One of the first places you might look is in the Merrill Lynch Internet HOLDRs (HHH). There, you will find Yahoo (YHOO), eBay (EBAY), Amazon (AMZN) and E-Trade (ET), but no Google. To be fair, though, Google had not gone public yet when HHH was created, which explains its absence.
So where can you find Google within the Internet sub-sector?
Google makes a heavy presence in the First Trust Dow Jones Internet Index (FDN) where it is the largest holding at a 10.6% weighting. Gary Gordon of ETF Guide points out that thanks to Google’s domination, FDN outperforms HHH. However, we find that the impressive Merrill Lynch Internet Architecture HOLDRS (IAH), which contains IBM (IBM), Cisco (CSCO), Apple (AAPL) and EMC (EMC), tops FDN. Yet we don’t get a larger picture because Gordon doesn’t mention any other ETFs where you can spot Google.
Besides FDN, you can find Google in the Technology Select Sector SPDR (XLK), where it’s the ninth largest holding, weighing in at 4.2%. It’s also in the iShares Dow Jones U.S. Technology (IYW). Here, Google is the sixth largest holding, with a 5.5% weighting.
So while you might think having the 800-pound gorilla Google in your corner will assure the best performance, it just goes to show that you can never be sure.
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