DENVER, Colo (PRWEB) September 22, 2014
The Barron's 400 ETF (NYSE Arca: BFOR), which seeks to track the Barron's 400 Index, has completed its semi-annual rebalance based on the reconstitution of its underlying benchmark.
Financial companies showed the biggest increase in sector representation, and now account for 20.00% of the index and its largest representation by sector. Consumer Discretionary and Industrials, at 18.25% and 18.00% respectively, are the two sectors with the next largest representations. Materials companies underwent the largest reduction and now represent 4% of the index.
Some of the more prominent additions to the Barron’s 400 Index (B400) were Dollar General, Coca Cola Enterprises, Wells Fargo, Blackstone Group and Lowes.
Since B400 is equally weighted at the beginning of each rebalance period, each new company added, along with all remaining components from the prior period, will represent 0.25% of the index.
Some of the more prominent deletions included Oracle, Visa, United Parcel Service, Intuitive Surgical and eBay.
“The Barron’s 400 Index strives to consistently select the public companies in the United States that have superior fundamental attributes,” said Carlos Diez, MarketGrader’s president and founder. “Our adherence to a consistent growth-at-a-reasonable price selection strategy is a hallmark of B400’s ongoing results.”
Following the rebalance after the close of trading on Friday, September 19, 2014, the average float-adjusted market cap of B400 was $18.12 billion and the mean float-adjusted market cap was $3.43 billion.
The turnover rate of 39.75% was slightly below the historic average for B400.
There were 48 companies selected to the index for the first time, including Kansas City Southern, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, St. Joe Co., W.R. Berkeley and Hanover Insurance.
Among current index constituents, the companies with the most selections to B400 since its inception are Microsoft, Wal-Mart, Bed, Bath & Beyond and IBM. A total of 20 companies have been selected to the B400 for at least five years in a row.
MarketGrader uses 24 proprietary measures of growth, value, profitability and cash flow to grade nearly all investable U.S. stocks the underlying index from which B400 is selected.
Based on MarketGrader’s exclusive rating system, all stocks in the underlying universe are assigned a grade on a scale of 0-100. The average overall grade in the B400 is 69.4 and the mean overall grade is 68.3.
By market cap, 200 of the current components are mid-cap stocks, 112 are large-caps and 88 are small-caps. The rebalance trimmed the total of large and small caps while adding to the number mid-caps.
Barron’s 400 Rebalance Sector Rotation as of 4:01 pm on September 19, 2014
(Number of stocks, with prior number, and percentage change in parentheses)
1. Financials -- 80 companies now vs. 67 prior (+19.40%)
2. Consumer Discretionary – 73 vs. 79 (-7.59%)
3. Industrials -- 72 vs. 76 (-5.26%)
4. Technology -- 61 vs. 62 (-1.61%)
5. Energy -- 39 vs. 34 (+14.71%)
6. Health Care -- 34 vs. 29 (+17.24%)
7. Consumer Staples – 22 vs. 24 (-8.33%)
8. Materials – 16 vs. 27 (-40.74%)
9. Telecom – 2 vs. 1 (+100%)
10. Utilities – 1 vs. 0 (+100%)
The rules-based B400, an equal-weighted index, was jointly developed by Barron’s, one of the nation’s leading financial news publishers, and MarketGrader, a stock research firm.
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