Harding Loevner, an investment management firm, published its “Emerging Markets Equity Fund” second-quarter 2021 investor letter – a copy of which can be downloaded here. A return of 5.62% was recorded by the fund for the Q2 of 2021, above the 5.12% return of the MSCI Emerging Markets Index for the same period. You can view the fund’s top 5 holdings to have a peek at their top bets for 2021. You can take a look at the fund’s top 5 holdings to have an idea about their top bets for 2021.
In the Q2 2021 investor letter of Harding Loevner, the fund mentioned Ambev S.A. (NYSE: ABEV) and discussed its stance on the firm. Ambev S.A. is a São Paulo, State of São Paulo-based brewing company with a $46.7 billion market capitalization. ABEV delivered a -4.58% return since the beginning of the year, while its 12-month returns are up by 25.32%. The stock closed at $2.92 per share on September 24, 2021.
Here is what Harding Loevner has to say about Ambev S.A. in its Q2 2021 investor letter:
“By sector, good stocks in Information Technology (IT) and Consumer Staples were large positive contributors, offset by weaker results in Financials and Consumer Discretionary. In Consumer Staples, Brazil’s premier beer company Ambev posted impressive results helped by strong sales of premium brands and robust demand in its home market, which reduced the need for discounts.”
Based on our calculations, Ambev S.A. (NYSE: ABEV) was not able to clinch a spot in our list of the 30 Most Popular Stocks Among Hedge Funds. ABEV was in 18 hedge fund portfolios at the end of the first half of 2021. Ambev S.A. (NYSE: ABEV) delivered a -15.12% return in the past 3 months.
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