NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- While most funds have struggled lately, Federated Strategic Value Dividend ( SVAAX) has soared. Federated returned 11.9% in the past year, topping 99% of large value funds and surpassing the S&P 500 by 11 percentage points, according to Morningstar. The winning streak occurred because Federated focuses on one of the market's hottest segments: blue-chip dividend stocks. The portfolio is full of such familiar names as H.J. Heinz ( HNZ) and Johnson & Johnson ( JNJ), rock-solid companies that have appealed to nervous investors.