MOAT ETF Quarterly Reconstitution 3Q2023 | ETF Trends

By Brandon Rakszawski, Director of Product Management
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The Morningstar® Wide Moat Focus IndexSM (the “Moat Index”) underwent its quarterly review on September 15, 2023 in which it systematically targets attractively priced, high quality U.S. companies. Below are some key takeaways from the September review and how the Moat Index is positioned as we enter the last quarter of the year. The full review results are available here: 3Q2023 Index Reconstitution.

Key Takeaways:

  • Growth Exodus Led by Tech

The Index continued its shift away from growth stocks, which began in June 2023, to more of a blend/value posture. The tech sector saw the largest reduction in exposure, signaling growth as an overvalued segment of the US market. Tech stocks are now the largest underweight in the Moat Index, about 12% relative to the S&P 500 Index.

  • Value Fills the Void

The Moat Index’s tech sector void was filled by companies from value-oriented sectors such as industrials (Honeywell, TRX Corp), financials (Charles Schwab, MarketAxess) and consumer staples (Estee Lauder, Campbell Soup).

  • Only Three of the Magnificent 7

The market has taken a liking to a new moniker representing the seven companies driving the vast majority of U.S. market returns: Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, Meta, Microsoft, Nvidia, and Tesla. Amid stretched valuations this quarter, the Moat Index removed Meta Platforms leaving only Alphabet, Amazon, and Microsoft in the Moat Index at around a 5.3% weighting relative to nearly 28% exposure for the Magnificent 7 in the S&P 500 Index.

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Originally published 12 October 2023. 
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