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ETFs to Buy on IBM's Annual Revenue Growth Story

Sweta Killa

After the closing bell on Tuesday, International Business Machines IBM posted better-than-expected fourth-quarter 2018 results buoyed by growth in new businesses.

Earnings per share came in at $4.87, well above the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $4.81 but below the year-ago earnings of $5.14. Revenues fell 3.5% year over year to $21.76 billion but edged past the estimated $21.74 billion. This marked the second consecutive quarter of revenue decline after two consecutive quarters of growth in the first half of 2018 (see: all the Technology ETFs here).

Notably, IBM posted its first annual revenue growth since 2011, reflecting a shift toward faster-growing segments such as cloud, software and services from traditional hardware products under chief executive officer, Ginni Rometty. Most analysts believe the ongoing growth of the Strategic Imperatives unit will help IBM return to organic growth in 2019.

The world’s largest computer-services provider guided full-year earnings of “at least $13.90” a share. The Zacks Consensus Estimate is pegged at $13.86 for this year, indicating a modest 0.58% growth from the last year.

Based on solid results, shares of IBM climbed 7% in after-market hours on elevated volume. The stock has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) and boasts a top Value Score of A. It also belongs to a top-ranked Zacks industry (top 30%).

ETFs to Watch

IBM is expected to see smooth trading in the days ahead. Investors could tap the opportunity with ETFs having the highest allocation to this tech giant:

First Trust NASDAQ Technology Dividend Index Fund TDIV

This fund provides exposure to dividend payers within the technology sector by tracking the Nasdaq Technology Dividend Index. The product has amassed about $864.8 million in its asset base while trading in volume of around 94,000 shares per day. It charges 50 bps in annual fees and holds about 97 securities in its basket. Of these firms, IBM takes the second spot, making up roughly 8.2% of the assets. In terms of industrial exposure, the fund allocates about 25.4% of the portfolio in software & IT services, followed by semiconductor and semiconductor equipment (23%), and telecom services (21%) (read: 5 Market-Beating Dividend ETFs of 2018).

Invesco Dow Jones Industrial Average Dividend ETF DJD

This ETF offers exposure to high-yielding companies included in the Dow Jones Industrial Average by their 12-month dividend yield over the prior 12 months. It holds 30 stocks in it basket, with IBM occupying the sixth position with 5.1% allocation. Consumer staples, information technology, health care, industrials and energy are the top five sectors. DJD has been able to manage assets worth $121.2 million, while trading in volume of 44,000 shares a day on average. It charges 7 bps in annual fees and has a Zacks ETF Rank #3 (Hold) (read: Dogs of the Dow Win in 2018: Will ETFs See Success in 2019?).

WBI Power Factor High Dividend ETF WBIY

This ETF offers exposure to quality stocks that have the highest dividend yield with a deep value bias and multi-factor fundamental analysis. It follows the Solactive Power Factor High Dividend Index, holding 51 stocks in the basket with IBM (5% share) taking the second spot. Consumer discretionary is the top sector with more than one-fourth of the portfolio while financial services, consumer staples, communication services and technology round off the next four spots. The product has amassed $89.3 million in its asset base and trades in lower volume of 54,000 shares a day on average. It charges 70 bps in annual fees.

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