Knowing the sources of a company's revenue, not just its country of domicile, is important for investors to get the actual exposures they want, says American Funds portfolio manager Rob Lovelace.
With roughly two thirds of this sector enjoying a narrow or wide economic moat, we continue to find pockets of opportunity when short-term concerns outweigh our forecasted long-term growth trajectories.
Amid the current challenging environment for defensive names, we see several opportunities for long-term investment in wide-moat companies at reasonable discounts.
Things started going south in November--before the elements did, writes Morningstar's Bob Johnson.
More than a dozen analyst-approved foreign large-cap funds own these names.
In a market leaning toward the overvalued side, investors must dig deeper to unearth buying opportunities.
As rates have risen, some higher-yielding stocks within consumer staples, such as Nestle, and within utilities have begun to look more attractive, says 2012 Morningstar Allocation Fund Manager of the Year David Giroux.
Our top managers continue to find attractive buying opportunities in wide-moat firms.