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  • ETF
  • VWO
    Pricing Data
    Change: $0.04 (-0.0%)
    Time: 01/13/17
    Previous Close: $37.28
  • Category
  • Emerging Markets Equities
Last Updated:



Trading Data

Open: - Volume -
Day Lo - Day Hi -
  • 52 Week Lo: $27.29
  • 52 Week Hi: $38.23
  • AUM: $43,948.1 M
  • Shares: 1,227.6 M

Investment Themes

Historical Trading Data

  • 1 Month Avg. Volume: 14,346,659
  • 3 Month Avg. Volume: 15,632,464

Alternative ETFs in the Emerging Markets Equities Category

Type Ticker Expense Ratio Assets Avg. Daily Vol YTD Return
Cheapest SCHE 0.13% $2,247.4 M 824,184 4.27%
Largest (AUM) EEM 0.67% $26,033.6 M 63,755,324 4.77%
Most Liquid (Volume) EEM 0.67% $26,033.6 M 63,755,324 4.77%
Top YTD Performer GHE 0.65% $2.4 M 900 12.48%

Analyst Report

VWO is one of the largest ETFs in the world, having been embraced by investors as an efficient way to establish exposure to emerging markets. Given the opportunity to establish broad-based exposure to the developing economies of the world, VWO may appeal to a number of different investors; this fund can be used as a short-term trading vehicle or as a core holding in a long-term, buy-and-hold portfolio. It should be noted, however, that VWO tends to attract longer-term investors; those with short time horizons gravitate towards EEM, which boasts a deep and active options market and generally experiences greater trading volumes. VWO has become incredibly popular for a reason; the extremely low expense ratio charged by this ETF makes it a cheap way to access an asset class that is a critical component of any growth-oriented long-term strategy. The fact that VWO is available for commission-free trading on multiple platforms further enhances the appeal to cost-conscious investors. There's a lot to like about the balance of the portfolio as well; VWO invests in hundreds of stocks across dozens of different emerging markets in all corners of the globe, ensuring that no one market or sector has too significant an impact on performance. There are, of course, plenty of intriguing alternatives to VWO. An equal-weighted fund from Rydex (EWEM) includes the same holdings as VWO but assigns an equivalent weight to each, making it potentially appealing for those seeking to avoid cap-weighted methodologies. WisdomTree's dividend-weighted DEM is another option for those who prefer alternative weightings strategies, as is PXH from PowerShares. Overall, VWO is a great option for long-term investors, offering balanced exposure at a low fee.

Realtime Rating

Realtime Rating Summary

The adjacent table shows a Realtime Rating for 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, highlights the best rated ETF in the Emerging Markets Equities category for each metric. To view information on how the ETFdb Realtime Ratings work, click here.

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VWO Overall Realtime Rating: A

A+ Overall Rated ETF: EEMX

Metric Metric Realtime Rating A+ Metric Rated ETF
Liquidity A n/a
Expenses A n/a
Performance B+ n/a
Volatility B n/a
Dividend B+ n/a
Concentration A+ n/a

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VWO 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.

VWO Holdings

Filings Data as of: Dec 04, 2016

Asset Allocation

Asset Percentage
U.S. Stocks 0.36%
International Stocks 96.54%
U.S. Bonds 0.0%
International Bonds 0.0%
Preferred Stock 0.87%
Convertibles 0.0%
Cash 2.01%
Other 0.22%

Sector Breakdown

Sector Percentage
Financial Services 22.02%
Technology 17.24%
Basic Materials 8.39%
Consumer Cyclical 8.27%
Consumer Defensive 6.99%
Energy 6.95%
Industrials 5.88%
Communication Services 5.63%
Real Estate 3.72%
Utilities 3.49%
Health Care 3.14%

Market Cap Breakdown

Market Cap Percentage
Giant 42.86%
Large 28.22%
Medium 14.52%
Small 3.79%
Micro 0.66%

Region Breakdown

Region Percentage
Asia (Emerging) 48.51%
Asia (Developed) 15.81%
Latin America 14.39%
Africa 7.63%
Europe 6.52%
Middle East 1.15%
U.S. 0.35%
Australia 0.0%
Canada 0.0%
Japan 0.0%

