uploads///Portfolio Breakdown of the PEUGX

A Breakdown of the Putnam Europe Equity Fund’s Holdings in 2015

By

Jan. 25 2016, Updated 4:13 p.m. ET

Putnam Europe Equity Fund

The Putnam Europe Equity Fund – Class A (PEUGX) invests “in established large and midsize companies across Europe that benefit from the region’s economy and from operations in global markets.” The fund literature states that it invests in growth or value stocks.

Fundamental research forms the backbone of the fund’s investment process. It supplements fundamental research by making use of macroeconomic analysis and quantitative tools. The fund manager pursues Putnam’s “blend” strategy, under which it can invest into either growth and value stocks. This indicates that it does not have a style bias.

Article continues below advertisement

The fund’s assets were spread across 71 holdings as of December 2015, and the fund was managing assets worth $360.9 million. As of December, its top ten equity holdings included TOTAL (TOT), ING Groep (ING), Unilever (UN), AstraZeneca (AZN), and Anheuser-Busch (BUD). These stocks comprised 11.4% of the fund’s portfolio.

Historical portfolios

For this analysis, we will be considering holdings as of September 2015, when the fund made available its latest sectoral breakdown. The holdings after September reflect the valuation-driven changes to the portfolio, not the actual holdings. The fund house declares portfolios once a quarter and has yet to release portfolios for December 2015.

The fund invests across all ten GICS (global industry classification standard) sectors. Financials is the only sector that forms over a fifth of the fund’s assets. The healthcare and consumer discretionary stocks follow, in that order, and form a combined 28.6% of the portfolio. The consumer staples sector is the only other sector with a portfolio weight in double digits.

In 2015, allocation to consumer staples and industrial sectors was reduced, apart from materials. On the other hand, exposure to healthcare, information technology, and telecom services rose. For the most part, these portfolio moves indicate an increase in defensive bets.

The fund manager has stuck to the fund’s energy picks. However, most other sectors have seen a good amount of churn. An example is the financial sector. The fund exited positions in Banco de Sabadell (BNDS) and Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA) while it began a position in Credit Suisse Group AG (CS).

How has the fund’s portfolio positioning impacted its returns in 2015? Let’s look at that in the next article.

Advertisement

More From Market Realist

  • Open sign on a sidewalk
    Macroeconomic Analysis
    Top Reopening Stocks to Play the Shifting Market Sentiment
  • Morgan Stanley sign and stock numbers
    Macroeconomic Analysis
    Morgan Stanley's Buyback Stock Picks in 2021
  • Black Wall Street sign is sign of ethical investing
    Macroeconomic Analysis
    Ethical Investing Stocks and Funds for Your 2021 Portfolio
  • New York City skyline and Goldman Sachs logo
    Macroeconomic Analysis
    Goldman Sachs: Options Trade Picks to Play Earnings Season Volatility
  • CONNECT with Market Realist
  • Link to Facebook
  • Link to Twitter
  • Link to Instagram
  • Link to Email Subscribe
Market Realist Logo
Do Not Sell My Personal Information

© Copyright 2021 Market Realist. Market Realist is a registered trademark. All Rights Reserved. People may receive compensation for some links to products and services on this website. Offers may be subject to change without notice.