FTXL - First Trust Nasdaq Semiconductor ETF

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-0.10 (-0.24%)
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Previous Close40.10
Open40.08
Bid39.92 x 1100
Ask40.04 x 1400
Day's Range39.91 - 40.49
52 Week Range23.86 - 40.49
Volume18,159
Avg. Volume22,604
Net Assets38.17M
NAV39.93
PE Ratio (TTM)N/A
Yield0.86%
YTD Daily Total Return56.06%
Beta (5Y Monthly)1.60
Expense Ratio (net)0.60%
Inception Date2016-09-20
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This is a cap-weighted fund, meaning it tilts toward the largest semiconductor stocks. Click to Enlarge Source: Shutterstock Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM), NVIDIA and Texas Instruments (NASDAQ:TXN) are the three largest holdings in SOXX, combining for over 26% of the fund's roster. Fortunately for SOXX investors, this semiconductor ETF is not heavily allocated to Micron Technology (NASDAQ:MU), a stock that has been absolutely drubbed in recent sessions.The larger-cap weighting may help undercut some of the volatility in store for semiconductor ETFs and stocks if the U.S.-China trade war continues. VanEck Vectors Semiconductor ETF (SMH)Expense ratio: 0.35% per yearIn general, semiconductor ETFs are focused funds and the VanEck Vectors Semiconductor ETF (NYSEARCA:SMH) is even more focused than rival SOXX. This semiconductor ETF is home to 25 stocks, compared to 30 in SOXX. Click to Enlarge Source: Shutterstock Like SOXX, SMH is somewhat top-heavy, but there are some differences among the semiconductor ETFs' components.The VanEck fund devotes a combined 24.47% of its weight to Taiwan Semiconductor (NYSE:TSM), Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) and NVIDIA. * 9 Retail Stocks Goldman Sachs Says Are Ready to Rip SMH's large allocations to semiconductor names like Intel and Taiwan Semiconductor put the fund front-and-center at demand trends for personal computers and related devices as well as mobile phones. SMH's top 10 holdings, a group combining for over 58% of the fund's weight, do not include Advanced Micro Devices. SPDR S&P Semiconductor ETF (XSD)Expense ratio: 0.35% per yearThe semiconductor ETFs mentioned above are cap-weighted funds, but the SPDR S&P Semiconductor ETF (NYSEARCA:XSD) is an equal-weight ETF, a strategy to consider for investors looking for exposure to mid- and small-cap semiconductor names. Click to Enlarge Source: FlickrNone of XSD's 34 holdings exceed weights of 5.79%. Additionally, this semiconductor ETF featured Advanced Micro Devices as its largest holding, a trait not widely found among funds in this category.Owing to the equal-weight methodology, XSD does not feature Intel nor Texas Instruments among its top 10 holdings, making this semiconductor ETF one to consider for investors looking to diversify away from some of the industry's largest names.Invesco Dynamic Semiconductors ETF Expense ratio: 0.61% per yearKeeping with the theme of semiconductor ETFs with non-cap-weighted methodologies, there is the Invesco Dynamic Semiconductors ETF (NYSEARCA:PSI). PSI offers a truly smart beta approach to semiconductor stocks. Click to EnlargeThe Dynamic Semiconductor Intellidex Index, PSI's underlying benchmark, evaluates "companies based on a variety of investment merit criteria, including: price momentum, earnings momentum, quality, management action, and value," according to Invesco.PSI's exposure to the quality and value factors, in particular, could be of use to investors at a time when analysts and market observers are concerned about the semiconductor industry's outlook into year-end.Additionally, semiconductor stocks are viewed as somewhat overvalued relative to broad equity benchmarks, so PSI's value exposure could be a trait to embrace. Twenty-seven percent of the fund's holdings are classified as value stocks. * 7 Dependable Dividend Stocks to Buy PSI's price-to-earnings ratio of 27.77 is above the comparable metric on SOXX. First Nasdaq Semiconductor ETF (FTXL)Expense ratio: 0.60% per yearThe First Nasdaq Semiconductor ETF (NASDAQ:FTXL) is another smart beta approach to semiconductor ETFs, but with a different approach than the aforementioned PSI. Click to Enlarge Source: Shutterstock FTXL turns two years old this month, making it the youngest semiconductor ETF highlighted here. The fund tracks the Nasdaq U.S. Smart Semiconductor Index. That index employs low volatility, growth and value factors in its stock selection process.FTXL's value trait focuses on cash flow-to-price, while its growth factor emphasizes price appreciation over four time-frames -- ranging from three to 12 months. Even with its smart beta methodology, FTXL's 28 holdings tilt toward the largest semiconductor stocks with Texas Instruments and Intel combining for 15.32% of the fund's weight. 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ROBO Global Robotics & Automation Index ETF (ROBO)Expense ratio: 0.95% per yearThe ROBO Global Robotics & Automation Index ETF (NASDAQ:ROBO), along with other robotics ETFs, feature some semiconductor exposure because chips are integral parts of many of the products tied to the booming artificial intelligence and robotics investment themes. Click to Enlarge Source: Shutterstock Nearly half of ROBO's 87 holdings are classified as technology stocks. That group includes companies with exposure to artificial intelligence, computer processing, actuation, sensing and integration. All of those endeavors require some use of semiconductors."Some investors still see robotics and AI as niche investments," said ROBO Global. "But more and more, even the most risk-averse among them are realizing that it is a niche that demands a presence in every long-term portfolio. Why? Because the scope of robotics and AI is vast, and the massive impact it will have on every industry in every part of the world is now undeniable."As of this writing, Todd Shriber does not own any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * Should You Buy, Sell, Or Hold These 7 Medical Cannabis Stocks? * 7 Strong Buy Stocks With Over 20% Upside * 7 Reasons Stock Buybacks Should Be Illegal The post Top 7 Semiconductor ETFs to Buy Now appeared first on InvestorPlace.

