If you're interested in broad exposure to the Large Cap Value segment of the US equity market, look no further than the SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average ETF (
DIA Quick Quote DIA - Free Report) , a passively managed exchange traded fund launched on 01/13/1998.
The fund is sponsored by State Street Global Advisors. It has amassed assets over $29.13 billion, making it one of the largest ETFs attempting to match the Large Cap Value segment of the US equity market.
Why Large Cap Value
Large cap companies typically have a market capitalization above $10 billion. Overall, they are usually a stable option, with less risk and more sure-fire cash flows than mid and small cap companies.
Value stocks are known for their lower than average price-to-earnings and price-to-book ratios, but investors should also note their lower than average sales and earnings growth rates. When you look at long-term performance, value stocks have outperformed growth stocks in nearly all markets. But in strong bull markets, growth stocks are more likely to be winners.
Cost is an important factor in selecting the right ETF, and cheaper funds can significantly outperform their more expensive counterparts if all other fundamentals are the same.
Annual operating expenses for this ETF are 0.16%, making it one of the cheaper products in the space.
It has a 12-month trailing dividend yield of 1.94%.
Sector Exposure and Top Holdings
It is important to delve into an ETF's holdings before investing despite the many upsides to these kinds of funds like diversified exposure, which minimizes single stock risk. And, most ETFs are very transparent products that disclose their holdings on a daily basis.
This ETF has heaviest allocation to the Financials sector--about 20.30% of the portfolio. Healthcare and Information Technology round out the top three.
Looking at individual holdings, Unitedhealth Group Inc (
UNH Quick Quote UNH - Free Report) accounts for about 9.54% of total assets, followed by Home Depot Inc ( HD Quick Quote HD - Free Report) and Goldman Sachs Group Inc ( GS Quick Quote GS - Free Report) .
The top 10 holdings account for about 56.54% of total assets under management.
Performance and Risk
DIA seeks to match the performance of the Dow Jones Industrial Average before fees and expenses. The Dow Jones Industrial Average is composed of thirty blue-chip U.S. stocks.
The ETF has added about 5.45% so far this year and is up roughly 14.33% in the last one year (as of 09/21/2023). In the past 52-week period, it has traded between $287.30 and $356.20.
The ETF has a beta of 0.93 and standard deviation of 15.59% for the trailing three-year period, making it a medium risk choice in the space. With about 31 holdings, it has more concentrated exposure than peers.
SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average ETF holds a Zacks ETF Rank of 1 (Strong Buy), which is based on expected asset class return, expense ratio, and momentum, among other factors. Because of this, DIA is a great option for investors seeking exposure to the Style Box - Large Cap Value segment of the market. There are other additional ETFs in the space that investors could consider as well.
The iShares Russell 1000 Value ETF (
IWD Quick Quote IWD - Free Report) and the Vanguard Value ETF ( VTV Quick Quote VTV - Free Report) track a similar index. While iShares Russell 1000 Value ETF has $50.59 billion in assets, Vanguard Value ETF has $101.08 billion. IWD has an expense ratio of 0.19% and VTV charges 0.04%. Bottom-Line
Passively managed ETFs are becoming increasingly popular with institutional as well as retail investors due to their low cost, transparency, flexibility and tax efficiency. They are excellent vehicles for long term investors.
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