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  MARCH 31, 2021

 

    

   2021 Annual Report

 

iShares Trust

 

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iShares Focused Value Factor ETF | FOVL | NYSE Arca

 

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iShares U.S. Aerospace & Defense ETF | ITA | Cboe BZX

 

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iShares U.S. Broker-Dealers & Securities Exchanges ETF | IAI | NYSE Arca

 

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iShares U.S. Healthcare Providers ETF | IHF | NYSE Arca

 

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iShares U.S. Home Construction ETF | ITB | Cboe BZX

 

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iShares U.S. Infrastructure ETF | IFRA | Cboe BZX

 

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iShares U.S. Insurance ETF | IAK | NYSE Arca

 

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iShares U.S. Medical Devices ETF | IHI | NYSE Arca

 

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iShares U.S. Oil & Gas Exploration & Production ETF | IEO | Cboe BZX

 

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iShares U.S. Oil Equipment & Services ETF | IEZ | NYSE Arca

 

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iShares U.S. Pharmaceuticals ETF | IHE | NYSE Arca

 

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iShares U.S. Real Estate ETF | IYR | NYSE Arca

 

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iShares U.S. Regional Banks ETF | IAT | NYSE Arca

 

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iShares U.S. Telecommunications ETF | IYZ | Cboe BZX


The Markets in Review

Dear Shareholder,

The 12-month reporting period as of March 31, 2021 reflected a remarkable period of disruption and adaptation, as the global economy dealt with the implications of the coronavirus (or “COVID-19”) pandemic. As the period began, the response to the virus’s spread was well underway, and countries around the world instituted economically disruptive countermeasures. Stay-at-home orders and closures of non-essential businesses became widespread, many workers were laid off, and unemployment claims spiked, causing a global recession and a sharp fall in equity prices.

As April 2020 began, stocks were near their lowest point since the beginning of the pandemic. However, a steady recovery began, as businesses started re-opening and governments learned to adapt to life with the virus. Equity prices continued to rise throughout the summer, fed by strong fiscal and monetary support and improving economic indicators. Many equity indices neared or surpassed all-time highs late in the reporting period following the implementation of mass vaccination campaigns and passage of an additional $1.9 trillion of fiscal stimulus. In the United States, both large- and small-capitalization stocks posted a significant advance. International equities also gained, as both developed countries and emerging markets rebounded substantially.

The 10-year U.S. Treasury yield (which is inversely related to bond prices) was near all-time lows as the period began, reflecting a reduced investor appetite for risk. However, inflation concerns from a rapidly expanding economy raised yields late in the reporting period, leading to a negative overall return for most U.S. Treasuries. In the corporate bond market, support from the U.S. Federal Reserve (the “Fed”) assuaged credit concerns and led to positive returns for corporate bonds, particularly high-yield corporates, which gained substantially.

The Fed remained committed to accommodative monetary policy by maintaining near zero interest rates and by announcing that inflation could exceed its 2% target for a sustained period without triggering a rate increase. To stabilize credit markets, the Fed also continued purchasing significant quantities of bonds, as did other influential central banks around the world, including the European Central Bank and the Bank of Japan.

Looking ahead, while coronavirus-related disruptions have clearly hindered worldwide economic growth, we believe that the global expansion will continue to accelerate as vaccination efforts ramp up and pent-up consumer demand leads to higher spending. In early 2021, President Biden signed one of the largest economic rescue packages in U.S. history, which should provide a solid tailwind for economic growth. In our view, inflation is likely to increase somewhat as the expansion continues, but moderate inflation is less likely to be followed by interest rate hikes that could threaten the economic expansion due to the change in Fed policy.

Overall, we favor a positive stance toward risk, with an overweight in equities. We see U.S. and Asian equities outside of Japan benefiting from structural growth trends in technology, while emerging markets should be particularly helped by a vaccine-led economic expansion. While we are neutral overall on credit, rising inflation should provide tailwinds for inflation-protected bonds, and global high-yield and Asian bonds also present attractive opportunities. We believe that international diversification and a focus on sustainability can help provide portfolio resilience, and the disruption created by the coronavirus appears to be accelerating the shift toward sustainable investments.

In this environment, our view is that investors need to think globally, extend their scope across a broad array of asset classes, and be nimble as market conditions change. We encourage you to talk with your financial advisor and visit iShares.com for further insight about investing in today’s markets.

Sincerely,

 

 

LOGO

Rob Kapito

President, BlackRock, Inc.

LOGO

Rob Kapito

President, BlackRock, Inc.

 

Total Returns as of March 31, 2021  
     
     6-Month     12-Month    
   

U.S. large cap equities
(S&P 500® Index)

    19.07     56.35
   

U.S. small cap equities
(Russell 2000® Index)

    48.05       94.85  
   

International equities
(MSCI Europe, Australasia, Far East Index)

    20.08       44.57  
   

Emerging market equities
(MSCI Emerging Markets Index)

    22.43       58.39  
   

3-month Treasury bills
(ICE BofA 3-Month U.S. Treasury Bill Index)

    0.06       0.12  
   

U.S. Treasury securities
(ICE BofA 10-Year U.S. Treasury Index)

    (8.88     (8.23
   

U.S. investment grade bonds
(Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index)

    (2.73     0.71  
   

Tax-exempt municipal bonds
(S&P Municipal Bond Index)

    1.46       5.29  
   

U.S. high yield bonds
(Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Corporate High Yield 2% Issuer Capped Index)

    7.35       23.65  
Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Index performance is shown for illustrative purposes only. You cannot invest directly in an index.

 

 

 

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Table of Contents

 

      Page  

The Markets in Review

     2  

Market Overview

     4  

Fund Summary

     5  

About Fund Performance

     33  

Shareholder Expenses

     33  

Schedules of Investments

     34  

Financial Statements

  

Statements of Assets and Liabilities

     69  

Statements of Operations

     73  

Statements of Changes in Net Assets

     77  

Financial Highlights

     84  

Notes to Financial Statements

     98  

Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

     111  

Important Tax Information (Unaudited)

     112  

Statement Regarding Liquidity Risk Management Program

     113  

Supplemental Information

     114  

Trustee and Officer Information

     116  

General Information

     118  

Glossary of Terms Used in this Report

     119  

 

 

 


Market Overview

 

 

iShares Trust

Domestic Market Overview

U.S. stocks advanced for the 12 months ended March 31, 2021 (“reporting period”), when the Russell 3000® Index, a broad measure of U.S. equity market performance, returned 62.53%. The reporting period began near the height of uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, which drove equity prices to a multi-year low. However, stocks began to recover as the federal government took measures to adapt to the economic and public health impact of the novel coronavirus. Optimism about the growth outlook for the economy led to further advances, and stocks moved past pre-pandemic prices to reach all-time highs near the end of the reporting period.

The pandemic’s initial economic consequences were swift and far-reaching. Restrictions imposed to slow the virus’ spread resulted in extensive job losses, and the unemployment rate rose quickly, reaching 14.8% in April 2020. Consumer spending, an important engine of economic growth, decreased sharply as people spent more time at home. These disruptions led to a substantial economic contraction. The U.S. economy declined by an annualized 31.4% in the second quarter of 2020, the largest decline on record.

However, unprecedented fiscal stimulus began to reverse the downward economic momentum. Individuals began to receive direct payments in April 2020 as part of the U.S. $2.2 trillion CARES Act, and payments to support businesses that kept employees on payroll helped to stabilize the economy. Unemployment began to decline, decreasing each month between April 2020 and November 2020, while still remaining elevated compared to pre-pandemic levels. Equity prices rose in response to the improving economic outlook.

The U.S. Federal Reserve (“Fed”) also responded to the pandemic, maintaining short-term interest rates near zero to encourage lending and stimulate economic activity. The Fed further acted to stabilize bond markets by continuing an unlimited, open-ended, bond buying program for U.S. Treasuries and mortgage-backed securities. The Fed later widened its program to include directly purchasing corporate bonds for the first time, including high-yield bonds. In August 2020, the Fed revised its long-standing inflation policy, allowing inflation to exceed the 2% target to stimulate the economy.

Fiscal and monetary stimulus, along with partial reopenings in many states, helped the economy rebound sharply in the second half of 2020. Economic growth picked up in the third quarter of 2020, with an annualized gain of 33.4%, as some previously shut-down parts of the economy resumed functioning. Growth moderated in the fourth quarter of 2020, rising by an annualized 4.3%.

In addition to the growing economy, stocks were boosted by the November 2020 news that several vaccines under development showed high effectiveness rates. Stocks also benefited from the results of the election in November 2020, which led to a change of administrations but made wide-reaching reforms less likely due to slim majorities in the U.S. Congress. Additional stimulus packages signed in December 2020 and March 2021 propelled further strong gains in equities, and many U.S. stock indexes touched all-time highs near the end of the reporting period.

Rising household wealth amid higher asset prices and the return to economic growth led analysts to expect that high savings and pent-up consumer demand will drive increased spending as the pandemic wanes. However, this also raised investors’ inflation expectations near the end of the reporting period. Additionally, the unequal nature of the recovery highlighted the difficulty many individuals still face, as total unemployment remained well below pre-pandemic levels, and 30% of Americans reported lower incomes as of February 2021.

 

 

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Fund Summary as of March 31, 2021      iShares® Focused Value Factor ETF

 

Investment Objective

The iShares Focused Value Factor ETF (the “Fund”) seeks to track the investment results of an index composed of U.S. large- and mid-capitalization stocks with prominent value characteristics, as represented by the Focused Value Select Index (the “Index”). The Fund invests in a representative sample of securities included in the Index that collectively has an investment profile similar to the Index. Due to the use of representative sampling, the Fund may or may not hold all of the securities that are included in the Index.

Performance

 

        Average Annual Total Returns                   Cumulative Total Returns      
     1 Year     

Since    

Inception    

             1 Year      Since
Inception
 

Fund NAV

    81.85      7.11%          81.85      15.02

Fund Market

    82.11        7.15             82.11        15.10  

Index

    82.57        7.43                   82.57        15.68  

GROWTH OF $10,000 INVESTMENT

(SINCE INCEPTION AT NET ASSET VALUE)

 

LOGO

The inception date of the Fund was 3/19/19. The first day of secondary market trading was 3/21/19.

Certain sectors and markets performed exceptionally well based on market conditions during the one-year period. Achieving such exceptional returns involves the risk of volatility and investors should not expect that such exceptional returns will be repeated.

Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Performance results do not reflect the deduction of taxes that a shareholder would pay on fund distributions or on the redemption or sale of fund shares. See “About Fund Performance” on page 33 for more information.

Expense Example

 

Actual           Hypothetical 5% Return         
 

Beginning
Account Value
(10/01/20)
 
 
 
      

Ending
Account Value
(03/31/21)
 
 
 
      

Expenses
Paid During
the Period 
 
 
(a) 
           

Beginning
Account Value
(10/01/20)
 
 
 
      

Ending
Account Value
(03/31/21)
 
 
 
      

Expenses
Paid During
the Period 
 
 
(a) 
    

Annualized
Expense
Ratio
 
 
 
  $       1,000.00          $       1,691.10          $        1.68               $       1,000.00          $      1,023.70          $        1.26        0.25

 

  (a) 

Expenses are calculated using the Fund’s annualized expense ratio (as disclosed in the table), multiplied by the average account value for the period, multiplied by the number of days in the period (182 days) and divided by the number of days in the year (365 days). Other fees, such as brokerage commissions and other fees to financial intermediaries, may be paid which are not reflected in the tables and examples above. See “Shareholder Expenses” on page 33 for more information.

 

 

 

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Fund Summary as of March 31, 2021  (continued)    iShares® Focused Value Factor ETF

 

Portfolio Management Commentary

Large and mid-capitalization stocks with prominent value characteristics gained significantly for the reporting period as the rollout of COVID-19 vaccine programs drove a rebound in economic activity. The financials sector contributed the most to the Index’s return. In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, bank stocks faced headwinds amid concerns that widespread business failures would lead to significant loan losses, particularly regional banks whose businesses rely more heavily on loans than larger institutions. However, bank stocks rallied when the Fed backed credit markets and effective COVID-19 vaccines were developed and distributed, raising investors’ hopes for an economic rebound. Late in the reporting period, higher long-term bond yields and a steepening yield curve also pointed to a strengthening economy, further supporting bank stocks. Higher interest rates and a steeper yield curve often improve banks’ profitability by widening the difference between the interest banks charge to borrowing customers and banks’ own cost of borrowing.

