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Brexit Delayed: ETFs & Stocks to Gain

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The Brexit deadline has been put off till Oct 31. This was because ofhuge internal differences in the British parliament asmembers turned down prime minister Theresa May’s EU withdrawal plea for the third time on Mar 29, the day Britain was scheduled to leave the EU (read: Top ETF Stories of March).

If a hard Brexit had been approved, Britain would lose the benefits of free trade within the EU. Since the EU has strong trade ties with Britain, the setting up of new trade barriers could hurt the country’s economy. Already small businesses have pleaded with politicians to come up with an agreement and avoid making no moves in the next six months.

As soon as Britain cuts the cord with the EU, its importance as a corporate transit to the rest of Europe would be lost, noted CNBC in 2016. Many global institutions may even want to shift their base from London to the German capital Frankfurt — another hot spot in the EU.

Against this backdrop, this delay probably has offered some temporary relief to the following ETFs and stocks.

ETFs & Stocks in Focus

Energy

FactSet senior earnings analyst John Butters indicated that U.S. energy sector is pretty exposed to Brexit as theindustry has the highest revenue exposure (6.4%) to the United Kingdom. This puts energy fund Energy Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLE - Free Report) in focus.

Gold Mining

Per an article published on CNBC,Goldman cited thatNewmont Mining Corporation (NEM - Free Report) has about 75% revenue exposure to the United Kingdom. The stock has about 14.1% exposure to iShares MSCI Global Gold Miners ETF (RING - Free Report) where Newmont is the second holding.

Financials

Britain acts as a financial powerhouse of Europe. While the Europe financials stocks and ETFs will bear the direct brunts, other financial ETFs like ETF Industry Exposure & Financial Services ETF (TETF - Free Report) will also come under the spotlight. Invesco Ltd. (IVZ - Free Report) and IHS Markit Ltd. (INFO - Free Report) have about a respective exposure of 19% and 12% to Britain. Needless to say, iShares MSCI Europe Financials ETF (EUFN - Free Report) will gain the most.

Airlines

Airlines could see a significant fall in the “number of people flyingin and out of the UK.”So, dark clouds should be over the airlines ETFU.S. Global Jets ETF (JETS - Free Report) in the near term.

Utilities

Goldman Sachs identified that electric utility PPL Corporation (PPL - Free Report) derives 30% sales from the Great Britain. This stock has more than 5% exposure to John Hancock Multi-Factor Utilities ETF (JHMU - Free Report) .

Pound

British pound dived to a 31-year low when Brexit won the referendum in June 2016. Now, with six more months of lifeline, Invesco CurrencyShares British Pound Sterling Trust (FXB - Free Report) should fare better.

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