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The Indian market is expected to open flat-to-higher on Friday tracking muted trend seen in other Asian markets.

After a stunning rally in the global equity market over the past two days, stocks collectively took a breather ahead of the weekend. US Stocks traded range bound overnight weighed down by an abrupt halt to the rally in oil prices, which failed to hold on to the crucial $50 mark. The Dow Jones ended 23.22 points lower.

The most awaited speech since the US Federal Reserve's FOMC meeting way back in April, the Fed chief will speak at Massachusetts on Friday night as investors look on for clues to a rate hike.
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Power Grid: The state-run company posted a 13.2 per cent jump in standalone net profit at Rs 1,599.05 crore for the March quarter on higher revenues from power transmission business.

Jet Airways: Jet Airways posted its first annual net profit after eight years and its fourth straight quarterly net profit helped by lower fuel expenses and its own cost control measures.

ONGC: Oil and Natural Gas Corporation's fourth quarter profit jumped 12% mainly on reversal of impairment loss as well as lower provisioning for dry wells.

Deepak Fertilisers: The company reported a 5 per cent decline in net profit at Rs 25.92 crore for the fourth quarter of 2015-16 financial year.

SBI - State Bank of India is going to post Q4 results today.
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Sectoral funds outpaced peers in last 10 years
best mutual funds for investment in 2017
updated on 31 Mar 2017
Sectoral funds are mostly ignored by investors as schemes under this category are exposed to a single sector with only a handful of stocks, and thus they carry higher risk compared with diversified funds.

Are you among those investors who have totally ignored sectoral funds? If yes, then you have missed an opportunity to outpace other equity funds in the long run.

Data from mutual fund research firm suggests sectoral funds focused on FMCG, pharma and banking sectors have delivered annualised returns of 19.35 per cent, 17.68 per cent and 17.61 per cent (CAGR), respectively, over the past 10 years till March 15, 2017.

Pharma and FMCG sectors saw a bull run for almost eight out of the past 10 years as the economic slowdown turned market focus on the defensive and cash-rich stocks

Smallcap, midcap, multicap and largecap equity funds have delivered an annualised return of 15.25 per cent, 14.66 per cent, 12.94 per cent and 10.83 per cent, respectively, over the past 10 years. Funds focussed on pharma, banking and FMCG sectors have also outpaced other segments in last 10 years.

However, the picture looks different when returns for the past five years are considered, as smallcap and midcap equity funds have outpaced the sectoral funds with 25.57 per cent and 21.35 per cent returns, respectively. Pharma, FMCG and banking funds have delivered 21 per cent, 18.98 per cent and 13.09 per cent returns, respectively, during this period.

Financial advisers say sectoral funds are risky propositions due to concentration risks and the cyclical nature of their performance.

If an investor has a strong view and takes the right call, sectoral funds can deliver far better returns. In the case of a sectoral fund, it is important for an investor to know when to enter or exit a scheme, they say.

In the past 10 years, the BSE Sensex has risen 138 per cent till March 16, 2017, whereas BSE FMCG index, Healthcare index and Bankex have surged 453 per cent, 350 per cent and 298 per cent, respectively.