Finding Growth in the Consumer Sector

The consumer discretionary ETF that most often comes to mind is the SPDR Consumer Discretionary ETF (XLY). Many of the advisers I speak with use this fund to gain exposure to that sector.

Year to date, the XLY is up 19%, outpacing the benchmark index. The ETF is also outperforming the S&P 500 consumer discretionary sector, which was showing a year-to-date gain of 16.34%. The divergence is largely due to some differences in weightings in top holdings. For example, the S&P consumer discretionary index has McDonald's (MCD) as the top holding, and Comcast (CMCSA) is in the No. 2 spot. That order is reversed within the XLY fund....445 more words left in this article. To read them, just click below and try Real Money FREE for 14 days.

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