As of 12-31-2017


  • Market preferences favored large cap over small cap and among small cap stocks, growth over value
  • Stocks with favorable growth and value characteristics contributed to performance; stocks without strong growth or value characteristics detracted

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%.


Federated MDT Small Cap Growth Fund R6 Shares returned 4.28% in the fourth quarter of 2017, underperforming the 4.59% return of its benchmark, the Russell 2000 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

  • Stocks with high analyst conviction and high structural earnings
  • Security selection in Consumer Discretionary sector
  • Relatively strong performers overweighted by the Fund: PetMed Express, Inc., Proto Labs, Inc., and Children’s Place, Inc.

Performance Detractors

  • Growth stocks with strong price trend and very high analyst conviction
  • Relatively weak performers overweighted by the Fund: OraSure Technologies, Inc. and GNC Holdings, Inc.
  • Relatively strong performer underweighted by the Fund: SAGE Therapeutics, Inc.

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 were overweights in the Consumer Discretionary, Information Technology and Financials sectors. There were underweights in Real Estate (the fund does not hold REITs) and Health Care. Within the GICS sectors, there was an overweight position in the retailing industry and small underweight positions in the health care equipment and services industry, real estate and consumer services industries.