A HACK overview
In this part of our series, we’ll examine the performance of the cyber-security stocks within the broad technology sector and track the weekly performance of the PureFunds ISE Cyber Security ETF (HACK) as well as its components.
On Tuesday, September 29, 2015, HACK closed at $25.19, with a negative return of -1.10%, generating a loss of 5.73% for the week.
By contrast, from September 22–September 29, 2015, the technology sector did marginally better. Over the trailing five days, the Technology Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLK) generated a negative return of -2.64%, while the Vanguard Information Technology ETF (VGT) generated a negative return of -3.99%. The First Trust Dow Jones Internet Index Fund (FDN) showed a return of 5.78%, and the iShares North American Tech-Software ETF (IGV) generated a return of 4.04%.
Individual holdings in HACK
After the IT (information technology) sector, the consulting and services sector performed second-best, generating returns of -2.46%. WidePoint Corporation (WYY) and Comp SA (CMP) generated returns of 14.12% and 3.65%, respectively, for the trailing five days, which brought the entire sector up.
HACK’s worst performing sector was aerospace and defense, which generated an overall return of -7.35%. This sector consisted of KEYW Holding Corporation (KEYW) and Exelis (XLS), which showed negative returns of -13.86% and -0.85%, respectively.
The system software sector constitutes around 33% of HACK’s total holdings and generated a loss of 5.65% for the trailing five days. Almost all stocks were down within this sector, except F-Secure (FSC1V), which generated a negative a return of -9.82% for the trailing five days. Within the same sector, Barracuda Networks (CUDA) and FireEye (FEYE) were the worst performing stocks, generating negative returns of -15.83% and -11.55%, respectively, on September 29, 2015.
F-Secure released a new IOS 9 App AdBlocker that helps users save data and browse faster by blocking traffic from advertising servers. This should encourage content developers to come up with user-friendly advertising practices.
Gemalto announced that Saudi Arabia’s Riyad Bank is migrating its entire portfolio to Gemalto’s “Clarista Contactless EMV Card,” powered by the industry standard MULTOS operating system. This payment method should allow Riyad Bank to differentiate themselves in the local retail banking market.
Read the next and final part of this series for Barracuda’s late September 2015 stock activity specifics.