The Pimco Total Return Fund, the world's largest bond fund run by Bill Gross, rose 1.35 percent in January after posting its worst annual loss since 1994 last year, preliminary data from Morningstar showed today.
The fund's monthly performance beat 41 percent of peers, Morningstar data showed. The fund, which has roughly $237 billion in assets, fell 1.92 percent in 2013 after bond prices dropped on fears the Federal Reserve could reduce its monthly bond-buying stimulus.
Gross's fund likely benefited from a rise in Treasuries prices in January, said Todd Rosenbluth, director of mutual fund research for S&P Capital IQ. The fund's largest holding of 45 percent was in U.S. government-related debt as of December 31, according to data on the Pimco website.
Benchmark 10-year U.S. Treasury notes notched their biggest gain in 20 months in January on weaker-than-expected U.S. economic data and after a rout in emerging market assets spurred safe-haven bids.
The yield on the 10-year U.S. Treasury note fell 34 basis points in January to 2.67 percent, the biggest fall in yield since May of 2012. Bond yields move inversely to their prices.
The Pimco Total Return Exchange-Traded Fund rose 1.66 percent in January, beating 90 percent of peers. The ETF is actively managed and is designed to mimic the strategy of the flagship mutual fund.
Pimco said last month that chief executive and co-chief investment officer Mohamed El-Erian would depart the company in mid-March, leaving Gross as the sole chief investment officer. The firm has since appointed six deputy chief investment officers to potentially succeed Gross.
Gundlach is chief executive and chief investment officer of the Los Angeles-based DoubleLine Capital, which had over $52 billion in assets as of September 30, according to the firm's website.