EFA - iShares MSCI EAFE ETF

Description: The index measures the performance of equity markets in European, Australasian, and Far Eastern markets. Click to read our 'Analyst Take' for EFA »

Analyst Take: This ETF offers exposure to the major developed markets outside of North America, including Western Europe, Japan, and Australia. As such, EFA is a cornerstone of many long-term portfolios, delivering access to an asset class that provides valuable geographic diversification to equity allocations. It should be noted that this fund is tilted heavily towards large cap stocks; the small cap focused SCZ can be an excellent complement to the mega caps in this fund to provide more balanced exposure. EFA offers unrivaled liquidity, but there are several alternatives that may be more appealing to certain investors. Rydex offers an equal-weighted EAFE ETF (EWEF), while PowerShares offers a RAFI-weighted option. But the biggest competition may be from Vanguard's VEA, which replicates the exact same index at a lower expense ratio and generally lower tracking error. That's a tough offer to beat, unless you have access to this ETF commission free or value liquidity (and related option liquidity) above all else; it's not surprising that EFA features much higher turnover, indicating a preference among more active traders. « Collapse

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EFA - Profile


Summary Data for EFA

52 Week Lo: $57.25 52 Week Hi: $69.29
AUM: $55,436.8 M Shares: 820.8 M
Avg. Volume (1 month) 12,508,743 Avg. Volume (3 month) 13,143,792
Filings Data as of:

EFA - Holdings

Top Ten Holdings

  1. Nestle SA NSRGF: 1.76%
  2. Roche Holding AG RHHVF: 1.48%
  3. Novartis AG NVSEF: 1.47%
  4. HSBC Holdings PLC HBCYF: 1.34%
  5. Toyota Motor Corp TOYOF: 1.16%
  6. BP PLC BPAQF: 1.15%
  7. Royal Dutch Shell PLC Class A RYDAF: 1.13%
  8. Total SA TTFNF: 1.09%
  9. GlaxoSmithKline PLC GLAXF: 0.92%
  10. Sanofi SNYNF: 0.89%
%Assets in Top 10: 12.38%
Total Holdings: 924.0

EFA Asset Allocation


Asset Percentage
U.S. Stocks 0.05%
International Stocks 95.89%
U.S. Bonds 0.0%
International Bonds 0.0%
Preferred Stock 0.44%
Convertibles 0.0%
Cash 2.73%
Other 0.89%

EFA Sector Breakdown


Sector Percentage
Financial Services 21.02%
Industrials 11.13%
Consumer Cyclical 10.97%
Consumer Defensive 10.4%
Health Care 10.23%
Basic Materials 8.23%
Energy 7.22%
Communication Services 4.97%
Technology 4.9%
Utilities 3.57%
Real Estate 3.25%

EFA Market Cap Breakdown


Market Cap Percentage
Giant 56.73%
Large 29.95%
Medium 8.13%
Small 0.0%
Micro 0.06%

EFA Region Breakdown


Region Percentage
Europe 50.34%
Japan 19.47%
Australia 7.53%
Asia (Developed) 4.04%
Middle East 0.5%
Asia (Emerging) 0.12%
U.S. 0.05%
Latin America 0.0%
Canada 0.0%
Africa 0.0%
Region Percentage
Developed 95.81%
Emerging 0.12%

EFA Country Breakdown


Country Percentage
United Kingdom 20.65%
Hong Kong 2.63%
Japan 19.47%
France 9.24%
Switzerland 8.75%
Germany 8.42%
Australia 7.4%
Spain 3.54%
Netherlands 2.98%
Sweden 2.89%
Other 14.03%
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EFA - Fact Sheet

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EFA - Charts

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 EFA relative to other ETFs and benchmarks or to include indicators such as Bollinger Bands, relative strength, and moving averages.

