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The fund has returned 26.84 percent over the past year, 15.29 percent over the past three years, 14.56 percent over the past five years, and 8.32 percent over the past decade.
|Trailing Returns||Updated 10.31.2013|
|Year to date||24.2%|
|3 Years (Annualized)||15.3%|
|5 Years (Annualized)||14.6%|
|10 Years (Annualized)||8.3%|
Sentinel Common Stock has stood watch over the market since 1934.
As of November 05, 2013, the fund has assets totaling almost $2.41 billion invested in 117 different holdings. Its portfolio consists primarily of shares of large companies.
This fund is heavily invested in some of the world's largest firms. The fund's average market cap, for instance, is larger than that of the S&P 500. Indeed, as of the end of May, five of this fund's top 10 holdings were also among the top 10 in the S&P 500. So far, 2011 has been a steady year for the fund, with nearly all of its favorite companies performing well. ExxonMobil and IBM have both been strong contributors to the fund's performance. The fund has returned 26.84 percent over the past year and 15.29 percent over the past three years.
Overall, the fund's approach is rather conservative. Management is invested in upwards of 100 companies, and the fund's assets are spread out across a variety of sectors. The fund also has a bit of global diversification. Switzerland and Canada are currently among its favorite countries outside of the United States. Management has shown a strong buy-and-hold discipline, as reflected by the fund's 12 percent turnover ratio. By comparison, a fund that replenished its entire portfolio once a year would have a ratio of 100 percent.
Over time, the fund has put up strong numbers. Since its 1934 inception, it has, as of the end of June, maintained an average return of upwards of 10 percent per year. Meanwhile, as of mid-July, its trailing 10-year returns landed it in the top 14 percent of its Morningstar category. The fund has returned 14.56 percent over the past five years and 8.32 percent over the past decade.
According to the fund's prospectus: "Sentinel's investment philosophy centers on building a diverse, below-average risk portfolio consisting largely of securities of high quality companies with a positive multi-year outlook offered at attractive valuation levels, based on a number of metrics, including value relative to its history, peers and/or the market over time. Although the Fund may invest in any economic sector, at times it may emphasize one or more particular sectors. Sentinel has a preference for companies that earn above-average rates of return on capital and that generate free cash flow. Additionally, earnings revision trends are important."
Role in Portfolio
Morningstar calls this fund a "core" holding.
Daniel J. Manion and Hilary Roper manage the fund.
Sentinel Common Stock Fund has an expense ratio of 1.09 percent.
Like all stock funds, this one comes with some risks.