The Defense Sector Lags the Market

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:

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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.

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Sector Rotation: Fidelity Select Defense and Aerospace Fund

The Fidelity Select Defense & Aerospace Fund has been an outstanding investment throughout 2013 with an excellent 41.57% year-to-date return. Top holdings include defense companies, such as United Technologies (UTX), Boeing (BA) and Precision Castparts (PCP).

The chart shows that FSDAX has accelerated its momentum and now moved up to the #4 ranked position on the Top 10 Fidelity Mutual Funds list. The next few trading sessions will show how much impact the Iran nuclear deal has on the defense sector and what to expect from FSDAX, as an investment.

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Top 7 Fidelity Select Funds for Sector Rotation Strategies

The stock market reacted positively to a better-than-expected job report today with all major indexes closing higher. The rally came as a relief after days of selling in both global and U.S. markets.

The market leading investments for the first six months of 2013 were Japanese stocks and the U.S. biotechnology sector. Now, as the summer gets under way, new sectors are emerging with the potential to take over market leadership.

The newly emerging sectors with increasing momentum include the automotive, health care, brokerage, defense, insurance, retailing and consumer discretionary sectors. We’ll be tracking the corresponding Fidelity Select funds closely for the next few weeks for early signs of the summer rally.

The Top 7 Fidelity Select funds with market leading momentum to be considered for sector rotation strategies are:

Fidelity Select Automotive Fund (FSAVX, last change: 2.00%)

Fidelity Select Automotive Fund (FSAVX, last change: 2.00%)

Fidelity Select Health Care Fund (FSPHX, last change: 1.38%)

Fidelity Select Health Care Fund (FSPHX, last change: 1.38%)

Fidelity Select Brokerage and Investment Fund (FSLBX, last change: 2.23%)

Fidelity Select Brokerage and Investment Fund (FSLBX, last change: 2.23%)

Fidelity Select Defense and Aerospace Fund (FSDAX, last change: 1.38%)

Fidelity Select Defense and Aerospace Fund (FSDAX, last change: 1.38%)

Fidelity Select Insurance Fund (FSPCX, last change: 1.56%)

Fidelity Select Insurance Fund (FSPCX, last change: 1.56%)

Fidelity Select Retailing Fund (FSRPX, last change: 1.74%)

Fidelity Select Retailing Fund (FSRPX, last change: 1.74%)

Fidelity Select Consumer Discretionary Fund (FSCPX, last change: 1.71%)

Fidelity Select Consumer Discretionary Fund (FSCPX, last change: 1.71%)

Buy/sell signals for Fidelity funds are available at FidelitySignal.com