlefield V. The group blamed the game's late launch date as well as the fact that the title also lacked a multiplayer battle royale mode.Investors were not thrilled to hear about shortfall or the blame game. As a result, EA stock plunged by 13%. The numbers confirmed that Fortnite took users from other games, including EA's historical franchises.But then on Feb. 8, Electronic Arts stock surged more than 9% when the company announced the surprise release of a new free-to-play, battle royale game, Apex Legends, which investors now hope may ultimately rival Fortnite. As of mid-March, about 50 million players had already dived into Apex.However, Wall Street still has question marks as to whether Electronic Arts can maintain sustained growth since Apex Legends is entering an already-saturated and competitive market. Will EA be able to make any sizable profit from this game by monetizing the premium in-game content? Electronic Arts Stock and Earnings Season WorriesEA is one of the largest gaming companies globally in terms of revenue and market cap. The group has two key sources of revenues: * Products (i.e., digital or physical sale of games and additional content); and, * Services (i.e., recurring revenue sources such as subscription-based models and in-game transactions).In-game transactions which include "microtransactions" (such as new player skins or weapons) and "loot boxes" (whose contents players do not know prior to purchase) are lucrative yet somewhat controversial sources of revenue. Indeed, many gamers resent the idea of spending more money on games which they have already bought.The gaming giant reports sales by platforms: * PC and other (about 15% of sales); * Console (about 70% of sales); and, * Mobile (about 15% of sales).Although consoles contribute the most to the revenue, mobile is the fastest-growing segment. Globally, mobile accounts for more than half of the revenues in the industry.Apex Legends is only available to play on console and PC right now. However, Fortnite supports cross-platform play, including mobile devices. Therefore, unless Apex Legends becomes available on mobile to, its momentum and growth might be limited.In its February earnings report, Electronic Arts highlighted challenges for 2019 and decreased its revenue outlook for the year to $4.875 billion from a prior $5.15 billion. Similarly, the stock price of Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ:ATVI), one of EA's main competitors, has also suffered so far in 2019, mostly due to the competitive headwinds in the industry.In other words, Electronic Arts stock holders as well as investors in other entertainment and gaming stocks are nervous about each of these companies not being able to dispel fears of Fortnite and other competition. In an industry that offers both free-to-play titles and full-price games, what will be the right mix of business models for Electronic Arts?Most investors are likely to wait on the sidelines until they have a chance to analyze EA's balance sheet to see if the shares might be somewhat overvalued. They will also want to see if there is any growth fatigue or major trend changes in the industry.Unless the numbers and the rest of the 2019 guidance are exceptional in May, EA stock investors may decide not to invest in the stock for several more weeks -- or even months. Should Investors Buy EA Stock Ahead of Earnings?Electronic Arts stock is momentum-driven, hence it usually experiences big price swings after reporting earnings. In other words, it can easily gap up if the numbers are better than expected, or if the numbers disappoint, the stock can easily gap down, too. * 7 Cloud Stocks to Buy Now The stock's beta is 1.14, which means its volatility on average is 14% higher than that of the broader market. Therefore, if the industry or the overall market declines as other companies release earnings, the EA stock price may also be adversely affected.If you already own EA stock, you might want to hold your position. However, within the parameters of your portfolio allocation and risk/return profile, you may consider placing a stop loss at about 3%-5% below the current price point.After the upcoming earnings call, in case of a price drop, if you still believe in the bull case for Electronic Arts stock, then you might consider waiting for a better time to buy, such as when the share price is around the high $80's, or even lower.If you are an experienced investor in the options market, you may also consider using a covered call strategy with approximately a five-week time horizon. In that case, you may, for example, buy 100 shares of EA at a limit price of $94.47 (the closing price on April 26) and, at the same time, sell a EA May 31 $94.5 call option, which currently trades at $5.05 and offers downside protection in case of volatility and a decline in Electronic Arts stock. This call option would stop trading on May 31, 2019, and expire on June 1. The Bottom Line on Electronic Arts StockGame publishing is a risky and evolving business. With its strong franchise focus, EA is an important company that is likely to weather the ebbs and flows of the industry. The rise of the digital gaming revolution is here to stay, and I believe the long-term fundamental story of Electronic Arts stock is still intact. However, I would not advocate bottom-picking in case of near-term price weakness during a subdued earnings season in May.Investors who are interested in companies in the interactive software, entertainment or communication services but do not want to commit all their capital to a single stock such as EA may also consider investing in various exchange-traded funds (ETFs) that have Electronic Arts as a holding. Examples of such funds would include the the VanEck Vectors Video Gaming and eSports ETF (NYSEARCA:ESPO), which has EA stock as 5.74% of its 26-stock holdings. Electronic Arts stock is also among the top 20 holdings in the Invesco Dynamic Software ETF (NYSEARCA:PSJ) and the iShares Expanded Tech-Software Sector ETF(CBOE:IGV).As of this writing, Tezcan Gecgil did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 7 A-Rated Stocks That Are Under $10 * 7 U.S. Shale Oil Stocks to Buy as Prices Rise * 10 Stocks to Sell Before They Give Back 2019 Gains * 10 Oversold Stocks to Run From Compare Brokers The post Has Electronic Arts Stock Price Hit Its Peak For 2019? appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ:ATVI) is one of the most important interactive software and content developers, holding the keys to some of the biggest video game franchises. After being a darling among investors from 2014 to the last quarter of 2018, ATVI stock has dropped more than 40% from its early October highs.Source: Shutterstock The group is expected to report quarterly earnings on May 2. So what kind of price performance can we expect from the company around its earnings release? And will ATVI stock ultimately become a strong buy-candidate in the second quarter?Although I would not bet against ATVI stock's future, between now and the earnings release date, I expect to see further volatility and possible price weakness in Activision Blizzard stock. Here is why:InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips Current Headwinds for Activision Blizzard StockIncreased Competition: The global gaming market has been growing at a rapid rate and is expected to exceed $180 billion in revenues in 2021. The success of mobile gaming, which accounts for half of the gaming revenue, is one of the most important drivers behind this growth. * 7 AI Stocks to Watch with Strong Long-Term Narratives Going forward, analysts believe eSports will become a major disruptive force, with a market that will exceed $1 billion this year and with a revenue increase of 26.7% year-over-year. Most of the revenues for the companies in this segment currently come from North America and China.Such a growth industry inevitably attracts global competition. For example, Fortnite, an apocalyptic survival video game developed and marketed by the privately held Epic Games, generated $2.4 billion in revenue last year, more than any single game in 2018. The free-to-play game has become a worldwide champion among gamers of all ages.Earnings Season Worries: ATVI is one of the largest gaming companies globally in terms of revenue and market cap. The company has five core divisions: * Activision, which produces franchises such as Call of Duty and Destiny and focusing on console gaming; * Blizzard, which produces franchises such as World of Warcraft and Overwatch and focusing on online PC games with an emphasis on subscription-based business models; * King Digital, which produces mobile games; * Activision Blizzard Studios, a television and film studio that produces original content based on ATVI's existing franchises; and * MLG, which is an online eSports broadcasting network which produces titles like the Overwatch League.Activision Blizzard is currently franchise-reliant, whereas competition like Fortnite tends to focus on video game volume. In other words, if ATVI's core franchises were to lose popularity, the company would face fiscal and market consequences and the stock price would suffer.When Activision Blizzard reported earnings on Feb. 12, Wall Street was hoping to see the company to dispel fears of Fortnite and other competition. However, the company's fourth-quarter financial results left some investors raising an eyebrow as the number of monthly active users (MAUs) showed a steady decline in 2018 -- a possible sign that Fortnite has indeed been luring away ATVI