As of 09-30-2017


  • Market preferences shifted during the quarter from growth to value and large cap to small cap
  • The stocks with the strongest growth characteristics contributed to performance; stocks with good value characteristics detracted

Looking back

Just as in the second quarter of this year, the third quarter brought low positive returns (the Russell 3000 Index returned 4.57%) but a varying market environment. Large cap stocks led small cap stocks in the first two months of the quarter, but small caps did very well in September and ended the quarter just ahead of large caps (the small-cap Russell 2000 Index returned 5.67% during the quarter while the mega-cap Russell Top 200 Index returned 4.88%).On the style front, growth stocks outperformed value stocks in July and August, but value stocks offset part of the growth advantage in September (for the quarter, the Russell 3000 Growth Index returned 5.93% and the Russell 3000 Value Index returned 3.27%).


Federated MDT Mid Cap Growth Fund Institutional Shares returned 4.89% in the third quarter of 2017, underperforming the 5.28% return of its benchmark, the Russell Midcap Growth Index.

Performance data quoted represents past performance which is no guarantee of future results. Investment return and principal value will fluctuate so that an investor’s shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Current performance may be lower or higher than what is stated. Other share classes may have experienced different returns than the share class presented. To view performance current to the most recent month-end and for after-tax returns, click on the Performance tab.

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Performance Contributors

  • Strong growth stocks, including those with very high analyst conviction and strong price trend
  • Security selection in Information Technology sector
  • Strongest relative performers: Applied Materials, Inc., Lam Research Corporation and Align Technology, Inc.

Performance Detractors

  • Stocks near the value-growth split with high structural earnings
  • Security selection in Industrials and Consumer Discretionary sectors
  • Weakest relative performers: Foot Locker Inc., Discovery Communications, Inc. and XL Group Ltd.

Click on the Portfolio Characteristics tab for the fund’s top 10 holdings.

Looking ahead

The fund ended the third 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 an overweight in Financials and a smaller overweight in Information Technology. There were 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, and semiconductors and semiconductor equipment industries. There were underweight positions in the consumer services, real estate and materials industries.