|Facebook Could Find More ETF Residences|
By Benzinga.com SEP 17, 2012 3:00 PM
Facebook's poor stock performance has hurt its ability to find a home in more ETFs.
The slide in shares of Facebook
Facebook's struggles mean it will not be heading into the Nasdaq 100 or the PowerShares QQQ (QQQ), the Nasdaq 100 tracking ETF, at the next rebalance. There is some good news for Facebook, though. Nasdaq OMX announced Monday that the stock will join eight others, including another beaten down social media name, Groupon (GRPN), in joining the Nasdaq Q-50 Index.
The Nasdaq Q-50 Index is not linked to any ETFs, but it is sort of a "minor league" for the Nasdaq 100 because the former is home to the stocks next in line to be added to the latter.
Interestingly, one of the stocks being removed from the Nasdaq Q-50 Index is Sina (SINA), a social media firm commonly referred to as China's answer to Twitter. With a weight of 7.1%, Sina is the third-largest holding in the Global X Social Media Index ETF (SOCL). SOCL is also the only ETF with any noteworthy exposure to Facebook to this point with an allocation of 5.7% to Mark Zuckerberg's company.
Index Universe notes Facebook could join the First Trust Dow Jones Internet Index Fund (FDN) as soon as Friday when that ETF rebalances. The $481.7 million FDN is home to 41 stocks with Google (GOOG) and Amazon (AMZN) combing for almost 19% of the fund's weight.
FDN's primary rival, the PowerShares Nasdaq Internet Portfolio (PNQI), could also become another ETF destination for Facebook. That fund also rebalances quarterly.
Beyond SOCL, Facebook currently has a presence in other ETFs, but the footprint is light. The stock accounts for 0.43% of the iShares Dow Jones US Technology Sector Index Fund (IYW) and 0.13% of the iShares Russell 1000 Growth Index Fund (IWF) as two examples.
Editor's Note: This content was originally published on Benzinga.com by The ETF Professor.