fans.While Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 has done well, the Destiny franchise has been underperforming. Finally, Activision Blizzard's 2019 guidance that was less than impressive, with a forecasted drop in revenue to $6.3 billion from $7.5 billion in 2018. The company is also decreasing the global headcount by 8%.Analysts have also been concerned about the impact of several high-profile exits among Activision executives. The industry would rather report the company's successful franchises and positive player experiences than worries over the managerial void. For example, Activision Blizzard is continuing to bet big on eSports and investors are hoping that a bigger fan base would also translate into larger live events and merchandise sales. However, the numbers to positively affect the bottom line are not there yet.In short, most investors are likely to wait on the sidelines until they have more have a chance to analyze the balance sheet. Unless the numbers and the rest of the 2019 guidance are exceptional in May, investors may decide not to invest in the stock for several more weeks -- or even months. Short-Term Technical Analysis of ATVI StockDespite the broader market rally of 2019 which has pushed the prices of many tech stocks significantly higher, year-to-date, Activision Blizzard stock is up only around 2%. On the other hand, the stock price of Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:EA), one of ATVI's main competitors, is up 27% in 2019.ATVI stock's 52-week price range has been $84.68 (Oct. 1, 2018)-$39.85 (Feb. 11, 2019) and its 2019 gains have come mostly in March. Therefore, its short-term technical indicators have now become overextended. Investors who pay attention to short-term oscillators should note that ATVI's technical message has also become "overbought."Nonetheless, ATVI's current price is still under the 200-day moving average, a long-term trend-following technical indicator, which currently is at $53.3. While long-term investors would like to see ATVI stock go over the $50 level, traders are likely to keep the range between $47.50 and $42.50. Ultimately, ATVI's price will need to stabilize and build a base again before a long-term sustained leg up can occur.If you already own ATVI stock, you might want to hold your position. However, within the parameters of your portfolio allocation and risk/return profile, you may consider placing a stop loss at about 3%-5% below the current price point.If you are an experienced investor in the options market, you may also consider using a covered call strategy with approximately a six-week time horizon. In that case, you may, for example, buy 100 shares of ATVI at a limit price of $47.17 (the closing price on Apr. 11) and, at the same time, sell a ATVI May 31 $47.5 call option, which currently trades at $2.7.The $47.50 option is almost at-the-money, offering downside protection in case of volatility and a decline in Activision Blizzard stock. This call option would stop trading on May 31, 2019, and expire on June 1.After the upcoming earnings call, if you still believe in the bull case for Activision Blizzard stock, then you might consider waiting for a better time to buy, such as when the share price is around the low $40's, or even high $30's. The Bottom Line on ATVI StockWith its strong franchise focus, Activision Blizzard is an important company that is likely to weather the ebbs and flows of the industry. The rise of the digital gaming revolution is here to stay, and I believe the long-term fundamental story of ATVI stock is still intact.Investors who are interested in companies in the interactive software, entertainment or communication services but do not want to commit all their capital to a single stock such as ATVI may also consider investing in various exchange-traded funds (ETFs) that have Activision Blizzard as a holding. Examples of such funds would include the Invesco Dynamic Software ETF (NYSEARCA:PSJ), the VanEck Vectors Video Gaming and eSports ETF (NYSEARCA:ESPO) or the Communication Services Select Sector SPDR (NYSEARCA:XLC).As of this writing, Tezcan Gecgil did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * FAANNG Stocks, Ranked From Cheapest to Most Expensive * 7 Stocks With a Lot on the Line This Earnings Season * 7 Marijuana Companies: Which Pot Stocks Should You Buy? Compare Brokers The post Should You Consider Buying Activision Blizzard Stock Before Earnings? appeared first on InvestorPlace.
A recent note from Goldman Sachs indicates that in just a few years, esports television viewership, already bigger than that of Major League Baseball and the National Hockey League, will rival TV viewership levels of the NFL, the most popular U.S. sport. The fund is up 21.06 percent year to date, putting it slightly ahead of the Nasdaq-100 Index.
