The First Trust NASDAQ Technology Dividend Index Fund (NasdaqGS: TDIV) has increased 11.0% over the past three months and gained 18.5% year-to-date.
The technology sector has been gaining momentum in recent months after falling out of favor along with other growth stocks at the start of a volatile year.
Looking ahead, growing optimism for the upcoming earnings season is fueling the rally in tech as many market observers anticipate a turnaround in corporate profits. Historically, after a profit falloff, the technology sector has been among the best areas in a rebound.
“The only sector that has record an increase in expected earnings growth since the start of the quarter (due to upward revisions to earnings estimates) is the information technology sector,” according to FactSet.
Furthermore, the ongoing search for yield has also supported some technology stocks, reports Aaron Kuriloff for the Wall Street Journal.
Specifically, three of the top four Dow industrial components over the past three months include tech stocks with relatively high dividends, including Apple (NasdaqGS: AAPL), Intel Corp. (NasdaqGS: INTC) and Microsoft Corp. (NasdaqGS: MSFT).
“There are certainly plenty of high-quality, stable tech companies delivering dividend yield,” Tony DeSpirito, portfolio manager for the BlackRock Equity Dividend Fund, told the WSJ.