Before you take a bite out of that hot dog, or another sip of Budweiser, did you consider that what you are consuming may be beneficial to your exchange traded fund (ETF) portfolio?

PowerShares Dynamic Food And Beverage (PBJ) is about as patriotic a fund as it gets, with lots of the uniquely American brands you grew up with as part of the basket. Some of the more familiar names include Kellogg (K) at 4.8%, Anheuser Busch (BUD) at 4.9%, and McDonald’s (MCD) at 5.2%. The fund is down 10.1% year-to-date.

PowerShares Dynamic Leisure and Entertainment (PEJ) may stand to benefit if those higher gas prices keep some of you indoors. Couch potatoes can help shoot CBS (CBS) up while you watch the re-run marathon…or something. The fund is down 19.2% year-to-date.

If think think you’re saving a few bucks by not hitting the highway, a Labor Department study showed that the rising cost of bread, cheese and propane is still going to make this year’s holiday more expensive than the last year, report Alan Bjerga and Shruti Date Singh for Bloomberg. Bread is 16% more expensive; cheese is 14% costlier and snack foods are up 7.4%. The propane to grill that burger is going to set you back 29% more.

Whatever you do on the Fourth of July, take care. ETF Trends wishes you a nice holiday!


The opinions and forecasts expressed herein are solely those of Tom Lydon, and may not actually come to pass. Information on this site should not be used or construed as an offer to sell, a solicitation of an offer to buy, or a recommendation for any product.

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