ETF Spotlight on iShares Dow Jones U.S. Telecom (NYSEArca: IYZ), part of a weekly series.

Assets: $508million

Holdings: Some of the best-known names in the telecommunications sector can be found in this fund, including AT&T (NYSE: T), Qwest (NYSE: Q), Sprint (NYSE: S) and Verizon (NYSE: VZ).

Objective: IYZ tracks the Dow Jones U.S. Select Telecommunications Index, which is a subset of the Dow Jones Wilshire 2500 Index.

What You Should Know

  • IYZ is up 22.7% year-to-date, and up 11% in the last month
  • The fund has an expense ratio of 0.48% and 33 holdings
  • Yields 4.3%
  • The fund is primarily broken down into fixed line telecommunications, 76.6% mobile telecommunications, 23%

The Latest News

  • Competition in the sector is tight – the major providers are always scrambling to offer new services at better and better prices
  • More consumers are snapping up new smartphones tied to the 3G network, and using data providers held in telecom ETFs (Four ways to play the smartphone battle)
  • While consumers are shutting down their land lines, other areas of telecom continue to grow, according to BusinessWeek: wireless, data and video are all hot
  • Revenue in the sector is growing faster than the costs are (Reasons to watch global telecom)
  • Telecom has a reputation for dividends, and some of them have the highest yields available in the S&P 500 (The next big telecom growth spot)

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