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First Trust Nasdaq Artificial Intelligence and Robotics ETF (ROBT)Source: Shutterstock Expense ratio: 0.65%The First Trust Nasdaq Artificial Intelligence and Robotics ETF (NASDAQ:ROBT) is a prime example of a thematic ETF and the theme offers ample long-term potential. ROBT, which is nearly a year and a half old, targets the Nasdaq CTA Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Index and holds 95 stocks. This Nasdaq ETF places plenty of competition, but ROBT is compelling avenue to robtics investing.ROBT features exposure to three segments of the artificial intelligence and robotics universe -- companies the issuer deems to be enablers, engagers and enhancers. Engagers command 60% of ROBT's index while enablers garner 25% and enhancers land at 15%. Robotics ETFs usually feature exposure to multiple sectors, but ROBT is applicable for tech investors because the Nadaq ETF devotes 61% of its weight to that sector.Industry observers expect big growth for the themes represented in ROBT. Global robotics spending could swell to almost $231 billion by 2021, according to IDC while artificial intelligence could command $15.7 trillion of the global economy by 2030. Invesco NASDAQ Internet ETF (PNQI)Expense ratio: 0.60%With the Nasdaq being home to so many of the largest most venerable internet companies, it makes sense that there would be a dedicated Nasdaq ETF for those stocks, That fund is the Invesco NASDAQ Internet ETF (NASDAQ:PNQI), which tracks the NASDAQ Internet Index.There is plenty of competition in the internet ETF arena, but PNQI has been admirable performer, returning more than 83% over the past three years. Plus, this Nasdaq ETF is by no means small as highlighted by its $570.1 million in assets under management. * 5 EV Stocks to Buy for Big Gains Over the Next Decade What makes this Nasdaq ETF interesting relative to traditional internet ETF competitors is that mixes U.S. and international companies whereas competing funds usually focus on domestic or ex-US stocks, not both. Led by Alibaba (NYSE:BABA), four of PNQI's top 10 holdings are ex-US companies. In fact, PNQI has been a better than some rival funds that only focus on international internet companies. First Trust Nasdaq Semiconductor ETF (FTXL)Source: Shutterstock Expense ratio: 0.60%There are a few semiconductor funds out there, but the First Trust Nasdaq Semiconductor ETF (NASDAQ:FTXL) is one of the more overlooked members of that group, but this Nasdaq ETF is a way for investors to access a unique weighting methodology for chip stocks.FTXL's underlying index is the Nasdaq US Smart Semiconductor Index. That benchmark uses growth, value and volatility as barometers for stock inclusion. That means that over longer holding periods, this Nasdaq ETF's returns could differ significantly from traditional chip funds.The median market value of FTXL's 30 components is $14.5 billion, indicating the fund leans toward smaller chip names, but even with that, the fund trades at favorable multiples relative to basic small-cap index funds. And even with the size bias, FTXL remains home to some of the largest semiconductor stocks. FTXL is up nearly 26% year-to-date.Todd Shriber does not own any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Dependable Dividend Stocks to Buy * 10 Stocks Driving the Market to All-Time Highs (And Why) * 7 Short Squeeze Stocks With Big Upside Potential The post 5 Nasdaq ETFs for Tantalizing Tech Investments -- Besides the QQQ appeared first on InvestorPlace.

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