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Vanguard FTSE Europe ETF (VGK)

  • May. 27, 2013, 7:46 AM
    Alphavue's Pierre-Tves Gauthier is looking for a 20% upside in European equities (FEZ) amid "returning confidence" which he says is something people "forget about" what with the "absolutely awful macro-dynamic" in Spain and Italy. Gauthier claims the potential for share price drops in Spanish and Italian banks "has topped," an interesting contention given the projected €5-10B in extra provisions Spain's banks will need to take against refies. Ultimately, strong balance sheets and accelerating earnings "make a simple 'buy' recommendation," he says.
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  • May. 14, 2013, 8:59 AM
    GMO's 7-year asset allocation model for U.S. stocks (VTI) is now predicting negative returns, says James Montier, presenting at the London Value Conference, and telling the audience GMO is now 50% in cash. Liking Europe (VGK, EZU, FEZ) a year ago, the big run has GMO less excited now. The best value could be emerging markets (EEM, DEM, VWO), but China's property bubble has GMO allocating less to EM than its models suggest.
  • May. 2, 2013, 1:17 PM
    Mario Draghi's hint of negative interest rates -which sent the euro tumbling this morning - might perk up investor interest in WisdomTree's (WETF) Europe Hedged Equity ETF (HEDJ +1.3%). WisdomTree has scored big-time this year as its previously little-known Japan Hedged Equity Fund (DXJ) has raked in assets. Unhedged Europe ETFs: EZU, VGK, FEZ, EPV, IEV, ADRU, FEP, FDD, UPV, DFE.
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  • Apr. 15, 2013, 3:32 PM
    In recovery mode following Vanguard's decision to swap out MSCI indexes for FTSE in several of its ETFs last October, Msci, Inc. (MSCI -3%) takes another blow as ProShares does the same with two of its European funds, UPV and EPV. Vanguard made its move to save on indexing costs - including its popular Europe ETF (VGK) - but ProShares hasn't yet commented on its reasoning.
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  • Apr. 4, 2013, 11:41 AM
    Europe (FEZ, VGK, EZU) gives up a sizable early pop (following the BOJ) to close with solid losses. Leading is the FTSE (EWU) -1.1% as it appears the lame-duck leadership of the BOE is going to pass the baton to Mark Carney in July before further stimulus is forthcoming. The euro (FXE) is on a wild ride - plummeting as Draghi started his press conference only to gain it all back and more as the ECB chief said there are limits to what the central bank can do.
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  • Mar. 27, 2013, 12:21 PM
    Vanguard transitions two more of its ETFs to FTSE benchmarks from MSCI, with VGK now tracking the FTSE Developed Europe Index and renamed the FTSE Europe ETF, and VPL tracking the FTSE Developed Asia-Pacific Index and named the FTSE Pacific ETF. The tickers are unchanged as are the expense ratios of 0.12%, though Vanguard expects those to come down over time.
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  • Mar. 21, 2013, 9:42 AM
    Vanguard MSCI Europe ETF (VGK) announces quarterly distribution of $0.238. For shareholders of record Mar. 26. Payable Mar. 28. Ex-div date Mar. 22.
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  • Mar. 20, 2013, 3:40 PM
    Enjoying a great run of inflows from its currency-hedged Japan Fund (DXJ), is WisdomTree (WETF) planning something similar for European shares? Director of Research Jeremy Schwartz shows how a hedged strategy lowers the risk of owning stocks across the pond.
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  • Mar. 19, 2013, 3:18 PM
    The bailout rejected, what's next for Cyprus? Open Europe suggests the EU will allow a few days for Cypriot MPs to get their minds right before the ECB thinks about cutting off funding for the country's banks (which would lead to their collapse). Or not. Reuters' Anatole Kaletsky notes the ECB needs two-thirds of its board to cut off ELA funding, and the Germans don't have the votes. "Time to get bullish ... German U-turn ahead!"
  • Mar. 7, 2013, 7:52 AM
    Europe sheds some gains after the ECB keeps policy on hold, even though the decision was expected. The Stoxx 50 (FEZ) +0.2%. The euro (FXE) meanwhile adds to its gains, +0.4% at $1.3018.
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  • Mar. 2, 2013, 8:43 AM
    Along with the bull market are wealth managers continuing to ratchet up their exposure to equites at the expense of bonds and cash, according to Penta's latest survey which shows recommended stock allocations rising to 48% from 45% a year ago. Also of interest are the swings in foreign stock holdings - in favor in 2011, out in 2012, and popular again this year.
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  • Mar. 1, 2013, 4:25 AM
    Eurozone February Manufacturing PMI unchanged from January at 47.9 (flash 47.8) as Germany stabilizes but with all other countries except Ireland contracting. "The combination of a revival in export orders and resilient domestic demand has helped propel Germany’s growth so far this year, while deteriorating domestic demand is holding back the economies of France, Italy and Spain," Markit says. (PR)
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  • Feb. 28, 2013, 6:29 PM
    More details on Vanguard's fee cuts: Going to 0.12% from 0.14% (a 14% cut) is its Vanguard MSCI Europe ETF (VGK), a $5.88B fund.
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  • Feb. 7, 2013, 8:00 AM
    Europe and the euro remain modestly higher after the ECB leaves rates unchanged. A small group had hoped for a rate cut. Stoxx 50 (FEZ) +0.4%, the euro (FXE) +0.3%. Draghi's press conference beings in 30 minutes.
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  • Feb. 4, 2013, 7:23 AM
    The euro takes a breather from what has been a huge run higher as Spain and Italy get their names in the paper again. Described as "unstoppable" last week and with speculative longs shooting higher, the euro almost had to turn lower. Currently -0.8% to $1.3563. Stoxx 50 -1%.
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  • Jan. 21, 2013, 10:00 AM
    Buy doom, sell confidence? No calls for an EU-led imminent financial calamity are likely to be heard at this week's gathering of big shots in Davos. "The eurozone is broadly on the right track," says former Deutsche Bank CEO Ackerman. A year ago: The EU is a "time bomb," said then-Mexican President Calderon. VGK +15% Y/Y.
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Vanguard FTSE Europe ETF seeks to track the performance of a benchmark index that measures the investment return of stocks issued by companies located in the major markets of Europe.
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