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The Best Commodity ETFs

Due to increased globalization and the lowering of trade barriers, many commodities have seen a sharp rise in demand as their markets expand. We’ve gathered information on some of the best ETFs currently available to new investors.

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Investing directly in commodities like raw materials or cash crops can require extensive research and personal connections with distributors. A direct investment can be tough to manage, but you can put money into a bundle of these commodities with commodity exchange-traded funds (ETFs). 

Commodity ETFs hold assets in companies that source and transport agricultural products, natural resources and precious metals. ETFs from this sector can also consist of futures and derivatives that track the price of underlying commodities. These commodities can include cash crops, natural resources and precious metals. 

Check out Benzinga’s guide to learn more about the best commodity ETFs right now.

Commodity ETFs Biggest Gainers and Losers

Stay on top of the latest commodity ETFs on the stock market with the most profits and losses. 

Gainers

Session: Sep 24, 2020 4:00 pm – Sep 25, 2020 3:59 pm
Symbol Open Close Change Change % Volume
Buy KOLD Stock – Trade for Free KOLD
ProShares UltraShort Bloomberg Natural Gas
30.44 31.65 1.21 3.97% 54.67K
Buy DBS Stock – Trade for Free DBS
Invesco DB Silver Fund
31.96 32.85 0.89 2.76% 1.27K
Buy UGA Stock – Trade for Free UGA
United States Gasoline Fund LP
19.78 20.15 0.37 1.87% 39.17K
Buy SCO Stock – Trade for Free SCO
ProShares UltraShort Bloomberg Crude Oil
16.67 16.86 0.19 1.10% 1.72M
Buy GLL Stock – Trade for Free GLL
ProShares UltraShort Gold
32.87 33.05 0.18 0.54% 43.45K
Buy FTGC Stock – Trade for Free FTGC
First Trust Global Tactical Commodity Strategy Fund
16.79 16.88 0.09 0.53% 59.22K
Buy RJA Stock – Trade for Free RJA
AB Svensk Ekportkredit (Swedish Export Credit Corporation) ELEMENTS Linked to the Rogers International Commodity Index – Agriculture Total Return Structured Product
5.40 5.42 0.02 0.44% 21.66K
Buy GCC Stock – Trade for Free GCC
WisdomTree Continuous Commodity Index Fund
17.09 17.17 0.08 0.43% 7.90K
Buy COMB Stock – Trade for Free COMB
GraniteShares Bloomberg Commodity Broad Strategy No K-1 ETF
21.20 21.28 0.08 0.37% 5.44K
Buy SOYB Stock – Trade for Free SOYB
Teucrium Soybean Fund ETV
15.49 15.54 0.05 0.32% 14.09K
Buy CORN Stock – Trade for Free CORN
Teucrium Corn Fund ETV
12.70 12.74 0.04 0.27% 16.28K
Buy DBB Stock – Trade for Free DBB
Invesco DB Base Metals Fund
15.02 15.06 0.04 0.26% 25.54K
Buy DBE Stock – Trade for Free DBE
Invesco DB Energy Fund
9.57 9.60 0.02 0.21% 1.26K
Buy PPLT Stock – Trade for Free PPLT
Aberdeen Standard Physical Platinum Shares ETF
79.92 80.08 0.16 0.20% 18.83K
Buy GSG Stock – Trade for Free GSG
iShares GSCI Commodity-Indexed Trust Fund
10.71 10.73 0.02 0.14% 21.00K
Buy DBA Stock – Trade for Free DBA
Invesco DB Agriculture Fund
14.63 14.65 0.02 0.13% 29.81K
Buy DGL Stock – Trade for Free DGL
Invesco DB Gold Fund
54.57 54.63 0.06 0.10% 3.47K
Buy GLDI Stock – Trade for Free GLDI
Credit Suisse Gold Shares Covered Call Exchange Traded Notes
9.69 9.70 0.01 0.10% 56.69K
Buy COM Stock – Trade for Free COM
Direxion Auspice Broad Commodity Strategy ETF
22.75 22.76 0.01 0.03% 0.76K

