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Emerging Markets Perk Up on a Weakening Dollar and Less Restrictive China

  • Last week, the ALPS Emerging Sector Dividend Dogs ETF (EDOG) outperformed broader global equities markets as the US dollar continues to weaken amid optimism around China’s less restrictive COVID-19 measures. Additionally, a number of EDOG’s holdings had positive news stories last week that drove performance.

  • Within EDOG’s Communication Services sector, cellular network provider, Vodacom Group Ltd (VOD SJ, 1.94% weight*), rallied 4.77% last week on the back of a potential acquisition from Abu Dhabi-based, Emirates Telecom Group, where a number of synergies from Vodacom’s African footprint could benefit both communications providers. Additionally, Philippines-based digital services provider, PLDT Inc. (TEL PM, 2.11% weight*), gained nearly 8% last week on a follow-through rally from its recent earnings beat, where the company cited strong growth within its datacenters and broadband buildout in the Philippines.

  • EDOG’s overweight to cyclical sectors (Energy & Materials) outperformed last week with South African mining company, African Rainbow Minerals Ltd. (ARI SJ, 2.19% weight*), rallying nearly 6% after consumer confidence in South Africa posted a strong recovery along with a rise in employment growth, driving the South African Rand higher. South African energy producer, Exxaro Resources Ltd. (EXX SJ, 1.91% weight*), also jumped 3.57% last week after the company increased full-year revenue guidance on a rise in coal sales volumes and expectation of coal production to increase 3% for the year.

  • EDOG’s China-based stocks (nearly 10% of the fund*) continued their momentum last week, where potential reopening news and the discontinuation of COVID-19 testing in public venues extended their month-long rally. Catalyzed last week by the potential jump in China’s manufacturing and economic activity from its less restrictive COVID-19 policies, Zoomlion Heavy Industry Co. (1157 HK, 2.28% weight*), a construction equipment manufacturer, rose 8.98%, while Legend Holdings Corp. (3396 HK, 1.97% weight*), an IT developer for Chinese financial firms, and China Railway Signal (3969 HK, 2.09% weight*), a railroad systems manufacturer, both gained 7.54% and 4.85%, respectively. 

“The market is likely to be volatile amid a bumpy transition period ahead, but we also see opportunities in sectors that will directly benefit from China’s shift to eventual reopening, including pharma and medical equipment, consumer, internet, transportation, capital goods and materials.”

– Mark Haefele, UBS Global Wealth Management CIO, December 9, 2022

The Multiple Expansion Tide May Be Coming for EDOG and Emerging Markets 
  • A strong US dollar and global hyperinflation have led emerging markets (EM) stocks to underperform US stocks in 2022, mostly on multiple contraction. Despite the current economic uncertainty among emerging markets, positive indicators including rising EM wages and signs of global disinflation have contributed to a snapback in EM performance. Furthermore, emerging market equities (as measured by the MEMMN Index) are priced at a significant discount compared to broad US equities, boasting a price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of 10.48x compared to the S&P 500’s P/E of 18.46x. Impressively, EDOG’s high-yielding portfolio with a tilt to cyclical value EM stocks exhibits a P/E of 8.42x, along with a higher yield of 4.76%.

  • While a sustained rally in emerging markets may depend on a continuation of improving global economic indicators, the easing of COVID-19 restrictions in China could continue to weaken the US dollar and provide for multiple expansion in EM stocks in 2023. Specifically, an uptick in manufacturing output in China may disproportionately benefit global cyclical value stocks on rising energy, materials and industrial goods demand.  20221212-chart
  • The recent fall in the US Dollar has coincided with a sharp uptick in news regarding China’s reopening, which could materially benefit emerging market stocks as defensive investors may continue to reduce their bullish bets on the US dollar.

  • Year-to-date, EDOG has substantially outperformed broader EM indices by nearly 600 basis points (bps) as its cyclical value tilt to Energy, Materials and Industrials sectors has benefitted the fund due to elevated global inflation.  

* Weight in EDOG as of 12/09/2022

Performance Summary
  1 Week YTD 1 Y 3 Y
ALPS Emerging Sector Dividend Dogs ETF (EDOG)  -0.65% -10.92% -9.31% 13.50%

S-Network Emerging Sector Dividend Dogs Index - NTR 
-0.64% -10.35% -8.44% 16.30%
Morningstar Emerging Markets Index - NR     0.36% -16.67% -17.45% 4.35%

Source: Bloomberg L.P., as of 12/09/2022

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Top 10 Holdings

Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri AS     2.50%   Enel Chile SA 2.36%
Enka Insaat ve Sanayi AS 2.41%   Ford Otomotiv Sanayi AS     2.34%
Powszechny Zaklad Ubezpieczen SA 2.41%   Kalbe Farma Tbk PT 2.33%
El Puerto de Liverpool SAB de CV 2.40%   Kimberly-Clark de Mexico SAB de CV 2.28%
Eregli Demir ve Celik Fabrikalari TAS 2.39%   Zoomlion Heavy Industry Science and Technology Co Ltd 2.28%

As of 12/09/2022, subject to change

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