ETF SpotlightETF Spotlight on SPDR S&P Metals & Mining (NYSEArca: XME), part of a weekly series.

Assets: $782 million

Objective: Tracks the S&P Metals & Mining Select Industry Index.

Holdings: Companies involved in the production and mining of metals, including Alcoa (NYSE: AA), Arch Coal (NYSE: ACI) and Massey Energy (NYSE: MEE). The fund is weighted 74% in materials and 26% in energy.

What You Should Know

  • Has 25 holdings
  • XME comes with a 0.35% expense ratio
  • It’s an equity-based commodity ETF, so there are no futures contracts or physical holdings
  • Hard assets are a great option to diversify portfolios, yield competitive returns, hedge against inflation, give exposure to key global economic sectors, and complements other alternative investments [Mining ETFs: Time to shine?]

The Latest News

  • XME is up 17.9% in the last month
  • Metals and mining encompasses extraction, as well as primary and secondary processing of metals and minerals, reports Zacks
  • The auto and construction industries have typically been the biggest drivers of metal consumption, accounting for at least 50% of total demand [Benefits of hard assets.]
  • Other industries utilizing metal include energy, electrical equipment, agriculture and industrial machinery [Metal investing opportunities.]

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