In this environment, merger and acquisition activity increased as regional banks sought to increase scale, eliminate overlapping costs, and compete with larger competitors. The diversified financials industry also contributed to the Index’s return as robust capital markets and mergers and acquisition activity helped offset pressure from lower interest rates weak loan growth.

The materials sector also contributed to the Index’s return as chemicals stocks rebounded with the overall economy. Additionally, multiple production outages for commodities chemical companies along the Gulf Coast following severe weather events constrained the supply of petrochemicals used in many consumer goods, driving up demand and, in turn, prices.

In terms of relative performance, the Index notably outperformed the broader market, as represented by the Russell 1000 Index. Higher relative exposures to volatility and value drove the Index’s outperformance. To maintain value exposure, the Index tends to invest in smaller companies than the benchmark because value and small size tend to be closely intertwined. During the reporting period, mega capitalization stocks outperformed smaller companies, which limited the magnitude of the Index’s outperformance.

The Index is unconstrained at the sector level to maximize exposure to the value factor, which resulted in relatively consistent overweight positions in financials, materials, and energy sectors and underweight positions in information technology and healthcare. Financials and materials contributed to performance relative to the broader market while information technology detracted from relative performance.

Portfolio Information

 

ALLOCATION BY SECTOR

 

 

Sector    
Percent of
Total Investments
 
(a) 

Banks

    32.0

Materials

    20.3  

Diversified Financials

    14.0  

Insurance

    8.4  

Energy

    7.9  

Utilities

    3.3  

Retailing

    3.2  

Consumer Durables & Apparel

    2.9  

Technology Hardware & Equipment

    2.3  

Capital Goods

    2.1  

Food, Beverage & Tobacco

    2.0  

Telecommunication Services

    1.6  

TEN LARGEST HOLDINGS

 

 

Security    
Percent of
Total Investments
 
(a) 

Olin Corp.

    5.1

Evercore Inc., Class A

    3.5  

Pinnacle Financial Partners Inc.

    3.3  

Penske Automotive Group Inc.

    3.2  

East West Bancorp. Inc.

    3.2  

Affiliated Managers Group Inc.

    3.1  

Steel Dynamics Inc.

    3.0  

Webster Financial Corp.

    3.0  

Popular Inc.

    2.9  

Mohawk Industries Inc.

    2.9  
  (a) 

Excludes money market funds.

 

 

 

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Fund Summary as of March 31, 2021      iShares® U.S. Aerospace & Defense ETF

 

Investment Objective

The iShares U.S. Aerospace & Defense ETF (the “Fund”) seeks to track the investment results of an index composed of U.S. equities in the aerospace and defense sector, as represented by the Dow Jones U.S. Select Aerospace & Defense IndexTM (the “Index”). The Fund invests in a representative sample of securities included in the Index that collectively has an investment profile similar to the Index. Due to the use of representative sampling, the Fund may or may not hold all of the securities that are included in the Index.

Performance

 

        Average Annual Total Returns                Cumulative Total Returns      
         1 Year      5 Years     10 Years                 1 Year      5 Years      10 Years  

Fund NAV

    46.23      13.61     13.94%           46.23      89.25      268.93

Fund Market

    46.18        13.60       13.94              46.18        89.17        268.91  

Index

    46.79        14.11       14.41                    46.79        93.45        284.30  

GROWTH OF $10,000 INVESTMENT

(AT NET ASSET VALUE)

 

LOGO

Certain sectors and markets performed exceptionally well based on market conditions during the one-year period. Achieving such exceptional returns involves the risk of volatility and investors should not expect that such exceptional returns will be repeated.

Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Performance results do not reflect the deduction of taxes that a shareholder would pay on fund distributions or on the redemption or sale of fund shares. See “About Fund Performance” on page 33 for more information.

Expense Example

 

Actual           Hypothetical 5% Return         
 

Beginning
Account Value
(10/01/20)
 
 
 
      

Ending
Account Value
(03/31/21)
 
 
 
      

Expenses
Paid During
the Period 
 
 
(a) 
           

Beginning
Account Value
(10/01/20)
 
 
 
      

Ending
Account Value
(03/31/21)
 
 
 
      

Expenses
Paid During
the Period 
 
 
(a) 
    

Annualized
Expense
Ratio
 
 
 
  $       1,000.00          $       1,321.80          $        2.37               $       1,000.00          $       1,022.90          $        2.07        0.41

 

  (a) 

Expenses are calculated using the Fund’s annualized expense ratio (as disclosed in the table), multiplied by the average account value for the period, multiplied by the number of days in the period (182 days) and divided by the number of days in the year (365 days). Other fees, such as brokerage commissions and other fees to financial intermediaries, may be paid which are not reflected in the tables and examples above. See “Shareholder Expenses” on page 33 for more information.

 

 

 

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Fund Summary as of March 31, 2021  (continued)    iShares® U.S. Aerospace & Defense ETF

 

Portfolio Management Commentary

U.S. aerospace and defense stocks gained for the reporting period amid investor optimism for a recovery in air travel and consumer spending as the economy reopened following the global coronavirus outbreak. Additionally, the passage of the 2021 U.S. defense policy bill, which authorized national military spending, reaffirmed the country’s continued commitment to defense spending. Most of the other nations that spend heavily on defense, including China, India, and Japan, also reconfirmed or increased their military budgets during the reporting period despite the pandemic’s negative impact on government deficits.

Higher military sales partly offset a decrease in commercial sales as the commercial aerospace sector embarked on a multiyear recovery after the pandemic froze global air travel and curbed aircraft demand. While the total number of commercial aircraft operating was still below pre-pandemic levels, passenger demand markedly improved as the reporting period progressed, with bookings moving in lock step with rising vaccination rates and easing travel restrictions. Unsold inventories of commercial aircraft and parts peaked at the height of the travel freeze, and then dropped steadily as new orders increased. Manufacturers, in turn, boosted their output, and production of planes and their components has since returned to pre-pandemic levels.

As the airline industry continued to cut costs to offset still-low passenger volumes, the demand for more efficient aircraft technology accelerated. The return to market of a popular fuel-efficient jet, previously grounded after two high profile crashes, was met with a surge of orders. Another large order toward the end of the reporting period involved new, significantly more fuel-efficient engines that could lower operating costs and reduce carbon emissions.

Portfolio Information

 

ALLOCATION BY SECTOR

 

Sector    
Percent of
Total Investments
 
(a) 

Aerospace & Defense

    98.0

Industrial Machinery

    1.4  

Leisure Products

    0.6  
TEN LARGEST HOLDINGS

 

Security    
Percent of
Total Investments
 
(a) 

Boeing Co. (The)

    21.8

Raytheon Technologies Corp.

    18.3  

Lockheed Martin Corp.

    4.8  

Northrop Grumman Corp.

    4.7  

L3Harris Technologies Inc.

    4.6  

General Dynamics Corp.

    4.6  

Teledyne Technologies Inc.

    4.3  

TransDigm Group Inc.

    4.3  

Textron Inc.

    3.6  

Howmet Aerospace Inc.

    3.5  

 

  (a) 

Excludes money market funds.

 

 

 

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Fund Summary as of March 31, 2021    iShares® U.S. Broker-Dealers & Securities Exchanges ETF

 

Investment Objective

The iShares U.S. Broker-Dealers & Securities Exchanges ETF (the “Fund”) seeks to track the investment results of an index composed of U.S. equities in the investment services sector, as represented by the Dow Jones U.S. Select Investment Services IndexTM (the “Index”). The Fund invests in a representative sample of securities included in the Index that collectively has an investment profile similar to the Index. Due to the use of representative sampling, the Fund may or may not hold all of the securities that are included in the Index.

Performance

 

    Average Annual Total Returns            Cumulative Total Returns  
         1 Year        5 Years        10 Years               1 Year        5 Years        10 Years  

Fund NAV

    82.40      21.69      13.80        82.40      166.85      264.17

Fund Market

    82.38        21.71        13.81          82.38        167.03        264.57  

Index

    82.52        22.13        14.17                82.52        171.68        276.41  

GROWTH OF $10,000 INVESTMENT

(AT NET ASSET VALUE)

 

LOGO

Certain sectors and markets performed exceptionally well based on market conditions during the one-year period. Achieving such exceptional returns involves the risk of volatility and investors should not expect that such exceptional returns will be repeated.

Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Performance results do not reflect the deduction of taxes that a shareholder would pay on fund distributions or on the redemption or sale of fund shares. See “About Fund Performance” on page 33 for more information.

Expense Example

 

Actual

 

          Hypothetical 5% Return

 

        
 

Beginning
Account Value
(10/01/20)
 
 
 
      

Ending
Account Value
(03/31/21)
 
 
 
      

Expenses
Paid During
the Period 
 
 
(a) 
           

Beginning
Account Value
(10/01/20)
 
 
 
      

Ending
Account Value
(03/31/21)
 
 
 
      

Expenses
Paid During
the Period 
 
 
(a) 
    

Annualized
Expense
Ratio
 
 
 
    $        1,000.00            $        1,497.20            $        2.55                 $      1,000.00            $      1,022.90            $        2.07        0.41

 

  (a) 

Expenses are calculated using the Fund’s annualized expense ratio (as disclosed in the table), multiplied by the average account value for the period, multiplied by the number of days in the period (182 days) and divided by the number of days in the year (365 days). Other fees, such as brokerage commissions and other fees to financial intermediaries, may be paid which are not reflected in the tables and examples above. See “Shareholder Expenses” on page 33 for more information.

 

 

 

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Fund Summary as of March 31, 2021  (continued)    iShares® U.S. Broker-Dealers & Securities Exchanges ETF

 

Portfolio Management Commentary

Stocks of U.S. broker-dealers and securities exchanges rose robustly during the reporting period. Amid the economic disruptions due to the coronavirus pandemic early in the reporting period, capital markets experienced historic volatility, driving sharply higher revenues due to increased trading, especially in fixed income, currency, and commodities. Income and revenues continued to rise sharply as fiscal and monetary stimulus was implemented, which led to a recovery in equities markets. Revenue also increased as effective COVID-19 vaccines were developed and distributed.

The investment banking and brokerage industry was the largest contributor to the Index’s return. Operating expenses declined and revenues rose due to strength in equities trading as well as increased volume in financial services due to increases in initial public offerings, especially in the information technology and healthcare sectors. Both the U.S. government and corporations issued record levels of debt to deal with the economic effects of the pandemic, boosting underwriting fees charged by investment banks. Accelerated mergers and acquisitions and increased financing in response to the pandemic benefited the industry. The favorable resolution of an ongoing investigation and a positive judgment by the Fed, which allowed investment banks to resume stock buybacks, also contributed. Investor optimism grew due to strategic acquisitions in the industry, which expanded technological offerings and increased the customer base, driving brokerage income.

Financial exchanges and data stocks also contributed to the Index’s return. People spent more time at home during the pandemic, with liquidity enhanced by stimulus checks and suspended payments for rents and loans. Consequently, trading by individuals increased sharply, especially options trading, which requires less capital to invest. Market volatility and the reduced cost of trading, including zero-commission options, increased transactions on exchanges, driving higher revenues.

Portfolio Information

 

ALLOCATION BY SECTOR

 

Sector    
Percent of
Total Investments
 
(a) 

Investment Banking & Brokerage

    77.1

Financial Exchanges & Data

    22.6  

Asset Management & Custody Banks

    0.3  
TEN LARGEST HOLDINGS

 

Security    
Percent of
Total Investments
 
(a) 

Morgan Stanley

    20.2

Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (The)

    19.5  

Raymond James Financial Inc.

    4.8  

Nasdaq Inc.

    4.7  

LPL Financial Holdings Inc.

    4.7  

Charles Schwab Corp. (The)

    4.6  

CME Group Inc.

    4.6  

Intercontinental Exchange Inc.

    4.5  

MarketAxess Holdings Inc.

    4.5  

Cboe Global Markets Inc.

    4.4  

 

  (a) 

Excludes money market funds.

