Top Mutual Funds That Begun 2018 On A High Note   Jan 08, 2018


In the first week of 2018, ended January 5th, the S&P BSE Sensex closed higher by 0.28%. The CNX Nifty 50, was up 0.27% over the same period. In comparison, the S&P BSE MidCap Index delivered a stronger performance, generating a return of 1.39%. Stocks present in the S&P BSE SmallCap Index drove the benchmark up 2.47% in the first week of January.

Given this performance, clearly equity mutual fund schemes investing in the midcap space were the clear beneficiaries and ended up among the top performing mutual funds for the week.

Among equity diversified mutual funds, SBI Small & Midcap Fund, Indiabulls Value Discovery Fund, SBI Magnum Comma Fund, L&T Emerging Businesses Fund and BOI AXA Equity Fund were the top performers with a return of 4.08%, 3.99%, 3.85%, 3.23% and 3.05% respectively.

Top Mutual Funds of The Week

Scheme Name 1 Week (%) 3 Months  (%) 6 Months  (%) 1 Year (%)
SBI Small & Midcap Fund 4.08 28.53 43.94 81.31
Indiabulls Value Discovery Fund 3.99 15.16 12.57 36.32
SBI Magnum Comma Fund 3.85 15.12 22.62 39.12
L&T Emerging Businesses Fund 3.23 18.12 23.21 66.61
BOI AXA Equity Fund 3.05 13.17 20.96 43.50
L&T India Spl. Situations Fund 2.89 13.19 15.20 43.74
IDFC Sterling Equity Fund 2.85 14.25 22.42 60.69
DSPBR Micro-Cap Fund 2.62 20.64 18.17 42.73
Edelweiss Mid and Small Cap Fund 2.52 19.50 24.05 51.66
Reliance Small Cap Fund 2.45 22.90 27.96 61.67
Reliance Growth Fund 2.42 15.25 18.82 43.84
HDFC Small Cap Fund 2.41 22.16 27.46 60.48
ICICI Pru Midcap Fund 2.41 15.19 20.65 43.65
Reliance Mid & Small Cap Fund 2.27 16.63 17.27 42.07
HSBC Midcap Equity Fund 2.23 20.02 26.33 58.98
Principal Growth Fund 2.20 13.87 19.04 48.73
IDBI Midcap Fund 2.17 10.52 15.23
L&T Midcap Fund 2.17 12.43 17.67 52.17
Invesco India Mid Cap Fund 2.06 15.98 19.52 43.04
Union Small and Midcap Fund 2.04 16.47 18.59 41.45
Data as on January 5, 2018. Returns are absolute
(Source: ACE MF, PersonalFN Research)

*Please note, this table only represents the best performing funds based solely on past returns and is NOT a recommendation. Mutual Fund investments are subject to market risks. Read all scheme related documents carefully. Past performance is not an indicator for future returns. The percentage returns shown are only for indicative purposes.

Category-wise Top Performing Equity Mutual Funds of the week

On taking a look at the category wise performance, BOI AXA Equity Fund, Reliance Growth Fund, LIC MF Equity Fund, IDFC Focused Equity Fund and Tata Equity P/E Fund were the top performers in the large-cap category with a return of 3.05%, 2.42%, 1.85%, 1.73% and 1.59%.

IDFC Sterling Equity Fund, Edelweiss Mid and Small Cap Fund, ICICI Pru Midcap Fund, Reliance Mid & Small Cap Fund and HSBC Midcap Equity Fund were the top performers in the mid-cap category with a return of 2.85%, 2.52%, 2.41%, 2.27 and 2.23% respectively.

Among multicap funds, Indiabulls Value Discovery Fund, SBI Magnum Comma Fund, L&T India Spl. Situations Fund, Principal Growth Fund and L&T India Value Fund were the top performers with returns like 3.99%, 3.85%, 2.89% and 2.20% respectively.

In the ELSS category, BOI AXA Tax Adv Fund, L&T Tax Advantage Fund, Principal Tax Savings Fund, IDFC Tax Advantage (ELSS) Fund and Principal Personal Tax saver Fund were the top performers, generating a return of 2.68%, 2.64%, 2.20%, 2.03% and 1.82% respectively.

In terms of valuations, the S&P BSE Sensex is commanding a price-to-earnings (P/E) valuation of 25 times. The P/E of the S&P BSE MidCap is around 48 times and that of the S&P BSE SmallCap index is 118 times. All the indices are trading over twice their long-term average P/E. 

On shifting the focus on sectoral performances, shares of metal, infrastructure and media companies were among the top gainers. The NIFTY METAL, NIFTY INFRA, NIFTY MEDIA, closed with gains 4.83%, 2.72% and 1.88% respectively. Mutual funds focused on these sectors gained traction during the week.

Among the sectoral indices that were laggards were the NIFTY PSU BANK, NIFTY IT and NIFTY AUTO index. Shares of these sectors returned -0.16%, -0.28% and -0.67% respectively. Mutual funds investing heavily in these sectors would have suffered.

Top Performing Balanced Funds of the week

Balanced funds too capitalised on the market rally in the first week of 2018. The top performing balanced funds for the week were BOI AXA Mid Cap Equity & Debt Fund, Principal Balanced Fund, Escorts Balanced Fund, L&T India Prudence Fund and LIC MF Balanced Fund. These schemes delivered a return of 2.79%, 1.79%, 1.76%, 1.58% and 1.56% respectively.

Going ahead, inflation data, December quarter earnings, factory output data etc., will set the tone and direction of the market.

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