Spotlight On ProShares Credit Suisse 130/30 ETF

Oct.25.11 | About: ProShares Large (CSM)

ETF spotlight on ProShares Credit Suisse 130/30 ETF (NYSEARCA:CSM), part of an ongoing series.

Assets: $108.16 million.

Objective: The ProShares Credit Suisse 130/30 tries to reflect the performance of the Credit Suisse 130/30 Large-Cap Index, which replicates an investment strategy that takes long and short positions in select securities from the 500 largest U.S. stocks in attempt to outperform the broad large-cap universe.

So-called 130/30 funds have been popular with institutional investors, and some exchange traded funds have incorporated the strategy. The funds are designed to beat an index by shorting 30% and using the proceeds to increase the long side of the portfolio to 130%. The net market exposure is 100%. The funds are designed to deliver outperformance, or alpha.

In CSM, the tracking index put together by Credit Suisse ranks large-cap stocks, and those with the lowest scores are shorted. Investors who short a security are attempting to profit by a decline in its price.

CSM has posted a one-year gain of 8.8%, compared with an 8.2% advance for the S&P 500, according to Morningstar.

Holdings: Top holdings include: Exxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE:XOM) 2.79%, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) 2.28%, Chevron Corp. (NYSE:CVX) 1.57%, Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ:MSFT) 1.51% and AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) 1.43%.

What You Should Know:

  • ProShares sponsors the fund.
  • CSM has an expense ratio of 0.95%.
  • The fund is up 6.83% over the last month, down 7.77% over the past three months and up 0.43% year-to-date. In comparison, the S&P 500 is up 0.07% year-to-date.
  • The ETF utilizes a rules-based ranking and weighting methodology that tries to qualitatively construct a 130/30 U.S. large-cap equity strategy.
  • The Index tries to hold a 130% long exposure in attractive stock picks and hold a 30% short exposure to unattractive stocks.
  • The fund is rebalanced on a monthly basis.
  • CSM’s goal is to provide, but not guarantee, incremental risk-adjusted outperformance as compared to the universe of 500 largest U.S. market-cap equities.
  • First Trust manages KEYnotes First Trust Enhanced 130/30 Large Cap Index ETF (NYSEARCA:JFT), an exchange traded note that uses a similar approach.

The Latest News:

  • CSM recently crossed over its 200-day exponential moving average.
  • The markets are waiting on news from the Eurozone summit that will take place on Wednesday.
  • Some observers note that the markets have already priced in the worse-case-scenario, WSJ.com reports.
  • “The equity markets are pricing a very negative scenario, so even a mediocre outcome that avoids a messy default in Greece should be enough to trigger a sustained equity rally,” strategists at Lloyds Bank wrote in a note.
  • Additionally, equity ETFs could see moves later this week when markets get a report on third-quarter U.S. economic growth.

ProShares Credit Suisse 130/30 ETF

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Max Chen contributed to this article.

Disclosure: None