XLP - Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR Fund

NYSEArca - Nasdaq Real Time Price. Currency in USD
56.76
-0.13 (-0.23%)
As of 3:53PM EDT. Market open.
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Previous Close56.89
Open56.86
Bid56.92 x 36900
Ask0.00 x 43500
Day's Range56.60 - 56.92
52 Week Range48.33 - 57.20
Volume13,796,237
Avg. Volume12,811,035
Net Assets10.82B
NAV56.87
PE Ratio (TTM)N/A
Yield2.75%
YTD Return12.60%
Beta (3Y Monthly)0.57
Expense Ratio (net)0.13%
Inception Date1998-12-16
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  • Procter & Gamble Reports as 'Inflating Parabolic Bubble'
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  • Could Altria’s Q1 2019 Results Boost Its Stock Price?
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  • MarketWatchyesterday

    Kleenex parent Kimberly-Clark's stock surges after adjusted profit, sales fall less than expected

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  • Philip Morris Stock Fell despite Strong Q1 Results
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  • 5 of the Best Funds for Downside Protection
    InvestorPlace11 days ago

    5 of the Best Funds for Downside Protection

    With the S&P 500 up about 15% year-to-date, it would appear safe to say that the bull market is intact. The other side of that discussion is that stocks plunged in the fourth quarter, basically entering a bear market while reminding investors that equities do not move up in a straight line and carrying some downside protection is necessary.While bull markets do not die of old age, there are signs this bull market is aging -- something many investors have acknowledged for some time. With first-quarter earnings season right around the corner, investors may want to consider how companies report earnings as one sign of an aging bull market."S&P 500 companies reported about $1.37 trillion in adjusted earnings for 2018. They reported $1.17 trillion in GAAP earnings last year as well," reports Barron's. "(GAAP is short for 'generally accepted accounting principles.') In other words, the accountants signed off on $1.2 trillion in earnings. Management told investors they earned $1.37 trillion."InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsAdding to the case for the best funds for downside protection are numerous factors, including flareups in the U.S./China spat, the fear of the Federal Reserve potentially reversing course and raising interest rates this year and the specter of markets pricing in concerns regarding 2020 presidential candidates. * 7 Marijuana Companies: Which Pot Stocks Should You Buy? For investors looking for downside protection, these are some of the best funds to consider. Best Funds: Cambria Tail Risk ETF (TAIL)Expense Ratio: 0.59% per year, or $59 on a $10,000 investment.The Cambria Tail Risk ETF (CBOE:TAIL) is not just one of the best funds for portfolio protection, it is also one of the best to own when equities swoon. TAIL's fourth-quarter chart proves as much.The actively managed TAIL "offers the potential advantage of buying more puts when volatility is low and fewer puts when volatility is high," according to Cambria. "While a portion of the fund's assets will be invested in the basket of long put option premiums, the majority of fund assets will be invested in intermediate-term U.S. Treasuries. As the fund is designed to be a hedge against market declines and rising volatility, Cambria expects the fund to produce negative returns in the most years with rising markets or declining volatility."In other words, TAIL is one of the best funds when stocks are sinking, but when stocks are rising, TAIL is vulnerable, as highlighted by the fund's year-to-date loss of almost 13%. Invesco S&P 500 High Dividend Low Volatility ETF (SPHD)Source: Shutterstock Expense ratio: 0.3%Low-volatility exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are often viewed as some of the best funds to consider when the market tumbles. The Invesco S&P 500 High Dividend Low Volatility ETF (NYSEARCA:SPHD) and rival "low vol" funds typically do not capture all of a bull market's upside, but perform less poorly in a bear market.If investors accept and understand that trait, SPHD can be one of the best funds if you're seeking income and downside protection. SPHD, which pays a monthly dividend, has a 12-month distribution rate of 3.9%, about double the dividend yield on the S&P 500. * 7 AI Stocks to Watch with Strong Long-Term Narratives Historically, defensive sectors with high dividend yields trade at premium valuations, but that is not the case with SPHD. The fund devotes over 38% of its combined weight to the defensive real estate and utilities sectors, but more than 76% of its holdings are classified as value stocks. ProShares Short QQQ (PSQ)Expense Ratio: 0.95%As the fourth quarter showed investors, when technology and other growth stocks fall out of favor, markets can rapidly deteriorate. One of the primary benefits of the tech-heavy Nasdaq-100 Index is that it overshoots more traditional broader equity benchmarks on the way up. However, with growth sectors, such as tech, communication services and consumer discretionary, commanding massive percentages of the overall U.S. equity market, declines in those groups usually permeate the entire market.The ProShares Short QQQ (NYSEARCA:PSQ) is ideal for buffering against tech declines. Importantly, PSQ is one of the best funds for traders new to inverse ETFs, because this product is not leveraged. Rather, PSQ is designed to deliver the daily inverse performance of the Nasdaq-100. So if that index falls 1% on a particular day, PSQ should rise 1%.Still, PSQ should be treated as a short-term instrument."Due to the compounding of daily returns, ProShares' returns over periods other than one day will likely differ in amount and possibly direction from the target return for the same period," according to ProShares. AGFiQ US Market Neutral Anti-Beta Fund (BTAL)Expense ratio: 0.76%Like the aforementioned TAIL, the AGFiQ US Market Neutral Anti-Beta Fund (NYSEARCA:BTAL) is one of the best funds when stocks are declining. Buying this fund in advance of those declines can be risky because if stocks continue trending higher, BTAL likely generates negative returns."BTAL's objective is to seek performance results that correspond to the price and yield performance, before fees and expenses, of the Dow Jones U.S. Thematic Market Neutral Anti-Beta Index," according to the fund's issuer. "BTAL strives to achieve this objective, by investing long in U.S. equities that have below average betas and shorting those securities that have above average betas, within sectors." * 10 Dow Jones Stocks Holding the Blue Chip Index Back BTAL is down 5% year-to-date, far better than the 13% loss sported by TAIL. In either case, investors are reminded these are among the best funds to own when equities are faltering. During lengthy moves to the upside, these products will lag. Global X | JPMorgan U.S. Sector Rotator Index ETF (SCTO)Expense Ratio: 0.83%The Global X | JPMorgan U.S. Sector Rotator Index ETF (NYSEARCA:SCTO) is a small, overlooked ETF that employs a momentum-based U.S. sector rotation strategy. Despite its diminutive status, this could be one of the best funds to own when stocks sink because SCTO can move to 100% cash when volatility spikes or stocks decline."SCTO seeks to limit equity volatility to a maximum of 20% by allocating assets to short term treasuries in more unstable markets," according to Global X.This fund may be more appropriate for conservative investors because it does not need markets to fall in order to generate positive returns. That said, SCTO is positioned defensively with over 51% of its combined weight currently allocated to the Consumer Staples Select SPDR (NYSEARCA:XLP) and the SPDR Dow Jones REIT ETF (NYSEARCA:RWR).As of this writing, Todd Shriber owned shares of SPHD. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Internet Stocks to Watch * 7 AI Stocks to Watch with Strong Long-Term Narratives * 10 Dow Jones Stocks Holding the Blue Chip Index Back Compare Brokers The post 5 of the Best Funds for Downside Protection appeared first on InvestorPlace.

