"Most companies weathered the storm in 2020 because that's what companies do," says Neil Hennessy, Hennessy Funds Chief Investment Officer. He believes volatility will continue but does not expect a bear market any time soon.
Ryan Kelly, Hennessy Cornerstone Mid Cap 30 Fund Portfolio Manager, believes mid- and small-caps may outperform large-caps in 2021. Beaten-up sectors like financials, energy, and utilities also show the potential to do much better.
Massive global stimulus and strong resolve by OPEC to limit supplies are two factors Ben Cook, Hennessy BP Energy and BP Midstream Funds Portfolio Manager, believes will keep crude prices buoyant in 2021.
Dave Ellison, Hennessy Small and Large Cap Financial Funds Portfolio Manager, sees an improving economy that will benefit both traditional banks and FinTech. He believes larger banks need to embrace technology to win back customers, while smaller banks need to continue down the path to consolidation in order to compete.
David Rainey, Hennessy Focus Fund Portfolio Manager, believes leisure and travel will reawaken going forward, and anticipates that specialty finance companies, banks, and specialized software and infrastructure are poised for improvement.
Masa Takeda, Hennessy Japan Fund Portfolio Manager, follows a "best ideas large-cap strategy. He is upbeat about Japan's economy, due to the government's stimulus efforts during the pandemic, its economic reform policies, and a pro-business, pro-inflation central bank.
L. Joshua Wein, Co-Portfolio Manager of the Hennessy Funds Gas Utility Fund, notes that his fund is squarely focused on the distribution and transmission of natural gas. It does not bear the same commodity price risk as crude oil or natural gas, areas that can be quite volatile, creating fear in many investors.
Buffett's $6 billion bet "spotlights the appeal of Japan's long-depressed stock market." Hennessy Japan Fund Portfolio Manager Masa Takeda explains how active managers in Japan have been able to gain an edge.
David Rainey, Portfolio Manager, Hennessy Focus Fund believes most of the fund’s holdings will pick up where they left off as the pandemic wanes - businesses he thinks have secular headwinds that may power earnings growth for a long time.
Joshua Wein, Portfolio Manager, Hennessy Funds believes companies that stay the course will live to see another day. Darden and Longhorn have significantly increased sales with curbside and takeout during the pandemic.
Opinions expressed are subject to change at any time, are not guaranteed, and should not be considered investment advice.
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