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Best Performing Funds Year To Date

Even during difficult economic conditions, the demand for essential services such as utilities remains more or less constant. This is why utilities funds are an excellent choice for investors who are seeking a steady income flow through consistent yields from dividends. In fact, investments in this sector are usually considered to be a conservative investment option. Moreover, in the past utilities funds have ventured into emerging markets and provided appreciably higher returns at relatively lower levels of risk.

Below we will share with you the 5 best performing utilities mutual funds year to date. To view the Zacks Rank and past performance of all utilities funds, investors can click here to see the complete list of funds.

Mutual Fund

Zacks Rank

Total Return YTD

ProFunds Utilities UltraSector

#4 Sell

7.34%

Fidelity Select Utilities Portfolio

#4 Sell

5.80%

Fidelity Advisor Utilities A

#4 Sell

5.74%

Hennessy Gas Utility Index

#1 Strong Buy

5.33%

Vanguard Utilities Index Fund

#4 Sell

5.16%

 
ProFunds Utilities UltraSector (UTPIX - MF report) seeks to provide 150% of the daily return of the Dow Jones U.S. Utilities Index by investing in equity securities and derivatives with identical daily returns. The balance of the fund’s assets is utilized to purchase money market securities. The utilities mutual fund has a three year annualized return of 16.12%.

Hratch Najarian is the fund manager and has managed this utilities mutual fund since 2011.

Fidelity Select Utilities Portfolio (FSUTX - MF report) invests the majority of its assets in utility companies or those deriving a large share of their revenues from operations in this sector. The fund focuses in acquiring common stocks. The fund may invest in both domestic and foreign instruments. The utilities mutual fund has a three year annualized return of 14.12%.

The utilities mutual fund has a minimum initial investment of $2,500 and an expense ratio of 0.84% compared to a category average of 1.33%.

Fidelity Advisor Utilities A (FUGAX - MF report) seeks capital growth. The fund invests a large share of its assets in firms from the utilities sector as well as those which derive a large share of revenues from related operations. It purchases both domestic and foreign securities. The utilities mutual fund has a three year annualized return of 13.82%.

As of December 2012, this utilities mutual fund held 28 issues, with 12.26% of its total assets invested in Duke Energy Corporation.

Hennessy Gas Utility Index Investor (GASFX - MF report) invests not less than 85% of its assets in companies that are engaged in natural gas distribution and transmission. The fund seeks to provide returns identical to that of the American Gas Association Stock Index. It may invest in instruments of firms regardless of their market capitalization. This utilities mutual fund has a three year annualized return of 17.22%.

The utilities mutual fund has a minimum initial investment of $2,500 and an expense ratio of 0.69% compared to a category average of 1.33%.

Vanguard Utilities Index Fund Admiral Shares (VUIAX - MF report) seeks to track the performance of the MSCI U.S. Investable Market Index (IMI)/ Utilities 25/50. This index consists of companies from the utilities sector regardless of their market capitalization The utilities mutual fund has a three year annualized return of 12.64%.

Donald M. Butler is the fund manager has managed this utilities mutual fund since 2004.

To view the Zacks Rank and past performance of all utilities mutual funds, investors can click here to see the complete list of funds.

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