VanEck Refreshes Alternative Energy ETF, Changes Ticker to “SMOG”

The VanEck Vectors Global Alternative Energy ETF is now the VanEck Vectors Low Carbon Energy ETF (NYSEARCA: SMOG), a change that took place earlier this week. The smartly-tickered SMOG tracks the Ardour Global Index  Extra Liquid (AGIXLT).

“The index is intended to track the overall performance of low carbon energy companies which are those companies primarily engaged in alternative energy which includes power derived principally from bio-fuels (such as ethanol), wind, solar, hydro and geothermal sources and also includes the various technologies that support the production, use and storage of these sources,” according to VanEck.

One of the qualifiers for admission to SMOG is that “global companies must derive at least 50% of total revenues from low carbon energy (i.e., alternative energy) to be added to the Index,” notes VanEck.

SMOG features exposure to stocks from about 10 countries, but U.S. names command two-thirds of the fund’s weight. Ametek Inc. (NYSE: AME), Eaton Corp. (NYSE: ETN) and Tesla Inc. (NASDAQ: TSLA) combine for over 30% of SMOG’s weight.

Earlier this month, shares of Tesla rallied after the electric automaker reported record production and delivery numbers during the second quarter, earning praise from market analysts and automotive executives alike.

Earlier this year, CEO Elon Musk said Tesla would not be able to produce a profit in the first quarter of 2019. Despite the negative outlook for profitability in the first quarter, Musk was more optimistic about the company churning a profit in the second quarter.

“As climate change and its potential solutions have become more present in our global discourse, the language used by those within the energy sector, as well as those investing in it, has changed and evolved,” said VanEck’s Ed Lopez in a statement. “What used to be referred to as ‘alternative energy’ is now more commonly referred to as ‘green,’ ‘clean’ or ‘renewable,’ and numerous large public companies in the energy space have acquiesced to investor demands to set more stringent, low carbon, emission standards.”

SMOG holds 30 stocks, about half of which are industrial names. Technology is the fund’s second-largest sector weight at 27.1%.

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