 

 

 

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Fund Summary as of March 31, 2021      iShares® U.S. Healthcare Providers ETF

 

Investment Objective

The iShares U.S. Healthcare Providers ETF (the “Fund”) seeks to track the investment results of an index composed of U.S. equities in the healthcare providers sector, as represented by the Dow Jones U.S. Select Health Care Providers IndexTM (the “Index”). The Fund invests in a representative sample of securities included in the Index that collectively has an investment profile similar to the Index. Due to the use of representative sampling, the Fund may or may not hold all of the securities that are included in the Index.

Performance

 

    Average Annual Total Returns            Cumulative Total Returns  
         1 Year        5 Years       10 Years               1 Year        5 Years        10 Years  

Fund NAV

    51.63      16.92     15.92        51.63      118.52      338.13

Fund Market

    51.92        16.96       15.94          51.92        118.83        338.90  

Index

    52.22        17.39       16.35                52.22        122.95        354.47  

GROWTH OF $10,000 INVESTMENT

(AT NET ASSET VALUE)

 

LOGO

Certain sectors and markets performed exceptionally well based on market conditions during the one-year period. Achieving such exceptional returns involves the risk of volatility and investors should not expect that such exceptional returns will be repeated.

Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Performance results do not reflect the deduction of taxes that a shareholder would pay on fund distributions or on the redemption or sale of fund shares. See “About Fund Performance” on page 33 for more information.

Expense Example

 

Actual

 

          Hypothetical 5% Return

 

          
 

Beginning
Account Value
(10/01/20)
 
 
 
      

Ending
Account Value
(03/31/21)
 
 
 
      

Expenses
Paid During
the Period 
 
 
(a) 
           

Beginning
Account Value
(10/01/20)
 
 
 
      

Ending
Account Value
(03/31/21)
 
 
 
      

Expenses
Paid During
the Period 
 
 
(a) 
      

Annualized
Expense
Ratio
 
 
 
    $        1,000.00            $      1,247.90            $        2.30                   $      1,000.00            $      1,022.90            $        2.07          0.41

 

  (a)

Expenses are calculated using the Fund’s annualized expense ratio (as disclosed in the table), multiplied by the average account value for the period, multiplied by the number of days in the period (182 days) and divided by the number of days in the year (365 days). Other fees, such as brokerage commissions and other fees to financial intermediaries, may be paid which are not reflected in the tables and examples above. See “Shareholder Expenses” on page 33 for more information.

 

 

 

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Fund Summary as of March 31, 2021  (continued)    iShares® U.S. Healthcare Providers ETF

 

Portfolio Management Commentary

Stocks of healthcare providers advanced strongly during the reporting period. Healthcare providers benefited from long-term trends including medical and technological innovations and an aging population that continued to drive higher demand for healthcare goods and services, despite coronavirus-related limits on services and patient delays in accessing care.

Managed healthcare companies contributed the most to the Index’s return. Despite higher pandemic-related costs, companies benefited from patients making fewer doctor visits and delaying elective procedures. Reduced expenses led to substantive profit growth at managed healthcare companies, which also advanced amid expectations that access to healthcare coverage could expand under the new presidential administration and a Democratically controlled Congress. Consolidation aided the industry as well. For example, a large healthcare benefits manager acquired a data analytics provider, allowing it to expand services offered to hospitals, health plans, medical providers, and government entities.

Healthcare services companies also benefited the Index’s performance, appreciating due to revenue growth from prescription benefit services along with strong demand for COVID-19 testing and vaccinations. Expanded services inside retail stores, including in-person medical clinics, as well as virtual healthcare consultations, supported gains. Optimism that pharmacies would see a pick-up in store traffic as more people became vaccinated bolstered stock prices. Although elective testing procedures declined, diagnostic laboratories posted sizable gains from COVID-19 testing.

Healthcare facilities operators also contributed meaningfully to the Index’s return. Despite lower patient volumes and a significant reduction in profitable elective surgeries during the pandemic, some hospitals generated solid earnings growth due to rising per-patient revenues. Acute care and behavioral healthcare facilities also contributed to the industry’s performance, posting solid revenue growth as patient volumes recover.

Portfolio Information

 

ALLOCATION BY SECTOR  
   
Sector   Percent of
Total Investments(a)
 

Managed Health Care

    40.7

Health Care Services

    39.1  

Health Care Facilities

    11.7  

Health Care Technology

    7.6  

Life Sciences Tools & Services

    0.9  
TEN LARGEST HOLDINGS

 

   
Security   Percent of
Total Investments(a)
 

UnitedHealth Group Inc.

    23.2

CVS Health Corp.

    11.8  

Cigna Corp.

    10.2  

Anthem Inc.

    4.7  

Humana Inc.

    4.5  

Centene Corp.

    4.5  

HCA Healthcare Inc.

    4.4  

Laboratory Corp. of America Holdings

    3.9  

Teladoc Health Inc.

    3.7  

Quest Diagnostics Inc.

    2.7  

 

  (a)

Excludes money market funds.

 

 

 

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Fund Summary as of March 31, 2021      iShares® U.S. Home Construction ETF

 

Investment Objective

The iShares U.S. Home Construction ETF (the “Fund”) seeks to track the investment results of an index composed of U.S. equities in the home construction sector, as represented by the Dow Jones U.S. Select Home Construction IndexTM (the “Index”). The Fund invests in a representative sample of securities included in the Index that collectively has an investment profile similar to the Index. Due to the use of representative sampling, the Fund may or may not hold all of the securities that are included in the Index.

Performance

 

    Average Annual Total Returns            Cumulative Total Returns  
         1 Year        5 Years       10 Years               1 Year        5 Years        10 Years  

Fund NAV

    135.53      20.75     18.31        135.53      156.72      437.30

Fund Market

    135.47        20.77       18.32          135.47        156.93        437.94  

Index

    136.64        21.27       18.83                136.64        162.27        461.37  

GROWTH OF $10,000 INVESTMENT

(AT NET ASSET VALUE)

 

LOGO

Certain sectors and markets performed exceptionally well based on market conditions during the one-year period. Achieving such exceptional returns involves the risk of volatility and investors should not expect that such exceptional returns will be repeated.

Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Performance results do not reflect the deduction of taxes that a shareholder would pay on fund distributions or on the redemption or sale of fund shares. See “About Fund Performance” on page 33 for more information.

Expense Example

 

Actual

 

          Hypothetical 5% Return

 

          
 

Beginning
Account Value
(10/01/20)
 
 
 
      

Ending
Account Value
(03/31/21)
 
 
 
      

Expenses
Paid During
the Period 
 
 
(a) 
           

Beginning
Account Value
(10/01/20)
 
 
 
      

Ending
Account Value
(03/31/21)
 
 
 
      

Expenses
Paid During
the Period 
 
 
(a) 
      

Annualized
Expense
Ratio
 
 
 
    $        1,000.00            $      1,201.10            $        2.25                 $      1,000.00            $      1,022.90            $        2.07          0.41

 

  (a)

Expenses are calculated using the Fund’s annualized expense ratio (as disclosed in the table), multiplied by the average account value for the period, multiplied by the number of days in the period (182 days) and divided by the number of days in the year (365 days). Other fees, such as brokerage commissions and other fees to financial intermediaries, may be paid which are not reflected in the tables and examples above. See “Shareholder Expenses” on page 33 for more information.

 

 

 

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Fund Summary as of March 31, 2021  (continued)    iShares® U.S. Home Construction ETF

 

Portfolio Management Commentary

Home construction stocks gained strongly during the reporting period as a combination of lower mortgage rates and high demand for housing drove a comeback for the housing market. The outset of the reporting period was marked by the near freeze of housing and mortgage markets following the onset of coronavirus-led shutdowns. While construction activity was largely deemed essential, work progressed at a slower pace due to labor shortages and the rising cost and limited availability of building materials. However, as 2020 progressed and the overall economy continued improving, mortgage applications rose and the demand for new housing outpaced supply, leading to relatively low inventory.

Larger homebuilders used the market downturn to reset pricing contracts and make acquisitions, improving volumes, revenues, and profitability. To maintain liquidity, companies also purposefully slowed development activity and put off stock repurchases. Despite the uncertain environment, demand for entry-level homes accelerated as customers seeking space to accommodate their remote work needs moved from smaller homes in densely populated cities and rental apartments to more spacious homes in the suburban and rural markets. Demand was so strong relative to the homebuilders’ expectations that some homebuilders began limiting the number of new homes they sell at a time to avoid exceeding their capacity to build given the still-rising costs of material, labor, and land.

The building products industry, also contributed to the Index’s return as government stimulus supported an increase in remodeling and residential repairs. Merger and acquisition activity also increased among building products companies, as relatively low borrowing costs motivated corporate and private buyers to pursue deals.

Portfolio Information

 

ALLOCATION BY SECTOR

 

   
Sector    
Percent of
Total Investments
 
(a) 

Homebuilding

    64.8

Building Products

    13.4  

Home Improvement Retail

    11.3  

Specialty Chemicals

    4.5  

Home Furnishings

    2.6  

Trading Companies & Distributors

    1.7  

Other (each representing less than 1%)

    1.7  
TEN LARGEST HOLDINGS

 

   
Security    
Percent of
Total Investments
 
(a) 

DR Horton Inc.

    14.2

Lennar Corp., Class A

    13.4  

NVR Inc.

    7.9  

PulteGroup Inc.

    6.7  

Home Depot Inc. (The)

    4.9  

Lowe’s Companies Inc.

    4.8  

Sherwin-Williams Co. (The)

    4.5  

TopBuild Corp.

    3.3  

Toll Brothers Inc.

    3.1  

Masco Corp.

    2.2  

 

  (a)

Excludes money market funds.

 

 

 

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Fund Summary as of March 31, 2021      iShares® U.S. Infrastructure ETF

 

Investment Objective

The iShares U.S. Infrastructure ETF (the “Fund”) seeks to track the investment results of an index composed of equities of U.S. companies that have infrastructure exposure and that could benefit from a potential increase in domestic infrastructure activities, as represented by the NYSE® FactSet U.S. Infrastructure IndexSM (the “Index”). The Fund invests in a representative sample of securities included in the Index that collectively has an investment profile similar to the Index. Due to the use of representative sampling, the Fund may or may not hold all of the securities that are included in the Index.

Performance

 

        Average Annual Total Returns                   Cumulative Total Returns      
     1 Year     

Since

Inception

           1 Year      Since
Inception
 

Fund NAV

    74.11      13.57       74.11      46.38

Fund Market

    74.51        13.66         74.51        46.71  

Index

    75.05        14.02               75.05        48.08  

GROWTH OF $10,000 INVESTMENT

(SINCE INCEPTION AT NET ASSET VALUE)

 

LOGO

The inception date of the Fund was 4/3/18. The first day of secondary market trading was 4/5/18.

Certain sectors and markets performed exceptionally well based on market conditions during the one-year period. Achieving such exceptional returns involves the risk of volatility and investors should not expect that such exceptional returns will be repeated.

Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Performance results do not reflect the deduction of taxes that a shareholder would pay on fund distributions or on the redemption or sale of fund shares. See “About Fund Performance” on page 33 for more information.

Expense Example

 

Actual

 

          Hypothetical 5% Return

 

          
 

Beginning
Account Value
(10/01/20)
 
 
 
      

Ending
Account Value
(03/31/21)
 
 
 
      

Expenses
Paid During
the Period 
 
 
(a) 
           

Beginning
Account Value
(10/01/20)
 
 
 
      

Ending
Account Value
(03/31/21)
 
 
 
      

Expenses
Paid During
the Period 
 
 
(a) 
      

Annualized
Expense
Ratio
 
 
 
    $        1,000.00            $        1,435.70            $        2.43                 $      1,000.00            $      1,022.90            $        2.02          0.40

 

  (a)

Expenses are calculated using the Fund’s annualized expense ratio (as disclosed in the table), multiplied by the average account value for the period, multiplied by the number of days in the period (182 days) and divided by the number of days in the year (365 days). Other fees, such as brokerage commissions and other fees to financial intermediaries, may be paid which are not reflected in the tables and examples above. See “Shareholder Expenses” on page 33 for more information.

 

 

 

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Fund Summary as of March 31, 2021  (continued)    iShares® U.S. Infrastructure ETF

 

Portfolio Management Commentary

U.S. infrastructure stocks advanced strongly during the reporting period amid rebounding economic activity, fiscal stimulus, and optimism about COVID-19 vaccination programs. Late in the reporting period, a proposal by the new administration that would address transportation, internet connectivity, and climate change heightened expectations for an increase in infrastructure spending.

