Hunting For Yield With International ETFs (DLS, DXJ, DNH, DEW, BP, GE, T, TOT)
The hunt for dividend yield has been one theme investors have embraced in 2010. International stocks and ETFs are not to be overlooked in the search for yield and it appears investors are favoring globally-focused ETFs that offer decent yields today as the International Dividend ETFs Index is up 1.1% compared to a 0.4% gain for the S&P 500.
The combination of dividend payers and small-caps has caught the attention of investors today as the Wisdomtree International Smallcap Fund (DLS), with a yield of 2.7%, is leading the Index higher with a gain of 2%. Japan, the U.K. and Australia account for roughly 58% of that ETF’s weight. In another sign that Japan may finally be of interest to investors once again, the Wisdomtree Japan Total Dividend Fund (DXJ), a Japan-specific ETF, is higher by 1% today.
Asian markets excluding Japan have been hot this year and investors looking for a developed market play on that theme that also offers some yield might want to look at the Wisdomtree Pacific Ex-japan High-yielding Equity Fund (DNH), which yields 4.6%. Australia accounts for more 90% of the ETF’s weight and the fund is up 1% building on a six-month surge of 17%.
Europe has had its problems, mainly due to sovereign debt issues, but there are some decent dividend yields to be had with European equities. The Wisdomtree Europe High-yielding Equity Fund (DEW), which is up 1% today, offers a yield of 4% and holds familiar U.S. and European equities such as BP (BP), General Electric (GE), AT&T (T) and Total SA (TOT). The ETF has soared 16% in the past six months.
The International Dividend ETFs Index is the second highest-yielding tickerspy ETF Index.
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