4-Star ETFs Poised to Pop: iShares S&P Global Consumer Staples

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, iShares S&P Global Consumer Staples (NYS: KXI) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at iShares S&P Global Consumer Staples and see what CAPS investors are saying about the ETF right now.

iShares S&P Global Consumer Staples facts


September 2006

Total Assets

$447 million

Investment Approach

Seeks investment results that correspond to the S&P Global 1200 Consumer Staples Sector Index, which includes companies in the following industries: manufacturers and distributors of food; producers of non-durable household goods; and food and drug retailers.

Expense Ratio


Dividend Yield


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

11.2% / 15.5% / 6.8%

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

Procter & Gamble (NYS: PG) (7.2%)
Philip Morris International (NYS: PM) (5.4%)
Wal-Mart (NYS: WMT) (4.2%)


Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR (NYS: XLP)
Vanguard Consumer Staples (NYS: VDC)

Sources: Morningstar and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 95% of the 64 members who have rated iShares S&P Global Consumer Staples believe the ETF will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include Willuminati and midwestrunner.

Having gotten on board a few years ago, Willuminati tapped the ETF as a solid defensive selection: "Safer play for turbulent times. Pretty good way to invest in all of your favorite global consumer staples."

In fact, iShares S&P Global Consumer Staples sports a portfolio whose stocks average historical earnings growth of 19%. That's higher than that of ETF peers like Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR (9%) and Vanguard Consumer Staples (10%).

CAPS member midwestrunner elaborates on the bull case:

This ETF tracks S&P's global consumer staples index. [I]ndividuals ... will still need to eat, wash themselves and splurge on the occasional cocktail -- all of which benefits [iShares S&P Global Consumer Staples]. Consumer staples is a place for investors to go when they are worried about the stock market while still looking for something else besides cash or gold.

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