Losers

Session: Sep 24, 2020 4:00 pm – Sep 25, 2020 3:59 pm
Symbol Open Close Change Change % Volume
Buy BOIL Stock – Trade for Free BOIL
ProShares Ultra Bloomberg Natural Gas
44.71 42.81 -1.90 -4.25% 65.37K
Buy UNG Stock – Trade for Free UNG
United States Natural Gas Fund LP
12.88 12.62 -0.27 -2.06% 2.27M
Buy AGQ Stock – Trade for Free AGQ
ProShares Ultra Silver
41.49 40.70 -0.79 -1.91% 2.31M
Buy WEAT Stock – Trade for Free WEAT
Teucrium Wheat Fund ETV
5.50 5.43 -0.07 -1.28% 11.05K
Buy UCO Stock – Trade for Free UCO
ProShares Ultra Bloomberg Crude Oil
28.80 28.48 -0.32 -1.12% 2.56M
Buy SLV Stock – Trade for Free SLV
iShares Silver Trust
21.56 21.33 -0.23 -1.05% 34.06M
Buy SIVR Stock – Trade for Free SIVR
Aberdeen Standard Physical Silver Shares ETF
22.39 22.18 -0.22 -0.97% 68.87K
Buy SLVO Stock – Trade for Free SLVO
Credit Suisse Silver Shares Covered Call Exchange Traded Notes
6.17 6.12 -0.05 -0.82% 50.16K
Buy PALL Stock – Trade for Free PALL
Aberdeen Standard Physical Palladium Shares ETF
209.42 207.74 -1.68 -0.81% 16.87K
Buy UGL Stock – Trade for Free UGL
ProShares Ultra Gold
67.26 66.77 -0.49 -0.73% 16.96K
Buy DBO Stock – Trade for Free DBO
Invesco DB Oil Fund
7.23 7.19 -0.04 -0.49% 20.93K
Buy RJI Stock – Trade for Free RJI
AB Svensk Ekportkredit (Swedish Export Credit Corporation) ELEMENTS Linked to the Rogers International Commodity Index – Total Return Structured Product
4.32 4.30 -0.02 -0.47% 25.65K
Buy USO Stock – Trade for Free USO
United States Oil Fund
28.49 28.37 -0.13 -0.44% 2.32M
Buy BAR Stock – Trade for Free BAR
GraniteShares Gold Trust Shares of Beneficial Interest
18.59 18.53 -0.06 -0.32% 24.36K
Buy SGOL Stock – Trade for Free SGOL
Aberdeen Standard Physical Gold Shares ETF
17.97 17.92 -0.06 -0.31% 1.17M
Buy GLDM Stock – Trade for Free GLDM
SPDR Gold MiniShares Trust
18.62 18.57 -0.06 -0.30% 2.57M
Buy IAU Stock – Trade for Free IAU
ishares Gold Trust
17.83 17.78 -0.05 -0.30% 15.51M
Buy GLD Stock – Trade for Free GLD
SPDR Gold Trust
175.47 175.00 -0.48 -0.28% 6.08M
Buy AAAU Stock – Trade for Free AAAU
Perth Mint Physical Gold ETF
18.62 18.57 -0.05 -0.27% 47.30K
Buy DBP Stock – Trade for Free DBP
Invesco DB Precious Metals Fund
50.90 50.80 -0.11 -0.21% 8.50K

Premarket Commodity ETFs

Take a look at the stock quotes of commodity ETFs before the trading session opens on the stock exchange.

