SDY - SPDR S&P Dividend ETF

NYSEArca - Nasdaq Real Time Price. Currency in USD
99.51
+3.95 (+4.13%)
As of 1:13PM EDT. Market open.
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Previous Close95.56
Open98.67
Bid99.50 x 800
Ask99.56 x 800
Day's Range98.39 - 100.21
52 Week Range67.57 - 108.81
Volume734,044
Avg. Volume1,157,703
Net Assets15.43B
NAV95.61
PE Ratio (TTM)N/A
Yield3.06%
YTD Daily Total Return-10.32%
Beta (5Y Monthly)0.91
Expense Ratio (net)0.35%
Inception Date2005-11-08
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SPDR Gold MiniShares Trust (GLDM)Source: Shutterstock Expense ratio: 0.18%Gold has been a torrid pace, putting the spotlight on related ETFs, including the SPDR Gold MiniShares Trust (NYSEARCA:GLDM). A simple way of looking at this SPDR ETF is that it is the cost-effective counterpart to the aforementioned GLD."Shares of GLDM are designed for investors who want a cost-effective and convenient way to invest in gold and will be offered on a continuous basis," according to State Street.In late June, GLDM celebrated its first birthday and the SPDR ETF has more than $788 million in assets under management, indicating investors like a good deal with gold ETFs, too.With the Federal Reserve poised to lower interest rates and the dollar already weakening, this SPDR ETF could continue surging over the near term. 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China, Taiwan and India combine for about 59% of SPEM's geographic exposure. * 3 Energy Stocks to Trade Now With Confidence Due to the lack of South Korea exposure, investors should expect SPEM to generate significantly different returns over the long-term than the MSCI Emerging Markets Index. This SPDR ETF has adequate exposure to growth sectors with communication services and consumer discretionary names combining for about a quarter of the fund's roster. SPDR Bloomberg Barclays Convertible Securities ETF (CWB)Source: Shutterstock Expense ratio: 0.40%SPDR ETFs featured an extensive lineup of fixed funds, including some products with niche focuses. For its part, the SPDR Bloomberg Barclays Convertible Securities ETF (NYSEARCA:CWB) is the dominant name among convertible bond ETFs and index funds.In the fixed income space, convertibles are one of the segments with high correlations to equities because convertible bonds can be converted into common stock of the underlying issuer. With that in mind, it is not surprising to see CWB perform well when equities are doing the same.Though this point may be rendered moot over the near-term because the Fed could lower interest rates, long-term investors may want to consider CWB because convertible bonds often outperform other fixed income assets when interest rates rise. Due to its upside linkage to equities, that is CWB's primary form of investor compensation, meaning the fund is a lower yielder compared to traditional corporate bond ETFs. SPDR S&P Biotech ETF (XBI)Source: Shutterstock Expense ratio: 0.35%The SPDR S&P Biotech ETF (NYSEARCA:XBI) is one of the most popular biotech ETFs and sets itself apart in a crowded field by being an equal-weight, not a cap-weighted fund. This SPDR ETF's 119 holdings have a weighted average market value of $10.3 billion, indicating this is primarily a mid-cap fund.XBI's weighting methodology leads to vastly different returns relative to its cap-weighted rivals. While the tilt to smaller stocks makes this SPDR ETF more volatile than cap-weighted biotech funds, XBI has outperformed the Nasdaq Biotechnology Index by a margin of better than 2-to-1 over the past three years.This SPDR ETF is up nearly 20% year-to-date and some market observers see more upside coming for biotechnology stocks and ETFs. * 7 Stocks on Sale the Insiders Are Buying "In the last month this group has actually been the best-performing sector of any of the major groups," said Newton Advisors technical analyst Mark Newton in an interview with CNBC. "Just in the last couple of weeks, you've seen this entire downtrend since late last year be broken in health care relative to the S&P," he said of a trendline stretching from its peak in December to mid-May." SPDR S&P International Dividend ETF (DWX)Source: Shutterstock Expense ratio: 0.45%The SPDR S&P International Dividend ETF (NYSEARCA:DWX) is over 11 years old and has nearly $833 million in assets under management, so this SPDR ETF is neither new nor small, but it can be overlooked. Still, DWX is a practical option for investors looking for exposure to high dividend ex-US stocks.This SPDR ETF "seeks to provide exposure to the 100 highest yielding international common stocks that have passed certain sustainability and earnings growth screens," according to State Street.DWX is a focused fund with just 97 holdings, but its dividend yield of 4.03% is more than double that of the S&P 500. Up nearly 13% year-to-date, DWX is outperforming the MSCE EAFE Index by about 100 basis points.DWX provides exposure to 20 countries, three of which are developed markets, but Canada and Australia combine for almost 34% of the fund's weight.Todd Shriber owns shares of XLF. 