SKYY - First Trust Cloud Computing ETF

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52 Week Range45.36 - 61.37
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Expense Ratio (net)0.60%
Inception Date2011-07-06
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First Trust Cloud Computing ETF (SKYY)Expense Ratio: 0.60%Some of the largest companies in the U.S., such as Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) and Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN), have significant video game exposure, but because video games are not the primary drivers of those companies' revenue, they do not reside in video game ETFs.While it is not a proper video game ETF, the First Trust Cloud Computing ETF (NASDSAQ:SKYY) has some legitimated video game credibility. Mobile game maker Zynga (NASDAQ:ZNGA) is SKYY's largest holding at a weight of 6.18%. Facebook (NASDAQ:FB), a platform for social gaming, represents nearly 5% of SKYY's weight while Amazon and Microsoft combine for nearly 7% of the fund's weight. Additionally, there are myriad cloud applications in the video game universe. * 10 Dividend Growth Stocks You Can't Miss "On trend with community gaming, the increasing preference for multiplayer gaming is pushing momentum in the cloud gaming industry," according to ETMG. 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