Summer Australian Equities fund performance update as at 31 January 2017.
Unit price (as at 31 January 2017): $1.0173
Date the fund started: 19 September 2016
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Fund returns are calculated net of fund charges, trading expenses and accrued tax for a New Zealand resident individual paying tax at the highest Prescribed Investor Rate (28%).
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We assess the Australian equity market’s performance as mixed over January, with the broader market falling by around 1% in value.
Summer Australian Equities posted a loss of 0.84% for January
In a review of the month’s performance we point to the banking sector as the most notable drag on investment returns. However, we do acknowledge that the sector has performed well over the second half of the year and on this basis we see it as no surprise that some shorter-term investors have sold their banking sector investments in order to realise profits.
Furthermore we apportion much of the rally seen in bank share prices since November as driven by the so called “Trump Rally” in the United States. With the new President’s policies creating a level of anxiety in some quarters, it is logical to us that the more nimble investor has reduced investment exposures to the financial sector in general. In our opinion, investment markets dislike uncertainty and it now seems likely that markets as a whole will remain nervous for sometime to come.
In corporate news this month, Brambles downgraded its expectations for 1H17 earnings, as retailers in the United States cut inventories by a greater amount than previously expected by the company’s management.
On the positive side, RIO released a pleasing set of production numbers, something that speaks to the stronger tone in the basic materials sector as a whole.
Bluescope was another resource sector company to increase its 1H EBIT forecast. The company now expects to post $600m, a significant increase on the previous guidance of at least $510m. The increase reflects stronger steel and iron ore prices.
Another portfolio stock, ResMed, also posted an excellent set of quarterly revenue numbers this month and encouraged investors by issuing stronger 2017 guidance; the stock price rallied 7% in response.
Finally, speculation has emerged that Allianz will launch a takeover of QBE at $15.00 per share. QBE’s share price, which rose sharply in the few final days of the month, has looked a touch rudderless in recent years, in our opinion, and it’s not unsurprising to us to see talk of a takeover. While QBE is currently in the portfolio, this exposure is likely to be removed should Allianz’s takeover proceed.
For more information on the Summer Australian Equities fund, read the latest quarterly fund update.
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