The Jefferies TR-J CRB Wildcatters Exploration & Production ETF (WCAT) began trading on January 20. The new fund tracks the Thomson Reuters / Jefferies CRB Wildcatters Energy E&P Equity Index which provides a benchmark for the equities of commodity-related companies and, in particular, provides exposure to stocks of oil and gas exploration and production companies based in the US and Canada.
These companies are largely underrepresented in major stock market and energy sector indices. Approximately two-thirds of the proved reserves of the Wildcatters Index are natural gas, an energy source that produces roughly 50 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions than coal or oil.
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