Etf Spotlight: High-beta, Developed Market Stocks | Etf Trends

4.8%, France 4.3%, Norway 4.3%, Canada 3.0%, Finland 2.9% and Spain 2.7%. The funds market-cap breakdown includes mega-caps 19.7%, large-caps 44.2%, etf buy sell mid-caps 35.2% and small-caps 1.0%. The portfolio shows a price-to-earnings ratio of 15.2. The ETF is up 3.5% over the past month, up 9.6% over the last three months and up 8.1% year-to-date. IDHB is 8.9% above its 200-day exponential moving average.
Source: http://www.etftrends.com/2014/06/etf-spotlight-high-beta-developed-market-stocks/

Does Dividend-Paying IBM or Altria Deserve a Berth in Your Portfolio?

And beyond that, Altria has some other advantages over Philip Morris, such as considerable nontobacco operations. Its businesses include not just regular cigarettes, but smokeless tobacco offerings, cigars, wine, and a sizable stake in the SABMiller beer company. Altria has also been growing its business rather consistently despite the significant headwinds mentioned above — by cost-cutting, price-hiking , refinancing its hefty debt load, and innovating. Altria’s first quarter featured declining cigarette volume, but increases in smokeless tobacco sales and Marlboro market share. Adjusted diluted EPS rose 5.6%, thanks in part to rising profit margins. Altria stock yields 4.5%, and management has been regularly hiking that significantly for decades.
Source: http://www.fool.com/investing/etf/2014/06/30/does-dividend-paying-ibm-or-altria-deserve-a-berth.aspx

Never Judge an ETF By Its Name | ETF Database

Commodities Crude was down 0.46%; United States Oil Fund (USO) was down 0.56%. Natural gas was up 0.18% and United States Natural Gas Fund (UNG) was down 0.16%. Gold was down 0.36%, while silver was down 0.85%. Among stocks, American Apparel (APP) was down 13.79% after it said a special committee of its Board of Directors has adopted a one-year stockholder rights plan designed to strengthen the ability of the Board to protect shareholders. The plan was adopted in response to reports of rapid accumulations of the company’s outstanding common stock and an SEC filing by ousted CEO Dov Charney in which he expressed an intent to acquire control or influence over the company. The rights plan is designed to limit the ability of any person or group, including Dov Charney, to seize control of the company without appropriately compensating all American Apparel stockholders and to provide the Board of Directors and stockholders with time to make informed judgments.
Source: http://www.nasdaq.com/article/etf-preview-etfs-futures-flat-to-weaker-ahead-of-pending-home-sales-chicago-pmi-data-cm366249

ETF Preview: ETFs, Futures Flat to Weaker Ahead of Pending Home Sales, Chicago PMI Data – NASDAQ.com

Unlike traditional cap-weighted funds, EZM selects only those mid-cap companies that have generated positive cumulative earnings over their most recent four fiscal quarters. EZMs unique focus on earnings has obviously paid off: the fund has gained roughly 194% over the trailing five-year period, and over 70% within the last three years [see 101 ETF Lessons Every Financial Advisor Should Learn ]. MidCap Dividend Fund ( DON ) Like EZM, DON also uses an alternative weighting methodology to target mid-cap stocks, but it does so with a focus on dividends. The funds underlying index is dividend-weighted annually to reflect the proportionate share of the aggregate cash dividends each component company is projected to pay in the coming year. Over the trailing five-year period, DON has gained nearly 194%, and over the last three years, the fund is up over 67%. S&P Midcap 400 Pure Value ETF ( RFV ) Yet another Guggenheim pure style ETF, RFV seeks to offer investors exposure to mid-cap companies that have the strongest value characteristics. The funds portfolio consists of about 95 individual holdings, the majority of which are actually small-cap stocks. Currently, financial equities comprise 20% of RFVs total assets. Industrials, technology, consumer cyclical, and healthcare sectors are also given meaningful exposure.
Source: http://etfdb.com/2014/never-judge-an-etf-by-its-name/

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