2010 Stock Picks: Best Oil ETF’s

By: ispeculatornew
Date posted: 01.29.2010 (5:00 am) | Write a Comment  (7 Comments)

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We are not even a month into 2010 and already looking at what has and has not been working so far in 2010. We have been asked about oil stocks and ETF’s and at the start of the year we did a brief intro into the best alternatives. Then, earlier this week we looked into the best performing oil stocks so far in 2010.  I received a few emails from readers who wanted the same information for oil ETF’s. Here it is! First off, to kick things off, here are the main oil related ETF’s as well as their YTD (year to date) returns, price, if they are leveraged or not and finally their expense ratio.

TickerNameMarket CapPriceFees1Y ReturnDividend Yield
AMLPAlerian MLP ETF$7,630,753,417.97$17.650.859.696.15
AMJJPMorgan Alerian MLP Index ETN$5,968,270,019.53$47.180.8513.864.64
MLPNCredit Suisse MLP Equal Weight Index ETN$702,647,827.15$31.800.8520.494.28
MLPIETRACS Alerian MLP Infrastructure Index ETN$1,687,535,034.18$39.840.8514.54.54

As with most such graphs, it is not a surprise to have leveraged ETF’s with the top returns. Now if I had done this table just a few days ago, I think the results would have been very different but the truth is that Crude Oil has taken quite a hit in the past week (as have many other commodities and assets) which has meant that the top picks so far have been those that return the inverse of crude oil.

Take a look at SCO from Pro-Shares which returns -200% of the return of crude oil.

Personally, I would be very surprised to see this trend continue but I guess everything is possible given the uncertainty in the world. What are your top picks among this list???

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  1. Comment by Frank — January 29, 2010 @ 9:39 am

    USO and OIL is quite popular. I would trade on those products. Expense ratio is a bit high though.

  2. Comment by IS — February 4, 2010 @ 9:05 am

    @Frank – Yes, it’s a lot more difficult to offer low fees on commodity ETF’s given all the expenses related to trading them (when they are futures based)

  3. Comment by Zavi — January 29, 2010 @ 9:49 am

    Hey! Great post, but I am not buying Oil ETFs. It’s just too volatile for me.

    We only hear about new ETFs. I was thinking about recent ETF closings. What do we do in that case? Should we be careful by only buying ETFs with good volume?

  4. Comment by IS — February 4, 2010 @ 9:06 am

    @Zavi – Yes, I would recommend staying in the higher volume ETF’s. What happens when an ETF closes is a very good question and I could research this for a new post, I would think that assets would be liquidated and investors would receive the NAV, but will get back to you, thanks!

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