Williamstown, MA, July 31, 2008 --(PR.com
)-- Don Dion, publisher of Fidelity Independent Adviser, and president of Dion Money Management, announced that he would be shifting from Communications Equipment (FSDCX) to Medical Equipment and Systems (FSMEX) in the latest edition of Sector Momentum Tracker.
“Today, we exit Communications Equipment (FSDCX),” Dion said in his weekly commentary. “This fund of telecom and internet networking stocks has lost ground on the momentum ranking table in recent weeks as investors began shifting out of technology and into healthcare-related funds,” Dion noted, adding that “concern over earnings is driving this reallocation.”
John Chambers, Chief Executive of top FSDCX holding Cisco Systems, noted in an interview earlier this month that the U.S. may not see an economic recovery until 2009. Cisco, which makes the routers and hubs over which much of the Internet’s traffic travels, is a bellwether for the computer networking sector, and many analysts viewed Chambers’ comments as an indication that profit margins will remain narrow across that industry in the second half. Shares of Cisco, which accounts for 19.13 percent of this fund’s net assets, are down 17.1 percent since the beginning of the year. http://www.fidelityadviser.com/readMe_SMT.asp
“Medical Equipment and Systems (FSMEX) enters our Portfolio today,” Dion announced. “Medtronic, this fund’s top stock (16.49 percent of net assets), has weathered a number of storms in recent months—the Food and Drug Administration ordered the company’s Physio-Control subsidiary to stop shipping external defibrillators after discovering manufacturing and quality problems—but investors appear to believe the medical device maker is back on track,” Dion advised.
Medtronic’s stock has rallied 6.6 percent since hitting a low in mid-May. Together with Medtronic, Baxter International, a diverse company with extensive pharmacological and biotech operations, and Covidien account for 45.61 percent of FSMEX’ net assets.
“Health care funds topped the momentum rankings from last week,” Dion said, “and Pharmaceuticals (FPHAX) was the biggest gainer thanks to solid quarterly earnings from Johnson & Johnson.” Dion believes that with competition from generic drugs heating up, “pharmaceutical companies with large, cash-producing consumer products divisions, such as Johnson & Johnson will outperform their peers.”
Despite J&J’s good news, some pharma stocks struggled last week. Investors dumped shares of Merck and Schering-Plough—both top-ten FPHAX holdings as of June 30—last week after a new European study revealed that Vytorin was no more effective at preventing certain kinds of heart disease than a generic version of Zocor that was already on the market. Merck and Schering-Plough co-market Vytorin.
“While pharma news wasn’t good across the board,” Dion said, “stocks like J&J, with a developed consumer unit, may make FPHAX a good investment.” Dion reminded subscribers that “Pfizer, for instance, sold its consumer unit, which included brands like Listerine and Sudafed to Johnson & Johnson in 2006 for 16.6 billion.”
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