Best & Worst ETFs & Mutual Funds: Industrials Sector

The Industrials sector ranks fourth out of the ten sectors as detailed in my sector roadmap. It gets my Neutral rating, which is based on aggregation of ratings of 16 ETFs and 18 mutual funds in the Industrials sector as of April 16, 2012.

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Best & Worst ETFs & Mutual Funds: Technology Sector

The Information Technology sector ranks 3rd out of the ten sectors as detailed in my sector roadmap. It gets my Neutral rating, which is based on aggregation of ratings of 28 ETFs and 151 mutual funds in the Information Technology sector as of April 16th, 2012.

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Best & Worst ETFs & Mutual Funds: Health Care Sector

The Health Care sector ranks 2nd out of the ten sectors as detailed in my sector roadmap. It gets my Neutral rating, which is based on aggregation of ratings of 22 ETFs and 86 mutual funds in the Health Care sector as of April 13, 2012.

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Best & Worst ETFs & Mutual Funds: Consumer Staples Sector

The Consumer Staples sector ranks first out of the ten sectors as detailed in my sector roadmap. It gets my Attractive rating, which is based on the aggregation of my ratings for 10 Consumer Staples ETFs and 9 Consumer Staples mutual funds as of April 12, 2012. Reports on the best & worst ETFs and mutual funds in every sector and style are on my blog and MarketWatch’s Trading Deck.

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Best & Worst Sector ETFs & Mutual Funds

The best ETFs and mutual funds have high-quality holdings and low costs. As detailed in “A cheap fund is not always a good fund”, there are few funds that have both good holdings and low costs. There are lots of cheap funds, but there are too few funds with high-quality holdings.

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Roadmap to the Best & Worst Sectors for Funds 2Q12

Only one sector, Consumer Staples, earns my Attractive rating. See Figure 1 for my ranking of all ten sectors. My sector ratings are based on the aggregation of my fund ratings for every ETF and mutual fund in each each sector.

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Microsoft (MSFT): Very Attractive Rating — for Ask Matt Readers

MSFT gets my best rating because the company’s ROIC, at 72%, ranks 8th in the S&P 500 while its stock price (~$31.52/share) implies the company’s profits will permanently decline by about 20%. High profitability and low valuation create excellent risk/reward in a stock. Here is my free report on MSFT.

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How To Avoid the Worst ETFs

From the start, avoid any ETFs below a $100 million market cap. Anything smaller puts you at risk of inadequate liquidity, too large a bid/ask spread and tracking error. Even $100 million can be too low. The bigger the market cap the less trading risk. There are plenty of free services that allow you to screen out the smaller ETFs and minimize your trading risk.
The focus of this article, however, is investing risk or the relative investment potential of the ETF.

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How To Find the Best ETFs

First, you need to determine the category or sector to which you want exposure.
Then, you determine which ETFs, within the category or sector you like, are the best …this can be the hard part.

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Front Run Buffett: Buy Scripps Networks Interactive (SNI)

I recommend investors buy stock in Scripp Networks Interactive (SNI) before Mr. Buffett buys the whole company.

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New Constructs’ Offerings: Company valuation models

Our Company Valuation models are very sophisticated discounted cash flow and earnings quality models.
An enormous amount of works goes into every model. I wish I could offer a short-cut (beyond our ratings and reports) for understanding our models.

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New Constructs’ Offerings: Website Overview

Here is a quick guide to the basics of the New Constructs website.

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Flaws In Traditional Fund Research Should Not Be Tolerated

Investors deserve truly independent research on funds. I show they are not getting it from Morningstar.

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The Most Attractive ETFs for March

My ratings on ETFs are unique because they are based on my stock ratings for each of a fund’s holdings.
Analyzing and rating an ETF based on its holdings delivers many interesting insights:

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Bank Of America (BAC): Very Dangerous Rating — for Ask Matt Readers

Bank Of America (BAC) gets our Very Dangerous rating because it has misleading earnings and a very expensive valuation. Here is my free report on BAC.

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The Most Dangerous ETFs For March

My ratings on ETFs are unique because they are based on my stock ratings for each of a fund’s holdings.
Ergo, the “Most Dangerous” ETFs allocate the most capital to stocks on March’s Most Dangerous Stocks list, which is available for non-subscribers as of today. There are 40 stocks on the Most Dangerous list every month.

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YUM! Brands, Inc. (YUM): Attractive Rating — for Ask Matt Readers

YUM! Brands, Inc. (YUM) bet my Attractive rating. Here is a free copy of my report on YUM.

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Get Off the SBUX Bandwagon Before It Crashes

Be wary of advice from the bandwagon riders. They care more about getting more people in the bandwagon than anything else.
The Starbucks (SBUX) bandwagon is a big one. I am not on it.

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Matt Taibbi of Rolling Stone References My Article on BAC’s New Fees

Always flattered when a journalist, especially one as famous and respected at Mr. Taibbi, references my work. His article “Bank of America In Trouble?” incorporated the meat of my “Raising Fees Is A Desperate Measure: Sell BAC” article.

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Sell BAC: Management Is Running Out of Gimmicks

Year to date, Bank Of America (BAC) stock is up nearly 45% compared to the S&P at +about 8%. BAC stock has bounced back nicely after dropping precipitously at the end of last year.
I would call the 45% bounce a “dead cat” bounce because I expect the stock to fall right back to $5/share, where it bottomed last Thanksgiving, or lower.

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