ETF Spotlight: High Dividend, Low Volatility S&P 500 | ETF Trends

ETF Spotlight on the PowerShares S&P 500 High Dividend Portfolio (NYSEArca: SPHD), part of an ongoing series.

Assets: $141.5 million

Objective: The PowerShares S&P 500 High Dividend Portfolio tries to reflect the performance of the S&P 500 Low Volatility High Dividend Index, which is comprised of 50 stocks taken from the S&P 500 that have historically exhibited high dividend yields and low volatility.

Holdings: Top holdings include FirstEnergy Corp (NYSE FE) 2.9%, Lorillard Inc (NYSE: LO) 2.8%, Exelon Corp (NYSE: EXC) 2.8%, Altria Group (NYSE: MO) 2.6% and Pepco Holdings (NYSE: POM) 2.5%.

What You Should Know:

  • Invesco PowerShares sponsors the fund.
  • SPHD has a 0.30% expense ratio.
  • The fund includes 50 components, and the top ten make up 25.9% of the overall portfolio.
  • Sector allocations include consumer discretionary 4.0%, consumer staples 16.4%, energy 9.4%, financials 18.5%, health care 7.2%, industrials 9.3%, information technology 3.9%, materials 1.7%, telecom services 4.5% and utilities 24.1%.
  • Market capitalization allocations include large-cap growth 13.9%, large-cap value 54.7%, mid-cap growth 13.0% and mid-cap value 18.4%.
  • SPHD is up 5.5% over the past month, up 1.8% in the last three months and up 20.6% year-to-date.
  • The ETF is trading 4.7% above its 200-day exponential moving average.
  • The fund shows a 3.71% 12-month yield.
  • The underlying index is rebalanced and reconstituted in January and July.

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