4-Star ETFs Poised to Pop: Energy Select Sector SPDR

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, the Energy Select Sector SPDR Fund (ASE: XLE) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Energy Select Sector SPDR facts


December 1998

Total Assets

$6.45 billion

Investment Approach

Seeks to replicate the Energy Select Sector Index, which contains companies that primarily develop oil and natural gas, as well as provide drilling and other energy-related services.

Expense Ratio


Dividend Yield


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

7.6% / 11.8% / 4.2%

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

ExxonMobil (NYS: XOM) (18.4%)
Chevron (NYS: CVX) (14.3%)
Schlumberger (NYS: SLB) (7.1%)


iShares S&P Global Energy (ASE: IXC)
SPDR S&P Oil & Gas Exploration & Production (ASE: XOP)

Sources: Morningstar and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 93% of the 657 members who have rated Energy Select Sector SPDR believe the ETF will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include imajerbear and StavrosW.

Having gotten on board last year, imajerbear summed up the opportunity:

Energy is one of the long term places to be. I feel that we are 15 to 20 years out from alt energy making significant inroads on oil and gas usage. Barring a global meltdown, oil can only go up. ... Too many people not enough energy.

Energy Select Sector SPDR, in particular, sports a low expense ratio of 0.20%. That's cheaper than that of other energy ETFs like iShares S&P Global Energy (0.48%) and SPDR S&P Oil & Gas Exploration & Production (0.35%).

CAPS member StavrosW elaborates on the bull case:

Nowhere do the simple rules of supply & demand present themselves more evidently than in energy. Energy is driven by oil right now, which we all know is of a very limited quantity. This is a no-loss situation if you are a long term player. ... [W]ith a ever growing global community, increasing demands on energy, no real alternative as of yet, and a very limited supply, this one is a winner.

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