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By Katie Rushkewicz Reichart, CFA | 04-21-2015 02:00 PM

2 Different Paths to Growth Stocks

Although Fidelity New Millennium and Fidelity Mid-Cap Stock both earn Bronze ratings, the former can be used as a core holding, while the latter should play a smaller role in investors' portfolios.

Katie Reichart: Fidelity New Millennium (FMILX) and Fidelity Mid-Cap Stock (FMCSX) are two Bronze-rated funds run by John Roth. Both use a similar approach, investing mostly in growth companies but also even cyclicals and out-of-favor stocks. The main difference is market cap. Mid-Cap Stock is in the mid-growth category. New Millennium is an all-cap fund and lands in the large-growth category. While both are in growth categories, their holdings span the [Morningstar Style Box].

Recently, the portfolios have inched closer to the growth/blend border as Roth has moved away from pricier stocks, especially in the healthcare sector. Roth has run New Millennium since 2006. It has beaten its benchmark, the S&P 500, during that span and its average peer. So, it earns a positive performance score. He has run Mid-Cap Stock since 2011, which has beaten its average peer but has been about in line with its S&P MidCap 400 benchmark. So, it earns a Neutral performance score. Both funds score well on price, though Mid-Cap Stock is a tad cheaper. New Millennium could be used as a core holding, while Mid-Cap Stock would play a smaller role in a portfolio.

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