U.S. Moats Back On Track

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Includes: AMX, BJCHY, CMCSA, CPB, DIS, FOXA, NKE, OMAB, PAC, RYCEY
by: VanEck

For the Month Ending June 30, 2018

Performance Overview

International moats outpaced the broad international market in June, but posted a loss on an absolute basis as international stocks continued to struggle. The Morningstar® Global ex-US Moat Focus IndexSM (MGEUMFUN, or "International Moat Index") led the MSCI All Country World Index ex-USA modestly in June (-1.65% vs. -1.88%, respectively). Domestic moat companies, as represented by the Morningstar® Wide Moat Focus IndexSM (MWMFTR, or "U.S. Moat Index"), surged in June and outperformed the S&P 500® Index by nearly 2% (2.46% vs. 0.62%, respectively).

International Moats: Aero Trends Take Off

Mexico was the strongest performing country within the International Moat Index. The index's two Mexico-based airport companies, Grupo Aeroportuario del Centro Norte (NASDAQ:OMAB) (OMAB MM, +14.90%) and Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico (NYSE:PAC) (GAPB MM, +10.17%) posted strong returns for the month, and Mexican telecom company America Movil (NYSE:AMX) (AMXL MM, +8.84%) pared some of its losses from earlier in the year. The index's top performer overall was Rolls Royce Holdings (OTCPK:RYCEY) (RR LN, +18.90%), a major producer of airline engines (not the producer of Rolls Royce motorcars).

The firm also saw its fair value estimate increased by Morningstar analysts in June. Industrials struggled in June along with companies from China, Germany, Singapore, and Hong Kong. Not all airport companies performed well, as Beijing Capital International Airport Co. (OTCPK:BJCHY) (694 HK, -28.72%) struggled following the decision by China's Ministry of Finance to revoke grants to the company and several others in the industry. Morningstar analysts reduced the company's fair value estimate by 28%.

U.S. Domestic Moats: Buyout Battle

The U.S. Moat Index received a major boost from Twenty-First Century Fox Inc. (FOXA US, +28.90%) as Comcast Corp. (CMCSA US, +5.23%) and Walt Disney Co. (DIS US, +5.37%) bid back and forth in an attempt to acquire the media company. Other well-known consumer goods companies also performed well in June. Campbell Soup Co. (CPB US, +20.51%) recovered from a steep decline in May to finish the month within the range it was trading earlier in the year. Nike (NKE US, +11.28%) also performed well after posting strong results to finish off its 2018 fiscal year. The only sectors to detract from performance were energy and financials, albeit only slightly.

Important Disclosures

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Effective June 20, 2016, Morningstar implemented several changes to the Morningstar® Wide Moat Focus IndexSMconstruction rules. Among other changes, the index increased its constituent count from 20 stocks to at least 40 stocks and modified its rebalance and reconstitution methodology. These changes may result in more diversified exposure, lower turnover, and longer holding periods for index constituents than under the rules in effect prior to this date.

Effective June 20, 2016, Morningstar implemented several changes to the Morningstar® Global ex-US Moat Focus IndexSM construction rules. Among other changes, the index increased its constituent count from 50 stocks to at least 50 stocks and modified its rebalance and reconstitution methodology. These changes may result in more diversified exposure, lower turnover, and longer holding periods for index constituents than under the rules in effect prior to this date.

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