|Bid||38.40 x 800|
|Ask||38.45 x 900|
|Day's Range||38.23 - 39.00|
|52 Week Range||32.73 - 41.23|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||N/A|
|YTD Daily Total Return||-0.54%|
|Beta (5Y Monthly)||0.98|
|Expense Ratio (net)||0.60%|
Much of 2018 was rosy for the industrials sector. Businesses with excess cash early in the year fueled a spending spree on equipment and other industrials products as well. Given the poor general performance of the industrials sector in 2018, it comes as no surprise that exchange-traded funds (ETFs) which focused on these stocks also suffered as well.
Editor's note: This article is a part of InvestorPlace.com's Best ETFs for 2019 contest. The reader's choice pick is the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEARCA:EEM).Despite fears of a global economic slowdown, the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEARCA:EEM) seems to be doing all right for itself so far in 2019. Up 10% so far in the first quarter, this emerging markets fund has been hanging with the pack despite all the trade uncertainty.The general positive vibes in the overall market are certainly not hurting anything. However, one of the positives for EEM stock in particular has to do with its 32.4% exposure to Chinese stocks. After a terrible drubbing for many Chinese stocks in 2018, spurred largely by the trade war between China and the United States, things are looking up for these companies in 2019.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips Reasons to Like EEM StockFirst, hope continues to spring eternal for an end to the trade war. The beaten-down Chinese stocks were just too good a bargain to pass up for some investors, who anticipate a return to form once trade returns to normal. * 10 Tech Stocks That Transformed Their Business Second, MSCI has decided to increase the weighting of Chinese stocks among its indexes. While the goal of a 3.3% share of the indexes doesn't sound that big, remember that's four times the current level. And MSCI isn't the only one boosting investors' access to these securities: the Bloomberg Barclays Global Aggregate Index will also be including Chinese companies starting next month.But of course, China isn't the only area from which EEM stock draws. It is simply the largest. Another third of the index comes from Taiwan, India and Korea, so this fund isn't totally under the thumb of problems that may hit China specifically.And while you're looking toward the future and hoping that global news boosts this fund, you can also enjoy a bit of income for your trouble. EEM currently has a 12-month trailing yield of 2.1%. Nothing like getting paid while you wait for the leadership of two economic powerhouses to sort themselves out. The Bottom Line for EEMIs EEM going to take the top spot in 2019's Best ETFs contest? I think it's possible. The fund has been hanging around in the top five for most of the first quarter, battling with the likes of Pacer Benchmark Data & Infrastructure Real Estate ETF (NYSEARCA:SRVR) and Powershares Water Resource Portfolio (NASDAQ:PHO). But as outlined above, there are some potentially huge tailwinds that could be just over the horizon.Only time will tell, but thus far the readers' choice looks like a smart one.As of this writing, Jessica Loder did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 8 Genomic Testing Stocks That Can Ease the Sting of Theranos * 4 Pot Stocks That Could Be Fizzling Out * 7 Mid-Cap Growth Stocks That Could Be the Next Amazon or Netflix Compare Brokers The post Best ETFs for 2019: The iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF Forges Onward appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Editor's Note: This article is part of InvestorPlace.com's Best ETFs for 2019 contest. James Brumley's pick is the Invesco Water Resources ETF (NASDAQ:PHO).Long-term bets on the Powershares Water Resource Portfolio (NASDAQ:PHO) fund are finally starting to pay off. Over the course of the past twelve months, PHO stock has gained around 12%, versus a more modest 8% gain for the SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (NYSEARCA:SPY).The performance of the water-minded ETF is even better -- relatively and on an absolute basis -- when limiting the look to just the first quarter. Whereas the S&P 500 is up just a little more than 11% since the end of last year, PHO stock has gained almost 19%.