Fidelity China Special Situations (LON:FCSS) has published its monthly factsheet for July 2023.
Portfolio Manager Commentary
China’s economic recovery started on a strong note early this year but has slowed since April. Weak consumption demand and a troubled property market weighed on its growth. As a result, policymakers are now returning to stimulus measures, as evident by a more market-friendly rhetoric during the recent politburo meeting, where authorities pledged to step-up supportive measures to boost demand and revive the economy. China continues to be favoured for its attractive valuations, especially given the relatively stronger growth outlook and an accommodative central bank vs. global peers. Externally, geopolitical tensions between the US and China continue to dominate headlines. However, we do not see this derailing the country’s recovery thesis. Both economies remain heavily intertwined, and we continue to monitor how policies have the potential to impact the fundamentals of individual companies and build these risks into our analysis.
Reopening beneficiaries including discretionary spending stocks and insurers posted attractive gains during the review period. Holdings in MINISO, Hisense Home Appliance and China Pacific Insurance advanced. In addition, our underweight exposure to internet names including JD.com and Meituan proved rewarding.
Over the 12 months to 31 July 2023, the Trust’s NAV decreased by 2.2%, outperforming its reference index, which delivered -3.7% over the same period. The Trust’s share price declined 7.0% over the
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