The mRNA ETF (Ticker: MSGR) Offers Exposure to Rapidly Evolving mRNA Sector
NEW YORK—December 09, 2021— Direxion announced today the launch of the Direxion mRNA ETF (Ticker: MSGR). MSGR invests in companies believed to be at the forefront of the development and application of messenger RNA technology.
The MSGR ETF seeks investment results, before fees and expenses, of the BITA Messenger RNA Technology Index. The BITA Messenger RNA Technology Index provides exposure to the performance of companies, publicly listed in the United States, Canada and Europe, that are leading the development and application of mRNA technology. mRNA is a single-stranded ribonucleic acid molecule that is complementary to one of the DNA strands of a gene. mRNA plays a vital role in protein synthesis in the human body, and mRNA technologies leverage this vital role to enable targeted cells to produce proteins that enable the body to fight, or prevent, a given disease.
“For years, messenger RNA (mRNA) technologies struggled to gain acceptance. The COVID-19 pandemic changed all of that, thanks to the highly effective vaccines developed using mRNA to combat the novel coronavirus and its emerging variants,” said David Mazza, Managing Director, Head of Product at Direxion. “MSGR captures companies specifically involved with mRNA technologies that are believed to be at the forefront of fighting the battle against COVID, while also highlighting mRNA’s application to other viruses and diseases, including HIV and Lyme disease.”
Investors seeking to gain exposure to mRNA stocks, and the mRNA sector, can access companies such as Moderna, Inc. (MRNA), BioNTech SE (BNTX), Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc (VRTX) and others through this mRNA ETF ($MSGR). For additional nanotech stocks, see the table below.
As of November 19, 2021, the 24 constituents had a median total market capitalization of $2 billion, total market capitalizations ranging from $41 million to $107 billion, and were concentrated in the healthcare sector. Top ten index holdings are as follows:
mRNA ETF Index Top 10 Holdings
|Name||Ticker||GICS Sub-Industry||Market Cap ($B)||Weight (%)|
|Dicerna Pharmaceuticals Inc||DRNA||Pharmaceuticals||2.96||8.22|
|Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc||VRTX||Pharmaceuticals||47.53||7.07|
|Moderna Inc||MRNA||Biotechnology & Pharmaceuticals||142.89||7.04|
|Alnylam Pharmaceuticals Inc||ALNY||Pharmaceuticals||21.98||6.50|
|Gritstone bio Inc||GRTS||Biotechnology||0.90||5.34|
|Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals Inc||ARWR||Pharmaceuticals||7.32||4.90|
|Maravai LifeSciences Holdings Inc||MRVI||Biotechnology||11.84||4.65|
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Direxion Shares Risks – Investing involves risk including possible loss of principal. There is no guarantee the investment strategy will be successful. mRNA technology is a novel technology and the development of products or therapies based on mRNA technology has substantial clinical development and regulatory risks. mRNA technologies may also provide ineffective or may produce adverse effects. Negative perception of the efficacy, safety, or tolerability of such mRNA-based products or therapies could adversely affect a company and the general acceptance of mRNA technologies. Certain mRNA-based vaccines only have received Emergency Use Authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and other provisional, interim or conditional authorizations from regulatory authorities outside the United States, and there is no guarantee that such vaccines will receive full approval in the future.
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