Mutual Funds Weekly Roundup: March 2

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Mutual Funds Weekly Roundup: March 2

Brian Mathews Mar 02, 2017 provides weekly information (Feb.21 to Feb.24) about any material impact on the mutual funds industry due to major economic and corporate events around the world. In addition, performance statistics on the top funds and fund categories are also provided.
  • U.S. markets hit all-time highs for the third week in a row, with the DJIA closing at 20,822.
  • The best-performing fund so far for 2017 is T. Rowe Price Global Technology (PRGTX).
  • India Equities is the best performing mutual fund subcategory based on 1-month return.
  • Make sure to check out the previous edition of the Weekly Roundup to keep track of changing trends.

Market Wrap-Up

U.S. Equities – U.S. equity markets hit another new all-time high this week, with the DJIA increasing 0.98% to 20,822 and up 5.36% year-to-date. The S&P 500 gained 0.86% for the week, hitting 2,367. Among the major U.S. indices, the NASDAQ had the smallest increase of the week, up 0.52% for the week to 5,845. With low unemployment, a strong labor market and improving real estate, investors continue to keep their money in U.S. equity markets.

The utility sector was the best-performing area for the week, up 4.13% and up 6.19% YTD. With bond yields dropping, investors may have been seeking yield from the utility sector, which typical pays a steady dividend.

Explore our Mutual Fund Education section to learn more about important mutual fund concepts.

International Equities – The MSCI Developed Index had a slight decrease of -0.13%, while the MSCI Emerging Index gained 0.51% for the week. Japan’s NIKKEI 225 declined -0.33% for the week and closed at 19,284.

Commodities – The commodity sector showed a slight gain, with oil increasing $0.63 per barrel and closing at $53.99 per barrel. The price of gold increased $17 per troy ounce to reach $1,257. On the other hand, copper had another decrease of $0.04 per pound and closed at $2.68.

Be sure to read our important tips on how to invest in the right commodity-based mutual fund.

Taxable Bonds – Treasury yields dropped across all maturities, with the 2-year maturity dropping 5 bps, the 10-year maturity dropping 10 bps and the 30-year maturity dropping 7 bps.

Municipal Bonds – Municipal yields all decreased across the board. Both the 2-year and 10-year AAA-rated yields dropped 8 bps while the 30-year AAA-rated yields dropped 9 bps.

For the seventh week in a row, municipal bond funds had an inflow of $186 million. Investors are still looking for tax-free income and are not too concerned with the effect of rising rates in the near term.

In this context, you can also read about essential tax tips for mutual funds, so that you are aware of key strategies to limit your tax burden.

Performance Snapshot: Top Fund Category

The following table provides a list of the top-performing mutual fund subcategories for the previous week within the broader categories of the industry. In each of these subcategories, we have listed the top mutual funds based on the 1-month fund return generated as of February 24, 2017.

Performance Snapshot: Top Fund

Top-performing fund: T. Rowe Price Global Technology (PRGTX)

This fund’s largest holding is in, Inc (CRM) that is up over 19% YTD.

Top 5 Performers

The following table provides the top-performing mutual funds on a YTD basis as of February 24, 2017. Only those funds that are rated 5 stars by Morningstar and that generated YTD returns greater than that achieved by the S&P 500 are included.

We provide this report on a weekly basis. To stay up to date with mutual fund market events, return to our News section.

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