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When it comes to QUAL, this quality ETF allocates almost half its combined weight to the technology, healthcare and financial services sectors.Quality can also mean lower volatility as highlighted by QUAL's three-year standard deviation of 10.94%, which is lower than the same metric on some other single-factor funds. JPMorgan U.S. Quality Factor ETF (JQUA)Source: Shutterstock Expense ratio: 0.12%The JPMorgan U.S. Quality Factor ETF (NYSEARCA:JQUA) is another dedicated quality ETF and an inexpensive one at that. With an annual fee of just 0.12%, JQUA is one of the cheapest single-factor funds that is not a value or growth strategy. JQUA uses "a rules-based approach that matches Russell 1000 sector weights and selects stocks based on quality and profitability characteristics," according to JPMorgan Asset Management.JQUA holds nearly 230 stocks, giving it a deeper bench than the aforementioned QUAL. Perhaps the biggest advantage of this quality ETF is its robust ROE. At the end of April, JQUA's ROE was 28.36%, or nearly 800 basis points above that of the Russell 1000 Index, according to issuer data. * 7 A-Rated Stocks to Buy Under $10 JQUA allocates about 55% of its combined weight to the technology, financial services and consumer discretionary sectors. Year-to-date, this quality ETF is higher by nearly 14%. SPDR S&P Dividend ETF (SDY)Source: Shutterstock Expense ratio: 0.35%As has been widely noted, dividends are integral to well-balanced portfolios and vital to investors' long-term outcomes. Dividends are also one of the premier quality traits, particularly dependable dividend growth. Hence, the SPDR S&P Dividend ETF (NYSEARCA:SDY) merits a place in this discussion of quality ETFs.SDY, one of the largest domestic dividend ETFs, tracks the S&P High Yield Dividend Aristocrats Index, which requires member firms to have increased payouts for at least 20 consecutive years. Although SDY's components are weighted by yield, this is not a high-yield fund as highlighted by its trailing 12-month dividend yield of 2.37%.The industrial, financial services and consumer staples sectors combine for almost half of SDY's weight, giving it a different sector profile than the aforementioned quality ETFs. With the business cycle in its late innings, some market observers believe quality ETFs will benefit investors."Stretched valuations and slowing growth depict a late cycle environment, but this doesn't mean that investors should abandon equities," said State Street in a recent note. "Focusing on quality stocks with reasonable valuations may mitigate the episodic microbursts of volatility typical of a late-cycle market." WisdomTree U.S. SmallCap Quality Dividend Growth Fund (DGRS)Source: Shutterstock Expense ratio: 0.38%Yes, the WisdomTree U.S. SmallCap Quality Dividend Growth Fund (NASDAQ:DGRS) has "quality" in its name, but this fund is a credible quality ETF for more valid reasons. Notably, DGRS' weighting methodology emphasizes ROA and ROE.Those are important traits with dividend stocks because strong ROA and ROE metrics imply companies not only have the ability to sustain current payouts, but raise those dividends in the future. Using ROA and ROE with small-cap stocks can prove efficacious because many smaller companies take on debt to fuel growth, punishing ROA and ROE along the way."We also know that typically companies that have the highest debt burdens are more acutely exposed to a deceleration in the economy," according to WisdomTree. * 4 Antitrust Tech Stocks to Keep an Eye On Not surprisingly, DGRS outpaced the Russell 2000 Index by more than 450 basis points during the 2018 fourth-quarter market swoon. Although DGRS is a dividend growth strategy, its yield is more than double that of the Russell 2000. Invesco S&P 500 Quality ETF (SPHQ)Source: Shutterstock Expense ratio: 0.15%The Invesco S&P 500 Quality ETF (NYSEARCA:SPHQ) is one of the elder statesmen of the quality ETF group having debuted in late 2005. Age usually should not be a deciding factor when it comes to ETFs, but SPHQ's long track record gives investors willing to do some homework an idea of how the fund has performed across multiple market cycles, good and bad.SPHQ follow the S&P 500 Quality Index. That benchmark is home to 100 S&P 500 members "that have the highest quality score, which is calculated based on three fundamental measures, return on equity, accruals ratio and financial leverage ratio," according to Invesco.For investors that want to focus on ROE, SPHQ is a quality ETF that makes a lot of sense because its ROE is a stellar 42.70%.That says something about the technology sector because that group accounts for 41.71% of this quality ETF's weight. Healthcare and consumer discretionary names combine for almost 21% of SPHQ's roster.Todd Shriber does not own any of the aforementioned securities. 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