During the first quarter, the Russell 1000 Value Index posted a return of -0.74%. The return of the Easterly Investment Partners Snow Large Cap Value Composite outpaced the Russell 1000 Value Index. The period’s results were due to solid stock selection and sector emphasis.
The majority of the major indices posted negative results for the first quarter as the winds of war weighed on market participants. It is too soon to know just how effects of the war in Ukraine and ensuing sanctions against Russia will ripple through the global economy. The prices of commodities from wheat to corn to aluminum have hit multi-year highs and oil has surged to over $100 a barrel. Meanwhile, the labor market recovery has been particularly notable with the unemployment rate declining to 3.6%, the lowest level since February 2020. Dynamics have also swung in favor of workers over their employers, which has led to higher wages. Over the last year, the Consumer Price Index (CPI) increased to 7.9%, the largest increase since 1982.
The Federal Reserve lifted its policy interest rate for the first time since 2018 and penciled in six more rate increases this year as it tries to combat inflation. Looking ahead, the key variables for investors in 2022 will be the conflict in eastern Europe, the path of inflation and central banks’ response to acute increases in prices, which is turning out to be stronger and more long-lived than anticipated.
Our sector weightings, which are solely a consequence of our stock selection, had a positive effect on our relative return for the quarter. Our overweight in Energy coupled with an underweight allocation to Real Estate added to relative performance. Conversely, our overweight to the Consumer Discretionary sector hindered sector allocation effects.
During the period, stock selection was strong largely due to holdings in the Health Care, Industrials and Materials sectors. Among the top performers in the Health Care sector were shares in Abbvie, Cardinal Health and Amgen. Within Industrials, shares in Lockheed Martin, JetBlue Airways and Southwest Airlines were the top performers. The Materials sector was led higher by shares in Rio Tino PLC, Freeport-McMoran and B2Gold Corp. Stock selection was challenged in the Energy sector.
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Source: SEI Global Services
We believe the road ahead remains positive for our Large Cap Value strategy. These companies have strong balance sheets, proven management teams, recurring cash flow streams and the flexibility to adapt to the new world post Covid-19. We believe these stocks will compound earnings over an extended period through both rising and declining markets. All told, we remain dedicated to delivering strong long-term performance and transparent communications to our investors. Thank you for your commitment and loyalty to Easterly Investment Partners.
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Russell 1000® Value Index
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