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  • ETF
  • DEF
    Pricing Data
    Change: $0.01 (-0.0%)
    Time: 05/27/16
    Previous Close: $37.42
  • Category
  • Large Cap Value Equities
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Trading Data

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  • 52 Week Lo: $29.38
  • 52 Week Hi: $37.84
  • AUM: $159.0 M
  • Shares: 4.3 M

Investment Themes

Historical Trading Data

  • 1 Month Avg. Volume: 26,296
  • 3 Month Avg. Volume: 22,922

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Analyst Report

This ETF offers exposure to a unique investment strategy, seeking to identify stocks that perform well during bearish market periods by analyzing valuation multiples, accounting practices, and dividend payments. Given this objective, DEF probably doesn't make much sense as a holding in a long-term portfolio, though it may be useful as a tactical play for those looking to scale back beta and volatility in anticipation of a bear market. In terms of the portfolio, DEF offers a somewhat predictable tilt towards low beta industries, though all corners of the economy receive some allocation in the fund. It's worth noting that DEF isn't simply a mega cap fund; companies of all sizes are included in the underlying portfolio. Those considering an investment in DEF would be wise to analyze the efficiency with which this ETF has achieved its stated objective; a quick look at the beta should give a general impression of how well DEF has identified stocks that hold up well in bear markets. DEF is a bit on the pricey side, but those who believe the methodology succeeds at identifying defensive stocks will likely be happy to pay for the specialized exposure.

Realtime Rating

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Realtime Rating Summary

The adjacent table gives investors an individual Realtime Rating for DEF on several different metrics, including liquidity, expenses, performance, volatility, dividend, concentration of holdings in addition to an overall rating. The "A+ Metric Rated ETF" field, available to ETFdb Pro members, shows the ETF in the Large Cap Value Equities with the highest Metric Realtime Rating for each individual field. To view all of this data, sign up for a free 14-day trial for ETFdb Pro. To view information on how the ETFdb Realtime Ratings work, click here.

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DEF Overall Realtime Rating:

A+ Overall Rated ETF:

Metric Metric Realtime Rating A+ Metric Rated ETF
Liquidity B DIA
Expenses C+ SCHV

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DEF In-Depth Analysis

The following tables and charts contain in-depth metrics for this ETF and compare it to similar peer ETFs within its ETFdb Category.

DEF Holdings

Filings Data as of: May 03, 2016
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Concentration Analysis

This section compares how balanced and deep this ETF is relative to the peer group ETFdb Category.

Number of Holdings
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% Assets in Top 10
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Asset Allocation

Asset Percentage
U.S. Stocks 78.79%
International Stocks 21.21%
U.S. Bonds 0.0%
International Bonds 0.0%
Preferred Stock 0.0%
Convertibles 0.0%
Cash 0.0%
Other 0.0%

Sector Breakdown

Sector Percentage
Utilities 18.1%
Communication Services 15.18%
Consumer Defensive 14.01%
Real Estate 13.94%
Industrials 11.31%
Consumer Cyclical 9.95%
Energy 5.66%
Financial Services 5.14%
Technology 3.06%
Basic Materials 2.67%
Health Care 0.99%

Market Cap Breakdown

Market Cap Percentage
Giant 20.77%
Large 31.31%
Medium 47.92%
Small 0.0%
Micro 0.0%

Region Breakdown

Region Percentage
U.S. 78.79%
Europe 7.87%
Asia (Developed) 3.92%
Latin America 3.36%
Asia (Emerging) 2.04%
Japan 1.94%
Canada 1.05%
Australia 0.0%
Africa 0.0%
Middle East 0.0%

Market Tier Breakdown

Region Percentage
Developed 94.59%
Emerging 5.41%

Country Breakdown

Country Percentage
United States 78.79%
Indonesia 1.03%
United Kingdom 4.92%
Taiwan 2.95%
France 2.0%
Japan 1.94%
Colombia 1.27%
Mexico 1.07%
Canada 1.05%
Switzerland 1.04%
Other 3.94%

DEF Expenses & Fees

This section compares the cost efficiency of this ETF to peers in the same ETFdb Category.

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Expenses Ratio Analysis

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Commission Free Trading

This ETF is currently available for commission free trading on the following platforms: (Charles Schwab)

Category Commission Free Trading

There are 27 other ETFs in the Large Cap Value Equities ETFdb Category that are also eligible for commission free trading:

DEF Performance

This section shows how this ETF has performed relative to its peer group ETFdb Category.

1 Week Return
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13 Week Return
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26 Week Return
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The following charts can be customized to display historical performance in a number of different formats, including line charts, bar charts, and candlesticks. Time periods can be adjusted to increase or decrease the period shown, ranging from five minutes to several months.

The following chart also includes the option to compare the performance of DEF relative to other ETFs and benchmarks or to include indicators such as Bollinger Bands, relative strength, and moving averages.

DEF Valuation

This section shows how the P/E multiple of this ETF compares to the peer group ETFdb Category.

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DEF Dividend

This section shows how the dividend yield of this ETF compares to the peer group ETFdb Category.

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Annual Dividend Yield
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DEF Technicals

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Volatility Analysis

This section shows how the volatility of this ETF compares to the peer group ETFdb Category.

5 Day Volatility
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20 Day Volatility
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50 Day Volatility
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200 Day Volatility
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  • 20 Day MA: $37.31
  • 60 Day MA: $36.94
  • MACD 15 Period: 0.14
  • MACD 100 Period: 1.64
  • Williams % Range 10 Day: 22.90
  • Williams % Range 20 Day: 29.37
  • RSI 10 Day: 56
  • RSI 20 Day: 55
  • RSI 30 Day: 55
  • Ultimate Oscillator: 62

Bollinger Brands

  • Lower Bollinger (10 Day): $36.46
  • Upper Bollinger (10 Day): $37.73
  • Lower Bollinger (20 Day): $36.66
  • Upper Bollinger (20 Day): $37.94
  • Lower Bollinger (30 Day): $36.71
  • Upper Bollinger (30 Day): $37.86

Support & Resistance

  • Support Level 1: $37.37
  • Support Level 2: $37.33
  • Resistance Level 1: $37.49
  • Resistance Level 2: $37.57


  • Stochastic Oscillator %D (1 Day): 36.71
  • Stochastic Oscillator %D (5 Day): 77.00
  • Stochastic Oscillator %K (1 Day): 47.16
  • Stochastic Oscillator %K (5 Day): 63.39

Fact Sheet

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