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Should You Invest in the First Trust Cloud Computing ETF (SKYY)?

The First Trust Cloud Computing ETF (SKYY) was launched on 05/27/2011, and is a passively managed exchange traded fund designed to offer broad exposure to the Technology - Cloud Computing segment of the equity market.

Passively managed ETFs are becoming increasingly popular with institutional as well as retail investors due to their low cost, transparency, flexibility and tax efficiency. They are excellent vehicles for long term investors.

Investor-friendly, sector ETFs provide many options to gain low risk and diversified exposure to a broad group of companies in particular sectors. Technology - Cloud Computing is one of the 16 broad Zacks sectors within the Zacks Industry classification. It is currently ranked 8, placing it in top 50%.

Index Details

The fund is sponsored by First Trust Advisors. It has amassed assets over $3.51 billion, making it one of the larger ETFs attempting to match the performance of the Technology - Cloud Computing segment of the equity market. SKYY seeks to match the performance of the ISE Cloud Computing Index before fees and expenses.

The ISE Cloud Computing Index is a modified market capitalization weighted index designed to track the performance of companies actively involved in the cloud computing industry.

Costs

When considering an ETF's total return, expense ratios are an important factor, and cheaper funds can significantly outperform their more expensive counterparts in the long term if all other factors remain equal.

Annual operating expenses for this ETF are 0.60%, making it on par with most peer products in the space.

It has a 12-month trailing dividend yield of 1.19%.

Sector Exposure and Top Holdings

While ETFs offer diversified exposure, which minimizes single stock risk, a deep look into a fund's holdings is a valuable exercise. And, most ETFs are very transparent products that disclose their holdings on a daily basis.

This ETF has heaviest allocation in the Information Technology sector--about 85.80% of the portfolio. Telecom and Consumer Discretionary round out the top three.

Looking at individual holdings, Pure Storage, Inc. (class A) (PSTG) accounts for about 4.58% of total assets, followed by Arista Networks, Inc. (ANET) and Oracle Corporation (ORCL).

The top 10 holdings account for about 35.43% of total assets under management.

Performance and Risk

So far this year, SKYY has lost about -31.61%, and is down about -31.66% in the last one year (as of 07/21/2022). During this past 52-week period, the fund has traded between $61.99 and $119.56.

The ETF has a beta of 1.07 and standard deviation of 32.04% for the trailing three-year period, making it a medium risk choice in the space. With about 72 holdings, it effectively diversifies company-specific risk.

Alternatives

First Trust Cloud Computing ETF holds a Zacks ETF Rank of 2 (Buy), which is based on expected asset class return, expense ratio, and momentum, among other factors. Because of this, SKYY is an excellent option for investors seeking exposure to the Technology ETFs segment of the market. There are other additional ETFs in the space that investors could consider as well.

Global X Cloud Computing ETF (CLOU) tracks INDXX GLOBAL CLOUD COMPUTING INDEX and the WisdomTree Cloud Computing ETF (WCLD) tracks BVP NASDAQ EMERGING CLOUD INDEX. Global X Cloud Computing ETF has $667.81 million in assets, WisdomTree Cloud Computing ETF has $708.09 million. CLOU has an expense ratio of 0.68% and WCLD charges 0.45%.

Bottom Line

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First Trust Cloud Computing ETF (SKYY): ETF Research Reports
 
Oracle Corporation (ORCL): Free Stock Analysis Report
 
Arista Networks, Inc. (ANET): Free Stock Analysis Report
 
Pure Storage, Inc. (PSTG): Free Stock Analysis Report
 
Global X Cloud Computing ETF (CLOU): ETF Research Reports
 
WisdomTree Cloud Computing ETF (WCLD): ETF Research Reports
 
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