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Is Fidelity Select Leisure (FDLSX) a Strong Mutual Fund Pick Right Now?

Mutual Fund Report for FDLSX

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On the lookout for a Sector - Other fund? Starting with Fidelity Select Leisure (FDLSX) is one possibility. FDLSX holds a Zacks Mutual Fund Rank of 1 (Strong Buy), which is based on nine forecasting factors like size, cost, and past performance.

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History of Fund/Manager

Fidelity is based in Boston, MA, and is the manager of FDLSX. Fidelity Select Leisure made its debut in May of 1984, and since then, FDLSX has accumulated about $728.28 million in assets, per the most up-to-date date available. The fund's current manager, William Hilkert, has been in charge of the fund since August of 2020.

Performance

Of course, investors look for strong performance in funds. This fund in particular has delivered a 5-year annualized total return of 16.36%, and is in the top third among its category peers. Investors who prefer analyzing shorter time frames should look at its 3-year annualized total return of 16.86%, which places it in the top third during this time-frame.

When looking at a fund's performance, it is also important to note the standard deviation of the returns. The lower the standard deviation, the less volatility the fund experiences. Compared to the category average of 24.41%, the standard deviation of FDLSX over the past three years is 27.03%. Looking at the past 5 years, the fund's standard deviation is 21.79% compared to the category average of 19.96%. This makes the fund more volatile than its peers over the past half-decade.

Risk Factors

Investors should note that the fund has a 5-year beta of 1.25, which means it is hypothetically more volatile than the market at large. Because alpha represents a portfolio's performance on a risk-adjusted basis relative to a benchmark, which is the S&P 500 in this case, one should pay attention to this metric as well. Over the past 5 years, the fund has a negative alpha of -3.65. This means that managers in this portfolio find it difficult to pick securities that generate better-than-benchmark returns.

Expenses

For investors, taking a closer look at cost-related metrics is key, since costs are increasingly important for mutual fund investing. Competition is heating up in this space, and a lower cost product will likely outperform its otherwise identical counterpart, all things being equal. In terms of fees, FDLSX is a no load fund. It has an expense ratio of 0.76% compared to the category average of 1.27%. FDLSX is actually cheaper than its peers when you consider factors like cost.

Investors should also note that the minimum initial investment for the product is $0 and that each subsequent investment has no minimum amount.

Bottom Line

Overall, Fidelity Select Leisure ( FDLSX ) has a high Zacks Mutual Fund rank, and in conjunction with its comparatively strong performance, average downside risk, and lower fees, Fidelity Select Leisure ( FDLSX ) looks like a good potential choice for investors right now.

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