A distinguished panel of ETF industry experts selected VanEck Vectors® Real Asset Allocation ETF (RAAX®) for Best New Alternatives ETF and VanEck Vectors® Video Gaming and eSports ETF (ESPOTM) for Thematic ETF of the Year and People’s Choice Award. At last night’s ETF.com Awards Dinner in New York City, RAAX was awarded the Best New Alternatives ETF while ESPO took home the People’s Choice Award and was co-winner of the Thematic ETF of the Year. ESPO seeks to replicate as closely as possible, before fees and expenses, the price and yield performance of the MVIS® Global Video Gaming and eSports Index (MVESPOTR), which is intended to track the overall performance of companies involved in video game development, esports, and related hardware and software.
The VanEck Vectors Video Gaming and eSports ETF (ESPO) has recently been setting a torrid pace, surging nearly 7% this month on its way to a series of record highs and a year-to-date gain of almost 16%. ESPO seeks to track the performance of the MVIS® Global Video Gaming and eSports Index (MVESPO). The index is a rules-based, modified capitalization weighted, float adjusted index intended to give investors a means of tracking the overall performance of companies involved in video gaming and eSports.
With just a few trading days left in the first quarter of 2019, the S&P 500 is up nearly 14%. That comes after the benchmark U.S. equity gauge notched one of its best January/February performances on record.Some of the best exchange traded funds (ETFs) this year are delivering performances well in excess of broader markets, potentially setting the stage for more excitement in the second quarter. And let's talk about the second quarter. If history holds true to form, the S&P 500's performances get worse as the quarter moves along.April is the best month of the second quarter, with the average S&P 500 gain in the fourth month of the year over the past two decades being 1.70% before declining to an average May gain of just 0.30%. June is forgettable as the S&P 500 averages a loss of 0.70% in the sixth month of the year.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 7 Beaten-Up Stocks to Buy as They Reverse Course Those seasonal trends are not guaranteed to repeat and there are opportunities for funds to join the ranks of the best ETFs as well as notable sector-level opportunities throughout the April through June time frame. Here are some of the best ETFs to consider in the second quarter. Best ETFs for Q2: Energy Select Sector SPDR (XLE)Expense Ratio: 0.13% per year, or $13 on a $10,000 investment.After ranking as one of last year's worst commodities, oil is back with a vengeance this year. In fact, crude's first-quarter showing is on track for one of its best ever. The Energy Select Sector SPDR (NYSEARCA:XLE) is proving to be one of the best ETFs to with which to ride oil's resurgence as the largest energy ETF is up 17% this year.Here is the thing about considering XLE or any other oil ETF as a second-quarter play: like other commodities, oil can be affected by seasonal trends. No matter what the so-called experts say about the summer travel season, oil's historically favorable seasonal period is February to May, meaning XLE could be one of the best ETFs for the second quarter for some but not all of the quarter.Investors will get plenty of information about XLE's ability to perform well in the second quarter when Exxon Mobil (NYSE:XOM) and Chevron (NYSE:CVX) report first-quarter earnings in April because the two largest U.S. oil companies combine for about 40% of XLE's weight. Utilities Select Sector SPDR (XLU)Expense Ratio: 0.13%The Utilities Select Sector SPDR (NYSEARCA:XLU) could be one of the best ETFs for conservative investors in the second quarter. XLU has some favorable seasonality on its side as it ranks as the best-performing sector SPDR fund in the month of June while also being solid performer throughout much of the third quarter.XLU is already up 10.9% this year, indicating expectations that the Federal Reserve will not raise interest rates this year are mostly baked into the fund. Interestingly, the probability of a Fed rate cut late this year is rising, and if it continues to do so, XLU could assert itself as one of the best ETFs over the next several months. * 10 Stocks on the Rise Heading Into the Second Quarter XLU could also be one of the best ETFs for investors looking to remain involved with equities while looking to limit some of the downside that can come if stocks