The industrials sector was the primary contributor to the Index’s return, led by the capital goods industry. Within the industry, construction and engineering companies advanced due to large project wins, increasing activity, and expectations for higher government spending on roads, bridges, and other projects. Consumer spending on home improvement projects during the coronavirus pandemic, along with record-low interest rates that supported new home construction and purchases, boosted building products stocks. Construction machinery stocks also advanced as demand rebounded from a pandemic-related decrease amid cost-cutting efforts and increased home construction and remodeling.

The materials sector, particularly metals and mining companies, bolstered the index’s return significantly. Steel producers advanced as a supply and demand imbalance, due in part to a rebound in manufacturing after plant closures during the height of pandemic-related restrictions, helped drive steel prices and profits sharply higher. A recovery in automotive production, construction, and manufacturing, particularly in China, also supported steel prices. Chemicals stocks advanced as demand and prices rose amid improving global economic growth and increasing manufacturing activity. Supply shortages of commodity chemicals also led to higher prices, benefiting the industry.

Utilities sector stocks were solid contributors to the Index’s performance, helped by companies’ shift to clean power, amid encouragement by the new administration and state regulators, as well as investor interest in steady dividends. Utilities were largely able to offset a pandemic-related decline in commercial demand for electricity with strong residential sales and cost controls.

Portfolio Information

 

ALLOCATION BY SECTOR

 

   
Sector    
Percent of
Total Investments
 
(a) 

Electric Utilities

    19.2

Construction & Engineering

    11.9  

Multi-Utilities

    11.5  

Steel

    7.5  

Gas Utilities

    6.3  

Building Products

    6.3  

Water Utilities

    5.4  

Oil & Gas Storage & Transportation

    4.3  

Construction Materials

    3.9  

Commodity Chemicals

    3.3  

Railroads

    3.1  

Construction Machinery & Heavy Trucks

    2.8  

Trading Companies & Distributors

    1.8  

Environmental & Facilities Services

    1.7  

Aluminum

    1.6  

Specialty Chemicals

    1.6  

Industrial Machinery

    1.1  

Other (each representing less than 1%)

    6.7  
TEN LARGEST HOLDINGS

 

   
Security    
Percent of
Total Investments
 
(a) 

Kansas City Southern

    0.9

Hawaiian Electric Industries Inc.

    0.9  

York Water Co. (The)

    0.8  

Alliant Energy Corp.

    0.8  

Middlesex Water Co.

    0.8  

Ameren Corp.

    0.8  

Entergy Corp.

    0.8  

Sempra Energy

    0.8  

Avista Corp.

    0.8  

Sunnova Energy International Inc.

    0.8  

 

  (a)

Excludes money market funds.

 

 

 

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Fund Summary as of March 31, 2021    iShares® U.S. Insurance ETF

 

Investment Objective

The iShares U.S. Insurance ETF (the “Fund”) seeks to track the investment results of an index composed of U.S. equities in the insurance sector, as represented by the Dow Jones U.S. Select Insurance IndexTM (the “Index”). The Fund invests in a representative sample of securities included in the Index that collectively has an investment profile similar to the Index. Due to the use of representative sampling, the Fund may or may not hold all of the securities that are included in the Index.

Performance

 

    Average Annual Total Returns            Cumulative Total Returns  
         1 Year        5 Years        10 Years               1 Year        5 Years        10 Years  

Fund NAV

    52.54      10.53      10.69        52.54      64.99      176.00

Fund Market

    52.69        10.56        10.70          52.69        65.16        176.33  

Index

    53.18        10.98        11.16                53.18        68.32        187.97  

GROWTH OF $10,000 INVESTMENT

(AT NET ASSET VALUE)

 

LOGO

Certain sectors and markets performed exceptionally well based on market conditions during the one-year period. Achieving such exceptional returns involves the risk of volatility and investors should not expect that such exceptional returns will be repeated.

Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Performance results do not reflect the deduction of taxes that a shareholder would pay on fund distributions or on the redemption or sale of fund shares. See “About Fund Performance” on page 33 for more information.

Expense Example

 

Actual

 

          Hypothetical 5% Return

 

        
 

Beginning
Account Value
(10/01/20)
 
 
 
      

Ending
Account Value
(03/31/21)
 
 
 
      

Expenses
Paid During
the Period 
 
 
(a) 
           

Beginning
Account Value
(10/01/20)
 
 
 
      

Ending
Account Value
(03/31/21)
 
 
 
      

Expenses
Paid During
the Period 
 
 
(a) 
    

Annualized
Expense
Ratio
 
 
 
    $        1,000.00            $        1,349.10            $        2.40                 $      1,000.00            $      1,022.90            $        2.07        0.41

 

  (a)

Expenses are calculated using the Fund’s annualized expense ratio (as disclosed in the table), multiplied by the average account value for the period, multiplied by the number of days in the period (182 days) and divided by the number of days in the year (365 days). Other fees, such as brokerage commissions and other fees to financial intermediaries, may be paid which are not reflected in the tables and examples above. See “Shareholder Expenses” on page 33 for more information.

 

 

 

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Fund Summary as of March 31, 2021  (continued)    iShares® U.S. Insurance ETF

 

Portfolio Management Commentary

U.S. insurance stocks advanced strongly for the reporting period, rising particularly sharply in the latter half of the reporting period amid investor optimism as the economy started to recover from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Insurance stocks were bolstered by the development of vaccines, which were expected to reduce subsequent mortality from the COVID-19 virus. An increase in yields of U.S. Treasuries and government stimulus spending also supported insurance stocks. Toward the end of the reporting period, insurance companies benefited from a decline in catastrophe losses and increased stock buybacks.

The property and casualty insurance industry was the leading contributor to the Index’s return. Revenues and profits rose due to strong growth in sales of insurance products both domestically and internationally. During government-issued, stay-at-home guidance, automobile trips declined sharply, reducing the number of accidents and leading to fewer claims and higher profits. The industry was further bolstered by higher income from investments and favorable reserve development, a measure of the change in the expense of claims from the prior year. Victories in court surrounding business-interruption disputes mitigated expenditures stemming from the pandemic.

The life and health insurance industry was also a robust contributor to the Index’s return. Insurance companies reduced spending on medical procedures, as many were postponed by policyholders, while premature deaths due to the pandemic reduced the cost to insurers of annuities and long-term care. Revenues increased due to growth in the international insurance market and strength in demand for domestic workforce insurance. Multi-line insurance stocks also contributed. While damage from hurricanes and pandemic-related costs stemming from cancelled travel and events constrained profits, revenues rose due to growth in policy sales, as well as income from investments as market conditions improved.

Portfolio Information

 

ALLOCATION BY SECTOR

 

   
Sector    
Percent of
Total Investments
 
(a) 

Property & Casualty Insurance

    50.9

Life & Health Insurance

    27.8  

Multi-line Insurance

    12.9  

Insurance Brokers

    5.8  

Reinsurance

    1.4  

Other Diversified Financial Services

    1.2  
TEN LARGEST HOLDINGS

 

   
Security    
Percent of
Total Investments
 
(a) 

Chubb Ltd.

    10.8

Progressive Corp. (The)

    8.5  

MetLife Inc.

    7.0  

American International Group Inc.

    6.1  

Travelers Companies Inc. (The)

    5.8  

Prudential Financial Inc.

    5.5  

Allstate Corp. (The)

    4.6  

Aflac Inc.

    4.6  

Arthur J Gallagher & Co.

    3.8  

Hartford Financial Services Group Inc. (The)

    3.7  

 

  (a)

Excludes money market funds.

 

 

 

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Fund Summary as of March 31, 2021      iShares® U.S. Medical Devices ETF

 

Investment Objective

The iShares U.S. Medical Devices ETF (the “Fund”) seeks to track the investment results of an index composed of U.S. equities in the medical devices sector, as represented by the Dow Jones U.S. Select Medical Equipment IndexTM (the “Index”). The Fund invests in a representative sample of securities included in the Index that collectively has an investment profile similar to the Index. Due to the use of representative sampling, the Fund may or may not hold all of the securities that are included in the Index.

Performance

 

        Average Annual Total Returns                    Cumulative Total Returns      
     1 Year      5 Years     10 Years             1 Year      5 Years      10 Years  

Fund NAV

    47.02      22.38     18.37        47.02      174.50      440.18

Fund Market

    46.90        22.39       18.38          46.90        174.61        440.52  

Index

    47.62        22.91       18.87                47.62        180.47        463.39  

GROWTH OF $10,000 INVESTMENT

(AT NET ASSET VALUE)

 

LOGO

Certain sectors and markets performed exceptionally well based on market conditions during the one-year period. Achieving such exceptional returns involves the risk of volatility and investors should not expect that such exceptional returns will be repeated.

Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Performance results do not reflect the deduction of taxes that a shareholder would pay on fund distributions or on the redemption or sale of fund shares. See “About Fund Performance” on page 33 for more information.

Expense Example

 

Actual

 

          Hypothetical 5% Return

 

        
 

Beginning
Account Value
(10/01/20)
 
 
 
      

Ending
Account Value
(03/31/21)
 
 
 
      

Expenses
Paid During
the Period 
 
 
(a) 
           

Beginning
Account Value
(10/01/20)
 
 
 
      

Ending
Account Value
(03/31/21)
 
 
 
      

Expenses
Paid During
the Period 
 
 
(a) 
    

Annualized
Expense
Ratio
 
 
 
    $        1,000.00            $      1,101.60            $        2.15                 $      1,000.00            $      1,022.90            $        2.07        0.41

 

  (a)

Expenses are calculated using the Fund’s annualized expense ratio (as disclosed in the table), multiplied by the average account value for the period, multiplied by the number of days in the period (182 days) and divided by the number of days in the year (365 days). Other fees, such as brokerage commissions and other fees to financial intermediaries, may be paid which are not reflected in the tables and examples above. See “Shareholder Expenses” on page 33 for more information.

 

 

 

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Fund Summary as of March 31, 2021  (continued)    iShares® U.S. Medical Devices ETF

 

Portfolio Management Commentary

Stocks of medical device makers advanced strongly for the reporting period, fueled by optimism that successful development and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines would spur the resumption of elective medical procedures and drive sales of related instruments and devices. The healthcare equipment industry contributed the most to the Index’s performance. Manufacturers posted sharp gains as surging sales of coronavirus diagnostic tests to both healthcare facilities and individuals propelled strong profit growth. Diverse revenue drivers, such as testing and diagnostic equipment as well as medical devices and pharmaceuticals preparations, bolstered companies amid rapid changes in demand for certain products. Government contracts for manufacturing inputs used by pharmaceuticals companies in developing coronavirus vaccines also helped the industry’s performance. Despite an overall decline in medical procedures during the pandemic, strong sales of technologies such as ventilators and pulse oximeters used to treat coronavirus patients served as an industry tailwind.

Companies providing veterinary diagnostic services also boosted the Index’s performance amid an increase in pet ownership by consumers staying at home during the pandemic’s closures. In human medicine, ongoing strength in the market for robot-assisted surgery devices supported gains. Less invasive robot-assisted surgery in outpatient facilities helped keep patients out of higher-risk hospital settings and reduced staffing requirements, decreasing the probability of exposure to the coronavirus.

The life sciences, tools, and services industry was a smaller, though notable, contributor to the Index’s return. Strong sales of COVID-19 diagnostic tests, along with raw materials inputs for vaccine production, drove revenue growth in the industry. Companies providing specialty refrigeration for global vaccine distribution further benefited the industry’s performance.

Portfolio Information

 

ALLOCATION BY SECTOR

 

   
Sector    
Percent of
Total Investments
 
(a) 

Health Care Equipment

    84.6

Life Sciences Tools & Services

    15.0  

Health Care Supplies

    0.4  
TEN LARGEST HOLDINGS

 

   
Security    
Percent of
Total Investments
 
(a) 

Abbott Laboratories

    14.3

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc.

    12.1  

Medtronic PLC

    10.7  

Danaher Corp.

    8.1  

Intuitive Surgical Inc.

    4.5  

Becton Dickinson and Co.

    4.5  

Stryker Corp.

    4.4  

Boston Scientific Corp.

    4.1  

Edwards Lifesciences Corp.

    3.9  

Baxter International Inc.

    3.2  

 

  (a)

Excludes money market funds.

