If you're interested in broad exposure to the Materials - Broad segment of the equity market, look no further than the Fidelity MSCI Materials Index ETF (
FMAT Quick Quote FMAT - Free Report) , a passively managed exchange traded fund launched on 10/21/2013.
An increasingly popular option among retail and institutional investors, passively managed ETFs offer low costs, transparency, flexibility, and tax efficiency; they are also excellent vehicles for long term investors.
Investor-friendly, sector ETFs provide many options to gain low risk and diversified exposure to a broad group of companies in particular sectors. Materials - Broad is one of the 16 broad Zacks sectors within the Zacks Industry classification. It is currently ranked 5, placing it in top 31%.
The fund is sponsored by Fidelity. It has amassed assets over $436.77 million, making it one of the average sized ETFs attempting to match the performance of the Materials - Broad segment of the equity market. FMAT seeks to match the performance of the MSCI USA IMI Materials Index before fees and expenses.
The MSCI USA IMI Materials Index represents the performance of the materials sector in the U.S. equity market.
Cost is an important factor in selecting the right ETF, and cheaper funds can significantly outperform their more expensive counterparts if all other fundamentals are the same.
Annual operating expenses for this ETF are 0.08%, making it the least expensive product in the space.
It has a 12-month trailing dividend yield of 2.05%.
Sector Exposure and Top Holdings
Even though ETFs offer diversified exposure that minimizes single stock risk, investors should also look at the actual holdings inside the fund. Luckily, most ETFs are very transparent products that disclose their holdings on a daily basis.
This ETF has heaviest allocation in the Materials sector--about 100% of the portfolio.
Looking at individual holdings, Linde Plc Common Stock Eur.001 (
LIN Quick Quote LIN - Free Report) accounts for about 11.68% of total assets, followed by Freeport Mcmoran Inc Common Stock Usd.1 ( FCX Quick Quote FCX - Free Report) and Newmont Corp Common Stock Usd1.6 ( NEM Quick Quote NEM - Free Report) .
The top 10 holdings account for about 47.24% of total assets under management.
Performance and Risk
Year-to-date, the Fidelity MSCI Materials Index ETF has lost about -16.02% so far, and is down about -8.49% over the last 12 months (as of 06/23/2022). FMAT has traded between $41.40 and $51.04 in this past 52-week period.
The ETF has a beta of 1.09 and standard deviation of 27.69% for the trailing three-year period, making it a medium risk choice in the space. With about 126 holdings, it effectively diversifies company-specific risk.
Fidelity MSCI Materials Index ETF holds a Zacks ETF Rank of 2 (Buy), which is based on expected asset class return, expense ratio, and momentum, among other factors. Because of this, FMAT is an excellent option for investors seeking exposure to the Materials ETFs segment of the market. There are other additional ETFs in the space that investors could consider as well.
Materials Select Sector SPDR ETF (
XLB Quick Quote XLB - Free Report) tracks Materials Select Sector Index and the FlexShares Morningstar Global Upstream Natural Resources ETF ( GUNR Quick Quote GUNR - Free Report) tracks Morningstar Global Upstream Natural Resources Index. Materials Select Sector SPDR ETF has $6.53 billion in assets, FlexShares Morningstar Global Upstream Natural Resources ETF has $7.70 billion. XLB has an expense ratio of 0.10% and GUNR charges 0.46%. Bottom Line
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