Gainers

Session: Sep 24, 2020 4:00 pm – Sep 25, 2020 9:29 am
Symbol Open Close Change Change % Volume
Buy SCO Stock – Trade for Free SCO
ProShares UltraShort Bloomberg Crude Oil
16.67 16.90 0.23 1.38% 12.34K
Buy GLL Stock – Trade for Free GLL
ProShares UltraShort Gold
32.87 33.26 0.39 1.18% 0.28K
Buy KOLD Stock – Trade for Free KOLD
ProShares UltraShort Bloomberg Natural Gas
30.44 30.58 0.14 0.45% 61.25K

Losers

Session: Sep 24, 2020 4:00 pm – Sep 25, 2020 9:29 am
Symbol Open Close Change Change % Volume
Buy AGQ Stock – Trade for Free AGQ
ProShares Ultra Silver
41.49 40.00 -1.49 -3.60% 14.65K
Buy PALL Stock – Trade for Free PALL
Aberdeen Standard Physical Palladium Shares ETF
209.42 205.00 -4.42 -2.12% 0.41K
Buy SLV Stock – Trade for Free SLV
iShares Silver Trust
21.56 21.16 -0.40 -1.84% 99.58K
Buy SIVR Stock – Trade for Free SIVR
Aberdeen Standard Physical Silver Shares ETF
22.39 22.00 -0.39 -1.75% 73.16K
Buy UCO Stock – Trade for Free UCO
ProShares Ultra Bloomberg Crude Oil
28.80 28.41 -0.40 -1.38% 10.59K
Buy BOIL Stock – Trade for Free BOIL
ProShares Ultra Bloomberg Natural Gas
44.71 44.19 -0.52 -1.17% 43.48K
Buy PPLT Stock – Trade for Free PPLT
Aberdeen Standard Physical Platinum Shares ETF
79.92 79.00 -0.92 -1.16% 0.94K
Buy UGL Stock – Trade for Free UGL
ProShares Ultra Gold
67.26 66.78 -0.48 -0.72% 1.89K
Buy UNG Stock – Trade for Free UNG
United States Natural Gas Fund LP
12.88 12.79 -0.09 -0.71% 35.15K
Buy USO Stock – Trade for Free USO
United States Oil Fund
28.49 28.29 -0.20 -0.71% 33.75K
Buy GLDM Stock – Trade for Free GLDM
SPDR Gold MiniShares Trust
18.62 18.50 -0.12 -0.65% 45.57K
Buy IAU Stock – Trade for Free IAU
ishares Gold Trust
17.83 17.72 -0.11 -0.62% 13.99K
Buy BAR Stock – Trade for Free BAR
GraniteShares Gold Trust Shares of Beneficial Interest
18.59 18.48 -0.11 -0.60% 1.01K
Buy GLD Stock – Trade for Free GLD
SPDR Gold Trust
175.47 174.50 -0.97 -0.56% 14.71K
Buy SGOL Stock – Trade for Free SGOL
Aberdeen Standard Physical Gold Shares ETF
17.97 17.92 -0.05 -0.28% 10.94K
Buy DBA Stock – Trade for Free DBA
Invesco DB Agriculture Fund
14.63 14.60 -0.03 -0.21% 1.40K

Aftermarket Commodity ETFs

Here’s a glance at the price movements of commodity ETFs after trading sessions are closed on the stock exchange. 

Gainers

Session: Sep 25, 2020 4:00 pm – Sep 25, 2020 7:59 pm
Symbol Open Close Change Change % Volume
Buy USO Stock – Trade for Free USO
United States Oil Fund
28.36 28.38 0.03 0.08% 6.68K