 

 

 

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Fund Summary as of March 31, 2021      iShares® U.S. Oil & Gas Exploration & Production ETF

 

Investment Objective

The iShares U.S. Oil & Gas Exploration & Production ETF (the “Fund”) seeks to track the investment results of an index composed of U.S. equities in the oil and gas exploration and production sector, as represented by the Dow Jones U.S. Select Oil Exploration & Production IndexTM (the “Index”). The Fund invests in a representative sample of securities included in the Index that collectively has an investment profile similar to the Index. Due to the use of representative sampling, the Fund may or may not hold all of the securities that are included in the Index.

Performance

 

    Average Annual Total Returns            Cumulative Total Returns  
     1 Year      5 Years      10 Years             1 Year      5 Years      10 Years  

Fund NAV

    120.05      0.61      (2.73 )%         120.05      3.09      (24.20 )% 

Fund Market

    120.47        0.63        (2.72        120.47        3.19        (24.14

Index

    121.11        1.04        (2.35              121.11        5.29        (21.15

GROWTH OF $10,000 INVESTMENT

(AT NET ASSET VALUE)

 

 

LOGO

Certain sectors and markets performed exceptionally well based on market conditions during the one-year period. Achieving such exceptional returns involves the risk of volatility and investors should not expect that such exceptional returns will be repeated.

Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Performance results do not reflect the deduction of taxes that a shareholder would pay on fund distributions or on the redemption or sale of fund shares. See “About Fund Performance” on page 33 for more information.

Expense Example

 

Actual           Hypothetical 5% Return         
 

Beginning
Account Value
(10/01/20)
 
 
 
      

Ending
Account Value
(03/31/21)
 
 
 
      

Expenses
Paid During
the Period 
 
 
(a) 
           

Beginning
Account Value
(10/01/20)
 
 
 
      

Ending
Account Value
(03/31/21)
 
 
 
      

Expenses
Paid During
the Period 
 
 
(a) 
    

Annualized
Expense
Ratio
 
 
 
  $ 1,000.00          $ 1,861.70          $ 2.93               $ 1,000.00          $ 1,022.90          $ 2.07        0.41

 

  (a) 

Expenses are calculated using the Fund’s annualized expense ratio (as disclosed in the table), multiplied by the average account value for the period, multiplied by the number of days in the period (182 days) and divided by the number of days in the year (365 days). Other fees, such as brokerage commissions and other fees to financial intermediaries, may be paid which are not reflected in the tables and examples above. See “Shareholder Expenses” on page 33 for more information.

 

 

 

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Fund Summary as of March 31, 2021  (continued)    iShares® U.S. Oil & Gas Exploration & Production ETF

 

Portfolio Management Commentary

U.S. oil and gas exploration and production stocks advanced sharply during the reporting period despite subdued energy demand driven by the coronavirus pandemic. Oil prices declined to historically low levels early in the reporting period following a sharp reduction in global economic activity due to business closures and travel restrictions. The stark drop in demand led to an oversupply of oil, which was further exacerbated by a production disagreement among some of the world’s largest oil producers. As oil production started to exceed the capacity of storage facilities, some West Texas Intermediate futures contracts briefly reached negative prices in April 2020, and the spot price of oil declined to a 21-year low.

Oil prices began to rebound in the summer of 2020 amid signs of economic revival as coronavirus infection rates decreased and governments eased restrictions. Optimism about a new economic stimulus package in the U.S. and the success of potential COVID-19 vaccines bolstered investor sentiment about economic recovery, further lifting oil prices through the end of 2020. Meanwhile, production cuts by OPEC trimmed the oversupply, leading to a stabilization of oil prices. Additional reductions in global oil supply in early 2021 along with improving industrial activity in some regions also supported oil prices.

Oil and gas exploration and production companies benefited significantly from higher oil prices. In addition, disciplined capital spending programs and ongoing cost-cutting led to greater-than-expected cash flow, which helped companies maintain dividend payments and buy back stock. Integrated oil and gas companies also gained as they responded to reduced capacity and production levels by lowering capital spending, investment, and debt.

Portfolio Information

 

ALLOCATION BY SECTOR

 

 

Sector    
Percent of
Total Investments
 
(a) 

Oil & Gas Exploration & Production

    68.4

Oil & Gas Refining & Marketing

    24.7  

Oil & Gas Storage & Transportation

    6.9  

TEN LARGEST HOLDINGS

 

 

Security    
Percent of
Total Investments
 
(a) 

ConocoPhillips

    17.7

EOG Resources Inc.

    10.5  

Phillips 66

    8.8  

Marathon Petroleum Corp.

    7.5  

Pioneer Natural Resources Co.

    4.9  

Hess Corp.

    4.8  

Cheniere Energy Inc.

    4.7  

Valero Energy Corp.

    4.3  

Diamondback Energy Inc.

    4.0  

Devon Energy Corp.

    3.9  

 

  (a) 

Excludes money market funds.

 

 

 

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Fund Summary as of March 31, 2021      iShares® U.S. Oil Equipment & Services ETF

 

Investment Objective

The iShares U.S. Oil Equipment & Services ETF (the “Fund”) seeks to track the investment results of an index composed of U.S. equities in the oil equipment and services sector, as represented by the Dow Jones U.S. Select Oil Equipment & Services IndexTM (the “Index”). The Fund invests in a representative sample of securities included in the Index that collectively has an investment profile similar to the Index. Due to the use of representative sampling, the Fund may or may not hold all of the securities that are included in the Index.

Performance

 

    Average Annual Total Returns            Cumulative Total Returns  
     1 Year      5 Years     10 Years             1 Year      5 Years      10 Years  

Fund NAV

    129.06      (15.91 )%      (13.52 )%         129.06      (57.95 )%       (76.61 )% 

Fund Market

    129.44        (15.90     (13.53        129.44        (57.93      (76.62

Index

    131.15        (15.63     (13.26              131.15        (57.24      (75.89

GROWTH OF $10,000 INVESTMENT

(AT NET ASSET VALUE)

 

 

LOGO

Certain sectors and markets performed exceptionally well based on market conditions during the one-year period. Achieving such exceptional returns involves the risk of volatility and investors should not expect that such exceptional returns will be repeated.

Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Performance results do not reflect the deduction of taxes that a shareholder would pay on fund distributions or on the redemption or sale of fund shares. See “About Fund Performance” on page 33 for more information.

Expense Example

 

Actual           Hypothetical 5% Return         
 

Beginning
Account Value
(10/01/20)
 
 
 
      

Ending
Account Value
(03/31/21)
 
 
 
      

Expenses
Paid During
the Period 
 
 
(a) 
           

Beginning
Account Value
(10/01/20)
 
 
 
      

Ending
Account Value
(03/31/21)
 
 
 
      

Expenses
Paid During
the Period 
 
 
(a) 
    

Annualized
Expense
Ratio
 
 
 
  $ 1,000.00          $ 1,872.60          $ 2.94               $ 1,000.00          $ 1,022.90          $ 2.07        0.41

 

  (a)

Expenses are calculated using the Fund’s annualized expense ratio (as disclosed in the table), multiplied by the average account value for the period, multiplied by the number of days in the period (182 days) and divided by the number of days in the year (365 days). Other fees, such as brokerage commissions and other fees to financial intermediaries, may be paid which are not reflected in the tables and examples above. See “Shareholder Expenses” on page 33 for more information.

 

 

 

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Fund Summary as of March 31, 2021  (continued)    iShares® U.S. Oil Equipment & Services ETF

 

Portfolio Management Commentary

U.S. oil equipment and services stocks advanced sharply for the reporting period despite an environment of subdued energy demand driven by the coronavirus pandemic. Oil prices declined to historically low levels early in the reporting period following a sharp reduction in global economic activity due to business closures and travel restrictions. The stark drop in demand led to an oversupply of oil, which was further exacerbated by a production disagreement among some of the world’s largest oil producers. As oil production started to exceed the capacity of storage facilities, some West Texas Intermediate futures contracts briefly reached negative prices in April 2020, and the spot price of oil declined to a 21-year low.

Oil prices began to rebound in the summer of 2020 amid signs of economic revival as coronavirus infection rates decreased and governments eased restrictions. Optimism about a new economic stimulus package in the U.S. and the success of potential COVID-19 vaccines bolstered investor sentiment about economic recovery, further lifting oil prices through the end of 2020. Meanwhile, production cuts by OPEC trimmed the oversupply, leading to a stabilization of oil prices. Additional reductions in global oil supply in early 2021 along with improving industrial activity in some regions also supported oil prices.

Oil and gas equipment and services companies, whose revenues depend on spending by oil producers and refiners, benefited substantially from rising oil prices. Oilfield services providers posted profit and earnings growth which surpassed expectations, driven by higher demand for oil. As oil prices rose, spending on drilling services and equipment, such as oil rigs, expanded significantly, driving producers to extract more oil.

Portfolio Information

 

ALLOCATION BY SECTOR

 

 

Sector

   
Percent of
Total Investments
 
(a) 

Oil & Gas Equipment & Services

    88.4

Oil & Gas Drilling

    11.6  

TEN LARGEST HOLDINGS

 

 

Security

   
Percent of
Total Investments
 
(a) 

Schlumberger Ltd.

    23.9

Halliburton Co.

    21.7  

ChampionX Corp.

    4.7  

Baker Hughes Co.

    4.7  

TechnipFMC PLC

    4.5  

NOV Inc.

    4.3  

Helmerich & Payne Inc.

    4.3  

Transocean Ltd.

    3.8  

Cactus Inc., Class A

    3.0  

Patterson-UTI Energy Inc.

    2.4  

 

  (a) 

Excludes money market funds.

 

 

 

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Fund Summary as of March 31, 2021      iShares® U.S. Pharmaceuticals ETF

 

Investment Objective

The iShares U.S. Pharmaceuticals ETF (the “Fund”) seeks to track the investment results of an index composed of U.S. equities in the pharmaceuticals sector, as represented by the Dow Jones U.S. Select Pharmaceuticals IndexTM (the “Index”). The Fund invests in a representative sample of securities included in the Index that collectively has an investment profile similar to the Index. Due to the use of representative sampling, the Fund may or may not hold all of the securities that are included in the Index.

Performance

 

    Average Annual Total Returns            Cumulative Total Returns  
     1 Year      5 Years     10 Years                 1 Year      5 Years      10 Years  

Fund NAV

    33.30      6.67     11.89%           33.30      38.12      207.66

Fund Market

    33.45        6.72       11.91                       33.45        38.40        208.13  

Index

    33.83        6.97       12.25                    33.83        40.08        217.65  

GROWTH OF $10,000 INVESTMENT

(AT NET ASSET VALUE)

 

LOGO

Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Performance results do not reflect the deduction of taxes that a shareholder would pay on fund distributions or on the redemption or sale of fund shares. See “About Fund Performance” on page 33 for more information.

Expense Example

 

Actual

 

          Hypothetical 5% Return

 

          
 

Beginning
  Account Value
(10/01/20)
 
 
 
      

Ending
Account Value
(03/31/21)
 
 
 
      

Expenses
Paid During
the Period 
 
 
(a) 
           

Beginning
Account Value
(10/01/20)
 
 
 
      

Ending
Account Value
(03/31/21)
 
 
 
      

Expenses
Paid During
the Period 
 
 
(a) 
      

Annualized
Expense
Ratio
 
 
 
    $        1,000.00            $      1,093.30            $        2.14                 $      1,000.00            $      1,022.90              $        2.07          0.41

 

  (a) 

Expenses are calculated using the Fund’s annualized expense ratio (as disclosed in the table), multiplied by the average account value for the period, multiplied by the number of days in the period (182 days) and divided by the number of days in the year (365 days). Other fees, such as brokerage commissions and other fees to financial intermediaries, may be paid which are not reflected in the tables and examples above. See “Shareholder Expenses” on page 33 for more information.

 

 

 

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Fund Summary as of March 31, 2021  (continued)    iShares® U.S. Pharmaceuticals ETF

 

Portfolio Management Commentary

Pharmaceuticals stocks advanced significantly during the reporting period, despite pandemic-related challenges, including supply chain disruptions and delayed clinical trials due to social distancing measures that slowed or halted research. Nevertheless, the pharmaceuticals industry benefited from the ongoing long-term trend of an aging population that drove higher demand for healthcare goods and services. Pharmaceuticals stocks were also aided by significant equity issuance in 2020, which more than doubled from 2019 levels. Similarly, the number of industry mergers and acquisitions increased year over year.

