For exchange traded funds (ETFs) and the broader market, July was one of the best months in years.

For the month, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 7.8%, its best month since October 2002. The Nasdaq rose 8.2%, and the S&P 500 gained 6.9%.

The top sectors for the month include coal, up 17.2%, biotechnology, up about 12%, and basic materials, up 13.1%. The weakest sectors include natural gas, down 5.9%, and agriculture, down 1.4%.

To view our full July performance report, click here.

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