Surprise ETF Losers From Oil’s Decline

The United States Oil Fund (NYSEArca: USO) tumbled nearly 5% on Monday on volume that was about 50% higher than the daily average, bringing its three month loss north of 39%.

As has been widely noted as USO and other futures-based oil ETFs have plunged, there have been plenty of other ETF victims. That list includes sector, international and single-country funds. It turns out that high-yielding private equity ETFs have also been crimped by oil’s slide. [Oil Saps Frontier Market ETFs]

While nearly as startling as oil’s decline, the PowerShares Global Listed Private Equity Portfolio (NYSEArca: PSP) and the ProShares Global listed Private Equity ETF (BATS: PEX) have shed an average of 3.3% over the past 90 days, declines that are all the more disappointing when looking at a 6.4% jump for the Financial Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLF).

Private equity firms, including some that dot the lineups of PEX and PSP are major energy investors. Apollo Global Management (NYSE: APO), Blackstone (NYSE: BX) and Carlyle Group (NYSE: CG) are among the private equity firms that have lost $11.7 billion in bets on 27 publicly traded energy companies since June, report Devin Banerjee and David Carey for Bloomberg.

The $528.7 million PSP, which allocates over 60% of its weight to buyout firms based outside of the U.S., features a 5.1% weight to a Blackstone derivatives product as well as a combined 4.7% weight to shares of Apollo, Carlyle and Blackstone.