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Will SPDR Dividend ETF SDY Underperform In 2018?

Published Fri, 20 Oct 2017 10:17:49 -0400 on Seeking Alpha

The purpose of this article is to evaluate the attractiveness of the SPDR Dividend ETF (NYSEARCA: SDY) as an investment option. To do so, I will evaluate its recent market performance, fund characteristics, and trends in the market as a whole in an attempt to determine where the fund may be headed in the short-term and in to 2018.
First, a little about SDY. The fund's objective is to match the returns and characteristics of the S&P High Yield Dividend Aristocrats Index. This index is designed to measure the performance of the highest dividend-yielding companies in the S&P Composite 1500 Index that have also followed a policy of consistently increasing dividends every year for at least 20 consecutive years. While many ETFs focus on dividend-paying companies or high yields, SDY has a specific focus on companies with raising payments. The fund currently sits at $93.31 and its most recent quarterly dividend payment was $0.52/share. Based on that payout, SDY is yielding 2.22% annually. Year to date, the fund has underperformed the broader market. In 2017, SDY has given investors a total return of just under 11%, while the S&P 500 has returned almost 14.5% during the same time period. While SDY's objective is not to mimic the S&P 500, it's an important benchmark to see if funds or sectors are outperforming or underperforming the market as a whole. Given this statistic, and the ever-changing market conditions, I want to analyze SDY to see if 2018 will offer... Read more

Stock name Last trade   P/E Earnings/Share Dividend/Share Dividend yield
SPDR S&P DIVIDEND ETF 91.62   0.0 0.00 2.10 2.23


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