Vanguard Ex-U.S. Fund Hits Fresh 52-Week Highs As Foreign Rally Continues

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February 4, 2017 7:27am NASDAQ:VXUS

Investors looking for ETFs with rising momentum should begin to consider the Vanguard Total International Stock ETF (VXUS). This product just hit a new 52-week high of $48.26 today, and is now up 22.46% from its 52-week low price of $39.41 per share.

Will this ETF continue its string of recent wins? Let’s take a closer look at the fund, its recent gains, the category it resides in, and its ratings and outlook to get a sense of whether its momentum is sustainable or not.

Inside VXUS’s Rise

As mentioned earlier, VXUS has now gained 22.46% from its 52-week low, which was hit back on February 11, 2016. The fund has now returned 2.38% over the past month, 7.38% over the past three months, and 4.81% in the past six months. Those returns compare to the benchmark S&P 500 index’s 1.30%, 10.62%, and 6.33% returns in the same periods, respectively.

VXUS currently sits above its 10-day, 20-day, 50-day, 100-day, and 200-day moving averages (MAs), which from a technical standpoint suggests a very strong possibility that the recent gains can continue. That’s because the shares have no short-term overhead resistance to bump up against.

A Look Under The Hood

Vanguard Total International Stock ETF is a Equity-focused product issued by Vanguard Group. Its expense ratio of 0.13% makes it the #3 cheapest ETF among 49 total funds in the Foreign Large Cap Blend ETFs category.

VXUS currently boasts $6.86B in assets under management (AUM), placing it #6 of 49 ETFs in its category, and #82 of 1922 total ETFs in the U.S. exchange traded universe.

The investment objective of the Vanguard Total International Stock ETF seeks to track the performance of the FTSE Global All Cap ex US Index, which measures the investment return of stocks issued by companies located outside the United States. Despite ongoing political turmoil, stocks around the globe have been strong as of late, as a divergence between volatility and actual risk continues.

VXUS SMART Grade: More Gains Ahead?

VXUS currently has an ETF Daily News SMART Grade of A (Strong Buy), and is ranked #6 of 49 funds in the Foreign Large Cap Blend ETFs category.

A SMART Grade of A suggests very strong future price growth potential, so it’s reasonable to expect even more gains ahead. Investors without much foreign exposure in their portfolios should certainly consider VXUS for an allocation.

For more information about this ETF, including full ratings, news, data, and more, please visit VXUS’s ticker page.

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