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At close 04-Mar-2015Ord
|Net Dividend Yield||3.30%|
Source: Morningstar, NAV = Net Asset Value, excluding income.
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To provide investors with above average dividend income and long term capital growth through active management of a portfolio consisting predominantly of S&P 500 US equities. Dividends - paid semi-annually in first year; quarterly thereafter.
In this webcast Paul Atkinson gives an update on a wide range of subjects including performance, a sector breakdown, top twenty largest investments and an outlook for the Trust.
Major North American equity indices moved lower in January primarily on relatively disappointing economic news. Fourth-quarter 2014 US GDP growth came in at a lower-thanexpected annualized rate of 2.6%, down sharply from the 5.0% rate in the previous quarter. The deceleration was attributable mainly to an upturn in imports helped by the stronger U.S. dollar, which resulted in a larger trade deficit. The New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) crude oil price declined further for most of January before rallying at month-end amid indications of slowing oil drilling activity in the US. The nation’s unemployment rate saw an uptick of one-tenth of a percentage point to 5.7% in January as more jobseekers entered the market; however, payrolls expanded by 257,000 during the month. The gains were led by the retail trade, construction and healthcare industries. The average wage moved higher following a marginal decline in December, and is up 2.2% year over year-above the nation’s core inflation rate (excluding food and energy) of 1.6% as of December.
The utilities sector recorded the highest return within the broader-market S&P 500 Index for the month as investors continued to seek higher-yielding dividend stocks on expectations of a longer period of low interest rates. Conversely, financials and energy were the weakest-performing sectors. The US investment-grade fixed income market, as measured by the Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index, posted a gain in January, as yields declined across the US Treasury curve over the month.
In portfolio-related news, Mattel saw year-over year declines in revenue in both the US and international markets in the third quarter. There was particular weakness in sales of the company’s American Girl brand. Consequently, CEO Bryan Stockton resigned, and the company appointed former PepsiCo executive Christopher Sinclair as chairman and interim CEO. Shortly after month-end, office products retailer Staples completed a longanticipated agreement to purchase rival Office Depot for US$6.3 billion. Staples’ chairman and CEO, Ron Sargent, noted that the acquisition will enable the company to realise cost-savings of at least US$1 billion and “optimize our retail footprint.” Several Trust holdings announced dividend actions in January. Among others, asset management firm BlackRock boosted its quarterly payout by 13% to US$1.18 per share, representing an annualised yield of 1.4% at the stock’s closing price at month-end. Industrial gases supplier Praxair announced a 10% boost in its dividend, bringing the stock’s yield to 2.4% at its closing price at the end of the month. Finally, healthcare REIT Ventas declared a prorated dividend of US$0.21 per share upon the completion of its acquisition of American Realty Capital Healthcare Trust.
During the month, we added to existing equity investments in Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Dow Chemical and Exxon Mobil. We exited our position in automotive and industrial parts maker Genuine Parts Co. and trimmed the holding in electric utility Wisconsin Energy Corp. After a year in which the S&P 500 Index continued its remarkable six-year run, stocks are clearly more fully valued than they had been. We believe valuations have expanded to match improved corporate fundamentals over the same period. And despite share prices of large-cap equities hovering near all-time highs, current valuations on a forward P/E ratio are roughly at median levels over the last 10 years. Looking ahead, we believe that, paired with improved underlying fundamentals, valuation levels remain justifiable, especially in context of the low-interest-rate environment. With mixed data on labour and inflation, we expect the Federal Reserve to err on extending the period of near-zero rates. We also see lower inflation as a boost to economic growth as lower energy prices flow through both corporations and to the consumer in the form of lower input prices and fuel costs. However, even with these tailwinds, we expect equity returns to be more tempered in the next 12 months. Finally, the recent spike in volatility has led to more dispersion among sector and stock returns, which is a good backdrop for active managers. We anticipate using this to our advantage by adding to our investments that we feel may be indiscriminately punished by the market.
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