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First Trust Amex Biotechnology Index (FBT) ETF Profile

Updated Dec 5, 2019
The First Trust NYSE Arca Biotechnology ETF tracks an equal-weighted index of US biotechnology stocks.

Fund Profile for First Trust Amex Biotechnology Index (FBT) ETF

The First Trust Amex Biotechnology Index (FBT) ETF has the following static details:

ETF TickerFBT
ETF NameFirst Trust Amex Biotechnology Index
Primary Asset ClassEquity
Secondary Asset ClassMulti-Cap
Primary CategoryHealth & Biotech Equities
Other CategoriesEquity, Multi-Cap, Health & Biotech Equities, North America, USA, Healthcare, Biotechnology, Growth At A Reasonable Price, Growth, Biotech, US, America, Equal-Weighted, Smart-Beta,
Launch Date23-Jun-2006
IssuerFirst Trust
No. of Holdings31
RegionNorth America
Sub-regionUSA
SectorHealthcare
Sub-sectorBiotechnology
Investment StyleGrowth At A Reasonable Price
Investment StrategyGrowth
Leveraged ETF?No
Currency Hedging?No
FBT is a popular choice among biotech funds, managing to accumulate substantial assets despite taking a somewhat unusual approach to the segment. The underlying index contains only 30 names (increased from 20 in October 2014), which is more limited than some other funds in the segment, such as IBB and XBI. Exposure includes access to pharmaceuticals and medical technology in addition to traditional biotech, with a higher small-cap and midcap presence than our segment benchmark. The bias away from larger firms stems from the equally weighted basket, an approach that’s not unusual. Still, FBT’s equal weighting of about 30 stocks produces a relatively concentrated basket. FBT trades well with reasonably tight spreads and remains a formidable name in the biotechnology sector.

Trading Details for First Trust Amex Biotechnology Index (FBT) ETF

The First Trust Amex Biotechnology Index (FBT) ETF trades with the following key details for trading and market data as of writing date Dec 5, 2019:

Expense Ratio (%)0.56%
Dividend FrequencyQuarterly
52-week Price Range$113.43 - $154.84
Per ETF Share Price$148.41
Other Similar or Competitor ETFsXBI, BBC, CNCR, BBP, IBB
Commission-Free AvailabilityNA

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