The top exchange-traded funds

Ranked by three-year total returns

Apr 16, 2014 @ 10:32 am

FundNet assets ($M)YTD return1-year return3-year return5-year returnExpense ratio*
PowerShares Dynamic Pharmaceuticals Portfolio (PJP)$1,189.43.75%41.25%34.21%32.73%0.63%
iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology ETF (IBB)$5,821.81.14%43.47%33.74%28.17%0.48%
SPDR S&P Biotech ETF (XBI)$1,481.75.75%38.39%29.76%23.00%0.35%
SPDR S&P Pharmaceuticals ETF (XPH)$917.84.16%48.01%28.30%29.53%0.35%
iShares U.S. Pharmaceuticals ETF (IHE)$659.85.75%31.41%26.39%26.05%0.46%
PowerShares Dynamic BioTech & Genome Portfolio (PBE)$451.29.67%54.68%24.55%26.24%0.63%
First Trust NYSE Arca Biotechnology Index Fund (FBT)$1,256.57.55%36.83%23.74%30.31%0.60%
First Trust U.S. IPO Index Fund (FPX)$487.70.83%30.52%23.53%28.63%0.60%
Guggenheim Invest Spin-Off ETF (CSD)$745.7-0.32%26.60%23.38%32.17%0.65%
Select Sector Health Care Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLV)$9,815.84.47%27.53%23.22%21.11%0.16%
Vanguard Health Care Index Fund ETF (VHT)$3,069.44.17%28.55%23.09%22.09%0.14%
iShares MSCI Ireland ETF (EIRL)$162.09.43%40.23%23.07%N/A0.50%
iShares U.S. Healthcare ETF (IYH)$2,773.14.27%27.12%23.04%21.35%0.46%
PowerShares Dynamic Leisure & Entertainment Port (PEJ)$197.0-0.78%28.06%22.74%31.25%0.63%
SPDR S&P Homebuilders ETF (XHB)$2,316.4-2.95%7.74%22.07%24.19%0.35%
First Trust Health Care Alphadex Fund (FXH)$1,947.43.96%31.10%22.06%29.36%0.70%
iShares US Home Construction ETF (ITB)$1,818.0-3.03%0.99%21.99%21.01%0.46%
iShares Global Healthcare ETF (IXJ)$1,133.14.63%24.65%21.46%20.32%0.48%
Guggenheim Invest S&P 500 Equal Weight Health Care ETF (RYH)$226.75.08%30.24%21.28%24.91%0.40%
iShares U.S. Consumer Services ETF (IYC)$462.4-1.69%23.47%21.20%25.68%0.46%
iShares U.S. Aerospace & Defense ETF (ITA)$367.21.74%45.27%21.09%27.04%0.46%
PowerShares S&P SmallCap Consumer Discretionary Port (PSCD)$115.8-2.41%30.49%20.96%N/A0.29%
Vanguard Consumer Discretionary Index Fund ETF (VCR)$1,443.5-2.81%24.89%20.66%29.15%0.14%
Select Sector Consumer Discretionary Sel Sector SPDR Fund (XLY)$5,410.2-3.46%22.95%20.54%28.03%0.16%
SPDR S&P Retail ETF (XRT)$993.4-4.62%20.09%20.47%30.47%0.35%
Guggenheim Invest S&P 500 Pure Value ETF (RPV)$586.02.82%32.85%20.33%34.89%0.35%
PowerShares S&P SmallCap Health Care Port (PSCH)$196.5-3.93%32.32%20.33%N/A0.29%
PowerShares Dynamic Retail Portfolio (PMR)$28.3-5.55%19.05%20.06%21.94%0.63%
PowerShares Nasdaq Internet Portfolio (PNQI)$396.4-3.75%45.78%20.05%34.03%0.60%
PowerShares Dynamic Buyback Achievers Portfolio (PKW)$2,894.10.34%27.71%19.81%25.21%0.71%
iShares MSCI New Zealand Capped ETF (ENZL)$150.314.39%19.39%19.77%N/A0.51%
Guggenheim Invest S&P 500 Eql Wght Con DiscrtN ETF (RCD)$105.4-2.36%23.95%19.65%30.89%0.40%
Market Vectors Gaming ETF (BJK)$90.8-4.45%27.93%19.35%29.27%0.65%
PowerShares Dynamic Media Portfolio (PBS)$321.1-7.46%26.20%18.89%29.73%0.63%
First Trust Dow Jones Internet Index Fund (FDN)$2,337.6-1.72%36.49%18.53%31.15%0.60%
PowerShares Aerospace & Defense Portfolio (PPA)$105.92.98%39.63%18.48%22.82%0.66%
Guggenheim Invest S&P 500 Eql Wght Con Staples ETF (RHS)$109.72.89%16.40%18.36%21.95%0.40%
SPDR S&P Regional Banking ETF (KRE)$2,355.10.38%29.64%18.32%17.70%0.35%
PowerShares S&P SmallCap Consumer Staples Port (PSCC)$36.3-0.08%26.90%18.17%N/A0.29%
First Trust Consumer Staples AlphaDEX Fund (FXG)$787.72.65%20.77%18.16%24.10%0.70%
iShares US HealthCare Providers ETF (IHF)$404.04.93%28.00%17.92%26.32%0.46%
iShares MSCI ACWI ex US Healthcare ETF (AXHE)$13.14.81%19.72%17.90%N/A0.48%
SPDR S&P International Health Care Sector ETF (IRY)$60.45.34%20.39%17.79%19.39%0.50%
SPDR S&P Transportation ETF Trust (XTN)$99.93.31%29.02%17.71%N/A0.35%
PowerShares DWA Healthcare Momentum Portfolio (PTH)$114.6-2.23%21.18%17.63%22.40%0.65%
RevenueShares Small Cap Fund (RWJ)$256.7-0.32%30.80%17.61%29.80%0.54%
PowerShares Fundamental Pure Mid Value Portfolio (PXMV)$40.72.12%24.17%17.59%22.66%0.39%
PowerShares Dynamic Building & Construction Port (PKB)$114.11.21%12.16%17.57%20.30%0.63%
Guggenheim Invest S&P 500 Pure Growth ETF (RPG)$1,345.13.30%31.34%17.50%27.30%0.35%
PowerShares DWA Consumer Cyclicals Momentum Port (PEZ)$40.2-1.85%22.37%17.44%22.62%0.65%

Assets as of Feb. 28; performance-related figures as of March 28. Excludes leveraged and inverse funds, and exchange-traded notes. Ranking based on unrounded figures. Three- and five-year returns are annualized. N/A= not available (fund has been in operation for less than the stated period). *Most recently reported net prospectus expense ratio. Source: Lipper, A Thomson Reuters Company

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