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ETF Leaders During the Sell-Off

|Includes:ECH, Vanguard Extended Duration Treasury ETF (EDV), GDX, GXG, IIH, THD, TLO, TLT, XLP

Since hitting a high on April 23, the S&P 500 is down 12% as many of its peers around the globe have fared even worse. So which ETFs have been able to hold up the best?

 

A look at the best of breed since 4/23 as broken down by asset type.

 

Sector ETFs

 

Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSEARCA:GDX) – No big surprise here considering gold’s rise during the sell-off.

 

HOLDRS Internet Infrastructure ETF (NYSE:IIH) – Virtually no volume for this $3 ETF that has 89% of its assets in two stocks: Verisign and Akamai Technologies.

 

SPDRs Consumer Staples ETF (NYSEARCA:XLP) – When the word recession begins to make its way back into investors vocabulary the consumer staple stocks become attractive again.

 

Single-County ETFs

 

iShares MSCI Chile ETF (NYSEARCA:ECH) – The best of the worst. All ETFs in this category were in the red, but ECH only lost 1.5% as it consolidates for nearly six months.

 

iShares Thailand ETF (NYSEARCA:THD) – This one does surprise me, but clearly it outperformed its peers in Asia, only losing 2.5%.

 

Global X InterBolsa Columbia 20 ETF (NYSEARCA:GXG) – Thinly traded ETF that has experienced some wild swings over the last month, but only down 4%.

 

Fixed Income ETFs

 

Vanguard Extended Duration ETF (NYSEARCA:EDV) – A big move of 13% as volume has picked up for the long-term bond ETF.

 

iShares Barclays 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF (NYSEARCA:TLT) – Gained 7%, but is off the recent highs near $100/share. I would look to sell into the strength.

 

SPDR Long Term Treasury ETF (NYSEARCA:TLO) – A consistent theme in this category as the long-term government bonds have been the winners as equities fell.

 

Disclosure: Long GDX
Stocks: EDV, TLO, TLT, GXG, THD, ECH, IIH, XLP, GDX