EFA - Fundamentals

EFA Performance

1 Week Return: -0.50%
2 Week Return: -1.53%
4 Week Return: -1.52%
13 Week Return: 2.47%
26 Week Return: 3.71%
YTD Return: 3.26%
1 Year Return: 15.19%
3 Year Return: 26.81%
5 Year Return: 65.57%

EFA Expenses & Fees

EFA Valuation

P/E Ratio: 14.13
Beta: -1.16
20 Day Moving Average: $68.20
60 Day Moving Average: $67.63

EFA Dividend

Annual Dividend Rate: $2.23
Dividend Date: 2014-06-25
Dividend: $1.68
Annual Dividend Yield %: 3.30%

EFA Volatility

5 Day Volatility: 35.47%
20 Day Volatility: 9.77%
50 Day Volatility: 8.04%
200 Day Volatility: 10.40%
Standard Deviation: 2.84%

EFA - Technicals

EFA Technicals

20 Day MA: $68.20
60 Day MA: $67.63
MACD 15 Period: -0.52
MACD 100 Period: 0.97
Williams % Range 10 Day: 49.29
Williams % Range 20 Day: 70.04
RSI 10 Day: 44
RSI 20 Day: 48
RSI 30 Day: 51
Ultimate Oscillator: 56

EFA Bollinger Bands

Lower Bollinger (10 Day): $67.17
Upper Bollinger (10 Day): $68.38
Lower Bollinger (20 Day): $67.13
Upper Bollinger (20 Day): $69.18
Lower Bollinger (30 Day): $67.26
Upper Bollinger (30 Day): $69.14

EFA Support & Resistance

Support Level 1: $67.41
Support Level 2: $67.19
Resistance Level 1: $67.76
Resistance Level 2: $67.89

EFA Stochastic

Stochastic Oscillator %D (1 Day): 63.58
Stochastic Oscillator %D (5 Day): 45.23
Stochastic Oscillator %K (1 Day): 56.03
Stochastic Oscillator %K (5 Day): 50.27

EFA Volatility

5 Day Volatility: 35.47%
20 Day Volatility: 9.77%
50 Day Volatility: 8.04%
200 Day Volatility: 10.40%
Standard Deviation: 2.84%

EFA - ETFdb Realtime Rating & Analyst Report

EFA is a passive ETF that seeks to replicate MSCI EAFE Index. The index measures the performance of equity markets in European, Australasian, and Far Eastern markets.

ETFdb Category Expense Ratio Inception Date Issuer Structure YTD Return *
Foreign Large Cap Equities 0.34 2001-08-14 iShares ETF +3.26%

EFA Realtime Rating: By Metric

Metric Metric Realtime Rating A+ Metric Rated ETF
Liquidity A+
Expenses A-
Performance A-
Volatility B+
Dividend B-
Concentration A

The first adjacent table gives investors an individual Realtime Rating for EFA on several different metrics, including liquidity, expenses, performance, volatility, dividend, and concentration of holdings. The "A+ Metric Rated ETF" field, available to ETFdb Pro members, shows the ETF in the Foreign Large Cap Equities ETFdb Category with the highest Metric Realtime Rating for each individual field.

EFA Realtime Rating: Overall

ETFdb Rating Type Overall Rating A+ Overall Rated ETF
Realtime Rating (Overall) A SCHF

The second table shows the overall Realtime Rating for EFA, as well as the A+ Overall Rated ETF in EFA's Category. To view information on how the ETFdb Realtime Ratings work, click here.

ETFdb Analyst Report for EFA

This ETF offers exposure to the major developed markets outside of North America, including Western Europe, Japan, and Australia. As such, EFA is a cornerstone of many long-term portfolios, delivering access to an asset class that provides valuable geographic diversification to equity allocations. It should be noted that this fund is tilted heavily towards large cap stocks; the small cap focused SCZ can be an excellent complement to the mega caps in this fund to provide more balanced exposure. EFA offers unrivaled liquidity, but there are several alternatives that may be more appealing to certain investors. Rydex offers an equal-weighted EAFE ETF (EWEF), while PowerShares offers a RAFI-weighted option. But the biggest competition may be from Vanguard's VEA, which replicates the exact same index at a lower expense ratio and generally lower tracking error. That's a tough offer to beat, unless you have access to this ETF commission free or value liquidity (and related option liquidity) above all else; it's not surprising that EFA features much higher turnover, indicating a preference among more active traders.

