A Month For Moats March 10, 2016. Moat Investing provides key insights and performance trends impacting global moat investing based on Morningstar equity research. U.S.-focused MOAT and internationally-focused MOTI offer investors global exposure to Morningstar’s moat methodology and valuation principals.
Moat Investing: A Month For Moats
For the Month Ending February 29, 2016
February was a strong month for global moat-rated companies, particularly in the U.S. The U.S.-oriented Morningstar® Wide Moat Focus IndexSM (MWMFTR) far outperformed the S&P 500® Index (5.22% vs. -0.13%). For international moats, Morningstar® Global ex-US Moat Focus IndexSM (MGEUMFUN) posted positive returns while the MSCI All Country World Index ex USA was negative for the month (0.88% vs. -1.14%).
U.S. Domestic Moats: Success in Tech and Industrials
The strong performance of several industrial companies, including rail operators Kansas City Southern (KSU US) and Union Pacific Corporation (UNP US), drove performance in February. Although the overall U.S. information technology sector struggled, all three information technology firms in MWMFTR posted positive performance in February: Qualcomm (QUAL US), International Business Machines (IBM US), and Western Union (WU US). The leading company for the month was Polaris Industries (PII US), as it rebounded from poor results released at the end of January.
Several U.S. moat-rated firms, including media titan Time Warner Inc. (TWX US) and biotech firm Biogen, Inc. (BIIB US), struggled alongside the broad market.
International Moats: Financials Bounce Back
Financials reversed their January trend by leading the way for MGEUMFUN in February. Industrials also posted strong returns. Swedish firms provided the strongest boost to MGEUMFUN’s performance, particularly Elekta AB (EKTAB SS), which develops and sells clinical solutions for the treatment of cancer and neurological disorders.
Several bank stocks out of Australia, Hong Kong, and the UK struggled in February, as did the few consumer staples stocks represented in MGEUMFUN.
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