The pharmaceuticals industry was helped by several successful trials of COVID-19 vaccine candidates, followed by emergency use authorization granted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to begin widespread vaccination programs. Collaborative agreements between rival pharmaceuticals companies to jointly manufacture vaccine doses and expedite vaccination programs crucial to reopening schools and businesses also bolstered returns of the pharmaceuticals industry. Likewise, a contract vaccine manufacturer that produced a viral vector, a genetically modified virus that stimulates the body’s immune response against COVID-19, advanced amid strong demand for the vaccine both in the U.S. and abroad. The pharmaceuticals industry also benefited from the development of antibody therapies against multiple strains of the coronavirus that reduced the incidence of severe illness necessitating hospitalization.

Outside of treatments and vaccines for the coronavirus, the pharmaceuticals industry benefited from regulatory approval of a new multiple sclerosis drug. Solid revenue growth from sales of a treatment for an eye condition associated with thyroid disease drove solid profitability, and acquisition activity that expanded the disease portfolios of several pharmaceuticals companies served as an industry tailwind.

Portfolio Information

 

ALLOCATION BY SECTOR

 

 

Sector    
Percent of
Total Investments
 
(a) 

Pharmaceuticals

    96.3

Biotechnology

    3.7  

TEN LARGEST HOLDINGS

 

 

Security    
Percent of
Total Investments
 
(a) 

Johnson & Johnson

    23.1

Pfizer Inc.

    17.6  

Merck & Co. Inc.

    5.6  

Zoetis Inc.

    4.7  

Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.

    4.6  

Horizon Therapeutics PLC

    4.6  

Catalent Inc.

    4.6  

Viatris Inc.

    4.5  

Eli Lilly & Co.

    4.1  

Elanco Animal Health Inc.

    4.0  

 

  (a) 

Excludes money market funds.

 

 

 

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Fund Summary as of March 31, 2021      iShares® U.S. Real Estate ETF

 

Investment Objective

The iShares U.S. Real Estate ETF (the “Fund”) seeks to track the investment results of an index composed of U.S. equities in the real estate sector, as represented by the Dow Jones U.S. Real Estate Capped IndexTM (the “Index”). The Fund invests in a representative sample of securities included in the Index that collectively has an investment profile similar to the Index. Due to the use of representative sampling, the Fund may or may not hold all of the securities that are included in the Index.

Performance

 

    Average Annual Total Returns            Cumulative Total Returns  
     1 Year      5 Years     10 Years             1 Year      5 Years      10 Years  

Fund NAV

    35.02      6.89     8.32        35.02      39.56      122.43

Fund Market

    35.39        6.92       8.34          35.39        39.75        122.84  

Index(a)

    35.08        7.26       8.79          35.08        41.98        132.30  

Dow Jones U.S. Real Estate Index

    34.90        7.23       8.78          34.90        41.79        132.00  

Dow Jones U.S. Real Estate Capped Index(b)

    N/A        N/A       N/A                N/A        N/A        N/A  

GROWTH OF $10,000 INVESTMENT

(AT NET ASSET VALUE)

 

LOGO

Certain sectors and markets performed exceptionally well based on market conditions during the one-year period. Achieving such exceptional returns involves the risk of volatility and investors should not expect that such exceptional returns will be repeated.

 

  (a)

Index performance through January 24, 2021 reflects the performance of the Dow Jones U.S. Real Estate IndexTM. Index performance beginning on January 25, 2021 reflects the performance of the Dow Jones U.S. Real Estate Capped IndexTM, which, effective as of January 25, 2021, replaced the Dow Jones U.S. Real Estate IndexTM as the underlying index of the fund.

 

 

  (b)

The inception date of the Dow Jones U.S. Real Estate Capped IndexTM was October 26, 2020.

 

Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Performance results do not reflect the deduction of taxes that a shareholder would pay on fund distributions or on the redemption or sale of fund shares. See “About Fund Performance” on page 33 for more information.

Expense Example

 

Actual           Hypothetical 5% Return           
 

Beginning
Account Value
(10/01/20)
 
 
 
      

Ending
Account Value
(03/31/21)
 
 
 
      

Expenses
Paid During
the Period 
 
 
(a) 
           

Beginning
Account Value
(10/01/20)
 
 
 
      

Ending
Account Value
(03/31/21)
 
 
 
      

Expenses
Paid During
the Period 
 
 
(a) 
      

Annualized
Expense
Ratio
 
 
 
  $ 1,000.00        $ 1,163.50        $ 2.21             $ 1,000.00        $ 1,022.90        $ 2.07          0.41

 

  (a)

Expenses are calculated using the Fund’s annualized expense ratio (as disclosed in the table), multiplied by the average account value for the period, multiplied by the number of days in the period (182 days) and divided by the number of days in the year (365 days). Other fees, such as brokerage commissions and other fees to financial intermediaries, may be paid which are not reflected in the tables and examples above. See “Shareholder Expenses” on page 33 for more information.

 

 

 

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Fund Summary as of March 31, 2021  (continued)    iShares® U.S. Real Estate ETF

 

Portfolio Management Commentary

Real estate investment trusts (“REITs”) advanced significantly during the reporting period, benefiting from a stabilization of economic activity following the pandemic-related restrictions of early 2020. Specialized REITs contributed the most to the Index’s return, helped by increased demand for infrastructure capabilities during the pandemic. Communications infrastructure REITs expanded next-generation 5G mobile networks amid higher cell tower usage as demand for digital communication grew. Similarly, data center operators advanced with the acceleration of remote working trends that raised demand for digitization, video conferencing, and data analysis. Self-storage REITs benefited from higher occupancy rates driven by rising relocations as consumers moved or consolidated households during the pandemic. REITs that owned timber-producing properties also performed well, benefiting from a housing shortage that drove demand for residential construction products.

Retail REITs were a key source of strength, helped by the development and distribution of several COVID-19 vaccines. Mall operators performed particularly well, as rent collections rose amid higher consumer spending, driven in part by government stimulus measures.

Residential REITs also contributed meaningfully to the Index’s performance. Higher occupancy rates and rising rent collections bolstered residential REITs as consumers left cities in favor of rental houses in lower density suburbs. Demand for apartment rentals, notably in the sun belt, also remained robust, particularly in the second half of 2020.

Healthcare REITs advanced amid ongoing improvement in demand for senior care residences, declining COVID-19 infections, and high resident vaccination rates. New resident acceptances rose markedly, with nearly all communities adding new residents at the end of the reporting period. Industrials REITs providing logistics and warehouse capabilities also bolstered returns as e-commerce fulfilment demand rose sharply.

Portfolio Information

 

ALLOCATION BY SECTOR

 

Sector    
Percent of
Total Investments
 
(a) 

Specialized Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs)

    38.3

Residential REITs

    14.5  

Industrial REITs

    10.2  

Health Care REITs

    8.9  

Retail REITs

    8.5  

Office REITs

    6.8  

Mortgage REITs

    3.1  

Real Estate Services

    2.9  

Research & Consulting Services

    2.7  

Diversified REITs

    2.7  

Hotel & Resort REITs

    1.0  

Real Estate Development

    0.4  
TEN LARGEST HOLDINGS

 

Security    
Percent of
Total Investments
 
(a) 

American Tower Corp.

    8.7

Prologis Inc.

    6.4  

Crown Castle International Corp.

    6.1  

Equinix Inc.

    4.6  

Digital Realty Trust Inc.

    3.3  

Public Storage

    3.1  

Simon Property Group Inc.

    3.1  

CoStar Group Inc.

    2.7  

SBA Communications Corp.

    2.5  

Welltower Inc.

    2.5  

 

  (a)

Excludes money market funds.

 

 

 

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Fund Summary as of March 31, 2021      iShares® U.S. Regional Banks ETF

 

Investment Objective

The iShares U.S. Regional Banks ETF (the “Fund”) seeks to track the investment results of an index composed of U.S. equities in the regional banks sector, as represented by the Dow Jones U.S. Select Regional Banks IndexTM (the “Index”). The Fund invests in a representative sample of securities included in the Index that collectively has an investment profile similar to the Index. Due to the use of representative sampling, the Fund may or may not hold all of the securities that are included in the Index.

Performance

 

    Average Annual Total Returns            Cumulative Total Returns  
     1 Year      5 Years     10 Years             1 Year      5 Years      10 Years  

Fund NAV

    101.55      14.98     11.12        101.55      100.97      187.06

Fund Market

    101.80        15.00       11.13          101.80        101.15        187.30  

Index

    102.60        15.48       11.61                102.60        105.36        200.06  

GROWTH OF $10,000 INVESTMENT

(AT NET ASSET VALUE)

 

LOGO

Certain sectors and markets performed exceptionally well based on market conditions during the one-year period. Achieving such exceptional returns involves the risk of volatility and investors should not expect that such exceptional returns will be repeated.

Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Performance results do not reflect the deduction of taxes that a shareholder would pay on fund distributions or on the redemption or sale of fund shares. See “About Fund Performance” on page 33 for more information.

Expense Example

 

Actual           Hypothetical 5% Return           
 

Beginning
Account Value
(10/01/20)
 
 
 
      

Ending
Account Value
(03/31/21)
 
 
 
      

Expenses
Paid During
the Period 
 
 
(a) 
           

Beginning
Account Value
(10/01/20)
 
 
 
      

Ending
Account Value
(03/31/21)
 
 
 
      

Expenses
Paid During
the Period 
 
 
(a) 
      

Annualized
Expense
Ratio
 
 
 
$ 1,000.00        $ 1,750.40        $ 2.81             $ 1,000.00        $ 1,022.90        $ 2.07          0.41

 

  (a)

Expenses are calculated using the Fund’s annualized expense ratio (as disclosed in the table), multiplied by the average account value for the period, multiplied by the number of days in the period (182 days) and divided by the number of days in the year (365 days). Other fees, such as brokerage commissions and other fees to financial intermediaries, may be paid which are not reflected in the tables and examples above. See “Shareholder Expenses” on page 33 for more information.

 

 

 

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Fund Summary as of March 31, 2021  (continued)    iShares® U.S. Regional Banks ETF

 

Portfolio Management Commentary

U.S. regional banks, which operate locally but may offer national services, advanced sharply during the reporting period. Regional bank stocks were relatively flat in the first half of the reporting period as the continued spread of COVID-19 led state and local governments to issue stay-at-home orders, disrupting economic activity and raising expectations of loan defaults. In the second half of the reporting period, regional banks recovered, advancing as investors grew optimistic about economic growth during the recovery and a rebound in consumer spending. The prospect of renewed stock buybacks as the Fed relaxed restrictions also bolstered the industry. Bank stocks rallied as favorable vaccine developments were announced and a large government stimulus package passed. Government stimulus support for small businesses, to whom regional banks lend, helped accelerate the recovery for regional bank stocks.

As economic conditions improved, regional banks recaptured substantial amounts from the provision for credit losses, especially from commercial loans. Regional bank stocks showed strength due to rising intermediate-term government bond yields. Because banks borrow at short-term interest rates and lend to customers at longer term interest rates, the larger spread between shorter and longer-term interest rates helped the industry. Rising interest rates particularly benefit regional banks, which depend more on interest income from loans than larger banks.

Amid the economic disruptions of the pandemic, people reduced spending and increased saving to bank accounts, increasing money available to banks for loans. Demand for home loans increased sharply during the reporting period as mortgage rates fell, supporting regional banks, which are exposed to the real estate market. Regional bank stocks also benefited from expansion, while consolidation in the industry and the consequent reduction in overhead costs boosted earnings.

Portfolio Information

 

ALLOCATION BY SECTOR

 

 

Sector    
Percent of
Total Investments
 
(a) 

Regional Banks

    86.5

Diversified Banks

    11.9  

Thrifts & Mortgage Finance

    1.6  

TEN LARGEST HOLDINGS

 

 

Security    
Percent of
Total Investments
 
(a) 

Truist Financial Corp.

    12.4

U.S. Bancorp.

    11.9  

PNC Financial Services Group Inc. (The)

    11.7  

First Republic Bank/CA

    4.6  

Fifth Third Bancorp.

    4.2  

SVB Financial Group

    4.2  

Regions Financial Corp.

    3.1  

M&T Bank Corp.

