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): 21.99% Expense Ratio: 1.36%

#2

T. Rowe Price Media And Telecommunications Fund (PRMTX)

Performance (1-YR): 28.59% Expense Ratio: 0.81%

#3

Fidelity® Select Wireless Portfolio (FWRLX)

Performance (1-YR): 20.53% Expense Ratio: 0.90%

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Consumer Cyclical

#1

Fidelity® Select Multimedia Portfolio (FBMPX)

Performance (1-YR): 24.68% Expense Ratio: 0.88%

#2

Fidelity® Select Retailing Portfolio (FSRPX)

Performance (1-YR): 29.51% Expense Ratio: 0.86%

#3

Fidelity® Select Leisure Portfolio (FDLSX)

Performance (1-YR): 26.75% Expense Ratio: 0.85%

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Consumer Defensive

#1

Rydex Series Trust Consumer Products Fund (RYPDX)

Performance (1-YR): 12.95% Expense Ratio: 1.60%

#2

Fidelity® Select Consumer Staples Portfolio (FDAGX)

Performance (1-YR): 9.15% Expense Ratio: 1.08%

#3

ICON Consumer Staples Fund (ICRAX)

Performance (1-YR): 9.08% Expense Ratio: 1.75%

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Equity Energy

#1

Advisory Research MLP & Energy Income Fund (INFIX)

Performance (1-YR): 11.12% Expense Ratio: 1.26%

#2

Vanguard Energy Fund (VGENX)

Performance (1-YR): 14.58% Expense Ratio: 0.31%

#3

Oppenheimer SteelPath MLP Alpha Fund (MLPAX)

Performance (1-YR): 12.49% Expense Ratio: 9.57%

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Financial

#1

Alpine Financial Services Fund (ADFSX)

Performance (1-YR): 31.56% Expense Ratio: 1.47%

#2

Emerald Banking and Finance Fund (HSSAX)

Performance (1-YR): 36.39% Expense Ratio: 1.84%

#3

Royce Financial Services Fund (RYFSX)

Performance (1-YR): 26.26% Expense Ratio: 1.54%

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Health

#1

T. Rowe Price Health Sciences Fund (PRHSX)

Performance (1-YR): 39.39% Expense Ratio: 0.79%

#2

Fidelity® Select Biotechnology Portfolio (FBIOX)

Performance (1-YR): 47.57% Expense Ratio: 0.81%

#3

Vanguard Health Care Fund (VGHCX)

Performance (1-YR): 36.16% Expense Ratio: 0.35%

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Industrials

#1

Fidelity® Select Air Transportation Portfolio (FSAIX)

Performance (1-YR): 32.56% Expense Ratio: 0.94%

#2

Fidelity® Select Defense & Aerospace Portfolio (FSDAX)

Performance (1-YR): 32.53% Expense Ratio: 0.84%

#3

Fidelity® Select Transportation (FSRFX)

Performance (1-YR): 32.68% Expense Ratio: 0.89%

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Large Blend

#1

Managers AMG FQ Tax Managed U.S. Equity Fund (MFQTX)

Performance (1-YR): 28.11% Expense Ratio: 0.99%

#2

Vanguard Structured Large Cap Equity Fund (VSLPX)

Performance (1-YR): 22.68% Expense Ratio: 0.17%

#3

Parnassus Equity Income Portfolio (PRBLX)

Performance (1-YR): 19.85% Expense Ratio: 0.90%

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Large Growth

#1

Touchstone Sands Capital Institutional Growth Fund (CISGX)

Performance (1-YR): 32.72% Expense Ratio: 0.79%

#2

Delaware Pooled Large Cap Growth Equity Fund (DPLGX)

Performance (1-YR): 22.28% Expense Ratio: 0.65%

#2

Fidelity® New Millennium Fund® (FMILX)

Performance (1-YR): 28.37% Expense Ratio: 0.91%

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Large Value

#1

Vanguard Equity Income Fund (VEIPX)

Performance (1-YR): 19.65% Expense Ratio: 0.30%

#2

Becker Value Equity Fund (BVEFX)

Performance (1-YR): 25.71% Expense Ratio: 0.93%

#2

Northern Large Cap Core Fund (NOLCX)

Performance (1-YR): 25.32% Expense Ratio: 0.62%

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Mid-Cap Blend

#1

Vanguard Strategic Equity Fund (VSEQX)

Performance (1-YR): 30.15% Expense Ratio: 0.29%

#2

Fidelity® Mid Cap Enhanced Index Fund (FMEIX)

Performance (1-YR): 26.15% Expense Ratio: 0.62%

#3

Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)

Performance (1-YR): 25.70% Expense Ratio: 0.28%

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Mid-Cap Growth

#1

Nicholas Fund (NICSX)

Performance (1-YR): 24.78% Expense Ratio: 0.75%

#2

Akre Focus Fund (AKRIX)

Performance (1-YR): 26.18% Expense Ratio: 1.11%

#3

Davenport Equity Opportunities Fund (DEOPX)