retreat in the latter stages of the second quarter. VanEck Vectors Video Gaming and eSports ETF (ESPO)Expense Ratio: 0.55%Up 18.8% year-to-date, the VanEck Vectors Video Gaming and eSports ETF (NYSEARCA:ESPO) has recently been building momentum and has been notching a series of record highs. Naysayers will note this thematic ETF is just a few months old, but age is not the important number with ESPO. More important are the slew of fundamental factors confirming this fund's status as a potent, disruptive ETF.You do not have to be a gamer, nor do you have to watch eSports on television, to benefit from ESPO. As it is, those trends are growing exponentially and advertisers are taking notice."It's game-on for advertisers in professional videogaming -- e-sports -- which has blossomed into a multibillion-dollar industry," reports Jon Swartz for Barron's. "EMarketer forecasts that U.S. digital ad revenue for e-sports will pass $200 million by 2020. Ad spending, which has grown mostly through corporate sponsorships, media rights, ticket sales, and merchandising, will grow 25% to $178.1 million this year, and another 20% to $213.8 million in 2020, eMarketer says." Pacer Benchmark Industrial Real Estate SCTR ETF (INDS)Expense Ratio: 0.6%As has been widely documented, the retail industry is being disrupted in significant fashion with much of that disruption coming at the expense of traditional brick-and-mortar retailers. While e-commerce companies and online retailers may not have physical stores, they do need commercial real estate -- and lots of it.Enter the Pacer Benchmark Industrial Real Estate SCTR ETF (NYSEARCA:INDS). As its name implies, INDS focuses on industrial REITs. In fact, INDS is the best ETF for doing just that because traditional REIT funds lack adequate exposure to industrial REITs. There are plenty of fundamental factors that confirm INDS' bonafides, but considering the following data point. * 5 Cloud Stocks to Help Your Portfolio Fly "Bank of America projects there is a total addressable market for e-commerce B2B (business-to-business) of $1.4 trillion by 2021, which is nearly double the firm's estimated $761 billion market for consumer e-commerce," reports CNBC. U.S. IPO ETF (IPO)Source: Shutterstock Expense Ratio: 0.6%Up 34.5% this year, the U.S. IPO ETF (NYSEARCA:IPO) is already one of this year's best ETFs, but that status could be cemented in the second quarter if some of this year's IPO "unicorns" come to market as expected."The ETF tracks the rules based Renaissance IPO Index, which adds sizeable new companies on a fast entry basis and the rest upon scheduled quarterly reviews. Companies that have been public for two years are removed at the next quarterly review," according to the issuer.In other words, when some of the PULPS -- Pintrest, Uber, Lyft, Postmates and Slack -- come public, the U.S. IPO ETF can move swiftly to get those stocks into its portfolios. Global X S&P 500 Quality Dividend ETF (QDIV)Expense Ratio: 0.35%While growth stocks and the FAANG quintet are bouncing back in the first quarter, some of the best ETFs are those with exposure to the quality factor. As the Global X S&P 500 Quality Dividend ETF (CBOE:QDIV) illustrates, there are often important intersections between the quality factor and dividend stocks."While there are a handful of definitions for quality, S&P defines it as a combination of a company's return on equity (profitability), debt to book value (financial leverage), and its change in net operating assets (accruals ratio)," according to Global X research. "Companies that score well across these three metrics tend to make good use of invested capital, avoid taking on too much risk through borrowing, and generate strong cash flow." * Top 7 Service Sector Stocks That Will Pay You to Own Them QDIV, which tracks the S&P 500 Quality High Dividend Index, holds 71 stocks, and just because this is a dividend fund, that does not mean investors have to forsake growth. The consumer discretionary and technology sectors combine for over 35% of QDIV's weight. Adding to its best ETF status, QDIV pays a monthly dividend. iShares J.P. Morgan USD Emerging Markets Bond ETF (EMB)Expense Ratio: 0.39%Fixed-income funds usually do not generate performances worthy of best ETFs consideration, but the iShares J.P. Morgan USD Emerging Markets Bond ETF (NASDAQ:EMB) is higher by 6%, which is impressive among bond funds.The more sanguine outlook for U.S. interest rates, including the aforementioned chance of a cut later