Losers

Session: Sep 25, 2020 4:00 pm – Sep 25, 2020 7:59 pm
Symbol Open Close Change Change % Volume
Buy SIVR Stock – Trade for Free SIVR
Aberdeen Standard Physical Silver Shares ETF
22.14 21.97 -0.17 -0.77% 2.53K
Buy UNG Stock – Trade for Free UNG
United States Natural Gas Fund LP
12.64 12.59 -0.05 -0.40% 41.62K
Buy IAU Stock – Trade for Free IAU
ishares Gold Trust
17.77 17.71 -0.06 -0.34% 46.10K
Buy AGQ Stock – Trade for Free AGQ
ProShares Ultra Silver
40.63 40.50 -0.13 -0.32% 17.17K
Buy GLD Stock – Trade for Free GLD
SPDR Gold Trust
174.94 174.50 -0.44 -0.26% 36.68K
Buy BOIL Stock – Trade for Free BOIL
ProShares Ultra Bloomberg Natural Gas
42.93 42.87 -0.06 -0.14% 2.03K
Buy GLDM Stock – Trade for Free GLDM
SPDR Gold MiniShares Trust
18.57 18.54 -0.03 -0.14% 32.52K
Buy UCO Stock – Trade for Free UCO
ProShares Ultra Bloomberg Crude Oil
28.48 28.46 -0.02 -0.08% 19.98K
Buy SCO Stock – Trade for Free SCO
ProShares UltraShort Bloomberg Crude Oil
16.87 16.86 -0.01 -0.06% 10.37K
Buy SGOL Stock – Trade for Free SGOL
Aberdeen Standard Physical Gold Shares ETF
17.92 17.91 -0.01 -0.06% 21.07K
Buy UGL Stock – Trade for Free UGL
ProShares Ultra Gold
66.77 66.73 -0.04 -0.06% 1.31K
Buy SLV Stock – Trade for Free SLV
iShares Silver Trust
21.31 21.30 -0.01 -0.03% 34.49K

Why Invest in Commodity ETFs?

Here are 3 reasons you should consider investing in commodity ETFs. 

1. Commodity ETFs can help diversify your portfolio. 

Commodity ETFs fund a wide range of industries such as metals, livestock, agricultural produce and natural resources. Some of these ETFs focus on a single commodity while others offer broader exposure to numerous commodities.

You can also choose to invest in commodity ETFs with underlying commodities such as oil, gold and water. You can also put your money behind commodity stock ETFs that hold assets in companies that produce and distribute commodities. 

There are more than 100 ETFs from the commodities sector. Each ETF has a varying volatility rate to suit your risk profile and portfolio.  

Commodities can rise in value when stocks crash and vice versa. Market downward spirals have driven high demand for assets such as gold and oil, and investors were met with limited trading capacity. But commodity ETFs can make it easier to buy and sell assets at the click of a button. 

Stock markets took a severe hit during the 1st quarter of 2020. But during this time, the World Gold Council reported gold-backed ETFs added 298 tonnes of gold or $23 billion worth of assets  — the highest quarterly amount and the largest tonnage added since 2016. Additionally, oil ETFs such as SPDR S&P Oil & Gas Exploration & Production ETF (NYSE ARCA: XOP) rose by 5.2% and Invesco Dynamic Energy Exploration & Production Portfolio (NYSE ARCA: PXE) rose by 5.1% in February 2020.    

3. Commodity ETFs can be leveraged for greater returns. 

Leveraged commodity ETFs are designed to track benchmark indices with a double or even triple rate of return. These ETFs can come in handy to make quick profits during economic crises. But you should only invest in these leveraged ETFs if you have a high-risk profile.

There are management fees and interest rates involved in leveraged commodity ETFs that could have a compound effect on your returns from long-term investments. The leverage rates are reset on a daily basis. You can often make most of your gains off of these ETFs in a 1-day trading session. 

Top 3 Commodity ETFs by AUM

ETFs with underlying commodities are volatile and can vary in stock value throughout the year. The price of agricultural commodities depends on harvest conditions. Oil and natural gas commodities are inclined toward the trade policies between countries and metal commodities are subject to availability. 

You should consider the expense ratios, stock quotes, index performance, historical returns record, liquidity and total assets under management (AUM) before investing in ETFs. 

Here are some of the top ETFs by AUM based on these criteria.  

1.  iShares Gold Trust (NYSE ARCA: IAU)

Symbol Company % Change Price Invest
IAU ishares Gold Trust
– 0.34%
$17.77 Buy stock

iShares Gold Trust ETF was launched in 2005. It tracks the Gold Bullion index and assesses the spot price of gold by holding gold bars in a secure vault. 

iShares Gold Trust ETF has a total AUM of $23 billion. It has a low expense ratio of 0.25% and trades over 21 million shares per month. This ETF has a 3-year return rate of 31.94% and 38.40%. 

