MarketMuse blog update courtesy of InvestmentNews. With the anticipation of tech giant, Apple’s launch event today and last week’s announcement of Apple joining the DOW, there is a lot to be excited about. However, InvestmentNews’ Jeff Benjamin points out how it could hurt investors.
Investors and advisers who own shares of Apple Inc. (AAPL) cheered the news that it will soon be in the granddaddy of all stock indexes. But in all the hoopla, they may miss the fact that their portfolios could become overexposed to the tech giant.
On March 19, Apple is slated to replace AT&T Inc. (T) in the 119-year-old Dow Jones Industrial Average. The news sent Apple shares up $1.05, or 0.83%, to $127.46, in afternoon trading Friday as the Dow tumbled 1.44%.
As investible indexes go, the Dow is far from the most popular, but $12.5 billion of assets are invested in the SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average ETF. And DIA soon will include the tech giant, joining the S&P 500 and a plethora of mutual funds and exchange-traded funds that already own it.
Apple, which started paying a dividend three years ago, is a Top 10 holding in a dozen dividend-focused ETFs that include Vanguard High Dividend Yield (VYM) and Wisdom Tree Total Dividend (DTD), as well as the Russell 1000 Index through iShares Russell 1000 (IWB) and iShares Russell 1000 Growth (IWF).
“There are probably some people who own the S&P and the Dow, and now they will own Apple in both indexes,” Mr. Rosenbluth said. “But, obviously, Apple is not the only stock held in multiple indexes.”
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