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ETP Analyst Opinions

Analyst ratings give you a wealth of professional, targeted information about the ETPs you are researching. Analyst Opinions are intended to help investors better understand the potential for an ETP to increase or decrease in its value by evaluating such things as its underlying securities and structural integrity. Fidelity offers Analyst Ratings from major firms including Morningstar, Ned Davis Research, Standard & Poor’s, Marco Polo XTF, and Sabrient.


Ratings vary because they are derived using a variety of criteria that are as different and distinct as the firm performing the analysis. Additionally, each firm may have a different scale for their recommendation.  For example, one firm’s recommendation of 5 Stars may be equivalent to another’s recommendation of Overweight.

What is independent research?

Independent research is research produced by a firm that has no conflicts of interest in the following areas:

This is one definition of independent research. There may be other definitions in the marketplace.

What other information does the Analyst Opinions page provide?

The Analyst Opinions page provides a table displaying  the research firm name, date, and action (upgrade/downgrade) from prior rating and the latest rating for each research firm that has rated the ETP.  If available, logged-in users can access the most recent research report PDF by clicking the icon in the last column of the table.  Not all firms that rate ETPs provide detailed research reports. A link to the research firm’s methodology is also provided.

Where do the recent research reports come from?

Fidelity provides access to research and ETP ratings from several leading independent research firms, including Morningstar, Ned Davis Research, Standard & Poor’s, Marco Polo XTF, and Sabrient. Each research firm determines its own schedule for updating reports.  Fidelity updates reports as new ones are received from the research firm.  You should check the as-of date for each research report and interpret it in light of any recent market events that may not yet have been taken into account in the analysis.

How do I view research reports?

Research reports are in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format. To view a research report, click the report name or the PDF icon to the left of the report name. You must have Adobe Reader installed to view PDF files. If you don’t have Adobe Reader software, you can install it free by going to adobe.com and following the instructions.

How do I find out more about the research firmís methodology?

Research firms' approach to rating ETPs vary because they are derived using criteria that are as different and distinct as the firm performing the analysis. Select Explore Research Firms from the table of contents to see a complete list of the research firms available. Use this page or the ETP Analyst Opinions page to link to detailed information on individual firms' methodology.