IQ Hedge Index Family Ends July with All Six Indexes Up

Event-Driven up, continues to climb as Market Neutral lags

RYE BROOK, August 17, 2016 - IndexIQ, the leading provider of innovative investment solutions, today announced the July performance of its family of IQ Hedge™ Indexes and the updated holdings in the firm’s IQ Merger Arbitrage ETF (NYSE Arca: MNA).

All six absolute return indexes were positive for the period, led by IQ Hedge Market Event Driven Index, which was up 2.77 percent.

“We saw markets relax a little in the month, as some of the Brexit anxiety receded, and investors returned to risk assets,” said Adam Patti, Chief Executive Officer at IndexIQ. “Alternative assets continued to be attractive, as investors considered the next major wild card on the calendar – the US presidential election.”

Designed as investable benchmarks that replicate the performance characteristics of sophisticated hedge fund strategies, the IQ Hedge Indexes comprise the first family of investable benchmark indexes covering hedge fund replication/alternative beta strategies.

IQ Hedge index returns for the period ended July 31, 2016 were as follows:

IQ Hedge Index Ticker 1 Month 3 Month YTD 1 Year 3 Year 5 Year
IQ Hedge Multi-Strategy Index IQHGMS 0.93% 1.57% 3.89% 1.21% 3.73% 3.32%
IQ Hedge Market Neutral Index IQHGMN 0.29% 1.46% 4.25% 2.79% 2.69% 2.46%
IQ Hedge Global Macro Index IQHGMA 1.13% 1.62% 3.26% 1.59% 0.34% -0.53%
IQ Hedge Event Driven Index IQHGED 2.77% 4.27% 6.26% 4.61% 6.25% 4.13%
IQ Hedge Long/Short Index IQHGLS 2.59% 2.94% 4.90% 0.08% 4.64% 4.58%
IQ Merger Arbitrage Index IQMNA 0.64% 0.44% 2.43% 2.17% 4.39% 4.01%

 

“GDP has continued to disappoint, even as job growth has remained strong,” said Sal Bruno, Chief Investment Officer with IndexIQ. “These conflicting currents are likely to continue to weigh on the market, and on the Federal Reserve as it considers its next move on rates.”

The latest updates to MNA’s holdings, including recent additions and deletions, can be found here:

 

Additions to the IQ Merger Arbitrage Index since the last rebalance
Target Name Acquirer Name Target Sector Target Country Announce Date Added Date
ARM Holdings Plc SoftBank Group Corp. Information Technology United Kingdom 07/18/2016 08/03/2016
Joy Global, Inc. Komatsu Ltd. Industrials United States 07/21/2016 08/03/2016
Linear Technology Corp. Analog Devices, Inc. Information Technology United States 07/26/2016 08/03/2016
NetSuite, Inc. Oracle Corp. Information Technology United States 07/28/2016 08/03/2016
Outerwall, Inc. Apollo Global Management LLC Consumer Discretionary United States 07/25/2016 08/03/2016
Relypsa, Inc. Galenica AG Health Care United States 07/21/2016 08/03/2016
SolarCity Corp. Tesla Motors, Inc. Utilities United States 06/21/2016 08/03/2016
The WhiteWave Foods Co. Danone SA Consumer Staples United States 07/07/2016 08/03/2016

 

Deletions from the IQ Merger Arbitrage Index since last rebalance
Target Name Acquirer Name Target Sector Target Country Announce Date Added Date Deal Result
Demandware, Inc. salesforce.com, inc. Information Technology United States 06/01/2016 07/06/2016 Completed
Hatteras Financial Corp. Annaly Capital Management, Inc. Financials United States 04/11/2016 05/04/2016 Completed
IHS, Inc. Markit Ltd. Energy United States 03/21/2016 04/05/2016 Completed
Celator Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Jazz Pharmaceuticals Plc Health Care United States 05/31/2016 06/03/2016 Completed
LDR Holding Corp. Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc. Health Care United States 06/07/2016 07/06/2016 Completed
ExamWorks Group, Inc. LGP Management, Inc. Health Care United States 04/27/2016 05/04/2016 Completed
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc. JAB Holding Co. SARL Consumer Discretionary United States 05/09/2016 06/03/2016 Completed
Asciano Ltd. Asciano Ltd. /Private Group 2/ Industrials Australia 03/15/2016 09/03/2015 Completed
Tumi Holdings, Inc. Samsonite International SA Consumer Discretionary United States 03/03/2016 04/05/2016 Completed
Daiwa House REIT Investment Corp. Daiwa House Residential Investment Corp. Financials Japan 04/15/2016 05/04/2016 Completed
Amaya, Inc. Amaya, Inc. /Management/ Consumer Discretionary Canada 02/01/2016 04/05/2016 Max Age
Colony Capital, Inc. Northstar Asset Management Group, Inc. Financials United States 05/06/2016 07/06/2016 Rules
Fairchild Semiconductor International, Inc. China Resources Microelectronics Ltd. Information Technology United States 01/05/2016 12/03/2015 Max Age
FirstMerit Corp. Huntington Bancshares, Inc. Financials United States 01/26/2016 02/03/2016 Max Age
IMS Health Holdings, Inc. Quintiles Transnational Holdings, Inc. Information Technology United States 05/03/2016 06/03/2016 Rule Violation
KUKA AG Midea Group Co. Ltd. Industrials Germany 05/18/2016 06/03/2016 Rule Violation
Saft Groupe SA Total SA Industrials France 05/09/2016 07/06/2016 Rule Violation
Questar Corp. Dominion Resources, Inc. Utilities United States 02/01/2016 03/03/2016 Max Age
Meda AB Mylan NV Health Care Sweden 02/10/2016 05/04/2016 Completed

 

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