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ETF full name: Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR Fund

Segment: US consumer staples equities

ETF provider: State Street Global Advisors

XLP key details
Issuer State Street Global Advisors
Dividend 2.53%
Inception date December 22, 1998
Expense ratio 0.12%
Management company SSGA Funds Management
Investment objective Track the investment results of the Consumer Staples Select Sector Index
Investment geography US
Benchmark Consumer Staples Select Sector Index
Leveraged No
Weighted average market cap $171.80 billion
MSCI ESG rating 4.97 out of 10
Number of holdings 32
Weighting methodology  Market-cap-weighted

About the ETF

The Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLP) has been around for more than 22 years. It tracks the Consumer Staples Select Sector Index and has a reasonably low expense ratio of just 0.12%.

The ETF provides investors exposure to consumer staples stocks from the S&P 500 universe. Since the stocks are drawn from the S&P 500 rather than the broader market, it has a concentrated portfolio of only 32 stocks.

XLP has $10.56 billion of assets under management. The Consumer Staples Select Sector Index is market cap-weighted and is rebalanced every quarter.

XLP FactSet analytics insight

The Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLP) gives investors exposure to food products, beverages, food and staples retailing, tobacco, household, and personal care products companies.

Since consumer staples stocks tend to be far less volatile than stocks in other industries, they attract conservative investors. The basket of consumer staples stocks holds well in times of crisis. Almost all constituents in the index are large-cap stocks whose names investors are familiar with.

Given the ETF focuses on a single category (consumer staples), it allows investors to take strategic positions in the class.

Beverages — 24.66% and Household Products — 24.66% sectors together have almost 50% weightage in the XLP exchange-traded fund. Food & Staples Retailing is the third-largest sector with 19.77% weightage. The Food Products sector has 17.94% weightage while tobacco accounts for 9.10%. Personal Products is the smallest sector with just 3.86% exposure.

XLP annual performance analysis

XLP annual performance analysis

As shown in the performance chart above, the XLP ETF closely tracks its benchmark index with minimal tracking error. Over the last year, it has delivered an impressive 28.56% return. The three-year and five-year returns were 12.11% and 8.05%, respectively.

Last year during the COVID-19 pandemic, when most stocks took a beating in February and March, the consumer staples companies held up well. The Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLP) has a relatively high and stable dividend yield of 2.53%.

The ETF has a concentrated portfolio of only 32 stocks from a specific category — Consumer Staples. It doesn’t offer the diversification of a broad market index fund. But the XLP’s beta over the last year was 0.92, suggesting it is less volatile than the overall market.


Resource ETF DATABASE MarketWatch
IWM A+ A 75 5 3
MSCI ESG Rating 4.97/10

XLP key holdings

Consumer goods giant Procter & Gamble Company is the single largest constituent in the ETF with 15.96% weightage. A distant second is the Coca-Cola Company with 9.83%, and its arch-rival PepsiCo Inc. is close behind at 9.39%. Retail giant Walmart Inc. has a 9.20% weightage while Costco Wholesale Corporation accounts for 4.75% of the ETF.

Here are the ten most significant holdings in the Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR Fund.

Ticker Holding name % of assets Shares held
PG Procter & Gamble Company 15.96% 12,379,918
KO Coca-Cola Company 9.83% 19,498,252
PEP PepsiCo Inc. 9.39% 6,935,924
WMT Walmart Inc 9.20% 6,969,840
COST Costco Wholesale Corporation 4.75% 1,364,264
MO Altria Group Inc 4.59% 9,344,458
PM Philip Morris International Inc. 4.49% 5,150,127
MDLZ Mondelez International Inc. Class A 4.46% 8,088,113
EL Estee Lauder Companies Inc. Class A 3.86% 1,315,807
CL Colgate-Palmolive Company 3.68% 4,860,283

Industry outlook

Amid the global stock market rally, cyclical stocks are once again garnering the limelight. Defensive stocks such as consumer staples haven’t performed spectacularly this year. According to Morgan Stanley, it allows conservative investors to load up on consumer staples. The category has always been seen as a slow-and-steady play.

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