Dreyfus Appreciation Fund, Inc.

Scorecard
3 / 5 Stars
Lipper
1 1 5 4 4
Zacks Investment Research
3 (Hold)
Standard & Poor's
3 / 5 Stars
TheStreet.com
C+ (Hold)

#197 in Large Blend

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Performance

The fund has returned 13.66 percent over the past year, 11.09 percent over the past three years, 17.86 percent over the past five years, and 6.33 percent over the past decade. 

Trailing Returns Updated 03.31.2014
Year to date 0.6%
1 Year 13.7%
3 Years (Annualized) 11.1%
5 Years (Annualized) 17.9%
10 Years (Annualized) 6.3%

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Summary

Caution is a virtue that Dreyfus Appreciation's management team has wholeheartedly embraced. 

As of April 22, 2014, the fund has assets totaling almost $5.77 billion invested in 65 different holdings. Its portfolio consists of shares of large blue-chip companies.

Recently, this fund has posted some respectable numbers. In 2008, the fund shed 32 percent. While that loss was painful in absolute terms, on a relative basis the fund comfortably beat both its peer group and the S&P 500 that year. In 2009, though, the fund failed to capitalize on the market's heated rally, with its modest 21 percent return landing it in the bottom quartile of Morningstar's large blend category. In 2010, the fund once again moved closer to the front of the pack, with companies like Philip Morris and Apple contributing strongly to its performance. Lately, the fund has been heavy on consumer goods picks. Apart from Philip Morris, Coca-Cola and Procter & Gamble also enjoy prominent spots in the fund's portfolio. The fund has returned 13.66 percent over the past year and 11.09 percent over the past three years. 

Historically, the fund has held up well in weak and mediocre markets but fallen to the middle or back of the pack during rallies. That's largely a product of management's cautious strategy, which places an emphasis on huge blue chips with steady business models. Another defining characteristic has been management's strict buy-and-hold philosophy. The fund's turnover ratio currently sits at 29 percent. By comparison, a fund that replenishes its entire portfolio once a year would have a ratio of 100 percent. The fund has returned 17.86 percent over the past five years and 6.33 percent over the past decade.

Investment Strategy

According to the fund's prospectus: "The fund focuses on 'blue chip' companies with total market capitalizations of more than $5 billion at the time of purchase, including multinational companies. These are established companies that have demonstrated sustained patterns of profitability, strong balance sheets, an expanding global presence and the potential to achieve predictable, above-average earnings growth. The fund employs a 'buy-and-hold' investment strategy, which is an investment strategy characterized by a low portfolio turnover rate, which helps reduce the fund's trading costs and minimizes tax liability by limiting the distribution of capital gains." 

Role in Portfolio

Morningstar calls this a "core" holding.

Management

Lead manager Fayez Sarofim, along with five other managers, runs the fund.

Fees

Dreyfus Appreciation Fund, Inc. has an expense ratio of 0.94 percent. 

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Risk

Like all stock funds, this one comes with some risks.

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