Best Mutual Funds

The U.S. News Mutual Fund Score offers a broad look at what some of the brightest minds conducting investment analysis have to say about more than 4,500 mutual funds using ratings from Morningstar, Lipper, Zacks, TheStreet.com, and Standard & Poor's. To learn more about our score, see the methodology.

Communications

#1

Putnam Global Telecommunication Fund (PGBZX)

Performance (1-YR): 22.53% Expense Ratio: 1.36%

#2

T. Rowe Price Media And Telecommunications Fund (PRMTX)

Performance (1-YR): 28.96% Expense Ratio: 0.80%

#3

Fidelity® Select Wireless Portfolio (FWRLX)

Performance (1-YR): 22.77% Expense Ratio: 0.88%

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Consumer Cyclical

#1

Fidelity® Select Multimedia Portfolio (FBMPX)

Performance (1-YR): 24.25% Expense Ratio: 0.81%

#2

Fidelity® Select Retailing Portfolio (FSRPX)

Performance (1-YR): 18.33% Expense Ratio: 0.83%

#3

Rydex Series Trust Leisure Fund (RYLSX)

Performance (1-YR): 24.53% Expense Ratio: 1.60%

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Consumer Defensive

#1

Rydex Series Trust Consumer Products Fund (RYPDX)

Performance (1-YR): 17.39% Expense Ratio: 1.60%

#2

Putnam Global Consumer Fund (PGCOX)

Performance (1-YR): 21.48% Expense Ratio: 1.36%

#3

Fidelity® Select Consumer Staples Portfolio (FDAGX)

Performance (1-YR): 16.14% Expense Ratio: 1.06%

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Equity Energy

#1

Guinness Atkinson Global Energy Fund (GAGEX)

Performance (1-YR): 46.08% Expense Ratio: 1.35%

#2

Fidelity® Select Natural Gas Portfolio (FSNGX)

Performance (1-YR): 42.99% Expense Ratio: 0.84%

#3

Integrity Williston Basin/Mid-North America Stock Fund (ICPAX)

Performance (1-YR): 40.41% Expense Ratio: 1.42%

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Financial

#1

Royce Financial Services Fund (RYFSX)

Performance (1-YR): 23.76% Expense Ratio: 1.57%

#2

Fidelity® Select Insurance Portfolio (FSPCX)

Performance (1-YR): 20.87% Expense Ratio: 0.83%

#3

Emerald Banking and Finance Fund (HSSAX)

Performance (1-YR): 29.21% Expense Ratio: 1.84%

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Health

#1

T. Rowe Price Health Sciences Fund (PRHSX)

Performance (1-YR): 40.45% Expense Ratio: 0.79%

#2

Janus Global Life Sciences Fund (JFNAX)

Performance (1-YR): 45.76% Expense Ratio: 1.04%

#3

Vanguard Health Care Fund (VGHCX)

Performance (1-YR): 36.41% Expense Ratio: 0.35%

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Industrials

#1

Fidelity® Select Air Transportation Portfolio (FSAIX)

Performance (1-YR): 40.39% Expense Ratio: 0.87%

#2

Fidelity® Select Defense & Aerospace Portfolio (FSDAX)

Performance (1-YR): 25.18% Expense Ratio: 0.81%

#3

Fidelity® Select Transportation (FSRFX)

Performance (1-YR): 40.36% Expense Ratio: 0.85%

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Miscellaneous Sector

#1

ALPS | Red Rocks Listed Private Equity Fund (LPEFX)

Performance (1-YR): 32.69% Expense Ratio: 2.58%

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Natural Resources

#1

Fidelity® Select Chemicals Portfolio (FSCHX)

Performance (1-YR): 31.06% Expense Ratio: 0.81%

#2

AllianzGI Global Water Fund (AWTAX)

Performance (1-YR): 25.12% Expense Ratio: 1.52%

#3

Fidelity® Select Materials Portfolio (FMFAX)

Performance (1-YR): 26.31% Expense Ratio: 1.10%

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Real Estate

#1

Manning & Napier Real Estate Series (MNREX)

Performance (1-YR): 15.05% Expense Ratio: 1.13%

#2

Baron Real Estate Fund (BREIX)

Performance (1-YR): 27.45% Expense Ratio: 1.09%

#3

REMS Real Estate Value Opportunity Fund (HLRRX)

Performance (1-YR): 14.56% Expense Ratio: 1.45%

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Technology

#1

Red Oak Technology Select Fund (ROGSX)

Performance (1-YR): 29.59% Expense Ratio: 1.23%

#2

USAA Science and Technology Fund (USSCX)

Performance (1-YR): 38.23% Expense Ratio: 1.34%

#3

Fidelity® Select IT Services Portfolio (FBSOX)

Performance (1-YR): 25.85% Expense Ratio: 0.84%

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Utilities

#1

Prudential Jennison Utility (PRUAX)

Performance (1-YR): 37.18% Expense Ratio: 0.85%

#2

Fidelity® Telecom and Utilities Fund (FIUIX)

Performance (1-YR): 26.37% Expense Ratio: 0.76%

#3

Fidelity Advisor® Utilities Fund (FUGAX)

Performance (1-YR): 30.08% Expense Ratio: 1.20%

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Updated 07.03.2014

Top Performing Mutual Funds As of 07.03.2014

Van Eck International Investors Gold Fund (INIVX)

Commodities Funds | Equity Precious Metals

Total Return: 21.74%

U.S. Global Investors Gold & Precious Metals Fund (USERX)

Commodities Funds | Equity Precious Metals

Total Return: 20.41%

Tocqueville Gold Fund (TGLDX)

Commodities Funds | Equity Precious Metals

Total Return: 19.99%

ProFunds Oil Equipment Service & Distribution Fund (OEPIX)

Sector Funds | Equity Energy

Total Return: 63.26%

Firsthand Alternative Energy Fund (ALTEX)

Sector Funds | Technology

Total Return: 53.08%

T. Rowe Price Global Technology Fund (PRGTX)

Sector Funds | Technology

Total Return: 51.65%

PIMCO Variable Insurance Trust Real Estate Real Return Strategy Fund (PETAX)

Sector Funds | Real Estate

Total Return: 31.50%

AMG SouthernSun Small Cap Fund (SSSFX)

U.S. Stocks | Small Blend

Total Return: 30.47%

Hodges Small Cap Fund (HDPSX)

U.S. Stocks | Small Blend

Total Return: 30.04%

* Annualized