Looking for broad exposure to the Industrials – Transportation/Shipping segment of the equity market? You should consider the First Trust NASDAQ Transportation ETF (FTXR), a passively managed exchange traded fund launched on 09/20/2016.

An increasingly popular option among retail and institutional investors, passively managed ETFs offer low costs, transparency, flexibility, and tax efficiency; they are also excellent vehicles for long term investors.

Additionally, sector ETFs offer convenient ways to gain low risk and diversified exposure to a broad group of companies in particular sectors. Industrials – Transportation/Shipping is one of the 16 broad Zacks sectors within the Zacks Industry classification. It is currently ranked 9, placing it in bottom 44%.

Index Details

The fund is sponsored by First Trust Advisors. It has amassed assets over $848.24 million, making it one of the average sized ETFs attempting to match the performance of the Industrials – Transportation/Shipping segment of the equity market. FTXR seeks to match the performance of the Nasdaq US Smart Transportation Index before fees and expenses.

The Nasdaq US Smart Transportation Index is a modified factor weighted index, designed to provide exposure to US companies within the transportation industry.


Expense ratios are an important factor in the return of an ETF and in the long term, cheaper funds can significantly outperform their more expensive counterparts, other things remaining the same.

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 0.31%.

Sector Exposure and Top Holdings

ETFs offer a diversified exposure and thus minimize single stock risk but it is still important to delve into a fund’s holdings before investing. Most ETFs are very transparent products and many disclose their holdings on a daily basis.

This ETF has heaviest allocation in the Industrials sector–about 58.80% of the portfolio, followed by Consumer Discretionary.

Looking at individual holdings, General Motors Company (GM) accounts for about 10% of total assets, followed by Expeditors International Of Washington, Inc. (EXPD) and C.h. Robinson Worldwide, Inc. (CHRW).

The top 10 holdings account for about 59.14% of total assets under management.

Performance and Risk

Year-to-date, the First Trust NASDAQ Transportation ETF has added roughly 6.35% so far, and is up about 20.89% over the last 12 months (as of 01/08/2021). FTXR has traded between $12.80 and $29.30 in this past 52-week period.

The ETF has a beta of 1.44 and standard deviation of 30.08% for the trailing three-year period. With about 31 holdings, it has more concentrated exposure than peers.


First Trust NASDAQ Transportation ETF carries a Zacks ETF Rank of 3 (Hold), which is based on expected asset class return, expense ratio, and momentum, among other factors. Thus, FTXR is a good option for those seeking exposure to the Industrials ETFs area of the market. Investors might also want to consider some other ETF options in the space.

IShares Transportation Average ETF (IYT) tracks Dow Jones Transportation Average Index and the U.S. Global Jets ETF (JETS) tracks U.S. Global Jets Index. IShares Transportation Average ETF has $1.58 billion in assets, U.S. Global Jets ETF has $2.90 billion. IYT has an expense ratio of 0.42% and JETS charges 0.60%.

Bottom Line

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First Trust NASDAQ Transportation ETF (FTXR): ETF Research Reports
C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc. (CHRW): Free Stock Analysis Report
General Motors Company (GM): Free Stock Analysis Report
Expeditors International of Washington, Inc. (EXPD): Free Stock Analysis Report
iShares Transportation Average ETF (IYT): ETF Research Reports
U.S. Global Jets ETF (JETS): ETF Research Reports
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