|Bid||0.00 x 800|
|Ask||0.00 x 1100|
|Day's Range||37.94 - 38.42|
|52 Week Range||30.66 - 44.32|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||N/A|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||1.26|
|Expense Ratio (net)||0.95%|
Semiconductor stocks proved to be important drivers of the broader technology sector's upside in 2018. Just look at the widely followed PHLX SOX Semiconductor Sector Index, which is up 9.60% year-to-date. Investors looking to profit should consider semiconductor ETFs.Shares of Advanced Micro Devices (NASDAQ:AMD) have recently been buoyed by a spate of bullish analyst commentary, including a round of upward price target revisions.[Editor's note: This story was previously published in September 2018. We're upping it in light of the recent strength in semiconductors.]InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsOn the other hand, there are risks associated with semiconductor stocks and exchange-traded funds (ETFs). Late last year, Morgan Stanley waxed bearish on the semiconductor group:"Memory markets have worsened in recent weeks. For DRAM [memory chip], demand is weakening, inventory and pricing pressures are building, and vendors are struggling to move bits," according to Morgan Stanley. "In NAND [flash memory], there is just too much supply. Earnings risks are emerging from 3Q and our cautious view on memory is playing out."Semiconductor stocks and ETFs are also facing headwinds created by the U.S.- China trade war."The U.S. semiconductor industry will warn President Donald Trump's administration that curbs on exports of chips and equipment to China could damage American jobs," according to Nikkei Asian Review. * 10 Hot Stocks Leading the Market's Blitz Higher Of course, positive surprises are always possible and negative expectations are not etched in stone. But investors looking to make bullish chip bets can consider these seven semiconductor ETFs -- instead of risking their money in individual chip stocks. iShares PHLX Semiconductor ETF (SOXX)Source: Shutterstock Expense ratio: 0.47% per year, or $47 on a $10,000 investment.One of the largest semiconductor ETFs, the iShares PHLX Semiconductor ETF (NASDAQ:SOXX) targets the aforementioned PHLX SOX Semiconductor Sector Index. This is a cap-weighted fund, meaning it tilts toward the largest semiconductor stocks.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)Source: Shutterstock 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.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. * 7 Strong Buy Stocks With Over 20% Upside 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)Source: Shutterstock 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.None 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 (PSI)Source: Shutterstock 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.The 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. * 5 Stocks That Could Be the Next Amazon PSI's price-to-earnings ratio of 15.91 is below the comparable metric on SOXX. First Nasdaq Semiconductor ETF (FTXL)Source: Shutterstock 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.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. SPDR Kensho Intelligent Structures ETF (XKII)Source: Shutterstock Expense ratio: 0.45% per yearThe SPDR Kensho Intelligent Structures ETF (NYSEARCA:XKII) is not a pure semiconductor ETF, but the fund does feature sizable exposure to chip stocks. Among the 14 industry groups represented in XKII, semiconductors is the second-largest at 12.11%.XKII components provide exposure to following next-generation investment themes: smart building infrastructure, smart power grids, intelligent transportation infrastructure and intelligent water infrastructure. * 7 Reasons Stock Buybacks Should Be Illegal XKII's underlying index "goes beyond well-known traditional Industrial firms by including companies involved in intelligent and connected home technologies, smart power grid technology, road sensors, traffic management infrastructure and smart water meters from other GICS sectors," according to State Street Global Advisors (SsgA). ROBO Global Robotics & Automation Index ETF (ROBO)Source: Shutterstock 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.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 Compare Brokers The post Top 7 Semiconductor ETFs to Buy Now appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Whether society wants it or not, robotics, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, or any other type of disruptive technology is the next wave of innovation. Disruptive technology is not relegated to certain sectors as it will permeate into all industries in some form or fashion. ROBO Global is one of those companies leading the robotic revolution that could power the world into the next century. The ROBO Global Robotics & Automation ETF (ROBO) seeks to provide investment results that, before fees and expenses, correspond generally to the price and yield performance of the ROBO Global® Robotics and Automation Index.ROBO invests at least 80% of its total assets in securities of the index or in depositary receipts representing securities of the index.
