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The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: SPDR Health Care Select Sector Fund, SPDR S&P 500, SPDRS&P Biotech ETF, PowerShares S&P SmallCap Health Care Portfolio and PowerShares Dynamic Biotechnology & Genome Portfolio
Date:8/28/2013

Biotechnology Select Industry Index (read: Biotechnology ETF Investing 101). The product has $926.9 million in AUM and trades more than a quarter million in volume a day, while its cost is just 35 basis points a year.

XBI is an equal weighted ETF, spreading out assets across roughly 57 firms. No single company accounts for more than 2.93% of the portfolio. The fund allocates half of the assets in small cap securities while large cap takes just 14% share.

In terms of performance, the product generated more than 27% returns year-to-date and 21% in the trailing one-year period.

PowerShares S&P SmallCap Health Care Portfolio (Nasdaq: PSCH-Free Report)

This ETF tracks the S&P SmallCap 600 Capped Health Care Index and holds 66 securities in its basket. It is unpopular having amassed $119.6 million in asset base and trading in volume of less than 15,000 shares per day, while charging a relatively low 29 bps a year in fees.

From a securities look, the product is somewhat concentrated across each security as the top three holdings – Salix Pharmaceuticals, Cubist Pharmaceuticals and Centene Corp. – together make up for 14.5% share in the basket. PSCH is a small cap centric fund accounting for at least 85% of the assets.

Additionally, the fund is relatively well spread out from an industry perspective holding relatively equal portions of companies in the medical equipment, services, pharma, and biotech spaces. The ETF is up about 26.22% so far this year and 22.33% in the trailing one-year period.

PowerShares Dynamic Biotechnology & Genome Portfolio (AMEX:

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