The Invesco S&P 500 Equal Weight Utilities ETF (RYU) was launched on 11/01/2006, and is a passively managed exchange traded fund designed to offer broad exposure to the Utilities – Broad segment of the equity market.
Passively managed ETFs are becoming increasingly popular with institutional as well as retail investors due to their low cost, transparency, flexibility and tax efficiency. They are excellent vehicles for long term investors.
Sector ETFs also provide investors access to a broad group of companies in particular sectors that offer low risk and diversified exposure. Utilities – Broad is one of the 16 broad Zacks sectors within the Zacks Industry classification. It is currently ranked 9, placing it in bottom 44%.
The fund is sponsored by Invesco. It has amassed assets over $335.63 million, making it one of the average sized ETFs attempting to match the performance of the Utilities – Broad segment of the equity market. RYU seeks to match the performance of the S&P 500 Equal Weight Telecommunication Services & Utilities Index before fees and expenses.
The S&P 500 Equal Weight Telecommunication Services & Utilities Index equally weights stocks found in the utilities and telecommunication services sectors of the S&P 500 Index.
Investors should also pay attention to an ETF’s expense ratio. Lower cost products will produce better results than those with a higher cost, assuming all other metrics remain the same.
Annual operating expenses for this ETF are 0.40%, making it one of the cheaper products in the space.
It has a 12-month trailing dividend yield of 2.13%.
Sector Exposure and Top Holdings
Even though ETFs offer diversified exposure which minimizes single stock risk, it is still important to look into a fund’s holdings before investing. Luckily, most ETFs are very transparent products that disclose their holdings on a daily basis.
This ETF has heaviest allocation in the Utilities sector–about 100% of the portfolio.
Looking at individual holdings, Atmos Energy Corp (ATO) accounts for about 4.14% of total assets, followed by Sempra Energy (SRE) and Nisource Inc (NI).
The top 10 holdings account for about 38.49% of total assets under management.
Performance and Risk
The ETF has added roughly 10.74% and was up about 18.27% so far this year and in the past one year (as of 04/20/2022), respectively. RYU has traded between $102.46 and $125.11 during this last 52-week period.
The ETF has a beta of 0.48 and standard deviation of 25.14% for the trailing three-year period, making it a medium risk choice in the space. With about 30 holdings, it has more concentrated exposure than peers.
Invesco S&P 500 Equal Weight Utilities ETF carries a Zacks ETF Rank of 3 (Hold), which is based on expected asset class return, expense ratio, and momentum, among other factors. Thus, RYU is a sufficient option for those seeking exposure to the Utilities/Infrastructure ETFs area of the market. Investors might also want to consider some other ETF options in the space.
Vanguard Utilities ETF (VPU) tracks MSCI US Investable Market Utilities 25/50 Index and the Utilities Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLU) tracks Utilities Select Sector Index. Vanguard Utilities ETF has $6.36 billion in assets, Utilities Select Sector SPDR ETF has $15.42 billion. VPU has an expense ratio of 0.10% and XLU charges 0.10%.
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