The Best Sector ETFs To Buy This Fall (PKB)

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September 19, 2017 6:39am NYSE:PKB


From Zacks: Now that we are about to draw the curtain on the third quarter of 2017, let’s take a look which sectors are trending in the market and may create a boom going into the fourth quarter. This is especially true given the quarter has been quite eventful with two big hurricanes, lots of merger and acquisitions and geopolitical concerns. Let’s delve a little deeper.


While North Korea’s habit of launching missiles is not being viewed as a good sign by the world, it is gainful for U.S. defense ETFs. The login is simple. Any chance of a war calls for more weapons and aerospace, which will boost the sector. Moreover, the sector is undergoing inorganic expansion which should go in favor of funds like Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) ETF SPDR S&P Aerospace & Defense ETF (XAR – Free Report) (read: 3 Top Ranked Aerospace and Defense ETFs For Your Portfolio).


The condition of houses in areas ravaged by back-to-back deadly hurricanes is anybody’s guess. While Hurricane Harvey flooded Texas, Irma demolished Florida, though less than expected. So, the need for reconstruction and remodeling of houses will surely boost housing and construction ETFs.

This makes Zacks Rank #2 (Buy)PowerShares Dynamic Building & Construction Portfolio (PKB – Free Report) andSPDR S&P Homebuilders ETF (XHB – Free Report) top picks (read: Home Retailer ETFs Set to Gain After Harvey).


Hurricane Harvey dented thousands of new vehicles that were in dealership lots, according to a new analysis from Edmunds. These new cars and trucks perhaps “have to be scrapped” as per the CEO of AutoNation.

The car-shopping website estimates that Harvey affected 366,000 new vehicles across Texas. Since several of these are high-profit trucks and SUVs, the trouble is deep for automakers. So, repurchase of cars will gain traction over the medium term on higher replacement demand for the damaged vehicles.

AutoNation’s CEO also emphasized that “there will be a substantial snapback either in the fourth quarter or the first quarter of next year because that’s the American way.” First Trust NASDAQ Global Auto Index Fund (CARZ – Free Report) , a Zacks Rank #2 fund, can thus gain ahead (read: Harvey: Pain or Gain Ahead for Auto Stocks and ETFs?)


Manufacturing activity came in the strongest in six years in August, as per a survey. This clearly tells why industrial ETFs like First Trust Industrials/Producer Durables AlphaDEX Fund (FXR – Free Report) , a Zacks Rank #2 fund, is our pick (read: Here’s an ETF to “Make America Great Again”).

Health Care

The health care sector is pretty steady right now with price-gouging issues retreating in the Trump administration. Along with this, mergers and acquisitions, FDA approvals of several key drugs and therapies are also leading the space.  Biotech stocks were hurt the most  among the S&P 500 members last year. This has probably made the space cheap and helped it to be back with a bang. Overall, Zacks Rank #2 Vanguard Health Care ETF (VHT – Free Report) should be on investors’ radar (read: Should You Keep Your Portfolio Healthy with Biotech ETFs?)


By now, everyone is familiar with the stupendous rise of bitcoin. Though several analysts expressed concerns about overvaluation, one thing is for sure that the concept of cryptocurrencies is here to stay. Like bitcoin, ether or etherum is also popular this year.

Now, mining of cryptocurrencies needs the usage of semiconductors. A hardware known as an ASIC (Application-Specific Integrated Circuit) has been designed exclusively for mining bitcoin. This is where semiconductor companies can gain traction.

Plus, the Semiconductor Industry Association (“SIA”) recently announced that global sales of semiconductors were $33.6 billion in July 2017, marking a year-over-year gain of 24% and a sequential rise of 3.1%. All the key geographies registered both year-over-year and month-over-month increases in July. As a result, Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) ETF iShares PHLX SOX Semiconductor Sector Index Fund (SOXX – Free Report) definitely deserves a look (read: Here’s Why Semiconductor ETFs Could Continue Their Rally).

The PowerShares Dynamic Building & Construction ETF (NYSE:PKB) was unchanged in premarket trading Tuesday. Year-to-date, PKB has gained 8.27%, versus a 12.75% rise in the benchmark S&P 500 index during the same period.

PKB currently has an ETF Daily News SMART Grade of A (Strong Buy), and is ranked #14 of 30 ETFs in the Industrials Equities ETFs category.

This article is brought to you courtesy of Zacks Research.

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