There were 192 U.S.-traded ETFs/ETNs with a positive total return through the year-to-date at the end of October, including about nine ETFs that were up more than 10%, according to equity analyst Tom Graves, CFA, of S&P Capital IQ in a report released Friday. In comparison, 402 had a negative total return, 186 of which were down more than 10%.
Also though the year-to-date, S&P Capital IQ’s MarketScope Advisor (MSA) database shows 163 domestic ETFs/ETNs with positive total returns, while 155 were in negative territory. In comparison, there were only 20 international or global ETFs/ETNS with a total return above 0%, while 234 had a negative return, according to Graves.
Furthermore, among the 275 ETFs/ETNs with a 12-month yield of more than 2%, only about 28% of them had a positive total return, the analyst says.
Among the year’s nine top-performing ETFs, three were in the utilities sector, two in health care, two in financials, one in consumers staples, and one in consumer discretionary.
The largest of the top-ranked ETFs (based on market capitalization), was the Utilities Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLU), at $4.6 billion, and the smallest was PowerShares Active U.S. Real Estate Fund (PSR), at $18 million.