Global Telecom ETF Merits a Look

For some investors, it is hard to get excited about the slow growth, rate-sensitive telecommunications sector. The sector is one of just three expected to show declining revenue growth as fourth-quarter earnings reports trickle in.

Still, telecom firms are expected to show earnings growth and some conservative investors still cover the sector as a prime dividend destination. [Consider Telecom ETFs as Earnings Season Looms]

International telecom stocks and exchange traded funds represent an option for yield-starved investors that are also looking to reduce their exposure to rising U.S. Treasury yields. The iShares Global Telecomm ETF (NYSEArca: IXP) can help accomplish that objective and the added good news is that the $607.2 million fund has an alluring technical outlook.

“After a strong, seven-week rally off the 40-week moving average, IXP has been in consolidation mode since last October. As shown on the chart, the current consolidation has given back less than 38% of the last wave up, which is quite bullish,” notes Deron Wagner of Morpheus Trading Group.

“Tuesday’s reversal candle could also offer another higher low within the base….if it holds. Higher lows show a tightening of the price action, which is usually a bullish sign after a lengthy consolidation,” added Wagner.

IXP is off 1.2% to start 2014 while its U.S.-focused equivalent, the iShares U.S. Telecommunications ETF (NYSEArca: IYZ), has traded modestly higher. IXP sports a trailing 12-month yield of 3.41% and it is worth remembering that in 2013, the top-performing telecom  ETF was one with a global focus: The SPDR S&P International Telecommunications Sector ETF (NYSEArca: IST). [This Telecom ETF Soared in 2013]