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This ETF offers exposure to the international telecom sector, focusing on stocks listed outside of the U.S. As such, IST can be an effective tool for investors implementing an ex-U.S. sector rotation strategy, and can also be potentially useful for those with a bullish view on the telecom industry but reluctance to invest in U.S. stocks. IST can also be useful in long/short pairs trades--for example going long IST and short XTL. Like many telecom ETFs, this fund is subject to significant concentration; though there are about 60 individual holdings, a small handful of names make up a big chunk of exposure. Investors seeking more global exposure to telecom stocks may prefer IXP, while AXTE offers another option for ex-U.S. strategies.
The adjacent table gives investors an individual Realtime Rating for IST 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 Communications 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.View the Category Report
The following tables and charts contain in-depth metrics for this ETF and compare it to similar peer ETFs within its ETFdb Category.
This section shows how this ETF has performed relative to its peer group ETFdb Category.
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 IST relative to other ETFs and benchmarks or to include indicators such as Bollinger Bands, relative strength, and moving averages.
This section shows how the volatility of this ETF compares to the peer group ETFdb Category.
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