Rotation Continues into Large Cap U.S. Equities with the Exception of Energy Stocks

U.S. equities stabilized last Friday after the market sell off in the previous sessions. Increased volatility is not unusual in the fall season, as many of the infamous stock market crashes occurred in October.

The money rotation into large-cap blue chip stocks, which I highlighted in a recent article, has continued as investors are searching for the safety of large, stable companies in an uncertain market environment. As the result, Fidelity funds that invest in this space all show positive relative strength compared to the S&P 500 index. My top picks are the Blue Chip Growth Fund (FBGRX), the Magellan Fund (FMAGX) and the Contra Fund (FCNTX).

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Deflating oil and commodity prices in general has caused the stock price of large cap energy companies to decline, as shown on the chart of the Fidelity Energy Fund (FSENX) below. As commodity prices may eventually bottom in 2015, investments in the energy sector can become attractive again.

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Large Price Drop of Fidelity Contrafund is due to Capital Gains Distribution

The Fidelity Contrafund (FCNTX) is a highly popular equity fund with a large-cap bias. Although large cap stocks did sell off Friday, the unproportionally large 6.69% drop in the net asset value (price) of FCNTX alarmed some investors.

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The explanation for the large price drop is that Fidelity distributed both dividends and capital gains for a number of their funds with a pay date of Monday, December 16.

The most recent dividends and the capital gains distributions for Fidelity funds are available on the following website:

https://www.fidelity.com/mutual-funds/prices-documents/distributions

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