Federated MDT Mid Cap Growth Fund (A) FGSAX

Share Classes Product Type Asset Class Category
Mutual Fund Equity Mid Cap
As of 12-31-2017

Highlights

  • Market preferences favored large cap over small cap and growth over value
  • Growth-oriented stocks with some favorable value characteristics contributed to performance

Looking back

The fourth quarter of this year was another good quarter for the domestic equity market (the Russell 3000 Index returned 6.34%). The market was changeable (just as in the third quarter), as market participants watched Congress and tried to anticipate which companies would be favored in the final tax bill. While the month of September had been strongest for small-cap value stocks, October was strongest for large-cap growth stocks. November was then neutral, style-wise—every one of the indexes inside of the Russell 3000 returned about 3%. In December, large cap was favored over small cap, and value was favored in the large caps and growth was favored in the small caps. At the end of the fourth quarter, all indexes in the Russell 3000 family were positive for the quarter, with the large-cap Russell Top 200 Growth Index leading with a return of 8.02%, and the small-cap Russell 2000 Value trailing at 2.05%.

Performance

Federated MDT Mid Cap Growth Fund Institutional Shares returned 8.83% in the fourth quarter of 2017, outperforming the 6.81% return of its benchmark, the Russell Midcap Growth Index.

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Performance Contributors

  • Growth stocks with some favorable value characteristics, including those with high analyst conviction and not-low structural earnings
  • Strong growth stocks with very high analyst conviction and strong price trend
  • Security selection in Consumer Discretionary, Information Technology and Health Care sectors
  • Relatively strong performers overweighted by the Fund: Urban Outfitters, Inc., Align Technology, Inc., Fortinet, Inc. and Allison Transmission Holdings, Inc.

Performance Detractors

  • Stocks with very high analyst conviction, prices near 52-week highs but low structural earnings
  • Relatively weak performers overweighted by the Fund: Discovery Communications, Inc. and Nielsen Holdings 

How We Are Positioned

The fund ended the fourth quarter roughly sector-neutral to the benchmark, according to the Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S-based sector definitions used for the strategy. According to the GICS sectors, there was a small overweight in Financials and small underweights in Real Estate (the fund does not hold REITs) and Materials. Within the GICS sectors, there were overweight positions in the health care equipment and services industry and underweight positions in the real estate, consumer services, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology & life science, and materials industries.