The Dow Jones Industrial average moved above the psychologically important 16,000 level today, the first time in the history of the stock market. This is clearly a sign that the great bull market of 2013 is still intact.
As we approach the seasonally strong December, it is worth taking a closer look at where the market leadership is coming from. The table below shows the top 10 Fidelity mutual funds ranked by momentum, courtesy of FidelitySignal.com.
Top 10 Fidelity Mutual Funds by momentum
The table shows that the Fidelity Select Leisure Fund (FDLSX) is moving up the fastest in the momentum ranking. In addition, FDLSX had the largest gain today out of all Fidelity mutual funds. The ranking also shows that today’s rally is broad based, which usually is highly bullish for the stock market.
Not surprising that the Fidelity Real Estate Portfolio Fund (FRESX) shows a weakening chart pattern. FRESX has moved below its 100 day moving average, which is another bearish sign. While it is possible for real estate stocks to bounce back to the top of the trading range, we would look for growth somewhere else in the coming weeks.
The worst performing Fidelity mutual fund currently is the Fidelity Select Gold Fund (FSAGX) according to the fund ranking provided by FidelitySignal.com. Often, laggards become next year’s winners, and this is just one of the reasons for investors to pay attention to gold.
FSAGX is also forming a triple bottom chart pattern. If the support holds (see blue line on the chart), then it will be a very bullish chart formation for gold stocks. In addition, recent 13F filings indicate that hedge funds are buying gold bullion and gold mining stocks again.
Rising interest rates created a bear market for bonds resulting in most bond mutual funds loosing value in 2013. Unfortunately, there are just not many good choices for income investors.
One of the few exceptions is high-yield corporate bonds and one of the best mutual funds available to participate in this trend is the Fidelity Capital and Income Fund (FAGIX).
Despite the name, FAGIX is not a growth and income fund, but a high-yield bond fund, based on the Morningstar classification. The 4.32% yield and the 7.01% year-to-date return sets FAGIX apart of most bond funds. We would continue to stay bullish on FAGIX, as long as the trendline (see blue line on chart) and the 50-day moving average holds.
Increased merger activity and decreased fuel prices created a very strong bull market for airline stocks for most of 2013. Not surprising that the Fidelity Select Air Transportation Fund (FSAIX) has moved to the top on the FidelitySignal.com momentum ranking. The strong momentum has accelerated since early October and FSAIX has become slightly overbought. This may be a good place to take some profits off the table for the fortunate investors who have invested in this sector early.
Both the Dow Industrial and the S&P 500 indexes are in uncharted territory again. Fidelity’s Spartan U.S. Equity Index Fund (FUSEX) has been one of the best ways to participate in the bull market for stocks in 2013.
Stock market indexes closed at all time highs on low volume today. One of the strongest performers is the Fidelity Select Software and Computers Fund (FSCSX, last change: 1.04%). FSCSX has returned 37.15% so far in 2013, handily outperforming the market.
The Fidelity Select Natural Gas Fund (FSNGX, last change: 1.06%) is the best-performing sector fund in October based on the momentum ranking provided by FidelitySignal.com. FSNGX continues to show a bullish chart pattern and a breakout to a new high can provide a new buying opportunity.
The Fidelity China Region Fund (FHKCX, last change: 1.08%) is currently the best Fidelity mutual fund, based on the fund ranking provided by FidelitySignal.com. The increasingly positive tone of the news in the last three months suggests that that the Chinese economy is in a better shape, than previously thought. As the result, the Chinese stock market has entered into a strong bull market.
Emerging market investments have under-performed for most of 2013, but as money starts flowing into Chinese, Indian and Brazilian equities again, the Fidelity Emerging Markets Fund (FEMKX, last change: 1.7%) may be a good choice for investors who are looking to diversify.