Mutual Funds Weekly Roundup: December 7

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Mutual Funds Weekly Roundup: December 7

Brian Mathews Dec 07, 2017

MutualFunds.com provides weekly information 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. equities were all up, except for the NASDAQ Composite.
  • The best-performing fund so far for 2017 continues to be the Neuberger Berman Greater China Eq Instl (NCEIX).
  • Mid Cap Blend Equities is the best-performing mutual funds subcategory based on the rolling-month returns.
  • Make sure to check out the previous edition of the Weekly Roundup to keep track of changing trends in the mutual funds space.

Market Wrap-Up

U.S. Equities – U.S. equity markets all rebounded this week, with the exception of the NASDAQ Composite. The Dow Jones Industrial Average had a big increase this week and gained 2.86% to close at 24,323. The S&P 500 also had an increase of 1.53% for the week, to close at 2,642. The NASDAQ Composite, which was down 0.60%, closed at 6,848. However, the NASDAQ continues to be the best-performing major U.S. index on a year-to-date basis, up 27.20%.

The telecom sector was this week’s top-performing sector for the second week in a row, up 6.71%. This sector consists of companies like Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), which was up over 8.52% for the week.

International Equities – On the contrary, international markets all fell, except the Nikkei 225 this week. The MSCI Developed Market Index fell 0.94% to close at 2,004 and is up 22.60% on a year-to-date basis. The MSCI Emerging Index had a decrease of 3.30% for the week, but remains the best-performing index on a year-to-date basis, up 32.34%. Japan’s Nikkei 225 is up for its second week in a row and up 1.19% for the week to close at 22,819.

Commodities – The commodity sector was all down this week, with crude oil falling $0.59 per barrel and closing at $58.36 per barrel. The price of gold decreased $8 per troy ounce to close at $1,279. Copper also saw a decline this week and was down $0.08 to close at $3.09.

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

Taxable Bonds – Treasury yields all showed gains this week, with the 2-year Treasury increasing 5 bps to yield 1.80%. The 10-year Treasury yield increased 6 bps, while the 30-year Treasury yield also increased 4 bps to 2.80%.

Municipal Bonds – Municipal yields all gained with the exception of the 30-year AAA-rated bond. The 2-year AAA-rated bonds saw a huge increase of 18 bps to yield 1.50%. The 10-year AAA-rated bonds increased 4 bps, while the 30-year AAA-rated bonds decreased 8 bps to yield 2.76%. Municipal bond funds saw a fourth week of inflows, with a slight increase of $39 million in assets under management. The largest credit spread for the five-year securities continues to remain at 42 bps for the week.

Explore our Mutual Funds Education section to learn more about important mutual funds concepts.


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 one-month return generated as of December 1, 2017.

Performance Snapshot: Top Fund

Top-performing fund: Neuberger Berman Greater China Eq Instl (NCEIX)

The fund’s largest holding is in Tencent Holdings Ltd. (HKG:0700), which is up over 101% on a year-to-date basis.

Top 5 Performers

The following table provides the top-performing mutual funds on a YTD basis as of December 1, 2017. Only those funds that are rated five stars by Morningstar and that generated YTD returns greater than or equal to 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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