iShares MSCI EAFE Index Fund (NYSEARCA:EFA) was the target of a significant increase in short interest in December. As of December 15th, there was short interest totalling 52,370,923 shares, an increase of 10.6% from the November 30th total of 47,332,767 shares. Based on an average trading volume of 21,812,671 shares, the short-interest ratio is presently 2.4 days.

Several hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in the company. Fulton Bank N.A. boosted its holdings in shares of iShares MSCI EAFE Index Fund by 5.0% during the 4th quarter. Fulton Bank N.A. now owns 43,451 shares of the exchange traded fund’s stock valued at $3,055,000 after buying an additional 2,078 shares in the last quarter. Hefty Wealth Partners boosted its holdings in shares of iShares MSCI EAFE Index Fund by 154.5% during the 4th quarter. Hefty Wealth Partners now owns 15,613 shares of the exchange traded fund’s stock valued at $1,098,000 after buying an additional 9,478 shares in the last quarter. LBJ Family Wealth Advisors Ltd. boosted its holdings in shares of iShares MSCI EAFE Index Fund by 1.1% during the 4th quarter. LBJ Family Wealth Advisors Ltd. now owns 109,551 shares of the exchange traded fund’s stock valued at $7,703,000 after buying an additional 1,149 shares in the last quarter. Prudential Financial Inc. boosted its holdings in shares of iShares MSCI EAFE Index Fund by 57.0% during the 3rd quarter. Prudential Financial Inc. now owns 3,999,030 shares of the exchange traded fund’s stock valued at $273,854,000 after buying an additional 1,451,466 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Atlantic Trust Group LLC boosted its holdings in shares of iShares MSCI EAFE Index Fund by 49.7% during the 3rd quarter. Atlantic Trust Group LLC now owns 324,969 shares of the exchange traded fund’s stock valued at $22,255,000 after buying an additional 107,867 shares in the last quarter.

Shares of iShares MSCI EAFE Index Fund (NYSEARCA EFA) opened at $71.95 on Friday. iShares MSCI EAFE Index Fund has a fifty-two week low of $58.75 and a fifty-two week high of $72.06. The company has a market cap of $86,560.00 and a price-to-earnings ratio of -77.37.

The firm also recently announced a semiannual dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, December 26th. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, December 20th were issued a dividend of $0.7426 per share. This represents a dividend yield of 2.13%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Tuesday, December 19th. iShares MSCI EAFE Index Fund’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently -194.62%.

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iShares MSCI EAFE Index Fund Company Profile

iShares MSCI EAFE ETF, formerly iShares MSCI EAFE Index Fund (the Fund), is an exchange-traded fund. The Fund’s investment objective is to seek investment results that correspond to the price and yield performance of its underlying index, MSCI EAFE Index (the Index). The Index has been developed by MSCI Inc as an equity benchmark for its international stock performance.

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