Mutual Funds Weekly Roundup: October 26

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Mutual Funds Weekly Roundup: October 26

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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 again this week, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500 and NASDAQ Composite hitting all-time highs again.
  • The best-performing fund so far for 2017 continues to be the Neuberger Berman Greater China Eq Instl (NCEIX).
  • U.S. small blend equities is the best-performing mutual funds subcategory based on the rolling month.
  • 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 continued to gain this week, as the Dow Jones Industrial Average increased 2.00% to close at an all-time high of 23,329, surpassing another milestone above the 23,000 mark. The S&P 500 also had an increase of 0.86% for the week, closing at a new high of 2,575. The NASDAQ Composite Index was also up 0.35%, to close at a new high of 6,629. The NASDAQ is the best-performing major U.S. index on a year-to-date basis, up 23.15%.

The financial sector was this week’s top-performing sector, up 1.98%. The financial sector consists of big banks like Bank of America (NYSE: BAC) and JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE:JPM), which were up 6.60% and 4.6%, respectively, over the last week.

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

International Equities – International markets were down for the week, with the exception of the Nikkei. The MSCI Developed Index fell 0.31% to close at 1,998 and is up 21.98% on a year-to-date basis. The MSCI Emerging Index had a decrease of 0.54% for the week and remains the best-performing index on a year-to-date basis, up 32.69%. Japan’s Nikkei 225 had its sixth week of gains in a row, up 1.43%, to close at 21,458.

Commodities – The commodity sector was mostly up this week except for gold. Crude oil saw a slight gain $0.02 per barrel and closed at $51.47 per barrel. The price of gold decreased $24 per troy ounce, to close at $1,277. Copper also saw an increase of $0.03, to close at $3.17.

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

Taxable Bonds – Treasury yields all gained this week, with the 2-year Treasury increasing 7 bps to yield 1.58%. The 10-year Treasury yield saw this week’s largest gains and increased 10 bps, while the 30-year Treasury yield increased 7 bps to 2.89%.

Municipal Bonds – Municipal yields declined across all maturities this week with the exception of the 2-year AAA-rated bonds, which had an increase of 1 bps to yield 1.04%. The 10-year AAA-rated bonds decreased 1 bps, while the 30-year AAA-rated bonds decreased 2 bps and now yield 2.81%. Municipal bond funds returned back to inflows this week, gaining $351 million in assets. The largest credit spread for the five-year securities increased by 9 bps to settle at 64 bps for the week.

Performance Snapshot: Top Fund Category

The following table provides a list of the top-performing mutual funds 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 October 20, 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 83% on a year-to-date basis.

Top-Five Performers

The following table provides the top-performing mutual funds on a YTD basis as of October 20, 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.

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Mutual Funds Weekly Roundup: October 26

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 again this week, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500 and NASDAQ Composite hitting all-time highs again.
  • The best-performing fund so far for 2017 continues to be the Neuberger Berman Greater China Eq Instl (NCEIX).
  • U.S. small blend equities is the best-performing mutual funds subcategory based on the rolling month.
  • 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 continued to gain this week, as the Dow Jones Industrial Average increased 2.00% to close at an all-time high of 23,329, surpassing another milestone above the 23,000 mark. The S&P 500 also had an increase of 0.86% for the week, closing at a new high of 2,575. The NASDAQ Composite Index was also up 0.35%, to close at a new high of 6,629. The NASDAQ is the best-performing major U.S. index on a year-to-date basis, up 23.15%.

The financial sector was this week’s top-performing sector, up 1.98%. The financial sector consists of big banks like Bank of America (NYSE: BAC) and JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE:JPM), which were up 6.60% and 4.6%, respectively, over the last week.

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

International Equities – International markets were down for the week, with the exception of the Nikkei. The MSCI Developed Index fell 0.31% to close at 1,998 and is up 21.98% on a year-to-date basis. The MSCI Emerging Index had a decrease of 0.54% for the week and remains the best-performing index on a year-to-date basis, up 32.69%. Japan’s Nikkei 225 had its sixth week of gains in a row, up 1.43%, to close at 21,458.

Commodities – The commodity sector was mostly up this week except for gold. Crude oil saw a slight gain $0.02 per barrel and closed at $51.47 per barrel. The price of gold decreased $24 per troy ounce, to close at $1,277. Copper also saw an increase of $0.03, to close at $3.17.

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

Taxable Bonds – Treasury yields all gained this week, with the 2-year Treasury increasing 7 bps to yield 1.58%. The 10-year Treasury yield saw this week’s largest gains and increased 10 bps, while the 30-year Treasury yield increased 7 bps to 2.89%.

Municipal Bonds – Municipal yields declined across all maturities this week with the exception of the 2-year AAA-rated bonds, which had an increase of 1 bps to yield 1.04%. The 10-year AAA-rated bonds decreased 1 bps, while the 30-year AAA-rated bonds decreased 2 bps and now yield 2.81%. Municipal bond funds returned back to inflows this week, gaining $351 million in assets. The largest credit spread for the five-year securities increased by 9 bps to settle at 64 bps for the week.

Performance Snapshot: Top Fund Category

The following table provides a list of the top-performing mutual funds 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 October 20, 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 83% on a year-to-date basis.

Top-Five Performers

The following table provides the top-performing mutual funds on a YTD basis as of October 20, 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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Find out why $30 trillon is invested in mutual funds.

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Find out why $30 trillon is invested in mutual funds.


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