4-Star ETFs Poised to Pop: PowerShares Cleantech

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, the PowerShares Cleantech Portfolio (NYS: PZD) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at PowerShares Cleantech and see what CAPS investors are saying about the ETF right now.

PowerShares Cleantech facts


October 2006

Total Assets

$109 million

Investment Approach

Seeks investment results that correspond to the Cleantech Index, which focuses on leaders in the innovation and commercial deployment of cleantech products across a broad range of industries.

Expense Ratio


Dividend Yield


1-Year / 3-Year / 5-Year Annual Returns

(7.3%) / 7.6% / (0.8%)

Top Holdings with High CAPS Rating (4 or 5 Stars) and Portfolio Weight

Corning (NYS: GLW) (2.8%)

ABB (NYS: ABB) (2.7%)

Johnson Controls (NYS: JCI) (2.7%)


PowerShares Global Clean Energy (NYS: PBD)

Market Vectors Global Alternative Energy (NYS: GEX)

Sources: Morningstar and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 99% of the 216 members who have rated PowerShares Cleantech believe the ETF will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include rcdaddy0609 and All-Star Trimalerus, who is ranked in the top 5% of our community.

Earlier this year, rcdaddy0609 tapped the ETF as an attractive way to go green: "Clean tech is the wave of the present and future. I love the long term growth possibilities for this ETF."

PowerShares Cleantech, in particular, sports an annual turnover ratio of just 24%. That's lower than other clean energy ETFs like PowerShares Global Clean Energy (39%) and Market Vectors Global Alternative Energy (30%).

CAPS All-star Trimalerus elaborates on the bull case:

I think that Alternative Energy will only become more popular as Oil Peak and Global Warming affect our energy supply choices. ETFs are a good way to add diversity while minimizing fees. So I'm snapping up a few Alt Energy focused ETFs with high outperform ratings ... and I'll ride them into our, hopefully much greener future!

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