NASDAQ Index Blog - Archive Posts for February, 2015

Cast Your Vote! Updated: 2/18/2015

We need your help to make Nasdaq Global Indexes the ‘Most Innovative Index Provider’ of the 2015 Exchangetradedfunds.com Annual Global ETF Awards!

Why are we worthy of your vote?
Nasdaq Global Indexes:

  • Covers all asset classes
  • Calculates more than 40,000 indexes worldwide.
  • Has 180 exchange-traded products tied to our indexes with approximately $100 Billion in AUM.
  • In 2014, 27 new ETPs began tracking our indexes
  • Is currently the underlying benchmarks for 8 of the top 10 largest ETP providers in the world
  • In 2014, ETPs tracking the Nasdaq Biotechnology Index launched in Israel, Korea and London, marking 17 countries in which we have index-linked ETPs.
  • In November, two ETFs tracking Nasdaq Indexes were launched by BMO in Hong Kong, marking a new milestone of 8 ETFs for us in the Asia-Pac region.
  • The Nasdaq Buyback Achievers brand saw 5 new ETFs created based on that benchmark family in 2014.
  • Recently closed the acquisition of Dorsey, Wright & Associates, providing us with a new suite of best-in-class relative strength indexes, 17 of which have ETPs already tied to them.

 

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Nasdaq Research Update: Technology Sector Continues to Dominate Dividends By: Dave Gedeon
on 2/13/2015

As Q4 earnings wrap up, it is clear that the technology sector continues to power greater returns to shareholders with strong dividends and buybacks fueled by large cash balances, strong earnings, and topline revenue growth.

The Nasdaq Technology Dividend Index is the leading benchmark of dividend-paying technology companies. The index currently tracks 95 securities listed in the U.S. that are involved in technology or telecom.

On a weighted basis, the Nasdaq Technology Dividend Index’s current components have been dramatically increasing the total dollars paid out to shareholders via dividends from a level of $1.5 billion in 2011 to $2.1 billion in 2014 representing a 41% increase. While Apple, the world’s largest company by market capitalization, has become a noted dividend payer it is worth highlighting that excluding Apple from the Technology Dividend Index still results in a significant 36.7% increase during the same period.

Technology has very quickly become the preferred sector for dividends no matter if investors favor quality, yield, or growth. The Nasdaq Technology Dividend Index complements broad based dividend strategies that tend to be underweight in technology.

Currently, the top ten components represent 56% of the index and include highly recognizable names including Apple, IBM, Cisco and others. The top ten are displayed below along with their current weight, most recent dividend payment, and indicated yield.

Data as of February 11, 2015
Source: Nasdaq Global Indexes, Bloomberg, FactSet

The information contained above is provided for informational and educational purposes only, and nothing contained herein should be construed as investment advice, either on behalf of a particular security or an overall investment strategy. Neither The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. nor any of its affiliates makes any recommendation to buy or sell any security or any representation about the financial condition of any company. Statements regarding Nasdaq-listed companies are not guarantees of future performance. Actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied. Past performance is not indicative of future results. Investors should undertake their own due diligence and carefully evaluate companies before investing. ADVICE FROM A SECURITIES PROFESSIONAL IS STRONGLY ADVISED.
 

White Paper: Nasdaq-100 Turns 30 Updated: 2/12/2015

How well do you know the Nasdaq-100? With exchange-traded products tied to the index exceeding $50 billion, the Nasdaq-100 is one of the most widely tracked indexes in the world. Our white paper discusses topics such as how the NDX has changed over the last 30 years, how it compares to other broad benchmarks currently and historically, and the state of tradable products tied to the index.

Replay our web seminar on the Nasdaq-100's 30th Anniversary


Download the white paper on NDX with the form below:

January 2015 Monthly Performance Report Updated: 2/4/2015

The Nasdaq PHLX Gold/Silver Sector Index is January's top performer at 15.4% and the Nasdaq Commodity HG Copper ER Index is the worst performer of January at -11.7%. Get a quick overview of Nasdaq Index performance data for our top 50 most watched indexes here.

