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The Robust Utility Sector: An Overview of XLU ETF

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In a world filled with market volatility, the utilities sector stands out as a constant. The Utilities Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLU) provides investors with a potential hedge against this uncertainty. This low-cost, easily accessible fund concentrates on the largest U.S. companies in the utilities industry, making it a compelling option for those seeking portfolio diversification.

Investing in XLU: A Comprehensive Snapshot

Launched in 1998, XLU has proven to be a popular choice among investors, with average daily trading volume exceeding 14 million shares in 2023. The Fund has over $14 billion in assets and boasts an impressively low total expense ratio of 0.10%*. Its portfolio comprises 30 companies with a median weighted market cap of $24 billion.

The top 10 holdings** account for nearly 60% of the fund’s assets. These include renowned names like NextEra Energy (13.30%), Southern Company (8.16%), Duke Energy (7.98%), Sempra Energy (5.02%), and American Electric Power (4.56%). These companies are primarily engaged in producing, generating, transmitting, or distributing electricity or natural gas, which are essential services that remain in demand regardless of stock market conditions.

The fund also recognizes the growing importance of renewable energy. As the cost of materials for producing renewable energy has stabilized thanks to tax credits, new developments, and increased production of solar panels and wind farms, this segment of the utility sector is becoming increasingly more viable.

The Case for XLU: Steady Business and High Demand

There are two primary reasons why XLU is an appealing investment. First, the utility sector is known for its steady business model. Most people pay their power bills directly to the provider, ensuring a consistent revenue stream.

Second, the increasing demand for electricity presents significant opportunities for utility companies. As electronic devices and electric vehicles become more prevalent, these companies must invest in infrastructure upgrades and expand their generation capacity to meet the rising energy requirements.

XLU provides robust exposure to large-cap utility companies, which are essential for powering our economy. Its high trading volume benefits both buyers and sellers.

For investors seeking a diversified portfolio, adding a utility sector fund like XLU could be a bright move.

DISCLAIMER: This is a work of research and should not be taken as investment or financial advice. Therefore, Select Sector SPDRs or the publisher is not liable for any decision made based on the publication.

About the Company:

Select Sector SPDR ETFs offer flexibility and customization opportunities. Many investors have similar outlooks, but no two are exactly alike. Select Sector SPDR ETFs let investors select the sectors that best meet their investment goals.

*Ordinary brokerage fees apply

**Holdings, Weightings & Assets as of 12/31/23 subject to change


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All ETFs are subject to risk, including loss of principal. Sector ETF products are also subject to sector risk and nondiversification risk, which generally will result in greater price fluctuations than the overall market. Diversification does not eliminate risk.

An investor should consider investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses carefully before investing. To obtain a prospectus, which contains this and other information, call 1-866-SECTOR-ETF (732-8673) or visit Read the prospectus carefully before investing.

ALPS Portfolio Solutions Distributor, Inc., a registered broker-dealer, is distributor for the Select Sector SPDR Trust.

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*Dan Dolan is a Registered Representative of ALPS Portfolio Solutions Distributor, Inc. ALPS Portfolio Solutions Distributor, Inc., a registered broker-dealer, is the distributor for the Select Sector SPDR Trust.

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