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    Shares of Clorox Co. slumped 1.2% in afternoon trade, enough to lead the consumer staples sectors losers, after J.P. Morgan turned bearish on the consumer products company citing concerns that sales trend are worsening. Analyst Andrea Teixeira cut her rating to underweight, after being at neutral the past two years, and slashed her price target to $139 from $159. Recent Nielsen sell-through data suggested a softening in sales growth for Clorox, which brands include Glad, Kingsford and Burt's Bees. Teixeira said she believes the softening could be a "multi-quarter issue" for the company given weakness in the bags and wrap category, which suffered double-digit percentage declines in tracked channel distribution, and in the company's charcoal business. Teixeira said distribution losses in charcoal are particularly troubling, as Clorox is entering peak grilling season. Clorox's stock has slipped 0.3% year to date, while the SPDR Consumer Staples Select Sector ETF has climbed 9.8% and the S&P 500 has rallied 15%.4%. Separately, E.L.F. Beauty Inc. stock tacked on 0.5% after Teixeira upgraded the cosmetics company to neutral from underweight citing expectations of stabilizing sales trends.

  • MarketWatch15 days ago

    P&G's stock rallies toward record high after Wells Fargo boosts rating, price target

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    Walgreens stock plunge drags down Dow, CVS and consumer staples ETF

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  • The Sweet Dividend Alone Makes KO Stock Worth Another Look
    InvestorPlace25 days ago

