Morningstar Rating

ETF Research and Analysis

by Robert Goldsborough
Suitability
Investors seeking industrials-sector exposure can consider the sector-specific exchange-traded fund Industrial Select Sector SPDR XLI. This ETF holds aerospace and defense firms (26% of assets), industrial conglomerates   Read more 

Bull Case

This ETF is very liquid, with an average of 9.6 million shares traded daily.
The automotive, manufacturing, and transport segments of the U.S. industrials sector all have shown signs of strength of late.
The housing sector appears to be starting another rebound. Read more 

Bear Case

The aerospace and U.S. nonresidential construction segments have continued to struggle.
Defense companies can alter the expected cyclical performance of XLI and currently are facing reduced government spending because of sequestration.
Europe and China remain weak. Read more 

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