4-Star ETFs Poised to Pop: iShares MSCI EAFE Index Fund

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Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, the iShares MSCI EAFE Index Fund (ASE: EFA) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at iShares MSCI EAFE Index and see what CAPS investors are saying about the ETF right now.

iShares MSCI EAFE Index facts

InceptionAugust 2001
Total Assets$35 billion
Investment ApproachSeeks to provide investment results that correspond to publicly traded securities in the European, Australasian, and Far Eastern markets, as measured by the MSCI EAFE Index.
Expense Ratio0.34%
Dividend Yield3.3%
1-Year / 3-Year / 5-Year Annual Returns(12.6%) / 7.3% / (5.1%)
Top Holdings with High CAPS Rating (4 or 5 Stars) and Portfolio WeightVodafone Group (NAS: VOD) (1.4%)
BP (NYS: BP) (1.4%)
BHP Billiton (NYS: BHP) (1.2%)
AlternativesVanguard MSCI EAFE (NYS: VEA)
Vanguard FTSE All-World ex-U.S. (NYS: VEU)

Sources: Morningstar and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 95% of the 539 members who have rated iShares MSCI EAFE Index believe the ETF will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include A6EIntruder and FlorisHJ.

Having gotten on board a couple of years ago, A6EIntruder succinctly summed up the bull case: "Looking longer term, I like low cost ... exposure to the EAFE and diversity of this ETF."

iShares MSCI EAFE Index even sports a juicy dividend yield of 3.3%. That's higher than that of other foreign blend ETFs like Vanguard MSCI EAFE (2.8%) and Vanguard FTSE All-World ex-U.S. (2.4%).

CAPS member FlorisHJ expands on the opportunity:

Nice fund giving exposure to "the world" -- everything but the US. If you think the US economy will outgrow the world, then this is not the fund for you. The rest of us stand to gain with some diversification here -- with a built-in currency play protecting against weak dollar.

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