On the lookout for a Mutual Fund Equity Report fund? Starting with Fidelity Stock Selector Small Cap (
FDSCX Quick Quote FDSCX - Free Report) is one possibility. FDSCX possesses a Zacks Mutual Fund Rank of 2 (Buy), which is based on nine forecasting factors like size, cost, and past performance. History of Fund/Manager
FDSCX finds itself in the Fidelity family, based out of Boston, MA. Fidelity Stock Selector Small Cap made its debut in June of 1993, and since then, FDSCX has accumulated about $1.65 billion in assets, per the most up-to-date date available. A team of investment professionals is the fund's current manager.
Investors naturally seek funds with strong performance. FDSCX has a 5-year annualized total return of 17.6% and is in the top third among its category peers. If you're interested in shorter time frames, do not dismiss looking at the fund's 3-year annualized total return of 21.8%, which places it in the top third during this time-frame.
When looking at a fund's performance, it is also important to note the standard deviation of the returns. The lower the standard deviation, the less volatility the fund experiences. Compared to the category average of 16.88%, the standard deviation of FDSCX over the past three years is 22.25%. Looking at the past 5 years, the fund's standard deviation is 19.02% compared to the category average of 13.94%. This makes the fund more volatile than its peers over the past half-decade.
The fund has a 5-year beta of 1.11, so investors should note that it is hypothetically more volatile than the market at large. Another factor to consider is alpha, as it reflects a portfolio's performance on a risk-adjusted basis relative to a benchmark-in this case, the S&P 500. FDSCX has generated a negative alpha over the past five years of -2.32, demonstrating that managers in this portfolio find it difficult to pick securities that generate better-than-benchmark returns.
Investigating the equity holdings of a mutual fund is also a valuable exercise. This can show us how the manager is applying their stated methodology, as well as if there are any inherent biases in their approach. For this particular fund, the focus is primarily on equities that are traded in the United States.
As of the last filing date, the mutual fund has 80.96% of its assets in stocks, and these companies have an average market capitalization of $4.98 billion. The fund has the heaviest exposure to the following market sectors:
Finance Health Industrial Cyclical Technology Retail Trade
Turnover is 69%, which means this fund makes fewer trades than its comparable peers.
Costs are increasingly important for mutual fund investing, and particularly as competition heats up in this market. And all things being equal, a lower cost product will outperform its otherwise identical counterpart, so taking a closer look at these metrics is key for investors. In terms of fees, FDSCX is a no load fund. It has an expense ratio of 0.91% compared to the category average of 1.10%. From a cost perspective, FDSCX is actually cheaper than its peers.
While the minimum initial investment for the product is $0, investors should also note that there is no minimum for each subsequent investment.
Overall, Fidelity Stock Selector Small Cap ( FDSCX ) has a high Zacks Mutual Fund rank, and in conjunction with its comparatively strong performance, worse downside risk, and lower fees, this fund looks like a good potential choice for investors right now.
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