The Oakmark Select Fund returned 8% for the quarter, ahead of the S&P 500’s 4% return. This brings the Fund’s return for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2016 to 12%, compared to 15% for the S&P 500.
During the quarter, our largest contributors to performance included Alphabet (+12%), Bank of America (+18%), MasterCard (+16%), and AIG (+13%). From a sector standpoint, our stock selection in Energy, as well as our selection and allocation to Financials, had the most positive impact. We also benefitted by what we didn’t own in the quarter. For some time now, we have had trouble finding value in the Consumer Staples, Utilities and Telecommunications sectors. In these sectors, we have found that share prices appear to be valued more closely to bonds, which we believe to be unattractive at current yields. Not owning these three sectors added over 1% to our performance relative to the S&P 500. Continue Reading »