Make sure your Internet ETF holds this stock

You can expect the usual suspects, like Amazon, Google and Facebook, but what about China's largest Internet company?

By Benzinga Sep 18, 2013 1:22PM

 Man with laptop (© Ken Seet/SuperStock)By Todd Shriber, ETF Professor

Buoyed by the likes of Google (GOOG), Priceline (PCLN) and Facebook's (FB) Lazarus act, just to name a few, Internet ETFs have been stellar performers this year.

Not only has the First Trust Dow Jones Internet Index Fund (FDN) gained more than 30% this year, but almost $627 million of the ETF's $1.47 billion in assets under management have flowed into the fund since the start of 2013.

FDN and rival funds usually make room for U.S. Internet giants, such as the aforementioned stocks and others like Amazon (AMZN) and LinkedIn (LNKD). However, one Internet stock ETF investors should ensure their funds have is not a U.S. name. It is China's Tencent Holdings (TCEHY), that country's largest Internet company.

As of Monday, shares of Tencent traded in U.S. over-the-counter markets surged 63% year to date. To put that into context, shares of the largest Internet company in the largest country in the world, though still a company many Americans do not know about, have been nearly three times better than Google this year. Tencent has delivered more than quadruple the returns of Amazon in 2013.

When it comes to Chinese Internet names, the ones that usually pop up in Internet ETFs (Benzinga) are Baidu (BIDU), Sina (SINA) and Qihoo 360 Technology (QIHU), among others.

Accessing Tencent via ETFs is not only possible, but the ETFs that hold shares of the company usually feature substantial weights to it. And that is a good thing. Tencent's revenue has doubled in each of the past two years and its net income will increase 25%, according to Bloomberg.

The Global X Social Media Index ETF (SOCL), mostly known as the Facebook ETF (Benzinga) and perhaps the first ETF to hold Twitter when that company goes public, is also home to a sizable Tencent allocation.

Tencent is SOCL's largest holding at 12.6%, or more than 100 basis points above the weight the ETF gives to Facebook. SOCL's weight to Tencent is nearly 300 basis points larger than the weight to LinkedIn and more than double the fund's weight to Pandora (P). So when investors try to figure out why SOCL is up 44.3% this year, some of the credit must go to Tencent.

Tencent is also the fourth-largest holding (nearly 9.7%) in another Global X ETF, the Global X NASDAQ China Technology ETF (QQQC). The ETF is up nearly 40% year-to-date.

The Guggenheim China Technology ETF (CQQQ) has surged almost 38.3% this with Tencent as its largest holding with a current weight of nearly 12%. There are multiple reasons why tech and Internet ETFs have been leaders among China ETFs (Benzinga) this year and one of those reasons is clearly Tencent.

Even the new KraneShares CSI China Internet ETF (KWEB) gets it. KWEB, which is not yet two months old, features a 10.18% weight to Tencent, making the stock the new ETF's largest holding.

With a market value of $98.7 billion, Tencent is nearly twice the size of Baidu and not much smaller than Facebook.

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