As a reminder, ETFs are simply a next-generation, low-cost, mutual fund with benefits such as tax efficiency and transparency. Sure, investors can buy and sell ETFs like stocks, but most ETFs are not traded in that way. Ultimately, these benefits allow for next-generation portfolio management solutions that arguably have the potential to offer retirement solutions that are different than the traditional market-cap weighted funds.
Ryan McQueeney chats with ROBO Global's Bill Studebaker about how to invest in the robotics revolution powering retail logistics during this year's record-breaking holiday shopping season.
These are halcyon days for investors looking to access disruptive technology themes and trends. Always an epicenter of innovation, the technology sector is evolving to include themes such as artificial intelligence, quantum computing, robotics and electric and self-driving vehicles among other disruptive themes.
As the exchange traded funds industry has matured, funds dubbed “thematic” have proliferated. Thematic ETFs are often industry funds targeting a newer, fast-growing segment of a traditional sector, such as cloud computing, cybersecurity or robotics. When the idea of thematic ETFs was still relatively new, some of these funds were panned by critics.
The ROBO Global Robotics and Automation Index ETF (NASDAQ: ROBO), the first exchange traded fund dedicated to the robotics investment theme, is celebrating another milestone. To be precise, ROBO had $2.08 billion in assets under management at the end of the third quarter.
Five years ago, when the ROBO Global team partnered with Exchange Traded Concepts to launch the ROBO Global Robotics & Automation Index ETF (NYSE Arca: ROBO), it marked the first time such a strategy was available in the form of an investment vehicle. The increased investor appetite for exposure to this theme has been reflected in the assets of the fund, as the ETF crossed $2.08 billion in assets under management as of 9/30/2018.
On today’s episode of the Tech Talk Tuesday podcast, Ryan McQueeney is joined by a pair of guests from Robo Global, an index and research company focused on the budding robotics and automation industries. Artificial intelligence is sparking revolutionary developments in robotics and automation, making these some of the most compelling growth markets in the entire technology sector. To discuss this further, Ryan phoned up Chris Buck, Head of Capital Markets at ROBO Global, and Wyatt Newman, a member of the advisory board at the company.
Robotics ETFs have cooled off a bit in 2018 following last year’s incredible run. Asset flows into these products have also slowed, but that hasn’t stopped ETF issuers from trying to capitalize on the long-term trend.
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Unsurprisingly, retail investors from around the globe are looking for ways to profit from this macro-level trend, and for many, the answer seems to lie in niche exchange-traded products. In this article, we take a look at the chart patterns that have started to appear throughout this dynamic sector and try to determine how traders will position themselves over the weeks and months ahead. Investors seeking to gain exposure to the rapidly growing area of robotics, automation and artificial intelligence may want to consider the Global Robotics and Automation Index ETF.
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If there is one sector that is constantly evolving, it’s technology. Think about it this way. There was once a time when items such as CDs, fax machines, basic cell phones and VCRs were considered “high tech.” Today, those items and others are viewed as ancient relics.
Low-cost exchange-traded funds (ETFs) have only continued to grow in popularity in recent months. Investors are turning to these vehicles for their exposure to many different names and areas and for the low fees associated with them in comparison with many other types of investment opportunities. In the fast-growing world of ETFs, there are many different areas an investor can explore.
The surging popularity of blockchain, artificial intelligence, electric and autonomous vehicles is giving private-label ETF issuers new opportunities to meet investor demand in short order.
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First Robotics and Automation ETF Switches Exchange Ahead of 5th Anniversary DALLAS , April 23, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- ROBO Global today announced its plans to change the primary listing venue for the ROBO ...
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While China has been a "chronic abuser" of intellectual property in the technology space, "it sort of recognizes that they need to come to the table and protect their own IP," one CEO said.
Yahoo Finance's Zack Guzman and Jeanie Ahn are joined by Tiffany Aliche, “Brown Ambition” podcast co-host to discuss the future of robotics with Bill Studebaker, RoboGlobal CEO.