    3.1  

KeyCorp

    3.0  

Citizens Financial Group Inc.

    3.0  

 

  (a)

Excludes money market funds.

 

 

 

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Fund Summary as of March 31, 2021      iShares® U.S. Telecommunications ETF

 

Investment Objective

The iShares U.S. Telecommunications ETF (the “Fund”) seeks to track the investment results of an index composed of U.S. equities in the telecommunications sector, as represented by the Dow Jones U.S. Select Telecommunications IndexTM (the “Index”). The Fund invests in a representative sample of securities included in the Index that collectively has an investment profile similar to the Index. Due to the use of representative sampling, the Fund may or may not hold all of the securities that are included in the Index.

Performance

 

    Average Annual Total Returns            Cumulative Total Returns  
     1 Year      5 Years     10 Years                 1 Year      5 Years      10 Years  

Fund NAV

    33.82      3.79     5.81%                    33.82      20.43      75.95

Fund Market

    33.52        3.75       5.80              33.52        20.20        75.68  

Index

    34.19        3.92       6.02                    34.19        21.20        79.50  

GROWTH OF $10,000 INVESTMENT

(AT NET ASSET VALUE)

 

 

LOGO

Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Performance results do not reflect the deduction of taxes that a shareholder would pay on fund distributions or on the redemption or sale of fund shares. See “About Fund Performance” on page 33 for more information.

Expense Example

 

Actual

 

          Hypothetical 5% Return

 

          
 

Beginning
Account Value
(10/01/20)
 
 
 
      

Ending
Account Value
(03/31/21)
 
 
 
      

Expenses
Paid During
the Period 
 
 
(a) 
           

Beginning
Account Value
(10/01/20)
 
 
 
      

Ending
Account Value
(03/31/21)
 
 
 
      

Expenses
Paid During
the Period 
 
 
(a) 
      

Annualized
Expense
Ratio
 
 
 
    $        1,000.00            $      1,207.50            $        2.26                 $      1,000.00            $      1,022.90            $        2.07          0.41

 

  (a) 

Expenses are calculated using the Fund’s annualized expense ratio (as disclosed in the table), multiplied by the average account value for the period, multiplied by the number of days in the period (182 days) and divided by the number of days in the year (365 days). Other fees, such as brokerage commissions and other fees to financial intermediaries, may be paid which are not reflected in the tables and examples above. See “Shareholder Expenses” on page 33 for more information.

 

 

 

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Fund Summary as of March 31, 2021  (continued)    iShares® U.S. Telecommunications ETF

 

Portfolio Management Commentary

Telecommunications stocks ended the reporting period significantly higher, advancing robustly as stay-at-home directives led people to spend more time at home. This transition drove demand for communications technologies that support remote work and home-based entertainment, especially streaming video.

The information technology sector contributed the most to the Index’s return, led by the communications equipment industry. Revenues in the industry were initially pressured by supply chain difficulties and reduced enterprise spending. However, profits and revenues rose sharply amid increased demand for communications technology as workers and companies adjusted to the pandemic by increasing spending on communications infrastructure. Under government-imposed, stay-at-home directives, the creation of online businesses and communication platforms rose, increasing demand for services and software supporting these web-based activities. The pandemic-accelerated business migration to cloud computing and subsequent investment in data centers to accommodate remote work also boosted sales. Mergers and acquisitions in the industry similarly led to increased revenue. Fewer in-person meetings led companies to invest in technology for communications among employees. Rapid growth of mobile broadband drove demand for the networking hardware needed to support increased use.

The communication services sector also contributed to the Index’s return, led by the telecommunications industry. Alternative carriers gained as consumer demand for data to support their increased use of streaming video and online work led to sharply higher broadband internet service, lifting revenues and profit margins. Integrated telecommunications companies also contributed, benefiting from reduced operating costs. Subscriptions to wireless communications plans increased, boosting revenues. Similarly, an increase in subscribers to streaming video services, driven by successful feature films and strategic partnerships with streaming device manufacturers, also helped the industry.

Portfolio Information

 

ALLOCATION BY SECTOR

 

 

Sector    
Percent of
Total Investments
 
(a) 

Diversified Telecommunication Services

    57.0

Communications Equipment

    32.4  

Wireless Telecommunication Services

    6.0  

Household Durables

    4.6  

TEN LARGEST HOLDINGS

 

 

Security    
Percent of
Total Investments
 
(a) 

Verizon Communications Inc.

    22.5

AT&T Inc.

    22.3  

Arista Networks Inc.

    4.9  

Cisco Systems Inc.

    4.7  

Motorola Solutions Inc.

    4.7  

Garmin Ltd.

    4.6  

T-Mobile U.S. Inc.

    4.3  

Lumen Technologies Inc.

    4.0  

F5 Networks Inc.

    3.9  

Liberty Global PLC, Class C

    2.7  

 

  (a) 

Excludes money market funds.

 

 

 

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About Fund Performance

 

Past performance is not an indication of future results. Financial markets have experienced extreme volatility and trading in many instruments has been disrupted. These circumstances may continue for an extended period of time and may continue to affect adversely the value and liquidity of the fund’s investments. As a result, current performance may be lower or higher than the performance data quoted. Performance data current to the most recent month-end is available at iShares.com. Performance results assume reinvestment of all dividends and capital gain distributions and do not reflect the deduction of taxes that a shareholder would pay on fund distributions or on the redemption or sale of fund shares. The investment return and principal value of shares will vary with changes in market conditions. Shares may be worth more or less than their original cost when they are redeemed or sold in the market. Performance for certain funds may reflect a waiver of a portion of investment advisory fees. Without such a waiver, performance would have been lower.

Net asset value or “NAV” is the value of one share of a fund as calculated in accordance with the standard formula for valuing mutual fund shares. Beginning August 10, 2020, the price used to calculate market return (“Market Price”) is the closing price. Prior to August 10, 2020, Market Price was determined by using the midpoint between the highest bid and the lowest ask on the primary stock exchange on which shares of a fund are listed for trading, as of the time that such fund’s NAV is calculated. Since shares of a fund may not trade in the secondary market until after the fund’s inception, for the period from inception to the first day of secondary market trading in shares of the fund, the NAV of the fund is used as a proxy for the Market Price to calculate market returns. Market and NAV returns assume that dividends and capital gain distributions have been reinvested at Market Price and NAV, respectively.

An index is a statistical composite that tracks a specified financial market or sector. Unlike a fund, an index does not actually hold a portfolio of securities and therefore does not incur the expenses incurred by a fund. These expenses negatively impact fund performance. Also, market returns do not include brokerage commissions that may be payable on secondary market transactions. If brokerage commissions were included, market returns would be lower.

Shareholder Expenses

As a shareholder of your Fund, you incur two types of costs: (1) transaction costs, including brokerage commissions on purchases and sales of fund shares and (2) ongoing costs, including management fees and other fund expenses. The expense example, which is based on an investment of $1,000 invested at the beginning of the period (or from the commencement of operations if less than 6 months) and held through the end of the period, is intended to help you understand your ongoing costs (in dollars and cents) of investing in your Fund and to compare these costs with the ongoing costs of investing in other funds.

Actual Expenses – The table provides information about actual account values and actual expenses. Annualized expense ratios reflect contractual and voluntary fee waivers, if any. To estimate the expenses that you paid on your account over the period, simply divide your account value by $1,000 (for example, an $8,600 account value divided by $1,000 = 8.6), then multiply the result by the number under the heading entitled “Expenses Paid During the Period.”

Hypothetical Example for Comparison Purposes – The table also provides information about hypothetical account values and hypothetical expenses based on your Fund’s actual expense ratio and an assumed rate of return of 5% per year before expenses. You may use this information to compare the ongoing costs of investing in your Fund and other funds. To do so, compare this 5% hypothetical example with the 5% hypothetical examples that appear in the shareholder reports of the other funds.

Please note that the expenses shown in the table are meant to highlight your ongoing costs only and do not reflect any transactional costs, such as brokerage commissions and other fees paid on purchases and sales of fund shares. Therefore, the hypothetical examples are useful in comparing ongoing costs only and will not help you determine the relative total costs of owning different funds. In addition, if these transactional costs were included, your costs would have been higher.

 

 

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Schedule of Investments  

 

March 31, 2021

  

iShares® Focused Value Factor ETF

(Percentages shown are based on Net Assets)

 

Security   Shares     Value  

Common Stocks

   

Asset Management & Custody Banks — 5.5%

   

Affiliated Managers Group Inc.(a)

    8,303     $ 1,237,396  

Ameriprise Financial Inc.

    4,126       959,089  
   

 

 

 
      2,196,485  
Automotive Retail — 3.2%            

Penske Automotive Group Inc.

    15,992       1,283,198  
   

 

 

 
Commodity Chemicals — 12.3%            

Cabot Corp.

    16,709       876,220  

LyondellBasell Industries NV, Class A

    9,420       980,151  

Olin Corp.

    53,879       2,045,785  

Westlake Chemical Corp.

    11,539       1,024,548  
   

 

 

 
      4,926,704  
Construction Machinery & Heavy Trucks — 2.1%            

Trinity Industries Inc.

    29,078       828,432  
   

 

 

 
Diversified Banks — 2.5%            

Bank of America Corp.

    26,066       1,008,494  
   

 

 

 
Diversified Chemicals — 2.5%            

Huntsman Corp.

    34,450       993,193  
   

 

 

 
Gas Utilities — 1.8%            

National Fuel Gas Co.

    14,764       738,052  
   

 

 

 
Home Furnishings — 2.9%            

Mohawk Industries Inc.(b)

    6,084       1,170,014  
   

 

 

 
Independent Power Producers & Energy Traders — 1.5%            

Vistra Corp.

    33,248       587,825  
   

 

 

 
Integrated Oil & Gas — 3.7%            

Chevron Corp.

    6,938       727,033  

Exxon Mobil Corp.

    13,843       772,855  
   

 

 

 
      1,499,888  
Integrated Telecommunication Services — 1.6%            

AT&T Inc.

    20,479       619,899  
   

 

 

 
Investment Banking & Brokerage — 8.5%            

Evercore Inc., Class A

    10,507       1,384,192  

Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (The)

    3,133       1,024,491  

Morgan Stanley

    12,817       995,368  
   

 

 

 
          3,404,051  
Life & Health Insurance — 2.2%            

Aflac Inc.

    17,182       879,375  
   

 

 

 
Oil & Gas Exploration & Production — 4.2%            

ConocoPhillips

    14,733       780,407  

EOG Resources Inc.

    12,220       886,317  
   

 

 

 
      1,666,724  
Packaged Foods & Meats — 1.9%            

Kraft Heinz Co. (The)

    19,413       776,520  
   

 

 

 
Property & Casualty Insurance — 6.2%            

First American Financial Corp.

    12,892       730,332  
Security   Shares     Value  
Property & Casualty Insurance (continued)            

Mercury General Corp.

    15,192     $ 923,825  

Old Republic International Corp.

    37,956       828,959  
   

 

 

 
          2,483,116  
Regional Banks — 27.5%            

Associated Banc-Corp.

    45,254       965,720  

Bank OZK

    26,377       1,077,500  

East West Bancorp. Inc.

    17,082       1,260,652  

M&T Bank Corp.

    5,954       902,686  

People’s United Financial Inc.

    53,506       957,757  

Pinnacle Financial Partners Inc.

    14,743       1,307,114  

Popular Inc.

    16,655       1,171,180  

Regions Financial Corp.

    55,672       1,150,184  

Webster Financial Corp.

    21,638       1,192,470  

Zions Bancorp. NA

    18,208       1,000,712  
   

 

 

 
      10,985,975  
Steel — 5.5%            

Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co.

    6,521       993,083  

Steel Dynamics Inc.

    23,728       1,204,433  
   

 

 

 
      2,197,516  
Technology Distributors — 2.3%            

Avnet Inc.

    22,201       921,564  
   

 

 

 
Thrifts & Mortgage Finance — 1.9%            

New York Community Bancorp. Inc.

