Volatility Fuels Turnover in Moat Indices
Moat Investor Monthly Volatility Fuels Turnover in Moat Indices
Moat Investor Monthly highlights key insights and performance trends impacting global moat investing. The moat philosophy uses Morningstar’s research to aim to identify companies with structural competitive advantages.
For the Month Ending September 30, 2015
September was a difficult month for global equity markets and moats were not spared. Although the U.S.-oriented Morningstar® Wide Moat Focus IndexSM (MWMFTR) trailed the S&P 500® Index (-4.02% versus -2.47% ), the internationally focused Morningstar® Global ex-US Moat Focus IndexSM (MGEUMFUN) outperformed the MSCI All Country World Index ex USA (-2.88% vs. -4.67%). The main market downer was the U.S. Federal Reserve’s decision to leave interest rates unchanged at its September Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting.
Domestic Moats: Everyone Loves Chocolate
For U.S. moat-rated stocks, consumer discretionary and information technology firms were the top detractors from MWMFTR performance. In terms of individual constituents, asset manager Franklin Resources, Inc. (BEN US) was the worst performing constituent in MWMFTR for the month while chocolate producer Hershey Company (HSY US) led the positive performing constituents. Thirteen of 20 constituents were replaced in the Index on September 18, 2015, and this high turnover reflects the impact of increased market volatility throughout the third quarter.
International Moats: Takeover Pressure Boosts Veda
Financials weighed down MGEUMFUN in September, but strong relative performance from industrials, information technology, and consumer staples companies helped the Index outperform the broader international markets. In terms of individual companies, Australia’s Veda Group Limited (VED AU) soared on takeover pressure from Equifax, and Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc. (POT CN) was the biggest detractor. As in the U.S., high turnover was also the result of MGEUMFUN’s September quarterly Index review. Roughly half of the 50-stock portfolio was replaced on September 18, 2015.
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