The Hennessy Focus Fund Managers discuss portfolio earnings relative to the overall market, repercussions from the trade dispute, insight on the Fund’s financial holdings, and views regarding proposed mergers involving two portfolio companies.
In the following commentary, the Portfolio Managers of the Hennessy Equity and Income Fund (HEIFX/HEIIX) discuss how the Fund is benefitting from a strong U.S. consumer, the relative attractiveness of U.S. fixed income securities, and where they are finding opportunity in both the equity and fixed income markets.
Masa Takeda of Tokyo-based SPARX Asset Management Co., Ltd., subadvisor to the Hennessy Japan Fund, shares his “feet-on-the-street” perspective on the recent sales tax hike, the rise in dividends and share buybacks, Japanese equities’ low valuations, and how the Fund is positioned for 2020.
Portfolio Managers Ryan Kelley and Josh Wein review the Fund’s investment strategy and discuss the Fund’s most recent rebalance and changes in the portfolio composition. They also highlight the fundamental drivers of select sectors within the portfolio.
Portfolio Managers Dave Ellison and Ryan Kelley discuss how interest rate cuts have affected banks, the health of the banking industry, currently low valuations, and opportunities in non-bank financials.
Portfolio Manager Tad Fujimura provides insights on how smaller or more domestically focused Japanese companies have been affected by the trade discussions, the sales tax increase, increased tourism, and corporate governance.
The Hennessy Focus Fund Managers discuss their investment process, describe share buyback programs among portfolio companies, and share their insights on a few of the Fund’s largest holdings.
Masa Takeda of Tokyo-based SPARX Asset Management Co., Ltd., subadvisor to the Hennessy Japan Fund, shares his insights on the Japanese market, valuations, rising share buybacks, and Japan’s proposed sales tax hike, and he also provides an update on structural reforms.
In the following commentary, the Portfolio Managers of the Hennessy Gas Utility Fund discuss record levels of production and consumption of natural gas, the increase in demand for natural gas for both exportation and power generation, and the Hennessy Gas Utility Fund.
Portfolio Managers Toby Loftin and Ben Cookdiscuss the year-to-date volatility in oil prices, consolidation activity in the Energy sector, and catalysts for midstream companies. They also discuss recent portfolio changes.