During the third quarter, the S&P MidCap 400® Index returned 3.22%. Mid-cap stocks underperformed large caps as represented by the S&P 500® Index, which returned 4.48%. The Fund matched the Index with a return of 3.22%.
The top-performing sectors over the period were energy and industrials, returning 9.32% and 6.22%, respectively. Telecommunications services and health care were the bottom-performing sectors with returns of -9.24% and -1.74%, respectively.
For the third quarter, U.S. stocks continued to rally, with the S&P 500® Index posting all-time highs, and volatility at all-time lows. Market participants shrugged off geopolitical turmoil and a series of devastating hurricanes in the United States, focusing instead on continued global growth. The third quarter also saw the Federal Reserve announce that it would soon begin to unwind its balance sheet, while continuing to gradually increase short-term rates. These announcements, coupled with talk of U.S. tax changes, led to an increase in inflation expectations and interest rates, which on balance benefited stocks.
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