    60,693       765,946  
   

 

 

 
Total Common Stocks — 99.8%            

(Cost: $29,237,389)

      39,932,971  
   

 

 

 
Short-Term Investments            
Money Market Funds — 0.6%            

BlackRock Cash Funds: Institutional, SL Agency Shares,
0.11%(c)(d)(e)

    167,100       167,200  

BlackRock Cash Funds: Treasury, SL Agency Shares,
0.00%(c)(d)

    50,000       50,000  
   

 

 

 
      217,200  
   

 

 

 

Total Short -Term Investments — 0.6%
(Cost: $217,200)

      217,200  
   

 

 

 

Total Investments in Securities — 100.4%
(Cost: $29,454,589)

      40,150,171  

Other Assets, Less Liabilities — (0.4)%

      (147,522
   

 

 

 

Net Assets — 100.0%

    $ 40,002,649  
   

 

 

 

 

(a) 

All or a portion of this security is on loan.

(b) 

Non-income producing security.

(c) 

Affiliate of the Fund.

(d) 

Annualized 7-day yield as of period-end.

(e) 

All or a portion of this security was purchased with cash collateral received from loaned securities.

 

 

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Schedule of Investments  (continued)

March 31, 2021

  

iShares® Focused Value Factor ETF

 

Affiliates

Investments in issuers considered to be affiliate(s) of the Fund during the year ended March 31, 2021 for purposes of Section 2(a)(3) of the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended, were as follows:

 

                   
Affiliated Issuer    Value at
03/31/20
     Purchases
at Cost
     Proceeds
from Sales
     Net Realized
Gain (Loss)
     Change in
Unrealized
Appreciation
(Depreciation)
     Value at
03/31/21
     Shares
Held at
03/31/21
     Income     

Capital

Gain
Distributions
from
Underlying
Funds

 

BlackRock Cash Funds: Institutional, SL Agency Shares

   $ 477,236      $      $ (311,046 )(a)     $ 826      $ 184      $ 167,200        167,100      $ 4,791 (b)     $  

BlackRock Cash Funds: Treasury, SL Agency Shares

     29,000        21,000 (a)                            50,000        50,000        28         
           

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

       

 

 

    

 

 

 
            $ 826      $ 184      $ 217,200         $ 4,819      $  
           

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

       

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

  (a) 

Represents net amount purchased (sold).

 
  (b) 

All or a portion represents securities lending income earned from the reinvestment of cash collateral from loaned securities, net of fees and collateral investment expenses, and other payments to and from borrowers of securities.

 

Fair Value Measurements

Various inputs are used in determining the fair value of financial instruments. For description of the input levels and information about the Fund’s policy regarding valuation of financial instruments, refer to the Notes to Financial Statements.

The following table summarizes the value of the Fund’s investments according to the fair value hierarchy as of March 31, 2021. The breakdown of the Fund’s investments into major categories is disclosed in the Schedule of Investments above.

 

         
      Level 1      Level 2      Level 3      Total  

Investments

           

Assets

           

Common Stocks

   $ 39,932,971      $             —      $             —      $ 39,932,971  

Money Market Funds

     217,200                      217,200  
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 
   $ 40,150,171      $      $      $ 40,150,171  
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

See notes to financial statements.

 

 

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iShares® U.S. Aerospace & Defense ETF

(Percentages shown are based on Net Assets)

 

Security   Shares     Value  

Common Stocks

   

Aerospace & Defense — 97.9%

   

AAR Corp.(a)

    278,101     $ 11,582,907  

Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings Inc.

    603,773       28,353,180  

Aerovironment Inc.(a)(b)

    188,006       21,819,976  

Axon Enterprise Inc.(a)(b)

    534,105       76,067,234  

Boeing Co. (The)

    2,536,730           646,155,866  

BWX Technologies Inc.

    795,439       52,451,248  

Cubic Corp.(a)

    265,805       19,821,079  

Curtiss-Wright Corp.

    342,801       40,656,199  

General Dynamics Corp.

    748,428       135,884,588  

HEICO Corp.(a)

    354,005       44,533,829  

HEICO Corp., Class A(a)

    617,687       70,169,243  

Hexcel Corp.(a)

    700,038       39,202,128  

Howmet Aerospace Inc.

    3,267,850       104,996,021  

Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc.

    337,082       69,388,330  

Kaman Corp.

    231,901       11,894,202  

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc.(a)(b)

    1,033,837       28,203,073  

L3Harris Technologies Inc.

    675,658       136,942,363  

Lockheed Martin Corp.

    381,945       141,128,678  

Maxar Technologies Inc.

    596,644       22,565,076  

Mercury Systems Inc.(a)(b)

    470,114       33,213,554  

Moog Inc., Class A

    245,755       20,434,528  

National Presto Industries Inc.

    43,567       4,446,884  

Northrop Grumman Corp.

    430,146       139,212,451  

PAE Inc.(a)(b)

    516,957       4,662,952  

Parsons Corp.(a)(b)

    197,141       7,972,382  

Raytheon Technologies Corp.

    7,025,799       542,883,489  

Spirit AeroSystems Holdings Inc., Class A(a)

    883,773       42,995,556  

Teledyne Technologies Inc.(a)(b)

    309,993       128,228,605  

Textron Inc.(a)

    1,900,193       106,562,823  

TransDigm Group Inc.(a)(b)

    215,299       126,578,588  

Triumph Group Inc.

    437,835       8,047,407  

Virgin Galactic Holdings Inc.(a)(b)

    1,091,248       33,424,926  
   

 

 

 
      2,900,479,365  
Security   Shares     Value  
Industrial Machinery — 1.4%            

RBC Bearings Inc.(a)(b)

    210,514     $ 41,422,839  
   

 

 

 
Leisure Products — 0.6%            

Smith & Wesson Brands Inc.

    446,385       7,789,418  

Sturm Ruger & Co. Inc.

    147,079       9,717,510  
   

 

 

 
      17,506,928  
   

 

 

 

Total Common Stocks — 99.9%
(Cost: $2,729,526,724)

      2,959,409,132  
   

 

 

 
Short-Term Investments            

Money Market Funds — 1.9%

   

BlackRock Cash Funds: Institutional, SL Agency Shares, 0.11%(c)(d)(e)

    51,334,513       51,365,314  

BlackRock Cash Funds: Treasury, SL Agency Shares, 0.00%(c)(d)

    3,820,000       3,820,000  
   

 

 

 
      55,185,314  
   

 

 

 

Total Short -Term Investments — 1.9%
(Cost: $55,130,397)

      55,185,314  
   

 

 

 

Total Investments in Securities — 101.8%
(Cost: $2,784,657,121)

      3,014,594,446  

Other Assets, Less Liabilities — (1.8)%

      (51,981,479
   

 

 

 

Net Assets — 100.0%

    $     2,962,612,967  
   

 

 

 

 

(a) 

All or a portion of this security is on loan.

(b) 

Non-income producing security.

(c) 

Affiliate of the Fund.

(d) 

Annualized 7-day yield as of period-end.

(e) 

All or a portion of this security was purchased with cash collateral received from loaned securities.

 

Affiliates

Investments in issuers considered to be affiliate(s) of the Fund during the year ended March 31, 2021 for purposes of Section 2(a)(3) of the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended, were as follows:

 

Affiliated Issuer    Value at
03/31/20
     Purchases
at Cost
     Proceeds
from Sales
     Net Realized
Gain (Loss)
     Change in
Unrealized
Appreciation
(Depreciation)
     Value at
03/31/21
     Shares
Held at
03/31/21
     Income     

Capital

Gain
Distributions
from
Underlying
Funds

 

BlackRock Cash Funds: Institutional, SL Agency Shares

   $ 98,605,172      $      $ (47,296,365 )(a)     $ 12,967      $ 43,540      $ 51,365,314        51,334,513      $ 858,965 (b)     $  

BlackRock Cash Funds: Treasury, SL Agency Shares

            3,820,000 (a)                            3,820,000        3,820,000        3,979         
           

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

       

 

 

    

 

 

 
            $ 12,967      $ 43,540      $ 55,185,314         $ 862,944      $  
           

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

       

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

  (a) 

Represents net amount purchased (sold).

 
  (b) 

All or a portion represents securities lending income earned from the reinvestment of cash collateral from loaned securities, net of fees and collateral investment expenses, and other payments to and from borrowers of securities.

 

 

 

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Schedule of Investments  (continued)

March 31, 2021

  

iShares® U.S. Aerospace & Defense ETF

 

Futures Contracts

 

         
Description   

Number of
Contracts

     Expiration
Date
     Notional
Amount
(000)
     Value/
Unrealized
Appreciation
(Depreciation)
 

Long Contracts

           

E-mini S&P Select Sector Industrial Index

     32        06/18/21      $ 3,168      $ 102,645  
           

 

 

 

Derivative Financial Instruments Categorized by Risk Exposure

As of March 31, 2021, the fair values of derivative financial instruments located in the Statements of Assets and Liabilities were as follows:

 

   
      Equity
Contracts
 

Assets — Derivative Financial Instruments

  

Futures contracts

  

Unrealized appreciation on futures contracts(a)

   $ 102,645  
  

 

 

 

 

  (a)

Net cumulative appreciation (depreciation) on futures contracts are reported in the Schedule of Investments. In the Statements of Assets and Liabilities, only current day’s variation margin is reported in receivables or payables and the net cumulative unrealized appreciation (depreciation) is included in accumulated earnings (loss).

 

For the year ended March 31, 2021, the effect of derivative financial instruments in the Statements of Operations was as follows:

 

   
      Equity
Contracts
 

Net Realized Gain (Loss) from:

  

Futures contracts

   $ 2,971,259  
  

 

 

 

Net Change in Unrealized Appreciation (Depreciation) on:

  

Futures contracts

   $ 70,962  
  

 

 

 

Average Quarterly Balances of Outstanding Derivative Financial Instruments

 

   

Futures contracts:

  

Average notional value of contracts — long

   $ 3,382,182  

For more information about the Fund’s investment risks regarding derivative financial instruments, refer to the Notes to Financial Statements.

Fair Value Measurements

Various inputs are used in determining the fair value of financial instruments. For description of the input levels and information about the Fund’s policy regarding valuation of financial instruments, refer to the Notes to Financial Statements.

The following table summarizes the value of the Fund’s investments according to the fair value hierarchy as of March 31, 2021. The breakdown of the Fund’s investments into major categories is disclosed in the Schedule of Investments above.

 

         
      Level 1      Level 2      Level 3      Total  

Investments

           

Assets

           

Common Stocks

   $ 2,959,409,132      $             —      $             —      $ 2,959,409,132  

Money Market Funds

     55,185,314                      55,185,314  
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 
   $ 3,014,594,446      $      $      $ 3,014,594,446  
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Derivative financial instruments(a)

           

Assets

           

Futures Contracts

   $ 102,645      $      $      $ 102,645  
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

  (a)

Shown at the unrealized appreciation (depreciation) on the contracts.

 

See notes to financial statements.

 

 

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Schedule of Investments

March 31, 2021

  

iShares® U.S. Broker-Dealers & Securities Exchanges ETF

(Percentages shown are based on Net Assets)

 

Security   Shares     Value  

Common Stocks

   

Asset Management & Custody Banks — 0.3%

   

Diamond Hill Investment Group Inc.

    6,826     $     1,064,924  
   

 

 

 

Financial Exchanges & Data — 22.6%

   

Cboe Global Markets Inc.

    183,155       18,075,567  

CME Group Inc.

    91,727       18,733,405  

Intercontinental Exchange Inc.

    163,996       18,315,073  

MarketAxess Holdings Inc.

    36,678       18,262,710  

Nasdaq Inc.

    131,130       19,336,430  
   

 

 

 
      92,723,185  

Investment Banking & Brokerage — 76.9%

   

B. Riley Financial Inc.

    41,991       2,367,452  

BGC Partners Inc., Class A

    768,270       3,710,744  

Charles Schwab Corp. (The)

    291,476       18,998,406  

Cowen Inc., Class A

    63,589       2,235,153  

Evercore Inc., Class A

    99,731       13,138,562  

Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (The)

    244,482       79,945,614  

Houlihan Lokey Inc.

    122,266       8,131,912  

Interactive Brokers Group Inc., Class A

    191,748       14,005,274  

Lazard Ltd., Class A

    267,625       11,644,364  

LPL Financial Holdings Inc.

    135,148       19,212,640  

Moelis & Co., Class A

    137,715       7,557,799  

Morgan Stanley

    1,066,307       82,809,402  

Piper Sandler Cos

    32,695       3,585,007  

PJT Partners Inc., Class A

    56,556       3,826,013  
Security   Shares     Value  

Investment Banking & Brokerage (continued)