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HDFC Equity

This fund has always found its place among the best of the performers consistently, year after year

All Seasons Pick
Since 1995 HDFC Equity has beaten the category average every calendar year, barring 1996.

In 2001, the fund fell by just 2.81 per cent (category average fall was 19 per cent). Since then, it has underperformed the category average in just five quarters and has been a top-quartile performer every year, barring 2004.

When mid- and small-cap stocks started to lose steam in 2005, the fund manager increased large-cap allocation and consequently, the fund ended 2005 returning 62.70 per cent (category average: 46.70 per cent). Though the portfolio tends to average around 30 stocks, give or take a few, the fund manager does not hesitate to take a big position. The top three sectors account for almost 49 per cent of the portfolio and the top three stocks account for 22.5 per cent (Infosys at 9.84 per cent). Though technology has been the most favoured sector this year, automobiles was one of the top sectors but its exposure has been decreasing and basic/engineering is getting priority. Allocation to the energy sector kept dropping but is again on the rise.

When the Supreme Court halted PSU disinvestment in September 2003, the fund sold its entire energy holding in October and built a fresh position in March 2004.

Bharti was bought in January 2004 and sold by June 2004. It reappeared in November and December 2005 portfolios and was again sold. It was bought again in March 2006, sold few months later only to be picked up in September 2006. The fund manager held Infosys for years but sold it in May 2004 and bought it in October (at higher levels, unfortunately).

As on December 26, 2006, its year-to-date, one-year, two-year and three-year returns were all ahead of the category average.