Historical performance of iShares Gold Trust ETF over the last 5 years. Source – NASDAQ

2. Aberdeen Standard Physical Palladium Shares ETF (NYSE ARCA: PALL)

Symbol Company % Change Price Invest
PALL Aberdeen Standard Physical Palladium Shares ETF
– 0.55%
$208.27 Buy stock

Launched in 2010, Aberdeen Standard Physical Palladium Shares ETF mirrors Palladium Bullion that holds several bars of Palladium in a secure vault. This ETF is 1 of the only ways you can invest in this metal as pure Palladium miners are hard to come by. 

Aberdeen Standard Physical Palladium Shares ETF has an expense ratio of 0.60%. It has a total AUM of $261 million and a monthly average trade volume of 33,404 shares. This ETF has a 3-year return rate of 133.27% and a 5-year return rate of 143.58%. 

Historical performance of Aberdeen Standard Physical Palladium Shares ETF over the last 5 years. Source – NASDAQ

3. ProShares UltraShort Bloomberg Crude Oil ETF (NYSE ARCA: SCO)

Symbol Company % Change Price Invest
SCO ProShares UltraShort Bloomberg Crude Oil
+ 1.2%
$16.87 Buy stock

ProShares UltraShort Bloomberg Crude Oil ETF has been on the market since 2008. It inversely corresponds to the ProShares UltraShort DJ-UBS Crude Oil index at a negative 200% return rate. If you are looking for a short-term put option for crude oil, this ETF could be a good addition to your portfolio. 

ProShares UltraShort Bloomberg Crude Oil ETF is highly liquid with more than 7 million shares traded per day. It has a total AUM of $173 million with an expense ratio of 0.95%. This ETF has a 3-year return rate of 19.08% and a 5-year return rate of 60.25%. The leverage on this ETF gets reset daily and is not recommended for a buy-and-hold option. 

Historical performance of ProShares UltraShort Bloomberg Crude Oil ETF over the last 5 years. Source – NASDAQ

Best Online Brokers for Commodity ETFs

Find and invest in the top ETFs with an online broker. You can trade ETFs commission-free through most online brokerages. Benzinga has put together our picks for some of the best online brokers to get you started.

Commissions
$0
Account Minimum
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1. TradeStation

Unlock your investing potential with advanced trading tools on TradeStation. You can open a TS SELECT account with a $2,000 minimum deposit or a TS GO account with a $0 minimum deposit. 

TradeStation allows trade on desktop, web and mobile applications. You can get in touch with TradeStation’s customer support by phone, email, live chat or chatbot. The website also gives you access to tons of educational resources. 

Commissions
$0 when you trade stocks, ETFs, options, and mutual funds online
Account Minimum
$0

2. Firstrade

Firstrade is an online broker with a full suite of financial products such as stocks, ETFs, options, fixed-income and mutual funds. You can open an account for free. 

Firstrade is fully-customizable and you can manage your account and trade from your desktop, iPad and smartphone. It features a QuickBar tool that gives you the fastest and simplest ways to trade without shifting between screens for research. 

Commissions
$0 $6.95 for OTC Stocks
Account Minimum
$0

3. TD Ameritrade

TD Ameritrade is an industry-leading online broker with more than 40 years of expertise. It has pioneered a number of trading technologies to make investing more efficient. There is no minimum amount required to open an account. 

TD Ameritrade lets you take advantage of 3rd-party research and planning tools to improve your trading tactics. It also features a live Twitter feed on the platform to keep you updated on the latest financial buzz.     

Curated Commodities for Trade

Commodity ETFs can expose you to a spectrum of penny stocks and small, mid and large-cap companies to expand your stock portfolio. With a little experience under your belt, you can gain an edge during complex stock market conditions by trading shares of commodity ETFs. 

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