U.S. Moats Outpace International Moats July showed contrasting results for the two Morningstar indices, although both were negatively impacted by the deepening weakness in the energy sector. For U.S. equities, the Morningstar® Wide Moat Focus IndexSM outperformed the S&P 500® Index (+2.27% versus +2.10%). By contrast, for international equities the Morningstar® Global ex-US Moat Focus IndexSM trailed the MSCI All Country World Index ex USA (-1.80% versus -0.28%).
Domestic Equity Markets: GOOGL and AMGN Shine
Tech giant Google (GOOGL) was the top performer for U.S.-centric Morningstar Wide Moat Focus Index (MWMFTR) posting total return performance of +21.75%. Biotech giant Amgen (AMGN) also performed notably well (+15.03%), and had its fair value estimate raised by Morningstar analysts in July. By contrast, several of the Index’s energy sector firms struggled in July, including Williams (WMB) and Spectra (SE), which declined 8.56% and 7.18%, respectively.
International Equity Markets: Energy Was Draining
Many of the constituent companies in the internationally-focused Morningstar Global ex-US Moat Focus Index (MGEUMFUN) were subjected to the broad sell-off in commodities last month, notably gold miner Eldorado Gold (EGO) and agribusiness company Potash (POT). Mexico, Hong Kong, and Canada all weighed down Index performance for the month. By contrast, several international moat-rated companies supported the Index, led by industrials and consumer staples companies.
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Morningstar Wide Moat ETF
Index: Morningstar® Wide Moat Focus IndexSM (MWMFTR)
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Index: Morningstar® Global ex-US Moat Focus IndexSM (MGEUMFUN)
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