At the beginning of the first quarter of 2016, only the Consumer Staples sector earns an Attractive-or-better rating. Our sector ratings are based on the aggregation of our fund ratings for every ETF and mutual fund in each sector.
Despite what management or Wall Street says, 1+1 does not equal 3 for most mergers. Newell Rubbermaid (NWL) recently announced intention to acquire Jarden Corporation (JAH) is a perfect example of 1+1 < 2. The acquisition between two companies previously in the Danger Zone is in the Danger Zone this week.
Figure 1 compares 10 companies that make common kitchen products on the basis of return on invested capital (ROIC) and price to economic book value (PEBV).
Without careful footnotes research, investors would never know the amount of employee stock options that decrease the amount of future cash flow available to shareholders by diluting the value of existing shares.
At the outset of the 3Q2013, only the Consumer Staples sector earns an Attractive rating. My sector ratings are based on the aggregation of my fund ratings for every ETF and mutual fund in each sector.
We remove all income and losses from discontinued operations in calculating operating profit because this income/loss will not recur in the future, and we are looking for the true profitability of the continuing and core operations of a company.
Fund holdings affect fund performance more than fees or past performance. A cheap fund is not necessarily a good fund. A fund that has done well in the past is not likely to do well in the future. Yet, traditional fund research focuses only on low fees and past performance.
Fund holdings affect fund performance more than fees or past performance. A cheap fund is not necessarily a good fund.
Our research on fund holdings enables investors to find funds with high quality holdings – AND – low fees.
Only one sector, Consumer Staples, earns my Attractive rating. See Figure 1 for my rankings of all ten sectors. My sector ratings are based on the aggregation of my fund ratings for every ETF and mutual fund in each 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.
Select Sector SPDR-Consumer Staples (XLP) is our top pick for consumer staples sector ETFs. XLP is one of four ETFs, out of the 270 we currently cover, to get our very attractive rating. We also rate the investment merit of the top five consumer staple sector ETFs.