Best & Worst Monthly Performers: October 20 Edition

Here is a look at the 25 best and 25 worst ETFs from the past trading month. Traders can use this list to find prospective candidates that have deviated too far from their longer-term trends, thereby serving as potential starting points for those looking to take on either short or long positions.Likewise, traders can also use this list to spot potential trend reversal opportunities that may offer a generous risk/reward. As always, investors of all experience levels are advised to use stop-loss orders and practice disciplined profit-taking techniques.To get access to all ETF Database premium content, sign up for a free 14-day trial to ETF Database Pro.Best Performing ETFsU.S.‌ ‌market‌ closed mix with NASDAQ and S&P falling while Dow Jones gaining marginally in the last month amid rising oil, commodities, and inflation, China regulatory crackdown, and better than expected earnings report.This month’s best monthly performers’ list is mostly about energy ETFs.Several oil and gas focused ETFs like VanEck Vectors Unconventional Oil & Gas ETF (FRAK B-), Invesco DWA Energy Momentum ETF (PXI B), and First Trust Natural Gas ETF (FCG C+) topped the list of best monthly performers as the energy sector returned more than 19% in the last month. Oil prices rose on increasing demand and as Saudi Arabia dismissed calls for additional OPEC+ supply. SPDR S&P Oil & Gas Equipment & Services ETF (XES B+) and iShares U.S. Oil Equipment & Services ETF (IEZ B+) also featured on the list as the energy equipment and services segment gained by ~18% in the last month.Breakwave Dry Bulk Shipping ETF (BDRY), which offers an exposure to dry bulk freight also made it to the list on the back of the booming dry bulk shipping industry, rising demand for dry vessels, and high bulk shipping rates.Simplify Volt Cloud and Cybersecurity Disruption ETF (VCLO), which is designed to focus on few disruptive companies poised to dominate the new era of the cloud and then enhance the concentrated exposures with options, was one of the best performing ETFs as cloud and cybersecurity become an exciting space to watch. Check out our list of Artificial Intelligence ETFs.To compare this month’s list with the one published on September 22, click here.Worst Performing ETFsSeveral China focused ETFs like Global X China Materials ETF (CHIM C+) and iShares MSCI Chile ETF (ECH B-) topped the list of worst performing ETFs this month amid regulatory actions in technology and communication services sectors in China and uncertainty around Evergrande. Explore all China equities here.ProShares VIX Short-Term Futures ETF (VIXY A) and iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures ETN (VXX B+) featured on the list of worst performing ETFs as the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) declined by ~10% this month.A few healthcare focused ETFs like ETFMG Treatments Testing and Advancements ETF (GERM) and Franklin Genomic Advancements ETF (HELX) was present on the list of worst performing ETFs as the overall healthcare segment declined by more than 3% in the last month. VanEck Vectors Biotech ETF (BBH B-) also made it to the list as the biotech segment fell by over 7% during the same time.Cannabis Growth ETF (GERM) and the Cannabis ETF (THCX) were the worst performing candidates due to lack of notable progress on marijuana legalization.Please note that this list is updated on a monthly basis.For more ETF analysis, make sure to sign up for our free ETF newsletter.Disclosure: No positions at time of writing.

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