EFA In-Depth

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

Expense Analysis

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

EFA ETF Average ETF Wtd. Average
0.34 0.59% 0.29%

Comparative Analysis: Foreign Large Cap Equities ETFdb Category

Lo Average Hi EFA Rank
SCHF : 0.08% 0.46% FWDI : 1.12% 11 of 37

Commission Free Trading in EFA

EFA is not currently available for commission free trading on any platforms. There are 16 other ETFs in the Foreign Large Cap Equities ETFdb Category that are also eligible for commission free trading DBEF (E*TRADE) DOL (E*TRADE) DOO (E*TRADE) DTH (E*TRADE) DWM (E*TRADE) DWX (Charles Schwab) EFAV (Fidelity) EFG (TD Ameritrade) EFV (TD Ameritrade) EWC (TD Ameritrade) FNDF (Charles Schwab) IDLV (Charles Schwab) IDV (Fidelity) IEFA (Fidelity) SCHF (Charles Schwab) VEA (Vanguard, TD Ameritrade)

Performance Analysis

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

  EFA Category Lo Category Hi EFA Rank
1 Week* -0.50% QCAN: -1.49% HEFA: 1.13% 28 of 37
4 Week* -1.52% IDHB: -2.14% EWC: 1.68% 29 of 37
13 Week* 2.47% PIZ: -0.98% EWC: 9.12% 24 of 34
26 Week* 3.71% PIZ: -1.57% EWC: 13.67% 25 of 31
YTD* 3.26% PIZ: -1.64% EWC: 12.00% 26 of 31
1 Year* 15.19% DBEF: 9.80% IDHB: 27.79% 22 of 29
3 Year* 26.81% EIS: 3.60% DBEF: 34.57% 11 of 23
5 Year* 65.57% EIS: 37.06% IDV: 94.93% 12 of 19

Volatility Analysis

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

  EFA Category Lo Category Hi EFA Rank
5 Day* 35.47% EWC: 5.50% IDHQ: 82.85% 17 of 37
20 Day* 9.77% EFAV: 6.65% FCAN: 13.11% 20 of 36
50 Day* 8.04% EFAV: 5.41% HEFA: 14.84% 25 of 35
200 Day* 10.40% PID: 7.40% FWDI: 17.11% 19 of 31
Beta* -1.16 PIZ: -1.49 HEFA: 2.04 27 of 35
Standart Deviation* 2.84% IDHQ: 0.78% DGT: 3.50% 5 of 29

Technical Analysis

This section highlights technical strength metrics for EFA.

Moving Averages * Support & Resistance * Williams & Rel. Strength *
20 Day MA $68.20 Lower Bolinger (10Day) $67.17 Williams % (10) 49.29
60 Day MA $67.63 Upper Bolinger (10Day) $68.38 Williams % (20) 70.04
MACD 15 Day -0.52 Lower Bolinger (30Day) $67.26 Rel. Strength (10) 44
MACD 100 Day 0.97 Upper Bolinger (30Day) $69.14 Rel. Strength (20) 48
    Support Level $48.03 Rel. Strength (30) 51
    Resistance Level $67.76    

Dividend & Valuation Analysis

This section shows how the dividend yield and P/E multiple of EFA compare to the peer group ETFdb Category.

  EFA Category Lo Category Hi EFA Rank
Annual Dividend Yield* 3.30% QCAN: 0.04% DWX: 5.27% 12 of 37
P/E Ratio* 14.13 IDHQ: 7.85 PIZ: 18.61 6 of 22
* As of 2014-07-21

Concentration Analysis

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

  EFA Category Lo Category Hi EFA Rank
Number of Holdings** 924 HEFA: 2 TLTD: 2921 6 of 37
% Assets in Top 10** 12.38% FDT: 6.58% HEFA: 99.95% 27 of 37
** As of 2014-07-02

Alternative ETFs

Other ETFs in the Foreign Large Cap Equities ETFdb Category include:

Type Ticker Expense Ratio Assets Avg. Daily Vol YTD Return
Cheapest SCHF 0.08% $2,564.0 M 305,378 3.74%
Largest (AUM) VEA 0.09% $23,517.5 M 3,211,147 3.41%
Most Liquid (Volume) VEA 0.09% $23,517.5 M 3,211,147 3.41%
Top YTD Performer EWC 0.48% $3,586.7 M 862,338 12.00%

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