Semiconductor ETFs Hit the Power Button | ETF Trends

After a decline in 2009, the semiconductor exchange traded funds (ETFs) have staged a turnaround in the last half of 2010. Is any momentum left for 2011?

Last year was tough for many sectors, and semiconductors were no exception. But those days may be a distant memory now.

Revenue for the semiconductor industry is up 31.5%, from 2009 lows. The industry grew $71.9 billion in 2010 – the largest single dollar increase for the semiconductor industry in any one year, says Sophia Meng for The International Business Times. The industry at large for semis reached a milestone $300.3 billion. [Semiconductor ETFs Face Choppy Waters.]

It’s been called a landmark year for the sector. Pent-up demand, a rising middle class in emerging markets and a growing global PC market helped keep companies like Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) in solid shape. [Semiconductor ETFs Hit Refresh Button.]

If you’re interested in exposure to semiconductors, check out ETFs like SPDR S&P Semiconductor (NYSEArca: XSD), which is up 24.7% in the last year, or PowerShares Dynamic Semiconductors (NYSEArca: PSI), up 30% in the last year. If you’re really bullish, check out ProShares Ultra Semiconductors (NYSEArca: USD) or Direxion Daily Semiconductor Bull 3x Shares (NYSEArca: SOXL).

    Tisha Guerrero contributed to this article.

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