×

The Best ETFs for the fourth quarter

Monday marks the first day of fourth-quarter trading, and investors may want to kick off the final stretch of the year looking to an ETF that might fly under the radar, according to one technical analyst.

Ari Wald, head of technical analysis at Oppenheimer, likes the PowerShares S&P 500 High Beta Portfolio ETF. The ETF would offer diversity in a portfolio, Wald noted Friday on CNBC's "Power Lunch."

Looking at the charts, the ETF in which top holdings include Chesapeake Energy, Williams Companies and Freeport-McMoRan, has "breakout potential."

"We think the market as a whole is setting up for what should be a strong fourth quarter, a sentiment-induced rally," Wald noted, and said cyclical ETFs would also be good buys.

High beta stocks tend to move alongside the market and with greater volatility, so a high-beta ETF is only fit for market bulls, a group among which Wald counts himself.

Erin Gibbs, equity chief investment officer at S&P Global, has her eyes on the technology ETF, the XLK.

"Technology has obviously been the leader for Q3, but we really see it continuing in Q4," Gibbs said Friday on CNBC's "Power Lunch."

Gibbs notes strong earnings growth in technology stocks and that the sector trades at a lower valuation than the overall market.

Apple, the largest component in the tech ETF, releases its fourth-quarter earnings on October 27. Microsoft, another holding in the XLK, announces its quarterly earnings on October 20.


Videos

Trades to Watch

Trader Bios

About

Trading Nation is a multimedia financial news program that shows investors and traders how to use the news of the day to their advantage. This is where experts from across the financial world – including macro strategists, technical analysts, stock-pickers, and traders who specialize in options, currencies, and fixed income – come together to find the best ways to capitalize on recent developments in the market. Trading Nation: Where headlines become opportunities.

Sara Eisen

Sara Eisen joined CNBC in December 2013 as a correspondent, focusing on the global consumer. She is co-anchor of the 10AM ET hour of CNBC's "Squawk on the Street" (M-F, 9AM-11AM ET), broadcast from Post 9 at the New York Stock Exchange.

In March 2018, Eisen was named co-anchor of CNBC's "Power Lunch" (M-F, 1PM-3PM ET), which broadcasts from CNBC Global Headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, N.J.

Read more

Connect