The Danger Zone Pick: 12/10/12

The utilities sector is in the Danger Zone this week.

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Sector Rankings For ETFs & Mutual Funds

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At the outset of the fourth quarter of 2012, only a single 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.

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Best and Worst Funds: Consumer Staples Sector

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Consumer Staples is one of my top-ranked sectors. As detailed here, only it and the Information Technology sector get my Attractive rating. Sector ratings, like fund ratings, are based on aggre­ga­tion of my rat­ings for each of the stocks.

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“Predictive” ETF & Mutual Fund Rating Methodology

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QUESTION: Why should fund investors rely on backward-looking NAV trends?
ANSWER: They should not.

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Cutting Thru the Smoke in the Energy Sector

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Two of the three stocks added to our large/mid cap Most Dangerous stocks list for November are from the energy sector. Those stocks are Energy XXI (Bermuda) Ltd. (EXXI) and Superior Energy Services (SPN) – both get my very dangerous rating as do all of the Most Dangerous stocks.
All of the energy sec­tor ETFs get a dan­ger­ous rat­ing, which means you should sell them.

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Total Annual Costs Ratings Methodology for Predictive Fund Rating

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Total Annual Costs used to rate a fund’s expenses reflects the all-in cost of a minimum investment in each fund assuming a 3-yr holding period, the average holding period for mutual funds.
This rating reflects all expenses, loads, fees and transaction costs in a single value that is comparable across all funds.
Our goal is to give investors as accurate a measure as possible of the cost of investing in every fund to determine whether this cost of active management is worth paying.

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3Q11 Sector ETF Rankings: Chips and Dips Rise To The Top

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The consumer staples and information technology sectors are tops among the ten major sectors. Both get our “attractive” rating. Our Sector Roadmap report ranks and rates all of the 10 sectors. It also benchmarks all sectors against the S&P 500, which gets our “neutral” rating and the Russell 2000, which gets our “dangerous” rating.

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Lots Of Ugly in Energy ETFs

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We recommend investors avoid all energy sector ETFs. We found no ETFs in the sector that offer investors attractive investment merit and acceptable structural integrity. We also rate the investment merit of the top-9 energy sector ETFs.

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Some Good In Telecom Sector ETFs

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Broadband HOLDRS (BDH) is our top pick for telecom sector ETFs. We also rate the investment merit of the top-3 telecom sector ETFs. Per our first-quarter-2011 review of U.S. Equity Sector ETFs, the telecom sector is one of five sectors that gets our “neutral” rating. Figure 2 shows how the telecom sector’s stocks and the…

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Bad and Ugly Materials Sector ETFs

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We recommend investors avoid all materials sector ETFs. We found no ETFs in the materials sector that offer investors attractive investment merit and acceptable structural integrity. We rate the investment merit of the top-6 materials sector ETFs.

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Bad and Ugly In Utility Sector ETFs

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We recommend investors avoid all utility sector ETFs. We found no ETFs in the utility sector that offer investors attractive investment merit and acceptable structural integrity. We rate the investment merit of the top-5 utility sector ETFs.

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