How to Compare the Top ETF Sectors

The following table contains the cost information and other comparative information for the Top 20 largest industries in the Index of Financial Services Industry. This list includes the name of the company, production data, net income and market value (NAV). It also shows the number of years the company has been in operation, its highest year of production and its current market cap. This data is provided by the index provider of the ETF. It can be useful in choosing an ETF that matches a fund’s specific portfolio. Moreover, this data is provided at no cost.

Among the Top 20 industrial sectors, the metals and chemicals sectors remain the leaders. Materials stocks comprise the majority of the total assets in the ETF portfolios. With the price and profit potential of these stocks, they make great growth factors for any ETF portfolio. Although there is still considerable volatility in the price levels of the metals and chemicals stocks, there is considerable upside potential, as well. The top three materials stocks in this list are oil and gas, silver and gold.

Most ETF portfolios now include a good mix of stocks from the metals and chemicals sectors. However, when you look closely at the industries that make up the Top 20, you’ll see that there are still plenty of opportunities to invest in the remaining companies. A good example of this is Wal-mart (w Tesoro Petroleum Corporation), which has a great income producing stock portfolio. Its key competitors include food processing companies like Pilgrim’s (p Grumrine Inc.) and supermarket chains like Publix (refined-foods) and Safeway (supermarket).