Telecom Sector Remains Buoyant

While the current stock market correction has brought most sectors down, at least one has held up better than the rest. The telecom sector has experienced less of a decline than the overall market over the past four weeks.


Telecom gets disconnected

Telecom stocks have failed to keep pace with the overall market in the second half of 2009. Since June 30, the iShares Dow Jones U.S. Telecom Sector Index Fund (IYZ) is only up 3% compared to an 18% gain for the SPDR S&P 500 (SPY).

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Dividend Yields Hit 12 Year High

Last week’s market correction has lowered stock prices to the point where dividend yields are now at their highest levels in 12 years. Leading S&P 500 components such as Pfizer (PFE), AT&T (T), Dow Chemical (DOW), Nucor (NUE), and Duke Energy (DUK) all ended the week with forward looking dividend yields of over 6.5% and well above their 5 year averages.

Telecom ETFs come back

Telecom was the strongest performing sector last week as the stocks continue to make a come back from their March lows. The iShares Dow Jones U.S. Telecommunications Sector Index Fund IYZ is one of the leading telecom sector ETFs.



Interested in investing in telecommunications with ETFs? Since hitting 52 week lows back in March, telecom companies and telecom ETFs are making a come back as you can see in the chart below.