As most of the press regarding the European Union has lately been focused on Greece and Portugal, there is a unique exchange traded fund that grants exposure to Ireland’s equity market that has caught our attention.
The iShares MSCI Ireland (NYSEArca: EIRL) is the only “pure play” equity ETF that invests in public equities as listed on Ireland’s domestic stock exchanges.
EIRL has underperformed iShares S&P Europe 350 (NYSEArca: IEV) in the trailing one year period, up 10.49% versus IEV up 22.21%, but has displayed relative outperformance recently and year to date, up 8.21% versus IEV up 5.62%.
Recently EIRL surged above its 50-day moving average only to retrace somewhat below the $22.50 level.
Currently, top holdings in EIRL are CRG, KRZ, DRX, Smurtit Kappa Group, and DCC.
iShares MSCI Ireland
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