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The Materials Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLB) is a noteworthy ETF that offers diverse exposure to the building materials industry. This fund, which tracks an index of S&P 500 materials companies, has recently garnered attention due to the potential for rising demand for building materials.

XLB's Diverse Exposure

XLB comprises a wide range of companies involved in various industries, such as chemicals, construction materials, containers and packaging, metals and mining, and paper and forest products. This broad exposure allows investors to gain access to multiple areas of the materials sector, which can be beneficial during periods of economic growth or infrastructure spending.

Notably, the fund's largest holdings* are Linde plc (20.66%), Sherwin-Williams (7.62%), Freeport McMoRan (6.33%), Air Products & Chemicals (6.31%), and Ecolab (5.22%).

Rising Demand for Building Materials

The demand for building materials has been steady, contributing to the relevance of XLB. With the ongoing recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, there continues to be a surge in construction activities, driving demand for raw materials.

Moreover, a focus on infrastructure development has further fueled this demand. The infrastructure bill that passed in November could lead to significant investments in various areas, including transportation, broadband, and clean energy. This could make XLB an interesting investment option.

The Materials Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLB) offers a diversified exposure to the materials sector, which is currently experiencing demand due to ongoing construction activities and potential infrastructure spending. As such, investors seeking exposure to these trends may find XLB to be a compelling option.

DISCLAIMER: This is a work of research and should not be taken as investment or financial advice. Therefore, Select Sector SPDRs or the publisher is not liable for any decision made based on the publication.

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Select Sector SPDR ETFs offer flexibility and customization opportunities. Many investors have similar outlooks, but no two are exactly alike. Select Sector SPDR ETFs let investors select the sectors that best meet their investment goals.

*Holdings, Weightings & Assets as of 12/31/23 subject to change


The S&P 500 Index is an unmanaged index of 500 common stocks that is generally considered representative of the U.S. stock market. The index is heavily weighted toward stocks with large market capitalizations and represents approximately two-thirds of the total market value of all domestic common stocks. The S&P 500 Index figures do not reflect any fees, expenses or taxes. An investor should consider investment objectives, risks, fees and expenses before investing.

One may not invest directly in an index.

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All ETFs are subject to risk, including loss of principal. Sector ETF products are also subject to sector risk and nondiversification risk, which generally will result in greater price fluctuations than the overall market. Diversification does not eliminate risk.

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*Dan Dolan is a Registered Representative of ALPS Portfolio Solutions Distributor, Inc. ALPS Portfolio Solutions Distributor, Inc., a registered broker-dealer, is the distributor for the Select Sector SPDR Trust.

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