The Nasdaq-100 Index Celebrates 30 Years of Growth & Ambition Updated: 2/4/2015

 

In 1985, Nasdaq launched the Nasdaq-100 Index® (NDX®) to track the 100 largest, non-financial companies listed on The Nasdaq Stock Market. In addition to being a barometer for the investment community on how major sectors of the market are performing, the Index also plays an important role as the basis for investible products. Today, the NDX is one of the world’s most widely followed stock indexes, with more than $50 billion in exchange-traded products tied to the Index, including the well-known PowerShares QQQ Trust® ETF (QQQ) or, simply, “the Q’s.”
At the time of launch, Nasdaq was still in its infancy (just 14 years old) and indexing was completely new territory. Since launch, the market cap of Nasdaq-100 companies has grown from $58 billion to more than $4.7 trillion today. Now, hundreds of products, including ETFs, Mutual Funds, Futures, Options and other derivatives, are tied to the index in 29 countries. While always solidly tilted to the technology sector, the NDX has evolved to include some of the top names in biotech, retail, media and industrials and is cited as a benchmark for large-cap growth performance.

 

In recognition of the 30th anniversary of the Nasdaq-100 Index, Nasdaq Global Indexes will be publishing a white paper, providing a comprehensive overview of the evolution of the index. The research piece details the lifespan of NDX including those companies that have been in since inception; the nuances of the index vs. its competitors; reasoning behind rebalances and more. We’ll send out an update when the paper is available for download.


In addition, join us for the Web Seminar: The Nasdaq-100 Turns 30: Tracking Innovation in Large Cap Growth on Tuesday, February 10th at 10 am EST.


Special Note: Bloomberg will be recording their ‘Taking Stock’ radio show live from the Nasdaq MarketSite on February 9th to cover this milestone. The line-up of guest speakers includes Q’s pioneers John Jacobs, Ben Fulton and Eric Noll; along with present-day managers Rob Hughes, Vice President Nasdaq Global Indexes, and Dan Draper, Managing Director, Invesco PowerShares. They will also be joined by Debbie Fuhr, respected founder of ETFGI, an independent research and consultancy firm.

Listen live on Monday, February 9th from 2pm -5pm Eastern Time.

 

Nasdaq and Dorsey Wright Unite to Deliver Unique Smart Beta Solutions Updated: 2/2/2015

We are thrilled that Dorsey, Wright & Associates (DWA) is now part of the Nasdaq family and our ever-expanding suite of innovative indexes and data solutions.

DWA is a registered investment advisory firm that provides comprehensive investment research and analysis through its proprietary Global Technical Research Platform and Investment Products. DWA is a respected industry leader known for applying its expertise in Relative Strength to support the investment decision-making process through leading research and technical analysis. DWA’s investment analytics are used by thousands of investment advisors and power individual stock research, model portfolios, strategies and indexes. The latter of which are used as the basis of exchange-traded funds, managed accounts, and mutual funds. DWA currently has over 130 model portfolios with an estimated $10 billion tracking the models and 17 licensed ETFs, representing approximately $5 billion in assets under management.

The acquisition brings DWA’s industry-leading smart beta indexes to the Nasdaq Index family. This transaction, along with Nasdaq’s existing suite of alternative index solutions, makes us one of the largest global providers of smart beta solutions.

Visit www.dorseywright.com to find out more about the company and their offerings. We will continue to share information on how our combined business can further help our clients’ strategies. We welcome your questions at any time at GISCustomerService@nasdaq.com.
 

NASDAQ® and NASDAQ® are registered trademarks of The NASDAQ Group, Inc. The information contained above is provided for informational and educational purposes only, and nothing contained herein should be construed as investment advice, either on behalf of a particular security or an overall investment strategy. Neither The NASDAQ Group, Inc. nor any of its affiliates makes any recommendation to buy or sell any security or any representation about the financial condition of any company. Statements regarding NASDAQ-listed companies or NASDAQ proprietary indexes are not guarantees of future performance. Actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied. Past performance is not indicative of future results. Investors should undertake their own due diligence and carefully evaluate companies before investing. ADVICE FROM A SECURITIES PROFESSIONAL IS STRONGLY ADVISED.

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