    The Sweet Dividend Alone Makes KO Stock Worth Another Look

    During the first quarter of 2019, Coca-Cola's (NYSE:KO) stock price has lagged many other stocks. Year-to-date, despite the impressive market rally in the broader market, Coca-Cola stock is down 1.5%.Source: Coca-ColaIn comparison, the return on S&P 500 with the dividends reinvested would be almost 13%. Although its stock has not rewarded shareholders so far this year, I believe that the Coca-Cola belongs to a well-diversified portfolio.Here is why:InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips Coca Cola and MillennialsCoca-Cola is the world's largest beverage company with 20 different brands that generate more than $31 billion dollars in annual revenues. Over the decades, many investors have regarded it as a reliable investment.For example, Coca-Cola stock tops the list of longtime favorite holdings of Warren Buffett. The Oracle of Omaha's Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK.A, NYSE:BRK.B) owns 400,000,000 shares of Coca-Cola, worth over $18 billion. In the last quarter of 2018 when many stocks suffered sizable losses, KO was the only green stock among the top 10 holdings of Berkshire Hathaway. * 10 Tech Stocks That Transformed Their Business However, most of this decade, KO has seen declining revenues, partly because of the drop in soda sales as the U.S. consumer has moved towards healthier beverages including flavored water.Therefore, management has been transitioning the company to offer a beverage portfolio that seizes on the public's increased appetite for flavored drinks, including colas. For example, in 2016, the company announced its "One Brand Strategy" and introduced a common visual identity and creative campaign for all the brands.Later in 2017, it relaunched Coke Zero. This year, it introduced a U.S. wide ad campaign for its new flavor, Orange Vanilla Coke to coincide with March Madness. As a result of the changes in the product offerings, now cherry and vanilla flavored Cokes account for about 9% of the dollar volume but bring in 18% of the dollar growth.Earlier this year, the group completed the acquisition of Costa Coffee in the U.K. Wall Street believes that the purchase of the biggest coffee chain in the U.K. could lead to increased diversification away from soda drinks as well as revenues, especially prompted by growth in the Chinese market, where Costa Coffee currently has almost 500 stores.Offering hot beverages for the first time is yet another strategic step for the group as it addresses the shift in consumer taste and purchasing behavior.As you are deciding what may be next for KO stock fundamentally, you may also want to think about whether the global economy or the U.S. may be headed for a slowdown or even a recession.During periods of market volatility or economic downturn, consumer staples tend to be among the last products that consumers remove from their household budgets. In other words, defensive stocks like KO may help your portfolio when the going gets tough in the markets.On the flip side of the coin, despite the recent decline in the stock price, Coca-Cola shares still seem expensive when compared to the five year trading history. In mid-March, the stock also was downgraded from $64 to $50. Therefore, some analysts urge investors to consider KO stock's peers, such as PepsiCo (NYSE:PEP).Nonetheless, over the past decade, the returns of both stocks would have been very similar; in fact KO investors would have been slightly better off than PEP shareholders. Reinvesting the KO Stock DividendIncome investors know that they can compound their returns through reinvesting dividends from high-yielding shares. Despite the question marks regarding future growth at Coca-Cola, its dividends make the shares rather attractive. In February, the company increased its dividend and declared a new share buyback program.The current dividend yield stands at 3.5% - another reason why I believe KO stock belongs to a capital-growth portfolio. The next dividend payment is scheduled for Apr. 1, 2019 to shareholders of record on Mar. 15. KO Stock in the Short TermFollowing the sell-off on Feb. 14, Coca-Cola stock has been range trading between $44.5 and $46.5. This band is likely to act as a strong support zone for the stock where it can form a base to make a new sustained leg up.Those investors who pay attention to moving averages and oscillators should note that the short-term technical message is giving "neutral-to-buy" readings.I would not advocate bottom-picking in case of near-term price weakness. Yet, I find KO stock to be a compelling buy candidate and I'd regard any potential dip in the price as an opportunity to grab the shares for the long term. Within a year, I'd expect the shares to trade slightly over $50.If you are an experienced investor in the options market, you may also consider using a covered call strategy with approximately a three-month time horizon. In that case, you may, for example, buy 100 shares of Coca-Cola at a limit price of $46.61 (the closing price on Mar. 27) and, at the same time, sell a KO June 21 2019 $47 call option, which currently trades at $1.15.The $47 option is slightly out-of-the-money, offering some downside protection in case of volatility and a decline in KO stock. This call option would stop trading on Jun. 21, 2019 and expire on Jun. 22. The Bottom Line on Coca-Cola StockAfter considering the pros and the cons for the stock, if you are also of the opinion that the management will be able to strengthen the story of Coca-Cola, the iconic beverage company, and its balance sheet and that the stock is ready for a rebound on either technical and fundamental grounds, you may want to add KO shares to your portfolio in the second quarter of 2019.In 3-4 years, patient value and dividend growth investors are likely to be rewarded handsomely.In case you do not want to own Coca-Cola stock by itself, but would rather invest on a sectoral basis, you may also consider an exchange traded fund (ETF) that holds KO, such as the Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR (NYSEARCA:XLP) or the Invesco Dynamic Food & Beverage ETF (NYSEARCA:PBJ). Or you could even consider investing in Coca-Cola indirectly by owning shares of Berkshire Hathaway.As of this writing, Tezcan Gecgil did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. 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  • MarketWatchlast month

