The meme stock frenzy dominated the market this year, spelling gloom for several short-selling institutions. Well-known meme stocks GameStop Corp. (GME) and AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc. (AMC) are up 683.9% and 1,055.7% in price, respectively, year-to-date, representing retail investors’ power. According to a report by The Verge…
there were more than 366 million posts on Reddit, 2.3 billion comments, and nearly 46 billion upvotes. While all the securities trending on the most popular meme platform, Reddit, do not possess fundamental strength, some are popular for valid business reasons.
Quality ETFs SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (SPY – Get Rating), Vanguard Index Funds – Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF (VTI – Get Rating), Vanguard S&P 500 ETF (VOO – Get Rating), and Invesco QQQ Trust (QQQ – Get Rating) are heavily trending on Reddit. Also, they have an overall A (Strong Buy) rating in our proprietary POWR Ratings system. So, it could be wise to bet on them now.
One of the largest and most heavily traded ETFs globally, SPY provides exposure to one of the most well-known equity benchmarks, the S&P 500. The fund includes large-cap U.S. stocks and has become extremely popular with active traders. It is ranked #1 on Reddit.
With $437.73 billion in assets under management (AUM), SPY’s top holdings include Apple Inc. (AAPL), with a 7.03% weighting in the fund, followed by Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) at 6.43%, and Amazon.com, Inc. (AMZN) at 3.74%. It currently has 507 holdings in total. Over the past month, the ETF’s net inflows were $9.07 billion. In addition, its 0.09% expense ratio compares favorably to the 0.37% category average.
SPY pays an $5.66 annual dividend, which yields 1.22% at the prevailing share price. Its four-year dividend yield stands at 1.69%. Its dividends have increased at a 4.1% CAGR over the past three years and 5.1% over the past five years. Over the past year, the fund has gained 27.1%.
It is no surprise that SPY has an overall A rating, which equates to Strong Buy in our proprietary POWR Rating system. In addition, it has an A grade for Trade and Buy & Hold and a B grade for Peer.
VTI offers broad exposure to the U.S. equity market, investing in thousands of securities. In addition to its vast base of holdings and balance of exposure, VTI is one of the cheapest products available in the market. It is ranked #42 on Reddit.
MSFT has a 5.24% weighting in the fund as its top holding, followed by AAPL at 4.95% and AMZN at 3.05%. VTI has $294.07 billion in AUM. It has 4086 holdings in total. Its net inflows came in at $5.71 billion over the past month. Its 0.03% expense ratio is lower than the 0.37% category average.
VTI pays a $2.85 dividend annually, yielding 1.21% at the current price. Its four-year average dividend yield stood at 1.66%. Its dividends have increased at a 3.7% CAGR over the past three years and 6.6% over the past five years. The fund has gained 24.2% over the past year.
VTI’s strong fundamentals are reflected in its POWR Ratings. It has an overall A rating, which translates to a Strong Buy in our proprietary rating system.
It has an A grade for Trade and Buy & Hold grade. Again, VTI is ranked #3 in the Large Cap Blend ETFs group. To see VTI’s rating for Peer grade, click here.
VOO tracks the S&P 500 Index, one of the most famous benchmarks globally and one that follows some of the largest U.S. companies. Given its focus on the…
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