Designed to provide broad exposure to the Energy - Equipment and services segment of the U.S. equity market, the iShares U.S. Oil Equipment & Services ETF (IEZ - Free Report) is a passively managed exchange traded fund launched on 05/01/2006.
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.
Sector ETFs also provide investors access to a broad group of companies in particular sectors that offer low risk and diversified exposure. Energy - Equipment and services 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 Blackrock. It has amassed assets over $249.61 M, making it one of the average sized ETFs attempting to match the performance of the Energy - Equipment and services segment of the U.S. equity market. IEZ seeks to match the performance of the Dow Jones U.S. Select Oil Equipment & Services Index before fees and expenses.
The Dow Jones US Select Oil Equip & Serv Ind is a free-float adjusted market capitalization-wghtd index. It measures the performance of oil equipment & services sector of US equity market by including companies that are suppliers of equipment or services to oil fields & offshore platforms, such as drilling, exploration, engineering, logistics, seismic information services & platform construction.
Since cheaper funds tend to produce better results than more expensive funds, assuming all other factors remain equal, it is important for investors to pay attention to an ETF's expense ratio.
Annual operating expenses for this ETF are 0.44%, making it on par with most peer products in the space.
It has a 12-month trailing dividend yield of 3.16%.
Sector Exposure and Top Holdings
Even though ETFs offer diversified exposure which minimizes single stock risk, it is still important to look into a fund's holdings before investing. Luckily, most ETFs are very transparent products that disclose their holdings on a daily basis.
This ETF has heaviest allocation in the Energy sector--about 100% of the portfolio.
Looking at individual holdings, Schlumberger Nv (SLB - Free Report) accounts for about 15.17% of total assets, followed by Halliburton (HAL - Free Report) and Baker Hughes Class A (BHGE - Free Report) .
The top 10 holdings account for about 59.51% of total assets under management.
Performance and Risk
The ETF has gained about 10.60% and is up roughly 8.85% so far this year and in the past one year (as of 05/17/2018), respectively. IEZ has traded between $29.67 and $40.30 during this last 52-week period.
The ETF has a beta of 1.24 and standard deviation of 31.90% for the trailing three-year period, making it a high risk choice in the space. With about 37 holdings, it has more concentrated exposure than peers.
IShares U.S. Oil Equipment & Services ETF sports a Zacks ETF Rank of 4 (Sell), which is based on expected asset class return, expense ratio, and momentum, among other factors. IEZ, then, is not a suitable option for investors seeking exposure to the Energy ETFs segment of the market. However, there are better ETFs in the space to consider.
SPDR S&P Oil & Gas Equipment & Services ETF (XES - Free Report) tracks S&P Oil & Gas Equipment & Services Select Industry Index and the VanEck Vectors Oil Services ETF (OIH - Free Report) tracks MVIS U.S. Listed Oil Services 25 Index. SPDR S&P Oil & Gas Equipment & Services ETF has $407.93 M in assets, VanEck Vectors Oil Services ETF has $1.87 B. XES has an expense ratio of 0.35% and OIH charges 0.35%.
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