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Should You Invest in the Invesco DWA Utilities Momentum ETF (PUI)?

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If you're interested in broad exposure to the Utilities - Broad segment of the equity market, look no further than the Invesco DWA Utilities Momentum ETF (PUI - Free Report) , a passively managed exchange traded fund launched on 10/26/2005.

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. Utilities - Broad is one of the 16 broad Zacks sectors within the Zacks Industry classification. It is currently ranked 11, placing it in bottom 31%.

Index Details

The fund is sponsored by Invesco. It has amassed assets over $203.73 M, making it one of the average sized ETFs attempting to match the performance of the Utilities - Broad segment of the equity market. PUI seeks to match the performance of the DWA Utilities Technical Leaders Index before fees and expenses.

The DWA Utilities Technical Leaders Index identifies companies that are showing relative strength and are composed of at least 30 common stocks from a universe of approximately 3,000 common stocks traded on US exchanges.

Costs

When considering an ETF's total return, expense ratios are an important factor, and cheaper funds can significantly outperform their more expensive counterparts in the long term if all other factors remain equal.

Annual operating expenses for this ETF are 0.60%, making it one of the more expensive products in the space.

It has a 12-month trailing dividend yield of 1%.

Sector Exposure and Top Holdings

It is important to delve into an ETF's holdings before investing despite the many upsides to these kinds of funds like diversified exposure, which minimizes single stock risk. And, most ETFs are very transparent products that disclose their holdings on a daily basis.

This ETF has heaviest allocation in the Utilities sector--about 94.20% of the portfolio.

Looking at individual holdings, American Water Works Co Inc (AWK - Free Report) accounts for about 4.19% of total assets, followed by Alliant Energy Corp (LNT - Free Report) and Dte Energy Co (DTE - Free Report) .

The top 10 holdings account for about 37.86% of total assets under management.

Performance and Risk

The ETF has added roughly 13.72% and was up about 25.83% so far this year and in the past one year (as of 06/19/2019), respectively. PUI has traded between $26.94 and $33.03 during this last 52-week period.

The ETF has a beta of 0.30 and standard deviation of 13.92% for the trailing three-year period, making it a medium risk choice in the space. With about 30 holdings, it has more concentrated exposure than peers.

Alternatives

Invesco DWA Utilities Momentum ETF carries a Zacks ETF Rank of 3 (Hold), which is based on expected asset class return, expense ratio, and momentum, among other factors. Thus, PUI is a reasonable option for those seeking exposure to the Utilities/Infrastructure ETFs area of the market. Investors might also want to consider some other ETF options in the space.

Vanguard Utilities ETF (VPU - Free Report) tracks MSCI US Investable Market Utilities 25/50 Index and the Utilities Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLU - Free Report) tracks Utilities Select Sector Index. Vanguard Utilities ETF has $3.87 B in assets, Utilities Select Sector SPDR Fund has $10.14 B. VPU has an expense ratio of 0.10% and XLU charges 0.13%.

Bottom Line

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