Investors have enjoyed bull market returns in 2017 with the S&P 500 gaining 15.59% year to date and the Dow Jones Industrial Average gaining 19.10%. After a bit of a rollercoaster for Wall Street in 2016, stocks appear to be stabilizing and showing further signs of upside ahead. A more steady outlook in Europe following Brexit and positive projections for growth given President Donald Trump’s political agenda are factors expected to fuel continued gains. (See also: New York May Be Brexit's Big Winner.)

This type of market offers numerous opportunities as investors more closely consider equities for generating additional return. Many market watchers think sector investing is the most promising place to park your cash, especially with rolled back regulations and a renewed focus on energy from the presidential administration. (See also: The Pitfalls of Financial Regulation.)

With many of the market’s current themes and trends offering targeted investment opportunities in specific sectors, exchange-traded funds may be the way to go. Below we highlight four promising sector ETFs that have been building momentum in 2017 and could be poised for continued gains.

Note: Funds were chosen on the basis of sector opportunity, track record, performance and assets under management. All performance figures are one-year total returns as of November 3, 2017 unless otherwise noted.

Financial Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLF)

Issuer: State Street Global Advisors

Assets Under Management: $29.6 billion

One-Year Performance: 39.21%

Expense Ratio: 0.14%

With Dodd-Frank in the incoming administration’s cross hairs and consumer confidence reporting 15-year highs, the financial sector is primed for gains. XLF tracks the Financial Select Sector Index which includes financial companies in the S&P 500 with a focus on large-cap banks.

This fund has been leading performance among its sector diversified peers in 2017. Over the last three months it has returned 5.46%.

Fidelity MSCI Health Care ETF (FHLC)

Issuer: Fidelity

Assets Under Management: $882.2 million

One-Year Performance: 27.96%

Expense Ratio: 0.08%

Health insurers and pharmaceutical firms soared after Trump’s presidential victory and this is a sector that also stands to gain under a new administration. FHLC offers broad market exposure to a wide range of U.S. health care companies. The Fund tracks the MSCI USA IMI Health Care Index which includes large-, mid- and small-cap health care companies from across the U.S. investable market universe. (See also: Healthcare Sector: Industries Snapshot.)

The Fund has 338 holdings with the top ten companies accounting for 45% of the portfolio. Top holdings include: Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), Pfizer (PFE) and UnitedHealth (UNH). Its liquidity and low expense ratio of 0.08% make it an attractive choice.

Fidelity MSCI Information Tech ETF (FTEC)

Issuer: Fidelity

Assets Under Management: $1.3 billion

One-Year Performance: 42.44%

Expense Ratio: 0.08%

With returns exceeding 6% over the past month, this fund is showing an advantage from investing across a broader market capitalization spectrum. FTEC is a sector replication fund that seeks to track the performance of the MSCI USA IMI Information Technology Index which includes large-, mid- and small-cap U.S. information technology companies.

The Fund is extremely cheap to hold with an expense ratio of 0.08%. It includes 358 holdings. Top investments in the portfolio include Apple (AAPL), Microsoft (MSFT) and Facebook (FB).

Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLE)

Issuer: State Street Global Advisors

Assets Under Management: $16.9 billion

One-Year Performance: 3.97%

Expense Ratio: 0.14%

XLE offers targeted exposure to the large-cap energy companies in the S&P 500. It uses an index replication strategy to track the performance of the Energy Select Sector Index. Large-cap companies have reported some of the industry’s top gains as the sector continues to improve and benefit from lower production costs and an anticipated recovery in oil and gas prices.

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