Fidelity Japan Trust rises as tech-related cyclicals outperform (LON:FJV)

Fidelity Japan Trust PLC (LON:FJV) published its monthly factsheet for the period ended January 2024.

Portfolio Manager Commentary

The Trust recorded NAV returns of 4.9% over the 12 months to January 2024, underperforming the reference index, which returned 13.9%. The Trust’s share price rose by 5.9% over the same period and the discount to NAV narrowed marginally.

Holdings in factory automation and machinery-related companies that faced a temporary slowdown in earnings due to supply chain disruptions and sluggish demand in China detracted from performance. However, signs of a recovery in the order cycle are emerging. The underweight exposure to traditional value areas of the market, primarily automobiles and banks, weighed on relative returns. Conversely, key active positions in technology-related cyclicals outperformed ahead of an expected bottoming of the
semiconductor cycle. Holdings in differentiated small caps also added value

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