    General Mills stock surges toward 1-year high after profit beat, raised outlook

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  • 3 Consumer Staples Stocks to Trade in 2019
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    So far in 2019, the bulls have been in complete control over the stock market. This strength comes despite there not yet being a resolution to the global tariff war and while we await the conclusion of Brexit. However, when things go south for stocks the breakdown comes fast and portfolios suffer severe consequences if investors didn't balance them properly -- that brings us to consumer staples stocks.Some sectors are better at withstanding selling pressure than others. During a selloff, momentum stocks like Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) and Chipotle (NYSE:CMG) likely fall much faster than older, dividend-paying stocks. When times are tough, consumer stocks hold their value much better than most others.So why isn't everyone only in consumer staples stocks? Because what makes them almost bullet proof on the way down also slows them down during rallies. Traders are now on an upswing, so consumer stocks are generally lagging.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsBut therein lies the opportunity.This year, the Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR ETF (NYSEARCA:XLP) is up only half as much as the S&P 500. So if the bulls remain in control for the next two weeks, consumer staple stocks will have the opportunity of a catch-up rally.Furthermore, they're worth snatching up because there are tremendous risks that still loom over the global business sentiment. Yes, stocks are rising now but most of the risks that caused the selling last year are still here. Only the threat from a combative U.S. Fed has abated. So if the sellers come back online, then the consumer staple investments will hold up better than the general markets, so they are a safer bet. * 10 Dividend Stock Winners These three consumer stocks stand out in the sector: Mondelez International (NASDAQ:MDLZ), Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) and the Consumer Staples ETF (NYSEARCA:XLP). Here's more about each. Mondelez (MDLZ)Source: Shutterstock Mondelez made news last year as it invested $4 billion into Canopy Growth (NASDAQ:CGC), which quickly became a go-to cannabis stock to own (it had the best balance sheet of them all). So clearly, MDLZ is a company that is not afraid to take risks. And if the hype of the potential revenues from pot-related products and services is actually true, then MDLZ will get a handsome return on its investment.Meanwhile, MDLZ stock has its own reasons for ownership. It is now trading above the zone around $45.50, which has been resistance for years. So now it has solid footing below to attack the all-time highs. About a month ago it almost broke out of them, so it could be reloading to set new highs soon. If the geopolitical headlines comply, MDLZ stock should blaze a new trail soon. As long as it's above $45 per share, this is a real possibility.MDLZ sells at a price-to-earnings ratio of 25, which is in-line with the sector. So even though its management acts like it's a momentum company, the stock is not as frothy as one. Johnson & Johnson (JNJ)Source: Shutterstock Johnson & Johnson has been a proven performer for over a century, so the effects of last year's headline over the talcum lawsuits will inevitably fade. This is not to minimize the issue and its effects on those who suffered, but JNJ stock will recover from it. Owning JNJ stock now offers the opportunity to ride the snapback rally. * 7 Dividend Stocks to Buy Today JNJ is not screaming cheap, but the macroeconomic correction from last year and JNJ-specific headlines have shaken the weak hands from the stock. This makes for a strong base going forward. And the sellers will be less likely to panic at the first sign of weakness. Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR ETFEven though buying the XLP is similar to investing individually in MDLZ or JNJ, doing so diffuses the risks of individual headlines. There are heavyweight tickers in the XLP, but none that would bring down the whole exchange-traded fund. They do, however, trade in unison, so that risk remains.But from here, the XLP chart looks bullish. Even though it is lagging the SPY in its bounce off the December lows, the XLP is setting higher lows and has a breakout neckline just above current levels. If the bulls can breakout of $55 per share they can overshoot to target the all-time highs from November. There will be resistance along the way, especially around $56 per share … this is where the real selling began last year.So why expect a move now?The XLP chart has set higher lows and lower highs, thereby bringing it to a point. These usually are precursors to big moves because the energy needs to disperse quickly. So if the stock market, in general, continues this breakout, the XLP will eventually finish its own breakout upwards.Nicolas Chahine is the managing director of SellSpreads.com. As of this writing, he did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. You can follow him as @racernic on Twitter and Stocktwits. 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