The Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX) and several other Fidelity sector and international funds experienced large percentage drops of their Net Asset Value (NAV) at the end of the Friday trading session due to the distribution of capital gains. Investors will receive the distributions on the “pay date”, which is Monday, December 8. For more details click here.
Here are a few examples of Fidelity funds with large price drops:
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).
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.
The stock market sell off yesterday caused all Fidelity select sector funds to decline. As we approach the often volatile fall season we are not surprised to see investors reducing “risk on” investments. To identify the weakest sectors we use relative strength that measures the performance of a given investment compared to the S&P 500 index.
One of the weakest Fidelity funds based on this measure is the Select Materials Portfolio (FSDPX). The top panel of the FSDPX chart below shows that the relative strength is declining at an accelerated pace (see blue line). This suggests that the net asset value of FSDPX can decline more rapidly than the equity market in case of a continued sell off.
The earnings season often brings volatility for equities, but this summer the bullish trend stayed uninterrupted for the S&P 500 index. The benchmark Fidelity Spartan U.S. Equity Index Fund (FUSEX) has gained an impressive 5.85% return in the last three months:
The Fidelity Select Defense/Aerospace Fund (FSDAX) is the weakest performing Fidelity fund with a -2.63% year-to-date return. The chart below shows that the relative strength of this sector has been declining since the January correction. The chart pattern is negative, as well. We would avoid investing in this sector until FSDAX regains its momentum and moves above the 100-day moving average line.
The salient feature of the bullish uptrend of the U.S. equity market this summer is low volatility. Most sectors are up since the last correction in February. The benchmark Fidelity Spartan 500 Index Fund (FUSEX) has returned 6.56% in the last three months.
As energy prices have slowly increased since January, it is not surprising to see Fidelity funds investing in the natural resources sector dominating the list of the top 10 Fidelity funds (ranking is provided by FidelitySignal):
One of our favorite investments in this sector is the Fidelity Natural Resources Fund (FNARX). FNARX has provided an excellent 35.48% gain since the buy signal was issued on April 22, 2013. The top panel of the chart below shows that the relative strength of FNARX compared to the S&P 500 index has been increasing, which continues to make this mutual fund an attractive investment:
After three years of underperformance, emerging market investments are starting to outperform the U.S. equity market. Renewed interest in emerging markets is driven by multiple factors, such as rich valuations in some U.S. equity sectors, increased appetite for higher returns and pro-market government policies in several emerging market countries. For example, the recent elections in India resulted in a more than 20% rally.
Fidelity has several excellent emerging markets funds. For investors looking for a diversified investment in the space, the Fidelity Emerging Markets Fund (FEMKX) is a popular choice. The long-term chart shows that FEMKX has not provided steady returns for more than three years, but appears to be turning the corner:
For conservative investors the Fidelity New Markets Income Fund (FNMIX) offers an excellent choice to invest in the international bond market. FNMIX currently yields 4.62%.
The FNMIX chart shows that, in addition to the respectable income, significant capital appreciation can be achieved by investing in the FNMIX, as well. FNMIX has appreciated 4.65% since the April 1 buy signal that was issued by FidelitySignal.com. We think that both the fundamental and the technical factors are in place to support further gains.
Investors may have been alarmed by the large price drops of several Fidelity funds at the end of the Friday trading session. The drop in the net asset value (NAV) of these funds was largely due to the distribution of capital gains, which happens periodically. For more details click below: