Industrials Sector 3Q19: Best and Worst

The Industrials sector ranks fifth out of the 11 sectors as detailed in our 3Q19 Sector Ratings for ETFs and Mutual Funds report. Last quarter, the Industrials sector ranked seventh. It gets our Neutral rating, which is based on an aggregation of ratings of the 422 stocks in the Industrials sector as of July 11, 2019. See a recap of our 2Q19 Sector Ratings here.

Figures 1 and 2 show the five best and worst rated ETFs and mutual funds in the sector. Not all Industrials sector ETFs and mutual funds are created the same. The number of holdings varies widely (from 21 to 358). This variation creates drastically different investment implications and, therefore, ratings.

Investors seeking exposure to the Industrials sector should buy one of the Attractive-or-better rated ETFs or mutual funds from Figures 1 and 2.

Our Robo-Analyst technology[1] empowers our unique ETF and mutual fund rating methodology, which leverages our rigorous analysis of each fund’s holdings.[2] We think advisors and investors focused on prudent investment decisions should include analysis of fund holdings in their research process for ETFs and mutual funds.

Figure 1: ETFs with the Best & Worst Ratings – Top 5

* Best ETFs exclude ETFs with TNAs less than $100 million for inadequate liquidity.

Sources: New Constructs, LLC and company filings

Four ETFs (JETS, HECO, JHMI, FTXR) are excluded from Figure 1 because their total net assets (TNA) are below $100 million and do not meet our liquidity minimums.

Figure 2: Mutual Funds with the Best & Worst Ratings

* Best mutual funds exclude funds with TNAs less than $100 million for inadequate liquidity.

Sources: New Constructs, LLC and company filings

ICTRX is excluded from Figure 2 because its total net assets (TNA) are below $100 million and do not meet our liquidity minimums.

XHB is the top-rated Industrials ETF and FSLEX is the top-rated Industrials mutual fund. XHB earns a Very Attractive rating and FSLEX earns an Attractive rating.

EVX is the worst rated Industrials ETF and PGIAX is the worst rated Industrials mutual fund. EVX earns an Unattractive rating and PGIAX earns a Very Unattractive rating.

422 stocks of the 2800+ we cover are classified as Industrials stocks.

The Danger Within

Buying a fund without analyzing its holdings is like buying a stock without analyzing its business and finances. Put another way, research on fund holdings is necessary due diligence because a fund’s performance is only as good as its holdings’ performance. Don’t just take our word for it, see what Barron’s says on this matter.

PERFORMANCE OF HOLDINGs = PERFORMANCE OF FUND

Analyzing each holding within funds is no small task. Our Robo-Analyst technology enables us to perform this diligence with scale and provide the research needed to fulfill the fiduciary duty of care. More of the biggest names in the financial industry (see At BlackRock, Machines Are Rising Over Managers to Pick Stocks) are now embracing technology to leverage machines in the investment research process. Technology may be the only solution to the dual mandate for research: cut costs and fulfill the fiduciary duty of care. Investors, clients, advisors and analysts deserve the latest in technology to get the diligence required to make prudent investment decisions.

Figures 3 and 4 show the rating landscape of all Industrials ETFs and mutual funds.

Figure 3: Separating the Best ETFs From the Worst ETFs

Sources: New Constructs, LLC and company filings

Figure 4: Separating the Best Mutual Funds from the Worst Mutual Funds

Sources: New Constructs, LLC and company filings