For the Month Ending April 30, 2016 A Star-Spangled April for Moats
Moat-rated companies continued their strong start to 2016 in April. U.S.-oriented Morningstar® Wide Moat Focus IndexSM (MWMFTR) topped the S&P 500® Index (5.20% vs. 0.39%) in April and widened the gap in relative performance year-to-date (12.05% vs. 1.74%). On the international front, Morningstar® Global ex-US Moat Focus IndexSM (MGEUMFUN) lagged the MSCI All Country World Index ex USA in April (1.43% vs. 2.63%), but maintained relative outperformance year-to-date (4.09% vs. 2.25%).
U.S. Domestic Moats: Healthcare Rotation Pays Off
St. Jude Medical, Inc. (STJ US) was the big winner among domestic moat-rated companies in April. Late in the month Abbott Laboratories (ABT US) announced its intent to buy STJ US in a deal that is expected to close in the coming fourth quarter. As part of its quarterly review, the MWMFTR Index rotated into several healthcare companies, including STJ US. According to Morningstar, the healthcare sector offered a number of attractive valuation opportunities in March, some of which contributed to MWMFTR’s strong performance in April. Drug manufacturer Allergan plc (AGN US), however, provided no such boost to results. A U.S. Department of Treasury tax ruling squashed any hope for its planned merger with Pfizer, pushing AGN US lower for the month.
International Moats: Oh, Canada
MGEUMFUN’s exposure to financials companies, particularly Canadian banks, contributed to positive performance in April. Only three of the 24 financials companies in the Index posted negative returns last month. Additionally, Russian operator Mobile Telesystems (MTSS RM) has been on a roll since announcing solid fourth quarter results in March. Strains on performance came largely from some of the Index’s consumer discretionary constituents, such as Macau gaming firm Sands China (1928 HK) and Chinese car manufacturer Dongfeng Motor Group Co. (489 HK).
Shooting for the Stars
Overall Morningstar Rating™ among 1,374 large blend funds as of April 30, 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.
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