Market Tier Breakdown

Region Percentage
Emerging 76.41%
Developed 17.98%

Country Breakdown

Country Percentage
China 25.49%
Indonesia 2.54%
Taiwan 15.17%
India 11.55%
Brazil 8.28%
South Africa 7.26%
Mexico 4.11%
Thailand 3.64%
Malaysia 3.6%
Russia 3.17%
Other 15.19%

VWO Expenses & Fees

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

Expenses Ratio Analysis

ETF Average
ETF Wtd. Average
Category Average
Expense Ratio
Rank: 3 of 99
Category Low SCHE (0.13%)
Category High EGPT (0.97%)

VWO Performance

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

1 Week Return
Rank: 63 of 97
Category Low KSA (-2.96%)
Category High TUR (5.00%)
4 Week Return
Rank: 42 of 99
Category Low NGE (-3.39%)
Category High EGPT (11.26%)
13 Week Return
Rank: 47 of 97
Category Low EGPT (-25.19%)
Category High RSXJ (31.82%)
26 Week Return
Rank: 44 of 96
Category Low EGPT (-26.13%)
Category High RSXJ (49.24%)
Year to Date Return
Rank: 48 of 99
Category Low KSA (-2.73%)
Category High GHE (12.48%)
1 Year Return
Rank: 31 of 87
Category Low NGE (-28.79%)
Category High RSXJ (134.08%)
3 Year Return
Rank: 24 of 65
Category Low NGE (-71.04%)
Category High SMIN (61.58%)
5 Year Return
Rank: 16 of 48
Category Low EWM (-36.09%)
Category High GULF (51.51%)

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

VWO Valuation

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

P/E Ratio
Rank: 86 of 95
Category Low RSXJ (6.07)
Category High KLEM (22.87)

As of Jul 21 2016

VWO Dividend

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

Dividend Date
Annual Dividend Rate
Annual Dividend Yield
Rank: 35 of 97
Category Low EEMX (0.15%)
Category High KEMP (6.54%)

As of Jul 21, 2016

VWO Technicals

Volatility Analysis

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

5 Day Volatility
Rank: 35 of 99
Category Low FLQE (2.59%)
Category High SCIF (254.99%)
20 Day Volatility
Rank: 85 of 99
Category Low HEMV (7.84%)
Category High GHE (37.25%)
50 Day Volatility
Rank: 62 of 97
Category Low FRN (10.29%)
Category High EGPT (61.34%)
200 Day Volatility
Rank: 61 of 94
Category Low HEMV (10.31%)
Category High EGPT (46.44%)
Rank: 28 of 95
Category Low DEMG (-2.66)
Category High KSA (1.83)
Standard Deviation
Rank: 25 of 82
Category Low FRN (0.62%)
Category High RSXJ (6.39%)


  • 20 Day MA: $36.04
  • 60 Day MA: $36.32
  • MACD 15 Period: 0.99
  • MACD 100 Period: 0.53
  • Williams % Range 10 Day: 4.35
  • Williams % Range 20 Day: 2.69
  • RSI 10 Day: 70
  • RSI 20 Day: 60
  • RSI 30 Day: 56
  • Ultimate Oscillator: 70

Bollinger Brands

  • Lower Bollinger (10 Day): $35.87
  • Upper Bollinger (10 Day): $37.57
  • Lower Bollinger (20 Day): $34.47
  • Upper Bollinger (20 Day): $37.59
  • Lower Bollinger (30 Day): $34.73
  • Upper Bollinger (30 Day): $37.40

Support & Resistance

  • Support Level 1: n/a
  • Support Level 2: $37.09
  • Resistance Level 1: n/a
  • Resistance Level 2: $37.37


  • Stochastic Oscillator %D (1 Day): 66.09
  • Stochastic Oscillator %D (5 Day): 88.76
  • Stochastic Oscillator %K (1 Day): 60.43
  • Stochastic Oscillator %K (5 Day): 85.14

Fact Sheet

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