this year, is bolstering the case for dollar-denominated emerging markets debt."The brightening bond-market outlook shows how the weakest economic growth since the global financial crisis is boosting the case for the Federal Reserve's dovish turn, limiting the dollar's gains and allowing other central banks around the world to follow suit," according to Bloomberg.EMB, the world's largest emerging markets bond fund, holds nearly 470 bonds and has an effective duration of 7.31 years. KraneShares Bosera MSCI China A ETF (KBA)Expense Ratio: 0.6%The KraneShares Bosera MSCI China A ETF (NYSEARCA:KBA) is already one of this year's best ETFs and several other A-shares funds have best ETFs due in large part to the recent announcement that MSCI is boosting its international indexes' exposure to the stocks that trade on mainland China.That news is particularly relevant to KBA because it tracks an index devoted to the inclusion of A-shares in MSCI indexes, meaning the fund's benchmark is loaded with stocks that are going to be making the move into the famed MSCI Emerging Markets Index, among other benchmarks. * 7 Small-Cap Stocks That Make the Grade "We believe that the MSCI China A Inclusion Index (KBA's index) has distinct advantages over other popular Mainland China benchmarks, in particular, the CSI 300 Index," according to KraneShares research. "The CSI 300 Index, originally built for domestic Chinese investors, consists of the 300 largest China A-Share stocks ranked by market capitalization. In comparison, the MSCI China A Inclusion Index currently tracks 239 securities deemed most suitable for international investors by MSCI." ETFMG Prime Mobile Payments ETF (IPAY)Source: Shutterstock Expense Ratio: 0.75%Up 23% year-to-date, the ETFMG Prime Mobile Payments ETF (NYSEARCA:IPAY) is already one of the best ETFs for investors looking for alternatives to traditional financial services ETFs.When comes to funds like IPAY, investors are hearing plenty about the move away from cash, how the mobile payments industry is taking off and how those themes are benefiting stocks like PayPal (NASDAQ:PYPL) and Square (NYSE:SQ).Another factor bolstering the case for mobile payments funds is increased industry consolidation. In just the first quarter of this year, two of the industry's largest deals on record have been announced, confirming that an excellent way for mobile payments to build scale and increase their moats is via acquisitions. SPDR S&P MIDCAP 400 ETF (MDY)Expense Ratio: 0.24%From a seasonal perspective, the SPDR S&P MIDCAP 400 ETF (NYSEARCA:MDY) is one of the best ETFs to consider in the second quarter because the mid-cap fund's average April and May gains overshoot those of the S&P 500 and the S&P MidCap 400 Index historically falters in June, it does so by less than the large-cap S&P 500.Beyond seasonality, mid-cap funds are some of the best ETFs for long-term investors to consider. Mid-cap stocks have outperformed large-caps for decades. Stocks in the $2 billion to $10 billion market cap range also often outpace small caps and do so with less volatility. * 15 Stocks That May Be Hurt by This Year's Big IPOs The $19.55 billion MDY has a cyclical feel as it allocates almost a third of its weight to the technology and financial services sectors. Industrial and consumer discretionary names combine for almost 27% of the fund's weight.As of this writing, Todd Shriber does not own any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Specialty Retail ETFs to Buy the Industry's Disruption * 5 Stocks To Buy for the Happiest Employees * 3 Out-of-Favor Consumer Stocks to Buy Compare Brokers The post The 10 Best ETFs to Buy in the Second Quarter appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Video gaming industry is gaining steam with the latest hot event being Google's planned launch of a streaming platform Stadia. Play the craze with these ETFs.
The VanEck Vectors Video Gaming and eSports ETF (ESPO) is up more than 13%, confirming investors' enthusiasm for the booming eSports market. ESPO seeks to track the performance of the MVIS® Global Video Gaming and eSports Index (MVESPO). Major parts of the long-term eSports investment thesis are the massive growth in television viewership and subsequent spending by advertisers.
NVIDIA won a bidding war for Mellanox Technologies, representing the largest-ever acquisition in two-decade plus history. Investors could capitalize this opportune moment with ETFs having higher allocation to this graphics chipmaker.