Performance (1-YR): 21.57% Expense Ratio: 1.01%

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Mid-Cap Value

#1

Putnam Equity Spectrum Fund (PYSAX)

Performance (1-YR): 39.62% Expense Ratio: 1.46%

#2

John Hancock Funds Disciplined Value Mid Cap Fund (JVMAX)

Performance (1-YR): 28.30% Expense Ratio: 1.27%

#3

Harbor Mid Cap Value Fund (HAMVX)

Performance (1-YR): 30.86% Expense Ratio: 0.93%

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Miscellaneous Sector

#1

ALPS | Red Rocks Listed Private Equity Fund (LPEFX)

Performance (1-YR): 29.34% Expense Ratio: 2.58%

#2

Vista Listed Private Equity Plus Fund (LPEAX)

Performance (1-YR): 9.55% Expense Ratio: 3.43%

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Natural Resources

#1

AllianzGI Global Water Fund (AWTAX)

Performance (1-YR): 15.99% Expense Ratio: 1.52%

#2

Calvert Global Water Fund (CFWAX)

Performance (1-YR): 22.46% Expense Ratio: 1.85%

#3

Fidelity® Select Chemicals Portfolio (FSCHX)

Performance (1-YR): 26.82% Expense Ratio: 0.83%

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Preferred Stock

#1

Forward Select Income Fund (KIFAX)

Performance (1-YR): 4.23% Expense Ratio: 1.64%

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Real Estate

#1

Baron Real Estate Fund (BREIX)

Performance (1-YR): 18.12% Expense Ratio: 1.10%

#2

REMS Real Estate Value Opportunity Fund (HLRRX)

Performance (1-YR): 5.19% Expense Ratio: 1.50%

#3

Manning & Napier Real Estate Series (MNREX)

Performance (1-YR): 3.58% Expense Ratio: 1.10%

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Small Blend

#1

Stratton Small Cap Value Fund (STSCX)

Performance (1-YR): 27.34% Expense Ratio: 1.19%

#2

Vanguard Strategic Small Cap Equity Fund (VSTCX)

Performance (1-YR): 29.15% Expense Ratio: 0.41%

#3

AMG SouthernSun Small Cap Fund (SSSFX)

Performance (1-YR): 30.06% Expense Ratio: 1.22%

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Small Growth

#1

PNC Multi Factor Small Cap Core (PLOAX)

Performance (1-YR): 29.30% Expense Ratio: 1.23%

#2

Loomis Sayles Small Cap Growth Fund (LSSIX)

Performance (1-YR): 31.74% Expense Ratio: 0.94%

#3

Vanguard Explorer Fund (VEXPX)

Performance (1-YR): 29.26% Expense Ratio: 0.51%

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Small Value

#1

Small Cap Value Fund (SCAPX)

Performance (1-YR): 28.53% Expense Ratio: 0.95%

#2

Vanguard Small Cap Value Index Fund (VISVX)

Performance (1-YR): 24.49% Expense Ratio: 0.24%

#3

DFA Tax Managed U.S. Targeted Value Portfolio (DTMVX)

Performance (1-YR): 27.75% Expense Ratio: 0.44%

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Technology

#1

Fidelity® Select Software & Comp Portfolio (FSCSX)

Performance (1-YR): 38.67% Expense Ratio: 0.82%

#2

Red Oak Technology Select Fund (ROGSX)

Performance (1-YR): 33.86% Expense Ratio: 1.23%

#3

Fidelity® Select IT Services Portfolio (FBSOX)

Performance (1-YR): 29.68% Expense Ratio: 0.86%

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Utilities

#1

Hennessy Gas Utility Index Fund (GASFX)

Performance (1-YR): 17.98% Expense Ratio: 0.80%

#2

Prudential Jennison Utility (PRUAX)

Performance (1-YR): 21.00% Expense Ratio: 0.85%

#3

Fidelity® Select Utilities Portfolio (FSUTX)

Performance (1-YR): 16.34% Expense Ratio: 0.83%

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Updated 04.22.2014

Top Performing Mutual Funds As of 04.22.2014

Catalyst Insider Long/Short Fund (CIAAX)

U.S. Stocks | Long/Short Equity

Total Return: 14.10%

Matthews India Fund (MINDX)

International Funds | India Equity

Total Return: 13.10%

Dreyfus India Fund (DIIAX)

International Funds | India Equity

Total Return: 11.64%

Firsthand Alternative Energy Fund (ALTEX)

Sector Funds | Technology

Total Return: 90.28%

Guinness Atkinson Alternative Energy Fund (GAAEX)

Sector Funds | Equity Energy

Total Return: 62.31%

Lord Abbett Micro Cap Growth Fund (LMIYX)

U.S. Stocks | Small Growth

Total Return: 58.17%

Oceanstone Fund (OSFDX)

U.S. Stocks | Mid-Cap Value

Total Return: 50.50%

Fidelity® Select Automotive Portfolio (FSAVX)

Sector Funds | Consumer Cyclical

Total Return: 38.80%

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

Sector Funds | Real Estate

Total Return: 37.05%

* Annualized