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): 32.02% Expense Ratio: 1.36%

#2

T. Rowe Price Media And Telecommunications Fund (PRMTX)

Performance (1-YR): 39.58% Expense Ratio: 0.81%

#3

Fidelity® Select Wireless Portfolio (FWRLX)

Performance (1-YR): 24.11% Expense Ratio: 0.90%

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Consumer Cyclical

#1

Fidelity® Select Retailing Portfolio (FSRPX)

Performance (1-YR): 35.82% Expense Ratio: 0.86%

#2

Fidelity® Select Multimedia Portfolio (FBMPX)

Performance (1-YR): 37.01% Expense Ratio: 0.88%

#3

Fidelity® Select Leisure Portfolio (FDLSX)

Performance (1-YR): 34.70% Expense Ratio: 0.85%

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Consumer Defensive

#1

Rydex Series Trust Consumer Products Fund (RYPDX)

Performance (1-YR): 15.91% Expense Ratio: 1.60%

#2

Fidelity® Select Consumer Staples Portfolio (FDAGX)

Performance (1-YR): 10.53% Expense Ratio: 1.08%

#3

ICON Consumer Staples Fund (ICRAX)

Performance (1-YR): 10.56% Expense Ratio: 1.75%

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Equity Energy

#1

Advisory Research MLP & Energy Income Fund (INFIX)

Performance (1-YR): 15.02% Expense Ratio: 1.26%

#2

Advisory Research MLP & Energy Infrastructure Fund (MLPPX)

Performance (1-YR): 15.70% Expense Ratio: 1.00%

#3

Vanguard Energy Fund (VGENX)

Performance (1-YR): 14.52% Expense Ratio: 0.31%

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Financial

#1

Royce Financial Services Fund (RYFSX)

Performance (1-YR): 27.85% Expense Ratio: 1.54%

#2

Alpine Financial Services Fund (ADFSX)

Performance (1-YR): 34.58% Expense Ratio: 1.47%

#3

Emerald Banking and Finance Fund (HSSAX)

Performance (1-YR): 38.45% Expense Ratio: 1.84%

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Health

#1

Janus Global Life Sciences Fund (JFNAX)

Performance (1-YR): 62.83% Expense Ratio: 1.04%

#2

Fidelity® Select Health Care Portfolio (FSPHX)

Performance (1-YR): 67.12% Expense Ratio: 0.79%

#3

Fidelity® Select Pharmaceuticals Portfolio (FPHAX)

Performance (1-YR): 46.77% Expense Ratio: 0.85%

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Industrials

#1

Fidelity® Select Air Transportation Portfolio (FSAIX)

Performance (1-YR): 42.26% Expense Ratio: 0.94%

#2

Fidelity® Select Defense & Aerospace Portfolio (FSDAX)

Performance (1-YR): 40.85% Expense Ratio: 0.84%

#3

Fidelity® Select Transportation (FSRFX)

Performance (1-YR): 36.60% Expense Ratio: 0.89%

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Miscellaneous Sector

#1

ALPS | Red Rocks Listed Private Equity Fund (LPEFX)

Performance (1-YR): 31.27% Expense Ratio: 2.58%

#2

Vista Listed Private Equity Plus Fund (LPEAX)

Performance (1-YR): 17.91% Expense Ratio: 3.43%

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Natural Resources

#1

Fidelity® Select Chemicals Portfolio (FSCHX)

Performance (1-YR): 27.76% Expense Ratio: 0.83%

#2

AllianzGI Global Water Fund (AWTAX)

Performance (1-YR): 18.90% Expense Ratio: 1.57%

#3

Calvert Global Water Fund (CFWAX)

Performance (1-YR): 23.82% Expense Ratio: 1.85%

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Real Estate

#1

Baron Real Estate Fund (BREIX)

Performance (1-YR): 24.60% Expense Ratio: 1.10%

#2

Manning & Napier Real Estate Series (MNREX)

Performance (1-YR): 7.10% Expense Ratio: 1.10%

#3

E.I.I Realty Securities Fund (EIIRX)

Performance (1-YR): 9.64% Expense Ratio: 0.80%

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Technology

#1

Fidelity® Select IT Services Portfolio (FBSOX)

Performance (1-YR): 41.66% Expense Ratio: 0.86%

#2

Fidelity® Select Software & Comp Portfolio (FSCSX)

Performance (1-YR): 48.18% Expense Ratio: 0.82%

#3

Red Oak Technology Select Fund (ROGSX)

Performance (1-YR): 37.98% Expense Ratio: 1.23%

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Utilities

#1

Hennessy Gas Utility Index Fund (GASFX)

Performance (1-YR): 21.97% Expense Ratio: 0.80%

#2

Prudential Jennison Utility (PRUAX)

Performance (1-YR): 25.62% Expense Ratio: 0.85%

#3

Fidelity® Telecom and Utilities Fund (FIUIX)

Performance (1-YR): 19.51% Expense Ratio: 0.83%

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Updated 03.05.2014

Top Performing Mutual Funds As of 03.05.2014

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

Commodities Funds | Equity Precious Metals

Total Return: 16.20%

U.S. Global Investors World Precious Minerals Fund (UNWPX)

Commodities Funds | Equity Precious Metals

Total Return: 15.32%

Morgan Stanley Institutional Asian Equity Portfolio (MEQPX)

International Funds | Pacific/Asia Ex-Japan Stk

Total Return: 14.82%

Firsthand Alternative Energy Fund (ALTEX)

Sector Funds | Technology

Total Return: 86.77%

Fidelity® Select Biotechnology Portfolio (FBIOX)

Sector Funds | Health

Total Return: 84.28%

Franklin Biotechnology Discovery Fund (FBDIX)

Sector Funds | Health

Total Return: 81.35%

Oceanstone Fund (OSFDX)

U.S. Stocks | Mid-Cap Value

Total Return: 55.80%

Fidelity® Select Automotive Portfolio (FSAVX)

Sector Funds | Consumer Cyclical

Total Return: 44.67%

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

Sector Funds | Real Estate

Total Return: 39.85%

* Annualized