XLB - Materials Select Sector SPDR Fund

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Previous Close53.49
Bid53.25 x 3000
Ask53.52 x 1800
Day's Range53.50 - 54.19
52 Week Range47.05 - 61.21
Avg. Volume6,444,346
Net Assets4.04B
PE Ratio (TTM)N/A
YTD Return6.90%
Beta (3Y Monthly)1.00
Expense Ratio (net)0.13%
Inception Date1998-12-16
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The SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEARCA:GLD) is lower by 2.68% this month, but GDX is down 7.78% over the same period and is in danger of falling below its 200-day moving average."The gold stocks are mired in something of a psychological limbo these days," reports Mining.com. "They aren't exactly out of favor, but there's little enthusiasm for this sector. Investors and speculators have largely lost interest for technical, sentimental, and fundamental reasons."Year-to-date, investors have pulled $1.36 billion from GDX. SPDR S&P Metals & Mining ETF (XME)Expense Ratio: 0.35%The SPDR S&P Metals & Mining ETF (NYSEARCA:XME) is a diverse mining ETF. This equal-weight fund, which is nearly 13 years old, targets the S&P Metals and Mining Select Industry Index.The $433.35 million XME "seeks to provide exposure to the metals & mining segment of the S&P TMI, which comprises the following sub-industries: Aluminum, Coal & Consumable Fuels, Copper, Diversified Metals & Mining, Gold, Precious Metals & Minerals, Silver, and Steel," according to State Street.XME holds just 29 stocks, more than half of which are steelmakers. Domestic steel stocks have benefited from the White House's tariff's on foreign steel, but that news has already been baked into those stocks. * 10 Stocks to Sell Before They Give Back 2019 Gains XME is a credible mining ETF for tactical traders with elevated risk tolerance. Over the past three years, this mining ETF's average annualized volatility was 27.30%, or 1,200 points above the same metric on the S&P 500 Materials Index. 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"The Dutch-Canadian research company, which tracks EV registrations and battery chemistries in more than 80 countries, says among all metals and materials found in EV battery cathodes, lithium use saw the greatest gains."With electric vehicles just a few years away from meeting traditional automobiles in terms of price synergies, LIT is one of the most compelling mining ETFs in terms of favorable long-term fundamentals. Invesco S&P SmallCap Materials ETF (PSCM)Expense Ratio: 0.29%As its name implies, the Invesco S&P SmallCap Materials ETF (NASDAQ:PSCM) is a materials fund, not a dedicated mining ETF, but the fund does have some mining exposure and represents a solid choice for investors looking for mining exposure without the commitment of a fund explicitly dedicated to this industry.PSCM's 34 member firms "are principally engaged in the business of producing raw materials, including paper or wood products, chemicals, construction materials, and mining and metals," according to Invesco. * 7 Renewable Energy Stocks to Buy for Sunny Long-Term Returns More than 17% of PSCM's holdings are considered mining companies. Nearly 36% of the mining ETF's components are classified as value stocks while more than 29% are considered growth stocks. PSCM is beating the large-cap XLB by nearly 800 basis points YTD. Global X Silver Miners ETF (SIL) Expense Ratio: 0.65%Many of the same dynamics that apply to gold and gold mining ETFs apply to silver and the related miners. That makes sense because silver often follows gold in either direction. Currently, that is problematic for the Global X Silver Miners ETF (NYSEARCA:SIL), which is lower by nearly 11% this month.What is concerning about SIL's price action this year and that of silver itself is that the global economy is mostly strong. That should benefit silver because about half the demand for the white metal is industrial demand. Additionally, some market observers argue that the silver market is not in a supply deficit despite reports to the contrary. If there were a legitimate supply deficit, then silver and the related mining ETFs would likely be displaying better price action.For the seven trading sessions ending Tuesday, April 23, SIL closed lower on six of those days and now resides about 5.50% below its 200-day moving average. 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Currently, FMAT devotes over a quarter of its weight to DowDuPont (NYSE:DWDP) and Linde (NYSE:LIN).DowDuPont was formed by Dow Chemical's acquisition of DuPont in 2017 and the combined company retained DuPont's position in the Dow Jones Industrial Average. However, the company is being split into three separate units, with a new unit known as Dow maintaining a spot in the blue-chip index. Invesco S&P SmallCap Materials ETF (PSCM)Source: Shutterstock Expense ratio: 0.29%. The materials sector is usually the territory of large-cap companies and many materials ETFs reflect that trait, but there are some avenues for investors looking for tactical small-cap exposure in this group. 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If investments in silver bars and coins are excluded from the analysis, however, then the supply of silver continues to exceed demand." Invesco DWA Basic Materials Momentum ETF (PYZ)Source: Shutterstock Expense ratio: 0.60%. While there may not be as many materials ETFs as there are funds representing other sector, materials funds are not lacking for unique methodologies. One example of that is the Invesco DWA Basic Materials Momentum ETF (NASDAQ:PYZ).This materials ETF follows a momentum-based benchmark known as the Dorsey Wright Basic Materials Technical Leaders Index."The Index is designed to identify companies that are showing relative strength (momentum), and is composed of at least 30 securities from the NASDAQ US Benchmark Index," according to Invesco. 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For investors that want to move beyond standard materials ETFs without going into a niche fund, the SPDR S&P Metals & Mining ETF (NYSEARCA:XME) is an excellent place to be. That is if the investor can handle some elevated volatility. Home to $462.19 million in assets under management, XME is one of the larger materials ETFs with an industry focus.XME holds 29 stocks and provides exposure to these industry groups: "Aluminum, Coal & Consumable Fuels, Copper, Diversified Metals & Mining, Gold, Precious Metals & Minerals, Silver, and Steel," according to State Street.Nearly half of XME's roster is allocated to steel companies, so this materials ETF should note be paired with the aforementioned SLX. Coal and aluminum stocks combine for 22.10% of the fund's weight. XME is up 12.10% this year and needs to rally another 24% to reclaim its 52-week high.Todd Shriber does not own any of the aforementioned securities. 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