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsThis is the kind of "aha" moment we've been waiting on since the beginning of 2018, when the Best ETFs Contest ultimately began.The performance of the Powershares Water Resource Portfolio isn't the most compelling aspect of PHO stock here, however. It's that the fund's constituents have been so uniformly bullish of late after a couple clunkers took a big toll on last year's bottom line. PHO ETF Leading the ChargeOwners of the Powershares Water Resource mostly have Danaher (NYSE:DHR) and Waters Corporation (NYSE:WAT) to thank for fund's market-beating performance. * 7 Marijuana Stocks to Play the CBD Trend Waters was a bit of a disappointment for the better part of last year, slumping in front of a third-quarter revenue miss that ultimately prompted Goldman Sachs to downgrade WAT stock to a "sell." The analytical firm feared more of the same kind of weakness lay ahead.In retrospect, though, its Q3 results and the downgrade may have served as a catharsis and capitulation for Waters. Although WAT stock ultimately hit a new 52-week low in December (as most stocks did), shares have rallied more than 40% in the meantime. Fourth-quarter earnings of $2.87 per share not only topped estimates of $2.65, the company offered current-year profit guidance well in excess of expectations.Danaher is another name that has finally come around following a lackluster 2018. The stock's up 35% for the past twelve months, but all of that gain has been logged just since its late-December low. The stock was spurred higher by a solid Q4 print, though was acting bullish before that late-January report, and has continued to push higher in the meantime. Click to Enlarge All of the fund's constituents, however, have been solid performers in recent weeks, with the need for better water-management slowly but surely becoming evident in solutions-providers' bottom lines.Still, most investors underestimate just how big the problem of potable water -- or lack thereof -- really is. A Thirst for SolutionsIt's a resource most anyone reading this likely takes for granted. Most investors only have to turn a knob at a faucet, open the refrigerator or press a button at work to have instant access to (seemingly) all the water they want.But they may not realize how close demand is to exceeding supply.Yes, it's a third-world problem, but not just a third-world problem. One only has to look at the ongoing disaster in Flint, Michigan to realize just how troubled the United States' aging infrastructure is. The lead contamination is abating, but it took too long to clean up, and any trace of lead is still too much lead.Meanwhile, London (England), El Paso, Atlanta and San Francisco are just some of the major names that may soon, literally, run out of water.Part of the problem is simply a lack of supply. Although desalination works, it has proven prohibitively expensive. Purification of used water also works, but it too can be costly, and the nation's current water-scrubbing infrastructure is quickly becoming inadequate.The trouble doesn't merely lie in processing water, however. The United States, like most other developed or undeveloped nations, struggles just to get clean, potable water from point A to point B. Globally, the world loses an estimated two trillion gallons of drinking water every year simply due to leaky pipes.Patching them won't be cheap or easy though. The American Water Works Association estimates that the U.S. alone will need to spend at least $1 trillion upgrading and overhauling existing water transportation and processing infrastructure. Anything any organization can do to use less water, or recycle their own, in the meantime is a huge step in the right direction… a step that most institutions can take.That's where most of the names that make up the Powershares Water Resource Portfolio are aiming. Bottom Line for PHO StockIt's certainly a different kind of stock pick. It's much more than a trade. Indeed, owning PHO stock is much more than an investment in an undervalued and underappreciated sector. It's an investment in a concept … a concept so big and so philosophical that it's often difficult to see.The rewards are there, though, for the truly patient investor. While PHO was a lackluster performer since the Best ETFs Contest began in early 2018, it's battling for the lead as we near the end of the first quarter of 2019, and is well ahead of the broad market's return for that full fifteen-month stretch just in the past three months.These names are starting to collectively reap their due rewards, even if most investors don't realize the undertow that has taken shape.As of this writing, James Brumley did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. You can learn more about James at his site, jamesbrumley.com, or follow him on Twitter, at @jbrumley. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Dual-Class Stocks That Will Outperform * 7 Reasons Why Apple Streaming Won't Move the Needle for Apple Stock * 7 A-Rated Stocks to Buy in the Second Quarter Compare Brokers The post Best ETFs for 2019: Water Stocks and PHO Stock Finally Pull Ahead appeared first on InvestorPlace.