Find out more about Alliance Trust’s performance, with the help of market commentary from our Investment Manager.
For the month of February, the Trust’s Total Shareholder Return and NAV Total Return were -9.0% and -5.7% respectively versus a returns of -5.1% for the MSCI All Country World Index (ACWI) .
In a down month for equities, the Trust’s gearing, which was at the lower end of the typical range, led to a slight performance drag.
In February, the Coronavirus (COVID-19) dominated the focus in markets. The increase in COVID-19 cases outside China led to a sharp fall in developed market equities, with the S&P 500 ending the month down 8.2%. Emerging markets outperformed developed economies, falling by only 5.1%, as investors factored in the declining rates of new infections in China compared with an increasing number outside of the Chinese region.
Within the Trust’s portfolio, Airbus was a material detractor from performance over the month, as the company was impacted by concerns related to the coronavirus outbreak and the airline industry. NVIDIA was a positive contributor to performance in February, as the company reported better than expected Q4 demand growth in the gaming and data centre segments. It may also have benefited from the perception of an increasing number of people remaining at home due to the Coronavirus.
We continue to monitor market conditions closely and our managers are again starting to find more interestingly priced opportunities in this much more volatile market.Monthly Factsheet Quarterly Newsletter Sign up for updates
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