European Markets: Healthcare Sole Sector to Faces Losses in June

The best performer was consumer cyclicals, up 6.5%. Within this sector, Carnival PLC, the world's largest cruise company, made significant progress, gaining 66%  

Fernando Luque 3 July, 2023 | 9:53AM
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The first half of 2023 has favoured growth companies. If we focus on large-cap stocks in Europe, the Large Growth style gained 22.4% (in Euros) versus 12.6% for the Large Value style.

In this last month of June, however, value companies have done better than growth companies, both in large, mid and small caps.

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The Large Value segment gained, for example, 4.4% in June versus 3.3% for Large Growth. The difference in mid-caps was much greater: 5.5% versus -0.2%.

The good performance of the two key sectors for value, financials and energy, is clearly the explanation for these differences in performance. The energy sector advanced by 4.9% in June and financials by 4.0%, compared with 2.3% for the Morningstar Europe NR index.

The largest contributor to the Large Value performance in terms of capitalisation last month was the oil company Shell, which gained 5.7% in euros (it is the largest capitalization company in the Large Value segment).

In banking, Italian and Spanish banks stood out in June: UniCredit SpA rose by 18.7%, Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria by 14.9%, and Banco Santander by 11.1%.

Another sector also helped the value style to perform well: automotives. Large German companies like BMW and Volkswagen, advanced by 10.4% and 5.5% in June, respectively.

In the Large Growth segment, two companies achieved good rallies last month. French fashion and drinks giant LVMH Moet Hennessy and L'Oreal SA, which gained 6.0% and 7.0% respectively.

But the poor performance of large pharmaceuticals (AstraZeneca PLC and Novo Nordisk lost 3.1% and 1.5%) meant the Large Growth segment did not advance as much as the Large Value segment.


In fact, at sector level, it is worth noting the only sector to post a negative return in June was health, which was down 0.7% in euros.

The best performer was consumer cyclicals, up 6.5%. Within this sector, Carnival PLC, the world's largest cruise company, made significant progress, gaining 66% in Euros.

As far as valuations are concerned, it is interesting to see how all sectors (except Consumer Cyclicals) are trading at a discount (Price/Fair Value below), but the Large Growth segment is significantly overvalued (P/FV of 1.14). This means that within each sector there are value companies and growth companies with significant valuation differences.


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Fernando Luque  is Senior Financial Editor at Morningstar Spain 

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